Comparison between the British VHS from Arcade Video (1983 edition from the "Video Nasties" list without a BBFC certificate) and the theatrical version (both included on the British Blu-ray from Arrow Video - Limited Video Nasty Edition).
A couple of additional master errors, each under 0.5 sec in duration, were not listed in the report.
In 2017, a very limited Blu-ray was released in the U.S. by Scorpion Releasing, which included a 10-minute longer extended version. Whether this is really worth an upgrade, we have analyzed in more detail in the dedicated report. In February 2022, a new Blu-ray was released in parallel in the UK by Arrow Video as well as in the US by Severin Video. On disc 1, this contains a new scan of the theatrical version and the US TV version. On disc 2 a newly created extended version can be found.
Additionally, Arrow Video has exclusively released the "Nasty Edition" with a third disc in their in-house store as another special edition. There are 3 (or even 4) more versions included:
In the following report, we'll go into more detail about the inherently uncut versions from this shop-exclusive Disc 3. First and foremost, the longer running time of the VHS version can make you wonder. However, Arrow has only left the introductory VHS notes in here. Also, the PAL VHS has been converted to 23,976fps, which explains the additional longer runtime over the original tape. Aside from that, there are a few reel change-related mishaps, but nothing of actual relevance.
First off we start with a comparison of the main version (theatrical cut) on disc 1 of the Arrow/Severin Blu-ray with the UK 35mm scan on Disc 3 of the Arrow- exclusive "Video Nastiy" edition. The latter is identical to the GermanBlu-ray by Subkultur.
The introductory logos differ.
UK-35mm 11.8 sec lšnger
Enclosed are two comparison pictures from the further course of the film...
...and here are comparisons for the last two images from the UK 35mm version of disc 3 of the Arrow release in its 1.85:1 option. As mentioned, this is exactly how the film was released on the German Subkultur Blu-ray, while the open matte version is available there in the bonus as a "Rohfassung".
In the infamous scene in the 29th minute, when the woman is set on fire with a flamethrower, the visible section is slightly smaller in Open Matte. On the left, the black bar is larger than usual. In its 1.85:1 counterpart, the UK 35mm version of Disc 3 of the Arrow release is again very similar to the main 1.78:1 version of Disc 1.
Now a comparison between the theatrical version on Disc 1 of Arrow/Severin with the uncut "Video nasty" Arcade-VHS (bonus on disc 3 of the shop exclusive Arrow set).
00:00-01:14 / 00:00
The Arcade VHS (uncut "video nasty" version) starts with various notes by the video label.
+ 72 sec (= 1:12 min)
Occasionally there were glitches with the VHS tape used, like here in the 13th/14th minute. In general, there are of course many signs of wear that offer a rather nice grindhouse feeling.
In addition, here are two comparison shots to the Open Matte 35mm version from the infamous flamethrower scene.
17:22 / 16:11-16:13
Probably the first reel change: the room is visible for a moment longer than Donny left the picture above.
34:22 / 33:13-33:14
Again, a few frames are missing in the transition of the shot of the dress on the bed and the shot of the bridge.
50:41 / 49:33-49:35
The shot of the house begins a little earlier.
During the credits, the dots between the actors and their role names are missing in the HD master.
Slipcase, cover und reverse cover of the British Blu-ray by Arrow Video - Limited Video Nasty 3-Disc Edition: