Looks like the penultimate directors cut of Blade Runner has been completed. They re-edited it once again and did some digital processing to remove wires, clean the images up etc :
Wired: Part of your work in making the new version was eliminating visible wires. Given your legendary attention to detail, how did flaws like that get into the original print?
Scott:Because you can’t make a spinner fly without a crank. That’s why it was raining in the shot, to hide the cables. Today we assume it’s all digital. It’s not — it’s a 2-ton spinner being hoisted around the corner by a large crank that literally brought it down, landed it, and took it off again. Bloody good crane driver, right? You have four points on the cable that keep it steady. When I watched the movie, I always used to sit there staring at the cables. Then eventually one or two of the geeks spotted them. So we took them out.
Wired: Some might say that scrubbing out those wires was defacing a masterpiece.
Scott:I was tempted not to, because I thought it was quite charming that there were cables in the shot. And when Roy Batty came out of the phone booth, for some bizarre reason we never noticed that somebody’s thumb was in the bottom left-hand corner. The phone booth had an automatic door and I couldn’t de-automate it, and I was getting really beaten up ’cause we were up against the gun, so I just shot. And there was the bloody thumb in the frame. It’s little mistakes like that that you’re tempted to leave in. It’s a signature that says, yes, it is fiction, it is moviemaking.
Wired: Today it would all be done with computers.
Scott: Oh yeah, you wouldn’t even think about it.
Wired: And there would be no thumb on the door.
Scott: Oh, it’s become too easy.
Now to go put this on my xmas wish list.