Comparison between the Italian version and the US version.
About the movie
After having crossed the alps Hannibal is nearing Roma which can not stand the mighty commander. Strategically overpowered he also manages to seduce Sylvia, the niece of Roman senator Fabius Maximus. With him Hannibal encounters a fierce enemy...
Average peplum movie with Victor Mature as Hannibal. Terence Hill and Bud Spencer are als starring in a minor part. The German DVD (equal to the Italian version) tries to mislead the customer as it shows both on the front cover. But actually they appear just rarely.
Hannibal can be obtained in 2 completely different versions. Firstly an Italian version with a runtime of 91 minutes as well as an US version with 100 minutes.
Both versions offer different material. There are alternative takes, small intercuts, scene changes as well as cuttings. Interesstingly both versions show different directors during the intro.
The US version is endowed with pletny of scenes which do not really fit into the context. There are diverse new fighting scenes or scenes with soldiers who act in front of a background which does not fit in the actual context and seem to have been shot in a studio. Aditionally some scenes containing violence have been made.
So, which version is better? Definately hard to say. Generally I would advice the Italian version. The new pick-up shots do not bring something new and only stretch the runtime. However, it is interessting that there are some (small) content scenes which are only available in the US version.
Because of those parameters a 1:1 comparison is senseless. The movie is splitted into chapters.
US Tape: 100:02 Min. (PAL)
Italian version: 91:02 Min. (PAL)
Credits & senator meeting
The US tape starts with credits. Afterwards one can see scenes of the horseman, a moderator explains the situation. One can see a model of Roma and the scene in which one can see the senat starts earlier.
The Italian version starts directly with the scenes of the horseman which are layed above the credits. The scenes have been enlarged and partly defered.
In the end of the senator meeting Fabius can be seen in the US tape and says that Romaís destiny lay upon the hands of its enemies. Afterwards there is a camera panning over the mountains and a sheep herd.
US: 5:18 Min.
ITALIAN VERSION: 4:23 Min.
March over the Alps
The march over the Alps has been enlarged in the US version. There are plenty new scenes which try to focus on the soldiers. Mainly they consist of soldiers who are fighting through the snow as well as scenes with violence. For example one can explicitly see how some soldiers fall into the gulch and are eaten bei wolves. It is quiet obvious that different material has been used. These new scenes do not fit into the rest of the scenes with the elephants.
The Italian version offers a scene in which some elephants break out. Hannibal helps his brother and prevents him from something more serious (this scenes comes a bit later in the US version).
US: 9:12 Min.
ITALIAN VERSION: 4:02 Min.
At the camp
Few differences: After Hannibalís negotiations the US shows the scene with the elephants.
US: 3:43 Min.
ITALIAN VERSION: 2:35 Min.
March into the valley
The Italian version starts with soldiers walking through snow. The US version lacks these scenes but offers sequences of the soldiers how they are walking through the forrest.
After Hannibal was explained they have reached Italia the US version shows some additional scenes. The men are resting and a dialogue between Hannibal and his brother can be seen. The brother adds that is seems to be a miracle to have crossed the Alps in 15 days. Hannibal says that they have lost many people and hopes to have act in the will of gods. Later the soldiers move on.
US: 3:11 Min.
ITALIAN VERSION: 1:11 Min.
The building of a campsite
The US tape offers a new scene where Hannibal helps to refloat a wagon.
US: 4:33 Min.
ITALIAN VERSION: 4:01 Min.
No differences to mention.
US: 1:43 Min.
ITALIAN VERSION: 1:47 Min.
Back to the camp
The US tape shows how Hannibal is hurt with a knife.
The Italian version shows a new scene in which Sylvia talks to a servant about Hannibal.
US: 7:40 Min.
ITALIAN VERSION: 7:58 Min.
US: 1:17 Min.
ITALIAN VERSION: 1:33 Min.
Back to Roma & senators meeting
US: 2:21 Min.
ITALIAN VERSION: 3:03 Min.
At the battlefield
The US version offers a fighting scene in which the Romans are defeated by Hannibalís elephants. After Hannibalís dialogue one can see the battleís effects.
The fight is missing in the Italian version but one can instantly see the battle effetcs (dead horseman, bodies in the river). After a dialogue with Hannibal the Italian version shows a new but short fighting scene where the Romans strike back.
US: 3:59 Min.
ITALIAN VERSION: 2:01 Min.
Hannibalís eye complaint & senators meeting
The US version shows a doctor who puts a sword into fire which shall suggest that Hannibalís eyes are going to be removed.
Interessting difference: In the Italian version this scene is missing. In the end Hannibal removes his eye patch and scratches his eye.
Afterwards one can see some soldiers walking around.
In the Italian version the senators meeting offers more dialogues. They are talking about to influence the oracle.
US: 2:19 Min.
ITALIAN VERSION: 2:34 Min.
Sylvia and the merchant
The scene continues in the US version. Some senators are passing by, the merchant hides himself. Sylvia does not want to take the ring but the merchant convinces her because with it she can pass the border without any danger.
US: 1:46 Min.
ITALIAN VERSION: 1:04 Min.
No differences. Afterwards the US tape shows how some Romans get called for military duty.
US: 3:08 Min.
ITALIAN VERSION: 2:48 Min.
Quintilius wants to fight & Hannibalís camp
Just before Hannibal can be seen the Italian version offers a new scene in which Carthagians can not understand why Hannibal does not immediately march to Roma.
US: 1:03 Min.
ITALIAN VERSION: 1:44 Min.
Hannibals meeting with Sylvia and Quintilius attack
US: 3:23 Min.
ITALIAN VERSION: 4:10 Min.
No differences. The US tape shows a scene afterwards in which the Carthagians are not happy with Hannibalís order.
US: 2:37 Min.
ITALIAN VERSION: 2:41 Min.
The talking with a servant
In the Italian version one can see how the servant walks towards Sylvia a bit earlier. The Italian version has more dialogue. The servant tells her that they did not have secrets.
US: 0:43 Min.
ITALIAN VERSION: 1:28 Min.
Reunion with Sylvia & return to the camp
The US tape shows marching soldiers.
US: 1:46 Min.
VHS: 1:26 Min.
US: 1:49 Min.
ITALIAN VERSION: 1:59 Min.
Elephantís escape in the camp & Hannibalís fight against Maharbal
US: 4:31 Min.
ITALIAN VERSION: 4:57 Min.
Hannibal and Sylvia
The Italian version shows a scene in which Gajus Terentius Varro talks in front of the senat and announces his victory over Hannibal.
US: 1:09 Min.
ITALIAN VERSION: 1:54 Min.
Conversation with Quintilius & Hannibalís battleplan
After the scene with Quintilius one can see some soldiers marching on.
US: 1:52 Min.
ITALIAN VERSION: 2:01 Min.
Battle preparations & Battle
The US tape offers a new fighting scene. Some Romans get ambushed and are attacked by archers.
During the battle the tape offers new scenes. Some archers attack soldiers as well as some brawls amongst them. There are some scenes containing violence (cut off arm and more).
US: 8:19 Min.
ITALIAN VERSION: 5:28 Min.
The second attack & retreat of the Romans
The Italian version runs longer, the US version offers some new fighting scenes.
US: 5:16 Min.
ITALIAN VERSION: 6:09 Min.
Fabius is announced proconsul
No general differences. In the end one can see a camera movement above the model of Roma.
US: 2:04 Min.
ITALIAN VERSION: 2:01 Min.
The Italian version offers some new scenes in which the soldiers are amused. Hannibal can bee seen too. In the US version this scenes follows the conversation with Sylvia.
In the Italian version the dialogue between Hannibal and Sylvia is longer. She seems to be unsure but follows him.
US: 1:57 Min.
ITALIAN VERSION: 2:59 Min.
No general differences. The US tape shows a cut to the elephants.
US: 1:59 Min.
ITALIAN VERSION: 2:03 Min.
Hannibalís family & Sylviaís Abgang
The US tape shows some new scenes with archers when Hannibal is getting attacked.
US: 4:29 Min.
ITALIAN VERSION: 4:29 Min.
Back to the camp
The US tape shows explicitely the seperated head of Hasdrubal.
US: 2:07 Min.
ITALIAN VERSION: 2:13 Min.
Small cut. The Italian version shows Sylvia first and Fabius. In the US tape the scene is vice versa.
In the end a few scenes are missing in the US version when Hannibal takes off his eye patch.
US: 4:48 Min.
ITALIAN VERSION: 4:50 Min.