The Devil's Advocate
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When the movie was released in cinema in 1997 the sculptor Frederick Hart sued the Warner Brothers studios because of a sculpture in the apartment of Al Pacino which looks like one of his work called 'Ex Nihilo'. The litigation ended with the result that Warner was allowed to release 475.000 copies whereas the rest (in fact every current DVD/tape) had to be digitally edited. A detailed comparison with pictures can be found here.

The Blu-ray version does not feature the original footage of the wall sculpture!. The partially alternative shots of the reissue DVDs have been used again as well. There are also no other extensions that would justify an "Unrated" version, e.g. more nude scenes of Charlize Theron or Connie Nielsen. On the contrary, it seems that the announcement on the US BD mainly means that it does not contain the original R-Rated version. However, there is at least one alteration in comparison to the reissue, even though it does not result in any running time difference, which could maybe be used to justify the title "Director's Cut". An almost 10 seconds long shot of the sculpture was altered again. Originally, there had been some camera tracking to the faces on the statue, which had looked a bit weird in the new version without these faces. Now, the camera movement has been slowed down, it also only moves straight upwards. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.

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