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Broken

Comparison:

  • Old German DVD
  • Unrated
Release: Jun 24, 2011 - Author: Muck47 - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB
Compared are the first German DVD by MIG and the German re-release DVD by MIG / Unrated Version (keine Jugendfreigabe)


- First German DVD Version: 86:37 min - credits excluded (91:18 min credits included)
- Unrated Version (German re-release): 86:31 min credits excluded (90:08 min credits included)

- 31 differences, inculding
* 18x alternate shots with equal footage in the background
* 8x alternate footage
* 8x additional footage in the first German Version
* 2 extensions of violent scenes
* 1 recut



The movie


Broken is a nice independent movie from Adam Mason und Simon Boyes which was released 2006. It's often considered the British reply to movies like "Saw" or "Hostel" and it was also promoted that way but the movie strikes out on his own and usually works on a more psychological level. Nevertheless there are some similarities like the victim in Saw had a key in his stomach that needed to be cut out and here it is a lifesaving razor blade.

The protagonist with the meaningful name "Hope" just says good night to her daughter in one second and finds herself in the clutches of some lunatic in the next. He keeps her captive in the woods. In comparison to the previous victims, she can stand the misery and lives like a slave for several weeks. She hasn't given up hope to get to know where her daughter is and take revenge...


The versions


In the US, the movie was released as part of the "Dimension Extreme" series in two diffferent versions: an R-Rated Version and the common Unrated Version. First of all, I'd like to mention that the Unrated Version (except for an alternate logo at the beginning) equals the version on the UK DVD which is literally the Director's Cut. This version has also been released in Germany and equals the UK DVD. The difference in running time is just a result of the alternate logos at the beginning (Dimension Extreme logo on the US DVD, Revolver Entertainment logo on the German and UK DVD). The R-Rated Version is just an additional version for the US market. Please find the details in the separate comparison.


But there was an earlier DVD release in Germany in March 2007, which means almost 6 months before the US and UK release. This early version (as mentioned above: the unrated version has later been released in Germany too) slightly differs from the Unrated-Version.


However, the differences are pretty unspectular: Beside two minor modifications of violence (marked red in the following comparison) at the end of the movie, where the old German version is a little bit shorter, most of the differences are edited credits. Another modification is the replaced information how long Hope is already being hold captive. The only interesting thing here is the fact that the amout of days is suddenly much higher in the second half of the First German Version. Whether it makes the plot more dramatic or not is subjective.


One can only assume that the First German DVD release contains an earlier version of the movie which was edited before its release on the international market. It appears so because all the following DVD releases contain the Unrated Version.


Moreover the coloring is quite different. Additionally to the compared screens, a comparison of the images with scenes that look destinctly different follows at the end of the actual comparison.



The time index has been listed with the pattern
First German DVD Version / Unrated
00:00-00:02 (00:00-00:16)

The Unrated Version begins with the Revolver Entertainment logo, followed by the introductory quote "The slave girl is reared in an atmosphere of fear." (see 03:07 in the First German DVD Version).

The First German DVD Version starts with a black screen, followed by the tracking shot of the field.

Unrated Version 13.5 sec longer




Alternate footage / flashes
00:22-00:34 (00:36-00:48)

Different font and background during the first opening credits. The mentionend companies and names are different as well.


In the First German DVD Version, the background is hard to recognize. The top becomes a little brighter when the word "presents" is being displayed. But there's nothing mentioned except "brand mason ltd" plus anything is written in small letters (like anything else that follows).

The Unrated Version on the other hand contains a clear shot of tools. The word "presents" pops up later, furthermore "Brand Mason Ltd And Renegade Pictures" are being mentioned in big letters (like anything else that follows). And there's a further flash: "A Film By Adam Mason & Simon Boyes".

no difference

First German DVD VersionUnrated Version




Alternate footage / flashes
00:46-01:02 (01:00-01:16)

Some more alternate credits.


In the First German DVD Version, the screen stays black when the two names pop up. Then a fade-in at the end so that teeth and mouth become recognizable. The names are still visible at the beginning but they slowly disappear.

The Unrated Version only contains one single shot without any differences in brightness. The names pop up during a shot of a bed. Then a fade-in to teeth and mouth but names have already disappeared with the previous shot.

no difference

First German DVD VersionUnrated Version




Flashes
01:10-01:13 (01:24-01:27)

The actual movie titles look different, too. The footage in the background remains unchanged.

no difference

First German DVD VersionUnrated Version




Alternate footage / flashes
01:25-01:42 (01:39-01:56)

The following two credits. This time, the Unrated Version contains an additional shot that got replaced by a black background in the First German DVD Version.


In the First German DVD Version, the name Abbey Stirling fades in later and just for a second. Then the black background for a few more seconds. The flash of the SFX company is destinctly longer but the footage itself remains unchanged.

The name pops up earlier in the Unrated Version plus it's visible during a shot missing in the First German DVD Version (here's just a black background).

no difference

First German DVD VersionUnrated Version




Flashes
01:50-02:04 (02:04-02:18)

Several flashes, one after another. The process in the background remains unchanged. Thw writing is also different, as already mentioned above.

no difference

First German DVD VersionUnrated Version




Flashes
02:12-02:47 (02:26-03:01)

Ditto. But the versions continue differently after the second flash "Additional Music: Mortiis".

In the Unrated Version, the producer is being mentioned here. He's also being mentioned in the First German DVD Version but not until the Unrated Version fades out. The executive producers are being mentioned exclusively in the Unrated Version.

no difference

First German DVD VersionUnrated Version




Flashes
02:51-03:01 (03:05-03:15)

The alternate credits for a very last time (except for that the footage is equal).
The flash is a couple of frames longer in the First German DVD Version and ends with the close-up of the scalpel.

no difference

First German DVD VersionUnrated Version




Recut
03:07-03:14 (03:21-03:28)

While the black screen is longer in the Unrated Version, the First German DVD Version contains the introductory "Slave Girl" quote (see the beginning of the comparison).

no difference




Flashes
29:05-29:10 (29:19-29:24)

Only the Unrated Version contains the info "Day 5".

no difference

First German DVD VersionUnrated Version




Additional footage First German DVD Version
29:33-29:36 (29:47)

Additional tracking shot of the fields in the First German DVD Version, accompanied by the info "Day 5". Unfortunately it pops up between the shot of Hope on the ground and the leaving psycho so that it's pretty misplaced.

+ 2.7 sec




Additional footage First German Version
32:51-32:52 (33:02-33:03)

The shot starts 1 sec earlier in the First German DVD Version. The Unrated Version contains a black screen instead and doesn't start before Hope stretches forward.

no difference




Flashes
35:36-35:39 (35:47-35:50)

Only the Unrated Version contains the info "Day 6" here.

no difference

First German DVD VersionUnrated Version




Additional footage First German DVD Version
35:53-35:57 (36:04)

The shot of Hope looking up is one single shot in the Unrated Version. The First German DVD Version gets interrupted by an aerial shot of the fields that also contains the info "Day 6".

+ 3.6 sec




Alternate footage
35:58 (36:05)

Extended shot of Hope in the First German DVD Version (6 frames). In return the beginning of the following shot of the psycho behind the tree is 6 frames longer in the Unrated Version (his head isn't 100% recognizable yet).

no difference

First German DVD VersionUnrated Version




Flashes
46:27-46:32 (46:34-46:39)

During the shot of the spider in the morning. Only the Unrated Version contains the info "Day 8" here.

no difference

First German DVD VersionUnrated Version




Flashes
47:38-47:44 (47:45-47:51)

The tracking shot of the field is still in the Unrated Version, but the info "Day 8" is exclusively in the First German DVD Version.

no difference

First German DVD VersionUnrated Version




Additional footage First German DVD Version / flashes
52:22-52:32 (52:29-52:39)

The Unrated Version simply contains a black screen here while the First German DVD Version contains an additional shot of the countryside plus the following shot of the bucket starts 1 sec earlier.


The info "Day 9" only pops up in the Unrated Version.

First German DVD VersionUnrated Version


no difference




Additional footage First German DVD Version
52:42-52:47 (52:49)

Slightly extended shot (3 frames) of Hope's hand in the First German DVD Version. Then the info "Day 9" during a tracking shot.

+ 5 sec




Flashes
61:28-61:32 (61:30-61:34)

"Day 17" is exclusively being mentioned in the Unrated Version.

no difference

First German DVD VersionUnrated Version




Additional footage First German DVD Version / alternate footage
61:53-61:59 (61:55-61:56)

First I'd like to mention that the First German DVD Version contains one of the (in)famous tracking shots with the info "Day 17" here. All in all is that the reason for the mentioned time difference.


The shots of Hope and Holly have been modified equally in either of the versions. The first shot of Holly is almost 1 sec longer in the Unrated Version. To make it up, the following shot of Hope is almost 1 sec longer in the First German DVD Version.

First German DVD VersionUnrated Version


First German DVD Version 5.3 sec longer




Flashes
63:45-63:50 (63:42-63:47)

After the tongue ended up in the fire, only the Unrated Version informs the audience what the current day is - business as usual.

no difference

First German DVD VersionUnrated Version




Additional footage First German DVD Version
63:56-64:00 (63:53)

... and just one single shot later the First German DVD Version goes along with it during an additional aerial shot.

+ 4.6 sec




Flashes
65:18-65:23 (65:11-65:16)

"Day 39" in the Unrated Version.

no difference

First German DVD VersionUnrated Version Version




Additional footage First German DVD Version
65:40-65:45 (65:33)

Now it's getting interesting because the First German DVD Version has already reached day 63 (instead of day 39).

+ 4.6 sec




Flashes
73:01-73:06 (72:49-72:54)

Aerial shot of the woods but it's different in either of the versions. The date is different again: it's day 41 in the Unrated Version but day 65 in the First German DVD Version.

no difference

First German DVD VersionUnrated Version




Alternate footage
75:37-75:38 (75:24-75:30)

Here's the first of two extended violent scenes in the Unrated Version when Hope is running away across the woods.

In the First German DVD Version, the following shot of Hope starts 0.7 sec earlier, she also looks behind.


The Unrated Version shows Holly and the psycho one more time. She gets strangled by him on the ground.


Unrated Version 5.4 sec longer




75:39 (75:33)

The First German DVD Version contains kind of a jumpcut when Hope panically turns around several times. 18 frames get lost when she's just turnd her head to the back.

If intended or not, Hope looks more disorientated in the First German DVD Version because of that.

0.7 sec




Alternate footage
79:54-79:56 (79:48-79:50)

Alternate shot when the psycho says "Do it!" while he's lying on the ground. In the First German DVD Version, he panically lifts his head but he barely moves in the Unrated Version.

no difference

First German DVD VersionUnrated Version




Alternate footage
80:09 (80:15)

Now the second extension of a violent scene.
Slightly extended shot of the psycho (0.3 sec) in the Unrated Version while the following shot begins earlier in the First German DVD Version to make it up.

no difference

First German DVD VersionUnrated Version




Flashes
86:42-91:18 (86:38-90:08)

The final credits are entirely different.
In the First German DVD Version, the credits begin slightly earlier and end after 3 min - but there's a black screen for 1.5 min to end the track... which is another weakness because that's the exact same dreadful song from the DVD menu.

The Unrated Version on the other hand contains an atmospheric instrumental track that ends just in time with the alternate credits.

First German DVD VersionUnrated Version







Finally a couple of screens to compare. Sometimes the coloring is much different so that it has a different effect. The coloring of the Unrated Version seems much smoother / cooler and more brightened in the First German DVD Version.

First German DVD VersionUnrated Version





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