Comparison between the Celestial HD version (represented here by the German Blu-ray, used almost identically on the US DVD by Dragon Dynasty) and the original version (included on the UK/US Blu-ray from Arrow Video).
Several other master errors/"framecuts" with a duration of less than 1 sec each were not listed in the report.
Having already discussed the animal violence scene censored in the U.K. on Mad Monkey Kung Fu, we'll note here what additional moments can be discovered in the new restoration over the previously distributed Celestial version. The difference in running time turns out to be relatively minor:
Minus Celestial cues on the old version, the new Arrow version is actually 01:39 min longer. As expected, this is almost completely distributed among inconsequential "framecuts" at the beginning and end of shots that are barely noticeable during normal viewing. Only one shot is missing completely, but sometimes several seconds at a time and at one point (early fade-out) it feels a bit like censorship.
Note: E.g. the Hong Kong DVD from IVL, the US DVD from Dragon Dynasty, the French DVD from Wild Side or the iTunes version are also exactly this shorter Celestial version. The German DVDs from T.V.P. or M.i.B. are interesting though. Both are largely identical to the HD version of Celestial and thus can be classified as cut. Overall, however, there are still about 20sec less framecuts in this earlier Celestial. At least the scene with the bloody hands in the 19th/20th minute is identical as in the Arrow restoration here.
The Celestial logo is missing from Arrow (at least at the beginning of the main movie, but it still comes as a single video file before it).
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Shortly after, yellow vs. white film credits.
04:14 / 04:17-04:19
Chan takes a hearty swig at the end of the shot.
08:30 / 08:52-08:53
Chan pauses with the fan for a moment longer at the end of the shot.
19:45 / 20:54-20:55
The Celestial Master fades to black a bit earlier, while Chan actually falls forward longer. As he does so, his bloodied hands can be seen way more clearly.
Note: Interestingly, this bit is included in the German DVDs of T.V.P. and M.i.B. which showcase an earlier Celestial work on the picture. As written in the intro all other bits highlighted in our report were already missing in this earlier SD version from Celestial too.
22:46-22:47 / 24:06-24:07
In Celestial, a cut to the people watching is inserted here. This covers up a small jumpcut. Actually the previous shot goes further: Little Monkey approaches the guy for a moment longer (with the crabs in his hands).
Note: In the German DVDs of T.V.P. and M.i.B., there is also the cut to the people during this scene to cover up the jumpcut. But it was used a bit earlier in the shot. The moment from the end of the shot, that is missing in the Celestial HD master and pictured here, is then actually included again.
No runtime difference
38:07 / 40:20-40:23
The middle part of the tracking shot back from the ape-man has been removed.
Note: A rather strange jumpcut at 63:53 / 67:32 is identical in both versions and thus probably to be seen as a deliberate stylistic device.
80:01 / 84:30-84:32
Towards the end of the shot, the other people also fall over the tabletop with which the baddies were just pushed backwards.
107:10 / 113:14-113:15
Shortly before the end, however, a completely missing shot: The backflip in slow motion can be seen from another perspective.
(And yes, to sum it up again: This is also missing in the older SD master by Celestial which at least had 20 sec of framecuts less than its HD counterpart by Celestial.)
The end fade-in again in yellow vs. white.
After the end fade-in, the old version still has two references to Celestial.
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