This is a comparison between the regular version included on the German DVD and the Taiwan VHS.
- 1 additional scene in the regular version with a runtime of 3.9 sec
- 1 additional scene on the Taiwan VHS with a runtime of 1.8 sec
There are minor jumpcuts resulting from a faulty mastertape that have a runtime of less than 0.5 seconds, which is why they were not included below.
Die-hard fans of Hongkong cinema (especially from the 80's and 90's) should probably know this: In other Asian countries you sometimes find curious selfmade versions that include additional footage - only to find that those versions are then cut at other parts of the movie. Prominent examples for Taiwan are Raped by an Angel or Black Mask.
For this report we were able to get our hands on the Taiwan VHS of this action flick starring Moon Lee. Just because of the previous examples we took a look at it.
Long story short: NO, this movie is not really worth mentioning, so this report is rather there to document the minor differences. Besides smaller jumpcuts of less than 0.5 seconds there are only two differences, none of them including any new scene: A cut on the Taiwan VHS that was probably just done due to a faulty master, and a short moment towards the beginning that is missing in the regular version - again probably just resulting from a bad master and not from any intention to cut footage away.
Still, the Taiwan VHS might be of interest for collectors. Unlike all releases from Hongkong as well as the German DVD that was used for this report - all of them with an ugly zoom to a fullscreen scale - the VHS offers a much nicer Widescreen image. However, since the English subtitles do not entirely fit the screen, it is possible that this is still not the correct aspect ratio - still it is a great step forward from the fullscreen versions.
Thanks to forums user Mr. White who provided us with the Taiwan VHS!
Runtimes are listed as follows:
German DVD [PAL] / Taiwan VHS [NTSC]
Logos / Credits
Only the Taiwan VHS includes a logo towards the beginning. The following title card was exchanged for the German DVD. By the way, the opening credits are still shown in widescreen, the rest of the movie, however, is fullscreen.
01:55 / 02:10-02:12
People getting hit by the first salve of shots. Then we see the police cars approaching.
38:57-39:01 / 40:49
After Steven gave the money to the informer, the Taiwan version misses out on a cut to him.
+ 3.9 sec
Here is a little comparison of the image quality. Even though the Taiwan VHS includes burnt in subtitles, the widescreen image still shows you more of the movie and thus the director's intentions.