Comparison between the cut British VHS from Entertainment in Video and the US-version on the American Blu-ray from Kino Lorber
- 6 censorships
- Cut-duration: 43.2 sec
The 1985 made No Retreat, No Surrender will probably have a permanent spot in the hearts of Trash fans all over the world and both the actual No Retreat, No Surrender-sequels as well as the many boldly consecutive eponymous named films in Germany had video-store rental fans for years worked up. With a VHS analysis, we also deal in the following censorship-report, however the one from the UK, which of course today has not more than an archive character. Since the DVD-release the British also have the uncut original version.
Interestingly, on video as basis the heavily differing US-version was used, to which we will offer a separate censorship-report later on, that is being evaluated in Germany for the first time - by Nameless Media. A few shots of Bruce Lee using nunchakus, that the BBFC didnít like at that time, needed to be cut, as well as some brutal attacks by Jean-Claude Van Damme during the final fight also had to go.
Runtime informations are arranged according to the pattern
British VHS in PAL / American Blu-ray
The logo and the first credits are missing on the VHS. Not included in censorship-duration/-quantity.
09:49 / 10:43-10:50
Scott munches a little longer, which probably got removed accidentally because of the following scene: There Jason hangs a poster of Bruce Lee with nunchucks on the wall and looks at it briefly. R.J. then also a moment earlier.
But barely two minutes later at the end of the scene you can also see the poster in the background of the UK-version.
37:38 / 39:49-40:13
Jason hangs the Bruce-Poster on another wall or rather puts it back together and then stands satisfied underneath it.
38:17 / 40:54-40:57
Another close-up of the poster.
72:57 / 77:05-77:06
Before he graps on to the corner of the ring, Ivan holds back his opponent's head and hits him on the temple.
73:01 / 77:10-77:11
In the beginning of the following shot Ivan beats on the guy earlier.
73:05 / 77:16-77:25
After he has transported the referee outside of the ring, several other punches in the stomach and cuts to the audience inbetween are missing.
Interestingly, a headbutt - normally seen so critically by the British - was left untouched.
Closing, a little image-comparison. The Open Matte format of the VHS offers significantly more image informations, but especially in the upper area, this may often show more than actually intended.