Compared are the cut US Blu-ray New Edition by Severin Films and the uncut Extended Edition on the Austrian Blu-ray by NSM
- 1 relevant cut
- Length difference: 12.4 sec
Besides smaller locally censored releases, there are two official and two more slightly different versions of the Italian splatter classic Zombi Holocaust from 1980. For that reason, those four relevant versions (all available on Blu-ray today!) will be listed and explained in the following:
1. "Doctor Butcher, M.D."
Length: 82 min (NTSC resp. Blu-ray)
a) International Version - Length: 81 min (PAL) / 84 min (NTSC resp. Blu-ray)
b) Extended Version - Length: 86 min (PAL resp. Blu-ray by NSM)
The quality is top-notch and to be more precise: Besides Doctor Butcher, M.D., the more popular Zombi Holocaust version is available with a length of almost 89 minutes in this set. The slogan "as it was originally released" is doubtful resp. it probably refers to the US version. Since the resulting version is longer than the International Version ("2a") and the length difference of the Severin almost equals the described plot scene with a length of 5 minutes, it seemed clear that the "2b" Version is also available now in HD for the very first time. But that does not impress our authors at all and since there is a small difference, taking a closer look was inevitable...
And look at that: A shot with a length of 12 seconds is completely missing on the new US Blu-ray. It should not really bother anyone because it doesn't have relevance for the plot, no gore is missing and neither is any nudity. But the fact remains that this little nature shot is missing while even the International Version contained it. So actually, there is no plausible reason whatsoever for the absence of that shot. BTW: The shot itself is one that originally first appeared in Lucio Fulci's Zombie Flesh Eaters. Since this is also the case for a few other shots though, which are all included in the Severin master, this falls short as a possible explanation for not including it.
There are also a few rather redundant frame cuts and it should be said that quality of the additional 5 minutes sequence is superior. While an SD source with a screwed up NTSC/PAL transfer has been used for the NSM release, the Severin release actually contains that scene in HD as promised. Eventually, the new US Blu-ray is highly recommended (also due to all the bonus features) even though that small missing scene remains a mystery.
Time index refers to
US Blu-ray New Edition by Severin Films / Extended Version by NSM in PAL
On the new US Blu-ray, the opening credits are in English and white. On the NSM release, they are in Italian and red.
25:41 / 24:38-24:50
After Susan expresses her intentions, the new US Blu-ray lacks a longer tracking shot across nature up to the group's vehicle.
31:28-31:34 / 30:23-30:29
When Peter uses the binoculars, the frame is animated differently (resp. obviously rebuild on the NSM release). Also, a few frames got lost.
Extended Version by NSM 0.4 sec longer
50:30 / 48:39
Peter a little longer before one gets to see the body one more time.
58:27-63:31 / 56:17-61:21
Sloppy on the NSM Version: The NTSC/PAL speedup got screwed up for the additional scene with Peter and Lori in the woods. Despite being in 25fps (=PAL), the scene runs with in NTSC speed which explains the tiny additional length difference.
Moreover, one only had access to a rather bad and slightly zoomed SD source while the new US Blu-ray contains that scene in HD. In order to illustrate the difference that's even visible in this highly compressed image size, here are two screenshots to compare.
Extended Version by NSM falsely 12.4 sec longer
Just like the opening credits, the end credits differ as well (English/white vs. Italian/red).