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Release: Jan 21, 2010 - Author: Glogcke - Translator: Gladion - external link: IMDB
Sharply criticized Action-Sciene-Fiction flick Ultraviolet was already cut strongly by Sony-branch ScreenGems: Against the will of Kurt Wimmer (Equilibrium) the original 120-minutes-version was cut down to 95 minutes. Then, additional seven minutes were removed to ensure a PG-13-rating. Many times, the faulty scenes are being replaced by alternate footage. The cut reports of The Fog, The Hills Have Eyes and The Devilís Rejects are prime examples to prove this.
It is a completely different thing with Ultraviolet. Although it cannot be ruled out that some of the initial scenes, during which Violet gets experimented on, as well as some flash backs to those scenes were too much for a PG-13 rating. Still, short, precise cuts are found exceedingly rarely. Usually, a complete plot block has been removed except - as in most other cases - shortening, altering or removing only the relevant shots. All in all, pretty much all cuts can be categorized as plot cuts.

Most new scenes in the unrated-version are under no circumstances to be classified as censorship though, and, with their clear dividing lines and lengths up to 60 seconds, remind more of the enhanced plot scenes of a typical 'Extended Version'.

At least you get a clear answer to the question which of the two versions should be considered when buying the movie, because the unrated version is much better than the theatrical cut. This is mostly because Ultraviolet is filled with action and rather boring steady-chases showing Violet run away with the boy. Even the most ruthless flicks hardly feature such a bad and unsophisticated balancing between plot and action. Solely the intro scene showing Violet steal the secret weapon goes on for almost 15 minutes, and that at a total runtime of merely 87 minutes. The unrated version does not remove any action scenes, but at least improves the balancing by adding extra plot. Also, the new plot scenes surely are deepening the story, partly even evidently important.
People who didn't like the theatrical cut won't like the unrated version, either - the differences are not this great.

Runtime of the theatrical cut(US-DVD): 87:29 Min.
Runtime of the unrated version (US DVD): 94:35 Min.

The theatrical cut of the PG-13 DVD by Sony Pictures/ScreenGems has been compared to the Unrated-DVD by Sony Pictures/ScreenGems
0.02.35
Extended plot scene
At the end of the opening credits, the earth's drawing from the faded-in comic is shown slightly longer in the unrated versino. There is a subsequuent edit to a real view of the earth. During this shot there is a voice-over by Violet, greeting the audience and telling she was born into a world they might not understand.

The voice-over is heard in the theatrical cut, too, but before the comics are faded-in resp. the drawn earth is shown. Also, the commentary has been auditorily assembled differently.
9.13 Sec.



0.05.34
Extended plot scene
Planes fly around a tower slightly longer while a voice-over by Violet is heard. There fade-out is different, too. Then, a scientist is walking towards the laboratory slightly longer.
0.63 Sec.


0.05.38
Extended plot scene
The scientist is shown longer standing baffledly in front of the microscope.
3,7 Sec.



0.05.47
Extended plot scene
The unrated version shows the numerous civilians walk around in fast motion then in slow motion. The theatrical cut features only the slow-motion shot.
6.07 Sec.



0.05.58
Extended and alternate plot scene

Unrated version:
The prologue is more detailed in the unrated version: It is being said that one of the plague's byeffects was longer teeth and therefore, it was connected to vampires. During this explanation, the unrated version shows a woman with longer teeth. Her teeth are being measured.
Violet subsequently continues telling that the media connected the sickness with vampirism due to the extended teeth, or did it because it was attracting attention. During this explanation, an old-fashioned truck is shown from where a man throws a pack of newspapers in front of a kiosk. The front page point toward the camera.
Then, a part of the explanation takes place which is also heard in the theatrical cut, but accompanied by different footage. here, Violet talks about the armlets the infected had to wear to reveal themselves. Image-wise, this part of the explanation is being accompanied by a scene where a completely black-shrouded family is walking on a street. The father shows his armlet. Some would-be tough guys are shouting at and insulting the "lepers".

Theatrical cut
The theatrical cut only features the part of the explanation with the armlets. Image-wise, this is being accompanied by a scene showing somebody with an armlet walking on a sidewalk (only arm + armlet are shown) and a forthcoming couple steering clear of that person.

Unrated
Length: 13.8 Sec.
Theatrical cut
Length: 5.87 Sec.



0.06.15
Alternate shot:
Violet with her boyfriend (flash back).
no time difference


0.06.20
Extended action scene
Close-up of the security guard shooting at the intruder who is fighting with Violet's boyfriend.
0.33 Sec.



0.06.23
Extended scene
The prologue ends completely differently in the unrated version and is much more detailed. The versions differ up from the shot showing Violet's hands which are sprinkled with the intruder's blood.

The bloody hands are shown slightly longer. Violet's boyfriend, who is lying on the ground is seen. He is startled as he look at Violet. She herself looks at the traces of the infected's blood on her entire body and holds her hand in front of her also blood-splattered face. Violet continues to tell that she now also disappeared in one of the many camps and became victim to countless experiments and tests. As she speaks, some scientists are seen being reflected in one of her tears, examining her. Then, the camera zooms away and Violet is shown in sterile clothing.
Violet continues telling that, just like everyone else, the sickness brought up a few changes in her. Her eyesight and audition improved, her bones got stronger and her body-own healing accellerated. In return, her life span was shortened drastically, so she had twelve years to live at most, until the infection would lead to death. Furthermore, she explains that, contrary to most other infected, she got less vulnerable to light. Just like others, though, she needed transfusions, and her pregnancy didn't help that.

From this part of the narrative on, Violet is shown with a rubbel ball in her mouth (pregnant) sitting on a chair getting electro shocks. She furthermore explains that they (the infected) were not superhuman. Even though they were stronger, they could die like anyone else. Exactly this is happening on the screen: Violet dies due to the countless experiments; her heart stops beating. She continues telling that they (the infected) stay dead, as long as nobody helps them. Fitting to this commentary, the accomodating images show pregnant Violet getting revived. Subsequently, she explains that she was revived so more experiments could be done to her, but that her child wasn't that lucky. Now, it is shown how she continues getting experimented on and getting a big needle into her neck.
63.23 Sec.



0.06.25
Alternate footage
The theatrical cut zooms further away from Violet, who is stroking her belly in which her child used to grow. The unrated version's zoom is shorter, but in return, the subsequent shot showing a resistance fighter in front of a government building is longer.
Unrated: 10.53 Sec.
Theatrical cut: 6.83 Sec.


0.06.34
Extended plot scene
The unrated version contains another shot showing two men in hazmat suits spray some sort of gas at Violet.
2.6 Sec.



0.16.59
Alternate footage
After the security guards have identified Violet in the beginning, two different view take place:
Unrated: The security guards see another shot of Violet getting experimented on on their screen. Then, a take of Violet getting a big needle into her neck is shown.

Theatrical cut: Here, simply a shot of the two guards is shown.

Unrated
Length: 1.43 Sec.
Theatrical cut
Lšnge: 1.07 Sec.



0.17.04
Alternate footage
Unrated: A shot of pregnant Violet on the security guards' screen + another shot of her face.

Theatrical cut: A shot of the security chief + a shot of a subordinate.
no time difference

UnratedTheatrical cut



0.22.19
Violet and several people walk slightly longer.
0.7 Sec.

0.22.25
Unrated shorter
The theatrical cut contains an additional take of Violet hiding behind the corner after having discovered two more armed men.
This scene was probably only removed from the unrated version because, shortly after that, a new, much longer plot scene is shown (see next cut).
- 0.43 Sec. in the unrated


0.22.25
New plot scene
After Violet has hidden behind the wall after seeing several security guards cutting off her way, the theatrical cut misses a rather long plot scene. Also, the footage is slightly different.

The shot showing Violet hide behind the wall and touch her mini-radio is an alternate shot, which is also longer (the theatrical cut doesn't show the radio at all).
So the following is missing completely:

Violet contacts her principal, the resitance's leader. Her radio projects an image of the leader, whom she subsequently talks to. He asks her whether she was "clean". She negates and makes clear guards are standing all over the place. She adds that she isn't sure whether she could manage to escape. The leader thereupon asks her whether she had the bomb, which she affirms. Without hesitating, he orders her to ignite it to destroy the stolen weapon. Suppressing an angered subtone, Violet asks if she was allowed to presume an alternative.
The leader allows that and she presumes opening the suitcase and using the enemy's weapon against them. The resistance's boss is stricly against that, though, and orders her to destroy the weapon and to sacrifice herself. She then answers she didn't care for herself since she'd die in 36 hours anyways, but that not every person within the range of a quarter of a mile has to die along with her, which would happen if she used the bomb. Her boss becomes indignant and explains he will not debate over his decision because their entire race's destiny relied on the destruction of that weapon. He then unambiguously orders her again to destroy the weapon with the bomb. As she tries to persuade him again, he determiningly presses her to stop the talk and to follow the order.
53.37 Sec.



0.22.35
New plot scene
A complete part of the chase is missing, during which the security guards follow Violet (afoot):
Violet enters a well-visited place with numerous civilians. The guards follow her tightly. Then she notices three tarted up chicks with face masks pulled over their faces. One of the three looks pretty similar to Violet. Therefore, she walks towards the women and huddles through them as she puts on her face mask. As the guards notice the scenario they storm towards the three women but cath the wrong one. Violet is already one story below.
36.1 Sec.



0.35.27
New plot scene
The theatrical cut misses another rather long scene showing Violet - now together with the boy - being chased. The two run down stairs in front of a big tower. Violet unfriendly says he should stay with her. The boy still stands there, turns around and, paralyzedly, stares at the tower. As Violet notices that, she stands still and calls the boy. Since the boy does not react, she goes to him and grabs his arm. Then he gets a lecture from her, in which she tries to explain the seriousness of this situation. Finally, she pokes his chest several times fith her finger. As Violet realizes the boy seems to be sad, she kneels down to him and calmly explains she only tries to do her best for him. Then he reaches out his hands for her face. As she notices this, she, slightly startled, slaps the boy's hand away and looks at him admonishingly.
65.87 Sec.



0.39.56
Extended and alternate plot scene
After Violet has seen the boy's arm, which has been stiched numerous times, both versions show an alternate shot of shocked Violet. The shot is longer in the theatrical cut. The unrated version shows several flash backs in return, emphasizing Violet remembers her time as a guinea pig.
All in all, the unrated version is still longer.

Unrated
Length: 5.73 Sec.
Theatrical cut
Length: 4.37 Sec.



1.06.36
New plot scene
The theatrical cut misses a rather long plot scene showing Violet in a hotel, looking down at the entrance hall. She watches a man reading a programme magazine and then impatiently looking at the clock. Shortly after, the man's family appears, consistent of his wife and two children. The man - noticeably pleased to see his relatives - greets his family: First the woman, and then the older daughter. Violet is touched by the scenario.
As the man strokes through his daughter's hair, one of Violet's tears drops on his hand. The scene emphasizes Violet does care about the people and gives another motive why, in the end, she wants to prevent humanity to be erased with the help of the boy.
62.07 Sec.



1.14.15
Extended plot- and action scene
After Violet has finished a whole bunch of enemy troops in some sort of library, the theatrical cut misses a scene in which the chief executive is seen in front of a surveillance monitor. He shockedly watches the whole thing and wonders how many weapons she might have left. His assistant fearedly answers that she must have a whole lot, according to the security portal's scans. The chief executive is obviously angered about this.



(Edit)
Subsequently, there is an edit and the action scene in the library is being continued: Violet, who has now fought her way up to the door takes care of several other enemies who enter the library one after another.
35.1 Sec.

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