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Eaten Alive (1980)
DirectorUmberto Lenzi
Cut FormatsVHS
Classifications R (1984), Banned (1981)
Cut Footage A disembowelment, cannibalism, a dildo scene, and a rape, all amounting to about five minute's worth of footage.
Reason Cut locally by distributor to avoid being banned.
Uncut Releases Dutch VHS, Dutch DVD (EC Entertainment), US DVD (Media Blasters Shriek Show), Italian VHS (Avo).
Comments "The film was banned in its uncut 91 min form back in 1981, but was passed with an R rating after 5 mins of footage was removed. A rape sequence was removed, as was most all of the cannibalism, and a rather rude scene with a dildo dipped in snake blood (not venom as is commonly reported). Available uncut in an anamorphic NTSC disc from Dutch outfit EC Entertainment, as well as another uncut anamorphic NTSC disc from Media Blasters in the US (that features additional interviews not in the Dutch disc)." [M. C. Thomason]

 
Elektra (2005)
DirectorRob Bowman
Cut FormatsFilm, DVD, UMD
Classifications M (2/12/2005 - UMD, 16/3/2005 - DVD, 6/1/2005 - 97 mins film)
Comments There are two versions of this Elektra, the cut theatrical version running to 96:45 according to the BBFC, and the director's cut. The latter version has a running time of 99:45 NTSC on the US DVD (Fox) or 95:40 PAL for the UK director's cut DVD (Fox), although note that DVD Compare makes no mention of this release. No such extended uncensored DVD has been released in Australia yet. Our compromised DVD (Fox) runs to 92:52 PAL.
   Listening to the commentary track featuring director Rob Bowman and the editor, they mention trims made to obtain a US PG-13 rating. Other narrative footage was also restored in the director's cut, which clocks in several more minutes over the theatrical assembly.
Cut Footage The following DVD counter times mark points in the US director's cut DVD where censored footage was restored. A side-by-side comparison was not made with the entire cut version – only the obviously violent moments were examined.
   (a) At 6:55 the man in the chair is skewered by Elektra from behind. In the uncut version, you see his gun dangling from the tip of her sword, which protrudes from his shirt (a nice touch). In the cut version, this shot was replaced with a close-up shot of his hand holding the gun and then going limp. The next shot is the same as before: the whiskey glass falls to the floor and breaks. On the commentary track, the director says the MPAA thought "it was too early in the movie for something that graphic."
   (b) At 57:01 Elektra's friend and business contact is decapitated while kneeling on the floor of his house. In the uncut version, you see the sword stroke touch his neck in one frame, followed by three frames of his head flying up and away from the neck. In the cut version, the frame prior to the blade touching the neck is shown, followed by an alternative shot of the antagonist swinging his sword, then it cuts to black.
   (c) At 84:16 when Elektra dispatches the leader of the bad guys down a well, she stabs him twice in the uncut version, with the second occuring at 84:22, but only once in the cut version. This makes his death and Elektra's wrath less brutal. Both versions then show her lifting him overhead and chucking him down the well, just like the Emperor in Return of the Jedi.
   (d) At 85:06 Elektra throws one of her blades lethally at the evil Treasure woman through the hedges, and skewers her through the left eye. In the uncut version, three frames were restored in the profile shot of the knife approaching her and knocking her backwards. In the cut version, the scene cuts from the previous approach shot directly to the blade already in her eye and knocking her backwards. This bizarre micro-adjustment is also mentioned in the commentary track.
Reason Cut before release to obtain a US PG-13 rating.
Uncut Releases US director's cut DVD (Fox), UK director's cut DVD (Fox).
Entry Last Updated 8/4/2007

 
Emanuelle in America / Savage Nights (1975)
Director Joe D'Amato
Classifications Banned (1970s), R [speculation]
Uncut Releases US DVD (Blue Underground), Danish VHS rental letterboxed.
Comments The complete version of this is a rather infamous title that features staged snuff footage and beastiality. In one scene, a woman caresses a horse's erect penis in a stable in front of onlookers who are outside. The rest of the film has some brief fellatio added for the French market, but the rest is purely softcore porn fare such as the female masturbation.
   This title apparently had a VHS release rated R. A video cover or poster sporting an Australian R symbol appears on the US DVD picture gallery. IMDB says that it was rated R here, running to 95 mins. The full version is 100 mins NTSC.
   The Danish DVD (DVD Production) is apparently missing a whipping scene. [Source: Cutlass Video].

 
Emanuelle III (1980)
Director Jean-Marie Pallardy
Cut Formats VHS
Classifications R (1981)
Cut Footage Unknown.
Reason Cut to avoid being banned.
Uncut Releases Unknown.
Original Entry Refused-Classification.

 
Emanuelle's Daughter / Emanuelle - Queen of Sados (1981)
Director Elia Milonakos
Cut Formats VHS, Film
Classifications R (1990s), Banned (1981 and 1982)
Cut Footage Unknown.
Reason Cut to avoid being banned.
Uncut Releases Unknown.
Original Entry Refused-Classification.

 
Embrace of the Vampire (1994)
Director Anne Goursaud
Cut Formats VHS
Classifications MA (23/5/1996 - 89 mins PAL)
Cut Footage Extra nudity in sex scenes. [confirm]
Reason Cut to obtain a US R rating.
Uncut Releases The US DVD (New Line) contains the cut (92 mins NTSC) and uncut (93 mins NTSC) versions.
Comments "Embrace of the Vampire features former child star Alyssa Milano in several nude scenes; a large number of internet fan sites began posting frame captures of Milano topless from the film after it was released on home video. Milano and her mother responded by taking legal action against web sites using her images without permission; as a result, she has since pledged not to disrobe onscreen again." [Source: E-Bay DVD listing]

 
Enter the Dragon (1973)
Director Robert Clouse
Cut Formats DVD
Classifications R, MA (9/7/2001 - DVD, 9/6/1998 - VHS)
Cut Footage Some violent fight moments.
Reason Cut for the UK DVD release. We got the same master used for the initial DVD release from Warner Bros.
Uncut Releases Local re-released special edition DVD (Warner).
Comments "The film's classification was down-graded from its original R rating to an MA classification, even though the new version is a longer cut than any version previously available in this country. Warner Brothers incorrectly labelled their DVDs with the wrong censorship classification. The film was re-classified MA, and all sleeves carrying an R rating are technically incorrect." [M. C. Thomason]

 
The Erotic Experiences of Frankenstein (1972)
Director Jess Franco
Cut Formats Film
Classifications R (1980)
Cut Footage Unknown.
Reason Cut to avoid being banned.
Uncut Releases Unknown.
Original Entry Refused-Classification. [Thanks to RC]

 
Escape from Hell (1979)
Director Edoardo Mulargia
Cut Formats VHS
Classifications R, Banned (1985)
Cut Footage Sexual violence.
Reason Cut to avoid being banned.
Uncut Releases Unknown. Rleased on US DVD (Troma) but its cut status is unknown, Danish VHS.
Original Entry Refused-Classification. [Thanks to RC]

 
ET - The Extraterrestial Special Edition (1982, 2001)
DirectorSteven Spielberg
Cut FormatsDVD
Classifications PG
Cut Footage Digital manipulation has made the film more politically correct. Footage of people holding guns has been removed for this re-release, replacing them with walkie-talkies. Dialogue of Dee Wallace saying "terrorist" has been overdubbed with "hippie". [Source: MichaelDVD]
Reason Cut by Speilberg for this release to tone the movie down.
Uncut Releases Original VHS tapes, US laserdisc [assumption], original film prints, US DVD 3-disc package which contains the original uncut version.

 
Event Horizon (1997)
Director Paul Anderson
Cut Formats VHS, DVD, Film
Classifications MA
Cut Footage 40 minutes of footage in total is missing from the director's preferred version, some of which includes gore [speculation].
Reason Cut by the studio before release.
Uncut Releases None, although the director is reportedly keen to create a director’s cut.

 
Evil Dead II (1987)
Director Sam Raimi
Cut Formats VHS
Classifications R
Cut Footage Some additional gore when one of the zombies is dismembered, showing a split-open zombie skull. Stills were shown in Fangoria magazine.
Reason Cut to obtain a US R rating.
Uncut Releases The footage only exists on video tape and will never be restored to the movie. The rough footage exists on Elite’s collector’s edition laserdisc and perhaps the US special edition DVD (Anchor Bay).
Comments "The footage was cut prior to film making its trip to the MPAA, as Raimi shot for an R rating, which he naturally didn't receive. DeLaurentiis Entertainment Group had to set up a separate company, Rosebud Releasing, just to release Raimi's unrated film in the US." [M. C. Thomason]

 
Evil Dead Trap / Shiryo No Wana (1988)
Director Toshiharu Ikeda
Classifications Banned - Customs confiscation (1997)
Uncut Releases Dutch VHS, Dutch DVD (Japan Shock), US DVD (Synapse).
Comments This is the rather gory Japanese horror film that features a woman having her eye poked out and other effective gore effects. The gory sequel Evil Dead Trap II is not banned, but neither does it have an official release or a classification.

 
Executions II (1998)
Director Unknown
Classifications Banned (12/5/1998 - 58 mins PAL)
Uncut Releases Unknown.
Comments This is the sequel to Executions, a documentary produced in the UK that focuses on execution techniques from around the world. It was released in Australia on VHS rated R and ran for about 60 minutes. One assumes that it has more coverage of executions like the horrific death scene that the first documentary ends on.

 
Executive Decision (1992)
Director Stuart Baird
Cut Formats DVD
Classifications M
Cut Footage (a) At 1:49 glimpses of Seagal dispatching bad guys with a dagger during the mansion raid scene are missing.
(b) This may not be a 'censored' bit, but at 93:11 the lead hijacker says a prayer just before answering a phone call from another terrorist in the cockpit. One assumes this edit was made for religious reasons.
Reason The UK version was released on DVD in Australia by Warner Brothers.
Uncut Releases VHS rental and film [assumption], US DVD (Warner Bros).

 
The Exterminator (1980)
DirectorJames Glickenhaus
Classifications MA (22/6/2005 - DVD), Banned (1980 and 1986), R (1980s)
Cut Formats DVD
Cut Footage The slow-motion decapitation at the start is the abbreviated version. More than likely this is the cut US R-rated version on our local DVD (Paramount).
   There are rumours that this standard 'uncut' version released on home video is compromise of a longer version, but evidence supporting this claim has yet to surface. The film certainly looks abbreviated in some scenes, particularly the torture scene with the soldering iron.
Reason Sourced from a cut master. The country of origin is unknown at this stage.
Uncut Releases Local VHS (Thorn EMI), US unrated DVD (Anchor Bay) running to 101:51 NTSC or 97:46 PAL, UK DVD (Synergy) with a DVD counter time of 97:44 PAL. The feature actually finishes at about 97:42 PAL. The Finnish and Scandinavian DVD runs to 97:48 PAL.
Comments This film was banned in Australia after being released uncut on VHS rental from Thorn EMI. It was then released again on VHS with an MA rating. This classification appears to have been unofficial.

 
The Exterminator II (1984)
DirectorMark Buntzman
Cut Formats Film
Classifications R (1985), Banned (circa 1984)
Cut Footage Rape scene and miscellaneous violence. UK, US (rated R) and Finnish versions are cut.
Reason Cut to avoid being banned.
Uncut Releases Greek and Danish VHS among others. "Foxtel's Encore channel premiered this in November 2002 with a running time of 84:29 PAL. Over five minutes longer than the video release!" [Refused Classification]

 
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