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Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs

1.07 Little Pardner

original title: Sei jūshi Bismarck

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  • US Version
  • Japanese Version
Release: Aug 22, 2011 - Author: Mario - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB - more from this series
Comparison between the American Version (represented by the German DVDs released by Anime House) and the Japanese Version included in the limited Seijushi Bismark DVD box-sets 1 and 2 released by Pioneer LDC.

Runtime of the American Version: 00:21:47:04
Runtime of the Japanese Version: 00:24:10:01


Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs is a 52-episode American TV series with a Japanese origin. The series combines Mecha-Anime and western-elements.
The theme song (performed by Dale Schacker) has a cult status and alwaysw brings back childhood memories every time you hear it.

Naturally, the series was also licensed for other countries: England, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Poland, Russia, China, and others just to name a few. The series was also very popular in southeast Asia. It was pracically marketed and released all over the planet so you can really say that it was a huge success.




The Story of Saber Rider


In a remote future humanity lives on the planet Yuma. Soon, they start to colonize other planets. The Galaxy soon is called "New Frontier". To maintain all the laws and regulations, humanity created the Cavalry Command to protect all the planets. The peace is disturbed when aliens known as Vapor Beings or Outriders attack the planet Alamo. Unfortunately, the Cavalry Command's intervention comes too late - the battle of Alamo ends in a tragedy. Both the Outriders and the Alamos lost heavily. The Outriders fall back and planet Alamo breaks contact with Yuma. 15 years later, the Outriders strike again. The humans are heavily ountnumbered and seem to have no chance. Their last hope is a secret project which is called Ramrod - a huge battleship which is capable to transform into a giant robot. The project is planned under the direction of Commander Eagle - leader of the Cavalry Commando's special unit "Star Sherrif". When a spy named Vanquo finds out everything about Ramrod they face a race against time. Star Sheriff agent Saber Rider is supposed to catch Vanquo before he makes Ramrod's secret location public. When his mission fails, Saber Rider forms an alliance with race driver Fireball and headhunter Colt. In company with Commanrer Eagle's daughter April they're able to save Ramrod and use to obtain and keep peace for the New Frontier.




The Origin of Saber Rider


The series is based on the anime series Sei jūshi Bismarck produced by the Japanese company "Studio Pierrot.CO LTD". In Japan, the series bombed, therefore it was sold to the American company "World Events Productions"(WEP) in 1986. WEP wanted to create a child-friendly series for afternoon television in the tradition of other Sci-Fi-western series such as Galaxy Rangers or Bravestarr. Therefore, they had to change a lot of things.




The Story of Seijūshi Bismark


It's the year 2069. Humans have left the earth to colonize other planets of the solar system. However, the peace they wanted to achieve recedes into the distance - the aliens "Deathcula" attack the planets of the solar system. The humans mobilize against the offenders and form a confederation to fight against the Deathculas. However, some sectors refuse to be a b part of this confederation and choose to fight on their own. One of these "mavericks" is planet Ganymed. While the confederation is already able to defend itself against the attacks, there's a decisive battle between the Deathculas and the army of planet Ganymed. The battle is lead by General Domes. Domes asked the earth for help but didn't get any. The battle seemed to become a shellacking when susdelny pilot Shinjiro Hikari steps in the battle. Thanks to the spacepilot's brave behavior they were able to beat the Deathculas. However, Shinjiro pays for his fame with his life. The following time of piece is characterized by the cold-hearted relationship between Ganymed and the earth since general Domes lost any trust in the humans living on planet earth. The Deathculas had to return to their home planet Meteus and then tried to rebuilt their army. 15 years later in the year 2084 the enemy strikes again and starts to attack all the peoples (who now live in peace with each other) of the solar system. The solar system cofederation can't protect all the humans on all the planets who are unable to defend themselves against the enemies. Scientist Dr. Charles Louvre develops a new battle group which is called "Bismark". It is a special unit which is capable to transform into a giant robot. With this weapon they now have the strength to fight back. The team consists of 4 high qualified and very different persons: 17-year-old Japanese Shinji Hikari, 16-year-old American Bill Willcox, 18-year-old Richard Lancelot from Scotland on his Majesty's service, and 15-year-old Marianne Louvre from France who is Bismark-designer Charles Louvre's daughter.

This information was taken from the German "Seijūshi Bismark" webpage.




Editing the Series


    Names
  • The series (obviously) was renamed from "Seijūshi Bismark" to "Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs".
  • Almost all the persons, places, planets, organizations, and vehicles were changed / Americanized (for this, take a look at the chart below).
  • Many of the places/vehicles/etc. were named after American words/cities such as Eagle, Yuma, Colt, New Dallas, Dakota, Alamo, and so on. Thus, they eliminated all the Asian-sounding names.
  • By changing the names they also blanketed any connection to the real world. In the Japanese version the series takes place in our solar system. Because of the different names for the planets, the American version takes place in an unknown galaxy far away.

    Intro and Credits
  • The intro as well as the credits are completely different. For further details, look at the main report of the first episode.

    Music and Sounds
  • All the music for the American version was composed by Dale Schacker and has a "Wild West" feel to it.
  • All the sounds were (gunfire, engines of space ships, and so on) were edited / added by the American company.





Story


The central topic of the Japanese original is an unadorned war where innocent people die.
Thus, the Japanese version is rather violent and (despite the humor) has a very serious and aggressiv undertone.
To form this into a childrens TV series they had to change this undertone as well as reduce the violence.
They also changed a lot of other things (either for the different American notion or other reasons), resulting in a completely different series in terms of story as well as mood and style.


  • Different Background Story
    The background story of the series was completely changed (for this, read the paragraph "Outriders").

  • Different Story of the Episodes
    The crucial course of the episodes stayed intact but had to be adapted to the American mentality as well as the American TV standards (some characters stayed alive even though they were killed in the Japanese version). This sometimes changes the whole story of the episodes.




    Shortened Scenes


  • Violent Scenes
    They mainly cut out violence against human beings (especially if the scens show humans being shot, hit, or blown to bits). However, they also cut out drastic violence against the alien Outriders.

  • Morally Alarming Scenes
    Morally alarming scenes (e.g. the consuming of alcohol, bad/aggressive behavior, violence against kids, kids carrying guns, ...) had to be cut out.

  • Humor and Emotional Scenes
    Funny scenes (including weird facial expressions) as well as emotional scenes were cut out.

  • Dialogues
    For each episode they shortened numerous dialogues. They did this in order to fit the dialogues to the American dialogues (which were more or less rewritten) in terms of length, timing, and lip synch.

  • Various Scenes
    For all the episodes thes deleted various scenes (e.g. pan shots of buildings and places).
    These scenes probably didn't quite fit in the American storyline or were just not needed there.
    However, they mainly cut such scenes away to achieve a consistant runtime for every episode.

  • Framecuts
    There are numerous cuts that only cut away a few frames and that would fit into the above-mentioned category. Lots of these cuts are probably a result of a faulty master or something like this.
    Every now and then they cut a few frames away to eliminate minor mistakes (e.g. a black screen in the middle of a scene).





The Characters


One of the major changes of the series are the characters. Especially the "leader issue" has far-reaching consequences for the whole series.


  • Alteration of the Ages
    The main characters are older. In the Japanese version they're aged between 15 and 18. In the American version they seem to be way older.

  • The Leader Issue
    The "leader issue" is one of the main differences of the series and concerns the characters Saber Rider and Fireball.

    While in the Japanese version Fireball (Shinji Hikari) is the leader of the Star Sherriffs (Team Bismark), the American version made his older brother Saber Rider (Richard Lancelot) the leader of the team.
    He's the leader because he's the oldest, most experienced and most balanced characters of the bunch; Fireball is a little younger and hastier.


They had to change several things in order to make Saber Rider the leader of the troop.

  • Saber Rider now is the name giver of the series.
  • Saber Rider also is the narrator of the story. In the first episode he introduces the series like a story by telling the audience what the series is all about. In the individual episodes he always introduces and ends the story. This makes him a person of authority which makes it easier to accept him as the leader.
  • Whenever Fireball gives orders or commands, they tried to cut these out as often as possible or just replaced them by orders/commands given by Saber Rider.
  • Even though Saber Rider often rather stays on the sideline, he still very often is a conversational topic and gives orders.


Even though they really tried to cover up Fireball's position as the leader of the group, it still doesn't work every time.
Fireball still is a way too dominant character. He mostly assumes control and almost constantly gets the final word for important decisions. Additionally, he's always standing in the front while Saber Rider can rather be seen in the far right.




    Additional Changes of the Characters
  • In the Japanese version, April Eagle (Marianne Louvre) is 15 years old and therefore acts more childlike and emotional than the other characters. In the American version she seems to be a little more mature.

  • Archenemy Jesse Blue (Perios) is not a human being in the Japanese version, he's an Outrider (Deathcula) and also their security chief.
    In the American version he's an arrogant ex-cadet of the Star Sherriffs who fell in love with April Eagle. Because of injured pride and rejection he leaves the team and defects to the Outriders. He wants to prove to April that he's a good fighter. This background story is told in 2 additional episodes that were exclusively produced for the American version.




    The Outriders (Japanese: Deathcula)
  • In the Japanese version, the Outriders are an intelligent and brutal alien race who want to conquer the human galaxy.
  • In the American version teh Outriders are rather stupid. They often have sily conversations along with dumb-sounding voices (one example would be a scene where one Outrider asks another one what time it is. The other Outrider replies that he doesn't know the time since he doesn't know how to read a clock.).
  • The Outriders are said to be "phantom beings" who don't die but rather jump back to their own dimension every time they're wounded/shot. The American version underlines this fact by several dialogues that talk about this ability.
    This change suggests that the Outriders can't die. This also means that it doesn't matter how many Outriders are killed in each episode. This makes the American version a little less menacing than the Japanese version.
  • The reasons to why the Outriders attach the humans is rather ridiculous:
  • In the Japanese version, the Outriders want to conquer a new habitat since their home planet was completely destroyed and exploited. Additionally they want revenge for their critical defeat.
  • In The American version the Outriders attack the humans just for fun.
    Since the Outriders neither have feelings nor fun they want to win a war against the humans in order to find out what fun is.





The Dubbing


The dubbing is the key element of the changes as well as the censorship of the series. Due to the change of names and the plot as well as the censorship, most of the dialogues had to be re-written. Some dialogues were just rephrased, while several were mitigated / changed in order to make them funnier than in the Japanese version. Other dialogues were completely changed. The American version also offers dialogues where the Japanese version is just silent. Most of these additional dialogues are just for the sake of fun.


Censorship via Dubbing
With the help of the dubbing the characters sometimes say things that are included to censor the series. These dialogues are mostly very conspicuous and one of the series' trademarks.

  • One of the best examples are the stupid dialogues of the Outriders (for a more detailed description, read the paragraph "Outriders").
  • Humans are never killed but shot with capture guns (they often switch their guns to a torpidity-mode).
  • If any secondary characters die in the Japanese version, the American version usually contains dialogues that "save" them from death (such as "He's just unconscious but not heavily injured.").
  • Every time the Outriders attack, they only destroy remote-controlled cars or emptiy / evacuated buildings.




    Miscellaneous


  • Deleted Episodes
    5 Japanese episodes were completely deleted since they didn't fit in the concept / idea of the American producers. Two of these episodes include a character named "Captain Holiday" who's constantly drunk.

  • Added Episodes
    6 episodes were exclusively produced for the American version. The drawings are a little worse than those of the original episodes and are include a very stereotypical Wetern community by e.g. also including native Americans.

  • Inserted Scenes
    A regular method was to include scenes from other episodes. Most of the time they added some dialogue-scenes to feature characters that were originally not included at this point in the Japanese version of the episode. Many of these scenes are rather irrelevant for the story and often just inlcude funny dialogues.


  • Altered Order
    For the American version they altered the order of the episodes. One can only spaculate to why they did this. Maybe the storyline was the main reason for this akteration. In the first two thirds of the episodes, Commander Gattler is the opponent of the Star Sheriffs. In the last third you only have Jesse Blue as the main villain. By changing the order of the scenes, the series seems to have a little more variety, however, this also carries problems. During the episodes with Jesse Blue, Commander Eagle originally was taken hostage - not so in the episodes with Commander Gattler.
    Additionally, there are episodes including Gattler that take place after his last appearance in the episode "Gattler's Last Stand". Even though they could explain this inconsistency by saying that the Outriders don't die but just warp back to their own dimension - then again, if that's the case, why did they call the episode "Gattler's Last Stand"? This just causes confusion.

    For the German version (which is the main source of this report) they used the original Japanese order of the episodes. Only the 6 episodes that were exclusively produced for the American version were not included in a sensible way but rather just included after the last epsiode. For the DVD they remedied this mistake.


  • Inserted Transitions
    The American version regularly fades from one scene to the next one. In the Japanese version this happens way less frequently / not at all.


Animated Transitions
In the American version there are 2 types of transitions:

  • Sword-Transition

A transition-effect that pays tribute to the titular character.



  • Transition

This type of transition moves fast from right to left / left to right. Depending of the direction of the movement, the transition is either green or brown. This type of transition originates from the Japanese version, however, there it occurs way less frequently.



  • Non-Animated Transitions

Most of the transitions are just regular transition effects that you know from movies.

Examples:






The DVD


Saber Rider
  • In the years 2003/04 the complete season was released as a DVD box-set with 10 DVDs. In april 2007 they also released a limited collector's edition that included pewter figures of the main characters.
    After this limited box-set was (almost) out of print, they released yet another edition of the series in september 2009. It was released in 2 different boxes (each including 5 DVDs).
  • In the USA they at first released a "Best Of" DVD, including 10 episodes of the series. Then in november 18th, 2008, they startet releasing the complete series in 3 different box-sets. Finally, in October 2009, they also released a complete box-set (including 6 DVDs) with all the episodes in 1 box.
  • In the UK they momentarily just sell a DVD that includes 4 episodes.



Seijūshi Bismark
The Japanese original was released in 2 seperate DVD-boxes as a limited edition in Japan.
Unfortunately they don't include any subtitles and have so far only been released in Japan. By now, these DVD-boxes are very rare and unbelievably expensive. So far, there are no future plans to release the series in any other country.




Comparison of the Names


You now will see a list of the most important characters along with their names in both versions.

Japanese Version:American Version:
DeathculaOutrider
Team BismarkStar Sheriffs
Solar System ConfederationNew Frontier
Planet EarthPlanet Yuma
Planet GanymedPlanet Alamo
Shinji HikariFireball
Richard LancelotSaber Rider
Bill WilcoxColt
Marianne LouvreApril
Chales LouvreCommander Eagle
General DomesKing Jarred
HyuzaNemesis
PeriosJesse Blue
ZatoraGattler
BismarkRamrod
Road LeonRed Fury Racer
DonatelloSteed
Arrow StrikerBroncobuster





Comparison of the Images


The Japanese version has a better image quality than the American version.
For this comparison, the images come from the German and the Japanese DVD. Generally, the image of the German DVD is more blurred and paler. Additionally, the German DVD includes interlace flickers (resulting from a bad transition from NTSC to PAL) which are very apparent when you watch the DVDs.

Japanese DVD: German DVD:







Conclusion


It's not easy to say which of the versions is the better one. The Japanese version is more complex, more serious and more realistic than the American version. The American version tones down the violence and pretty much erased death from the series. There are a few plotholes which most of the time result from all the alterations from the American version. However, the great dubbing of Saber Rider as well as the music are a great advantage of the American version. Still, the Japanese version has quite a good soundtrack as well.

So, it pretty much is a matter of your own taste, so check out both versions and make up your own mind.

If you want to have more information on Saber Rider and Seijūshi Bismark, there are plenty of webpages to choose from.


We would like to thank the following webpages for supplying us with background information about both of the series, covers, and translations for this report:



    Note:
  • The time designations refer to the Japanese version.
  • To ensure a comparison that is frame-exact, the version was converted from NTSC to PAL.
  • The Japanese titles of the episodes will be translated - therefore, they might not be 100% accurate.
  • Framecuts up to 5 frames will be ignored for the reports - after all, they're already very extensive; including every single difference would just simply break the mold. However, if any of these cuts include important footage, they (of course) will be mentioned.
  • Both versions always include a little preview of the following episode. These previews won't be mentioned in the reports.

Plot differences in Episode 3


This episode is a perfect example for the story differences in the US Version. Usually, the reasons aren't reasonable. To make it easier to understand, I'm gonna name the differences right here. In the comparison itself, I'm just gonna mention the particular scenes. For some reason, the background story of this episode has been totally changed / simplified. It's not a big deal in Saber Rider, nevertheless the story of the Original Version is much more complex. The remaining differences are censored action scenes.

The background story


Seijushi Bismark
There are lots of meteoroid showers on Yuma / Ganymed. The Star Sheriffs want to check out that phenomenon. Out of the blue they're being attacked by the Outriders.

Saber Rider
For some unmentioned reason, the Star Sheriffs are being called to Dakota. They aren't aware whether the Outriders are involved or not. They're being attacked while looking around.

Hoydt


Hoydt (Domingo in the Original Version) is a 10-year-old kid. His character and his background have been heavily modified. The censorship is actually pretty bad and cause a lot of weird moments in the episode.

Seijushi Bismark
After the Star Sheriffs were attacked, Colt can confront an Outrider to get information. Suddenly the Outrider gets shot by Hoydt from the background. It turns out Hoydt's town got mugged by the Outriders. His parents were killed and others were forced to build a base for the Outriders. Hoydt could escape and and took the Outrider out as an act of revenge.
The Star Sheriffs agree to free the people hold captive in the base.

Saber Rider
After the Star Sheriffs were attacked, Colt can confront an Outrider to get information. Colt wants to know if he hold any people captive and where. Suddenly Hoydt shows up and the Outrider vanishes. The Outrider's execution has just been removed. In Saber Rider, Hoydt's parents haven't been killed but abducted with the others. Instead an unfinished base, the people have to work in the silver mines. The Star Sheriffs agree to free Hoydt's parents and the others in the silver mines.

The Meteorites


In the Original Version, the meteorites aren't only reason for the plot. The Outriders use the meteorites as transportation for construction material to build the base. That's why there are extraordinarily much meteorites showers. All that isn't an issue in Saber Rider.


Title of the Episode


The Japanese Version shows the title of the episode in an additional scene after the intro. In the US Version, the title pops up at the very beginning of the episode.

Seijushi Bismark



Saber Rider


The Japanese Version is 5 sec 24 frames longer



Saber's Introduction


Saber Rider starts with an introductory monolog. That monolog justifies the opening sequence with the meteroite showers. In opposite to the Original Version, the US Version doesn't bear the meteroites in mind. Without that monolog, the meteroites wouldn't be out of context and pointless.


The meteorite shower


Meteroite shower on Yuma / Ganymed at the beginning of the episode.

02:16:13-02:20:12
Missing dialog scene.
4 sec



02:25:21-02:33:01
The shot of the second guy stepping forward to the monitor and standing still is longer. Furthermore a part of the scene has been added a second time. If you watch precisely, you can notice the guy's head moving. In the Original Version, the guy has a short dialog. In Saber Rider, the other guy talks.
+1.25 sec



Additional scene
02:44:03
Transition in Saber Rider.
+2 sec



The briefing


03.18.10-03.20.18
Shortened shot of Colt's face because Saber Rider speaks for an extended period in the background.
1.25 sec



03:36:09-03:41:20
Saber Rider talking in front of a shell.
2.5 sec



3.42.13-3.43.21
Extended shot of Colt talking.
+13 frames



03:44:07-03:46:09 2.02
Same here.
+2 sec



03:48:05-03:51:07
Saber Rider's dialog has been shortened.
1.25 sec



04:02:14-04:06:10
Same with Fireball's dialog.
1.25 sec



04:28:08-04:30:11
Missing scene.
2 sec



Removed/shortened scene
04:30:12-04:34:23
The conversation between Colt and Fireball and has been shortened and removed. 21 frames of Colt's dialog are missing and so is Fireball's entire dialog.
2.25 sec



Arrival on Dakota


Additional scene
04:38:03
Funnily enough, a short scene of the planet of the Outriders has been added here. Some space ship is approaching the planet. The scene is supposed to illustrate that the Star Sheriffs have arrived on Dakota.
+3 sec



Additional scene1
04:43:03
3 dialog scenes have been added here. First of all the removed/shortened scene from 04:30:12-04:34:23 plus one of Fireball and one of Saber Rider from another passage of the episode.
Colt says they were going to see a lovely spot. Fireballs is affirmative and realizes those were the Black Hills on Dakots. Saber Rider says to have a look from close range.
+6.25 sec



04:54:10-04:59:09
Extended shot in the Original Version before Colt turns around and starts talking.
20 frames



05:46:05-05:49.04
Missing shot of the characters standing in front of Ramrod. Saber Rider says sth. Suddenly noises of Outrider ships in the background. Fireball is irritated and looks sideways.
Here Saber Rider restarts. Fireball notices the hostiles, gets scared and warns the others. To avoid continuity faults, the audio track of Saber Rider contains shooting noises at the beginning. The noises are supposed to explain why Fireball suddenly notices the hostiles because the shot of Fireball hearing the ships and looking at them is missing.
3 sec



06:00:07-06:01:05
An Outrider gets hit in the chest.
1 sec



06:04:10-06:06:12
Extended shot of the Outrider flying over Ramrod.
2 sec



06:14:21-06:16:10
The explosion is only 9 frames long in Saber Rider. In the Original Version, it's longer.
1.25 sec



The Chase


Additional scene
06:26:11
Colt's starting scene has been reinsert. He says sth. to start the Bronco Buster.
+3.25 sec



06:58:01-07:02:23
After Colt hit the ship of the Outriders, the shot of the Outrider getting tossed out of the ship and hitting the ground is missing.
5 sec



07:35:15-07:41:01
Colt's Dialog is shorter.
2 sec



Comparison of the Dialog
Seijushi Bismark
In the Original Version, Colt questions the Outrider about the permanent meteorite showers.
Saber Rider
Colt says he was going to give him a good advice. He tells him not to touch the gun. Then he asks why he didn't leave into his own dimension. He adds he knew he had a captive around there and wants to know the exact location.
Outrider: "..........."
Colt tells the Outrider to forget that because he'd never expected to get a serious answer anyway.
The Outrider wants him to wait because he was going to tell him. He says he was over there.
The conversation doesn't make any sense and is supposed to cover up the following cut, which didn't really work.

07:43:17-07:50:07
The Outrider gets shot in the stomach from behind. Colt takes cover behind a tree. The camera pans to the wood glade. The beginning of the pan shot (the dead Outrider on the ground) is missing.
6.5 sec




Because of the cut, the Outrider just vanishes into thin air. The so-called captive (please see the differences in the dialog) is just standing around with a gun in his hand. All that ought to cover up the fact that a kid has a gun and uses it.

Hoydt



07:55:11-07:56:04
Extended shot of Hoydt. In the Original Version, Colt doesn't say anything but he comes up with rhetorical question in Saber Rider.
+3 sec



Censored dialog
Colt's dialog when he sees Hoydt has been censored. He explains to a kid with a toy gun not to walk around with that kind of toys because it could become dangerous for him.
Though I don't know the original dialog, I know that this alternate dialog has been used because of censorship with the intention to cover the fact that a kid is walking around with a real gun.

07:59:15-08:02:09
Colt approaching the Outrider lying on the ground and turns around to Hoydt.
2.75 sec



08:02:09-08:04:05
Colt's dialog is longer. In the Original Version, his voice sounds pushier.
+1.5 sec



08:16:16-08:21:10
Colt grabs Hoydt's arm. Hoydt looks oddly. It seems like it hurts.
4.75 sec



Additional scene
08:21:10
Added transition of Saber Rider.
+2 sec



08:53:15-08:54:22
In the Original Version, Hoydt waits longer until he responds to April.
1 sec



09:05:20-09:07:23
Extended zoom to Hoydt before the flashback in the Original Version. The transition effect to the flashback is also missing. As a result of that, the beginning of the flashback is missing as well.
1.5 sec



The Flashback


The flashback of the attack of Hoydt's village has been shortened and modified.
In Saber Rider, the entire flashback is surrounded by a white frame. Furthermore the flashback is accompanied by a voice over of Hoydt. That's not the case in the Original Version.

09:23:11-09:26:07
The captives get locked up.
3 sec



09:29:13-09:35.14
Hoydt's dad leaves the house and yells sth. He gets shot by an Outrider but he can take him out with his own gun. Now Hoydt's mom shows up. Then both of his parents get shot but that's hardly recognizable. At least the Original Version contains the parents' screaming in the audio track.
6 sec



10:05:22-10:08:14
Extended shot of Colt's face in Saber Rider.
+1.25 sec



10:29:04-10:54:16
A longer part of the conversation is missing here.
25.5 sec



10:56:05-10:56:22
Saber Rider's dialog is 7 frames longer.
+7 frames



10:56:22-11:40:14
Another longer part of the conversation.
43.75 sec



Additional scene
11:40:14
Added Saber Rider transition.
+2 sec



Additional scene
After the transition, a scene from another episode has been insert here. Gattler (Zatora) lands his ship in one of the mines. Two outriders in a vehicle are coming closer.
Gattler says he was back. One of the Outriders says everything was fine in the mines and Gattler tells him to get back to work.
+17 sec



The Way to the Mine


11:40:16-11:46:02
The scene is slightly shorter. The shot of Saber Rider is missing here.
1 sec



Additional scene
11:57:23
A removed/shortened scene has been insert here.
An Outrider says to Gattler the captives were weak. Gattler replies to let them work harder because that mission mustn't fail. He adds they needed more silver. The Outrider obeys Gattler's order.
The time difference is at the passage where the scene has been placed in the Original Version.
no difference



11:57:23-11:57:26
For some reason, 3 frames of the beginning of the dialog are missing here. As a result of that, Hoydt's mouth is closed in Saber Rider but open in the Original Version when he starts talking.
3 frames



Comparison of the Dialog
12:09:23-12:21:18
The following scene hasn't been changed but it's still pretty important for the different plot.
Seijushi Bismark
Taking a close look at the scene, one can notice a meteorite on the ground. A vehicles drives out of it. Bottom line: the meteorites are being used to transport components for the base in the Original Version.
Saber Rider
Colt tells the others to check out the facilities. Saber Rider replies the mine had to be the main source for silver. Colt says Gattler wasn't going to be very happy if they pulled the plug.



12:25:20-12:29:19
Shortened tracking shot to Hoydt.
0.75 sec



Additional scene
12:28:24
A Saber Rider transition has been added here.
+2 sec



12:29:20-12:40:20
Missing eyecatch scenes in the middle.
11 sec



12:56:03-13:13:16
A man with some metal plates on his shoulders is walking across a bridge. The following is missing: the man drops with exhaustion. A guard yells at him and starts whipping him. Then he wraps the whip around the man'd neck and pushes over the handrail of the bridge and the an falls down.
17.5 sec




Shortened/removed scene
13:18:18-13:30:17
The scene is slightly shorter and has been removed to 11:57:23.
1 sec



Another kind of surprise attack


13:30:19
Freeze frame for approx. 1 sec at the beginning. That means the shot of the Outrider is longer and he says it was safe. In the Original Version, the camera just pans over the Outrider.
+1 sec



13:36:06-13:43:07
The dialog between Fireball and Hoydt is shorter.
2.25 sec



Additional scene
13:57:19
A short scene from another episode has been insert here.
Gattler says there was a security breach.
+5.25 sec



14:29:05-14:32:19
Saber Rider flies to three hostiles standing on a rock with his jetpack (screen 1+2). The shot of him slicing and dicing them with his sword. The footage of the last screen is also in the US Version.
3.5 sec




14:35:20-14:49:22
Colt and Hoydt are fighting with a couple of Outriders. It's very likeley that this scene has been removed because Hoydt uses his gun.
14 sec



Additional scene
15:47:10
Added scene from this episode. The scene has been extended by freezing the last frame.
Gattler implies he is going to kill the Star Sheriffs if they make it in. Then he laughs maniacally.
Then a transition.
+9.5 sec



Clearance of the Mine


15:48:20-15:49:24
Colt leaps down into the room. The shot of him knocking out a hostile with his gun is missing.
Because of that, it looks like Colt jumps onto him.
1 sec



16:01:02-16:03:02
Slightly shortened scene.
1 sec



16:03:03-16:07:15
Ditto.
1.75 sec



Additional scene
16:05:20
Added scene with the Nemesis (Hyuza), the head of the Outriders. He tells Gattler to stop the Star Sheriffs or he (Gattler) had to get the silver from the mine with bare hands. Thanks to the scene, Nemesis shows up much earlier than in the Original Version.
+6 sec



The Tank


17:16:05-17:19:19
A man has to take a lethal hit by the tank. The camera pans from the body to the Star Sheriffs and the others.
3.5 sec



17:21:14-17:41:21
The tank keeps shooting. Distance shot of the dead guy. Fireball says sth. So does Colt. Then he looks up to a pipe at the ceiling. Colt asks the guy next to him (presumably) what the deal with the pipe was. The guy responds and Colt makes Fireball aware of it. The tank comes closer. The Star Sheriffs shoot the pipe which destroys the tank. That very last scene is also in Saber Rider.
20.25 sec



17:58:09-17:58:23
Slightly extended scene in Saber Rider.
+1 sec



Additional scene
17:58:24
Added transition in Saber Rider.
+2 sec



The escape


18.15.05-18.18.05
Slightly shorter dialog.
0.25 sec


Additional scene
18:18:06
Two added scenes here.
Nemesis tells Gattler to stop them and he replies he wasn't going to let them get out.
+7 sec



Additional scene
18:18:06
The scene from 18.15.05 has been added for 1.5 sec here. This time Colt doesn't say anything.
+1.5 sec



19:19:09
This scene has been freezed, that's why it's longer than the Original Version.
+3.25 sec



20:42:15-20:44:23
After the Star Sheriffs set foot on Ramrod, the shot of Ramrod passing by the Renegade is missing.
2.25 sec



Additional scene
20:44:23
A scene from another episode has been insert here once again. Fireball saddles and pushes the transformation button.
+4 sec



The Transformation Sequence


Seijushi Bismark
The electric shocks from the Original Version, when Ramrod's legs are being driven out, are missing in the US Version. Other passages are slightly shorter in the Original Version and I'm not talking about the standards like the blazing fist, the bridge scebe etc. I figure the length of the sequence needed to be adjusted to the music rhythm but that's just a wild guess.

20:44:24-20:45:10
11 missing frames at the beginning of the transformation.
11 frames



Added scene
20:54:10
The Original Version is shorter than Saber Rider.
+1.75 sec



Additional scene
20:54:11
The transformation of the bridge has been reinsert here.
+14.5 sec



Additional scene
20:54:11
The Original Version is shorter than Saber Rider again.
+7 frames



The End of the Transformation Sequence
21:01:06-21:03:09
Seijushi Bismark
The Original Version only contains a short distance shot of Ramrod's head.
Saber Rider


The standard ending of the scene in Saber Rider.


Saber Rider is approx. 0.5 sec longer.
+0.5 sec

The Fight with Renegade


21:03:09-21:05:07
Missing shot of Ramrod landing on the ground after the transformation.
2 sec



21:53:20-21:56:20
The scene is slightly shorter.
15 frames



21:56:21-21:58:20
Ditto.
4 frames



21:58:21-22:03:00
Extended shot of Ramrod shooting at Renegade.
1.25 sec



Additional scene
22:16:09
A transition has been added.
+1 sec



Additional scene
Added scene from another episode here. Gattler is being taken to Nemesis by two guards.
One of the guards tells Gattler to move. Nemesis says Gattler was becoming useless for him because he'd failed again. Gattler asks Nemesis for foregiveness but Nemesis has had it with him, he doesn't want to see him anymore.
Cut to the next scene during the last second of Nemesis' dialog. That scene doesn't make any sense at all because Gattler has lots of appearances in the followong episodes. Though Nemesis just doesn't want to see him anymore, it's still pretty weird.




The Final Sequence


For censorship reasons, the end sequences are different. In Saber Rider, Hoydt's parents survive. That's why the entire sequence needed to be modified.

Seijushi Bismark
Colt and Hoydt in front of the grave of Hoydt's parents. Hoydt lays a wreath. He and Colt are talking before the camera moves away to the other Star Sheriffs and the sun going down. Then the credits.




Saber Rider
The final sequence has been assorted with dialog scenes in the woods, which have been redubbed to make it suitable.
Saber Rider congrats Hoydt because he did really good. Colt says they were all going to miss him and he'd really liked having him there. Then he tells him to take care of himself. Fireball agrees with Colt and cals Hoydt a true hero. April mentions Hoydt had good news for them and she wants him to tell. Hoydt explains he'd found his parents and that they could escape with the others. Saber Rider thinks he (Hoydt) was a lucky one. April says she loved happy ends.
Then the credits.





The credits


A detailed comparison of the credits can be found in the comparison to episode 1.

Runtime of the credits in the American Version 00:01:19
Runtime of the credits in the Japanese Version 00:01:02
17 sec
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