The film received cuts for the MPAA and heavier cuts for the BBFC. Some of these are missing from the so-called "Uncut" Ultimate Edition DVD released in 2006.
The MGM Special Edition DVD uses player-generated subtitles for translations and everything (except one location description about 12:30 in). See also Goofs for a translation ambiguity.
Originally toned down for a 12 cinema certificate in the UK, a further 6 seconds of cuts were required to retain this rating for the video version. All use of shurikens (throwing stars) and a bad guy having his face stamped on were removed, and most of the fight sound effects were reduced. In 2006 the PG-13/international version was passed uncut in the UK by the BBFC for the Ultimate Edition DVD, with an upgrade from a 12 to a 15 certificate. The same cut was later passed 12 for the Blu-ray release.
The UK terrestrial television broadcast by ITV in October 2001 included the "shuriken" and "face stamping" shots that were removed from the UK VHS and DVD releases.