The original New Zealand version ran 108 min. Peter Jackson then cut 9 minutes from the film for the international release. (he has mentioned that the 99 min. cut is the one he prefers.)
The original ending included a final ship sequence in which Pauline, stranded on the dock, watches Juliet and her family sailing away. The camera cuts to Pauline, then pans back to reveal her alone on the dock with her mother's bludgeoned body at her feet. The screen fades to black and we hear Pauline scream "No!" before the epilogue appears.
The region 1 uncut DVD includes many new scenes not included in the video, including a scene right before the Port Levy, Easter scene in which the Hulmes and Pauline sing "How Much is that Doggie in the Window". Followed by a more fleshed out beach scene in which Mrs. Hulme refers to Pauline as her "foster" daughter.
Another scene on the region 1 uncut DVD comes right after the scene where they steal from the Hulmes to make money. They talk about going to Calfornia and meeting all their "saints." Seconds later another scene is present in which Pauline and Juliet are at a party in which Mrs. Hulme is playing tennis with Bill Perry and the girls play a prank by hurling a rock into a pool near an old couple getting them wet. Then in the next scene Bill Perry is moved into the Hulme residence. The girls then discuss Bill and Mrs. Hulme and Juliet promises that Mrs. Hulme will not leave Mr. Hulme. The next scene includes Mr. Hulme being fired from Canterbury college, followed by a scene where Mr. Hulme cries as Mrs. Hulme and Bill flirt off-screen.
Also included is a scene added during Pauline's Heavenly Creatures Poem in which Mrs. Hulme and Pauline are dressed as princesses, and they toast to the Borovians. They then turn to clay and it cuts to the girls in the tub.