Release: Jan 28, 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).
14 differences, consisting of
- 7 additional scenes
- 3 extended scenes
- 1 scene with alternate footage
- additional recap
- additional opening credits
- alternate end credits
- Length difference: 384.8 sec resp. 6 min 24.8 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)
51:57 / 00:00
Recap only in the UK Version.
62 sec resp. 1 min 2 sec
The subsequent shot begins insignificantly earlier.
54:04 / 02:48
Opening credits only in the UK Version due to the fact that the International Version is a two-part episode.
52:18 / 01:26
The very first shot subsequent to the opening credits starts earlier.
57:50 / 07:23
After Reed listens to Luther's message, he looks around for a brief moment. Then he goes back to the others.
Reed: "Justin. Justin. Hey. What do you think?"
Ripley: "I don't know what to think."
Reed: "Yeah, me neither. Thing is though if he didn't do it, where the hell is he?"
Ripley: "Perhaps he knows who did it and he's gone after them."
Reed: "Whatever happens, alright, if you hear from him, you contact me, OK? Not Teller, not Schenk, me. He needs his friends."
Ripley: "Yeah. Of course."
Ripley leaves and Mark enters the station. Reed then leaves as well.
62.1 sec resp. 1 min 2.1 sec
01:02:12 / 12:43
Additional shot of Alice.
01:02:12 / 12:50
The subsequent shot of Alice starts earlier.
01:11:39 / 22:28
Ripley and Schenk earlier in the car.
Ripley (via radio): "We're on Iron Road. Should be about 20 minutes. Over."
01:13:00 / 24:03
Ripley's phone conversation with Reed is longer.
(Ripley: "He took the gun.")
Reed: "What do you mean? Wh… What do you mean he took the gun?"
Ripley: "We were taking it to the lab. He intercepted us, DCI Schenk and me."
(Reed [silently so that Ripley can't hear it]: "Shit!")
01:13:22 / 24:33
Luther gets rid of the traces on the murder weapon. Alice then has it. She grabs the weapon, sits down on the hood and cleans the barrel while Luther is watching her.
After a short while, Luther asks: "Why'd you do it?"
Alice: "Do what?"
Luther: "Your parents?"
Alice: "Because I wanted to."
Luther: "How could you want that?"
Alice: "Well, let's put Ian Reed in a room with you and then let's talk about who wants what."
Brief silence, then Alice asks: "Are you sure you don't wanna keep this?"
Luther: "No. No guns."
Luther grabs the weapon resp. the individual parts of it.
Alice sighs: "Suit yourself."
01:16:24 / 28:34
Luther and Alice get in the car and drive off.
Also, the subsequent conversation at the station starts earlier.
Teller: "Shouldn't you be at home?"
Ripley: "It's just a cracked rip. I'll be fine."
Teller: "OK. Do we have any idea of the accomplice's ID? The woman?"
Ripley: "Ehm… I don't know. Young. White. Slim build. Also wore a stocking."
Teller: "She didn't speak?"
Teller: "But it was Luther?"
Schenk: "It was Luther."
Teller: "You're 100% positive?"
Schenk: "Well, he wore a cursory disguise, a stocking mask but given that I'd say… 95%."
Teller: "Do you know what a decent defense calls 95%? Reasonable doubt. (Was is him?)"
01:18:15 / 31:13
Additional scene with Ripley and Schenk. Schenk questions Ripley about Luther.
Schenk: "You and I have been through something today. And that makes us comrades in arms."
Ripley: "Yeah, I suppose."
Schenk: "And so, as a comrade, I'm asking you what's troubling you?"
Ripley: "In what way?"
Schenk: "People like you and me, we know how people look when they're hiding something."
Ripley: "Is this an accusation?"
Schenk: "Of what? An atypical reaction to betrayal?"
Ripley: "What do you want?"
Schenk: "To know what you think."
Ripley: "About what?"
Schenk sighs: "Luther's psychotic. He claims to believe Detective Chief Inspector Reed killed his wife. If that's so, why did he go to the trouble of stealing back that gun? It doesn't fit the delusional framework."
Ripley: "No, I suppose not."
Schenk: "So what's going on his Luther's head?"
Ripley: "Who can say?"
Schenk: "Well… Who indeed?"
Ripley leaves, Schenk remains behind by himself.
79.9 sec resp. 1 min 19.9 sec
01:42:28 / 56:46
This alteration is quite curious to say the very least: The UK Version contains a small and final shot of Luther, followed by the end credits. Perhaps, the intention here is to have an ending that leaves room for interpretation, who knows? (1.6 sec)
The International Version contains a shot of Luther as well, except it is slightly alternate. Luther then gets up and looks at Reed's body. All of a sudden, there are sirens closing in on them and Luther realizes that his colleagues will be there soon.
Luther: "Now what?" (38.7 sec)
International Version 37.1 sec longer
01:43:07 / 56:48
The UK Version contains end credits & a preview of the next episode while the International Version only contains the actual credits.