Cheering, hysterics, ecstasy. Those are the chosen words if you need to describe the mood the action film fans were in before the theatrical release of The Expendables
. And absolutely, the cast list seems as if director and leading actor Sylvester Stallone satisfies any needs a genre fan could have. He gathered almost any more or less present action star of the 80s, 90s and today. Part of that amazing cast are class A celebs like him or Jason Statham and also many heroes from innumberable DTV productions like Dolph Lundgren or Eric Roberts. With ex wrestler Steve Austin, Jet Li, UFC fighter Randy Couture, Mickey Rourke and even Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis with a cameo the ensembles (besides theother actors) gets completed with many more actors well-known in the action genre. Except Kurt Russell, Steven Seagal and Jean-Claude van Damme, who turned Stallone down, all mainstream action stars are in it.
Most of the fans like the movie. According to the director's commentary with Stallone, some scenes aren't as good as they could have been because the budget was tight but the movie finally works as an oldschool action flick, nothing else matters. The audience appreciated that, the movie made 275 million USD at box offices worldwide. As a result of that, the sequel can be considered a done deal.
Rated R in the US, the label made the decision to bring it with a BBFC 15 rating in movie theaters in the UK. According to the BBFC, one cut had to be made to get that rating. It wouldn't have been a big deal to get the BBFC 18 rating for the uncensored version, but a lower rating is more profitable.
The BBFC offers details about the concerning scene:
|The company chose to remove one shot, showing a hero sadistically twisting a knife into a guard's neck, in order to obtain a '15' classification. Cut made in accordance with BBFC Guidelines and policy. An uncut '18' classification was available.|
Unfortunately, the UK DVD only contains the censored Theatrical Version (BBFC 15). The Blu-ray contains the Uncut Version instead.
Compared are the BBFC 15 DVD
and the Uncut R-Rated DVD
(both released by Lionsgate).
1 cut = 2 seconds1:10:40
Missing scene with Barney: he twists the knife in the heavily bleeding neck wound of the "Almost Rapist". Then Barney pushes him away.