The Killer at Spaghetti Western Web Board kindly made a comparison between the japanese disc and a german VHS by Toppic and noticed that the japanese disc was missing footage. With credits removed the japanese disc is 1:25:07 in length while the german VHS has a length of 1:30:20. Now the disc from Wild East has a length of about 1:25:10 when the credits have been removed so it appears to be also missing a lof of footage when compared to the german VHS.
The following is the entire post of The Killer at SWWB. Note that atleast image3 is missing from the Wild East disc [it may look as if it’s there but compare it and what’s on the disc].
“Il Grande Duello” (Imaciga/Sony – Japan) vs. “Drei Vaterunser für vier Halunken” (Toppic VHS)
both versions are in PAL-speed (of course the Japanese DVD is in NTSC, but the speed is 25 frames/sec, as most other macaronis from Japan)
whole running time (including credits and logos etc.):
Japanese DVD: 1:31:03,48
German VHS: 1:32:29,00
When you remove logos and credits you get this times (after Director and before End credits start (German version has no End credits):
Japanese DVD: 1:25:07,80
German VHS: 1:30:20,40
don’t forget: German version misses piece of the brothel-scene.
Here’s a time-code-list, based on the German VHS with the missing scenes:
many little cuts between 8:23-8:31
And here are some screenshots from the first scenes:
(I hope these are the right screenshots and I didn’t mess it ;o) )
ANICA writes the Original Italian version runs 2744 Meters, which are in PAL-running time: 96 minutes.