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Fighter, The

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  • BBFC 18
  • Uncut
Release: Apr 10, 2020 - Author: Muck47 - Translator: Mike Lowrey - external link: IMDB

Comparison between the cut British BBFC 18 VHS (by Video Programme Dists Ltd.) and the uncut original version (included on the German Blu-ray by Shamrock Media)


- 5 cuts
- Runtime of cuts: 31.1 sec

 

The Fighter, made in 1987 in the Philippines for a low budget, is a very entertaining B actioner, which somewhat foreshadows the story of Leon with Jean-Claude Van Damme and knows how to please with the Asian setting. In the leading role is the then-still-young Richard Norton who faces martial arts legend Benny Urquidez in the final fight.

The German label Shamrock Media released a Blu-ray on 3/4/2020 and has a chic-looking 35mm scan of a German movie reel at its disposal. As there are only VHS sources available internationally for this one, some of them were looked at more closely and so the British VHS was used.

In a cockfight at the beginning, the BBFC guidelines for such animal scenes made it necessary to apply cuts. Spread over several instances, the British VHS was missing half a minute in total. But the film was complete in terms of violence.

Runtimes are ordered as follows: British VHS in PAL / original version Blu-ray

The British VHS has a logo at the beginning, which we counted as part of the film's runtime.

+ 10,5 sec




Different film title with otherwise identical credits.

British VHSGerman Blu-ray




11:45 / 12:04-12:08

The two roosters are left on the ground and immediately attack each other in front of Ryan.

3.9 sec




11:48 / 12:11-12:19

Another cockfight in close-up.

7.7 sec




11:53 / 12:24-12:27

After the baddie has moved up, another shot with fighting cocks is missing.

2.7 sec




12:15 / 12:50-13:00

And the cocks again.

It's remarkable, however, that the henchman passes on more information about Ryan to his boss in the offstage, and that this also falls under the table in the British version. He had been in jail and would now live with his sister at the old man's place. The boss further inquires about Ryan and hears with a few examples that he is only a petty thief.

9.8 sec




12:20 / 13:05-13:12

One last cockfight.

7 sec




Strange: The already somewhat zoomed-in image of the British VHS loses a little more image in the 17th minute when the picture is taken. There, the camera moves a little bit towards the approaching car after the camera softly fades over from Ryan to the road.

British VHSGerman Blu-ray