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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

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  • Theatrical Version
  • Unrated Extended Cut
Release: Jul 08, 2013 - Author: Mike Lowrey - Translator: Mike Lowrey - external link: IMDB
In a time where Hollywood studios don't want to risk much and therefore bet on popular names or sequels/remakes/reboots in order to make money, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is an original exotic. It never takes itself seriously and that is its huge advantage. The witty premise to show the two siblings as adult bounty hunters that hunt down witches with heavy-calibered weapons and one-liners deserves applause. Of course, it's not embedded in an award-winning script and also quite short with a runtime of 80 minutes (without credits) but the recipe is cooked up to a film that is well-paced. The other bold studio decision was to release the film with an "R" rating in cinemas. Even though a more soft "R" version was produced, the test audience preferred the harder one. And looking at what Dead Snow director Tommy Wirkola used this freedom for, it's safe to say that it was the right call. Within such an ironic context, the room for cocky dialogues, diverse gory splatter scenes and extensive brawls is wide and used well. Even more so in the Unrated Cut.

This Unrated Extended Cut of the movie is a really satisfying affair. Even though it adds over 9 minutes of material, barely anything of that is useless. Much of the new stuff is so entertaining that it bares the question why it wasn't included in the short theatrical version in the first place. Especially striking is that the Unrated has considerable additions in the violence department. It wasn't even necessary to put the ominous "baby scene" back in to heighten the death toll. Wirkola stated in an interview that this moment provoked shocked reactions in test audiences and was removed. All in all, the film's fun factor is visibly increased by the Unrated Cut, making it decidedly recommendable for viewers that already had fun with the theatrical version.

Comparison between the Theatrical Version (R-Rated) and the Unrated Extended Cut (both included in the US BD/DVD set by Paramount Pictures).

36 differences, consisting of
19 extended scenes
5 extended scenes with alternate material
5 additional scenes
4 scenes with alternate material
2 extended scenes in the theatrical version
1 alternate dialogue

The Unrated runs 553.46 sec. or approx. 9 minutes 14 seconds longer than the Theatrical Version.
Alternate material
0:05:47: As Gretel stabs the witch, her face is already bloodied in the TC while the UR shows how blood splashes in her face.
The TC runs 0.5 sec. longer

Theatrical CutUnrated



Extended scene
0:06:11: The UR shows how the witch struggles wildly in the oven and pushes her face against the window. Finally, one of her eyes explodes.
5.68 sec.



Extended scene
0:14:20: A little longer how the witch flees through the woods. Hansel falls while pursuing her but gets back up and continues to run after her.
10.72 sec.



Extended scene
0:18:26: The bearded hunter wants to take the coins but Berringer grabs his hand violently and tells him that the job has to be done first.
10.08 sec.



Additional scene
0:20:41: Muriel hits the hunter's head so hard that she crushes it and takes out the man's brain. She throws it to the ground and goes away.
6.08 sec.



Extended scene
0:21:03: The dogs begin to eat their former owner's body.
7.64 sec.



Additional scene
0:21:53: Hansel wants to impress a lady at the pub by telling her one of his witch hunt stories. He describes how he fought one and ripped her tongue out and she began to urinate. Hansel emphasizes that the urine of witches is like acid (even though it can cure poison ivy incidents and insect bites in small doses). Obviously, the woman isn't too turned on by that story and goes away. The barkeeper looks at Hansel, who is a little grumpy now.
36.92 sec.



Extended scene with alternate material
0:22:41: As the slighty drunk Hansel joins Gretel and Jackson at the table, the scene is partly identical content-wise but only the UR has Hansel rant about the women in the pub (which is due to the UR-exclusive attempt at flirting shown previously).
The UR runs approx. 7 sec. longer



Extended scene in the TC
0:25:19: The hunter explodes a little longer in the Theatrical Cut.
+ 0.44 sec.



Extended scene
0:25:21: The barkeeper gets hit with body parts of the hunter.
2.44 sec.



Additional scene
0:25:39: Muriel returns to her lair and two witches await her. They have made preparations for the upcoming ritual and are happy because they abducted a boy they can use as an experiment. He lies tied up on the ground.
45.24 sec.



Extended scene
0:27:03: The three witches can be seen with the boy in the catacombs. Muriel forces him to eat a living frog. He is then laid onto a barrow and Muriel kills him with a cleaver (offscreen). That explains the bloody "soup" they eat, which can be seen in the TC, as well.
35.08 sec.



Extended scene in the TC
TC: 0:30:50: A little more fighting between Gretel and the witch who loses her crossbow in the process.
+ 0.8 sec.


Extended scene
0:34:32: The witch throws Gretel against a tree and Hansel has to dodge her. In played anger, he asks her if she could stop that.
6.52 sec.



Extended scene with alternate material
0:35:46: As the sibling interrogate the witch, the UR has more material. She twitches her head and they can't really tell why. The explanation is given to the viewer as the next scene takes place in Muriel's lair where the other witch is telepathically connected to the interrogated witch and reports to Muriel what she sees. Hansel starts punching the witch in front of him and she finally falls out of trance. When she is asked where the children are, she replies: "Why don't you two go fuck yourselves. No, no, better: fuck each other!". She chuckles. In the TC, she only responds with a grim laugh without insulting before.
The UR runs 57 sec. longer



Extended scene
0:40:02: After the red-haired is done with the boy who told her that she should be damned, she replies: "Too late, already damned.".
3.32 sec.



Alternate dialogue
0:41:16: As Gretel demands Muriel to say her name, she uses a different colorful description of what would follow if Muriel didn't:

TC: "Say your name before my arrows rip out your throat."
UR: "Say your name or I'll pin you to the fucking wall."
The TC runs 1 sec. longer

Theatrical CutUnrated



Extended scene with alternate material
0:42:07: After Hansel threw the red-haired witch onto the wheelbarrow, she immediately counters with a kick to the face in the TC. In the UR, he punches her in the face multiple times until she is seemingly unconscious. He then utters: "Feisty bitch.". As he wants to get his handcuffs, she kicks him in the face. Edward is shown a bit later in the TC, as well.
The UR runs 10.5 sec. longer



Extended scene
0:42:21: The witch swoops down on Hansel and bites him in the hip area. He tries to get up.
2.96 sec.



Extended scene
0:42:30: The UR shows Hansel bludgeoning the witch with the milk bottle and she responds by grabbing his crotch. He takes a hammer and hits her head with it.
7.36 sec.



Extended scene
0:42:39: He throws the hammer onto her and she sits up.
5.2 sec.



Extended scene
0:42:53: The wrestling match between them continues. She throws a part of the wheelbarrow at Hansel and then throws herself against him so that they both land on the ground. She tries to stab him with a dagger but he can take it away and stab it in her eye. She screams and flees as she pulls the dagger out of her eye.
19.44 sec.



Additional scene
0:45:04: Hansel holds on to the "broom" but is shaken off with a blow to the face. He falls into the woods. This is followed by a new scene that shows Augsburg on the next day. The citizens gather and look at all the devastation caused last night. The mayor tries to calm them down but Sheriff Berringer sees his chance to take over the command by blaming the mayor and the witch hunters for what happened. As the mayor defends them and wants to reason with the emotional crowd, Berringer shoots him in the neck and finishes him with a second shot.
88.2 sec.



Extended scene
0:51:15: This alteration is a little more complex because the TC shows the scene in which Gretel is captured and beaten up by the sheriff and his men in one piece. The UR splits it up into three parts and is longer. The scene's content in the TC is described completely here while the description for the UR focuses on the additional material.

TC: As she wants to convince Berringer that the witches plan something big, he tells her to shut up and says that it's her turn to bleed now. Gretel then immediately bites him in the nose. He is furious, strikes her to the ground and adds two kicks in the stomach. Then, Edward comes to the rescue.

UR: Firstly, Berringer takes revenge for the headbutt he got from Gretel earlier in Augsburg and punches her in the face. In the second part of the scene, the severed Gretel has to endure Berringer's smalltalk about how one has to be hard to horses if one wants to tame them and be their boss. He obviously sees a parallel to his actions with Gretel. Edward observes the events from the woods. Then, Gretel bites Berringer in the nose (as is shown in the TC, as well). One of his henchmen says that they should bring Gretel to the town now but Berringer is still furious and tells him that he's not yet done with Gretel. He kicks her in the stomach once more. After that, the scene with Hansel and Mina is longer, as well. He appears a little ashamed and tries to stay at the shore. Later, the third part of Gretel's capture follows and it has a huge alteration that shows that Gretel would have had to endure much more than just more kicks and punches as the TC suggests. The UR shows that Berringer and his men were planning to rape Gretel. A few clothes are already removed and Berringer tells his men that they can have her after he is finished with her and if there's anything left of her after that. Then, Edwards storms out of the woods to rescue Gretel.
The UR runs 73 sec. longer



Alternate material
0:56:59: As Edward approaches Berringer, both versions have a different shot of him. The TC is closer, the UR more distanced.
The UR runs 0.5 sec. longer


Extended scene with alternate material
1:14:04: As Hansel tells Mina to wait for his signal, she asks him in the UR how that signal is supposed to look like. He replies: "Oh, it'll be me. Blowing one of these bitches' heads off.". The TC has her looking him leave without asking.
The UR runs 2 sec. longer



Extended scene
1:14:39: As Hansel enters the place of the ceremony, he greets the witches and apologizes ironically for not having an invitation for their dinner party but that he did not come empty-handed. Muriel tells her colleagues that he is Hansel the famous witch hunter, responsible for the deaths of over 600 witches. They start screaming at him.
30.88 sec.



Extended scene
1:15:21: The witches don't seem to take Hansel's threat of killing them all too seriously. They laugh at him until Muriel orders them to be quiet.
8.92 sec.



Extended scene
1:16:52: Mina struggles more with the MG and the witch with the spiky hair begins to force feed the children with frogs.
8.32 sec.



Extended scene
1:17:08: The witch panics and screamingly forces another girl to eat a frog.
3.32 sec.



Alternate material
1:18:04: After the witch gets the offscreen headshot, the kids have barely any blood in their faces in the TC while the UR provides the opposite and shows additional kids, too.
The UR runs 0.5 sec. longer

Theatrical CutUnrated



Extended scene with alternate material
1:19:26: After Hansel kicked the siamese witch in the face which causes the lower half to become unconscious, the TC ends it there. Hansel gets up and that's it. The UR shows how the upper half of the witch gains control of the body and is ready to attack Hansel. An arrow in the head, shot by Gretel from a distance, kills the witch, though. Gretel and Mina then join Hansel and he introduces them to each other. They briefly greet each other and Gretel gets going again.
The UR runs 24.5 sec. longer



Additional scene
1:20:20: Another witch becomes a victim of the wires even though she avoids the ones her colleagues encountered. She flies into a different direction but then her head is suddenly cut in half.
7.48 sec.



Extended scene
1:25:01: Before Mina dies, she tells Hansel: "I want you to just...kill that fucking bitch."
3 sec.



Extended scene
1:27:49: After Gretel injected the syringe into Hansel's leg, they both lie on the ground tired, take each other's hands and joke around ironically. Gretel tells Hansel that she hates him and he replies that she looks "like shit". She returns the compliment.
25.4 sec.



Alternate material
1:28:52: Ben almost throws up in the TC. In the UR, he does it all the way.
The UR runs 1 sec. longer

Theatrical CutUnrated

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