Compared are the German Cut DVD, released by Kinowelt (FSK 12), and the
German Uncut Tape, released by VCL (FSK 12).
Roland Emmerich's third film is a passable comedy/horror flick, which needs its time till it becomes interesting. At least one doesn't notice that it's a German film. Most of the actors are Americans (leading actor Jason Lively is well-knowm from the 80ies movies "National Lampoon's European Vacation" and "Night Of The Creeps"). Furthermore the film seems to be shot at the actual locations. The special effects, escpecially the doll, are suitable for Hollywood as well.
The German releases were uncut (theaters, video and TV), but the releases in other countries were cut (similar to Emmerich's "Joey"). Additional to some minor plot scenes, scenes which contain the use of cigarettes, alcoholic bevarages and swear words, were deleted as well. This version is available on video and DVD in countries like England, France or the US. Unfortenately, the German DVD (released in 2009) is based on the Cut Version, too. That's the reason why this DVD is almost useless. The cuts are hard to recognize if one doesn't know the Uncut Version, but nevertheless it's a mystery to me why the German DVD does not include both versions.
Cuts and jump cuts below one second aren't mentioned. Furthermore the images on tape are very dark from time to time.
Cut Version = 85:36 Min.
Uncut Version = 107:14 Min.
03:24 Laurie makes a getaway. A shot of a dark-skinned child lighting a cigarette and a cut to Warren are missing in the DVD Version.
04:49 Fred is irritated and sits down. He puts out his device and a curtain opens. Behind the curtain's the TV, a horror film is aired.
05:02 Longer shot of Warren walking to the house, when he took the mail. After that he peeks in a room while he's wearing a mask. He wants to cheer Fred up. But it doesn't really work, so he goes to the closet to borrow some of his friend's pants. But his pants are too small. Fred wants to know what's up, Warren throws the letter, which informs about the opening of will, to him.
05:47 Fred and Warren in the car.
06:00 One shot is extended. Afterwards, the beginning of the scene, with Warren at the notary, is extended.
06:20 The notary reads out the last will. Due to the offensive use of words, the notary drops the document. Warren tells him to keep on reading out.
06:33 The notary goes on reading out (swear words again). Then he puts out an envelope with a piece of paper in it. Waren wants to know what it is. The beginning of the next shot is also missing.
The Cut Version shows a short scene with Warren, which appeared earlier in the Uncut Version.
+ 6 sec
06:55 Shot of the notary's house from the outside, the chauffeur gets out of Stan Gordon's limo.
07:02 Warren goes to the car.
07:53 Extended shot of Gordon's limo, followed by Warren and Fred entering the pawn shop.
08:12 Ending and beginning of two shots.
08:38 Longer shot of Fred and Warren.
08:48 Ending and beginning of two shots.
10:07 Longer shot of Warren on the phone plus a cut to Fred.
10:12 Beginning of a shot in the restaurant where Laurie's working.
10:30 Beginning of a shot.
10:52 The limo leaves, longer shot of Fred and Warren who look very confused. Afterwards we see Laurie and her collegue in the restaurant. The waitress tells Laurie to forget Warren and shows her an ad in the newspapers. It says that sb. for an ad is needed. Then a shot of Gordon's studio and the beginning of a shot in his office.
The DVD Version presents a shot of an aquarium with fishes in it, instead.
+ 3.7 sec
12:05 Extended conversation between Karl and Mr. Gordon. Then a scene in Fred's and Warren's apartment, it's past midnight. Fred comes along with a clock and makes room for it on the chimney breast. Both wonder why the guy tried to steal the suitcase. Fred comes up with a weird story, with turns out to be true later. Warren rolls his eyes and leaves the room. Fred puts the clock on the chimney breast and turns the light off.
12:16 While Fred's sleeping in his bed, Karl sneaks to the house.
12:55 Shot of the clock and then Karl sneaking in the apartment.
13:51 A shot of the restless Fred in bed is missing, right after Karl fell out of the window. Pan shot to the door and then Fred again.
14:09 In Fred's dream: longer shot of his grandfather's house. Then a tracking shot from the butler's perspective through the house and last but not least, the grandfather who prepares the "drink".
14:42 Ending of a tracking shot from the butler's perspective and beginning of the following shot.
15:31 Extended shot of Louis walking up the stairs and a cut to Fred, who rolls from one side to another.
15:40 Longer shot of Fred after he woke up. Suddenly Louis' ghost appears out of the blue. Fred lies down again and closes his eyes. He tries to persuade himself that he's still dreaming. After a while he opens his eyes and the ghost's vanished.
15:49 Shot of Louis.
16:03 Longer shot of Fred trying to wake Warren. He pulls the earplugs out of the walkman and tries to tell Warren, who's still half asleep, about the ghost. Apparently, Warren doesn't believe him at all.
16:16 The clock drops and Warren says that it could be a burglar. He gets up to check, but Fred tells him that it's the ghost.
16:31 Longer shot of Warren and Fred.
18:00 A shot of Gordon's secretary and the beginning of the following shot.
18:33 A shot of Karl and Mr. Gordon.
19:43 Warren's having breakfast.
20:06 Ending of a shot that shows Warren parking his bike. In addition to that some further shots of him locking his bike.
21:02 Beginning of a tracking shot.
22:41 Extended scene of Warren chasing Laurie with the bike.
25:00 Dissolve to the restaurant. Laurie comes in and presents herself to her collegue. She's glad that she got the part.
25:45 Ending of a shot.
26:00 Laurie opens the door and Warren makes Fred carrying his stuff.
26:07 Fred asks Warren why he's so nervous. Because of that Warren sends Fred in his room. He opens the door for Laurie. After that Warren prepares drinks for Laurie and himself. He puts some more alocohol in hers. He sits down next to her on the couch, both chink, Laurie starts coughing. Warren mentions that he probably put too much lemon in her drink. From time to time we see Fred.
28:10 Extended shot of Warren sending Laurie out of the room.
28:16 Warren looks doubtful.
28:36 Laurie's confused, she asks for the way to the bathroom and Warren shows her. After that Louis' ghost takes possession of the doll. Fred, who's also in the room, doesn't recognize it.
28:37 Extended scene of Warren knocking at Fred's door. Then a shot of Fred, who's still working. He talks to Warren. Finally a shot of the doll which becomes alive.
Now the scene where Louis' ghost takes possession of the doll in the Cut Version.
+ 18.8 sec
29:41 Fred walks up and down in the room, he mumbles to himself and looks around. Cut to Warren.
30:01 A shot of Warren.
30:56 Ending of a shot plus a further shot of Warren disappearing in the closet.
31:40 Shot of the kitchen, then Warren and Fred in the closet.
32:03 Laurie's sitting on the couch, smoking a cigarette.
32:51 Fred and Warren in the closet. Warren checks the crack of the door.
33:04 Fred, Warren and Laurie in the closet. Warren puts his hand off Laurie's mouth, she's really mad with him. Warren tries to explain to her that the doll became alive.
33:21 Longer shot of Louis who's watching "Night Of The Living Dead".
33:37 Warren tells Fred that he'd better check.
36:44 Fred complains to Louis because he lied to him.
38:11 Beginning of a shot.
40:06 The ride through Hollywood at night is extended. Warren yells at Louis to concentrate more.
41:05 The scene with Fred, who asks Louis if there were further creatures in heaven, is extended. Cut to Warren and Louis in a shop. Then a shot of a drunken bum, who barges against Karl's car and begs for money, but he only has the big notes. Then Fred and Louis again. Fred asks him if he knew Lord Chaney, but he didn't.
41:39 The bum takes a hit of his drink, then a shot of Fred.
46:51 Laurie grumpily starts working again after Mr. Rosenbaum had a bone to pick with her. Her collegue complains about Mr. Rosenbaum permanently.
46:59 Beginning of a shot.
48:59 Extended scene in the library. Stan seems to be irritated by spelling the name Stanislav Gordolev.
49:00 A short shot of Warren in the Cut Version, which appeared earlier in the Uncut Version.
+ 1.7 sec
52:28 Gordon and then Warren.
52:42 Beginning of a shot.
55:20 Longer shot when Fred has left, and the beginning of the following shot is extended.
57:20 In the Uncut Version, Laurie rings the door bell before she enters the house.
57:57 Beginnging of the shot where Warren pulls up the car.
58:10 Shot of Warren, he gets out of the car.
58:48 Ending of a shot.
59:19 Fred starts working on the clock.
59:22 Warren and Laurie.
59:41 Shot from outside, then Fred.
64:29 Ending of a shot, then the studio area and after that the beginning of another shot.
65:39 Ending of a shot.
65:41 Warren, Fred and Louis peek through the porthole while Laurie's trying to climb out of the basement. But she slips backwards and yells for being pulled out.
65:45 Ending of a shot, after that Laurie and then the three at the porthole. Fred wants to know who's supposed to go down first, they look at each other.
67:26 Short shot of the attempt to break through the wall.
In the Cut Version the beginning of a shot appears earlier. It seems to be a jump cut in the Uncut Version.
+ 1.4 sec
68:28 Before Warren's grandfather breaks trough the wall, Louis mentions that it becomes ugly. Cut to the other ones.
80:01 Shots of Warren, Laurie and Fred.
80:57 In the Uncut Version there's a longer shot of the three in the darkness.
Instead some newspaper articles are shown in the Cut Version.
+ 12.6 sec
82:14 Scenes in the limo: Warren reads the newspaper while he's talking on the phone. Laurie kisses him, Warren watches bored.