Comparison between the shortened British VHS and the reconstructed extended version on the German DVD.
A few additional master errors with a duration of less than 0.5 sec each were not listed in the report.
This film is internationally known as Bruce and the Iron Finger with Bruce Lee imitator Bruce Li is a nice snack for the Eastern omnivore. Like so many others, this title also had a shadowy existence in international releases. The only releases on VHS were available in the only slightly zoomed 1.85:1. Fortunately, however, for the DVD premiere in the Asia Line series, a German 35mm copy in the original format 2.35:1, in this case in very good condition, could be brought to light. Unsurprisingly, however, the audience was again confronted with the fact that the film had been shortened a little in this country. As a bonus, the DVD again contains a "reconstructed extended version" in which the missing and material was taken from a VHS source.
In addition to the 5 missing minutes of the German theatrical version, it can be stated for the sake of completeness that viewers of the British VHS were also withheld something. Probably due to the master, there are two longer cuts at the beginning and towards the end. Not too exciting material, but so some original English dubbing was lost. While the present, British pre-cert tape (i.e. without BBFC release) is hardly to be found nowadays, English-speaking fans at that time were able to enjoy it via a VHS in the Netherlands. There, this passage was available in English.
Runtimes are ordered as follows: British VHS in PAL / reconstructed long version in PAL
After about 2 minutes, a German title card was placed over the otherwise identical opening credits.
02:23 / 02:26-02:51
On the British VHS, a longer part of the opening credits is missing right at the beginning. The fade-in of the main actors is aborted prematurely and you see a few more credits.
56:04-56:05 / 56:31
Damaged end of a shot on the DVD master: People go forward a bit longer.
71:32 / 71:58-72:30
The conversation between Chen and Mrs. Hu is shortened at the beginning of the British VHS. He asks if she still knows him and refers to a meeting on Makati a while ago. Mrs. Hu remembers. Chen asks where her husband is and she replies that he has not yet returned from last night. Chen is wondering because they met yesterday.
Note: The passage was included on the Dutch VHS with English dubbing. Therefore, the corresponding sound was also taken from there.
74:14-74:15 / 72:12
Insignificant master error on the DVD master during the camera movement over the containers.
+ 0.9 sec
The final end board deviates.
A curiosity in passing: Asian posters show nude scenes that are not included in any known release of the film.