Comparison between the Animal Cruelty Free Cut and the original uncut version, both included on the U.S. Blu-ray of Error 4444
Included on the disc, in addition to the original uncensored version, is an Animal Cruelty Free Cut as a bonus, created from the same HD scan. As the name suggests, all moments with questionable snuff scenes of animals getting killed have been removed here. In this case, that makes up about 3 minutes. The scenes in question still make sense without the crude detail shots, so the Animal Cruelty Free Cut can definitely still be recommended. It doesn't change anything about the unnecessary harm done to the animals during the filming, but those who can "enjoy" the film better this way still get a nice alternative here.
Note: We also looked at the laserdisc from Winson in Hong Kong. As a separate comparison showed, it is identical in frame to the Uncut HD scan from Error 4444.
First, a few comparative screenshots of the Hong Kong laserdisc, which was also uncut. It already had a much better quality than e.g. the widely circulated U.S. bootleg, but still loses hands down to the new HD scan.
00:44 / 00:44-00:50
After the face with mask has emerged from the bushes, another short cut to the magician is missing. He has a frog in his hand, slits it open and lets it bleed out a bit before adding it to the pot.
18:41 / 18:47-18:52
The piggy is attacked in two shots. In between the stabbing woman with the native is shown again. She turns away in disgust.
33:32 / 33:43-33:44
Before the close-up of the leg, you see an impaled bird on top of the tree. The blood from the animal drips down onto the leg.
33:33 / 33:45-33:46
Another shot from the same perspective.
41:34 / 41:47-42:19
After the talk at night, the follow-up scene at the market begins with various close-ups in which pigs are stabbed bloodily in the head and killed that way.
41:38 / 42:23-42:30
A few more shots of the dead animals.
42:03 / 42:55-42:57
The women take a few more steps forward and so you see them dragging a dead animal behind them.
43:51 / 44:45-44:49
In one brief shot, a rooster is decapitated, after which another man picks up the torso.
53:10 / 54:08-54:13
The man still takes a bite at the end of the shot and in between you see the native again.
53:11 / 54:14-54:50
Again the man tears some meat out of the chicken, followed by another cut to the native. Then the man eats the innards in detail. The animal also twitches again.
55:09 / 56:48-57:44
After the shot of the people on the bridge, a cockfight is shown in slow motion. Several men cheer on the two animals.
55:37 / 58:12-58:13
When the girls join in, a shot of the men starts a little early.
55:39-55:41 / 58:15-58:20
The Animal Cruelty Free Cut recycles a short shot of a man cheering from the previous cut for the transition between two shots of the girls. This also means another shot of cockfighting is missing.
Uncut version 3 sec longer
56:15 / 58:54-58:55
Another cut of the men shows that one of them (on the right) is holding the rooster in his hand.
64:51 / 67:31-67:32
The scorpion is crushed a moment earlier.
65:03 / 67:44-67:49
More hits with the stone in close-up.
65:05 / 67:51-67:52
With a small jump cut, another detail shot is removed.
65:16 / 68:03-68:05
72:27 / 75:16-75:17
After the amulet reflects some light, the scorpions are hit by a small fireball.
However, similar shots shortly thereafter remained untouched.
There is a small curiosity at the end of the film: The Blu-ray had the complete opening credits, but uses a clean picture master at the end. For a minute here, you only see a still image, while the Hong Kong laserdisc still had credits.
BTW, this also is a teaser for our comparison to Centipede Horror, which Error 4444 has also released as HD premiere and incl. Animal Cruelty Free Cut. For this title even the opening credits are not in the HD master and were only stored individually in the bonus material.