Blade Runner: Tears in the Rain

Hot
Updated
 
9.0 (6)
 
9.1 (17)
8625 3 8

User reviews

5 reviews with 7-9 stars
17 reviews
 
71%
 
29%
5-7 stars
 
0%
3-5 stars
 
0%
1-3 stars
 
0%
Overall rating
 
9.1
Audio/Video Quality
 
9.1(17)
Audio Editing
 
9.2(17)
Visual Editing
 
9.4(17)
Narrative
 
8.8(17)
Enjoyment
 
9.1(17)
Back to Listing
5 results - showing 1 - 5
Ordering
Overall rating
 
8.7
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
8.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
7.0
Enjoyment
 
8.0
For the most part, this edit works. I can be right in there and I believe that these poor androids are the heroes. Then the killing starts. In danger or not, there are things the "heroes" do that are undeniably villainous. I also thought it was a little strange to give Deckard as much screen-time as he got. Much of it made him seem to relatable, especially towards the end. Though that stuff really couldn't be removed, I believe it could have been edited (both visually and audibly) to make Roy seem more like a cowering animal lashing out, and Deckard is like the villain in a horror movie willing to do anything (Like re-adjust his broken fingers) but we spend too much time watching him be afraid for his life. That said, I reiterate that outside of those instances this edit works extremely well, especially in the scenes between Pris and Sebastian. Would recommend.

User Review

Do you recommend this edit?
Yes
Format Watched
Digital
Report this review Comments (0) | Was this review helpful? 0 0
Overall rating
 
8.4
Audio/Video Quality
 
7.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
7.0
Enjoyment
 
7.0
Blade Runner is one of those films in which people profess to like more than they really do. Or, perhaps through the lens of nostalgia or some facsimile, people enjoy remembering it more than they enjoyed watching it. Speaking for myself, I never liked it. And, among my film enthusiast peers (who confided in me in hushed tones), they too admitted their general malaise for the movie. Whatever ending or version one watches, the film never settles in a place in which characters are worth rooting for or where subtext is given more than a cursory glance. In short, it is a film ripe for an editor's eye who might be able to wrangle a more satisfying experience out of it.

Sadly, Ranger613's Tears in the Rain isn't quite it.

To the editor's credit, despite cutting a third of the original's run time, the edit never feels rushed. The only oddity worth mentioning is the lack of narrative conclusion to the part played by Sean Young. The idea that a replicant can be fooled into thinking it's human never has a subtextual callback. Her character is necessary though and cannot be completely edited out as she comes to Decker's rescue at a critical juncture that (probably) cannot be remedied with the tools available to any editor. To this extent, I forgive this short coming.

However, at just an hour and ten minutes, the film still felt laborious in the latter part of the second act and much of the third.

Two things that can save a dull movie are fascinating soundtracks and exquisite cinematography. Speaking to the latter, Ranger613 goes big by opting for a black-and-white, high-contrast take on the (admittedly) already great camera work from the original. However, puzzling to me was that his edit lacked sharpness and was unfortunately plagued with pixelation and artifacting in the darkest parts of the frame. When I saw that the film was under 90 minutes, and was over 7 gigs without extra features, I just assumed all those 1's and 0's would be going towards a crystal clean image. But this is not the case. I'm not sure if the editor had the ability to make this on a source that was HD, but if not, that was certainly to the detriment of this project. This is the kind of movie that needs a superior image to really sell the experience.

Regarding the film's score, it appears that the editor never felt compelled to address it. The synthesized sounds might, by some, be argued as a layer of subtext to model the plight of the replicants (synthetic humans, synthetic music, etc...). I find it a cheap reminder than we're watching something from the early 80's. I'm under the impression that an overhaul to the film's score would help breathe more life into the more mundane points of the movie. I admit I could be alone in this assumption.

Ranger613 has stated that his edit is not supposed to be a "fixed" version of the original (a film he, unlike myself, claims to be among his most cherished). Rather, this edit is merely a different or alternate take on the material at hand. In this respect, it really does come off as something unique from its source material. The original is a long, bloated experience, while this is curt and focused. This edit better correlates with the visualization of a short story, not a screenplay. I liked this, and I sense there's room to take this concept even further.

User Review

Do you recommend this edit?
No
Format Watched
Digital
Owner's reply September 12, 2014

Thanks for taking the time to review. Sorry it didn't work for you, but its understandable as my edit is not meant to be an improvement but an homage to the original, and since you dislike the original, well.. Blade Runner is my favorite film, and I couldn't conceive of changing the music unless its to something from Vangelis' unused score (which I did, for the end credits and some other scenes). Even Jerry Goldsmith's temp music in the original workprint cut was subpar. Lastly... 'cheap 80's'? Hellz no. The 80's were Awesome!! Cheers.

Report this review Comments (0) | Was this review helpful? 1 2
Overall rating
 
8.8
Audio/Video Quality
 
8.0
Audio Editing
 
9.0
Visual Editing
 
9.0
Narrative
 
9.0
Enjoyment
 
9.0
This Review will be fairly short and sweet. The reason being that I have not seen Blade Runner in a number of years even though the director's sits right there on my shelf. Therefore I can't really talk about the changes that were made. Suffice to say I didn't detect any audio or video cuts or changes, which tells me that Ranger613 knows what he is doing.

What can I say about this edit? I thought it was a great noir, sci-fi piece and the suspense built naturally throughout. The length of this edit felt just about right for me given the editor's goals.

The only one thing that felt a little awkward was the unfulfilled relationship between Deckard and Rachel. Even though my memory of this film was very dim, prior to this viewing, it felt as if something was missing or removed in that area of the plot. Other than that one small nitpick, I thought this was a great edit and the choice of B & W hit the mark, giving the film a very noir atmosphere.

Well done sir

User Review

Do you recommend this edit?
Yes
Format Watched
Digital
Owner's reply September 12, 2014

Thanks man!

Report this review Comments (0) | Was this review helpful? 1 0
Overall rating
 
7.8
Audio/Video Quality
 
8.0
Audio Editing
 
7.0
Visual Editing
 
9.0
Narrative
 
7.0
Enjoyment
 
9.0
well this was a doozy of an edit.

I'm kind of like WORN OUT by Blade Runner tweaks and thsi intrigued me from the off...High Contrast B&W? Differnt story angle...HMMMM aint gonna work.....BUT IT DOES.

Off the bat, an incredibly bold reordering of material, especially at the beginning. The fact I have seen the original 30, 40, 50 times...I thought would be a hinderance but genius stroke 1...B&W. That pulled me into a different world. I was able to but into the structure immediatelt.

The audio work was by and large very good. There was on part at the beginning where there appeared to be an audio glitch in a shot where pris and Sebastian are about to go into the building but beyond that all great. It was interesting that by pulling out a lot of the love story element one got the feeling that Decker was just a bored pissed off cop (or was that Harrison Ford being pissed off with Ridley Scott)...nver mind...it worked.

For my taste, I love the B&W but wondered if it could have been even more aggressive in contrast? I might test it for myself to see? But I liked that look...A LOT.
Video editing was flawless. The music choice at the open set things up tonally very well indeed...and the ending felt more brutal as a result of what did (and did not) preceed it.

My two scores of 7 are reflective of the fact I dont think you could do a better job of the narrative with the material available and in that respect is indicative of what the clarity of plot felt like...It is not a reflection that I think more could be done.... On the contrary.

My 8 on visual quality is (as another reviewer commented) that I thought the B&W could have been more consistently graded but that could be an artefact of the original materials, my TV settings or even the source material (which is consistently dark so I imagine that this was far harder to grade than one might think).

I for one look forward to more bold re-imagining from Ranger 613 and thank him for the early view availability.

I for one will not be re-watching any Blade Runner fanedits again (I'm worn out & have settled on the Final Directors Cut)....EXCEPT THIS ONE sir!!!!....Cover printed, disc burnt...and on my shelf....(that's a high threshold indeed).

WELL DONE

W

User Review

Do you recommend this edit?
Yes
Format Watched
Digital
Owner's reply July 07, 2014

Thank you very much for the kind words, and for taking the time out to watch and review this! I truly appreciate it my friend and am glad you enjoyed it. I'm honored you would consider this shelf-worthy, and will continue to try to put out interesting work for you to enjoy. Cheers man! :)

Report this review Comments (0) | Was this review helpful? 1 0
Overall rating
 
8.2
Audio/Video Quality
 
8.0
Audio Editing
 
9.0
Visual Editing
 
8.0
Narrative
 
8.0
Enjoyment
 
8.0
So I just finished watching this edit. I knew going in that it was going to be in B&W and more from the replicants point of view but beyond that I didn't know anything about specific changes (I didn't read the cut list).

I love Blade Runner and I won't waste time and space in my review of rangerkris's edit to blab on about my feelings about which version of the movie is my definitive, and who I think Deckard is etc. But the fact that I love this movie made me all the more interested in seeing this fanedit.

This edit takes a pretty interesting narrative approach. I understand the difficulties involves in trying to make a coherent narrative when you're excising so much of the movie. I won't bother nitpicking about personal preferences and what I liked/didn't like but for the most part the narrative worked.

Audio editing was well done, I can be a stickler/whiner/nitpicker/complainer when it comes to audio but I had no problems or complaints with the audio work. Also, props on that smooth bit of audio editing where Roy is talking to Chew and says "where can I find this....father". Very cool.

Visual editing there were a few choices that I would have done differently, nothing super-jarring, and I think what I was noticing was often a result of the restructuring of the story.

A/V Quality: this was a tough one. I really liked the B&W, it worked great for a noir-ish movie like Blade Runner. However the video quality was variable throughout the movie. Certain scenes there was a noticeable drop in quality (i.e. pixellation, as Neglify mentioned in his review). Other scenes ended up looking great. So a bit inconsistent.

Enjoyment: This was a fun, fast-paced edit. Definitely worth a watch if you're tired of watching Blade Runner (whatever your preferred version is) and want to see it in a new way.

Nice work.

User Review

Do you recommend this edit?
Yes
Format Watched
Digital
Owner's reply July 03, 2014

Thanks for taking the time to review my edit Gatos! I'm glad you enjoyed it and thank you for the kind words :)

Report this review Comments (0) | Was this review helpful? 1 0
5 results - showing 1 - 5