Gaurav Arts, the film's distributor in India, had cut some of the most violent shots in the film in 1985 in order to receive an 'Adults Only' rating from India's censors board. Among the scenes trimmed were Rambo being tortured in the leech-infested water, Rambo being tortured through electrocution, Rambo's attack on both Podovsky and Vinh's men near the end etc. The cuts were finally restored in 1993 when the film was submitted to be re-rated by India's censors board.
In a television version there is footage of Rambo parachuting into the jungle after he cuts himself loose from the airplane. It was cut for the theatrical version and cannot be found on any of the early DVD releases. This scene is visible in the current DVD release.