There are 2 english language versions of Snake in the Eagle's Shadow. The first one, which was re-released in 1996 by a distributor called Arena Home Video, is known as 'Snake in the Eagle's Shadow' and it's a Widescreen format. The second version, known as 'The Eagle's Shadow', is released by a distributor called World Video & Supply.
UK Hong Kong Legends (HKL) Region 2 DVD is re-formatted from 2.35:1 to 1.85:1
There exist two versions in Germany. The first was cut by ca. 3 minutes and has a "Not under 12" rating. This version was shown on TV and released on VHS by Polygram. The second version is cut even more (ca. 3,5 minutes) and has a "Not under 16" rating. This version was released on DVD by Splendid.
There are some major differences between these two versions. On the version 'Snake in the Eagle's Shadow' at the beginning where Hwang Jang-Lee fights some guy, you hear music playing but on the other version 'The Eagle's Shadow' on that same exact part a man tells you what the character's names are and what's going on between the two fighters and why they're fighting. The name credits are also different: for example, in 'Snake in the Eagle's Shadow' Jackie Chan is credited as Chen Lung and Yuen Siu-Tien is credited as Yuen Hsiao-Tien. In the other version 'The Eagle's Shadow', Jackie Chan is credited as Jacky Chan, Yuen Siu-Ten as Simon Yuen and Hwang Jang-Lee as Juan Jan-Lee aka Hwant Jang-Lee.
The UK version is cut to remove the Cat/Cobra fight as it contravenes the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937.