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Dust Devil - The Final Cut (Limited Collector's Edition)





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Dust Devil

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  • Theatrical Version
  • Director's Cut
Release: Jul 19, 2013 - Author: Eiskaltes Grab - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB
Compared are the German VHS by Highlight Video (FSK 18) (Theatrical Version) and the German DVD by Laser Paradise (FSK 18) (Director's Cut).

There are 43 differences with a total length of 17 minutes and 21 seconds.

25 alternate scenes = 4 minutes and 4.5 seconds.
26 additional scenes Director's Cut = 17 minutes and 6.5 seconds.
11 additional scenes Theatrical Version = 3 minutes and 30 seconds.
1 Recut = no difference.

Back in the days, the movie was released on VHS and Laserdisc in the US. The longer Director's Cut is available on DVD. As for the UK, the Director's Cut is available on VHS and DVD, the Theatrical Version hasn't been released so far. A workprint also exists. It's available on the Limited Collector's Edition by Subversive Cinema and so is the Director's Cut.
Theatrical Version: 6 Min / Director's Cut: 6 Min
The Theatrical Version contains an extended shot of Dust Devil playing with the knife on the back of the dead woman. Subsequently, he unwraps his leather bag with a bunch of knives in it, among other things.
The Director's Cut shows an owl on the rooftop instead. Shot by shot, the camera zooms in further. Then the moon in the sky. A phone starts ringing. Cut to Ben. He answers the phone and hears the spooky voice of his ex-wife. She tells him to come to her. Ben doesn't respond to that at all, he has a vacant expression on his face.
Theatrical Version: 13 sec
Director's Cut: 29 sec

Theatrical VersionDirector's Cut



Theatrical Version: 8 Min / Director's Cut: 8 Min
Director's Cut: Dust Devil, smeared in blood, gets in the shower; intercut to a painting made with blood included.
25 sec



Theatrical Version: 9 Min / Director's Cut: 9 Min
Theatrical Version: Only the Theatrical Version contains a voice-over in two scenes. The actual scenes remain unchanged.
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Theatrical Version: 9 Min / Director's Cut: 9 Min
Director's Cut: Dust Devil gets a gas can from the trunk and returns to the house. He puts down the can, drinks from the cup and looks around the desert. Then he walks over to the radio.
49 sec



Theatrical Version: 10 Min / Director's Cut: 11 Min
Director's Cut: Dust Devil is leaving in the car. Several shots of the house burning down follow.
39 sec



Theatrical Version: 11 Min / Director's Cut: 13 Min
Director's Cut: Missing air-to-air shot of the city. Then Wendy and Marc fighting. He accuses her of cheating.
15 sec



Theatrical Version: 11 Min / Director's Cut: 13 Min
Theatrical Version: Wendy holds her face after Marc slapped her. Then he wants to know where she had been. The last one was shortly before in the Director's Cut. Furthermore, the exterior shot of the house while Wendy and Marc are fighting inside is longer in the Theatrical Version.
5 sec



Theatrical Version: 12 Min / Director's Cut: 14 Min
High-angle shot of Wendy leaving in her car in the Theatrical Version. The Director's Cut on the other hand shows Ben lying in bed. He's getting a call from partner who informs him he needed his help because another house with a person inside had burned down. Ben speculates it could have been another suicide but his partner says it was very likely a homicide. Ben says he was going to be there soon and hangs up. He gets out of bed and looks at a picture of his deceased family.
Theatrical Version: 5 sec
Director's Cut: 63 sec

Theatrical VersionDirector's Cut



Theatrical Version: 12 Min / Director's Cut: 15 Min
The Theatrical Version contains an extended shot of Ben in his jeep. In the Director's Cut, he turns off his radio.
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Theatrical Version: 14 Min / Director's Cut: 18 Min
Wendy is driving across the desert. Then the Dust Devil's destroyed car and several cops on their way over there. Ben is standing further up and watches. After a little while, he looks down to the ground and finds a stubbed out cigarette from Dust Devil.
The Theatrical Version contains a high-angle shot of the moving train instead.
Theatrical Version: 8 sec
Director's Cut: 85 sec

Theatrical Version:



Director's Cut:



Theatrical Version: 15 Min / Director's Cut: 19 Min
Director's Cut: Now the moving train in the Director's Cut.
8 sec

Theatrical Version: 15 Min / Director's Cut: 20 Min
Director's Cut: Several shots of cows.
10 sec



Theatrical Version: 18 Min / Director's Cut: 22 Min
Director's Cut: Ben and the coroner examine the dismembered and burned female body. They're talking about the condition the body is in and about a possible cause of death.
47 sec



Theatrical Version: 18 Min / Director's Cut: 23 Min
Director's Cut: Wendy enters a little restaurant and asks the barkeeper for the way to the restroom. He explains it to her and Wendy goes to the restroom to freshen up. Change of scenery: we're back at the pathology. Ben and the coroner are still discussing what could have happened to the victim. Ben wants to know whether the purp had sex with the victim, the coroner explains she wasn't sure because there was no semen on her. All she had were scrapes from the spinal cord but she had to bring in an expert to get any further information. Then they're looking at several drawings of Dust Devil. The coroner claims the purp had to have mixed some substances with the victim's blood in order to get those kind of colors. She also explains she had found traces of iron oxide and hematite and that the bright shade of gray had been obtained by mixing the fat of the victim with kaolin and seagull guano. Ben says surprised that the purp needed to be an extraordinary artist and that he hadn't left a single trace. The coroner says it was almost like witchcraft and he better paid a local shaman a visit to question him. Ben reacts sceptical and they both discuss it.
127 sec



Theatrical Version: 21 Min / Director's Cut: 28 Min
Wendy is in the bathtub. She wants to slash her wrists. Meanwhile, Dust Devil comes in and watches. But Wendy chickens out and drops the razor. She hears a noise and looks to the door which is open now. But there's no one there. She gets out of the tub and runs to the frontdoor where she starts looking around. The Director's Cut shows Wendy being deep in thought instead.
Theatrical Version: 107 sec
Director's Cut: 5 sec

Theatrical Version:



Director's Cut



Theatrical Version: 23 Min / Director's Cut: 28 Min
Theatrical Version: While Wendy is driving in her car, Dust Devil approaches her.
2 sec



Theatrical Version: 23 Min / Director's Cut: 28 Min
Theatrical Version: Further shot of Dust Devil approaching Wendy in the Theatrical Version.
3 sec



Theatrical Version: 23 Min / Director's Cut: 28 Min
Theatrical Version: Same here.
2 sec



Theatrical Version: 23 Min / Director's Cut: 28 Min
When Wendy notices Dust Devil quick approach, he has a different shape in either of the versions. In the Theatrical Version, he looks human while he has a demonic face in the Director's Cut.
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Theatrical VersionDirector's Cut



Theatrical Version: 23 Min / Director's Cut: 29 Min
In the Director's Cut, Ben dreams about being welcomed bz the coroner in the pathology. She steps forward where several of his family members are standing with his dead son in the middle lying on a table. Ben is accused of being responsable for his son's death. Ben is given a stone and told to finish it. After hesitaing for quite some time, he smashes his son's fingers in order to dismember them. Then he wakes up screaming. It was just a nightmare.
The Theatrical Version continues with most parts of the two pathology scenes from earlier (in the Director's Cut) instead.
Theatrical Version: 109 sec
Director's Cut: 113 sec

Theatrical Version:



Director's Cut



Theatrical Version: 25 Min / Director's Cut: 31 Min
In the Director's Cut, Wendy wakes up in her car. She gets out and runs up a hill to a trailor. Die camera zooms in into the trailer. Several items are on the table. A cigarette is still smoldering. It was put there by Dust Devil.
In the Theatrical Version, Ben approaches Joe. He welcomes Joe, then they talk. Finally, Ben mentions the real reason for the visit. He gives Joe a drawing of Dust Devil found at the wall of a crime scene. He wants to know who could have drawn it and what it means. Joe explains to Ben he didn't have any understanding for magic in his current position as police office. Ben says he purp had cut off his victim's fingers and he wanted to know why. Joe answers one could generate a lot of power with the fingers, the knuckles and the ankles and loads of ankles were necessary to win a war. Ben starts mocking him and adds he had smoked to much. Joe tells Ben to keep his eyes peeled when it comes to magic. Ben makes fun of it and returns to his car.
Theatrical Version: 177 sec
Director's Cut: 101 sec

Theatrical Version:



Director's Cut:



Theatrical Version: 32 Min / Director's Cut: 36 Min
Director's Cut: Extended shot of the dismembered arm dangling in the air while the police man is checking out the clock he removed the arm from. Change of scenery: Ben arrives in his car and stops. Then the scene of him approaching Joe and asking for help with the drawing (as seen earlier in the Theatrical Version).
247 sec



Theatrical Version: 33 Min / Director's Cut: 41 Min
Director's Cut: The eagle has landed. :-)
3 sec



Theatrical Version: 35 Min / Director's Cut: 43 Min
After the guards refused to obey Ben's order, Cornelius shows up. He tells them to let the captive go and Ben was still their surperior. That being said, one of the guards approaches the captive and removes the cuffs. Then Cornelius informs them they had to come in his office the next day because their behavior would have consequences. He turns to Ben and tells him to tag along for a drink on his (Cornelius') tab. At the bar, they talk about whales, the current case and about how amazing leaving town would be. Subsequently Wendy's attempt to slash her wrists in the tub but she chickens out and walks outside instead because she believes a stranger was in her appartment. The scene starts earlier in the Theatrical Version. As alternative, the Theatrical Version now shows Ben having a nightmare. Soaked in sweat, he finally wakes up and notices Joe sitting near the open door. He tells Joe about his nightmare. When Joe explains it hadn't been a nightmare, a burnt body pops up behind Ben and rips his heart out. Ben wakes up in panic and sees Joe in front of him again. Joe tells Ben he was in trouble and Ben wants to know whether he was awake yet. Joe simply says this was just the beginning of his nightmares.
Theatrical Version: 122 sec
Director's Cut: 329 sec

Theatrical Version:



Director's Cut:



Theatrical Version: 38 Min / Director's Cut: 50 Min
After Wendy asked Dust Devil why he was still so certain she was going to take him with, he answers it was up to her and he wouldn't be angry if she didn't want to anymore. That's the response in the Director's Cut. In the Theatrical Version, he just looks at her without saying a single word.
Theatrical Version: 2.5 sec
Director's Cut: 8 sec

Theatrical VersionDirector's Cut



Theatrical Version: 38 Min / Director's Cut: 50 Min
Director's Cut: A monkey is sitting on a hill. In the background, Wendy and Dust Devil are passing by.
10 sec



Theatrical Version: 40 Min / Director's Cut: 52 Min
When Cornelius' wife calls his name because she wants to know what was keeping him so long, he subsequently says to Ben he better not let her wait. The comment is in both versions but from a different angle.
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Theatrical VersionDirector's Cut



Theatrical Version: 43 Min / Director's Cut: 55 Min
Director's Cut: Close-up of several whales getting bloodily slaughtered on TV.
5 sec



Theatrical Version: 44 Min / Director's Cut: 56 Min
In the Theatrical Version, Dust Devil is standing behind Wendy while the Director's Cut shows the moon in the sky bt it gets covered by clouds.
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Theatrical VersionDirector's Cut



Theatrical Version: 45 Min / Director's Cut: 57 Min
In the Theatrical Version, Wendy is dancing with Dust Devil for a longer period. They do that in the Director's Cut as well. But after the shot of the owl, there's another shot of a bottle on the table being moved as if by magic. Furthermore, something in the distance explodes in the background.
Theatrical Version: 21 sec
Director's Cut: 18 sec

Theatrical VersionDirector's Cut



Theatrical Version: 45 Min / Director's Cut: 58 Min
Director's Cut: Now Ben's multiple nightmare and his encounter with Joe in the bedroom (as seen earlier in the Theatrical Version).
118 sec

Theatrical Version: 47 Min / Director's Cut: 61 Min
In the Director's Cut, Wendy sucks Dust Devil's finger while the Theatrical Version contains a high-angle shot of them getting laid.
Theatrical Version: 6 sec
Director's Cut: 4 sec

Theatrical VersionDirector's Cut



Theatrical Version: 48 Min / Director's Cut: 62 Min
Director's Cut: Further shot of them having sex, followed by a shot of Ben and Joe entering a cave.
12 sec



Theatrical Version: 48 Min / Director's Cut: 62 Min
Theatrical Version: Joe and Ben are checking out the cave.
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Theatrical Version: 48 Min / Director's Cut: 62 Min
Now the same scene in the Director's Cut.
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Theatrical Version: 48 Min / Director's Cut: 64 Sek
Director's Cut: Wendy and Dust Devil are lying in bed. He tells her about his permanent wind in his head and that he wished it stopped blowing and that he'd give anything for a moment of peace. He continues self-pitying in front of Wendy. She comforts him while he says he didn't know who he actually was.
94 sec



Theatrical Version: 48 Min / Director's Cut: 64 Min
In the Theatrical Version, the Dust Devil's flashback in the shower shows him driving off of a burning house. The Director's Cut on the other hand contains a high-angle shot and pans when the burning house has been reached.
Theatrical Version: 2 sec
Director's Cut: 11 sec

Theatrical VersionDirector's Cut



Theatrical Version: 49 Min / Director's Cut: 65 Min
The guy adds he told Marc not to move because he was going to blow his head off if he did. Then he holds him at gunpoint. Then Marc gets cuffed. In the Theatrical Version, the shot of Marc is slightly longer. The comment about blowing his head off is audible during the following scene.
Theatrical Version: 1 sec
Director's Cut: 3 sec

Theatrical VersionDirector's Cut



Theatrical Version: 52 Min / Director's Cut: 68 Min
Director's Cut: In the cave, Joe is talking trivia.
17 sec



Theatrical Version: 57 Min / Director's Cut: 73 Min
Theatrical Version: Extended shot of the knife dropped by Wendy.
1 sec



Theatrical Version: 57 Min / Director's Cut: 73 Min
In the Director's Cut, Dust Devil is still dizzy because he got hit. He reaches for his head, then he jumps out of bed. In the Theatrical Version, he's just lying there dead-still.
Theatrical Version: 2.5 sec
Director's Cut: 3 sec

Theatrical VersionDirector's Cut



Theatrical Version: 57 Min / Director's Cut: 73 Min
Director's Cut: Dust Devil crawls across the floor and jumps at Wendy who's trying to open the door at very moment.
2 sec



Theatrical Version: 58 Min / Director's Cut: 74 Min
Theatrical Version: When Wendy drives up to the truck, only the Theatrical Version contains a shot of her panic facial expression and of the truck coming closer to the camera.
2 sec



Theatrical Version: 58 Min / Director's Cut: 74 Min
Theatrical Version: Two more additional shots of the couple driving up to the truck. The truck gets touched lightly.
2 sec



Theatrical Version: 58 Min / Director's Cut: 74 Min
Extended shot of several cows jumping out of the van in the Theatrical Version. Then Dust Devil appoaches the camera. The Director's Cut simply contains a shot of Dust Devil appoaching the camera with some cows wandering aimlessly in the background.
Theatrical Version: 6 sec
DC: 3 sec

Theatrical VersionDirector's Cut



Theatrical Version: 63 Min / Director's Cut: 79 Min
Director's Cut: The camera is pointed at an eagle and pans to the desert. A shot of Wendy sitting on the floor follows. She wraps pieces of cloth around her feet resp. her shoes. Then she gets up and keeps walking.
43 sec



Theatrical Version: 63 Min / Director's Cut: 80 Min
Marc tells Ben how he met Wendy. Ben, checking out the desert with binoculars, says the footprints lead directly into the open desert and that making it through on foot was a quite long shot. The Theatrical Version contains a different shot of Ben and Marc but the conversation about crossing the desert on foot and the low chance of survival are also in the Theatrical Version.
Theatrical Version: 8 sec
Director's Cut: 25 sec

Theatrical VersionDirector's Cut



Theatrical Version: 64 Min / Director's Cut: 81 Min
Director's Cut: Ben inserts a tape in the car radio and turns it on.
3 sec



Theatrical Version: 66 Min / Director's Cut: 83 Min
Director's Cut: Wendy is lying in embryo position on the ground of the desert while the sansturm is moving around her.
4 sec



Theatrical Version: 68 Min / Director's Cut: 86 Min
The Director's Cut contains several shots of Wendy sleeping on the ground. The Theatrical Version contains a tracking shot of a sand hill.
Theatrical Version: 13 sec
Director's Cut: 25 sec

Theatrical VersionDirector's Cut



Theatrical Version: 68 Min / Director's Cut: 86 Min
Theatrical Version: When the snake approaches sleeping Wendy, there's also an intercut to her.
3 sec



Theatrical Version: 69 Min / Director's Cut: 86 Min
In both versions, Dust Devil moves his hand over Wendy's face and calls her name several times but the actual shots are different in either of the versions.
Theatrical Version: 7 sec
Director's Cut: 5.5 sec

Theatrical VersionDirector's Cut



Theatrical Version: 70 Min / Director's Cut: 87 Min
Different shot of the destroyed city, then Wendy with a terrified look on her face.
Theatrical Version: 6 sec
Director's Cut: 5 sec

Theatrical VersionDirector's Cut



Theatrical Version: 70 Min / Director's Cut: 88 Min
In the Director's Cut, Wendy rushes to the ghost village. Several shots of the houses fallen into ruins follow. The Theatrical Version shows Wendy wandering around in the ghost village instead.
Theatrical Version: 13 sec
Director's Cut: 33 sec

Theatrical VersionDirector's Cut



Theatrical Version: 72 Min / Director's Cut: 89 Min
Director's Cut: Ben goes to the ringing phone on the ground and answers. He hears the creepy voice of his ex again. She tells him to come to her several times. After a while, it becomes silent and Ben removes the phone from his ear. Wendy says she wasn't going to come with him. Ben explains it was alright and tells her to stay there. He also says he knew what he was doing because he was a cop. But Wendy says he needed assistance. Ben replies he knew that already and runs out of the room with his gun in his hand while Wendy remains back there alone.
64 sec



Theatrical Version: 72 Min / Director's Cut: 91 Min
Ben squeezes through the entrance to the theater hall almost completely filled with sand. The Theatrical Version contains alternate footage again.
Theatrical Version: 9 sec
Director's Cut: 12 sec

Theatrical VersionDirector's Cut



Theatrical Version: 73 Min / Director's Cut: 92 Min
Two more shots of Ben standing in the theater hall in the Theatrical Version. In the Director's Cut on the other hand, Wendy is sitting on the floor with a gun in his hand while the camera slowly zooms in to her.
Theatrical Version: 5 sec
Director's Cut: 13 sec

Theatrical VersionDirector's Cut



Theatrical Version: 74 Min / Director's Cut: 93 Min
Director's Cut: Dust Devil talks to Ben with a scarmbled voice. He accuses Ben of being to blame for that it had come that far in the first place (reference to his deceased son).
6 sec



Theatrical Version: 74 Min / Director's Cut: 93 Min
Director's Cut: When Dust Devil slices Ben, the scene is interrupted by an intercut to an owl.
2 sec

Theatrical Version: 74 Min / Director's Cut: 93 Min
Director's Cut: Same here.
1 sec

Theatrical Version: 74 Min / Director's Cut: 93 Min
Director's Cut: And here.
1.5 sec

Theatrical Version: 76 Min / Director's Cut: 95 Min
Theatrical Version: Extended shot of Wendy's and Dust Devil's faces.
2 sec



Theatrical Version: 78 Min / Director's Cut: 97 Min
Director's Cut: High-angle shot and close-up of Marc chained to the squad car upside down. He calls Wendy's name, she just abandoned him.
10 sec



Theatrical Version: 80 Min / Director's Cut: 100 Min
Director's Cut: In the end, Dust Devil is walking across the scene with the sunset in the background. A dedication plus a couple of credits follow.
45 sec



Theatrical Version: 83 Min / Director's Cut: 104 Min
Theatrical Version: After the end credits, the Theatrical Version shows Dust Devil walking across the scenery as well. Contrary to the Director's Cut, there's quite a long freeze frame somewehere in the middle. Then the Theatrical Version fades out, too.
193 sec
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