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Release: Jul 15, 2018 - Author: Muck47 - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB
Compared are the Blu-ray Version (German Blu-ray by Paramount / 84 Entertainment) and the DVD Version (German DVD by Paramount)


- 1 digitally retouched shot
- no length difference


With 48 Hrs. (1982), Eddie Murphy achieved the breakthrough and the raw action comedy is still entertaining nowadays. In 2011, the movie was released on Blu-ray in the US (the here compared German Blu-ray is identically equal). Turns out that a goof has been revised resp. digitally retouched for the HD release: In the second half of the movie, some street thug gets Reggie's (Murphy) car from the parking garage and Murphy and Nolte then follow him. One of the street shots from said scene was recycled for an earlier scene though and this where it gets interesting because the car which is actually still in the parking garage is driving around here. For the HD release, this goof has been corrected.

Certainly, taking action like that is and always will be arguable the 3D-Re-Release comparison of Terminator 2 - Judgement Day illustrates that James Cameron is an eager beaver when it comes to that. Since the intention in 48 Hrs. is correcting a goof, it could even be considered a good thing. Further goofs listed in the IMDb remain untouched by the way.

Update:
In 2021, 4K remastered Blu-rays were released. In this version, the retouching is no longer present and the film is thus back in its original form.




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Blu-ray / Original Version (German DVD in PAL)
Alternate image section during the opening credits which are placed differently every now and then. Almost every single shot differs resp. the HD master has obviously been reassembled from the open matte source. All in all, the composition on the Blu-ray is more adequate.

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30:01-30:10 / 28:48-28:56

The Porsche that is driving in the middle at first and then at the bottom has been digitally removed for the HD release.


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As already described in the intro, this is the car Luther gets from the parking garage later on. And in fact, the very same shot is also being used at 60:10:-60:18 / 57:43-57:51 when Reggie and Jack are tailing Luther. Needless to say that the shots on Blu-ray and DVD are identically equal at that point.

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