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Release: Sep 04, 2013 - Author: Mike Lowrey - Translator: Mike Lowrey - external link: IMDB
Little Deaths is a British production that was made in 2011 and is comprised out of 3 episodes with absurdly twisted stories that all have in common that they show sexuality in a rather sick fashion. However, that is so abstract that it manages to entertain the viewer just by its bulkiness. If you can accept what you are served, you can actually enjoy the episodic work, even though it's not really material for an evening with buddies like the V/H/S franchise.

The aforementioned sexual violence was a problem with the BBFC, though. Their guidelines are strictly against this sort of content and led to several films being censored in order to get a rating. In contrast to other countries, a classification by the BBFC is mandatory if a distributor wants to release a film in England's retail. In order to obtain the BBFC 18 rating, a scene had to undergo changes because the board members identified sadistic humiliation in it. That should explain the 2 cuts (3 if you add the urinating scene). But apart from that, distributor Monster Pictures made even more changes to the film that has several scenes with the explicit depiction of male nudity and sperm. There's usage of alternate material in 2 of the 3 episodes. It makes some shots more harmless but sometimes it's not very clear whether it really has the desired effect (e.g. close vs. distant shot, where you can actually see more). So it's partly understandable why the distributor chose to label this release as Exclusive Director's Cut". Still, it's rather misleading since some customers might think that this wording is a hint at something positively exclusive when all they really get is a censored film.

If you want to own Little Deaths in its uncensored form, you can choose between the US DVD which is labeled "unrated" or you can purchase it in Germany. This release by distributor Sunfilm is Region 2, has an English audio track and is available on DVD and Blu-ray. Attention: it has been re-named for the German market to Obsession - Tödliche Spiele.


Comparison between the censored British BBFC 18 DVD (by Monster Pictures) and the uncensored German FSK Keine Jugendfreigabe (18) DVD (by Sunfilm).

11 differences, consisting of
9 scenes with alternate material
2 cuts

The uncut version runs 28.92 seconds longer than the BBFC 18 DVD.
Alternate material
0:18:03: Odd alteration. The BBFC 18 version inserts a blur effect and a small cut when Richard has his orgasm while we see him thrusting in one piece in the uncut version. It doesn't really reduce the intensity of the moment if that was the goal behind it.
The German DVD runs 1.48 sec. longer

BBFC 18German DVD



Alternate material
0:18:10: The BBFC 18 version has the camera staying on the heavily breathing Richard while the uncut version switches to Sorrow. She lies on the bed apathetic while sperm runs down her face.
The BBFC 18 runs 0.68 sec. longer

BBFC 18German DVD



0:18:23: A simple cut this time. Richard wipes sperm from Sorrow's corner of the eye, over her cheek and to her lips.
4 sec.



0:18:53: Sorrow licks some of Richard's sperm from her mouth and Richard chuckles in excitement: "Whoa, look at that.". Sitting in the background, Victoria comments: "The little slut's enjoying herself.".
6.64 sec.



Alternate material
0:19:31: The BBFC 18 version shows Richard finishing his sentence about sinners while the uncut version switches to Sorrow. Richard urinates on her and says with a grin: "I baptize you in the name of the Father, the son and the holy ghost.". In between, we see shots of Richard, the observing Victoria and the defiled Sorrow. When Richard is done, he says: "Clean as a whistle.".
The German DVD runs 16.4 sec. longer

BBFC 18German DVD



Alternate material
0:33:58: Well, if the Brits think that this is censorship...: the gigantic penis of the mutant is depicted in a more distant shot in the BBFC 18 version and the camera pan ends with the member ejaculating several times in the bucket standing underneath it. The uncut version pans closer along the penis. We don't see it ejaculating but maybe the closer sight of the sewn up wounds were the reason?
The German DVD runs 2.08 sec. longer

BBFC 18German DVD



Alternate material
0:34:19: BBFC 18: dripping penis. Uncut: bucket with sperm.
No time difference

BBFC 18German DVD



Alternate material
0:39:09: More of the same.
No time difference

Alternate material
0:39:30: And again.
No time difference

Alternate material
0:49:54: As the mutant wobbles in his cage, the uncut version zooms in more.
No time difference

BBFC 18German DVD



Alternate material
0:55:16: Actually, the BBFC 18 version shows more here. The uncut version pans down at the member and then back up to the shockingly screaming Jen. The BBFC 18 version begins with the shocked Jen and then pans down the monstrous penis and shows how it ejaculates into the bucket.
The BBFC 18 runs 1 sec. longer

BBFC 18German DVD

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