Comparison between the censored British VHS by Vestron Video (BBFC 15) and the uncut German Blu-ray by Universum Film (FSK 12).
- 3 cuts
- Total runtime of cut material: 34 sec
A few additional master errors with a duration of less than 0.5 sec each were not listed in the comparison.
With Renegade, directed by E. B. Clucher in 1987, Terence Hill prepared himself for his role as Lucky Luke in the following movie and series. Here, his character is already called Luke and the amusing road movie oozes a little late-Western atmosphere. At Terence's side stands his adopted son Ross Hill, who tragically died in a car accident in 1990 – an event that prompted Terence after some initial hesitation to dedicate his work as sheriff of Daisy Town to him. Originally, Ross was supposed to appear as Billy the Kid at Terence's side.
In Great Britain has only been one VHS release to date and the cuts had to be made for this very one thanks to the even stricter BBFC guidelines that were in place especially at the end of the 80’s. Three instances in which Ross Hill waves a butterfly knife around were eliminated here. The uncut version is available on DVD and Blu-ray in Germany among other countries.
The running times are ordered as follows:
BBFC 15 VHS in PAL / German Blu-ray
Vestron vs. Tobis logo before the film starts.
37:02 / 38:37-38:44
Matt says: "Well, try it!" and waves his butterfly knife around. Rocker boy Rico doesn't speak the language and you can see the knife again in a close-up.
That's why. Rico recognizes Matt or does remember him from an earlier incident in which Matt has helped him out with his knife arts. Such an incident is also mentioned in the UK version, but without the butterfly scenes you don't really know what happened.
37:29 / 39:12-39:38
Luke and Chickadee fight much longer in the background while Matt and Rico talk about old times. Rico also asks who Luke is and again explains who Chickadee is.
Matt keeps waving the butterfly knife around and only ends it after they stopped the two from beating each other. After this, the UK version sets in again.
77:45-77:46 / 81:35-81:36
As Matt approaches Lawson, he plays around with the butterfly knife in a close-up.
Instead, the UK VHS recycles a re-cut to Luke that has already been shown before.
Note: About 20 seconds later you have already seen such a shot of the knife (also in the UK VHS). There, Matt holds the knife still while waving it around in the the removed scene.
No time difference (Duration of the cut: 1.7 sec)
Finally, here’s a small image comparison. The full screen VHS offers a little bit more image information at the bottom but is otherwise zoomed in (or not Open Matte) and has a poor image quality.