Comparison between the British DVD by Metrodome (Two Disc Collector's Edition), a censored version of the international cut, and the uncencored international cut (using the German DVD by NEW KSM), which differs from the HK version in many minor rearrangements.
According to The Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937, which prohibits exhibiting cruelty against animals, the film was censored for UK distribution.
The BBFC was disturbed by scenes of horses plunging to the ground.
The cuts – all in the Battle of Shu scene – are well done and hardly noticeable.
running time Metrodome = 01:48:22 (01:45:39 without final credits)
running time NEW KSM = 01:48:53 (01:46:10 without final credits)
number of cuts = 8
running time of cuts = 15.28 sec (the remaining discrepency resulting from an extra logo by German distributor NEW KSM)
UK DVD: 00:00:00
INT DVD: 00:00:00
The British DVD starts off with the Media Asia Group sign, while the German version of the international cut first shows the KSM logo.
14.76 sec (time difference between both versions up to the Media Asia Group sign)
UK DVD: 00:36:11
INT DVD: 00:36:26
The first fall takes place as the two groups of riders clash, shortly after the gang surrounding Zhao Er-hu (Andy Lau) blindfold the horses.
UK DVD: 00:36:11
INT DVD: 00:36:29
The two versions continue synchronously up to the next plunges.
UK DVD: 00:36:18
INT DVD: 00:36:36
The results of the first cannon firing.
UK DVD: 00:36:19
INT DVD: 00:36:38
Further consequences of the bombardment.
UK DVD: 00:36:23
INT DVD: 00:36:46
Between two views of the shooting cannons.
UK DVD: 00:36:24
INT DVD: 00:36:48
Subsequently, the cannons can be seen shortly, and more plunging follows.
UK DVD: 00:36:43
INT DVD: 00:37:09
Zhao storms towards an opponent, while a horse falls in front of him.
UK DVD: 00:37:00
INT DVD: 00:37:29
After General Pang Qing-Yun (Jet Li) throws some enemies from their mounts, the final fall and a bit of the General’s departure is missing.