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Well there are only minor differences between both versions but the Unrated cut of the movie features several extended violent scenes that are missing in the R-Rated version. But the complete difference is less than 10 seconds. Nevertheless a detailed comparison between these versions with pictures can be found here.In Britain a censored Unrated version was released on VHS. Here, two scenes showing Sara being whipped were cut. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be seen here.
The Marquis de Sade was a real person from the 18th century and was famous for his outrageous sexual escapades and love of inflicting physical pain on his partners. However in real life he was French, never killed anyone or even inflicted serious injury upon them and was never considered evil. The term 'sadism' is derived from him. Ironically de Sade survived the French Revolution which killed so many of his contemporary aristocrats because he was in an insane asylum at the time due to his perverted exploits and what were regarded at the time as obscene publications on sexual matters.
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