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Screamers

original title: L'isola degli uomini pesce

Comparison:

  • Italian Version
  • US Version
Release: Nov 19, 2014 - Author: brainbug1602 - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB
Compared are the Italian Version (German DVD by Marketing) and the US Version (US-BD Scorpion Releasing).

After being wrecked, Lt. Claude de Ross and some prisoners are floating on the ocean in a little boat but they get stranded on an island after a storm. The island is ruled by Edmond Rackham who lives in an estate with Professor Ernest Marvin and his daughter. When the first castaways vanish into thin air and Claude gets warned by Amando to leave the island as soon as possible, he unravels Edmond's dark secret...

Sergio Martino's variation of the Dr. Moreau theme "L'isola degli uomini pesce" contained too much adventure and too little gore for some US producers. As a result, huge alterations were made for the US market. Originally, Joe Dante was supposed to re-shoot some scenes but Dante was already involved in other projects and recommended Miller Drake who re-shot several scenes and integrated them into the movie. In return, a lot of footage from the Original Italian Version was removed. There is an entirely new background in which two sailors take a couple to the island so that they can search for the treasure of gold. Also new is a scene in which a sailor comes upon a slimy body. Then, he gets killed by a fish monster. In order to add some gore, the scenes of mutated Jose were replaced as well. Basically, a few seconds here and a few seconds there were removed. But longer plot elements such as a voodoo ceremony by Shakira is also missing. This version was bought by Roger Corman and shown in theaters with the title "Something Waits In The Dark" but it failed. That is why Jim Wynorski made putting the movie on the market his business.
Subsequently, the movie got a new marketing campaign and was released as "Screamers" with the sensational tagline "You will actually see someone turned inside out... while he's still alive!" and a proper trailer including lots of gore scenes that aren't actually in the movie in theaters. The scenes were shot by Wynorksi himself on one weekend in a few space sets in Corman's film studios. After many complaints about the scene from the trailer not being in the actual picture, the theatrical prints were called in in order to add the gore scenes. There were approx. 20 prints of this Extended Version. These scenes had never been in the original negative though and that is also the reason why they are not on the US Blu-ray.

The US Version got a new dub as well. In addition to that, it also got new sound effects that weren't in the Original Version.

Previously, Screamers was only available on VHS in the US but thanks to Scorpion Releasing, this amazing reinterpretation is available in finest HD on Blu-ray which is a very recommendable release. It also contains a lot of bonus material in which several of the people involved discuss the history of origins.

The Screamers trailer can be found on youtube:

Screamers Trailer

Length:

US BD: 89:42 min.
German DVD: 94:52 min.
[00:00:00][00:00:00]

US Version:

The US Version contains new opening credits produced by Roger Corman. Two sailors and the couple James and Samantha arrive at the island. One of the sailors accompanies the couple to a cave while the other one keeps an eye on the boat.



The sailor only accompanies them to the cave entrance. It turns out the couple is searching for a treasure.



Inside the cave, they finds several bodies but also first signs of the treasure.



The sailor at the boat sees a shadow between the rocks and feels threatened. Inside the cave, the couple gets seperated. The sailor at the boat finds some gold on the ground. Suddenly, a claw appears out of nowhere and severs his head.



At the cave entrance, the sailor starts looking for his friend while James is looking for his wife Samantha inside the cave. He gets attacked, too.



Samantha is wanderung around the cave and the sailor finds some slime on a rock. A claw appears out of nowhere and rips his guts out.



Samantha keeps walking around the cave. She encounters heavily wounded James who collapses in front of her. Suddenly, the dead sailor falls off the ceiling.



Samantha makes a run for it but she is being stopped temporarily by a claw shooting out of the ground. She stumbles over stacked bodies. One of the deads awakes and attacks her.



She manages to escae and runs back to the boat. Having arrived, she finds the sailor's severed head One of the fish monsters sppears and attacks her.



Then a shot of the boat with the stranded sailors.



Italian Version:

The Italian Version begins with the stranded sailors on their boat with the opening credits running on the screen.



US Version: 12:14 min
Italian Version: 2:02 min


[00:13:01][00:02:30]

Shot of Claude. A sailor says he had rather drowned.



Italian Version: 4 sec


[00:13:04][00:02:38]

The Captain takes a look aside, then he looks at the sailor again.



Italian Version: 7 sec


[00:13:25][00:03:03]

Claude again says the got into a riptide and fog. One of the sailors explains it was smoke, not fog.



Italian Version: 6 sec


[00:13:45][00:03:27]

Panic on the boat.



Italian Version: 7 sec


[00:14:10][00:03:58]

Extended shot of the monster.



Italian Version: 1 sec


[00:15:31][00:05:34]

Additional shot of Claude wandering on the beach.



Italian Version: 11 sec


[00:16:32][00:06:40]

Claude helps Jose up.



Italian Version: 19 sec


[00:17:36][00:08:10]

New Scene in the US Version:

One of the sailors gets to the beach and finds an overturned boat. When he takes a closer look, he finds golden coins on the ground. Suddenly, a slimy body falls off the boat and the sailor gets killed by a fish monster.



US Version: 1:19 min


[00:19:14][00:08:24]

Extended shot of Claude and Jose plus one of the sailors says the Lieutenant was badass.



Italian Version: 10 sec


[00:19:37][00:08:54]

Extended shot of the sailor, followed by a further cut to him.



Italian Version: 5 sec


[00:19:48][00:09:08]

Cut to Claude.



Italian Version: 1 sec


[00:19:50][00:09:10]

Cut to two sailos, then Claude.



Italian Version: 3 sec


[00:20:21][00:09:56]

Extended shot of François running through the grass.



Italian Version: 23 sec


[00:20:32][00:10:33]

Extended shot of François.



Italian Version: 3 sec


[00:21:03][00:11:04]

Cut the monster plus the blood earlier.



Italian Version: 1 sec


[00:21:16][00:11:18]

Extended shot of the sailors calling François' name.



Italian Version: 28 sec


[00:22:16][00:12:32]

Cut to the jungle.



Italian Version: 3 sec


[00:22:20][00:12:40]

US Version:

The US Version cuts to the jungle. (please see the previous difference)

Italian Version:

The Italian Version shows sailors who hear horse noises instead.



US Version: 2 sec
Italian Version: 22 sec


[00:23:58][00:14:36]

Edmond is on a horse for the very first time plus the following shot of the sailors starts earlier.



Italian Version: 15 sec


[00:27:07][00:17:45]

Amanda feels surveilled by Shakira, then she sees the sailors approaching the house and Shakira asks how they managed to get there.



Italian Version: 44 sec


[00:27:11][00:18:33]

The US and the Italian Version contain different footage of the monster.

US Version:



Italian Version:



US Version: 2 sec
Italian Version: 2 sec


[00:27:18][00:18:41]

Jose is scared and intends to leave the island but Claude would rather unravel the secret of the island.



Italian Version: 22 sec


[00:29:03][00:20:44]

Jose also says they were going to be cursed by the natives.



Italian Version: 9 sec


[00:30:16][00:22:01]

Edmond tells Amanda to have some fun, too. She is nauseated by himm. When Edmond can't make her love him, he at least wants her jealousy. Amanda grabs a pair of scissors and threatens Edmond. He leaves but not without pointing out that Amanda was probably the last beautiful thing Claude would ever see.



The dinner scene starts earlier.



Italian Version: 1:02 min


[00:30:22][00:23:09]

The guests have some food.



Italian Version: 38 sec


[00:31:35][00:24:54]

Claude earlier. The US Version lacks the dialog during that scene.



Italian Version: 3 sec


[00:31:36][00:24:59]

Cut to Amanda and Edmond.



Italian Version: 2 sec


[00:32:12][00:25:32]

Claude changes his diagnosis to paranlia. Edmond says he simply could have tossed him into the ocean and Claude explains he would need some company now more than ever. Edmond welcomes him one more time when the earth starts shaking.



Italian Version: 50 sec


[00:33:56][00:28:02]

Edmond says Claude can keep eating and he apologizes for the accommodation.



Italian Version: 15 sec


[00:33:59][00:28:19]

Edmond watches Shakira during a voodoo ceremony. A chicken is being sacrified and Shakira says she stood for death everywhere.



Italian Version: 1:04 min


[00:36:41][00:31:54]

Further shot of the fish monster.



Italian Version: 4 sec


[00:36:52][00:32:08]

Amanda and the monsters earlier.



Italian Version: 2 sec


[00:36:55][00:32:13]

Same here.



Italian Version: 3 sec


[00:37:28][00:32:51]

The fish monsters return to the sea. Amanda is watching them leave.



Italian Version: 13 sec


[00:38:49][00:34:37]

The Italian Version contains a few more shots of the fish monsters.



Italian Version: 3 sec


[00:38:55][00:34:46]

The fight with the fish monster is longer plus the following shot Amanda starts earlier.



Italian Version: 5 sec


[00:38:56][00:34:53]

Different order of events.

The US Version contains the shot of the drowning sailor (previous difference in the Italian Version). Then a cut to Amanda, to the water fight, to Amanda who is leaving and finallyto the water again.



The Italian Version shows the water fight instead. Then a cut to Amanda making a run for it and finally to the water again.



US Version: 10 sec
Italian Version: 5 sec


[00:40:32][00:36:04]

Amanda intends to leave and says she wasn't Edmond's slave. Edmond replies his patience was limited, too.



Italian Version: 28 sec


[00:42:50][00:38:58]

Cut to the fish monster in the US Version while the Italian Version sticks to Jose.

US Version:



Italian Version:



US Version: 3 sec
Italian Version: 2 sec


[00:43:00][00:39:07]

Cut to the fish monster in the US Version again while the Italian Version contains a longer shot of Jose getting on the boat.

US Version:



Italian Version:



US Version: 3 sec
Italian Version: 3 sec


[00:43:11][00:39:15]

In the US Version, the fish monster submerges again. The Italian Version sticks to Jose.

US Version:



Italian Version:



US Version: 4 sec
Italian Version: 2 sec


[00:44:05][00:40:05]

The US Version cuts to the bushes for a brief moment.



Extended shot of Claude in the Italian Version. Amanda shows up on a horse and warns him not to leave the island and that traps were everywhere. To demonstrate it, she triggers one of the traps.



Claude would like her to accompany him in order to look for Jose. Amanda explains it didn't make any sense and tells him to go West, build a raft and get off the island.



Claude wants to know why she wasn't coming. Amanda replies she couldn't leave.



One of the natives shows up and Amanda bolts. Claude keeps running. One of the fsh monsters is coming closer to him.



US Version: 2 sec
Italian Version: 2:15 min


[00:44:15][00:42:29]

The fight is a little longer.



Italian Version: 2 sec


[00:44:18][00:42:33]

Missing shot of the fight.



Italian Version: 1 sec


[00:44:21][00:42:39]

The fish monster longer.



Italian Version: 1 sec


[00:44:23][00:42:41]

The fish monster draws back.



Italian Version: 2 sec


[00:45:47][00:43:51]

In the US Version, the images gets fuzzy and Claude is dreaming about one of the fish monsters.



In the Italian Version, Shakira shows up and makes Claude drink some weird liquid. Edmond orders the natives to get Claude out of his face. As a result, Claude has a nightmare with Amanda, Shakira, Edmond and the fish monster in it.



US Version: 6 sec
Italian Version: 1:01 min


[00:49:22][00:48:18]

Claude washes his hand and tells Edmond that Ernest had injured himself on a poisonous plant and that he there was nothing he could do.



Italian Version: 19 sec


[00:58:19][00:57:00]

Missing shot of Atlantis.



Italian Version: 4 sec


[00:58:23][00:57:07]

Extended shot of the diving monster.



Italian Version: 1 sec


[00:58:31][00:57:17]

Another extended shot of one of the monsters.



Italian Version: 1 sec


[01:00:07][00:58:54]

Öffnet of the natives opens the hatch. Edmond and Claude get out of the capsule. The fish monsters huddle up the treasure. Edmond wants to show something to Claude that will interest him a lot. Edmond explains Amanda was Ernest's daughter and he primarily used her to extort the Professor.



Italian Version: 1:06 min


[01:01:31][01:01:22]

Edmond is at one of Shakira's voodoo ceremonies. In a trance, she tells that the island was going to be destroyed by the god of the sun and everyone was going to die. Shakira advises him to get off the island.



Italian Version: 1:08 min


[01:02:22][01:03:10]

Claude sneaks up to the house.



Italian Version: 6 sec


[01:02:25][01:03:18]

Extended shot of the native. Then Claude sneaking around in the bushes.



Italian Version: 5 sec


[01:02:38][01:03:38]

Extended shot of the native.



Italian Version: 1 sec


[01:02:58][01:04:02]

Extended shot of Claude sneaking around on the balcony.



Italian Version: 3 sec


[01:03:02][01:04:08]

Before sneaking into the room, Claude takes a look around.



Italian Version: 3 sec


[01:03:27][01:04:34]

Now the scene with Shakira warning about the downfalll of the island in the US Version.



The Italian Version shows Claude and Amanda escaping over the balcony without being detected.



US Version: 1:00 min
Italian Version: 52 sec


[01:05:33][01:06:33]

Claude wants to know from Amanda if she knew that her father was prosecuted. She says yes and explains the trial had been very unfair. It turns out she didn't know what he was prosecuted for.



Then Claude's hand earlier.



Italian Version: 20 sec


[01:05:39][01:06:59]

Claude also tells Amanda many people had died because of her father's experiments and Edmond and her father had betrayed her.



Italian Version: 18 sec


[01:06:17][01:07:53]

The US Version contains alternate footage of the aquarium.

US Version:



Italian Version:



US Version:3 sec
Italian Version: 7 sec


[01:06:23][01:08:02]

And again, an alternate fish monster in the aquarium.

US Version:



Italian Version:



US Version: 5 sec
Italian Version: 3 sec


[01:06:39][01:08:15]

The US Version contains an alternate scene of the footage.

US Version:



Italian Version:



US Version: 4 sec
Italian Version: 3 sec


[01:06:47][01:08:22]

More alternate footage of the fish monster.

US Version:



Italian Version:



US Version: 2 sec
Italian Version: 1 sec


[01:06:53][01:08:27]

More alternate footage.

US Version:



Italian Version:



US: 1 sec
Italian Version: 1 sec


[01:07:04][01:08:37]

Same here.

US Version:



Italian Version:



US Version: 2 sec
Italian Version: 2 sec


[01:07:13][01.08:46]

Claude rips the tubes out of the monster.



Italian Version: 2 sec


[01:07:23][01:08:59]

Alternate shot of the monster.

US Version:



Italian Version:



US Version: 1 sec
Italian Version: 2 sec


[01:07:25][01:09:04]

The US Version contains alterate footage when the monster gets stabbed by Claude.

US Version:



Italian Version:



US Version: 3 sec
Italian Version: 3 sec


[01:07:29][01:09:08]

Alternate footage of the monster dying.

US Version:



Italian Version:



US Version: 1 sec
Italian Version: 1 sec


[01:07:35][01:09:14]

The US Version contains an additional scene: blood splatters out of the monster's body.



US Version: 3 sec


[01:08:23][01:09:54]

Further additional shot of the monster in the US Version.



The Italian Version contains an extended shot of Ernest instead.



US Version: 8 sec
Italian Version: 5 sec


[01:12:32][01:13:52]

Missing footage of Edmond and the natives.



Italian Version: 6 sec


[01:13:07][01:14:35]

Extended shot of the fish monster.



Italian Version: 3 sec


[01:13:40][01:15:12]

Extended shot of Claude trying to get out of the container.



Italian Version: 10 sec


[01:13:51][01:15:34]

Now Claude's attempt to get out of the container in the US Version (please see the previous cut).



The Italian Version contains an extended shot of the natives instead.



US Version: 10 sec
Italian Version: 6 sec


[01:14:13][01:15:55]

Extended shot of Amanda getting kidnapped, followed by a shot of Shakira's hand.



Italian Version: 7 sec


[01:14:21][01:16:10]

Extended shot of Claude.



Italian Version: 2 sec


[01:14:32][01:16:21]

Extended shot of the natives.



Italian Version: 1 sec


[01:14:34][01:16:23]

Extended shot of Ernest.



Italian Version: 2 sec


[01:15:41][01:17:20]

More fish monsters are coming out of the water.



Italian Version: 2 sec


[01:15:43][01:17:24]

The US and the Italian Version contain different footage of the fish monsters.

The US Version simply contains footage of the scene previously cut.

US Version:



Italian Version:



US Version: 1 sec
Italian Version: 1 sec


[01:15:52][01:17:33]

Extended shot of the monsters plus Edmond earlier.



Italian Version: 1 sec


[01:16:04][01:17:50]

Additional shot of the fish monsters.



Italian Version: 1 sec


[01:16:08][01:17:55]

The fish monsters submerge.



Italian Version: 8 sec


[01:16:12][01:18:06]

The US Version contains footage of Edmond and the fish monsters submerging.



US Version: 4 sec


[01:16:19][01:18:09]

The US Version contains footage of the vulcano eruption.



In the Italian Version, the shot of Claude starts earlier instead.



US Version: 3 sec
Italian Version: 5 sec


[01:16:23][01:18:15]

Claude earlier.



Italian Version: 1 sec


[01:16:29][01:18:22]

Extended shot of Claude pressing against the glass, then the vulcano eruption.



Italian Version: 4 sec


[01:17:18][01:19:14]

Different order of events.

US Version: vulcano eruption, Edmond (interrupted by a short shot of the vulcano eruption), the cave collapses, vulcano eruption, the cave again.



Italian Version: cut to a fish monster, Edmond looks up, the cave collapses, vulcano explosion, vulcano eruption.



US Version: 9 sec
Italian Version: 14 sec


[01:17:45][01:19:47]

Extended shot of the monsters.



Italian Version: 1 sec


[01:17:47][01:19:50]

Ditto.



Italian Version: 2 sec


[01:17:49][01:19:54]

The US Version contains a scene that was originally cut: Edmond fires at the monsters.



The Italian Version contains an extended shot of Edmond firing at the monsters.



US Version: 1 sec
Italian Version: 5 sec


[01:18:20][01:20:31]

The vulcano longer.



Italian Version: 1 sec


[01:18:26][01:20:40]

Edmond fires at the monsters.



Italian Version: 1 sec


[01:18:27][01:20:42]

Edmond longer plus the natvies are attacking the monsters.



Italian Version: 7 sec


[01:18:31][01:20:54]

Cut to Edmond and Amanda in the US Version.



US Version: 1 sec


[01:18:34][01:20:56]

The US Version contains a different shot of the house.



The Italian Version contains an extended shot of the vulcano, followed by a different shot of the house. Then Claude a bit earlier.



US Version: 1 sec
Italian Version: 3 sec


[01:18:39][01:21:02]

Shot of the house.



Italian Version: 2 sec


[01:18:40][01:21:06]

The fire is getting closer to the house.



Italian Version: 1 sec


[01:18:43][01:21:10]

Shot of Edmond in the container.



The Italian Version contains more footage of the vulcano eruption.



US Version: 2 sec
Italian Version: 4 sec


[01:18:47][01:21:17]

Shakira is walking down the stairs. Claude is pounding at the container.



Italian Version: 14 sec


[01:19:13][01:21:58]

Claude approaches Shakira. She wants him to kill Edmond and tells him he was going to wait in the cave with Amanda.



Claude escapes from the burning house.



Italian Version: 1:03 min


[01:19:27][01:23:13]

The US Version cuts to Edmond's weapon.



The Italian Version contains an extended shot of Edmond firing at the monsters instead.



US Version: 1 sec
Italian Version: 1 sec


[01:19:32][01:23:16]

Edmond and Amanda longer.



Italian Version: 3 sec


[01:19:41][01:23:28]

The US Version shows Claude running out of the burning house.



The Italian Version shows Edmond and Amanda.



US Version: 14 sec
Italian Version: 2 sec


[01:19:59][01:23:34]

Another one of the natives loses the battle against the fish monsters.



Italian Version: 11 sec


[01:20:02][01:23:49]

Now the scenes in the US Version that were previously in the Italian Version.



The Italian Version shows another native losing against the fish monsters instead.



US Version: 8 sec
Italian Version: 8 sec


[01:20:12][01:23:59]

The vulcano longer.



Italian Version: 2 sec


[01:20:44][01:24:33]

Here, the fish monsters manage to take down the third native in the US Version.



In the Italian Version, Claude's fight with Edmond continues.



US Version: 7 sec
Italian Version: 8 sec


[01:20:58][01:24:49]

Claude and Edmond keep fighting.



Italian Version: 14 sec


[01:21:18][01:25:18]

Amanda leads Claude to the cave entrance.



Italian Version: 17 sec


[01:21:34][01:25:51]

Amanda and Claude earlier.



Italian Version: 1 sec


[01:22:24][01:26:39]

Claude keeps moving hand over hand along the rope.



Italian Version: 10 sec


[01:23:06][01:27:26]

More footage of the fish monsters in the US Version.



US Version: 1 sec


[01:23:32][01:27:50]

Claude keeps running across the boat.



Italian Version: 3 sec


[01:24:13][01:28:26]

Claude's fight with Edmond is longer in the Italian Version.



Italian Version: 3 sec


[01:24:25][01:28:42]

Extended shot of Edmond and the fish monster.



Italian Version: 1 sec


[01:24:51][01:29:08]

Extended shot of the water.



Italian Version: 1 sec


[01:24:53][01:29:12]

Claude longer.



Italian Version: 1 sec


[01:24:59][01:29:19]

Amanda longer.



Italian Version: 1 sec


[01:25:01][01:29:21]

The boat longer.



Italian Version: 1 sec


[01:25:07][01:29:28]

Claude earlier.



Italian Version: 1 sec


[01:25:16][01:29:38]

The fish monsters earlier.



Italian Version: 1 sec


[01:25:47][01:30:08]

The rocks earlier.



Italian Version: 2 sec


[01:25:57][01:30:20]

The vulcano longer, then further shots of the collapsing cave.



Italian Version: 7 sec


[01:26:03][01:30:33]

The burning boat earlier.



Italian Version: 4 sec


[01:26:10][01:30:47]

More flames.



Italian Version: 2 sec


[01:26:12][01:30:51]

Same here.



Italian Version: 1 sec


[01:26:14][01:30:54]

The vulcano longer.



Italian Version: 3 sec


[01:26:27][01:31:09]

The shot of the pillar starts earlier before it collapses.



Italian Version: 4 sec


[01:26:39][01:31:25]

Cut to the golden statue, followed by several shots of the collapse.



Italian Version: 9 sec


[01:27:26][01:32:11]

Two additional shots of Claude and Amanda.



Italian Version: 7 sec


[01:27:29][01:32:21]

The US Version contains two shots of Claude and Amanda previously in the Italian Version.



The Italian Version contains more dialog between Claude and Amanda. She believes they had been rescued by the monsters but her future was unknown because they were too far away from the mainland.



US Version: 8 sec
Italian Version: 23 sec


[01:27:44][01:32:50]

Now the scenes with Claude and Amanda in the US Version in earlier in the Italian Version. Then a tracking shot of the bottom of the sea, one of the monsters surfaces. Last but not least, the end credits.



In the Italian Version, Claude and Amanda wave to the ship. Then the end credits.



US Version: 1:58 min
Italian Version: 2:02 min
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