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UK Blu-ray Box mit drei Schnittfassungen von "The Stranglers of Bombay"






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Comparison:

  • UK Version
  • Integral Version
Release: Aug 21, 2018 - Author: brainbug1602 - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB
Compared are the UK Version and the Integral Version (both available on the UK Blu-ray by Powerhouse Films).

India, early 19th century: A secret society consisting of murderers and thieves who worship the god Kali gets on the radar of the British colonial government because commodity transporters keep getting attacked and robbed. Capt. Harry Lewis starts invesigating but gets replaced by arrogant Capt. Christopher Connaught-Smith, who can't see the big picture at any point, real fast. Lewis starts investigation on his own and that puts a target on his back.

This exotic adventure flick was shot during the golden era of the Hammer Studios. Based on the Thuggee brotherhood shattered by the British colonial government. Contentwise, the movie is mediocre with a few rather boring scenes but director Terence Fisher focuses on the sadistic acts of the cult. Luckily, there is no pointing because both the colonial government with its antique structurs causing problems for the investigation conducted by Lewis and the murdering Indians look pretty bad here.

The UK Blu-ray by Powerhouse Films, released as part of the Blu-ray box set "Hammer Volume 3 - Blood And Terror", contains 3 versions of The Stranglers of Bombay: The UK Version, the US Version and a so-called Integral Version that contains the entire footage from the UK and US Version.

The following comparison shows the differences of the UK Version and the Integral Version - in other words the scenes that are in the US Version but not in the UK Version. The difference is marginal: There is 1 missing scene at the beginning of the movie. When three guys become new members of the brotherhood, the Integral Version contains a close-up of the cult leader slits someone's arm and the blood runs into some bowl.
Not mentioned in the following comparison is the fact that the UK Version starts with the BBFC rating while the the Integral Version contains the Columbia Logo instead.

The UK Blu-ray box set is recommendable, the other movies are Yesterday's Enemy, The Terror of the Tongs and The Camp on Blood Island. As common for Powerhouse releases, there is a lot of bonus. All in all, a nice release for Hammer fans.

Duration:

UK Version: 80:17 min
Integral Version: 80:21 min
[00:26:31][00:54:32]

Close-up of the thug getting his arm slit as part of the initiation.



Integral Version: 2 sec