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Comparison:

  • Theatrical Version
  • Final Director's Cut
Release: Aug 04, 2010 - Author: Alan Smithee - Translator: Gladion - external link: IMDB
The theatrical version (German Pay-TV) has been compared to the Final Director's Cut-version (VHS). The timecode relates to the theatrical version. There were several jump cuts in the Pay-TV version, those are not mentioned here.
Difference theatrical version: 16 cuts = 9 min. 53 sec.
Difference Final Director's Cut: 9 cuts = 1 min. 29 sec.
0:00:00
The "Paramount"-logo is missing.
19 Sec.

0:03:17
There is a little difference between the two versions here:

Theatrical version: You see the man longer standing at the window in his house.

Final Director's Cut: You see Michael Corleone.
3 sec.

0:03:30
Theatrical Cut: The scene from the Final Director's Cut at 0:03:17 is shown here.
No time difference

0:18:58
Don Altobello enters the room and gives Michael Corleone a present. Then he greets his godchild. Both go to the table and sit down. Don Altobello asks Michael Corleone to connect his name with the "Vito Corleone"-writing and hands Michael Corleone a check for one million Dollars. Then a conversation between a man from the vatican and one of Michael Corleone's men takes place.
116 sec.

0:34:14
A conversation at the breakfast table is missing. Michael Corleone signs some papers. Anthy enters and is grateful he is allowed to go to Rome. Michael Corleone accompanys him outside. Shot of a church.
82 sec.

0:40:31
There is another difference between the two versions here:

Theatrical version: You see the men coming out of the "China Bowl".
9 sec.

Final Director's Cut: A conversation between Michael Corleone and Mary is missing. Mary says Michael would only use her - he denies that. Then a shot of the "China Bowl" is shown.
92 sec.

1:06:39
Shot of Mary and Vincent.
8 sec.

1:08:22
Different scenes of the street.
6 sec.

1:11:36
There is another difference between the two versions here:

Theatrical version: Another shot of Vincent.
4 sec.

Final Director's Cut: Vincent says, Michael Corleone was too sick to make any decisions ant that this was the right thing to do. Everyone said it was okay.
25 sec.

1:11:52
There is another difference between the two versions here:

Theatrical versoin: Shot Connie. Shot Vincent (different view)
7 sec.

Final Director`s Cut: Shot Connie. Shot Vincent. Shot of another man.
10 sec.

1:12:37
Shot Vincent. Michael Corleone asks him to help him get to bed, they needed to talk.
5 sec.

1:22:03
There is another difference between the two versions here:

Theatrical version: Shot of Mary, Michael Corleone and Anthony.
2 Sec.

Final Director`s Cut: Shot of Mary
5 sec.

1:23:14
Shot of Mary. Michael Corleone says it needed to stop, Anthony agrees, saying it was too dangerous.
7 sec.

1:41:50
There is another difference between the two versions here:

Theatrical version: The men at the billard-table are shown longer.
4.5 sec.

Final Director`s Cut: Michael Corleone gives Anthony a picture he drew when he was a child. It is supposed to bring him luck.
30 sec.

1:43:20
Environmentshot. Michael Corleone walks through town with Kay. He stops at a door and says his father had been born here.
45 sec.

1:45:00
Michael Corleone asks Kay to drive. A man on a bycicle passes and gives her flowers.
28 sec.

1:48:03
There is another difference between the two versions here:

Theatrical Version: Kay opens the shell of the crustacean.
2 sec.

Final Director`s Cut: Michael Corleone talks to Kay. He didn't want to become like his father.
72 sec.

1:48:10
There is another difference between the two versions here:
Theatrical version: Conversation is partly identical with the one from the Final Director's Cut, but different shots.
51 Sec.

Final Director`s Cut: The talk continues. Michael Corleone says he loves her and he lost her. Kay admits she always loved him.
62 sec.

1:51:49
The theatrical version blends in a newspaper (Frankfurter Allgemeine).
No time difference

1:52:00
The theatrical version blends in another newspaper (Il Messaggero).
No time difference

2:34:20
The Paramount-logo is missing.
4 sec.
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