Comparison between the old cut US version (Unrated) by Manga Video / Sony and the uncut original Japanese version, taken from the British Special Collector's Edition by Manga Entertainment.
Original Japanese Version:
Run time: 101:38 (excluding end credits: 96:28)
Run time: 98:11 (excluding end credits: 95:13)
US VHS (PG-13):
Run time: 94:30 (including end credits: 97:37)
Run time: 98:45 (excluding end credits: 95:47)
Run time: 90:47 (including ending credits: 86:50)
The soundtrack of the cut versions differ from one of the Japanese version. The international versions feature rock music by artists such as Alice in Chains, Korn, Silverchair and KMFDM. The soundtrack of the original version, however, is much more calm and melancholic, so that a whole different feeling is conveyed during the fights.
Change of names
Outside Japan, the names of three characters were interchanged. The reason is that the name of the boxer M. Bison is a reference to the internationally renowned boxer Mike Tyson. To avoid a civil lawsuit and criminal proceedings, the name was changed to Balrog. Subsequently, the other names were interchanged as well. In this censorship report, the internationally known names are used.
1x longer logos at the beginning of the unrated version (+39.84 sec.)
14 cuts (83.56 sec.) = 43.72 sec.
Intro by Glogcke & Forrest
Time index: old US DVD (NTSC) / Japanese version
The US VHS shows an FBI warning and several logos at the beginning. The Japanese version starts directly with the CAPCOM-logo.
The credits were translated for the UK DVD. The Japanese version can be subtitled optionally.
No difference in time
The title fade-ins differ.
No difference in time
Ryu and Feilong walk towards the "camera" some longer.
When they part company, the US VHS stops earlier.
One sees Ryu walking off some longer.
Feilong gazes after Ryu longer.
In the Japanese version there is an additional short view of Ryu and the street girl looking at the spilled milk.
A close-up of the little girl.
Another close-up view is missing.
The girl's mother can be seen longer.
Ryu walks through the alley longer.
From a view of the houses, the picture cross-fades to Chin Li taking a shower. One can see her bottom.
While, in the Japanese version, the camera pans through Chun Li's flat, the US version fades to an external view of the shower. The rest of the tracking shot through her flat and the subsequent shot of Chun Li showering in the nude is missing.
In the uncut version, Ken drives through the night much longer. Then Bison's plane appears on the sky. Subsequently, one can shortly see Ken in his car again, before the cut version sets in again. (The footage is very dark, so that hardly anything is visible.)
After the conversation with Sagat, Bison leaves the room. Balrog follows him. Then one sees Sagat poising alone next to Bison's chair.
During the long tracking shot over the mountains of Thailand, the Japanese version runs some longer.
The closing credits of the US version run down faster.