Films that Never Received an Uncut Release
Most of the information gathered to formulate this list was taken from the trivia section on IMDb, Wikipedia or movie-censorship.com.
This is a growing list so if you can think of a title I left out then feel free to leave a comment and I will add. When a film is added or removed it will be noted here:
06/06/16 - Added Freddy Got Fingered (2001)
05/31/16 - Added Nighthawks (1981)
04/07/16 - Added Hisss (2010)
02/29/16 - Added The House on Sorority Row (1983)
The fact that there is no uncensored release to this day is even worse when keeping in mind that Sony, holding the rights to the movie, produced a very shallow DTV sequel in 2005, which was then available in both R-Rated and Unrated releases. Again, the movie seems to have been made too early. However, Sony should really know that fans want the full version of the original and not low quality sequels. ” - mysteriousbluebox
An “assembly cut” was put together for the 2003 DVD release of the film which included an extra 31 minutes of content, but these censored scenes were not included in the cut. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Thornton's cut had an effect on the storytelling. Matt Damon publicly criticized Weinstein's decision, saying to Entertainment Weekly, "You can't cut 35% of the movie and expect it to be the same movie."
In 2014, Billy Bob Thornton told Entertainment Weekly that the rumors of his original cut being somewhere in between 3 to 4h long were incorrect, but that his cut was 2:42h. He also mentioned that he still is in possession of his original version.
Some attempts have been made to release a director's cut DVD, but arrangements cannot be reached with the composer of the film's music, Daniel Lanois. As part of the re-cut, Weinstein scrapped the original score and hired Marty Stuart. Lanois felt insulted, and has steadfastly refused to license his score (which, unusually, he owns) to any release of the film. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Says Feige of the scene that got them into hot water: "Well, whenever you impale somebody from their back and the blade comes out their chest, there are issues."
The scene in which Agent Coulson is killed by Loki with his scepter was originally too graphic and bloody to warrant a PG-13. In the theatrical release version, you don't see Loki impale Coulson, but you do see the aftermath and the blade sticking out of his chest briefly. Even that proved to be too much for some countries, who digitally edited out the blade entirely and the stabbing is left to the imagination. ” - mysteriousbluebox
- When Speedball ODs on the re-agent, he sits up and his eyeball pops out.
- When he explodes, we see him open his shirt and his stomach spew out. (On the DVD, the shot lingers on West up until Speedball's guts are already halfway through the air.)
- When the Doctor Phillips is battling with Laura, a few of the shots where he starts hacking at her neck are trimmed. ” - mysteriousbluebox
It is known that Bruce Lee made movie history mostly with four (finished) Kung Fu movies. His breakthrough came with The Big Boss, instantly making him a star in Hongkong. However, the movie was already cut during the post production because of the – especially considering the time – sometimes extremely violent scenes. The most obvious of these cuts can be found during the fight in a barn in the industry complex. Bruce picks up a saw, raises his hand to strike against an opponents head, and – cut! This is made so obviously that even viewers not interested in cut versions and the like get confused, the atmosphere suffers immensely. This blatancy is certainly a main reason for the slightly exaggerated hype about the scene, such a cut just makes people curious. However, as mentioned already, this scene is not the only one that was cut, and even when excluding the scenes that were removed during post production, there is not a single release of the movie which includes every scene. Especially the final fight was censored locally in many variations.
It seems highly unlike that a completely uncut version will ever be released. There are as many rumors that a collector somewhere still owns the complete version as there are statements that it is lost forever. A complete and remastered release in high definition would of course be a very nice treat, but movie fans should still get one of the many other acceptable releases. Even 15 years of discussions and research have not yielded anything so far. If the story does have a surprise positive ending, everybody will certainly know very quickly about it. However, until that happens it might be a good idea to just let it be for the moment... ” - mysteriousbluebox
Lynch also made cuts at the request of the MPAA. For example, when Frank slaps Dorothy after the first rape scene, the audience was supposed to see Frank actually hitting her. Instead, the film cuts away to Jeffrey in the closet, wincing at what he has just seen. This cut was made to satisfy the MPAA's concerns about violence. Lynch thought that the change only made the scene more disturbing. ” - mysteriousbluebox
- There was a much more longer version of Megan masturbating.
- The sex scene between Megan and Graham was toned down because it was much too explicit and would have caused the movie to receive a "NC-17" rating. ” - mysteriousbluebox
1. Hail (on blu-ray): Otherwise known as "The Rain of Stones" (this was originally the opening scene) - Fans would still prefer to see Carrie's birth scene as the opening and the Hail scene as a flashback during The White Commission.
2. The White Commission: The film had integrated several courtroom scenes with witnesses giving testimonies of their experience with Carrie White leading to the prom incident, essentially structuring the film as a series of flashbacks and recollections. It begins with an interview with an adult Estelle Parsons (who witnessed the Hail as a teenager), Sheriff Otis Doyle, Dr. Dean L. McDuffy, Erika Gogan, Ms. Arlene Walsh, and others who had some kind of experience with Carrie White and/or theories about the Black Prom.
3. The Found Footage that had been filmed by Freddy "Beak" Holt - and there is currently speculation that other found footage from gymnasium security cameras also played a role in the film.
4. Sue's Video Diary
5. Scenes detailing more in-depth character development.
6. "Wipe that smile off your face" - Chris to Carrie at the pool: reference the full-length trailer from April 2013, B-Roll Footage, and/or the main menu of the current DVD/Blu-ray.
7. The locker room scene (Extended) - Chris turning the cell-phone toward herself and the mean girls: reference the full-length trailer from April 2013.
8. Scenes involving Social Media - Facebook in particular: The e-mail from Chris to Donna Kellogg. "So I'm our of prom and my (censored) father says he won't give them what they deserve."
9. Billy's wild ride (the "blowjob scene" - similar to the 1976 version) (on blu-ray)
10. Chris and Tina kiss (Extended) (on blu-ray)
11. Tommy and Sue's backseat love scene (Extended)
12. A scene featuring actress Ally Feliciano: The mean girls teasing and making fun of Carrie - This scene supposedly took place before the bathroom (mirror shattering) scene.
13. Carrie using her powers to levitate the books in her bedroom: Apparently there were a couple variations of this scene shown to test-audiences. Fans would appreciate an extended/alternate version of this scene given that the theatrical one felt a bit lackluster for such a poignant moment in the story.
14. An interaction between Carrie and Chris outside the dress shop.
15. Drive to the pig farm (Extended) (on blu-ray)
16. Carrie levitates Margaret (Extended) (on blu-ray)
17. The meaningful conversation between Miss Desjardin and Carrie at prom.
18. Tommy and Carrie kissing (on blu-ray)
19. Billy kisses Chris (on blu-ray)
20. Margaret escaping from the closet and cutting herself with a knife (on blu-ray)
21. Sue tries to call Tommy from outside the school to warn him but he rejects the call.
22. Chris and Billy rushing from the school (after the blood dump) to find that Sue's parked automobile is blocking them from leaving.
23. The Prom Scene (Extended) was said to be longer and more violent than the theatrical version.
24. Tina on fie (Extended) (on blu-ray)
25. A scene or shot revealing Erika and George's fate - According to test-audiences, George was impaled by one of the star decorations as Erika watched in horror. Erika detailed what happened during one of the scenes in The White Commission.
26. The electrocution sequence (Extended) which was supposed to feature graphic shots of "dead students" dancing and being toyed with by Carrie. Carrie then levitates herself and the bodies of those she's killed (according to one source) and soars pass them and out a window.
27. Carrie outside the school using her telekinetic powers to kill off some of the prom survivors who escaped.
28. The Town Destruction: According to test-audiences, Carrie uses her telekinesis to set "some other buildings" on fire aside from the school. It was said that the majority of this scene was areal shots intertwined with some close-ups: reference the teaser trailer from October 2012.
29. Sue seeing Tommy's body being taken out on a stretcher and Miss Desjardin saying how sorry she is for what has happened.
30. Carrie cleaning herself in the bathtub (Extended)
31. Margaret's original death scene which was said to be closer to the novel. It was changed to the theatrical version when re-shoots were done in May 2013.
32. The multiple endings: Five alternate endings were filmed for Carrie. The first ending was very similar to the 1976 film but without Sue waking up. The second ending was exactly the same as the 1976 film. The third ending is a "morning after voiceover" by Sue as the audience sees what's become of the town and how they're coping. The fourth ending shows the town filled with news crews, reporters, and police officers talking about what happened and describing the event as "a conspiracy" to apparently "cover up what really happened" in Chamberlain. The fifth ending was not shown to test-audiences - though many Carrie fans presume that this fifth ending was the one released on the Blu-ray edition. Many hope that all five endings will somehow be "mashed together" for a definitive close. ” - mysteriousbluebox
The movie had to be re-cut five times in order to achieve an R-rating. Most significant cuts include:
- Graphic sexual activity during the climactic orgy sequence;
- The death of a character named Annette The originally scripted scene showed her having her throat slowly pushed onto a pane of glass. The scene was filmed and very brutal, done all in one graphic cut. However, she shot was later replaced with her character's head split open in the front door. That scene was still trimmed heavily. In unrated versions the top of her head erupts and a splash of blood flies across the doorjamb.
- Rod's death had more blood.
- Timmy's death was an on screen kill that featured gruesome spurting blood.
- A character's death at the climatic orgy was nixed for time and MPAA constraints. A male character's throat was slashed open.
Cherry Falls received some positive reviews that admired its twists and stabs at subversive humor, but it was never theatrically released in North America (though it did play in cinemas in Europe). It unceremoniously debuted on the USA Network and the memory of it only exists among the genre fans who’ve sought it out. Cherry Falls never reached its potential and USA Films became too scared of the reception of a film that, while flawed, is still far better and weirder than most of the similar offerings that were soon forgotten by mainstream audiences. ” - mysteriousbluebox
- A longer prologue where several other adults are killed, most noticeably a deputy whose throat is slashed and then stabbed in the chest, and a farmer who is hacked to death outside his barn by a group of pick-axe wielding kids.
- A scene between Sarah and Job's parents before the slaughter. They talk over the breakfast table about Sarah's drawings of the upcoming massacre and how they think something awful is about to happen.
- A scene where Isaac prays to He Who Walks Behind The Rows only to receive a horrific vision of his impending fate. ” - mysteriousbluebox
The uncut movie version of Cliffhanger has been discussed by for many years now, usually started by questions of buyers who bought the movie and are wondering whether they accidentally purchased the wrong version when noticing the cuts. Just a is the case with The Crow, a workprint of Cliffhanger can be found on the internet, but the quality is as always horrible. The recent 20th anniversary release of the movie can be seen as another missed chance to finally give the fans what they want. It can also again be said that, had Cliffhanger been made ten years later, it would certainly have received the unrated-treatment instantly. The continuing flow of rereleases seems to be still profitable, so why not maximize the results with a really new selling point by publishing this cult movie uncut for the first time? This should even be able to convince many mainstream viewers. Well, maybe we will have more luck with the 25th anniversary edition. ” - mysteriousbluebox
- A scene where a 15-year-old Daniel Ray Hawkins murders a prostitute is removed from the film.
- A scene was removed where Hawkins is a child and he and his sister watch their mother have sex with two men and it infuriates their father and causes him to commit suicide.
- Also removed from the film is where a girl escapes from Hawkins when he tries to kill her.
- Hawkins and a Texas Sheriff discussing Hawkins homosexual relations with Moon Lawton is edited.
- Another scene cut from the film is outside a gas station where they discuss starting their own violent sex magazine and later when they are in the gas station the scene where they pick up groceries is cut. These scenes are just before they murder the gas station worker and another customer in the store.
- Also cut is a scene where Lawton leaves for Louisiana and tells Hawkins and Milly goodbye. ” - mysteriousbluebox
As often, the debates were heated up by the existence of a workprint which contains the fully uncensored version of the movie. Too bad that the image and sound quality is not the cream of the crop which makes it only interesting for die-hard fans. The Crow shares the fate of many other movies listed in this special: it was released a decade too early. In a decade where the advertizing appeal of so-called Unrated Versions did not exist yet. This year, it is The Crow's 20th anniversary. It would be the perfect opportunity to finally release the uncensored version. Due to its status of a 90s classic - also because of Brandon Lee's tragic death during the shooting - it is very hard to imagine that an uncensored version, for instance on Blu-ray with a lot of bonus material, would not attract enough buyers to make it profitable. But that will be a dream forever I'm afraid. ” - mysteriousbluebox
- A shot of Sarah Michelle Geller actually snorting cocaine from the crucifix pendant was cut, despite how obvious it looks.
- Sarah Michelle Geller says, "Enough with the girl scout stories. Just *beep* her already" when Selma Blair's character is showing off to Ronald, her cello teacher. ” - mysteriousbluebox
In 2011, the news arrived that a copy of Albert Pyun's latest cut was found by the original composer. Interested fans were able to purchase it from Pyun directly.
Albert Pyun:"After 23 years my long-time composer Tony Riparetti has found a VHS telecine of my director's cut, the only copy in existence I believe. It has the original Tony Riparetti and Jim Saad music score, which was thrown out when Cannon Films and Jean-Claude took over the editing. The telecine is of the last cut I ever did and from the original 35mm work print, and it has a stereo temp mix with it. It also hasn't been cut by the MPAA to get an R rating so it has the X-rated violence. It shows clearly my vision for the film which neither Cannon, JCVD or the public accepted back in 1988."
However, not all of these promises could be kept, especially since many violent scenes were either missing compared to the Theatrical Version or identical although they seemed censored.
The fan site VanDammeFanz.com went on to publish further statements by Pyun that shed some more light on the situation. He took scenes out of the Director's Cut he found. Mostly, it appears to have technical reasons (digitalizing the VHS) and artistic considerations that led him to assembling his personally perceived ideal cut. The intially announced 88 minutes runtime turned out to be 82 minutes eventually.
"It is MY DIRECTOR'S CUT and not a fan cut. I think most will see it accurately presents the three major changes I mentioned: 1) the score; 2) the darker tone; 3) the added depth to the characters. I did delete several scenes and shots that did not telecine well and I felt interfered with the viewing experience."
"I'm not beating around the bush. I made some choices and decisions I thought made my Director's Cut better and more viewable [...] I can only make it to please myself as that is what director's cuts are - the director's point of view of the material. Moany (sic!) of those comments weren't promises but reflect what I was seeing in the VHS. But once I got into mastering it, we made different choices like with the main title. Removing the Slinger main title for the Cyborg one. Its a choice I made and I was hoping viewers would judge it as a overall film and not bits and pieces."
This director’s cut has never had an official release in the US. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Of course, you can also say that deleted scenes are better than nothing. After all, it is a possibility to see the scenes. Still, probably no one will disagree when we say that it would be much better to get the movie in its uncensored version in the first place. All DVDs that were released worldwide thus far did not even include the deleted scenes. There has not been a Blu-Ray release, yet. Maybe an HD release will finally reveal the unrated scene. However, chances are rather small. It is much more likely that the Blu-Ray will be another careless release without any extras - just as all DVDs of the movie to date. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Several explicit scenes had to be cut out or shortened in order to avoid an NC-17 rating. The shooting of the Pick-up Guy's friend was trimmed, the Pick-up Guy's head being blown off was reduced and
the shooting of Danny Trejo was shortened. There were also a lot of scenes in the finale that the MPAA asked to take out. The cuts that had to be made were so intense that the creators thought that the scene was no longer watchable. Thus they took out most of the finale. ” - mysteriousbluebox
To earn a British 'X' certificate, Russell made minor cuts to the more explicit nudity (mainly in the cathedral and convent sequences), details from the first exorcism (mainly that which indicated an anal insertion), some shots of the crushing of Grandier's legs, the pantomime sequence during the climactic burning, as well as the overdubbing of *beep* and "*beep* me". However, the biggest cuts were made by the studio itself, prior to submission to the BBFC, removing two scenes in their entirety, notably a two-and-a-half-minute sequence of crazed naked nuns sexually assaulting a statue of Christ and about half of a latter scene with Sister Jeanne masturbating with the charred femur of Grandier at the end of the film. However, even in its released form, the film was considerably stronger in detail than most films released prior to that point.
Its fate in the US was even more stringent, with a further set of cuts made to even more of the nudity with some key scenes (including Sister Jeanne's crazed visions, exorcism and the climactic burning) shorn of the more explicit detail. The film was released in 'X' form (no one under 18 years of age admitted) during its initial US theatrical run, but later resubmitted after two additional minutes worth of footage were cut so that it could obtain an R rating.
Warner Brothers removed the Rape of Christ before submitting the film to the British censors. The British censors removed a further 89 seconds. The resulting 111-minute cut is the longest existing version of The Devils. American censors cut two minutes and re-edited another two minutes to produce the R-rated version.The full 111-minute version was released on video in 1997 in the Maverick Directors series. All other video releases used the heavily cut American version (even UK video releases) in a murky and grainy transfer that was an insult to the film's excellent cinematography and artwork. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Die Hard 2 is certainly an action movie landmark and would probably – together with the first part – be included on most Top 20 lists for the genre. The license holders from 20th Century Fox are also publishing new releases regularly, although these usually differ only marginally. The Die Hard movies in general can be counted as some of the most published movies. At least 12 different DVDs and 5 BD releases of the second movie can be found only in Germany, but all of these only contain the R-Rated version. Most viewers are probably not even aware of the fact that it has been cut. However, an "Unrated Extended Cut" would certainly be a better selling point than a new steelbook or some slightly different bonus footage. Part four has already been published in an Unrated version in the US, which means that there would not even be a rating difference for a complete box if the cut parts, number two and three, were to be included without the alterations. The parts one (only as a bonus) and five have also already been released in Extended Versions, so why leaves out parts two and three just before they were made before the Unrated hype? ” - mysteriousbluebox
The film was also originally rated R by the MPAA for "some violence" but was later edited to achieve a PG-13 rating for "violence, terror, some sexuality and brief strong language." Neither Sheridan's original cut nor the R-rated version of this film has been released. ” - mysteriousbluebox
When the DVD era was in full bloom and Paramount announced a Special Edition rerelease of the movie after the barebone first DVD. It was also said that it would contain the uncensored long version. However, disappointment followed quickly: in the pre-DVD era, the original footage was very often thrown away or not stored the right way. Because of the poor quality of the original film footage, Anderson was not able to restore his old version. For example, the footage of the hell scenes was found in an old salt mine in Transsylvania. ...A story which could remind one of "Raiders of the Lost Tape". In the end, there were many Deleted Scenes but no Extended Version on the disc.
However, the story seems to continue. On the ComicCon 2012, Anderson announced that producer Lloyd Levin found a VHS of his old long version, but it remains unclear whether this means that an uncut release is being prepared or whether VHS quality is even good enough for the HD era.
Deleted scenes included the meeting scene between Weir and some people in charge of the mission where they talk about Event Horizon (dialogue from this deleted scene was included in theatrical trailer), more back story for Cooper and Justin (including much stronger explanation for why Justin enters the black hole), a deleted love back story between Starck and Miller, more scenes explaining what exactly gateway to hell/black hole is, Miller finds a ripped out tooth floating around in Event Horizon, and a longer version of the scene where Peters hallucinates her son with his legs all mangled with maggots all over them. After Justin almost died and is inside the water tank, Weir hallucinationed Justin turning into his wife Claire.
The infamous "bloody orgy" video was also longer. Parts which are still in the scene, like one of the crew members sticking his fingers deep into other one's eyes, and a female crew member sodomizing male crew member with iron pipe, were even more violent in original version of the scene. There were also lot more shots of Event Horizon crew naked and covered in blood having violent sex and raping and eating each other, more graphic version of the scene where man pulls his intestines out of his mouth, one crew member is held and stabbed in back of the head with spike and part of his mouth and teeth drops out, other crew member is crawling on floor while others are hitting his legs with steel bars smashing them to pieces as he screams and is crawling away leaving pieces of his legs behind, one girl has screws drilled into her teeth, other girl is held while her arm is broken with hunk of metal, one more girl has her breasts mauled and then ripped off by another crew member, some other parts of the scene were also cut. Reason why this scene disturbed test audience is because filmmakers, in order to make the scene look more realistic and therefore lot more violent, hired real life amputees for special effects scenes where Event Horizon crew members had their body parts damaged in many ways, and porn actors were hired to make the sex and rape scenes more graphic. According to producer Jeremy Bolt and director Paul W.S. Anderson, some audience members during screening of rough cut of the movie started fainting while watching this scene. ” - mysteriousbluebox
However, it all came differently and the DVD/BD releases only contained the R-Rated version. Director Alvarez might have called the Theatrical Version his Director's Cut, but this was certainly only meant regarding the producers' and studio's influence on the postproduction and not the censoring following it.
As a movie fan, this is hard to understand. For once, there is a horror remake the fans mostly like and accept, and the studio does not release an Uncut version? This is especially harsh considering the army of Scary Movie and American Pie movies, which are all released in specially extended versions for the extra cash, a treatment Evil Dead does not deserve? The only hope a fan can have is that this changes with another Evil Dead movie. However, let's be realistic: the chances are rather low... ” - mysteriousbluebox
However, it was no use, the MPAA did not even want to give the R-Rating to the censored version and Evil Dead II was released unrated after all – but it was still the censored cut. The original version is considered to be lost nowadays, and it is questionable whether this is ever going to change.
Many of the lost scenes can still be retraced by stills, outtakes or some other kind of footage, which is one more reason why there are many fans still hoping for an uncut release.There are also many bootleg and fan-made cuts including the bonus footage, but these are both illegal and do not satisfy a fan's expectations regarding quality. The German uncut shop BMV and Studiocanal recently released an official version, which reintegrates some of the scenes into the movie and can be considered the most complete available edition to date. ” - mysteriousbluebox
William Peter Blatty had hoped to recover the deleted footage from the Morgan Creek vaults so that he might re-assemble the original cut of the film which he said was "rather different" from what was released. Unfortunately for Blatty and for the fans who had been clamoring for such a release, the footage was never found. On 28 June 2007, Blatty's wife sent the following comment to a fan site: "My husband tells me that it is Morgan Creek's claim that they have lost all the footage, including an alternate opening scene in which Kinderman views the body of Karras in the morgue, right after his fall down the steps. What a shame." ” - mysteriousbluebox
After being submitted to the MPAA eight times, 42 seconds were cut in order to avoid an X rating;
- The flashback footage showing Mrs. Voorhees decapitation was trimmed.
- Bloodflow was cut from the shot of Jason driving an icepick into Alice's head.
- A close up shot of Crazy Ralph and the wire cutting.
- Blood was trimmed from the shot of Jason driving the hammer in the cop's head.
- Additional bloodflow was cut from the shot of Jason slicing Scott's throat.
- A facing shot of Mark's face being split by the machete.
- A close-up shot Jeff and Sandra being double-impaled and thrashing around on the bed and also part where impaled Sandra tries to push dead Jeff from her were cut. MPAA vowed to give the movie X rating if scene was left in. Greg Nicotero said that he saw uncut scene years ago and that it was really graphic.
- Original sex scene of Jeff and Sandra included full nudity of Martha Kober and scene itself was longer,but since actress was underage,scene was deleted.
- There was a scene at the very end inside Jason's shack where decapitated head of Pamela Voorhees opens eyes and smiles. It's very obvious when watching the last scene that head looks lot different then before in earlier scenes. Scene was cut by Paramount for looking too fake. ” - mysteriousbluebox
It was submitted to the MPAA two times,first time it got X rating, second time it got R rating. The following scenes were cut to avoid an X rating;
- Edna's death was cut of excess blood.
- Vera's death was longer, it included more blood and a shot of her reaction. There was also a part where her face turns towards camera and tip of the spear turns into 3D effect. It was cut either because the MPAA board said that it looked too real or because someone else said that it looked too good.
- The death scene of Andy showed his right leg and stomach being cut apart.
- Debbie's death originally showed blood spraying across her face and running down her chest.
- The impaling of Chili with the hot poker was cut. Originally, the impalement was shown, along with a splash of smoldering blood hitting the floor.
- Reportedly, some of the SFX shots and more graphic scenes were filmed but never included in the movie since they didn't want same problems with MPAA that part 2 had. Example, actor who played Chuck (hippie guy who gets electrecuted) had make up on his face which would show how his character got burned but this effect wasn't used in final cut.
- During the scene where Rick and Chris are walking back home through the woods in the night there was a scene deleted where they bump into same tramp who showed eyeball to the kids in beggining. Much like before,he tells Chris and Rick to leave.
- The original ending had Jason cutting off Chris head and it was meant to be a dream sequence. It was followed by Chris waking up screaming in the back of the police car. This "dream" scene was cut and replaced by the other "dream" scene with Jason's rotted mother jumping out of the lake and grabbing Chris.
- Another alternate ending had Ali surviving; Chris opens the door to find Jason, but is scared by Ali. They both get away. Soon after, the paramedics arrive, only to never find Jason's body. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Some censored scenes are included on the DVD/BD as an extra feature, but there are some missing and they're not integrated into the film.
Submitted to the MPAA three times before getting an R rating. Originally it was rated X because of these scenes; Murders of Axel, Nurse Rhonda, Hitchhiker, Samantha, Jimbo, Ted, Doug, Sara, and also for the scene where Jason’s hand is bleeding after getting struck by machete and his death scene. All of these scenes were seconds longer with more blood. Only cut parts really worth of mentioning are Samantha's death which originally had shot of her naked body twitching in rubber boat, similar shot of Sara twitching on the floor, and more gorier take(s) and shots of Jason getting his head spliced open and sliding down on machete. Nurse Rhonda was originally held up and gutted, but it ended up being cut out so that it only showed her being stabbed. ” - mysteriousbluebox
One month prior to the film's release in the U.S., the Motion Picture Association of America demanded that 16 scenes featuring sex or graphic violence be edited in order to merit an R rating instead of an X rating. The film ultimately required nine trips to the MPAA before being granted an R rating. Following scenes were cut for R rating:
- Joey's death scene is cut, it is said that originally there were close ups of his back getting hit by axe with innards coming out. Also the scene where his dead body is shown was also cut.
- Vinnie's death (flare in mouth) was cut.
- Pete's death was cut,originally more blood was shown seeping from his neck.
- Billy's death (axe in head) was cut. Lana's death (axe in mid-section) is also cut, plus shot of her body quivering.
- Raymond's (tramp guy who watches Eddie and Tina having sex) death was cut. There was a shot cut where killer twists his knife after stabbing Raymond with it.
- Sex scene in the woods was originally much longer. Reportedly, it was "2 minutes of softcore porn" which "would gave much talked about sex scene in remake run for its money".
- Tina's death (hedge clippers to the eyes) was cut, plus extra shot of her dead body.
- Eddie's death was cut to avoid an X rating; originally blood and his cranial innards spurted out of the straps as Roy twisted them.
- Demon's death scene (spike through body) is cut, there was also a part where he vomits after being stabbed.
- Junior's death (decapitation with cleaver) is cut, there was also more shots of his head rolling around.
- Ethel's death (cleaver to the forehead) is cut.
- There was more of a shot of the cleaver in Jake's face. Blood protruded out of the wound and down to his neck. The scene was cut because Paramount was dissatisfied with how it looked.
- Robin's machete death was originally shown. The knife went through her chest, causing blood to spray across her upper half.
- Violet's death was cut, originally there was part where knife was shown going in and out of her stomach. Based on rumours, Violet was originally killed with machete stab between legs. Some say that this scene was never filmed, but this behind the scenes photo proves otherwise; http://static2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130606004846/fridaythe13th/images/1/18/Violet-friday-the-13th-5.jpg
- Scenes where killer's hand is chopped and where he gets impaled on spikes are cut.
- Scene where Pam gets stabbed by Tommy in his dream is cut. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Some censored scenes are included on the DVD/BD as an extra feature, but there are some missing and they're not integrated into the film.
The following scenes were cut to avoid an X rating:
- Allen's insides were ripped out of his body by Jason. He dragged the guts and heart out; he dropped them on the ground where his heart lay steaming.
- Death scene of paintball player who gets his arm ripped off and then is slammed into tree was cut.
- The triple decapitation of the three paintball players. The first print showed their bodies and heads dropping to the ground.
- The two camp counsellors in the car's deaths were also trimmed: The part where the woman is speared in the water originally showed a close-up shot of blood coming to the surface of the water with the air bubbles. The man was speared, lifted into the air, and then slid down the spear, leaving his insides on it.
- Jason shoved the broken bottle into the caretaker's neck and he falls to the ground as the camera gets a close-up of the blood coming out of the bottle.
- Cort's death originally was not as quick-cut and you could actually see the knife going into his head before he falls over.
- Sissy's death was toned down. Originally, you could see her head torn off and dropped.
- The wall-to-wall blood cabin originally had a lot more blood and guts in it. There were shots of livers and hearts running down the walls, but it was all thought too graphic to have in the film.
- Death of police officer who gets knife thrown in head was cut.
- In normal version of death scene one of the police officers Jason squeezes the officer's head until you hear it crunch, but originally there was some blood gushing from his head also.
- The backbreaking sheriff's scene had more to it. There were more screams, more bone crushing, and his legs began to kick. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Director John Carl Buechler has publicly fumed many times over the years about the number of edits required by the MPAA to avoid an X rating. The film had to be submitted nine times to the Motion Picture Association of America before being granted an R rating, and it stands as arguably the most heavily censored entry in the 'Friday the 13th' series.
The following scenes were removed from the film in order to get an R rating rather than an X;
- Jason's face is constantly masked in shadows to avoid shots of his moldy, decomposing face. The complex make-up was made to conform to actor Kane Hodder's face, but was later deleted from nearly the entire movie when the MPAA deemed it "a bit too grisly".
- Michael's death was cut. Originally, Jason rammed the spike all the way through his body, causing blood to spurt out. Part where he is writhing on the ground and trying to get away is also cut plus close up of his face spitting blood.
- Tina's vision of Michael getting killed was also more graphic.
- Dan's death was also cut. There was a shot of Jason's hand ripping through the front of his body with guts attached.
- Judy's sleeping bag death was cut to absolutely no gore. In the uncut version Jason slams the sleeping bag against the tree repeatedly until the sleeping bag is soaked in blood.
- Russell's death scene where his head splits open as Jason hits it with an axe was cut. Originally close ups of his wound were shown onscreen and part where he twitches on the ground was cut.
- Ben's death is much grislier. In uncut versions, Jason smashes his head into a mushy pulp and blood pours down his face.
- Kate's death was cut. Originally blood was shown dripping from her wound and her head dropping down.
- Maddy's death is offscreen in the normal version, but in original prints a scythe is jammed into her neck and bursts from the other side.
- David's and Robin's sex scene was cut. Originally more humping action was shown.
- David's death scene was cut. Parts where he is stabbed with knife and where he is on the ground were cut.
- Eddie's death was cut. In the original version, we see his head drop to the floor, but in the theatrical version, we only hear it.
- Robin's death was re-filmed because they weren't happy with effects. In her original death scene Jason carries David's decapitated head in bedroom where she is and throws it at her, then kills her by chopping her in gut with machete.
- Amanda Shepard's death is virtually unseen in the wide release, which only shows her get stabbed from behind for a second and then cuts to Doctor Crew's shocked face. In original uncut version, she is impaled on the blade, which juts violently from her chest. Jason then lifts her off the ground on it and waits until she finally dies.
- Dr. Crews was killed with a tree-trimming saw. Originally, Jason tore into his gut, spilling out a fountain of entrails and blood that spurted up into the air.
- Melissa's death has an ax violently cleaving her face in two, splitting it down the middle in a gruesome close-up that left her eyes still wiggling in their sockets. Jason then tossed her aside, which is all we see in the cut release.
- Final sequence of Tina's father coming out of the water was to be more elaborate and feature full prosthetics and a life size dummy. That sequence was completely over ruled and director John Carl Buechler ended up filming what he considers an inferior version of the sequence. Original "zombie" version of this scene is only available in poor quality workprint. ” - mysteriousbluebox
Some censored scenes are included on the DVD/BD as an extra feature, but there are some missing and they're not integrated into the film.
As described by the director on the DVD commentary, the following shots were cut or altered in order to receive an MPAA rating of R instead of an X;
- Jim's death was much gorier. Originally, Jason shoves the entire spear gun through his stomach, then rips it out, causing Jim's intestines to slide out along with a large amount of blood.
- Suzy's death was disturbingly gruesome. Jason shoves the spear through her stomach and twists it non-stop. There were close-up shots of Suzy's mouth gurgling blood and blood rapidly oozing from the spear wound.
- J.J.’s death was an alternate shot. In the original shot, we actually see Jason smashing J.J.'s head with the guitar.
- Tamera's death in the original print was completely different. Originally, Jason repeatedly stabs her with a mirror shard in a shower while she's completely nude. Blood rapidly oozes from her stab wounds and Jason keeps stabbing non-stop. Later on, when Eva finds Tamara's corpse, the original shot was one featuring Tamera's fully nude body with dozens of shards of glass protruding from it.
- The scene where the uncredited boxer gets the hot sauna rock shoved into his chest cavity was a re-shoot. Originally, Jason jammed two darts through his eye sockets, but it was deemed too graphic, and the MPAA forced the crew to re-shoot it. Even with the re-shoot, the scene had to be trimmed. Originally, there was more blood and steam, but the MPAA found even that to be too graphic.
- The scene where the captain gets his neck sliced by Jason's bowing knife was shot five different ways. The director's desire was a shot of a huge gash wound spurting blood, but the MPAA made him choose the least gory shot, which is what appears in the final cut of the movie.
- Wayne's death originally featured him being electrocuted for a few seconds longer.
- The full version of Miles' death scene actually saw him land on the spikes, rather than just showing the aftermath as we see in the "R" rated version.
- When Jason kills the first gang banger, the uncut print featured Jason's hand and the needle going all the way through the gang banger's body.
- A close up shot of Julius' head being knocked clean off was cut. ” - mysteriousbluebox
However, the story begins to get really annoying later. The first release DVD of 2000 contained a lot of extras, among them deleted scenes. The audio commentary also mentions the MPAA cuts of the first gladiator fight. Besides long deleted scenes, several short ones were put together to a clip. It also contains some of the MPAA cuts, especially the impaling scene. However, no effort was made to reintegrate these scenes back into the movie and release an uncut version of it. At this time, Unrated and Extended Version were already on the market, but had not yet been discovered as the cash cow they are being used as today.
When an Extended Version was being released a few years later, many fans were disappointed. Only the deleted scenes that had been put together in big blocks were reinserted without care, and that in visibly worse quality. In his foreword, Ridley Scott mentions that this is not his Director's Cut, because it had already been shown in cinemas. The whole commentary feels as if he was trying to distance himself from the new version, which obviously was only published to make some quick cash. However, he seems to have forgotten that some scenes had to be removed for the MPAA rating, even though they are rather short. He therefore merely means that the Theatrical Version was his favorite regarding the plot scenes but not the removed violent bits. Either way it is a pity that Universal did not even make the effort to reintegrate the MPAA cuts for the Extended Version. The Uncut Version of Gladiator therefore is still unreleased. ” - mysteriousbluebox
The films ("Planet Terror" and "Death Proof") were each released separately on DVD in extended versions. While much gore has been put back in to the extended release, the audio commentary has Rodriguez mentioning that only one scene was trimmed for MPAA approval. Even still, watching the scene on DVD and hearing his comments, it's not clear that the brain munching sequence on the car bonnet has been restored to its full length, since the edits (artificial print damage and whatever else) make it look cut. ” - mysteriousbluebox
In the infamous laundry chute scene, Jamie was originally stabbed in the leg but the shot was cut from the film by the MPAA because it was deemed "too disturbing". Danielle Harris still owns the prosthetic leg. ” - mysteriousbluebox
- Jamie, who is impaled on the machine is holding her arms towards Michael for another moment. Michael for his part is also holding his arms to Jamie for a bit longer before he pushes her further back. The camera sways a bit further below while Jamie is being milled; more blood is being spilled and the back view of Jamie who is screaming while bobbing up and down on the working machine is also a bit longer.
- Michael presses the doctor’s head through the bars so hard that it starts to dissipate. After he pushes the head completely through the bars, single pieces fall down on the other side on the ground before finally the grid falls out of its frame as well.
Unfortunately the director’s cut misses the much more brutal and bloody surgery-scene, in which, among other things, a nurse gets disemboweled by Michael and Dr. Wynn gets decapitated. Those scenes had initially been shot, but were removed before the release of the theatrical version, to be able to potentially use the character Dr. Wynn in sequels. This scene has never been released uncut in any of the versions of the film. ” - mysteriousbluebox
- Bernadette's throat gushing blood
- A graphic image of Etienne mutilated by the dirt bike
- More gruesome brain surgery shots
- A bloodier impact of the bench press on Greg
- A more violent bludgeoning of Dr. Faraday with the poker.
The film finally got an R rating after these cuts. There are some rare prints circulating on the Internet that have the complete and uncut murder sequences.
And according to an "The Terror Trap: The Beauty & The Beasts" interview with Lisa Langlois, her character Amelia was originally killed off. In the first cut of the film, her character got an axe to her head. Langlois was told by David Douglas (a cameraman on the set) that the film would have been rated X if they kept that scene intact. So instead, the producers decided to make her look like the sole survivor in the final release. The producer, John Dunning, has also stated that he found “a big box of trims” although it has not been confirmed if the trims are the censored scenes. ” - mysteriousbluebox
The version which is now known as the Unrated of the movie was first released on VHS in countries like the UK. It is a lot longer than the Theatrical Version but does still not included every scene, especially the one with the earlobe. Over the years, several unofficial workprints and leaked Sneak Previews have emerged and handed around among fans or sold at various online shops for sometimes horrendous prices.
The workprint's quality is absolutely terribly, the counter is still in the picture and some of the scenes have not even been edited. However, at least it is complete. The Sneak Preview Version at least is finished and also complete, but has nevertheless never been officially released and all the available versions lack image quality. Both versions might be interesting for a hardcore collector, but certainly not for a nice movie evening.
Considering today's unrated torture porn movies and the fact that there obviously are some uncut versions of Hard Target in existence, the question why it has not been released uncut yet is certainly more than justified.
The Director's Cut version is 116 minutes long, including about 20 minutes of graphic footage originally removed to avoid an NC-17 rating. Scenes Included in the 116min Directors Cut Include:
- Additional dialog at the beginning where Van Cleef tels Lopaki (the guy with the arrows) that he shoots like a buffoon and next time he will charge him double.
- The ear cutting scene is intact.
- A three minute scene of dialog between Natasha and Chance which takes place in Chance's apartment. She is patching him up after the beating he got while looking for dog tag, he puts the moves on her, she leaves then comes back saying she has changed her mind. A still from this scene appears on the liftout that comes with the American DVD release.
- While Fouchon is playing the piano there are several shoots of news or documentary footage showing elephants, deer etc being shot down by hunters. This is probably the most disturbing scene in the film.
- Before Fouchon drops the letter opener on the floor at the coroners house he has additional dialog that describes what happens when a hunter dies in Africa.
- When Roper dies he is shot then gets up and is then hit with another volley of bullets.
- In the motorcycle chase, before Chance takes out a second biker he takes out an oncoming car instead of another guy on a motorcycle, the car tumbles over and explodes.
- Before Chance stops the motorcycle near the roadblock, another vehicle with Fouchon's men pass by and shoot his motorcycle.
- Scene where Chance takes on a vehicle with his motorcycle is extended, he fires more shots at Fouchon's men.
- When Chance and Natasha firt meet up with Douvee and Chance jump around and start singing before Chance introduces Natasha.
- Most of the deaths in the Mardi Gras Graveyard are longer and juicier (people being shot 30 times instead of 10 etc)
- In the directors cut the final fight between Chance and Fouchon (in which Chance utters the line "Hunting Season Is Over") is missing. Instead Chance does the runnup as Fouchon shoots, kicks him into the garbage pile, throws the grenade and Fouchon is blown up. ” - mysteriousbluebox
The following scenes were cut to avoid an X rating:
- Two and a half shots were excised from the first hammer murder, including a closeup of the hammer lodged in the victim's head.
- In the scene where Julia murders another man, the actor playing the victim felt that it made sense for him to do so naked. The nude murder scene was shot but, ultimately, replaced with a semi-clothed version.
- Close-ups of Kirsty sticking her hand into Frank's belly, exposing his guts.
- Longer version of the scene where Frank is being torn into pieces by the Cenobites' hooks. Final shot where his head explodes and his brain messily splashes out was also cut.
In interview for Samhain magazine in July 1987, Barker mentioned some problems that censors had with more erotic scenes in the movie: "Well, we did have a slight problem with the eroticism. I shot a much hotter flashback sequence than they would allow us to cut in.... Mine was more explicit and less violent. They wanted to substitute one kind of undertow for another. I had a much more explicit sexual encounter between Frank and Julia, but they said no, let's take out the sodomy and put in the flick knife."
Barker also said on the commentary for the movie that seduction scene between Julia and Frank was, initially, a lot more explicit; "We did a version of this scene which had some spanking in it and the MPAA was not very appreciative of that. Lord knows where the spanking footage is. Somebody has it somewhere…The MPAA told me I was allowed two consecutive buttock thrusts from Frank but three is deemed obscene!"
On the audio commentary of the US DVD, Barker said that he could have restored this footage but decided not to, saying he preferred the way it played. This is also true of the bit where Kirsty sticks her hand into Frank's abdomen, and a few others. ” - mysteriousbluebox
When Rob Zombie was looking for a distributor, he removed a few scenes in order to be able to sell the movie better, cutting the film from 105 to 89 minutes. The original version was, however, shown at the Argentinian Film Festival, which was why there are many reports of what the lost scenes look like available. Additionally, Rob Zombie had to cut the movie even further in order to get the R-Rating in the US. It would be very interesting to see the original version, especially because many viewers were disappointed when by the released cut. ” - mysteriousbluebox
The death scenes appear to be choppy but there is no information on what specifically was cut and how much. ” - mysteriousbluebox
- Marie rips out a peace of Sallie's neck. After spitting out the flesh, she bites him again. The R-Rated Version contains an alternate, more harmless shot of Sallie being bitten.
- Extended sex scene between Marie and Joe in the Unrated Version. Marie is being shot in profile, Joe from the front.
- Additional shots of half-naked strippers dancing in front of Sallie in the Unrated Version.
- An alternate and more revealing shot of Joe shooting a vampire in the head.
- An additional shot of Sallie burning at the end of the film. ” - mysteriousbluebox
The region 1 DVD commentary notes scenes that were edited to avoid an NC-17. The scenes are:
- A less bloodier take of Dr. Wimmer's spear through stomach scene.
- A very small amount of frames were removed from the shot of Adrienne's head after it was shattered (the bloody stump).
- The scene where the Grunt get "screwed" was edited to remove some more footage of his body spinning down the giant screw. ” - mysteriousbluebox
There are three extended scenes revolving around the character of Takahashi, as the actor portraying this character, Takeshi Kitano, is a popular entertainer/director/actor in Japan. These scenes include: Takahashi sitting in what appears to be his late daughter's room, watching a 3D hologram of his daughter playing; Takahashi watching a videotape of his daughter while self-medicating, and Takahashi killing two of Shinji's henchmen as punishment for bringing them under his command without permission.
A number of other differences exist in the Japanese version. There is no "laser" effect added to the opening text, which is plain, white and scrolling. The scene near the beginning with the protesters is longer, with extensive crane shots and the voice of a news anchor in the background. There is a scene added in the Beijing Hotel where Johnny obtains the "memory doubler" from a dealer who informs him that he was unable to get an upgrade as advanced as was originally agreed upon. In the scene in the men's restroom at the club where Ralfi (Udo Kier) yells at his bodyguard for hitting Johnny on the head, the bodyguard states that it had been a long time since she was in this room. In the book, the Dog Sisters (bodyguards) are muscle grafted creations, and are lovers, one of whom was originally a man. Jane refers to her grenade as a "bottle opener" on two different occasions instead of the US dialogue that refers to it simply as a grenade. The Street Preacher (also known as Karl Honig and played by Dolph Lundgren) character has an added scene where he is addressing his followers where he claims to have been "stricken by the sickness that devours the silver pathways of the soul," and has been healed by the Lord making him "post-human." He then notices Takahashi's henchmen arriving with a cryogenic container (for Johnny's head) and tells his followers that he must now leave to meditate. Throughout the movie, his character has a few extra lines that are shouted out during action scenes.
There are minor additions (usually less than a second or two in length) throughout the film. The scenes where the troops storm the bridge near have been edited resulting in a slightly different order of events. The final "hack your own brain" sequence has also been similarly edited with the inclusion of altered dialogue. ” - mysteriousbluebox
The Japanese cut, while only a little over a minute longer than the US cut, features not only a full color version of the "House of Blue Leaves" fight, but some quick new shots in the anime scenes as well as some alternate footage, most cut/altered to avoid an NC-17 rating:
- The opening scene between The Bride and Vernita Green has two alternate angles shown when The Bride asks for a towel instead of keeping the overhead shot.
- In the anime sequence, one of Boss Matsumoto's men has his face smashed into a wall twice, rather then just once.
- In the anime sequence, when O-Ren Ishii kills Matsumoto and tells him to look at her face, she asks him to look at more facial features (nose, chin. etc.) to be recognized, and then before pulling the knife out, there is a close up shot of her moving the knife up his stomach and then finally pulling it out. There are a couple of close up shots of Matsumoto's face as he's dying as well that were eliminated from the US print and then a pan up shot of Matsumoto's blood covered and disemboweled body.
- The "House of Blue Leaves" fight is not only in full color, but features about 9 new shots missing from the US print which include:
- A close up of the first female Crazy 88 (Julie Manase) gargling blood after being pinned to a wooden pillar by a sword. This shot, while cut from the US version of Vol 1, showed up in the end credits of the US cut of Vol 2.
- A shot of The Bride stabbing two Crazy 88s at once using her own sword as well as another Crazy 88's sword.
- A ten foot high super backflip that The Bride executes before landing back down to pop out one of the Crazy 88's eyes. This shot appeared in the TV spot teaser, but disappeared soon after.
- After The Bride pops out the one Crazy 88's eye, as another one charges at her screaming, she simply throws the eye into the attackers mouth, causing him to start to choke. The partially armless Sofie Fatale gives a follow up disgusted reaction.
- A shot of another female Crazy 88 attacking only to get slashed in the throat and spraying blood everywhere.
- The first appearance of the "Kid Crazy 88" (the one who gets spanked with the sword). In this shot, we now find out why he's missing a mask later on. As he's about to attack The Bride, she swipes his mask off. We see he's just a kid, and he gives the universal "don't hurt me" sign. The Bride has a look of shock on her face in realizing he's just a kid, so she grabs him, throws him across, knocking 3-4 Crazy 88 into a blood filled mini pool. This shot of the 3-4 falling, while cut from the US version of Vol 1, also showed up in the end credits of the US cut of Vol 2. Overall, this "mini scene" helps establish The Bride's look of surprise even more when she sees the young Crazy 88 the last time... and his follow up "don't hurt me" look even funnier.
- A shot of a Crazy 88 getting slashed across the chest and spraying blood all over a wall.
- When The Bride jumps onto the shoulders of one of the Crazy 88, after she slashes another one across the face, the Crazy 88 she's standing on tries to attack her from below. She parries the attack and cuts his hands off. The shot then cuts to the forward sommersault.
- Since the fight is already in color, the close up "eye shot" of The Bride blinking is cut. Instead, the first part of the close up before she blinks is shown, however, at the point when she normally blinks, there is a replacement medium shot of her standing slightly fatigued and holding her sword out.
- Finally, after the "House of Blue Leaves" fight, is the most infamous of the missing scenes and that is Sofie Fatale's extended "trunk interrogation" scene. After The Bride warns Sofie about cutting off something, instead of cutting back to Sofie in the hospital, The Bride is shown grabbing Sofie's arm and screams "GIVE ME YOUR OTHER ARM!". Sofie starts to panic, but then The Bride chops off her other arm, causing blood to splash onto the screen and Sofie begins screaming again. ” - mysteriousbluebox
This already pre-censored R-rated version from the USA was then also released in other countries. The first unrated version, which was at least considerably longer than the R-rated, came out on VHS and laserdisc soon afterwards in the USA, and eventually on DVD as well. But it quickly came to light that this unrated version didn't contain all scenes, which is why it is also referred to as the "New Lines Unrated Version". However, some of the scenes cut out can be found on the American and on the British DVD. There is also an alternative end which was only included in a workprint. A VHS was also released in Spain which was still a bit longer and apparently cut differently. It is possible that the unrated version from New Line is the cut of the film before it was sent to the MPAA. It is unclear if the footage that was cut by the studio prior to being sent to the MPAA is included in any of these versions or if it is lost. ” - mysteriousbluebox