German theatrical version was based on the cut British version. This version was also released on VHS. Only in 2003 the film was released uncut on DVD.
The depiction of chainsticks on screen was rarely allowed in the UK, so the movie was heavily cut or reframed to remove every last trace of them. In total 7 secs were removed from the reframed print with most of the edits made to the opening scene where Michaelangelo practices with the nunchakus and hits a punching ball (this was replaced with images of the turtles dancing). The cuts were fully waived in 2002 for the DVD.
Channel 5 have been known to screen films with scenes that have been cut by BBFC; this is one of them, notably the opening credits, Michaelangelo uses his nunchakus several times.