Release: Mar 12, 2018 - Author: Tony Montana - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB - more from this series
Compared are the International Version (German Blu-ray by Polyband / FSK 16) and the UK Version (UK Blu-ray by 2entertain / BBFC 15).
9 differences, consisting of
- 6 additional scenes (inkl. 1 recut)
- 1 extended scene
- 1 additional scene in the International Version (= recut)
- additional end credits
- Length difference: 393.4 sec resp. 6 min 33.4 sec
Luther is a British crime drama from 2010. So far, there are 4 seasons consisting of 16 episodes in total: Season 1 consists of 6 episodes, the seasons 2 & 3 of 4 episodes each and season 4 consists of 2 episodes only. In June 2017, a fifth season was announced for 2018. Without any spoiler alerts, it is safe to say that fans of British shows will enjoy Luther if one does not have an aversion of crime dramas in general.
Like other shows before (e.g. Life on Mars & Ashes to Ashes), Luther is yet another example for shorter, international versions (in comparison to the original UK Version that is). In order to do so, all the episodes are two-part episodes now and numerous alterations have been made. Often, the missing footage focuses on a or several particular characters but there are a few alterations that have censorship all over it. Certainly, the International Versions are still watchable, no argument there. But the better version is the uncensored UK Version, no doubt.
Time index refers to
International Version (German Blu-ray) – UK Version (UK Blu-ray)
04:05 / 04:05
Additional shots in the UK Version.
07:17 / 07:35
Ripley gets out of the car, then Luther His phone rings.
Then Luther in the hallway. On his way up, he pets a dog.
10:42 / 11:16
Luther's conversation with Schenk is much longer in the UK Version. However, the shot of Luther taking a seat is also in the International Version here - but only this very small part of the shot when Luther actually sits down.
In the UK Version, Luther does not sit down until the very end of the (longer) scene - during Schenk's last additional comment from the off ("If I was your adversary then"), to be more specific.
Schenk: "How's this looking?"
Luther: "It's early doors. We'll get him. Yeah. John, I eh… I know you had great loyalty to Rose Teller and rightly so but often it's the good coppers who shoulder the blame for the bad. Things between us, historically, have sometimes been…"
Luther: "You had a job to do. You did it well."
Schenk: "If I was your adversary then, I'm not your adversary now. I have a new job to do and part of that job is to police you. And to do that properly, I need your trust… and your candor. No secrets. No agendas. And no Alice Morgan."
Luther: "No secrets. No agendas."
Please note: The additional fooage of the UK Version has been marked bold. Screenshots only from the UK Version.
15:49 / 16:56
A shot starts earlier.
29:24 / 30:37
Luther's phone conversation with Benny is longer.
Benny: "The death porn is produced by a foreign registered offshoot of Hemina Films.) It's run out of Mile End. So, bad news: For obvious reasons, it's all kept a bit 'entre nous'. Good news: That means they have to draw from a very small pool of technicians and locations."
Luther: "So have you got an address?"
Benny: "Give me an hour."
Then Luther and Gray at the station.
Luther: "DS Gray, I've been thinking…"
Luther: "He said to me 'Don't ruin it.'. 'Don't ruin it.'. What does that say to you?"
Gray: "That he's on a mission?"
Luther: "Yeah but what ist hat mission?"
Gray: "Eh… Celebrity. Infamy."
Luther: "No, it's more than that, isn't it? Something else he's trying to archieve. Ehm… Have you got that file for the…"
Gray interrupts: "Guv. Can I have a word? Sort of… off the record type thing?"
Luther: "Yeah, of course."
Luther takes a seat next to Gray, then Gray starts talking.
Gray: "Ehm… I'm guessing you've read my personal file? So… you know how hard I have worked to get here. Now, my point is, and please don't take this the wrong way…"
Luther: "Promise to try."
Gray: "…but today you asked me to confiscate people's mobile phones when there was no actual, no real grounds."
When Gray speaks her last words, Luther says: "Gray. Gray."
Then Luther explains: "Gray, it was figure of speech."
Gray: "Yeah, I know. I get that. Really. It's just… Well, if I had just confiscated them, would you have minded."
Luther: "Honestly, no. But I would have protected you from any circumstances."
Gray: "That's my point. I don't wanna have to need that kind of protection. With the best will in the world, I don't wanna end up like DS Ripley. He was like this rising star. And now…"
Luther interrupts: "He's what?"
Luther demands a response: "What?"
Gray: "Tarnished. Sort of."
Gray: "Sorry. Ehm… I don't wanna risk my career when it's only just getting started. It's just… this is my job, you know?"
Luther smiles: "Noted."
Gray takes a deep breath, Luther gets up and leaves.
Luther is on his way to Benny.
Luther: "Benny, have you got that address?"
Benny: "Surely do. Question is do you want it?"
Luther: "Give it to me."
Luther grabs the note and leaves. Gray is watching him.
142.3 sec resp. 2 min 22.3 sec
Additional Scene International Version / Recut
35:28 / 39:04
Subsequent to the first identically equal shots of Jenny tied to the chair, it gets a little weird. In the International Version, one now gets to see a scene with Jenny and Mark that is also in the UK Version - except not at this point plus the scene is longer in the UK Version.
Please see 41:27 / 44:17 for further details. (no screenshots)
International Version 117.7 sec resp. 1 min 57.7 sec longer
37:26 / 39:04
The UK Version contains an exclusive scene with Jenny and Mark instead.
Jenny: "Where am I? What part of London is this?"
Mark: "Well, if I tell you that, it wouldn't be a safe house, would it? And you wouldn't be in protective custody. And besides, it's only for an hour."
Mark takes a seat.
Jenny: "You do know what they'll do when they find me, don't you?"
Mark looks at Jenny. He does not say a single word but his look speaks volumes.
First an exterior shot of Caroline's house, then the scene continues inside. Her phone is ringing but Caroline refuses to answer. A woman leaves a voice mail.
Female Caller: "Pick up, come on, come on. Bitch, pick up! Alright, now listen. Have you done as you were asked? Have you?"
71.5 sec resp. 1 min 11.5 sec
Additional Scene / Partially Recut
41:27 / 44:17
Now the scene with Jenny and Mark from the International Version (please see 35:28 / 39:04) – only the scene is longer here, as already mentioned. At the end of the day, the UK Version is almost one minute longer (53.7 sec). The shot of Mark sleeping in the chair is also in the International Version. He then opens his eyes as well but (compared to the UK Version) he does not say a single word in the International Version because the shot ends sooner. Instead, Jenny's question how Mark knows Luther ("How do you know him?") is audible from the off during that scene. Then some additional dialog in the UK Version and with Jenny's comment that Mark is obviously not a cop, the versions are back in sync - except for the additional exterior subsequent to said scene but first things first:
Mark is sleeping in the chair.
Jenny (from the off): "What time is it?"
Mark opens his eyes: "Well, it's late."
Jenny: "He said he'd only be an hour."
Jenny: "I need the loo."
Mark: "No key."
Mark wants to know: "Aren't you tired?"
Jenny shakes her head: "Opposite. You?"
Mark: "I'm absolutely knackered."
Jenny: "Get some sleep. Lie down, chill out, make yourself at home."
Mark: "Yeah, wake up and find all my credit cards gone."
Then she asks: "How do you know him? That gavver?"
Jenny: "Smurf. Billy Filth. 'Cause you're obviously not one of them, no offense whatever."
Mark: "No offense taken. Well, ehm… it's a long story."
Jenny: "So? Give me the edited highlights."
Mark: "OK. OK, long story, short version. I was gonna marry his ex-wife."
Jenny laughs: "Seriously?"
Jenny: "What, and now you're mates and everything?"
That comment makes Mark laugh as well: "Well, mates is probably pushing it."
Jenny: "So where is she? His ex, your missus?"
Mark: "She died."
Jenny: "Ouch! Sorry. Mouth on me sometimes."
Mark: "That's alright. You weren't to know. What about you? How do you know him?"
Jenny: "Don't. Not really. As far as I'm concerned, he's this random smurf popped up out of nowhere."
Mark: "So why the…"
Jenny: "Long time ago, my dad killed this girl. It was by accident and everything but… he panicked. Cut her up and whatnot. Put all the bits in wheelie bins."
Mark: "Jesus. I'm sorry."
Jenny: "So this bloke, Luther, was one of the coppers that put him away."
Mark: "And your dad?"
Jenny: "Killed himself in prison."
Mark: "Jenny, listen. I know how hard… how hard it can be. Losing someone that way."
Jenny looks at Mark, does not say anything though.
Last but not least, there is an additional exterior shot.
Please note: The additional footage of the UK Version is marked bold, screenshots only for the UK Version.
171.4 sec resp. 2 min 51.4 sec
50:54 / 56:34
Only the UK Version contains end credits & a preview of the next episode.