Comparison between the Celestial version (represented here by the German Blu-ray from Black Hill) and the original version (included on the UK/US Blu-ray from Arrow Video).
Several other master errors/"framecuts" with a duration of less than 1 sec each were not listed in the report.
Magnificient Ruffians is on disc 5, along with Ten Tigers from Kwangtung. Already the difference in running time is clear here:
After subtracting Celestial's notes, the new Arrow version is still 01:02 minutes longer though. In a previous report for the German VHS, which was cut by 23 minutes, we had already noted a few moments and exactly these are noticeable here again. The added value is ultimately rather small - even though some may don't like it that it also affects minor details in fight scenes.
The German Blu-ray still has the Celestial logo at the beginning of the movie file.
+ 11 sec
In this case, the credits also used to be in white (instead of yellow like many other Celestial restorations). Still, the title and general design was a bit different. The Arrow master has no shading and probably corresponds to the original theatrical release.
11:19 / 11:11-11:12
The fighter on the ground can be seen earlier. When the sword is pulled away, there is a jump cut, probably that's why Celestial didn't start until the back part of the shot.
A general note about the insertions that occur several times in the film when the main characters first appear: Again, the Celestial master had additional shading. Also, at least on the German Blu-ray, the spelling in the Latin alphabet has been added as well. Here illustrated from the 13th and 16th minute.
66:29 / 66:52-66:55
A shot of the trio watching the fight is much longer. The three are still exchanging glances with each other.
71:24 / 71:54
A long shot at the beginning of the fight is a bit longer.
71:29 / 71:59
The same can be said about the next shot with stick waving.
72:16 / 72:47-72:49
Guan looks victorious a little earlier in close-up as he fends off the staff with his chest.
94:33 / 95:17-95:18
Here, a dissolve comes noticeably earlier.
The end fade-in differs again. It also starts a little earlier in the Celestial version. After that, there are still celestial notes in the old master.
Celestial version 18 sec longer