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Comparison:

  • BBFC 18
  • German DVD
Release: Jan 11, 2010 - Author: Demerest - Translator: Victor - external link: IMDB
BBFC 18-Video: 1:30:30 (1:26:58 without ending credits)
German DVD: 1:30:27 (1:26:56 without ending credits)

2 credit changes= -3 seconds
1 cut scene= 1,2 seconds

Comparison between the cut BBFC 18 tape from 4 Front Video/Universal and the uncut German DVD from Kinowelt.

"The Quest" (1996) is a somewhat unusual entry in the filmography of "The Muscles from Brussels" Jean-Claude Van Damme, betting its money not so much on action scenes but more on the story and photography. Especially the first half is rather slow and not really innovative so that the viewer has to hang in there until the tournament starts where fighters from all over the world compete. Here the fights are pretty high class in terms of quantity as well as quality, but not as brutal as they were in "Bloodsport" (1988). So despite the presence of Roger Moore as the leading role beside van Damme the movie is somewhat mediocre.

In Great Britain the video version had to be cut in one scene. According to BBFC guidelines, a "Double Ear Clap" had to go. Later VHS and DVD releases are supposed to contain the uncut version.

Trivia:

The film is Jean-Claude Van Dammes debut as a director.

The film is inspired by Frank Dux' experiences in fighting tournaments ll over the world that also inspired the Martial Arts classic "Bloodsport" (1988) in which van Damme had his breakthrough as an action star.

Madonna was one of the first choices for the role of "Carrie Newton".

Note: Master errors, Jump-Cuts and other scene extensions/shortenings around one second were not counted as a cut and are not listed here, so a further difference in running time is possible. Running time data is taken from the uncut version.
Opening credits:

0:00:00
BBFC 18:
Here we see the "Universal"-logo, followed by the "Universal Pictures presents" text.

FSK 16:
Here we only see the "MDP"-Logo.
-3 sec.
BBFC 18:FSK 16:




Brazil versus China:

1:05:21
The Chinese fighter (fighting "monkey" style) gives the Brasilian Capoeira fighter a "Double Ear Clap".
1,2 sec.




Ending credits:

1:30:03
BBFC 18:
The rest of the credits runs over still moving pictures. At the end we read the production year "1996", "City Studios Inc." as second corporation and Bulgaria as the country where the movie was first released.

German DVD:
Here the rest of the credits are shown in pieces. At the end we read the production year "1995" and "USA" as the country where the film was first released.
No time difference
BBFC 18:FSK 16:

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