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Saw

Comparison:

  • R-Rated
  • US Uncut Edition
Release: Mar 23, 2008 - Author: Glogcke - Translator: Victor - external link: IMDB
In the USA "Saw" had already been cut for the commercially more viable "R Rating" to avoid the otherwise given NC-17 Rating. Apart from some presentations during early film festivals this shortened R-Rated-version was shown in the cinemas. The Unrated version however, was presented in cinemas in Great Britain, where both the R-rated and the Unrated version were later released on DVD.

In the USA the Unrated Edition is just called "Uncut Edition". In Germany two uncut versions have been released. The US uncut edition is named in Germany "US Director's Cut". This one differs from the German Uncut Version (=German Director's Cut) in five scenes.

The two compared versions are the Theatrical Version (R-Rated) of the old UK DVD from Entertainment in Video and the Unrated Version (Director`s Cut / NC 17) of the German DVD from Kinowelt.






  • The time data is taken from the cut version.
  • The screenshots have been brightened slightly.
  • Altogether there are 14 Cuts listed in the R-Rated Version with a running time of 24,2 seconds (alternative footage not included).
  • The coloring has also been changed in the Unrated Version. Not only the b/w color differences are meant here, but also the colors in comparison.
  • Thanks goes to Paul Rudoff who send some NTSC Timecodes and informations.
0.02:45 (PAL / Old UK DVD with R-Rated Version)
0.02:52 (NTSC / US R-Rated DVD)
0.02:52 (NTSC / US Unrated DVD / BD)
The corpse is lying in the middle of the room between the main protagonists. A close-up of the corpsesī destroyed head has been removed.
1,56 Sec.



0.16:04 (PAL / Old UK DVD with R-Rated Version)
Hard to believe, but the first take of the dead man in the barbed wire has been shortened by only 8 frames. Whether or not the effect of the scene is toned down that way is questionable - nothing is moving and the picture is on screen long enough even in the cut version.
0,32 Sec.

0.16:24 (PAL / Old UK DVD with R-Rated Version)
0.17:04 (NTSC / US R-Rated DVD)
0.17:08 (NTSC / US Unrated DVD / BD)
Another take of the dead man in the barbed wire has been removed.
1,04 Sec.



0.16:25 (PAL / Old UK DVD with R-Rated Version)
0.17:04 (NTSC / US R-Rated DVD)
0.17:08 (NTSC / US Unrated DVD / BD)
A take of the corpses' gaping stomach wound is missing.
1,08



0.17:23 (PAL / Old UK DVD with R-Rated Version)
0.18:07 (NTSC / US R-Rated DVD)
0.18:12 (NTSC / US Unrated DVD / BD)
The really intense time-lapse sequence, in which the naked man tries to escape the barbed-wired cage, is much longer in the uncut version (about twice as long).
Nothing can be seen really due to the increasing speed of the screen sequence, but the intensity of the shock effect increases drastically.
3,4 Sec.



0.17:33 (PAL / Old UK DVD with R-Rated Version)
0.18:16 (NTSC / US R-Rated DVD)
0.18:26 (NTSC / US Unrated DVD / BD)
The man's back-wound, illuminated by the Chinese policemanīs flashlight, is on screen a little longer.
0,68 Sec.

0.17:34 (PAL / Old UK DVD with R-Rated Version)
0.18:16 (NTSC / US R-Rated DVD)
0.18:26 (NTSC / US Unrated DVD / BD
The first difference in color: One of the wounds is presented in b/w in the uncut version. In the Theatrical Version this picture is colored. Apart from that the wound is on screen for a longer period of time.
0,52 Sec.
Left Uncut, right Theatrical



0.17:56 (PAL / Old UK DVD with R-Rated Version)
0.18:40 (NTSC / US R-Rated DVD)
0.18:50 (NTSC / US Unrated DVD / BD)
More fast inserts of the corpse in the barbed wire and some wounds.
0,84 Sec.



0.17:56 (PAL / Old UK DVD with R-Rated Version)
0.18:40 (NTSC / US R-Rated DVD)
0.18:50 (NTSC / US Unrated DVD / BD)
The last picture of the sequence (see cut above this one), before it changes to the second crime scene (the burned corpse), is again presented in b/w in the uncut version, while the picture remains colored in the Theatrical Version.
No time difference
Uncut left, Theatrical right



0.26:01 (PAL / Old UK DVD with R-Rated Version)
0.27:01 (NTSC / US R-Rated DVD)
0.27:13 (NTSC / US Unrated DVD / BD)
The woman with the reversed bear trap on her head stabs the man on the floor, who has the key inside his stomach, one more time (off screen).
0,92 Sec.



0.26:01 (PAL / Old UK DVD with R-Rated Version)
0.27:01 (NTSC / US R-Rated DVD)
0.27:13 (NTSC / US Unrated DVD / BD)
The cut above is immediately followed by another cut: One can see the woman for a longer period of time while stabbing.
0,4 Sec.



0.26:23 (PAL / Old UK DVD with R-Rated Version)
0.27:30 (NTSC / US R-Rated DVD)
0.27:43 (NTSC / US Unrated DVD / BD)
In the uncut version, the woman is rummaging through the manīs guts for the key. She is seen four times, desperately crying and shaking her head while she remembers what is also shown four times: her search for the key in the manīs intestines.
In the Theatrical Version she is only shown two times and her search is only shown once. This take is a little longer, though.
The uncut version runs 4,4 Sec. longer.



1.26:28 (PAL / Old UK DVD with R-Rated Version)
1:30:10 (NTSC / US R-Rated DVD)
1:30:27 (NTSC / US Unrated DVD / BD)
The doctor saws off his own foot. Two takes have been removed in the Theatrical Version: The doctor with his shirt in his mouth as well as a shot of the sawing itself.
4,44 Sec.



1.26:28 (PAL / Old UK DVD with R-Rated Version)
1:30:10 (NTSC / US R-Rated DVD)
1:30:27 (NTSC / US Unrated DVD / BD)
The scene in which Dr. Gordon continues to saw off his foot is cut differently in both versions.
Another take of Adam screaming, as he is forced to watch Dr. Gordon saw off his foot is included only in the uncut version (1st picture).
The following take of Gordon sawing (off screen) has been shortened in the Theatrical Version (2nd picture).
But only the Theatrical Version includes a take of Adam throwing himself to the ground screaming (3rd picture).
Theatrical= 5,92 Sec.
Uncut= 9,68 Sec.
Difference= 3,76 Sec.



1.26:54 (PAL / Old UK DVD with R-Rated Version)
1:30:33 (NTSC / US R-Rated DVD)
1:31:02 (NTSC / US Unrated DVD / BD)
After Danny Glover has smashed Zepp against the bars, we see another take of Dr. Gordon sawing. This has once again been shortened in the Theatrical Version.
0,84 Sec.

1:39:04 (NTSC / US R-Rated DVD)
1:38:56 (NTSC / US Unrated DVD / BD)
According to the IMDb the song "Bite The Hand That Bleeds" by Fear Factory that originally played over the end credits has been replaced on the uncut version of the film on DVD by an original piece of music by Charlie Clouser entitled "Zepp Overature". This we have not checked ourselves after the UK DVD came out and the comparison was made.
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