Originally Posted by egy971
As someone who's never seen Blade Runner, can someone recommend an order to watch the different cuts?
Honestly, I'd start with the 1982 International Cut. The narration, while abhorred by many (I personally dig it), does actually elucidate some things about the Blade Runner universe, plot and characters. It's been my experience that people who see the Director's Cut for the first time sometimes struggle to understand just what the hell is going on with the plot. Not because it's confusing but because there's not much in the way of a concrete plot (the movie is primarily theme driven).
Then, I'd watch the Final Cut. That'll be the true canonical version, and armed with the little bit of exposition the IC gave you, you'll enjoy it a little more.
After that, I'd go to the Workprint. It's a legendary cut of the film known for having a distinctly different tone, featuring lots of alternate cuts, differently paced editing, alternate lines of dialog and different music. That'll no doubt be a pretty interesting sort of study in the history of the movie itself.
As for the 1982 Domestic Cut and the 1992 Director's Cut, save them for a rainy day. The '82 DC is identical to the '82 IC, except for three scenes, in which it has a few seconds less violence apiece. And the '92 DC, despite having had such a long run as the canonical version of the film, is actually expected to be not all that different from the Final Cut. Speculation is that the only major differences between the '92 DC and the '07 FC will be that the FC will have a cleaned up soundtrack, cleaned up effects, a few extra shots here and there, a slicker unicorn scene and maybe - maybe - a spot of narration at the end (likely taken from the Workprint, if at all). The point is, after seeing the FC, the '92 DC will not have a whole lot of interest going on in it.
I'm willing to bet others will disagree, though. No matter what version you see, though, I'm sure you'll like it.