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Orphan, The

Comparison:

  • Original Version
  • US Version
Release: Aug 12, 2018 - Author: brainbug1602 - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB
Compared are the Original Version (Canadian VHS by Astral) and the US Version (US VHS by Prism).

After the death of his parents, David gets to live with his aunt Martha who can't handle his feelings though. Still fascinated by his father's trips to Africa, David secretively builds some shrine where he worships some monkey until he can't seperate reality from bloody imagination anymore.

The Orphan is a rather mediocre horror flick about David drifing off into madness. Some scenes, especially in the finale or the mirror effect which shows David and his father merge are are pretty decent but that does not change the fact that the movie simply lacks pace most of the time.

The Canadian VHS by Astral contains the Original Version with a length of approx. 76 minutes. As it turns out, there is an extended version of the movie on the US VHS by Prism. It is very likely that said versions is a US TV Version because swear words are censored, both nudity and violence is cut and some plot scenes have been added as some kind of compensation. These additional scenes mess up the pace even more and the censoring is annoying. All in all, the Original Version is the much better version.

Duration:

US Version (US VHS by Prism): 82:43 min
Original Version (Canadian VHS by Astral): 75:59 min






[00:00:00][00:00:00]

The US Version begins with the movie title "The Orphan", followed by David putting some token on the nightstand. Then the opening credits with several collages in the background.



In the Original Version, the title pops up when the camera pans to the house.



US Version: 2:17 min


[00:03:11][00:00:55]

Only in the Original Version, the current date is being displayed.



no difference


[00:05:41][00:03:26]

The US Version cuts to Akin while the Original Version sticks with Martha and the maid. The latter calls the house guest a "negro". That comment is missing in the US Version and the way it has been censored is quite clumsy.



US Version: 2 sec
Original Version: 2 sec


[00:06:29][00:04:14]

Now the opening credits in the Original Version.



no difference


[00:11:05][00:08:50]

Before David takes a leak by the cabin, the US Version contains a shot of the ducks in the water.



US Version: 1 sec


[00:11:08][00:08:52]

In the US Version, the scene with the boy zipping his pants plays slower.



In the Original Version, the boy claims to have a longer one instead.



US Version: 1 sec
Original Version: 2 sec


[00:11:10][00:08:55]

David claims to be a better shot.



Original Version: 2 sec


[00:12:11][00:09:57]

The shot of the house is longer in the US Version. The maid says: "Remember, don't say I have to ..."



In the Original Version, the maid adjusts David's suit. In addition to that, her comment is uncensored in the Original Version: "Remember, don't say I have to piss."



US Version: 3 sec
Original Version: 4 sec


[00:16:16][00:14:02]

Shot of Martha in the US Version.



The Original Version allows the guy to finish his comment: "[Now you can go] and take a piss."



US Version: 1 sec
Original Version: 2 sec


[00:16:21][00:14:08]

Shot of the house in the US Version.



In the Original Version, David watches the girl drying her dress and he gets to take a look at her breasts as well.



US Version: 2 sec
Original Version: 2 sec


[00:16:52][00:14:39]

David watches the woman in the shower. The scene contains shot from a seconds before. In addition to that, the shots of the girl in the shower are in slow motion.



In the Original Version, the girl is in the shower and the subsequent shot of the woman starts earlier as well.



US Version: 8 sec
Original Version: 8 sec


[00:17:26][00:15:14]

The US Version shows a picture of David's father.



In the Original Version, the guy grabs the girl's breasts when he wants to know whether she was still fertile or dry as a desert already.



US Version: 3 sec
Original Version: 3 sec


[00:24:06][00:21:53]

Jump cut in the Original Version: The shot of David is longer & the subsequent shot starts earlier.



US Version: 3 sec


[00:27:00][00:24:44]

The maid rushes to David. She says that, if they had to live to together, they had to accept each other as well.



US Version: 8 sec


[00:29:09][00:26:45]

David helps Martha with her make-up. He takes a close look at all the stuff on her vanity table. Martha wants to know what David was thinking. He explains he was thinking of his god and praying in secret but Martha does not want to hear anything about it. David prays a Hail Mary but he makes a mistake so that Martha feels the need to correct him. David yanks out a single hair of her and runs upstairs. The subsequent shot of him going to bed starts a little earlier as well.



US Version: 1:48 min


[00:31:53][00:27:40]

Transition from the monkey to Martha. She brought a ball. David, Akin, Martha and Mary then play in the garden. At the end of the scene, David even drops a water balloon on Martha.



US Version: 1:48 min


[00:34:45][00:28:45]

Shot of Akin in the US Version. Also, Martha yells "You black man."



The Original Version shows Martha as well but her comment is different: "You, nigger! You black nigger man!"



US Version: 2 sec
Original Version: 3 sec

[00:36:03][00:30:04]

In the Original Version, Cheryll also calls Kevin a "Son of a bitch" and tosses a pillow at him while doing so.



Original Version: 2 sec


[00:37:13][00:31:16]

Shot of the monkey statue in the US Version.



The Original Version contains a shot of David with his hands in the fire instead.



US Version: 4 sec
Original Version: 4 sec


[00:37:18][00:31:20]

The US Version shows the monkey again.



The Original Version shows David with his hands in the fire one more time.



US Version: 1 sec
Original Version: 1 sec


[00:41:27][00:35:29]

Shot of the monkey in the US Version.



Shot of the chicken in the Original Version.



US Version: 1 sec
Original Version: 1 sec


[00:41:30][00:35:32]

The US Version contains a shot of the monkey in the smoke.



In the Original Version, the chicken gets its head severed instead.



US Version: 5 sec
Original Version: 5 sec


[00:41:40][00:35:42]

The US Version zooms in on the chicken's severed head, the Original Version does not.



no difference (2 sec each)


[00:44:18][00:38:20]

In the US Version, David yells at Akin to go to hell while the latter is leaving. Moreover, the subsequent shot of David starts earlier.



US Version: 5 sec


[00:44:32][00:38:29]

The current date is being displayed explclusively in the Original Version.



no difference


[00:48:57][00:42:55]

The footage of Martha's memories of her lover is darker in the US Version.



no difference


[00:49:16][00:43:14]

Same here.



no difference


[00:51:28][00:45:26]

David earlier on his way to Henry in the Original Version.



Original Version: 1 sec


[00:53:02][00:47:01]

The lobster earlier in the Original Version.



Original Version: 1 sec


[00:56:14][00:50:14]

The US Version contains a further shot of David with the razor.



In the Original Version, he cuts himself.



US Version: 1 sec
Original Version: 1 sec


[00:56:42][00:50:42]

Martha a little earlier in the Original Version.



Original Version: 1 sec


[00:56:55][00:50:56]

The US Version contains a shot of Mary trying to take off David's pants.



The Original Version shows David's butt instead.



US Version: 2 sec
Original Version: 2 sec


[01:00:33][00:54:33]

Once again, the current date is being displayed in the Original Version.



no difference


[01:01:40][00:55:40]

Shot of Martha in the US Version.



The Original Version sticks with Martha and Mary. The latter says Martha's sister had always prefered Kevin with his penis in his hand.



US Version: 2 sec
Original Version: 2 sec


[01:01:48][00:55:50]

The US Version shows the door.



The Original Version shows Martha with the towel.



US Version: 3 sec
Original Version: 3 sec


[01:01:55][00:55:57]

Jump cut in the Original Version: Martha leaves the room, then the door earlier.



US Version: 5 sec


[01:03:33][00:57:31]

David under the bed in the US Version.



In the Original Version, Mary gets groped by the guy longer.



US Version: 2 sec
Original Version: 2 sec


[01:03:45][00:57:42]

Freeze frame in the US Version, followed by some love scene and finally David again.



In the Original Version, Mary gets groped again, followed by David.



US Version: 7 sec
Original Version: 8 sec


[01:04:19][00:58:18]

The US Version cuts back and forth from David and the love scene



In the Original Version, Mary keeps getting undressed. Then they get in bed & shots of David.



US Version: 18 sec
Original Version: 18 sec


[01:05:01][00:58:59]

And again, the Original Version displays the current date.



no difference


[01:06:37][01:00:34]

The US Version repeats the scene with no blood at all being on the knife.



In the Original Version, there is blood on the knife.



US Version: 1 sec
Original Version: 2 sec


[01:06:39][01:00:37]

Shot of the swinging light bulb in the US Version.



The Original Version contains some more bloody stabbing.



US Version: 4 sec
Original Version: 3 sec


[01:06:49][01:00:47]

Shot of the light bulb in the US Version.



More stabbing in the Original Version.



US Version: 2 sec
Original Version: 2 sec


[01:06:52][01:00:49]

And again, the US Version focuses on the light bulb.



The Original Version cuts back and forth between the light bulb and the wounds.



US Version: 8 sec
Original Version: 8 sec


[01:13:49][01:07:46]

Shot of David's mother in the US Version. The doctors want to know how she had died.



In the Original Version, the doctor says "damn it".



US Version: 4 sec
Original Version: 1 sec


[01:14:00][01:07:53]

In the US Version, the chicken gets killed (censored beforehand for some reason).



The Original Version sticks to David on the table.



US Version: 7 sec
Original Version: 2 sec


[01:14:10][01:07:58]

In the Original Version, the tongue is being removed.



Original Version: 1 sec


[01:19:38][01:13:26]

When David is eating the jam sandwich, some women comes in and asks for his aunt. David says she was in the henhouse and starts smiling.



US Version: 30 sec