Comparison between the uncensored German VHS released by Warner Home Video (Theatrical Version) and the uncensored German VHS released by United Video (Director's Cut).
There are 10 differences with an overall runtime of 1 minute and 12 seconds.
The movie (which was based on the novel of the same name, written by Stephen King) hit the theatres in 1981. Most likely, the theatrical version has been released on most of the first edition VHS releases. It is also included on the US DVD by Artisan. Later then, a director's cut has been released which is the most common version nowadays. Although the director's cut is longer then the theatrical version it misses some footage too.
Mistakes of the master were ignored for this report.
DC: 10 min. / Theatrical Version: 10 min.
DC: Vic and Steve play some tennis. After Steve won, they have a short conversation. Subsequently, Vic leaves the screen. Then follows a cut to Steve and Donna lying in bed. Donna gets up, walks to the mirror and puts on her underpants.
Theatrical Version: Vic drives to the workshop with his car. When he arrives there he walks over tho the mechanic and asks him to take a look at his car which needs to be fixed. However, the mechanic is busy and hardly even notices Vic. When Vic walks back to his car, the postman suggests that Vic should let Joe Camber have a look at his car because he is reliable and does some good work. Vic asks him how to get there and the postman immediately tells him the way. Vic gets back in his car and drives off. Then follows a cut to Donna and Steve in bed having sex.
DC: 79 sec.
Theatrical Version: 156 sec.
DC: 13 min.
At this point the DC shows the scene where Vic drives to the workshop (which was just mentioned above).
DC: 18 min.
Vic enters the kitchen and shortly looks at the TV. He comments on the awful advertising campaign which is shown on TV. The phone rings. Donna answers it and then tells Vic that it's for him. Vic answers the phone and then has a short conversation with his colleague who is at the other end of the phone.
DC: 27 min. / Theatrical Version: 25 min.
DC: At this point there's a shot of Cujo underneath the house. In the background you can hear Joe and his wife arguing.
Theatrical Version: When Joe grabs his wife's arm he realizes that he hurts her and should probably just sit back down. He lets go of her, walks over to the fridge and opens it.
DC: 6 sec.
Theatrical Version: 18 sec.
DC: 31 min.
Vic picks Tad up at the Kindergarten. He asks Tad how his day was. The latter replies that it was bad and that he didn't have any fun. Then the two of them go to the car. Now follows a cut to Donna inside the kitchen. Steve sneaks up on her from the back and then startles her. After Steve tried to come on to Donna they start scuffling. Tad and Vic enter the house and find Donna in the kitchen wipe up the milk from the broken milk container which she dropped during the argument with Steve. Vic sends Tad outside. When Steve tries to explain the situation away Donna sends him out as well. Tad stands still for a few moments before he leaves the house. Then you see Vic trying to fix his car. Tad asks him who will read him the "monster quote" (which is supposed to keep evil monsters/ghosts away) before he goes to bed. Vic calms him down and tells him that Donna will do that - he already left her a note with the quote on it. Then Donna comes out of the house and tells Tad that he has to do an afternoon nap now. Vic brings his son in the house. Then you see Tad sleeping in his bed. The camera pans to the note which has the "monster quote" on it.
DC: 37 min.
Vic says good bye to Tad and Donna and drives off. Donna shouts after him, therefore Vic stops the car and she runs after him. She tells him that it is over between them and that she unfortunately can't change anything about it. Vic tells her that he can't change it either and drives off. Donna sadly gazes after him.
Theatrical Version: 34 min.
Only the theatrical version shows Vic driving to Donna's house with his car. Now follow the scenes which were already shown in the DC: The argument between Donna and Steve, Vic and Tad running into them, and so on.
DC: 49 min. / Theatrical Version: 48 min.
When Donna calms Tad down both versions show an alternative take of it.
DC: 7 sec.
Theatrical Version: 5 sec.
DC: 67 min.
Tad (who's crying) thells his mum that he wants to go home.
DC: 68 min.
Vic dials another number on the telephone.