Comparison between the R-Rated-VHS released by HBO Films (based on the export version) and the uncut Director's Cut.
The R-Rated version misses out on 37 scenes with an overall runtime of 25 minutes and 38.5 seconds.
The export version of the movie misses out on 20 minutes of plot-related scenes and was the basis for several international releases on VHS and DVD. One example would be the Australian VHS released by Force Video which we used for this report. In the USA, the movie was also released in its export version, e.g. on the Blue Underground DVD which is labled as being the "Uncensored English Version". However, on the Blue Underground Blu-Ray you can find both versions.
Additionally, HBO Video released an R-Rated version which is pretty similar to the export version on VHS. Sometimes, the cuts are identical to the export version. However, the R-Rated version misses out on 5 additional minutes of plot related scens as well as a few violent sequences. Even though the R-Rated version is shorter, it still includes a few scenes which are not included in the export version (among other things some violent scenes).
The opening credits are a little longer.
Marcus rehearses a song with his band. They finish the song and he says that it sounded pretty good but needs a little more feeling to it.
Professor Giordani's speech inside the congress of psychology is longer.
Helga is on the phone and tells Giordani that she's pretty excited but that he doesn't have to worry about her.
Carlo is drunk and tells Marcus something about how to do a toast. Marcus tells him to pull himself together.
Now Carlo tells Marcus that he's happy when he drinks much. He imagines his piano to be a woman he could play around with. Additionally he says that he has to get back inside or else he might not get paid.
A part of the conversation between the commissioner and Marcus was cut out. The commissioner notes that Marcus is not Italian. The latter says that he's American and that he's only here for a short time. The commissioner then wants to know what he's doing in Italy. Thus Marcus replies that he's a pianist and teaches some younger piano players. The commissioner says that he likes music and that one of his cousins plays the violin.
An angry police officer tells Giana to go away. The latter replies that she only wants to take some pictures, however, the officer doesn't care and again tells her to leave.
Marcus leaves the house where Helga was killed. Policemen and paramedics are on site as well. The commissioner wants Marcus to accompany him to the police station. Marcus then gets in the police car. Now follows a conversation between Marcus and Carlo. Carlo is obviously drunk and is hunched over the well. Marcus says that he should probably bring him home. However, Carlo doesn't want his help and staggers off. Marculs follows him.
Marcus and Carlo discuss the image's disappearal a little longer.
On the cemetary there's an unimportant conversation between Marcus and Giana. They talk about the killer and Marcus' feelings about the case. Then the two of them walk to Giana's car and drive off. When they arrive at a bar, Marcus gets out of the car. Unfortunately the door won't open so he has to leave through the sunroof. Then he enters the bar and asks the bartender if he has seen Carlo. The bartender says he hasn't. Marcus then asks the barkeeper to tell Carlo that he was looking for him.
Marcus argues with Giana since he doesn't want her to help him looking for the killer. Giana calls Marcus stubborn and angrily leaves the apartment.
Carlo's mother shows Marcus her picture collection of herself which is hanging on the wall. She wants to know how he would have liked her and then thinks about the good old times.
You see Carlo lying in his bed a little longer. Ricci tells Marcus that Carlo apparently looses his soul, thus they should treat him carefully.
Marcus tells Carlo that he will always be his friend, even if he's gay. After Carlo replied that he should better be quiet, Marcus says that he should better stand up since he has something important to talk about.
Ricci talks to Marcus about Carlo's alcohol problem and that he will probably break down if he continues like that. Then Carlo comes out of the bathroom. Him and Marcus say good bye to Ricci and get out.
You see Marcus and Carlo playing piano. The camera pans to the bartender who complains about Carlo and Marcus; he says that they can't play the piano any better than his grandma can.
The camera pans away from the rooflight - where just moments ago you could see the killer - towards Marcus who plays the piano. Subseqently follows a POV shot of the murder who moves around on the roof.
Giordani's theory about the killer's desire to kill is a little longer.
Amanda is pushed under water a little longer.
A longer dialogue between Marcus and Giana inside the car was cut out. Mainly they talk about arguments, the murder, and a mansion which Marcus wants to visit.
Inside the police station: The commissioner curses because the coffee brewer doesn't do what he wants it to do. One of his colleagues approaches him to tell him that the minister was very pleased with the police's work and that he will show up to praise the commissioner for their work. The latter is not really delighted, since they hardly made any progress thus far. Cut to Marcus standing in the phone box. He wants to call Giordani but the latter's secretary tells Marcus that he's not in his office. Marcus thus asks her to tell her boss that he called.
A missing shot of the fighting dogs.
Marcus looks around inside the house.
He continues to look around.
Marcus opens the door and walks through it. He reaches a small hallway and walks along it.
After being startled by a noise, Marcus leaves the house and looks around. When he goes back inside, a window above him gets closed.
Marcus leaves the shot. Then follows a shot of the drawing on the wall. Marcus goes to the ground floor - which is under water - and picks up an item which will help him scraping the soil off the drawing. Then he walks back to the wall.
Marcus scrapes the soil off the drawing.
Giordani takes some notes. Then he wearily rubs his eyes and closes the notebook.
The killer hits Giordani against the mantel two more times.
Now he smashes Giordani's mouth against the table.
Marcus calls Giana because he wants to meet her. Subsequently you see both of them in Marcus' apartment where he tells her about the drawing which he found inside the mansion. After Giana says that he is too obsessed with the case he offers her to accompany him to Spain where he wants her to help him continuing to work on the case. Giana - who is happy about having Marcus all for herself - goes to a different room where she finds a picture of another woman. Marcus tells her that she's just a friend. Giana, however, is completely mad, throws the image in the trash basket and leaves the apartment.
Marcus walks towards the gate and picks up a pickaxe which lies on the ground.
Carlo's head is smashed by the car.
The chain cuts through Carlo's mother's neck.
You see the neck again.