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Soul Brothers of Kung Fu

original title: Bei Po

Comparison:

  • French VHS
  • Uncut
Release: Jun 12, 2017 - Author: Muck47 - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB
Compared are the cut French VHS by PCV (not rated) and the Uncut Version (the letter is available as so-called "Alternate Version" on the new German DVD)


- 31 cuts
- Length difference: 453.1 sec (= 7:33 min) in PAL

Also, the French VHS contains alternate scenes with a total length of 54 sec

There are minor jump-cuts with a length of less than 0.5 sec that have not been considered in the following comparison.



Shot in the late 70s, Soul Brothers of Kung Fu (British VHS title: The Tiger Strikes Again) starring Bruce Lee rip-off Bruce Li contains several hard fights. In this particular case, the Bruceploitation is limited to some nunchucks action and the character name of course (plus a little chit-chat). Other than that, it is simply an entertaining quite reasonable nonstop martial arts flick.

In March 2017, the first uncut DVD worldwide was released in Germany. Until then, US tape was the longest version available but due to its incorrect aspect ratio (a lot of information gets lost) and its sucky image quality, this tape has never really been an option. The UK, French and German tape were all censored differently. The following comparison is about the UK VHS which is also the most censored version of said releases. At least, the UK tape contains the fight between Tong and Ku Feng at the end of the movie which is missing on both the French and German tape.

Interestingly enough, some of the worldwide releases contain a few alternate scenes resp. that is what makes the previously mentioned tapes from France and the UK so interesting. It has been common knowledge that the ending is some kind of happy ending in which the bacl sidekick gets to live. The French tape contains the some ending and exclusively the already mentioned alternate takes.

As last point, a few regarding the German DVD: The source was a foreign movie role with charming grindhouse atmosphere resp. the usual wear and tear but also the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio and almost completely uncensored. As a consequence of required reel changes, some footage got lost (sometimes even half-a-minute). Since the German VHS was the best option, the missing footage has been added to the DVD from said tape. Unfortunately, there are two missing scenes in both versions and since there are missing on both the French and UK tape, the only available source here was the incredibly bad US tape. All in all, the label put a lot of effort in this release in order to release the longest version ever of this rare movie.



Time indes refers to
French VHS in PAL / Uncut Version in PAL



Please note: The screenshots for the footage missing in the movie role master have been made with the tapes. That being said, the main movie on the German DVD contains that footage in anamorphic widescreen and the quality of that footage is slightly enhanced.
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Additional logo in the Uncut Version.
The first subsequent shots of the water are missing as well (at least, on the tape used for this comparison that is).

19.6 sec




00:11 / 00:31-00:34

The shot of Bruce contains a jump-cut.

3.5 sec



Almost 2 minutes later, the title has been replaced. Generally, the credits are completely in French plus they are shorter.

French VHSUncut




05:29-05:31 / 05:52

Bruce a little longer on VHS when he reverses the forklift.

+ 2.4 sec




07:13 / 07:34-07:36

Earlier beginning of a shot: Tsao San kicks his opponent in the crotch via close-up.

2.2 sec




17:05 / 17:30-17:31

Jump-cut when Bruce is speaking.

1.4 sec


18:21 / 18:47-18:48

Another jump-cut during the conversation at the restaurant.

1.3 sec




19:12 / 19:40-19:50

The movie role lacks a longer scene that is completely on the German tape (which is also where the following screenshots are from): Due to a reel change, the final seconds of the boss on the phone and the beginning of the subsequent fight are missing. The latter might be the result of censoring though because among other things, the fight contains a punch right in the crotch.

10.1 sec




31:50 / 32:30-32:31

After numerous minor jump-cuts, here is a bigger one.

1.5 sec




33:20 / 34:02-34:09

Bruce & Tsao San in front of the jewelry store plus a shot of some ring inside the store.

7 sec




33:37 / 34:26-34:30

At the end of the shot, they walk out of the scenery.

3.8 sec




39:31 / 40:24-40:31

The end of the fight: Bruce kicks his opponent out of the ring. The crowd starts cheering a little earlier as well.

Several jump-cuts before and after prove that this is the result of a reel change. The movie role also contains footage from a different source twice - screenshots from the German tape which is complete here.

6.7 sec




40:10-40:11 / 41:12

The TV a little earlier on the French tape (the same goes for the German and UK tape).

+ 1.3 sec




47:14 / 48:15-48:16

Bruce with the claws in his chest. His face is twisted with pain.

1 sec




47:15 / 48:16-48:20

Contrary to the German tape, the cut to his girlfriend Chai Kwan is on the French tape but there is a jump-cut: Before she gets out of the car, there is actually a shot of Bruce.

3.2 sec




47:22 / 48:27-49:43

Then the scene is already over on the French tape. Actually, Chai Kwan tries to help but gets dragged away and raped. Bruce notices and wants to stop them but he is being attacked and pushed to the ground by two guys. Chai Kwan then manages to get free reaching for the bad guy's knife.

The changing image quality makes it crystal clear that footage from different sources has been used here.

76 sec (= 1:16 min)




52:28 / 54:49-54:50

A nasty technique: The dummy moves backwards again, Bruce jumps over it and punches the dummy in the crotch from behind. The very end of the shot is missing here. Later on, there will be a reference to this finishing move.

1.4 sec




53:11 / 55:33-55:36

Close-up of Dorie reaching for Tsao San's crotch at the bar.

3 sec




Alternate
56:12-56:27 / 58:38-59:33

The first exclusive alternate footage on the French VHS: When Dorie steps to Tsao San in the shower, she does not drop her towel. And after zooming in on the shower head, the scene is over.

In the Uncut Version, she drops the towel and Tsao San enjoys oral sex. Further sexual activities follow.

Please note: The movie role lacks the entire scene (even the footage beforehand). For that reason, screenshots are from the German tape.

Uncut Version 39.2 sec longer

French VHSUncut

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