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4.0 out of 5 stars Who loves you, and who do you love?, 13 Aug. 2012
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This review is from: Running Man - uncut edition (english audio) (Blu-ray)
I ordered this German import Blu ray version of The Running Man with some trepidation, having seen a couple of reviews complaining of the movie being cut etc. If you are concerned about this or any other issues then my advice is: don't be, buy it! For starters the Blu ray comes in one of the thin style Blu ray cases, and the description on the back is all in German (given that this is the only region B release available at present, I can live with that), and the primary soundtrack language is German although this can be changed either with the audio button on your remote or via the menu screen. The back of the box states that it has either a German or English Dolby 2.0 soundtrack, and the running time is 96 mins. Both of these things are WRONG. The disc does indeed have a German Dolby 2.0 soundtrack, but also contains both an English DTS 5.1 AND German DTS 5.1 soundtrack. The running time of the feature is 100m43s (I think the 96min runtime may not include the end credits, but this is always included in the runtimes listed for movies). The transfer is good, not amazing, but the best I have seen this film look ( I have it on DVD and VHS), and certainly well worth the upgrade. So to sum up: you can either buy a multi-region Blu ray player and get the US release, wait for an English region B release, or buy this German import. I opted for the latter and am pleased that I did- buy with confidence!
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Initial post: 15 Aug 2012 00:25:49 BDT
Neal Vincent says:
The difference between the 100 minutes and 96 minutes run-times will be down to the 4% speed-up factor you get with PAL DVDs, videos, etc.

PAL system video material runs slightly faster than it should (25 frames per second instead of 24 frames per second) so a film that ran for 100 minutes in the cinema will be over in 96 minutes on DVD even though the content is frame-for-frame identical.

Blu-ray movies play at the correct speed of 24 frames per second (same as in cinemas) so the 100 minutes run-time will be correct. Sounds like the distributor has simply copied over the information on the back of the box (i.e. soundtracks, run-time) from the DVD version.

According to IMDb, the previous heavily-censored German version was cut by 10 whole minutes. The film should be 101 minutes in length (they always round run-times up to the nearest minute) so the 100m43s run-time on this Blu-ray is correct and the film will be uncut.
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