Release: May 05, 2017 - Author: Tony Montana - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB - more from this series
Compared are the cut Syndicated Version (UK BD by Fabulous Films / First Edition) and the Uncut Version (UK BD by Fabulous Films / New Edition).
- 3 cuts
- Length difference: 48.4
Please note: Since the Uncut Versions are available as two-part episodes while the Syndicated Versions are available as two single episodes (for obvious reasons), the Uncut Version lacks the end credits of Part 1 & the opening and recap at the beginning of Part 2. Furthermore, the commercial breaks differ which may result in minor differences such as a longer or an additional black screen. All that has not been considered in the following comparison which only lists the actual cuts/differences made for syndication. There is one exception though: Occasionally, the Syndicated Version lacks a small shot due to a commercial break. This will also be listed as cut in the following comparison.
Basically, the UK Blu-ray box set is a very nice release. Except for one thing: The two-part episodes of seasons 2, 3 and 4 are only available as Syndicated Versions. Those versions are cut in order to fit in the (US) time slot. Since those versions have a length of approx.45 minutes (Blu-ray / NTSC) each, the time issue is not an issue anymore.
But this is only the case with the first 500 box sets. According to Fabulous Films, the subsquent box sets do contain the Uncut Version. For those of you who have bought one of the first 500 box sets: You can send the discs with the Syndicated Versions to Fabulous Films and get them replaced with the discs containing the Uncut Versions - for free. If you want to keep the Syndicated Version, you can get the replacement discs for a small fee (£10 incl. shipping to Germany but I do not know if it is cheaper within the UK or more expensive if the discs need to be shipped to a different country).
As for the Syndicated Versions: They are still watchable but a fan notices the missing footage. For that reason, one should watch the Uncut Versions.
As already mentioned, the two-part episodes of seasons 2, 3 and 4 are cut. Be that as it may, there have been comparisons for the season 3 ("The Bend in the River") in our archive for quite some time now: Comparison for Part 1 & Comparison for Part 2. The reason is simple: This two-part episode is cut on the UK DVD and it turns out that the UK DVD contains the Syndicated Version. This has been checked and confirmed.
Time index refers to
Syndicated Version - Uncut Version.
03:40 / 50:11
After the opening and the subsequent recap, one here gets to see the shots of the train from the Uncut Version (before Murdock has his ear on the rail - please see 42:00 / 48:48 in the comparison for Part 1). Contrary to the Uncut Version, one here gets to see the title of the episode (not considered in length difference calculation).
Syndicated Version 8.2 sec longer
03:49 / 50:11
Right after that, there is another alteration. While the Syndicated Version continues with Amy, the Uncut Version contains a small shot of Hannibal and Face. The latter is talking to Amy on the radio.
Face: "You got that, Amy."
10:21 / 56:46
After Carter's goons start chasing The A-Team, a further shot of Carter has been removed. A scene with Hannibal, Face and Lane riding across the prairie follows. Murdock has hidden in a bush and keeps his eyes peeled for Carter's men. While Hannibal and Face with Lane are riding by, a conversation takes place.
Hannibal: "What do you say, Murdock? Anyone sniffing around?"
Murdock: "Daniel and Shelly dropped by with some grub. They're still here. Otherwise, it's been real quite."
Face: "Yeah, I bet it is. Especially without Thunder to keep you company."
Murdock: "And B.A. said something to Ed and now he ain't talkin' to nobody. Colonel, what about this bush business? I'm done with it. You hear me? I'm done with it."
Hannibal and Face keep riding away silently while Murdock takes care of the bush business (as he calls it).
27:11 / 01:14:19
The Syndicated Version ends with Hannibal's "I love it when a plan comes together." resp. right after that, there is a commerial break. The Uncut Version on the other hand contains a small shot of Face and B.A. before the versions are back in sync.