Comparison between the DVD version (released in Germany by Imperial Pictures and NEW, in the US by Pathfinder Pictures) and the German Blu-ray by Cargo Records.
A few additional master errors with a duration of less than 0.5 sec each were not listed in the report.
In Knight Errant, Hong Kong legend Jimmy Wang-Yu fights his way around as a cab driver. As is so often the case, this is an inexpensive production that is a nice snack for Eastern fans. The German Blu-ray, which has been released under the German title Wang Yu - Der Karatebomber and is available there since August 2021, is a good opportunity to watch it. Not only is this probably the first HD release worldwide, but the original ending has also been recovered and integrated into the film.
Previous releases ended quite abruptly. On the German DVD, as in the US, you see a brief shot of Wang Yu in his cab, recycled from a previous scene in the film. The German VHS ends earlier inside the house. Actually, however, Wang Yu is also seen walking out of the house to the outside, clearly matching the scene directly before it in a more meaningful way. This part, believed lost, has now been reinserted for the Blu-ray from what appears to be an Italian theatrical reel scan.
In a separate report, we have already described the short misses of the "35mm raw version" included as a bonus on the Blu-ray. In the following report, the focus is only on the difference to all previous DVD releases worldwide. Presumably, most VHS releases also lacked the described original ending of the film.
The title was replaced by a new insert after about 40 sec, at least on the Imperial DVD.
86:05-86:20 / 89:40-90:00
After Chen walked out of the room, the German VHS ended immediately. In the DVD version (identical in Germany and the US), a brief moment from the first few minutes of the film has then been recycled, with Chen getting out of the taxi. The picture freezes and you see an end fade-in.
The Blu-ray, in both the main version and the 35mm raw version, shows Chen walking out of the hospital again on the outside. When he is almost out of the frame on the right, the picture freezes and the end fade-in appears. This is obviously the shot that was actually intended as the film's conclusion, which was apparently lost beforehand.
Blu-ray 4 sec longer