Comparison between the British DVD from Icon Home Entertainment and the Korean DVD from CJ Entertainment.
The UK DVD includes the international version of the movie which is about 5 minutes shorter than the Korean version. Additionally, three scenes had to be removed following the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act from 1937.
All three of those alterations were made during the big clash of the pursuers during the chase after Tae-goo (Song Kang-ho).
The Korean Special Edition contains both versions of the movie.
The British DVD begins with the Icon Home Entertainment logo.
The first cut was made directly after the order to open fire. You can see the soldiers opening fire and immediately after that, one is falling.
After Park Do-won (Jung Woo-sung) has caught up with the army, he turns around and rides among the soldiers while opening fire again. One of the soldiers falls.
The army starts using their cannons and hits one of Park Chang-Yi's (Lee Byung-hun) men. In addition, the bandit gets trampled to death by the others.