This is a comparison between the shortened US Blu-Ray released by Twilight Time (R-Rated) and the uncut German Pay-TV broadcast on K1 Classics.
- 1 cut
- Difference in time: 110,9 sec (= 1:51 min)
Apart from that, the American Blu-Ray includes a few sequences that miss out on a few frames (shorter than 0.5 seconds) due to a faulty master. Since you do not miss anything of the movie, we have not regarded those sequences in the following report.
In 2013, Walter Hill's cult thriller was released on a limited Blu-Ray set that is exclusively available on www.screenarchives.com. However, just as all previous US DVDs (we do not know whether or not the VHS releases were identical to the DVDs, however, it is very likely) the movie is slightly cut compared to the European releases. A longer dialog between the driver and the gambler is missing during the first half of the movie.
There also existed a special US TV Version that included an additional prolog with a first meeting of Bruce Dern and Matt Clark. Both the UK theatrical release and the VHS were censored during the scene where Ronee Blakley gets a gun pushed inside his mouth. Since 2004, however, the movie can be purchased uncut. Alledgedly, there was a screening in the Los Angeles's American Cinemateque of a 131 minutes long version of the movie that gave more depth to the characters and also included more car chases.
This is only some general information. The report itself focuses on the cut that US audiences have to accept when buying the Blu-Ray or DVD.
On July 10th 2014 the movie will be released on Blu-Ray in Germany and the UK. This will be an interesting case, both because of the bad master of the DVD as well as the already released US Blu-Ray that - as already mentioned - is cut. We can only wait and see what kind of (hopefully uncut) HD-master Studio Canal was able to get.
Runtimes are listed as follows:
US Version / Uncut Version
The American Blu-Ray at the beginning shows the 20th Century Fox logo.
The K1 Classics broadcast immediately starts the movie without any logos. The first title card is different. This alteration was probably done for the US Version, where the studio probably wanted their name to appear first.
US Version 12.7 sec longer
17:06-17:07 / 16:13
After the detective and his partner inspected the junkyard, the uncut K1 Classics broadcast has a longer framecut.
+ 0.5 sec
39:08 / 37:23-39:14
After the Driver rejected working together with Glasses (the glasses wearing bandit) and his gang, the latter are shown a little longer in front of his car. Glasses takes his glasses off. Then there's a missing scene of the Driver and Player (the gambler).
Player knocks at the door and Driver lets her in. After walking around for a while he wants to know how she found him. She responds that she simply asked around for him.
While she goes to the nightstand, Player asks the Driver if he was ever caught during a job. He says that so far he has not been caught.
Player then comments on the country music that comes out of the small radio next to the bed. She criticizes the lyrics that always revolove around drunkards, whores and lovesickness.
Then she finally asks him what he thinks that she wants from him. The Driver says that she might be in quest for an adventure. She responds that she needs some money and he says that she probably came to the wrong place as he has none.
When she sulkily gets up to leave, he adds that he did not want to anger her.
84:25-84:27 / 82:46
Towards the end there's another longer framecut in the K1 Classics broadcast: the gambler is shown a little longer.
+ 1.4 sec
Even in the final title card after the credits the names of the studios were switched around.