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  • NL DVD / HK DVD / Thai DVD
  • UK DVD
Release: Feb 06, 2011 - Author: Mike Lowrey - Translator: DaxRider123 - external link: IMDB
The Resident Evil-franchise is a textbook example of a cashcow. For years, the developers made a huge amount of money with the games and they soon realized and utilized the potential of making the games into movies. As long ago as 2002 the first movie (co-produced by the German company "Constantin Film") received its theatrical release and Resident Evil: Afterlife by now is the fourth instalment of the series (not counting the animated film Resident Evil: Degeneration, where the producers already plan to release a sequel). With a budget of 60 million US-Dollars, the movie grossed almost five times the amount of the production costs way more money than any of the previous Resident Evil movies were able to gross and the amount of money will probably rise some more after releasing the movie for home cinema sector. Therefore it's nmot at all surprising that the producers already plan another sequel.

Before the movie hit the theatres in Germany, we were reliably informed that the German Theatrical Version would be censored. Further enquiries directed to Constantin films, however, stayed unanswered. At the end we could see that the German Theatrical Version was censored (retouched blood).

Since the movie uses a lot of CGI-effects and therefore also the blood was for the most part computer-generated, it was no surprise that the producers wanted to release a moderated version for the German release to be able to reach a younger audience (especially because a German production company was involved). From an economic point of view, the huge success with more than one million German moviegoers this plan is easily comprehensible.

A comparison of the NL-DVD released by Constantin and the English Blu-ray released by Sony now shows several blood-retouchings as well as some cuts. Therefore it seems to be possible that the NL DVD is similar to the German Theatrical Version. However, it's unlikely that the German version equals the version from the NL DVD because some of the missing scenes were included in the German Version. Especially the scene where Axeman's head is shot off (time index: 1:07:44) was - according to the memory of several team members - included in the German Theatrical Version. On the NL DVD, however, this scene is missing. Since there normally is no censorship for movie releases in the Netherlands it's safe to assume that the master used for this version was already censored.

This is a comparsion between the shortened Dutch NL 16-DVD (released by Entertainment One / Constantin Film) and the uncensored UK-Blu-ray (BBFC 15) (released by Sony Pictures).

Update:
Due to different sources it seems that the HK DVD and the Thai DVD also have the censored version. However, we have not checked that by ourselves but it seems plausible. If you have further informations please leave a commentary under the article.

27 differences:
22 scenes with blood-retouching
4 cuts due to censorship
1 scene with alternative footage

The uncensored version is 4.24 seconds longer than the shortened version.
0:03:24
When the man falls to the ground while being attacked by a zombie, he spits blood in the uncensored version.
No difference in time.

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0:08:12
When Alice uses her sword, the scene is (normally) pretty bloody. Not only did they retouch all the blood, Alice also decapitates a soldier. While you can obviously see that the head flies away along with the helmet, you in the censored version only see the helmet.
No difference in time.

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Cut due to Censorship
0:08:13
This scene gets rid of the myth that this is an "uncut" version. When Alice acrobatically decapitates two soldiers at once, several frames of the decapitations were cut out. The censored version therefore not only misses out on the blood effects but also the decapitation itself - instead, the heads just fly through the air without the audience knowing how they were chopped off. However, the heads fly through the air 6 frames earlier than in the uncut version.
0.72 sec.



0:08:13
The torsos bleed heavily and when the heads fly through the air, blood splashes.
No difference in time.

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0:08:22
This one is imperceptible. When the swords come out of the soldiers' backs, some blood splashes out of the left soldier's back. You can see it a little better when Alice turns the swords - blood runs out of the wounds.
No difference in time.

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0:08:37
The exit wound bleeds heavily.
No difference in time.

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0:08:41
Alice pulls the sword out of the back; again, blood splashes.
No difference in time.

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0:09:51
The three shots hitting Alice's chest are bloodier in the uncut version.
No difference in time.

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Cut due to Censorship
0:10:31
Now follows the next real cut. When Wesker shoots his security chief in the head, the censored version version cuts to the next shot in advance. Normally you see a few more frames: blood splashes, you can clearly see the bullet hole and in the end the man sidewise falls to the ground. In return, the censored version shows the next shot a little earlier when you see from above how the man falls to the ground.
1.08 sec.



0:10:32
When the executed security chief falls to the ground it's clearly visible how his wound bleeds on the white floor. In the censored version, everything stays clean.
No difference in time.

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0:12:14
The left Alice-clone is shot in the head in mid-air. You can see the bullet hole on her forehead - at least in the uncensored version.
No difference in time.

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0:12:37
The other clone is shot in the chest, again there normally is blood. In the censored version there's not even a bullet hole.
No difference in time.

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1:00:53
When Luther shoots the zombie in the head on the roof, blood splashes. It's barely visible.
No difference in time.

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1:03:20
At short intervals Alice shoots several zombies in the head. In the censored version, again, there's no blood.
No difference in time.

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1:03:24
A slightly different censorship this time. While so far it was no problem to show zombies' torsos being hit, they for this scene changed the color of the blood.
No difference in time.

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1:03:36
These headshots shown in slow-motion miss out on all the blood.
No difference in time.

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1:03:58
Even though the censored version shows some blood when Alice shoots some zombies with a shotgun, the uncut version shows more blood splashing out of the exit wounds.
No difference in time.

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1:04:01
Same goes for those zombies who are standing behind the others and are smashed by the coins.
No difference in time.

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Cut due to Censorship
1:04:57
Again, a cut due to censorship. When Kim Yong is cut-up by the hammer, the censored version misses out on a few frames showing some bloody details.
0.44 sec.



1:04:57
When you see a different angle of the Asian's death, it's also visible that the shot was zoomed for the censored version. Additionally, a lot of blood was retouched and if you take a look at the left half of the body you will also see that it was toned down. Therefore, it's barely visible that Kim was cut in half.
No difference in time.

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Alternative Footage
1:07:40
To begin with, that's not censorship in the proper meaning of the word. In the censored version there's a cut to Axeman kneeling down while the uncensored version uninterruptedly shows Alice in slow-motion pointing her rifle at him.
1.08 sec.

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Cut due to Censorship
1:07:44
Now follows an obviously censored scene. The "splattery" headshot that tears the Axeman's head to pieces was cut. In return, the censored version offers a sideview of Alice and Claire.
0.92 sec.

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1:23:08
When Alice at the last second shoots the zombie dog, blood splashes - not so in the censored version. Same goes for the following shot from a bird's-eye perspective.
No difference in time.

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1:23:37
The second dog's death (killed by the piece of glass) is - normally - pretty bloody.
No difference in time.

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1:24:21
Wesker's headshot was retouched as well.
No difference in time.

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1:24:55
When Wesker gets up, blood runs out of the wound on his head.
No difference in time.

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1:25:12
Claire and Chris Redfield shoot Wesker's chest several times. The entry wounds are bloodier in the uncut version, while in the censored version there's hardly any blood.
No difference in time.

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