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How Blade Runner’s Different Cuts Change the Movie: a Visual Explainer

As Blade Runner 2049 heads into theaters this week, fans and newcomers alike have faced an enduring question about Ridley Scott’s 1982 original: Which version of Blade Runner should I watch? Which one is the “correct” version? There are at least seven different cuts of the film, including a studio-toiled theatrical version, a different international version, a director’s cut, and the “final cut,” released in 2007, that has many fans’ approval.

The video above (including spoilers for new viewers) shows where the cuts diverge—including voiceover, eye-gouging violence, and the infamous unicorn sequence—and explains how the differences change the movie.