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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Blade Runner 2049 will be hitting theaters very soon, and with the arrival of that film, and with that in mind, audiences are faced with the real question of which version of the first movie they should watch in preparation for the sequel.

Unlike most films — which have either one cut, sometimes two — Blade Runner was blessed (or cursed) with more cuts than anyone knows what to do with. The theatrical cut was famously the least favorite of director Ridley Scott, thanks to its voice-over. Then there was the international cut, the Director’s Cut, and then the Final Cut, which came out in 2007.

But which should you watch? Speaking with our very own Gig Patta, actor Dave Bautista threw in his two cents on what audiences should watch:

“The Director’s Cut is definitely for me. I think there’s more to think about [in that version].

It’s weird. They may want to watch the original version and then watch the Director’s Cut. They should compare to see on what the differences are and start to ask more questions. The big thing is about asking more questions about Deckard

I would say the Director’s Cut, but not if they’re not into that particular type of film. If they’re on the fairweather fence, then I probably offer them the original version.”

As much as we’d hate to admit it, there is plenty of validity to Bautista’s statement. While we’d all love to think Scott was in the right here, the fact is that the theatrical cut is a more accessible feature. Interestingly enough, it’s the theatrical cut that’s also the personal favorite of Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve, so take from that what you will.

What cut is your favorite? Let us know your thoughts down below!

And be sure to keep an eye out for our full interview with Dave Bautista tomorrow!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.