There Are Eight Versions Of Blade Runner, And Each One Is Crazier Than The Next

Ridley Scott’s 1982 dystopian science fiction film Blade Runner is widely regarded as one of the great tonal masterpieces of the 20th century. It’s a detective story that investigates what it means to be human, and only provides the audience with ambiguous answers.

Despite having a stellar cast, breathtaking visuals, and one of the greatest scores of all time, stories about making Blade Runner tell of a production plagued with chaos and on-set tension. What's more, the movie's hectic post-production schedule lasted 20 years, and ultimately spawned all the crazy versions of Blade Runner you can see today. So what happened to Blade Runner? How did Ridley Scott’s vision of the future get so turned around? Just like in the film, there are no easy answers.

Even in Blade Runner’s weakest cuts, the film is still a fascinating blend of science fiction and Raymond Chandleresque noir. But it’s only in viewing cuts of the film that are closer to Ridley Scott’s vision that the audience is able to see how truly breathtaking the film is. These Blade Runner behind-the-scenes stories shine some light on the turbulent process that gave viewers so many different versions of the film to choose from, and they might even provide some answers to the film’s most enduring questions.