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Abducted (1973)
DirectorDon Jones
Cut FormatsVHS
Classifications R [assumption], Banned (1984)
Uncut Releases The original VHS tape from Prestige, which is now banned.
Original Entry Refused-Classification.

 
The Abductors (1972)
DirectorDon Schain
Cut FormatsVHS
Classifications R (1974), Banned (1984)
Uncut Releases The original VHS tape and theatrical release, US DVD (Monterey). The film is now banned.
Original Entry Refused-Classification.

 
Adventure Kids (1993)
DirectorHideki Takayama
Cut FormatsVHS
Classifications R, Banned (1994)
Cut Footage Unspecified extreme material.
Reason To avoid being banned.
Uncut Releases US DVD.
Original Entry Refused-Classification.

 
Africa Blood and Guts / Africa, Addio (1966)
DirectorsGualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi
Cut FormatsVHS
ClassificationsR
Cut Footage Miscellaneous mondo gore [speculation].
Reason Unknown. Our version is the standard English language version released world-wide.
Uncut Releases US DVD (Blue Underground), Japanese DVD (Spike Adventure) running to 122 mins NTSC, forthcoming Blue Underground US DVD.
More Details Visit Cutlass Video.

 
Aftermath (1994)
DirectorNacho Cerdà
Classifications Banned - Customs confiscation (1998)
Reason To avoid being banned.
Uncut Releases Forthcoming US DVD.
Original Entry Refused-Classification.

 
The Aftermath (1982)
DirectorSteve Barkett
Cut FormatsVHS
Classifications R
Cut Footage Unspecified extreme material amounting to 10 minutes
Reason To avoid being banned.
Uncut Releases Unknown.
Original Entry Refused-Classification.

 
Aladdin (1992)
DirectorsRon Clements, John Musker
Cut FormatsVHS, Film
Classifications PG (17/12/1992 - 90 mins film)
Cut Footage Offensive lyrics in the opening 'Arabian Nights' song: "Where they cut off your ear if they don't like your face. It's barbaric, but hey it's home" was changed to "Where it's flat and immense and the heat is intense, it's barbaric, but hey it's home".
[Source: IMDB]
   It is not known yet if the DVD has the same censorship or not.
Reason Pressure groups forced Disney to change the lyrics.
Uncut Releases None - the soundtrack album has the original lyrics.

 
Alien (1979)
DirectorRidley Scott
Cut FormatsFilm, VHS, DVD
Classifications R, M (4/4/2002)
Cut Footage Extra gore from various violent deaths including when Brett was the first attacked, the alien's tail, with its knife-edged point, rose between his legs and drove its end in to his spine, killing him and pushing his body forward. [Source: discussion forum]
   A longer version of Brett's death supposedly exists. This scene had Brett frozen with fear as the alien grabs his head, he yells "Parker!" and then blood poors from beneath his cap. The alien lifts him up into the landing gear and Ripley and Parker come rushing in. Parker stands where Brett once was and looks up; blood drips on his shirt and then Brett's cattle prod falls to Parker's feet. [Source: IMDB]
Reason Cut to obtain a US R rating and as a reaction to preview audience feedback.
Uncut Releases Canadian laserdisc. [Source: DVD Compare Forums]
Comments The missing gore has not been included as DVD supplements, nor has it been reinstated into the latest director's cut DVD release from Fox.

 
Alien 3 (1992)
Director David Fincher
Cut FormatsFilm, VHS, DVD
Classifications MA (2/1/1992 - 117 mins film, 15/5/1992 - 114 mins PAL)
Cut Footage "There were only minimal edits to Charles Dance's death scene, and one other near the finale. These trims amounted to seconds and were at the behest of the MPAA." [M. C. Thomason]
   Watching the doctor's death frame by frame on DVD clearly shows an abrupt cut-away before things get too messy.
Reason Cut to obtain a US R rating.
Uncut Releases Bootleg US VHS and DVD.
Comments Many scenes were removed or truncated at the insistence of 20th Century Fox. The work print version doing the rounds on bootleg VHS (NTSC) and VCD (two discs) has an extra 15 minute's, including a different ending. The new Fox Alien DVD set has a longer version of Alien 3 but no extra gore.

 
Alien Resurrection (1995)
DirectorJean-Pierre Jeunet
Cut FormatsFilm, VHS, DVD
ClassificationsMA (7/1/1997)
Cut Footage Various moments of gore are obviously trimmed, for instance when Brad Dourif's head is smashed on the wall by the creature. "The chest-buster scene plays out as intended by Jeunet." [M. C. Thomason]
   The missing gore does not appear in the extended version in the latest DVD boxed set from Fox Home Entertainment.
Reason Cut to obtain a US R rating.
Uncut Releases None.

 
Alien vs. Predator / AvP (2004)
DirectorPaul W.S. Anderson
Cut FormatsFilm, DVD
ClassificationsM (20/8/2004 - 101 mins film)
Comments While the director has said that some of the on-screen deaths were cut because the special effects had not been completed on time, other deaths and bloodier moments were trimmed to get the PG-13 rating. As many people have pointed out, the movie is a sequel of sorts to six other US R-rated movies (MA and R in Australia).
   The first Australian DVD contains the theatrical version, while the extended version DVD only contains an added opening scene – no gore has been restored. The third version, with 7:53 NTSC worth of restored narrative and gore, has not been released on DVD locally yet. Then again, with a duration of 108:40 1080p, the local Blu-ray disc matches the other fully restored releases.
Cut Footage The following shot list is a summary of potentially censored scenes shown on Movie-Censorship. View this web page for more details and actual screen shots. Note that some of these shots may not have been cut to appease the MPAA – they could be just arbitrary extensions.
   (a) At 34:13 there is slightly more blood letting as well as an additional shot of the predator's claw.
   (b) At 34:27 there is also slightly more blood letting when the second mercenary is killed.
   (c) At 41:05 more spilled blood is shown on some rocks.
   (d) At 49:10 the death of Rousseau is bloodier.
   (e) At 58:56 the death of Maxwell is bloodier. The shot of a lance that impales him shows more blood covering it.
   (f) At 64:40 the death of Weyland is more graphic.
   (g) At 79:53 the disembowelling of the alien is bloodier.
Reason Cut to obtain a US PG-13 rating.
Uncut Releases Local Blu-ray (Fox), unrated US DVD and Blu-ray (Fox), European Blu-ray.
More Details This review talks about how this and other films by Anderson came off second best at the hands of studio-sanctioned censorship.
Entry Last Updated 7/5/2008

 
Alien vs. Predator: Requiem / AvPR (2007)
DirectorsColin Strause and Greg Strause
Cut FormatsFilm
ClassificationsMA 15+ (15/2/2008 - DVD, 14/2/2008 - Blu-ray, 12/12/2007 - 94 mins film)
Comments The usual story. Our cinema print was the shorter US theatrical version, rated by the MPAA with an R. More than likely, the rounded Aussie theatrical running time should match the UK film print duration, which clocks in at 93:37 film. This comes close to the R-rated US DVD time of 93:41 NTSC, or the equivalent of 93:35 film and 89:51 PAL. The UK DVD (Fox) runs to 96:53 PAL, but they also classified a shorter 89:52 PAL version, and have also received the theatrical version only on Blu-ray, with a running time of 93:49 1080p. The US Blu-ray is uncut and runs to 101:05 1080p. In Australia, the only DVD available is the "uncut" release, although I don't have a running time for this disc yet. One hopes that the local Blu-ray will not be the censorsed version, as it was for Die Hard 4.0.
   As with many recent horror films, the case for MPAA censorship is not conclusive. That said, the quantity of restored gore footage lends support to the conclusion that the film was toned down to secure an R rating for its theatrical engagement. I have yet to view the local DVD to check the audio commentary and bonus features for clues.
Cut Footage The following shot list is a summary of potentially censored scenes shown on Movie-Censorship. View this web page for more details and actual screen shots. Note that some of these shots may not have been cut to appease the MPAA – they could be just arbitrary extensions.
   (a) At 00:59 there is a more lingering shot of a chestburster emerging from a corpse.
   (b) At 01:49 the chestburster continues to crawl from its host.
   (c) At 15:07 a close-up of a chestburster emerging from the boy's front is restored.
   (d) At 50:10 there is a bloodier death for the teenager.
   (e) At 51:54 some off-screen head chewing has been restored.
   (f) At 57:27 addition gore shows an open stomach of one victim with chestbursters inside it.
   (g) At 63:37 an extra shot of someone's head hitting a windshield has been restored.
   (h) At 66:52 one additional shot of a nurse being strangled is apparent.
   (i) At 82:39 a victim is shown with half a body, rather than remaining in one piece.
Reason Cut to obtain a US R rating.
Uncut Releases Local DVD (Fox), Unrated US DVD and Blu-ray (Fox).
Entry Last Updated 7/5/2008

 
The Amazing Shocking Asia (1998)
Director Unknown
Classifications Banned (5/5/1998 - 73 mins PAL)
Uncut Releases Unknown.
Comments This is a rather upsetting mondo film featuring dismembered corpses. [Source: IMDB]

 
American Pie (1999)
DirectorPaul Weitz
Cut Formats Film, original DVD release
Classifications MA (12/8/1999 Film, 15/2/1999 and 14/3/2000 rental)
Cut Footage (a) Intercourse with a pie on the kitchen bench top. The tamer version only shows the guy standing and holding the pie in front of his groin.
(b) More pages from the Sex Bible.
(c) More moaning from Vicki when Kevin goes down on her.
(d) Five extra seconds of Nadia masturbating.
(e) "Man chowder" is used instead of "pale ale".
[Source: DVDown Under]
Reason Cut by the studio to obtain a US R rating for its theatrical run.
Uncut Releases Local VHS special re-release, local twin-pack DVD (Universal), unrated US DVD (Universal) and VHS, UK VHS.

 
American Pie II (2001)
Director James B. Rogers
Cut Formats VHS, Film
Classifications MA (3/9/2002)
Cut Footage Nudity when the lesbians strip off for the boys as well as many other snips.
Reason Cut to obtain a US R rating.
Uncut Releases Local DVD (Universal), unrated US VHS and DVD (Universal).

 
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Director John Landis
Cut Formats Film
Classifications MA (14/12/2001 - DVD)
Cut Footage "The only one that was really noticeable was the cinema scene where a bobby shines his torch on the gutted corpse - the modified scene deleted the shot of the disembowelled corpse and cut straight from flashlight to werewolf." [M. C. Thomason]
Reason "Distributor Roadshow made some tiny trims to the theatrical print to ensure an M rating." [M. C. Thomason]
Uncut Releases Local 20th anniversary DVD (Universal), VHS rental (Roadshow) running to 92:35 PAL.

 
Amityville II: The Possession (1982)
DirectorDamiano Damiani
Cut FormatsVHS, DVD
Classifications M
Comments Our DVD (Force) is reportedly cut. The anamorphic US DVD (MGM) runs to 104:23 NTSC and is rated R on the case. It shows the father stumbling backwards after being shot in the stomach, but it does not show the act of being shot, nor does it show his head being blown off. MGM US have a good track record of sourcing DVD transfers from uncut print elements (The Brood, Squirm) but not this time, it seems. Note that DVD Compare says the US DVD is uncut (meaning the original theatrical version), so I'm guessing the missing head shot is either an MPAA imposition, or it appears in a non-US assembley of the film, for instance a European version.
Cut Footage A head being blown off by gunshot.
Reason Unknown.
Uncut Releases US VHS (MGM), Italian VHS, DVD (Pulp Video).
Original Entry Refused-Classification.
Entry Last Updated 25/3/2007

 
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy (2004)
DirectorAdam McKay
Cut FormatsFilm, DVD
Classifications M (21/12/2004 - DVD, 6/8/2004 - 94 mins film)
Cut Footage Unknown. The UK film print, which more than likely matched ours, ran to 94:19 film, whereas the UK DVD (Universal) clocks in at an equivalent duration of 90:10 PAL. In total, the extended edition is 10 mins longer than the theatrical release.
Reason Cut to obtain a US PG-13 rating.
Uncut Releases Unrated US DVD (Universal) running to 104 mins NTSC.

 
Angel Delight / Tang Xi Feng Yue Hen (1992)
Director Yeung Kong
Cut Formats VHS, Film
Classifications R (12/6/1992 - 86 minutes film), Banned (15/5/1992 - 91 mins film)
Cut Footage About five minute's worth of material.
Reason Cut to avoid being banned.
Uncut Releases Hong Kong VHS.

 
Auditions (1978)
DirectorHarry Hurwitz
Classifications Banned (1982 and 1983)
Uncut Releases Unknown.
Original Entry Refused-Classification.

 
Autopsy (1973)
Director Armando Crispino
Cut Formats Film
Classifications R (1980)
Cut Footage Excessive violence.
Reason To avoid being banned.
Uncut Releases US DVD.
Original Entry Refused-Classification.

 
Axe / California Axe Massacre (1977)
Director Frederick R. Friedel
Cut Formats VHS
Classifications R
Cut Footage Unknown.
Reason To avoid being banned.
Uncut Releases German DVD, US DVD.
Original Entry Refused-Classification.

 
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