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Blackout, The

original title: Avanpost

Comparison:

  • International Version
  • Theatrical Version
Release: Apr 10, 2022 - Author: BFG97 - Translator: Mike Lowrey - external link: IMDB

Comparison between the uncut Theatrical Version and the uncut International Version.

- 1444.4sec difference (=24:04min)
- 25 Differences

Over the years, Russian cinema, especially in the fantasy and science fiction genres, became known to an ever-increasing number of film fans, largely due to such contributions as the science fiction film Attraction and the fantasy series Gogol. The director of the latter series, Egor Baranov, is also responsible for the latest science fiction film Blackout. Here, humanity must take on an alien enemy to avoid being wiped off the face of the Earth.

The film was quite well received by critics and not undeservedly so, because Blackout is an entertaining action movie with good effects and some captivating scenes. In addition, as the film progresses, there are more and more new twists and developments in the story, which make it a bit jumpy, but at the same time prevent the film from becoming boring over the nearly 150-minute runtime.

In addition, there are well-performing and mostly sympathetic actors who portray their characters believably and thus enable the viewer to sympathize with them. Accordingly, it is not surprising that Blackout also ventures into existential questions, which deal with the way of thinking and the origin of man, as well as question the reason for his existence. Although the answers are only hinted at and one should by no means expect a philosophical film, it does provide some food for thought.

Above all, however, Blackout is one thing: a hard-hitting and exciting actioner with numerous gun battles, some of which are a bit more showy.  In addition to the longer Theatrical Version, there is also a shorter version, the International Version, which is 24 minutes shorter. Scenes that are not directly important for the understanding of the plot have been removed, which is why one can assume tightening reasons here, especially since the violent scenes have all remained untouched. Interestingly, the international version even offers some exclusive scenes that are not available in the Theatrical Version.

Nevertheless, the longer Theatrical Version is of course to be preferred, as some scenes give the viewer a deeper understanding of what is going on, or deepen the characters and clarify connections.

04:29min

Both versions offer alternative footage during the sex scene. Here, the Theatrical Version runs a bit longer.

2.75sec
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04:38min

Theatrical Version shows a long shot of Alena again.

2.86sec
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04:46min

Now follows the shot of the international version in the Theatrical Version as well.

2.29sec





International version.
04:39min

Now the International Version shows a scene that already existed in the Theatrical Version at the beginning.

+2.08sec





04:48min

The Theatrical Version again has additional footage to offer, showing scenes from the international version at the same time in a slightly different order.

9:67sec





05:02min

Alena gets to moan one more time before rolling off her partner.

8.25sec





18:59min

Yura has a short conversation with a woman during a cab ride about the current situation.
This is followed by a longer scene where Alena is shown dancing with someone to make her boyfriend jealous. However, the boyfriend only reacts when Alena is harassed and unceremoniously stabs the man through the hand with an ice pick. Alena and her boyfriend then flee. But the man catches up with them at a cab and points a gun at them. Yura, the cab driver, saves the two from the angry man and shoots him in the leg. After a short ride, he dumps them in a rundown neighborhood.

450.13sec






30:27min

The journalist Olya explains to the Major why it is so important that she comes along on the dangerous operation. The latter is not enthusiastic, but approves the request anyway.

59.92sec




From 36:28min in the Theatrical Version, there are some changes in scene order compared to the International Version, which are not explicitly illustrated. Except for the scene listed below, the content is identical in both versions.
international version
27:32min

Only in the international version you see Oleg seeing Alena again for the first time after their night together. Alena examines his injured knee and prescribes him a few days of bed rest.

+116.29sec






44:06min

You get a chance to watch Oleg on his journey home to Moscow, listening to messages from his mother and getting drunk.

112.25sec





47:54min

Missing is how the door of the car slowly opens before the focus returns to Oleg, who has invited Zhenya to his place to give him Alena's package. But before he does so, he wants to know what is inside, whereupon Zhenya threatens him with a gun. Oleg turns the tables on Zhenya, but shortly afterwards is confronted by his father.
After that, there is Alena talking to her sister via video telephony. Oleg's unpleasant return to Alena is also withheld from the viewers of the Theatrical Version. So is Zhenya's visit to a research facility.

438.88sec




55:44min

A sample is taken from the hand and placed in a chemical that the scientist says is the most dangerous in the world.

16:17sec





56:08min

Again a short intercut on the scientist and Zhenya.

4:88sec





56:22min

And once again.

1.92sec





01:03:44min

The lieutenant wakes up Olya to apologize to her and confesses that he is afraid of the war. He then asks her not to tell his comrades about it.

148.21sec





01:35:36min

The major asks for permission to send out troops for reinforcements, but is forbidden to do so.

76.88sec





international version.
01:15:24min

We learn that the aliens live forever and can cure any disease imaginable.

+67.25sec





01:48:54min

Olya is looking for bandages to treat Yura's wound. The latter starts kissing her against her will and throws her to the ground.

69.54sec





01:52:13min

Olya tells Yura about her ex-husband's abuse, whereupon he puts a gun in her hand and tells her to shoot him. Instead, she shoots into the windshield of the car and they continue driving.

187.58sec





01:59:40min

Yura takes a look at Olya after Id says he knows what Yura did.

15.75sec





02:14:11min

Those present turn on Id, who is explaining to Olya that she is carrying Yura's child. The short scene in which Yura jumps over the railing is also included in the international version and already deducted from the runtime difference.

23.84sec





Theatrical Version: 02:14:46Min
Int. Version: 01:49:29min


Alena from different perspectives and additionally the lieutenant. Overall, the International Version is 2 seconds longer than the Theatrical Version.

+2sec
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Theatrical Version: 02:14:48Min
Int. Version: 01:49:30min


Again different shots and again the international version is a bit longer.

+0.54sec
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02:14:58Min

The alien Id makes use of his ability to change shape and appears as Alena's sister. Now in the Theatrical Version, there is also the brief pan to Zhenya seeing the knife on the ground.

22.29sec





International version.
01:49:41min

Now the international version also offers a brief glimpse of Alena's face. Just in a different context.

+1.5sec