Comparison between the cut British version and the uncut original Japanese version, both taken from the British Special Collector's Edition by Manga Entertainment.
Original Japanese Version:
Run time: 101:38 (excluding end credits: 96:28)
Run time: 98:11 (excluding end credits: 95:13)
US VHS (PG-13):
Run time: 94:30 (including end credits: 97:37)
Run time: 98:45 (excluding end credits: 95:47)
Run time: 90:47 (including ending credits: 86:50)
The soundtrack of the cut versions differ from one of the Japanese version. The international versions feature rock music by artists such as Alice in Chains, Korn, Silverchair and KMFDM. The soundtrack of the original version, however, is much more calm and melancholic, so that a whole different feeling is conveyed during the fights.
Change of names
Outside Japan, the names of three characters were interchanged. The reason is that the name of the boxer M. Bison is a reference to the internationally renowned boxer Mike Tyson. To avoid a civil lawsuit and criminal proceedings, the name was changed to Balrog. Subsequently, the other names were interchanged as well. In this censorship report, the internationally known names are used.
14 cuts = 76.28 sec.
Intro by Glogcke & Forrest
Time index: old UK DVD / Japanese version
The credits on the UK DVD were translated. The Japanese version can be subtitled optionally.
No difference in time
The title fade-ins differ.
No difference in time
Ryu and Feilong walk towards the "camera" some longer.
When they part company, the US VHS stops earlier.
One sees Ryu walking off some longer.
Feilong gazes after Ryu some longer.
In the Japanese version there is an additional short view of Ryu and the street girl looking at the spilled milk.
A close-up of the little girl.
Another close-up view is missing.
The girl's mother can be seen longer.
Ryu walks through the alley longer.
From a view of the houses, the picture cross-fades to Chin Li taking a shower. One can see her bottom.
At this point, the cutting sequence was changed in the UK version. While, in the Japanese version, the camera pans through Chun Li's flat, the UK version fades to an external view of the shower. The UK version sets in a little earlier, when one sees Chun Li nude in the shower. The length of this shot is identical in both versions.
The beginning of the tracking shot to the external view of the shower is missing in the UK version. Here the original version is longer. The UK version lacks the end of this shot, as well.
Thus, the original version runs 9 sec. longer.
In the uncut version, Ken drives through the night much longer. Then Bison's plane appears on the sky. Subsequently, one can shortly see Ken in his car again, before the cut version sets in again. (The footage is very dark, so that hardly anything is visible.)
After the conversation with Sagat, Bison leaves the room. Balrog follows him. Then one sees Sagat poising alone next to Bison's chair.
During the long tracking shot over the mountains of Thailand, the Japanese version runs some longer.
The closing credits of the UK version run down faster.