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October 20, 2006 12:42 PM   Subscribe

Bladerunner theatrical release: did he or didn't he? Gorey details and

When I saw Bladerunner in the theatre, lo these many years ago, I swear that Roy Batty gouges Dr. Tyrell's eyes out while crushing his skull. A friend of mine is certain he saw the same thing. Every copy I've owned since just has the skull-crushing though. Did we imagine it?
posted by lekvar to Media & Arts (12 answers total)
No you didn't imagine it. There was a short VHS release with the footage included. The following 'Director's Cut' and DVD releases do not include this.
posted by Dr-Baa at 12:49 PM on October 20, 2006

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posted by GeekAnimator at 12:51 PM on October 20, 2006

You are not mistaken. The European theatrical release featured a longer version of this scene, in which Batty gouges Tyrell's eyes out (IMDB reference).

BTW, this is part of a much larger theme regarding eyes that plays throughout the film.
posted by googly at 12:53 PM on October 20, 2006

Response by poster: Yay Meafilter! GeekAnimator gets the mark, but I think we're all winners here. Well, all of us except Tyrell.
posted by lekvar at 1:03 PM on October 20, 2006

Yeah, and he says "I want more life, fucker" and not "I want more life, father."
posted by porpoise at 1:04 PM on October 20, 2006

the father/fucker quote was meant to be vague and not black/white, as is pretty much the rest of the movie
posted by bonesy at 2:38 PM on October 20, 2006

Definitely yes. I remember writing a paper comparing eye-gouging in Lear & Blade Runner for a Shakespeare class.
posted by juv3nal at 2:39 PM on October 20, 2006

To clarify, the version of Blade Runner that is currently available (the "director's cut") is different from the original theatrical and video releases. The eye-gouging shot is in the original, but not in the DC.
posted by neckro23 at 3:32 PM on October 20, 2006

We might as well get to the serious question: Is Deckard a replicant?
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 12:35 AM on October 21, 2006

At the end of this Channel 4 documentary, TheOnlyCoolTim, Ridley Scott answers your question directly. (ROT-13'd for your non-spoiler pleasure).

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posted by punilux at 4:32 AM on October 21, 2006

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