Taken 2 - Unrated Director's Cut on DVD/Blu-ray
It has become quite an automatism to censor the French-American productions of Luc Besson in order to achieve the lucrative PG-13 rating for the cinematical run. Taken had to face this fate and so did Colombiana and Lockout. As obligatory as cuts were for the theatrical version, the same goes for the home video releases that all came out as unrated versions. They all are further proof that cinemagoers just got to see an edited form of the movies they paid for to see.
When the sequel Taken 2 got its PG-13 rating in the US, it was safe to say that it was censored, as well. Right on time for the cinematical start, Collider sat down with director Olivier Megaton and interviewed him about the film. Here, he also talks about the general censorship situation of films induced by the MPAA. As a European, Megaton is not familiar with such restrictive guidelines regarding the PG-13 rating and is puzzled about the sensitivity and the constantly changing behavior of the MPAA. His comparison between the narrowmindedness when it comes to the films of Luc Besson and the almost incomprehensible generosity for the PG-13 rating of The Dark Knight ("It's fucking violent, man.") is quite striking.
When he is asked whether Taken 2 had to be censored, as well, Megaton confirms and says that actually every action scene was edited and reduced in violence. The upcoming home cinema releases would contain an unrated cut of the movie, though:
The runtime of the additional material that Megaton mentions here surprises a little. Even the heavily censored first part was "only" 3 minutes longer in its unrated version. It's not very probable that these 10 minutes are all just restored violence. Megaton also says something about "more love story".
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