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Caged Fury (1989)
DirectorBill Milling
Cut FormatsVHS
Classifications R (5/2/1997 - 81 mins PAL), Banned (1/4/1996 - 92 mins PAL)
Cut Footage A massive 11 minutes is missing from the uncut version, which is listed at 92 mins PAL or 95 mins NTSC/film. The distributor must have thought it was an April Fool's joke on the day it was banned.
Reason Cut to avoid being banned.
Uncut Releases US R-rated VHS (MGM via Amazon.Com).

 
Caged Women / Barbed Wire Dolls (1975)
DirectorJess Franco
Cut Formats Film
Classifications R (circa 1977), Banned (1970s)
Cut Footage Violence and sleaze.
Reason Cut to avoid being banned.
Uncut Releases Swiss DVD (VIP) as Barbed Wire Dolls, US unrated VHS (Solid Gold Classics).
Original Entry Refused-Classification.

 
Caligula (1980)
Directors Tinto Brass, Giancarlo Lui, Bob Guccione
Cut FormatsVHS, DVD
Classifications Banned (24/11/2005 - DVD, 1/3/1980), R (14/12/2004 - DVD, 1/2/1984 and 25/9/1984 rental), X (18/1/1985 rental)
Cut Footage Some gory footage and all hardcore sex material has been trimmed for the R version from Roadshow. The local DVD (Warner Vision) is also the shorter censored version.
Reason To provide a non-harcore version for video shops. According to rumour, Tinto Brass's perferred version has no hardcore footage.
Uncut Releases X-rated VHS rental, US DVD with the blue cover (Image), French DVD.
Comments "Caligula created a storm of controversy in its day, and with the inclusion of a few minutes of hardcore footage could not be exhibited in any form in Australian cinemas at the time. A 'modified version' was prepared by local distributor Roadshow to appease the censors; this version clocked 149 mins and was released under the proviso that all advertising and promotional materials carried the disclaimer 'modified version', as the film did not reflect the original 156 min version. Tinto Brass' preferred version, screened on the BBC and prepared from Brass' own editing notes, indeed contains no hardcore footage (said footage was filmed by Guccione and Lui after Brass had left the set). There is no possible way that the uncut print could be passed with an X rating in this day and age; OFLC guidelines clearly state that explicit sex cannot be mixed with explicit violence within a film's narrative. The original X rated version released locally on VHS out of the ACT and NT contained all of the footage in the uncensored US R1 DVD. Under current guidelines, this version would be refused." [M. C. Thomason]
   The film was recently banned again when the ACT Office of Fair Trading submitted the "20th Anniversay Edition" DVD to the censors. This was probably the longer version released by Image on DVD in the US, containing hardcore sex and some additional violence. The X rating dictates that no violence of any kind can be shown in conjunction with hardcore porn elsewhere in the title. The OFLC have distinguished the tamer R-rated version and this banned version by subtitling the longer edit as the "20th Anniversary Edition", although technically both releases were timed to coincide with the 20th anniversary. One could also assume that the old X-rated VHS rental is now banned.
   Here are some recent comments concerning a longer theatrical edit shown in Europe: "Further adding to the controversy are the reports of a 210-minute version screening in Cannes, which included more deviant sexuality, extreme violence and an unsimulated bestiality scene. Needless to say this version has never seen the light of day on VHS or DVD, and reports of theatrical screenings are scant." [Julian at Digital Retribution]
Entry Last Updated 17/7/2007

 
Caligula: The Untold Story / Caligula: Garden of Taboo (1981)
DirectorDavid Hills aka Joe D'Amato
Cut Formats VHS
Classifications R
Cut Footage Nine minutes of hardcore footage including fellatio and a part with a horse. The violence is intact on this Video Classics tape.
Reason A pre-cut version was submitted to the OFLC.
Uncut Releases Unrated US VHS.
Comments "All of the film's violence is intact in the modified 'international version' that was released with an R rating on the Video Classics label in Australia. The full-length 108 min version simply contains approximately 9 min more hardcore footage, inclusive of a rather shocking sequence where an 'actress' masturbates a horse, then allows it to mount her. The sequence is, largely, unsimulated. There is also a lengthy explicit fellatio sequence removed from the earlier part of the film. The cuts are solely for hardcore footage; surprisingly in a number of these sequences the principal actors are seen to be present amidst the 'performances', indicating that the sequences were filmed on set, and not inserted at a later date." [M. C. Thomason]

 
Candyman (1992)
DirectorBernard Rose
Cut FormatsDVD, VHS [speculation]
Classifications M (22/10/1992 - 98 mins film)
Cut Footage The local DVD (Umbrella) runs to 94:26 PAL appears to match our VHS rental (Roadshow) except for the death of the psychiatrist. As mentioned on a DVD Rewind forum, an unrated US laserdisc apparently exists. One release has an LD catalogue number of 94636. A comparison of the doctor's death scene between the VHS rental and local DVD follows.

PAL VHS rental shot list and frame counts:
#
Shot Description
Frames
1
First convulsions of doctor as Candyman emerges from behind him.
127
2
First close-up reaction shot of Madsen.
21
3
Doctor lunges forward with blood spurting from his back area.
29
4
Close-up of doctor lunging forward in a head-banging motion.
18
5
Wide shot from above and behind the desk, showing Madsen reacting in her chair and the doctor lunging forward, with Candyman behind him.
50
6
Close-up of Madsen reacting with blood droplets landing on her right cheek.
15
7
The doctor lies face down on his desk as the Candyman drags the hook further up his back.
69
8
Close-up shot of Candyman, with blood spurting up from the bottom of the frame.
48
TOTAL 
377

PAL DVD shot list, inclusive DVD counter time durations and frame counts:
#
Shot Description
From
To
Frames
1
First convulsions of doctor as Candyman emerges from behind him. 67:15+08 67:20+09
127
2
First close-up reaction shot of Madsen. 67:20+10 67:21+04
20
3
Doctor lunges forward once with blood spurting from his back area. 67:21+05 67:22+01
22
4
Second reaction shot of Madsen turning her face away twice. 67:22+02 67:23+17
41
5
A shot of the doctor on his desk, lunging up and down then going limp. 67:23+18 67:25+03
36
6
Third reaction shot of Madsen where she gets the blood specs on her right cheek. 67:25+04 67:25+16
13
7
A shot of Candyman with blood flying up from the bottom of the frame. 67:25+17 67:26+17
26
8
The Candyman pulls the hook up further as the doctor lies limp on his desk. 67:26+18 67:27+25
32
9
Close-up of Candyman with blood flying up from the bottom of the frame. 67:28+01 67:29+24
48
TOTALS 
00:00+01
00:14+16
365

   The DVD contains a shorter and tamer version of the doctor's violent death scene, done with re-editing and shot substitution, therefore I have decided to add this title to the list. Because my VCR would not advance one frame at a time, the VHS frame counts may be slighly inaccurate.

ReasonUnknown.
Uncut Releases None yet released.
Comments I am still trying to confirm the existance of an unrated US laserdisc, which reportedly contains a shot where Madsen is kicked in the stomach after she is hit on the head with the hook by the thug in the toilet block. The existance of this LD would mean that three releases exist:
(a) Australian VHS rental.
(b) Australian DVD.
(c) US unrated laserdisc.

 
Cannibal Apocalypse (1981)
Director Antonio Margheriti aka Anthony M. Dawson
Cut Formats VHS
ClassificationsR
Cut Footage Footage of a dead workshop lackey worker having his knee cut apart with an angle-grinder, with lingering close-ups of the carnage. This is the only cut.
Reason Sourced from a cut UK master.
Uncut Releases Unrated US DVD (Image Entertainment), UK VHS (Replay), Greek VHS (Olympic).

 
Cannibal Holocaust (1979)
DirectorRuggero Deodato
Classifications R (25/10/2005 - DVD), Banned (1/5/1983 and 1/9/1983)
Uncut Releases Local DVD (Siren), European Cult Epics DVD and VHS, NTSC laserdisc from Europe.
Comments Our Siren DVD features the lush anamorphic Grindhouse/VIP NTSC transfer. An uncut French PAL transfer was also available in Europe, and it looked just as good as the US disc.

 
The Carpenter (1985)
Director David Wellington
Cut Formats VHS
Classifications M (4/2/1991)
Cut Footage Brief moments showing gore. Running time is roughly 87 minutes PAL.
Reason Cut to obtain a US R rating. 
Uncut Releases Unrated US laserdisc and VHS.

 
Cartel (1990)
DirectorJohn Stewart
Cut Formats VHS
Classifications R (1992), Banned (1991)
Cut Footage A rape murder sequence.
Reason Cut to avoid being banned. 
Uncut Releases US DVD (Simitar), censorship status unknown.
Original Entry Refused-Classification.

 
Casino (1995)
DirectorMartin Scorsese
Cut FormatsFilm, VHS, DVD
Classifications R (5/12/1995 - 171 mins film)
Cut Footage (a) The torture scene with the guy's head in the vice was trimmed, presumably to remove the bit where his left eyeball pops out. Only the empty eye socket is shown.
(b) The baseball bat scene in the field is also obviously abbreviated.
Some of the other violent death scenes and mob hits may also be cut, but this needs to be confirmed once a pre-MPAA, fully uncut version is released.
Reason Cut to obtain a US R rating.
Uncut Releases None. UK satellite broadcasts of the uncut version have apparently occured. [Source: DVD Compare Forums]

 
The Cell (2000)
Director Tarsem Singh
Cut Formats Film, VHS
Classifications R (6/1/2001 revised), MA (original rating 13/10/2000)
Cut Footage Vincent D’Onofrio hangs on his piercings, masturbating over the dead body of a woman. This was missing from the US theatrical cut shown in Australia.
Reason Cut to obtain a US R rating.
Uncut Releases Local DVD (Roadshow), UK and European DVD.

 
Cherry Falls (2000)
Director Geoffrey Wright
Cut Formats VHS, DVD
Classifications MA (22/11/2000 - 88 mins PAL)
Cut Footage (a) Graphic sexual activity during the climactic orgy sequence was removed. 
(b) Annette's death: The originally scripted scene showed her having her throat slowly pushed onto a pane of glass. The scene was filmed and very brutal, done all in one graphic cut. However, the shot was later replaced with her head being split open in the front door. That scene was still trimmed heavily. In unrated versions, the top of her head erupts and a splash of blood flies across the doorjamb. 
(c) Rod's death had more blood. 
(d) Timmy's death was an on-screen kill that featured gruesome spurting blood. 
(e) A character's death at the climatic orgy was nixed for time and MPAA constraints. A male character's throat was slashed open.
[Sources: IMDB and MichaelDVD]
Reason Cut to obtain a US R rating.
Uncut Releases Unknown.
More Details Read this MHVF post.

 
Children of the Corn (1984)
Director Fritz Kiersch
Cut Formats Film [assumption], VHS
Classifications M
Cut Footage (a) A longer prologue where several other adults are killed, most noticeably a deputy whose throat is slashed and then stabbed in the chest, and a farmer who is hacked to death outside his barn by a group of pick-axe wielding kids.
(b) A scene between Sarah and Job's parents before the slaughter. They talk over the breakfast table about Sarah's drawings of the upcoming massacre and how they think something awful is about to happen.
(c) A scene where Isaac prays to He Who Walks Behind The Rows only to receive a horrific vision of his impending fate.
[Source: IMDB]
   Harlan Ellison also describes the opening massacre scene in his book Harlan Ellison's Watching when discussing movie adaptations of Stephen King novels. 
Reason Unknown.
Uncut Releases None.

 
China Girl (1984)
Director Able Ferrera
Cut Formats VHS
Classifications R (12/11/1987)
Cut Footage A stabbing scene appears to be trimmed [speculation]. The UK version is missing footage of the butterfly knife for seven seconds.
Reason Cut for the US R rating [speculation].
Uncut Releases None.
Comments Our version looks cut to me, although "The Australian Vestron VHS was uncut, as was the original US version (to the very best of my knowledge)." [M. C. Thomason]

 
The Chosen One - The Legend of the Raven (1996)
DirectorLawrence Lanoff
Cut FormatsVHS, DVD
Classifications R (1/12/2000 - 91 mins PAL, 15/12/2000 DVD), Banned (31/10/2000)
Cut Footage Violence and/or nuidty. Our cut DVD (Tribe) runs for 84:31 PAL.
Reason Cut to avoid being banned. This version may be the US R-rated edition.
Uncut Releases US VHS and DVD (Troma).

 
The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)
DirectorDavid Twohy
Cut FormatsFilm, DVD
Classifications M (24/4/2005 - DVD, 21/7/2004 - 119 mins film)
Cut Footage At least one scene of violence has reportedly been restored to the longer US DVD (Universal):
   (a) The fight sequences between Riddick and the Necromancer armies on the surface of Cremetoria is completely unedited, containing full sound effects of the fight and is more visually brutal. [IMDB]
   There's also this: "In order to get he PG-13 rating (in theory increasing Box Office potential) around about 6 scenes of 'intensity' had to be removed or re-edited. In the commentary Twohy comments on how difficult this is because the MPAA doesn't like to specify scenes in case it appears to be enacting censorship. As a result the fight scenes appear disjointined and are far less entertaining." [IMDB]
   The New Zealand OFLC lists a running time of 120:30 film, while the BBFC lists a time of 119 mins film. Consequently, IMDB lists a time of 115 mins film. All of these durations fall short of the 135 minute NTSC length the director released on DVD.
   In a Internet interview, the director of Pitch Black sang this very familiar tune about the cuts: "I did edit the movie because the first cut lasted for 3 hours 20 mins. Also, I did cuts to eliminate the problems of the amazing censorship. The people at MPAA do not tell you that 'you have to take out this or that', but 'the movie is too intense', because if they point to a certain scene they can be accused of censorship. That's why they tell you that it is too 'intense', but you really make this movie to be intense. Absurd situation. You return to the editing room and do your best to satisfy all the people. That's complicated and simple at the very same time. Now, the theatrical version of Riddick is not the director's cut. But my version will be released on DVD and will last around 2 hours 15 mins." [Vin Xperience]
   The first Australian DVD (Universal) released on 3/12/2004 runs to 114:15 PAL and is the cut version. The initial UK DVD release is also the shorter censored theatrical version. The director's cut also received an M rating, thus highlighting again the pointless stupidity of inherited censorship from overseas.
Reason Cut to obtain a US PG-13 rating. The original US rating was R.
Uncut Releases Local director's cut DVD and HD DVD (Universal), Unrated US director's cut DVD (Universal) running to approximately 135 minutes.
Entry Last Updated 9/6/2007

 
City of the Living Dead / Gates of Hell (1983)
Director Lucio Fulci
Cut Formats VHS
Classifications R (1981)
Cut Footage A handful of gory shots. The Gates of Hell release is missing almost all of the credits sequence.
Reason Sourced from a cut UK master.
Uncut Releases US DVD (Anchor Bay), Dutch VHS, Swedish DVD (EC Entertainment), UK VHS and DVD (Vipco).

 
Cliffhanger (1993)
Director Renny Harlin
Cut Formats VHS, DVD [confirm]
Classifications MA
Cut Footage The U.S. theatrical release is rumoured to have been cut in order to receive an R rating. Almost every violent scene was edited. Most of these cuts involved characters being sprayed with bullets in slow-mo. The most clever edit occurs during the underwater sequence. In the U.S. cut, Gabe appears to shoot multiple flares up through the ice to kill the bad guy. In The uncut version, Hal also blasts him with a shotgun. The flare shot is simply repeated 3 times to make it appear that only Gabe shoots. [confirm; Source: IMDB]
   The UK cuts have not been carried over to our DVD.
Reason Cut to obtain a US R rating. [speculation]
Uncut Releases Unknown.

 
Cocoon: The Return (1988)
DirectorDaniel Petrie
Cut FormatsDVD
Classifications PG (21/11/1988 - 114 mins film, 8/5/1989 - VHS)
Cut Footage The suicide attempt sequence is missing. It amounts to one minute and five seconds accordin to IMDB. This trim has been carried over to the Australian DVD from the UK release. It is not known yet whether this censorship afflicted the local cinema print and VHS sell-through tape.
Reason Sourced from a cut UK master. It was cut for the UK distributor to obtain a UK PG rating.
Uncut Releases US DVD [confirm].

 
Color Me Blood Red (1965)
Director Herchell Gordon Lewis
Classifications Banned (1985)
Uncut Releases US DVD (Image/Something Weird), UK DVD (Taran Terror/Metro Tartan).

 
Combat Shock (1985)
Director Buddy Giovanni
Cut Formats VHS
Classifications R (21/10/1986 rental)
Cut Footage (a) During the climax, extra gunshots striking his wife on the floor are missing.
(b) All footage of the bloody shooting of the mutant baby in its crib.
(c) The bit where the baby is put into the oven, then later when blood seeps from under the door of the oven.
(d) Blood pouring from the gunshot wound in the side of the vet's head during his suicide death scene.
   This version runs to 93:50 PAL.
Reason Unknown. Possibly this version was sourced froma cut European PAL master.
Uncut Releases VHS rental (Delta). Delta Video released this film on VHS in a cut and uncut form. The packaging is the same for each edition. The US DVD (Troma) running to 91:40 NTSC is missing the shot of blood seeping from the oven containing the dead baby and shots of the dripping kitchen sink tap.

 
Commando (1985)
Director Mark L. Lester
Cut Formats DVD
Classifications MA (27/7/2007 - DVD, 17/5/2001 - DVD), R (1980s)
Comments The first Aussie release was the cut for Germany version. The longer re-released Australian DVD from Fox runs to 86:35 PAL, which is one minute and one second longer than the original DVD release, which clocks in at 85:34 PAL. I have been told that while the inside cover looks identical to the original cut release. Also, there are no foreign subtitle tracks on the new disc, only English Hard of Hearing. The top side legend on the disc hub reads: "DVD 5 SINGLE LAYER SINGLE SIDED DISK 1484SDW" which is reportedly the same as the previous disc. Apparently the disc is also encoded R4 only.
   Interestingly, Fox had it reclassified MA 15+ in 2001. Presumably this was for the cut German version. However, on both earlier DVD releases, Fox has displayed the R 18+ rating. That seems a bit dumb. On VHS it was definitely rated R.
   Late in 2007, Fox released the unrated director's cut in the US and eventually in Australia, which was packaged as the two-disc Definition Edition reclassified MA 15+. Note that while the US unrated version was clearly labelled "Unrated Director's Cut", the Aussie DE has no mention of the inclusion of the uncensored version on disc two. Disc one has the theatrical version and runs to 86:31 PAL. The uncut version on disc two (which also has the 5.1 Dolby Digital audio track) runs to 88:04 PAL. Besides restored violence, the director's cut has some additional dialogue. The audio commentary on the director's cut disc for the garden shed scene (see below) has Lester mentioning the extra footage. This line is missing in the commentary for the cut version.
Cut Footage The following shots are missing from the first Australian DVD release:
   (a) Making sure the first target is dead by shooting him again.
   (b) John Matrix snapping Henriques's neck.
   (c) Close up of Cooke dying whilst impaled on a table leg.
   (d) John cutting guard's throat.
   (e) John cutting another guard's throat.
   (f) John killing two guards.
   (g) John shooting two guards.
   (h) John shooting more guards.
   (i) John stabbing a guard with a pitchfork in the chest.
   (j) John using an axe and a machete to dispatch two more guards
   (k) Bennett gets a longer electric shock.
   (l) Pipe hitting Bennett.
   (m) Panning shot along the pipe protruding from Bennett's chest.
   [Source: MichaelDVD]

The following shots are restored to the infamous garden shed scene in the director's cut:
   (a) At 73:44 Arnie dispatches his first victim by impaling him in the stomach with a gardening fork. In the cut version, only the first shot is shown. In the uncut version, two shots lasting 39 frames in total feature a close up of the soldier's torso accompanied by dripping blood sound effects, and also a quick close-up of his contorted face as he falls down.
   (b) At 73:49 Arnie flicks a deadly saw blade Frisbee fashion at the next soldier. In the cut version, you only see the blade hit the man's upper chest bloodlessly. In the uncut version, a 34 frame shot of the blade embedded in his neck includes spurting blood from the wound, specks of blood spitting from his mouth, and agonised moaning.
   (c) At 73:54 the uncut version includes a second 34 frame shot of the soldier who is axed in the stomach. In this restored shot, he merely falls backward in agony – no bloodletting or wounds are shown.
   (d) At 73:57 Arnie uses a machete to amputate the right arm of another assailant. In the uncut version, this 'disarming' gag includes two more shots: one a long shot showing Arnold dropping the man's arm and bounding away, and a medium shot of the man crawling along the ground in agony. The original amputation scene is also longer by a few frames. In total, the restored scene now runs for 122 frames across three shots, compared to just 17 frames in one shot in the censored theatrical print.
   The scalping gore effect just outside the window runs for 15 frames in both versions – the dude just falls backward after getting his close shave.
Reason The first region 4 release was the original cut German DVD version, recycled as a master for the Australian DVD, then subsequently for the UK market. The second (single disc) and third (Definitive Edition disc one) releases match the US version censored for the MPAA R rating.
Uncut Releases Local Definition Edition two-disc DVD (Fox), US unrated DVD (Fox).
More Details Visit MichaelDVD for details on the first DVD release. See screen shots from both versions on Movie Censorship.
Entry Last Updated 13/4/2008

 
Conan the Barbarian (1982)
DirectorJohn Milius
Cut FormatsFilm
Classifications M (14/4/1989 - 124 mins PAL, July 1982 - 3428.75 metres or 125:19 film), MA (24/2/2002 - DVD), R (June 1982 - 3456.18 metres or 126:19 film)
Cut Footage Gory battle footage has been trimmed in this non-director’s cut released in cinemas. Some exposition may also be missing. The version on DVD is now rated MA, not M.
   "John Milius' Conan the Barbarian cut by its distributor Fox/Columbia to gain an M rating. Originally classified R and coded S(i-m-g) V(f-m-g) it was recoded V(f-m-g) after 60 seconds were removed. So, the sex has been deleted and presumably Milius concept ruined. Surprisingly, no appeal to the Film Board of Review was lodged: that way it may have been reclassified without the film being butchered." [Cinema Papers via RC]
   I also found the following comments at the end of a DVD review published in DVD Delirium Vol 1: "Incidentally, Conan was trimmed of several minutes of gore and brutality before its release due to an X rating from the MPAA, and it would be nice some day if MCA would put out the money to have this film restored to its intended length. However, the special edition does contain some significant added footage, including more of a resolution concerning the abducted princess." [Nathaniel Thompson]
   Apparently on the DVD commentary track, Arnold points out a sequence that the MPAA trimmed that features head chopping that got censored.
Reason Cut before release by the studio for the US market, presumably to avoid the US X rating. We then inherited this version for our theatrical exhibiiton.
Uncut Releases Local VHS rental. This bloodier version is also now available on US DVD (Universal) and on the local DVD (Fox) with a running time of 125:08 PAL.
Comments "The original theatrical print ran anywhere between 124 mins and 126 mins, depending on which source you are inclined to believe. When the film was re-released on video locally by Warner Home Video (when Weintraub Entertainment held the territory rights), it was the longer 130 min version that contained a spot more gore and some additional exposition. The same version recently turned up on DVD here as well. Why did the cuts occur? Trimmed for the American market, but released slightly longer for overseas territories…which is common practice." [M. C. Thomason]

 
Confessions of a Blue Movie Star (1977)
Directors Andrzej Kostenko, Karl Martine
Cut Formats VHS
Classifications R (1977 - film)
Cut Footage Supposed snuff actually footage taken from Last House on the Left.
Reason Sourced from a cut UK master.
Uncut Releases The original theatrical release. [assumption]
Original Entry Refused-Classification.

 
Confessions of a Serial Killer (1985)
Director Mark Blair
Cut Formats VHS
Classifications R (1994)
Cut Footage (a) There is a version where the scenes where a 15 year old Daniel Ray Hawkins murders a prostitute is removed from the film.
(b) Also removed from the film is a scene when Hawkins is a child and he and his sister watch their mother have sex with two men and it infuriates their father and causes him to commit suicide.
(c) Also removed from the film is where a girl escapes from Hawkins when he tries to kill her.
(d) Also in the film Hawkins and a Texas Sheriff discussing Hawkins homosexual relations with Moon Lawton is edited.
(e) Another scene cut from the film is outside a gas station where they discuss starting their own violent sex magazine and later when they are in the gas station the scene where they pick up groceries is cut. These scenes are just before they murder the gas station worker and another customer in the store.
(f) Also cut from this version is a scene where Lawton leaves for Louisianna and tells Hawkins and Milly goodbye.
[Source: IMDB]
Reason Unknown.
Uncut Releases None.

 
Conquest / La Conquista (1983)
Director Luci Fulci
Cut Formats VHS
Classifications R
Cut Footage    (a) An old man's brain is exposed after receiving a cranial axe-blow.
   (b) Ocron whacking open a severed head to feast on its brains.
   (c) Various gore-spewing arrow hits.
   (d) Zombies being staked.
   (e) several graphic burnings.
   (f) Ocron's heart blown out after receiving a laser-bolt to her chest.
   (g) The notorious 'wishbone' sequence, where a naked girl is spread-eagled until she splits right up the middle.
[Source: IMDB User Comments]
   The Dutch and UK tapes are cut.
Reason "The Australian cassette was duplicated from an edited UK PAL master, already trimmed for a British 18 classification." [M.C. Thomason]
Uncut Releases Belgian VHS, Greek VHS (both are letterbox presentations), US DVD (Blue Underground).
Entry Last Updated 1/3/2009

 
Con Air (1997)
Director Michael Bay
Cut Formats Film, VHS, DVD
Classifications MA
Cut Footage Con Air was not cut by the BBFC, but the certificate was raised from a '15' at the cinema to an '18' on video, as it was felt that original decision was too lenient. However, there are reports of cuts to all home versions (including the US releases) so these must have been made by the US distributors.
   One such cut is noticed when comparing the Region 1 DVD and the Region 2 DVD. In the scene where the inmates take the plane, a passenger with a cloth bag over his head gets shot in the head. In the Region 1 version you see a side-on shot of the bullet entering and blood coming out of the back. In the Region 2 this small sequence is cut. There may be other cuts made. [Source: Melon Farmers]
Reason This is the censored UK version released on DVD locally. It was also cut to obtain a US R rating.
Uncut Releases Australian extended DVD (Buena Vista), US unrated DVD.
Entry Last Updated 13/4/2008

 
Convoy of Women (1974)
Director Pierre Chevalier
Cut Formats VHS
Classifications Banned (1986)
Uncut Releases Unknown.
Original Entry Refused-Classification.

 
Corruption (1967)
Director Robert Hartford-Davis
Cut Formats VHS
Classifications M (1989)
Cut Footage A topless prostitute is stabbed, then blood is rubbed on her breasts.
Reason Sourced from a cut UK master. 
Uncut Releases French VHS (GIFM Colombus as Laser Killer).
Original Entry Refused-Classification.

 
Country Cuzzins (1970)
Director Bethel G. Buckalew
Cut Formats Film
Classifications R (1976), Banned (1973 and 1981)
Cut Footage A massive 15 minutes of film had to be removed.
Reason Cut to avoid being banned.
Uncut Releases US DVD (Something Weird/Image).
Original Entry Refused-Classification.

 
Creepers / Phenomena (1984)
DirectorDario Argento
Cut FormatsDVD
Classifications R (3/9/2004 - 110 mins PAL)
Cut Footage No details are available yet, but a massive amount of footage, containing both narrative and violence, must be missing from this truncated DVD version from MRA. It runs to just 82:57 PAL compared to 109:52 PAL for the AV Channel DVD (released 21/4/2004), which should match the old VHS rental duration. I have seen both the uncut US DVD and our VHS rental, and from memory I noticed no differences, at least as far as gore content goes.
Reason Unknown, but one assumes an old pan-and-scan cut master was used for this disc.
Uncut Releases Local VHS rental, local DVD (AV Channel), US DVD (Anchor Bay).

 
Criminally Insane (1975)
Director Steve Millard
Cut Formats Film
Classifications R (1980)
Cut Footage Violence.
Reason Cut to avoid being banned. 
Uncut Releases None.
Original Entry Refused-Classification.

 
The Crow (1994)
Director Alex Proyas
Cut Formats VHS, Film, DVD
Classifications M
Cut Footage In the theatrical version of the fight scene at Gideon's we see Eric stab through Gideon's hand. In subsequent home video and both DVD releases there is a very quick cut so it only shows his hand after it's been stabbed. There are also many other instances of violence, more bullet hits in the hideout raid, for example. [Heath G.]
Reason Cut to obtain a US R rating.
Uncut Releases Not yet available. Glimpses of cut scenes are shown as supplements on the special edition US DVD.

 
The Crow: City of Angels (1996)
Director Tim Pope
Cut Formats DVD
Classifications MA (30/9/1996 - 86 mins film)
Cut Footage Footage showing butterfly knife and other weapon usage.
Reason Sourced from a cut UK master.
Uncut Releases Local VHS and film, US DVD [assumption]. The US DVD is marked as the "director's cut".
Original Entry MichaelDVD. [Thanks to MD]

 
Cruel Intentions (1999)
Director Roger Kumble
Cut Formats Film and VHS [assumption], DVD
Classifications MA (30/9/1999 - DVD, 25/2/1999 - 97 mins film)
Cut Footage The following cuts were mentioned in the UK DVD (Columbia Tristar) audio commentary with the director, producer and various crew members.
(a) At 9:31 a shot of Sarah Michelle Geller actually snorting cocaine from the crucifix pendant was cut, despite how obvious it looks.
(b) At 33:34 Sarah Michelle Geller says, "Enough with the girl scout stories. Just fuck her already" when Selma Blair's character is showing off to Ronald, her cello teacher.
   Cruel Intentions originally scored a US NC-17 rating. The MPAA said that these minor moments had to be removed before an R rating was possible. The UK and Australian DVDs run for 93:33 PAL.
Reason Cut to obtain a US R rating.
Uncut Releases None.

 
Cruising (1980)
Director Williams Friedkin
Cut Formats Film, VHS
Classifications R
Cut Footage Hardcore sex scenes including more of the fisting and a golden shower, according to comments on IMDB.
   The US VHS (Warner) from 1996 is rated R. The longest version of the film was apparently broadcast on Film Four in the UK. Someone else on IMDB mentioned that Video Watchdog reported that Cruising was released on US VHS in an unrated version. I have not been able to confirm this claim yet.
   In the interview linked to below, Friedkin confirms that 40 minutes are missing from the film.
   The Asian laserdisc and Cinemax broadcast were mentioned as being uncut, but it is unknown whether these versions were the US unrated version or the director's cut. I suspect the former. The same assumption may apply to the supposedly unrated US VHS tape.
   Our VHS rental (CBS Fox) runs to 96:48 PAL or 100:50 NTSC/film.
Reason Cut to obtain a US R rating.
Uncut Releases None yet available.
More Details William Friedkin interview and a MHVF posting.

 
Crying Freeman: Chapters 5 & 6 (1992)
Director Shigeru Yamachui
Cut Formats VHS
Classifications R (1995)
Cut Footage Unknown.
Reason Cut to avoid being banned.
Uncut Releases US VHS and DVD (Manga).
Original Entry Refused-Classification.

 
The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)
Director Terence Fisher
Cut Formats VHS presumably
Classifications None listed
Comments This Hammer Studios lycanthropic feature starring Oliver Reid was cut by the BBFC before its initial release. Even before the original length print was assembled, John Trevelyan at the BBFC had already read the script (this was common practice in this era) and objected to the scene involving the rape of the servant girl. From page 57 of The Hammer Story (Titan Books, 1997): "In late autumn, the BBFC viewed a complete print – and didn't like what they saw, detailing a very long list of cuts... After Hinds had written a passionate defence of the film to Trevelyan, the film was re-viewed early in 1961 and the Board relented on certain points (the baptism, for example). However, three key scenes – the murders of the Marques, the prostitute and the Old Soak – would remain extensively cut... In the States, only four scenes were trimmed, making the American version of the film three minutes longer... In the mid-eighties, the American cuts were restored and, after twenty-five years, The Curse of the Werewolf could finally be viewed as Hinds had intended."
   While I'm fairly certain the was an Australian release on VHS, I have never watched any local home video editions or TV broadcasts. However, based on the comments from IMDB (see below), it's unlikely that we received the uncut version on home video. More details will be posted when they come to light.
   The following comments are from pages 24-25, issue 7, of Dark Terrors, a British fanzine devoted to Hammer films. This particular Censored Hammer column is credited to Mr Keith Dudley.
   "The Curse of the Werewolf is worth looking at from the official censorship point of view and the 'myth' surrounding one 'cut' in particular. I am fortunate enough to have a complete, uncensored print in my video collection and when this copy was shown to the camera operator of the film, Len Harris, he said 'Yes, that's it, we didn't shoot any more.' which throws more light on a myth surrounding another famous, or infamous scene said to have been shot in which Oliver Reid, as Leon, transforms into his alter-ego during his time in the prostitute's bedroom. The werewolf then rapes and murders the girl by ripping out her throat. History, or rather, Michael Carreras, tell us the scene was cut by order of the censor on the grounds that it represented bestiality, a subject taboo in the cinema. Even in this enlightened age, such subject are only ever seen in the lower depths of pornography, unless one has a film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, then you're okay! All that remains of the scene is a shot of the werewolf's hairy hand around the prostitute's throat, then – cut!
   Michael Carreras, in an interview some years ago, said that the scene was shot and that he had the censored cut in the library at Bray Studios. He held on to this, and other cuts, with the intention of reinstating them when, and if, the censorship laws were ever relaxed. Unfortunately, a fire that destroyed most of Hammer's archives in 1960 also destroyed this reel of cuts...or so we are told.
   If this scene was shot and officially censored, what was Carreras doing with the cut? Although the film was made by Hammer, they didn't actually own the rights. Once the film was finished and delivered, any cuts would have been passed on to the releasing companies and copyright owners. Neither Rank nor Universal have a print, or an original negative of the offending scene, so it seems unlikely the scene was ever filmed, despite the fact it appeared in the original draft screenplay.
   One only need view the transformation scene in the prison cell in which we see for the first time, the werewolf in all his glory, to realise that had we meant to see Reid's shape change earlier in the film then this very dramatic scene would have been much more low-key and shorter in running time. Then again, it is possible that the scene was shot, but cut by Terence Fisher at the editing stage to fit the 90-minute running slot, or to heighten the impact of the dramatic prison scene. This would then explain how Carreras came to have a reel of cuts in the Bray library. Personally, I don't believe the cut exists and I won't until I see it on the screen!"
Cut Footage The following remarks are from IMDB:
   "The film had considerable problems with the BBFC on its initial cinema release and was subsequently cut by around 2 minutes. Among the scenes edited were heavy cuts to the repeated stabbing of the Marquis (reduced to 1 stab), the murder of the prostitute where scenes of biting and a shot of her dead body were completely removed, and the killing of the werewolf in the bell tower which saw shots of his screaming when the bells ring, a blood spurt from a gunshot, and a closeup of his blood-dripping face also removed. In addition the film was also cut to edit scenes of the servant girl waking in the dungeon, a shot of the Marquis picking a scab from his face and images of dead lambs. The 1995 UK Warner video release was identical to the cinema print. The film was later completely restored with all the missing footage intact and first shown on BBC in 1994, and this version was released (on Region 1 DVD only) as part of Universal's 'Hammer Horror Series' 8 film box set."
Reason Cut before release by the BBFC.
Uncut Releases US DVD (Universal), UK television (BBC).
Entry Last Updated 7/5/2008

 
Cursed (2004)
Director Wes Craven
Cut Formats DVD, Film
Classifications MA (16/6/2005 - DVD), M (23/2/2005 - 91 mins film)
Cut Footage Most of the gory set pieces were trimmed for the US PG-13 theatrical release. They include:
   (a) A dream sequence where the brother's neck is bitten and blood sprays from the large wound. The gaping hole and spraying blood is not shown in the cut version.
   (b) After the female car accident victim (Shannon Elizabeth) is dragged off by the werewolf, her body collapses beside the brother and sister in the clearing. The uncut footage shows that her legs are in fact missing. Hence, shots of her mangled torso and not shown in the cut version.
   (c) When the female werewolf is shot in the head inside the museum, the uncut version shows more blood and brains on the floor.
   (d) The decapitation at the end of the film is gorier. In the cut, you cannot really make out what actually happens during this werewolf demise with any certainty.
   The Australian DVD (Buena Vista) was rated MA 15+ rather than M 15+ because the missing bloodshed mentioned above appears in the bonus DVD supplements.
Reason Cut to obtain a US PG-13 rating.
Uncut Releases US DVD (Dimension).

 
Cut and Run / Straight to Hell (1986)
Director Ruggero Deodato
Cut Formats VHS
Classifications R (13/1/1986 rental), Banned (1985)
Cut Footage Sundry gore shots including more explicit versions of the rapes, as well as their gory aftermaths. These scenes were shot with tamer footage for more conservative world markets such as Australia. Numerous other violent moments are missing such as the man who is split apart by tree branches tied to his ankles under strain. This shot appears to have been restored by Anchor Bay from a video source. Other restored scenes are only in Italian (with English subtitles).
Reason When the film was initially refused a classification, the distributor used the tame version that contained alternative takes.
Uncut Releases Dutch VHS, US DVD (Anchor Bay), Hong Kong VCD (Force Entertainment) all in English, Belgian VHS (VDS).
Comments "Funny one this one. CBS Fox submitted a 90 min version (the complete edit) to the OFLC back aways, and that version was refused classification. They then went with the alternate edit of the film (yep, this one was produced in two unique versions – one dry, one wet) which was passed with an R classification. God knows what Anchor Bay were thinking when they mixed and matched the Italian print with the English language print, then claimed that there was no English audio available for the uncensored sequences! If that was the case, how come the Hong Kong VCD (which was the full uncut 90 min version) is entirely in English? Albeit, with permanent Chinese subtitles per the theatrical edition screened in Hong Kong." [M. C. Thomason]

 
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