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Land of the Dead (2005)
DirectorGeorge Romero
Cut Formats Film
Classifications MA (27/6/2005 - 93 mins film)
Cut Footage There was a lot of gore removed according to comments made by the filmmakers. This missing footage was promised for a future DVD release. The BBFC lists the film print running time as 92:58 at 24 frames per second. They gave it a '15' rating. Out of interest, the OFLC consumer advice warns against "Strong horror violence, Blood and gore".
Reason Cut to obtain a US R rating.
Uncut Releases Local DVD (Universal), unrated US DVD.

 
The Last Cannibal World / Jungle Holocaust / Ultimo mondo cannibale (1976)
DirectorReggero Deodato
Cut Formats VHS
Classifications R, Banned (1977, 1992)
Cut Footage About nine minute’s worth containing disembowelments and other gory shots, ant torture, part of a rape scene, Me Me Lai getting gutted and cooked.
Reason Cut locally by distributor to avoid being banned.
Uncut Releases US DVD (Media Blasters Shriek Show) running to approx 88:01 NTSC, Greek VHS (VCI).
More Details Visit Refused-Classification for an extensive list of the cuts.

 
Last House on Dead End Street (1980)
Director Victor Juno
Classifications Banned - "quite banned here" [M. C. Thomason]
Uncut Releases Fully restored two-disc US DVD special edition, Venezuelan VHS.
Comments The enigmatic yet repellant Last House on Dead End Street gained notoriety and a minor cult following on the US grindhouse circuit and European VHS bootleg market.
Comments Along with Salo and Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Last House on the Left is one of the most renouned banned-from-Australia titles.
 
The Last Hunter (1980)
Director Anthony M. Dawson aka Antonio Margheriti
Cut Formats VHS
Classifications R
Cut Footage An attempted rape of Tisa Farrow by some soldiers. We only see David Warbeck consoling her afterwards. Our Roadshow VHS tape runs for 92:30 PAL.
Reason Sourced from a cut UK master with a comparable running time of 92:16 PAL [Source: Melon Farmers].
Uncut Releases UK widescreen DVD and VHS (Vipco), Dutch VHS.

 
The Last Judgement (1979)
Director Wong Fung
Cut Formats Film
Classifications R (1980), Banned
Cut Footage Violence.
Reason Cut to avoid being banned.
Uncut Releases Unknown.
Original Entry Refused-Classification. [Thanks to RC]

 
Last of the Mohicans (1992)
Director Michael Mann
Cut Formats VHS, Film
Classifications M
Cut Footage Some violent shots of soldiers being hacked to death by tomahawks are shown. When Magua slits Uncas’ throat, a new sound was digitally added.
Reason Three different versions have been released, some more violent than others.
Uncut Releases Bootleg VHS from the VHS rental tape in the Netherlands. The director's cut US DVD is apparently less violent than the US R-rated version.
Comments "With the advent of Michael Mann's director's cut in the US (which is actually less violent that the R-rated original), there are effectively three different versions of this film. The original theatrical print screened in Australia contained different footage to the eventual video release, and the director's expanded version on disc in the US is a different edit again. There was never any question of the film being classified anything higher than an M for local release. The original US theatrical release carried a PG-13 classification, and I have a US theatrical one-sheet poster in my possession to back this up." [M. C. Thomason]

 
The Last Savage - Part II (1976)
Directors Alfredo and Angelo Castiglioni
Classifications Banned (1985)
Uncut Releases Unknown.
Original Entry Refused-Classification. [Thanks to RC]

 
Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1992)
Director Jeff Burr
Cut Formats VHS
Classifications R (25/5/1990 - 80 mins film, 20/11/1990 - 78 mins PAL)
Cut Footage Unspecified gore scenes are missing from the currently released version.
Reason To obtain a US R rating.
Uncut Releases A US laserdisc special edition reinstates scenes that were only available in the European version, however the audio commentary implies that other scenes exist. [Source: Video Watchdog] A bootleg of this version is also circulating on US VHS.

 
Lethal Panther / Jing Tian Long Hu Bao (1990)
Director Godfrey Ho
Classifications Banned (6/11/1991 - 96 mins film)
Uncut Releases Unknown.
Comments A Hong Kong production featuring chicks with guns.

 
Lethal Weapon IV (1998)
Director Richard Donner
Cut Formats VHS, Film
Classifications M (11/8/1998 - 126 mins film), MA (2/7/1998 - 127 mins film, 11/1/1999 DVD)
Cut Footage Miscellaneous violence.
Reason Cut locally by the distributor to get a more financially viable M rating.
Uncut Releases Local sell-through VHS and DVD (Warner), US DVD (Warner).

 
Let Me Die a Woman (1978)
Director Doris Wishman
Cut Formats VHS
Classifications R (1981)
Cut Footage Self-castration and sex-change operation material.
Reason Cut to avoid being banned.
Uncut Releases UK VHS.
Original Entry Refused-Classification. [Thanks to RC]

 
Licence to Kill (1989)
Director John Glen
Cut Formats Film, VHS, DVD
Classifications M
Cut Footage Following the release of the ultimate edition DVD in 2006, the MPAA trims were listed below were identified as being restored for the first time on home video. Note that the previous Australian special edition DVD did not restore these MPAA cuts made for the film's theatrical PG-13 release.
   (a) A shot of Felix' severed leg in the water.
   (b) The oriental woman Loti being shot in each breast.
   (c) Krest's head exploding against the glass.
   (d) Dario's legs being diced as he falls into the mincer.
   (e) Sanchez' burning.
   [Source: Gavin Salkeld from GnC Films. Also refer to DVD Compare.]
Reason Cut by the studio MGM to appease the US censors for a PG-13 rating. It was also originally cut for the UK release.
Uncut Releases The local ultimate edition DVD (Sony/MGM) contains the first uncut release of the film in Australia in any format at 127:41 PAL time. UK and US UE DVD (MGM/Sony).

 
Lifeforce (1985)
Director Tobe Hooper
Cut Formats VHS, Film
Classifications M
Cut Footage Some violence.
Reason The director’s cut was edited down by the studio MGM, removing about 15 minutes from the overall running time.
Uncut Releases Unrated US DVD (MGM), UK DVD (MGM), US laserdisc and VHS (MGM).

 
Linda (1980)
Director Jess Franco
Cut Formats Film
Classifications R (1982)
Cut Footage Two second's worth of material.
Reason Cut to avoid being banned.
Uncut Releases Local VHS.
Original Entry Refused-Classification. [Thanks to RC]

 
Live Wire (1992)
Director Christian Duguay
Cut Formats VHS [assumption]
Classifications M (13/1/1993 - 82 mins PAL or 85:24 mins NTSC)
Cut Footage Sex scene footage between Pierce Brosnan and Lisa Eilbacher. The UK version is also reportedly cut.
Reason Cut to obtain a US R rating.
Uncut Releases US DVD and VHS (Warner) with a running time of approximately 86 mins NTSC. The DVD contains both the US R and unrated versions.

 
The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue / Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (1974)
Director Jordi Grau
Classifications Banned (1978)
Uncut Releases UK DVD, US DVD.
Original Entry Refused-Classification. [Thanks to RC]

 
Lolita (1997)
Director Adrian Lynn
Cut Formats VHS, Film, DVD
Classifications R
Cut Footage Nudity.
Reason Cut to obtain a US R rating.
Uncut Releases Unknown.
More Details Visit MichaelDVD.

 
Lord of Illusions (1995)
Director Clive Barker
Cut Formats VHS, Film
Classifications MA (15/8/1995 - 109 mins film)
Cut Footage Some static gore is missing from scenes cut to shorten the film, and one or two bloodier moments throughout such when Butterfield's face spurts blood after being struck, plus some footage in the sex scene.
Reason Cut to obtain a US R rating and to reduce the running time.
Uncut Releases The US VHS, laserdisc and DVD (all MGM), UK DVD (MGM) all contain the unrated director’s cut version that runs for an extra 12 minutes.

 
Lord of the Rings - Fellowship of the Ring (200)
Director Peter Jackson
Cut Formats VHS, Film, 2-disc DVD
Classifications M (14/12/201 - 178 mins film)
Cut Footage (a) At 154:53, the theatrical version on DVD is missing the shot where the lead Uruk-Kai Lurtz licks the bloody dagger blade after pulling it from his leg.
On the 4-disc extended edition DVD, commentry track #1, Peter Jackson says: "Scenes like the throat cutting and the arm being lopped off were obviously trimmed back really for ratings reasons." Someone else then says, "no spurting allowed". In both versions, the arm lopping of the Lurtz is bloodless and the frame counts match exactly. I am not sure which throat cutting Jackson refers to, but the final battle does feature one Uruk-Kai's throat being sliced with a sword bloodlessly, shot from behind.
One may assume that the original edits of these scenes were more graphic than they are in both versions of Lord of the Rings, but this has not been confirmed. Jackon may have also cut them before he submitted the film to the US MPAA.
   The New Zealand theatrical version DVD release is also missing the dagger licking shot.
Reason Cut to obtain a US PG rating.
Uncut Releases Local extended edition 4-disc DVD (Roadshow).

 
Lost Souls (1980)
Director T.F. Mous
Classifications Banned (1981)
Uncut Releases Unknown.
Original Entry Refused-Classification.[Thanks to RC]

 
Love Camp (1976)
Director Jess Franco
Cut Formats VHS
Classifications R (1981)
Cut Footage Sleaze and violence.
Reason Cut to avoid being banned.
Uncut Releases Forthcoming Swiss DVD.
Original Entry Refused-Classification. [Thanks to RC]

 
Love Letters of a Portugese Nun (1977)
Director Jess Franco
Cut Formats Film
Classifications R (1980), Banned (1980)
Cut Footage Violence - possibly the torture squence of the young female virgin nun by stretching and fire.
Reason Cut to avoid being banned.
Uncut Releases US DVD, Forthcoming Swiss DVD, Finnish VHS (Alfa Video, Helsinki as Tuhansien Himojen Luostari) with a running time of 85:26 PAL.
Original Entry Refused-Classification. [Thanks to RC]

 
Lucker (1986)
Director Johan Vandewoestijne
Classifications Banned - Customs confiscation [speculation]
Uncut Releases Dutch VHS.
Comments This Belgian film features a psycho who is partial to screwing his victims post-mortem.

 
Lust for Freedom (1987)
Director Eric Louzil
Cut Formats VHS
Classifications R (1989), Banned (1987)
Cut Footage Unknown.
Reason Cut to avoid being banned.
Uncut Releases None.
Original Entry Refused-Classification. [Thanks to RC]

 
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