In 2005, the film was resubmitted for the special edition DVD release. The BBFC downgraded the certificate back to the original 12 certificate(which was not possible in 1992, when the 12 certificate was cinema only), and waived the cuts to the chain-sticks scene, but the aerosol in the microwave scene remained cut on the grounds that it was a potentially dangerous imitable technique. Various extra features being rated 15 have however caused the overall category of the DVD to be 15. The resulting cuts meant that the audio commentary was dropped from the UK release (probably because it would have been out of sync), although it is still mistakenly advertised as present on the DVD packaging. All previous BBFC cuts were finally fully waived in 2009.
In the UK the film was cut by 9 seconds at its cinema release, one cut was of a clown swinging nunchakus, the other was of Catwoman putting some spray-paint cans in a microwave to start an explosion at a department store. These cuts also applied to all pre-2005 VHS and DVD releases. The nunchaku cut was waived by the BBFC in 2005 though 7 secs remained missing from the aerosol scene. The 2009 release was upgraded to a 15 certificate and the aerosol scene was finally passed uncut by the BBFC.
The 2008 UK Blu-ray Disc is, for the first time, completely uncut and rated '15'. It includes the director commentary from the 2005 US DVD which had been removed from its UK counterpart due to the cut version's different running time.
Reportedly, the South Korean VHS edition of "Batman Returns" remains infamous between Korean audiences because of its stupid cut by the video company: the movie runs 126m., but in order to put in on a 120m. cassette, the company cut the whole sequence of Selina's transformation to Catwoman. In theaters, it was intact.