Since I only rent my TVB series, at first I only got to see the original DVD version of the ending where they did not add the Laughing ending yet. However, they recently released a 2nd disc that shows the last episode but this time with the last scene. Even though I found the last clip on Youtube, I still wanted to rent it again since I wanted to see if they made any other changes. The only thing that happened was that they cut off a few seconds starting from the 41 minute mark, such as any type of silent transitions that made the pace go slightly faster. Also the musical score was a little different which made Ron coming out to join Sammul's team a little less dramatic. Of course, they also added the scene where you see Michael in a police uniform saying that "whether Laughing is dead or alive, Laughing will never be gone. Once a cop, always a cop. There is nothing to fear in the police uniform, especially with all the other police officers that have your back. Remember my name- Laughing Sir!"
(I was about to post up the clip but they've been taken down already! Boo!)
Which one is better? I liked the original one because I like how it ends up with Sammul and Ron together, since they are technically the main stars of the shows. It also reminds me of how they ended On The First Beat in which it ends with the police still having to patrol.
The second one was good too because it brought back the popular Laughing character, which many fans wanted, but without making it too unrealistic like how they changed the ending for D.I.E. Even though it was short, it did give it a little more excitement and the ratings that TVB wanted. Also, I liked how they let you keep how your mind imagined if Laughing died or stayed alive by not definitively saying that he is back from the dead or not (well, not until they film the 4th series that is). It also keeps people wanting more because now a lot of people are anticipating the next part of the series which I like since I really liked all 3 parts so far and I like Ron and Sammul's character. I'm hoping they can merge The Academy series with the Detective Investigation Files series so that they can both give me a final ending! C'mon, Louis Koo still owes a few episodes and Sunny, Jessica, and Charmaine are still there! I can always hope, right?