Compared are the cut US Version with the title DOCTOR BUTCHER, M.D. and the International Version* with the title ZOMBI HOLOCAUST (both available on the new US Blu-ray by Severin Films)
26 differences, including
* 24x additional footage in the International Version
* 2x additional footage in the US Version
* 2 Recuts
- Additional Footage US Version: 472 sec (= 7:51 min)
- Additional Footage International Version: 600.8 sec (= 10:01 min)
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)
00:00-02:47 / 00:00-02:04
Alternate opening: The Original Version shows a freeze frame during the credits, followed by a pan to the clinic.
The US Version on the other hand shows a certain "Snuff Maximus" digging out of his grave. Then he staggers around. By showing the zombies from the second half of the movie (despite an entirely different background, they are facing the cemetary zombie all of a sudden and he makes a fist), a loose connection is being made. Eventually, even laymen should be able to recognize that this has nothing to do with the actual movie. Last but not least, a newspaper report informs the audience that more than 100 bodies are on the road.
US Version 43.3 sec longer
03:06 / 02:23-02:38
The stranger opens the door plus his way to the autopsy is longer.
05:21 / 04:53-05:06
In the autopsy, Dr. Dreylock walks up to the bodies and uncovers them.
06:01 / 05:46-06:08
Longer shot of Dr. Dreylock doing the autopsy on the students. He explains the workings of the stomach during.
06:48 / 06:55-07:19
When the lesson is over and the students leave, a conversation between Dr. Dreylock and Lori is missing. They discuss that the hand thing was no isolated incident and that Dr. Dreylock refuses to go to the cops in oder to not disgrace the hospital. He also asks Lori how an incident like that was even possible these days. They then leave the autopsy.
06:55 / 07:26-07:44
Longer tracking shot across town. A car is driving on the road and the camera zooms in on it a little.
A good example for the alternate score by the way: It is rather sinister and menacing in the Original Version while the US Version contains synthesizer sound.
07:37 / 08:26-08:55
From the building, the camera zooms in on the road with the car passing by. Then we see the inside of the car: Lori and the Professor are in it.
08:01 / 09:19-09:26
After Lori says goodbye to the Professor, she walks up the way by the restaurant.
09:11 / 10:36-10:58
Lori goes to the bedroom and takes off her jacket.
10:01 / 11:48-12:12
Lori lights a candle in the living room.
11:10 / 13:21-13:35
Susan asks Lori how her affection for exotic art originated. Lori explains that besides medicine, she was an anthropologist. Susan turns back around to the dagger on the wall and takes a closer look at it.
11:22 / 13:47-13:53
The wall slightly longer plus the subsequent shot is shorter at the beginning. to be more specific, the footage of the perp opening the door to autopsy is missing.
12:29 / 15:00-15:03
Dr. Dreylock a little longer, followed by a cut to the perp.
13:07 / 15:41-15:51
The tracking shot across the building is longer.
14:08 / 16:52-17:00
Chandler says to Dr. Drydock he needed to do without his assistent prematurely because he needed her for scientific counseling. Drydock explains this was not an option.