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All Things Considered, December 17, 2007 · Few modern American films have achieved the cult status enjoyed by Ridley Scott's Blade Runner. But the picture's path to film legend was anything but straight, with bitter disagreement between director Scott and Warner Brothers about the film's original cut.
A flop when it premiered in 1982, Blade Runner stars Harrison Ford as Deckard, a cop who hunts renegade human-like androids — known as replicants — in a futuristic Los Angeles. It features a happy ending with a voiceover that explains how Deckard "gets the girl" — who is actually a replicant named Rachael.
Ten years later, in 1992, Ridley Scott released a director's cut of the film, in which he dropped the happy ending forced on him by the studio in 1982.
And now, 25 years after the original release, the director gets the final say. He has re-cut the original film and brushed up the visuals and sound quality to create the picture he had always intended.