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I just watched the Redemption dvd and it timed out at 78 minutes as opposed to the listed 85. There was plenty of nudity and a bit of gore, but the early kills scenes looked a bit choppy.
Can anyone verify if 85 min is indeed the uncut time, and what the cuts on the Redemption print are?
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I haven't been on this page for quite a while so sorry for the late reply. I have seen the original 85 minute version which I believe was only issued on VHS by Studio One. All the others I have seen are on DVD and run to about 1:17:44. The differences between Studio One and the others (as far as I can tell) are: (using a Redemption DVD)
1. At 28:43 Jessica leaves Jo in the kitchen and shows Anders to his room. On the Studio One VHS, Jessica leaves Jo in the kitchen and goes to talk to Anders about being scared. Jo comes in and talks about music. Jessica goes to her bedroom to fetch something and Jo follows and they argue - Jessica is warming to Anders but Jo feels that he is a threat. Jessica goes to make cocoa and is sitting in the kitchen when Anders joins her. Jessica then gets up and takes Anders to show him to his room. This whole sequence lasts for 3 minutes and 32 seconds.
2. At 36:45 Jessica and Jo are in the bedroom and the scene cuts to show Anders standing and listening. On the VHS the scene cuts from Jessica and Jo in the bedroom to Anders sitting in a chair listening. He then stands up. The sitting bit is about 10 seconds.
3. At 1:08:22 after Jessica and Jo have finished fighting, Anders picks up Jessica and carries her to her bedroom. The bedroom door is ajar by several inches. On the VHS the door is almost closed and so the shot starts a little earlier. This only takes about an extra second.
4. At 1:12:37 Jo is running down a corridor and stops at a doorway to catch her breath. The next shot is of an alien hand on a door handle. On the VHS when Jo stops to catch her breath, the next shot is of the alien eating human flesh and another shot of Jo running down another corridor. The next shot is of an alien hand on a door handle. The sequence of eating flesh and Jo running down the other corridor is about 8 seconds.
That is just about it. If there are any other differences, they must be very minor because I was watching them on two TVs running side by side for comparisons. I have also seen the UK Anchor Bay release and the French version which is called, Le Zombie Venu D'Ailleurs, and all of them are missing the above scenes. The thing that annoys me is that in the interview with the director on the DVD, he says, or seems to say that this is the most complete version, when it isn't. Even the French DVD quotes 85 minutes run time. The French DVD is different in that the French language version runs to only 1:14:39 but watching the English language version gives 1:17:44. I believe this is because the English version is taken from the NTSC and encoded for PAL whilst the French version runs at the original PAL speed.
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Wow! Thanks for that very thorough answer!share
Good answer indeed.
So the DVD version is cut then? Or censored? Because I remember two places where it looks like it's censored. At the beginning when the alien (Anders at this point) runs into the girlfriend of the dead guy he's holding her and she just starts screaming and the scene fades to black. I don't remember seeing anything done to her.
The second time is at the end when Jo falls into the empty grave. She starts screaming and Anders is just standing there. We don't see what happens to her as that scene also fades to black. Censored? Looks like it.
I see. Thanks for the clarification. I was under the impression the scenes were censored but they weren't. It was just filmed that way.
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