This is a comparison between the cut US DVD released by Shout! Factory and the uncut German DVD released by Cosmopolitan Pictures (as well as the slightly logner German VHS released by Constantin).
- 7 cuts + 6 further differences to the German VHS
- Difference in time: 53.4 sec + 12.8 sec
A few minor differences that result from a faulty mastertape and have a runtime of less than 0.5 sec were ignored for this report.
This is a pretty entertaining end time flick that was produced in New Zealand in 1982 and was obviously influenced by Mad Max II. After the movie had for years only been available on VHS in Germany (and on a bootlegged DVD made from this VHS) the movie was finally released on an official DVD on June 19th, 2015. It made use of the pretty solid master of the US DVD released by Shout! Factory. However, what had not been known prior to this release was the fact that this master (and possibly all other US versions) was cut in comparison to the German VHS tape. A few dialog sequences had been cut (possibly due to jumpcuts in the master) and an emergancy care equence as well as an implied scene of incest were censored.
Thankfully, the producers of the German DVD re-included all material that had been cut out of the US master. As a result, the image quality suffers at times, yet the version is at least complete - or so it seems. When taking a look at the runtimes of the DVD, it became apparent that in comparison to the German VHS a few seconds were still missing. An explanation for this are reel changes and accompanying effects of the re-inclusion of the missing sequences. The missing moments do not include any dialog, thus the lack is not that bothersome. Those scenes are included in the second part of the report - a separate report was not really necessary, after all, nothing specatular happens and no scene is missing in its entirety. Thus, we do not advise prospects against buying the German DVD. Curiously enough, there is a short re-cut towards the beginning of the German VHS.
We want to thank the user spannick for providing us with the material for this comparison!
Time designations are given as follows:
US DVD [NTSC] / German DVD [PAL]
13:55 / 13:21-13:25
Even towards the beginning, the shot of Straker was taken from the lower quality master since the last few seconds – including an additional comment – were cut out. After the sentence"500 yards up the road you have lookouts.“ he adds that they are going to get fresh water from the river. Also, they want to get a few of their men every day.
Note: During the missing sequences, the English soundtrack also just includes the German soundtrack. Thus, the original soundtrack was not available.
56:52 / 54:37-54:48
After Corlie forgave Judd and agrees to have a cup of tea, a short scene with dialog was cut out.
Judd looks around and says that he likes Orrin's furnishing. It indicates respect. Corlie answers that this is just a temporary situation until she gets her own home.
69:10 / 66:35-66:42
Hunter is treated a little longer and thes discuss the respective methods a little longer.
After Hunter says "They'll be after me, they might come here." Charlene answers that this is impossible. Alvin says that she has some curative powder that had helped in many cases. Charlene responds that back then she used to have penicillin. Alvin says she should try it with that. From Charlene's sentence that starts wiht "I can cure arthritis and..." onwards, the two versions are back in sync.
69:34 / 67:06-67:08
During hunters treatment, a long shot was cut out during which a glowing stick is placed on his wound.
70:40 / 68:11-68:15
A short comment by Straker was cut out which is why the entire sequence was taken from the VHS tape.
72:10 / 69:41-70:01
The beginning of the shot og Corlie in Straker's arms is also in the US Version. But actually, it is destinctly longer which is why it has been entirely taken from the bad master for the German DVD.
Corlie also says: "I hate you!"
Straker responds: "And I love you!"
Corlie whines a little. Still in his arms, she says it was not possible.
77:08 / 74:46-74:52
After a shot of the truck there are two missing shots inside. Corlie says that he will never get that and Straker responds that he should just wait.
|German VHS||German DVD|