Comparison between the cut Hong Kong DVD by Ocean Shores and the uncut British DVD by Hong Kong Legends (the latter being identical to the German Blu-ray by Splendid and the British 2K remastered Blu-ray of 88 films)
11 sec exclusive material on the Ocean Shores DVD
A few additional master errors with a duration of less than 0.5 sec each were not listed in the report.
We better not say too much about the cinematic quality of Jackie Chan's early work Spiritual Kung-Fu. There are a few nice fights and the white painted "ghosts" with bright red wigs have unquestionably a great trash appeal. Since October 26, 2020, there will be a release with better quality in Great Britain, because 88 Films has released this film in real HD as a new 2K restoration on Blu-ray for the first time.
Due to this release, we came across three unsolved cut situations that needed to be investigated. On the one hand, there was an alternative Korean video version, which is shortened by a few minutes, but also contains exclusive scenes. This is collected in one featurette on the British Blu-ray, similar to the 88 Films release of Heroes Shed No Tears. We will take a closer look at the complete VHS here. In addition, 88 Films has an "Alternate Shot" in the bonus material, which you could curiously find on two old DVDs abroad: The British DVD by Eastern Heroes and the Hong Kong DVD by Ocean Shores. Both of these old DVDs also have their own cuts.
Here, we dedicate ourselves to the Hong Kong DVD by Ocean Shores. First to the alternative moment: Jackie gets knocked out with a little poison here at the beginning of the film, while in the more popular releases worldwide it's a slap in the face. Furthermore, only Ocean Shores has a complete tracking shot in the middle of the film. In the other releases, there is either a freeze frame here or the damaged second was cut completely. The Hong Kong DVD is again shortened especially in two scenes with the ghosts. The over 3 minutes long prank at the first encounter is withheld here. When Jackie pees on the ghosts, something is also missing.
Runtimes are ordered as follows: Hong Kong DVD in PAL speed / British DVD in PAL
There are different notes prior to the Lo Wei intro.
UK DVD 4,6 sec longer
02:55 / 03:00-03:09
After the people have turned around to Jackie, we see him once again on the floor. He picks up an incense stick and realizes that he now has to take his punishment again.
05:25-05:35 / 05:39-05:49 (resp. 05:56-06:07 on the 88 Films Blu-ray)
The curious alternative moment.
In the regular version, Jackie grabs his ear and slowly turns around. Behind him stands a masked guy who knocks him down with the edge of his hand.
In the case of the Ocean Shores DVD from Hong Kong (and also the British DVD of Eastern Heroes), some poison raises beside his head instead. As the camera moves back a little, we see the attacker blowing it out of a pipe. For this reason, Jackie falls to the ground dazed.
No time difference
In the bonus section of the 88 Films release, the short scene can be found individually as "Alternate Shot". Fortunately, the material could be recovered in the original image format from a digibeta.
27:59 / 28:15-28:17
Jumpcut when the ghost pinches Jackie's ass and he replies that he is not gay.
30:40 / 30:58-34:27
After the monk has wandered around with the paper on his head for a while, the students comment a bit. They now grab the paper from the monk because they want to try out for themselves what can be seen through it. Instead of ghosts, however, they first see all the people as skeletons. As a result, they are all led on by the ghosts and are behaving very stupidly. There are many little sex or fart jokes.
In between, Jackie wakes up upstairs and looks down. When he goes down, Ocean Shores shows him again.
208,5 sec (= 3:29 min)
33:48 / 37:34-37:41
Jackie pees longer on the ghosts with a frontal view of him in between.
38:01-38:02 / 41:55-41:56
Only the Ocean Shores DVD shows the beginning of the shot where the shield is retracted. All other releases of the film start the camera movement backwards at the moment when there is a monk in the lower right corner of the picture. On the British DVD, among others, the image is frozen for 1 second and thus the result is...
No time difference
45:31 / 49:25-49:28
Probably a reel change: The three of them walk away a moment longer and Jackie can be seen earlier during training.