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Director said to be reining in gore and 'tuning the blood to a darker colour' to secure release date in China this month

Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained looks set to be released in China with minor retouches to tone down the colour and impact of the film's ubiquitous use of blood and gore, it has been revealed.

The Weinstein Company announced last month that the director's Oscar-winning ultra-violent paean to the spaghetti western would be the film-maker's first movie to be released officially in the world's most populous nation. Tarantino himself is said to be overseeing a process that will moderate the hue of blood spatters and lower the extent of their proliferation.

"What we call bloodshed and violence is just a means of serving the purpose of the film, and these slight adjustments will not affect the basic quality of the film – such as tuning the blood to a darker colour, »

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