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The movie opened with an NC-17 rating, but Verhoeven himself edited an R-rated version. This cut is known as Director's R-Rated Version. As far as anybody knows, the US DVD release only contains the uncut version. It features more sexual material than the R-rated version. A detailed comparison between both versions can be found here.
Yes, it is. Due to the United Kingdom's strict rules with regard to sex in combination with violence, a rape scene had to be edited for the UK releases of the movie by approximately seventeen seconds. A detailed comparison between the UK version (rated 18 by the British Board of Film Classification) and the uncensored NC-17 version with pictures can be found here.
Given the technical specifications for the camera and the format of film stock negative used, a small portion of the image's top and a much larger portion of the image's bottom is to be missing from the 2.35:1 presentation (cinematic), whereas an equal portions of the image's left and right are to be missing from the 4:3 presentation (television); unless, contrary to spec, the whole of the frame of the film stock negative (to the extent of the film gate of the camera used) is transferred, or, just as contrary to spec, the cinematic presentation is simply zoomed-in to where image fills the screen. A diagram of which rectilinear area of a Super 35 "anamorphic print" frame is used for a given aspect ratio can be found here.On top of that, the spec doesn't cover presentation in other aspect ratios, so various wide-screen transfers will appear "matted" at the top and bottom, but that is merely the consequence of the cinematic presentation (and thereby intended presentation) being ported to another medium.For most films, what imagery along the horizontal edges be gained or lost isn't significant, but for this film, it means the difference between a topless woman's breasts being visible below her face or not, and the difference between a naked individual's legs being visible below his/her torso or not.
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