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Live Free or Die Hard

Comparison:

  • PG-13 Theatrical Version
  • Unrated Version
Release: Mar 12, 2008 - Author: Jason - Translator: Ryker - external link: IMDB
Comparison between Theatrical Version(PG-13), provided by the german FSK 16 Rental DVD from Twentieth Century Fox,and the Unrated Version from the english 2 Disc "Ultimate Action Edition" (BBFC 15).

Running Time Theatrical Version: 2:03:23 Min. without credits.
Running Time Unrated Version: 2:03:15 Min. without credits.

27 Violence Cuts
37 Dialogue Cuts / Changes
12 Cut Scenes




In the year 2007 most of the action fans think longingly of the 80s, where names like Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Seagal, van Damme and Bruce Willis stood for hard action paired with dry humour. Nowadays, Ex Wrestlers and wanna be cool young actors hardly try to fit in that role. But as a boxoffice surprise hit, Sylvester Stallone convinced the critics with his Rocky Balboa that he “still has it”. What could be more than a logical conclusion to film a sequel of one of the most popular actionmovies of the 80s – under the nonstop action fortelling title LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD?

The entusiasm was early limited by the rumour, that FOX demanded to cut the movie from the, by director Len Wiseman and Bruce Willis favourized, R-Rating down to the more family fitting PG-13. Willis himself was rather furious, he wanted the sequel to be filmed in the tradition of the first one, which was not possible, in his opinion, giving the film a PG-13 rating. The fans though were also furious and started to talk the movie down. Die Hard without violence and swearing could not function, the bad guy Olyphant would be a disaster, McClanes sidekick Justin Long as well, and the action would be anyway direct from the computer.
They should all been prooven wrong, because Live Free or Die Hard is an old fashioned actioner with all its contents. But still the rather gentle graphic violence was still a thorn in the fans eye.

But only a few weeks later the unrated version of Live Free or Die Hard was announced, containing more violence, different dialogues (the for the franchise typically very graphic language) and different scenes.

The running times in this cutreport all refer to the theatrical Cut.
4:08
Cutted Scene
The Unrated Cut misses a Shot of John grabbing the Car´s Door.
1 Sec.



4:12
Dialogue Cut
Theatrical: "Get out of the car now!"
Unrated: "Get out of the fucking car now!" (Missing in Subtitles)
No Time Difference



5:18
Dialogue Cut
Theatrical: "Pal, you hold it right there." (sounds alike)
Unrated: "Shut the fuck up." (Missing in Subtitles)
No Time Difference



9:11
The Scene, in which Matt opens the Door is cutted slightly different, with an optional Greeting by John.
No Time Difference

Theatrical:Unrated:



11:17
Dialogue Cut
In the Unrated John yells "Motherfucker!". (Missing in Subtitles)
No Time Difference



12:21
Violence Cut / Cutted Scene
The Thug hits the hood of the car slightly longer; in the Unrated Johns Comment "That's gonna wake the neighbours." and the Thug getting back on his feet are missing.
3 Sec.

Theatrical:


Unrated:



12:37
Dialogue Cut
Theatrical: "Are you nuts?!"
Unrated: "Are you fucking nuts?!" (Missing in Subtitles)
No Time Difference



12:49
Dialogue Cut
John reacts to the loss of his gun with an annoyed "Fuck!" (Missing in Subtitles)
No Time Difference



13:09
Violence Cut / Dialogue Cut
The Theatrical cut dims out a bit earlier and a short cut of the other side of the wall is shown, on which the thug falls back. The Unrated Cut shows John pulling the Thug´s head aside with the sound of his neck breaking, commented by John with a loud" Motherfucker!"
No Time difference

Theatrical:Unrated:



16:00
Dialogue Cut
Theatrical: "Grab the gun from the back seat!"
Unrated: "Grab the gun and shoot this motherfucker!!"
No Time Difference



18:25
Dialogue Cut
Scene is completely missing. Matt says "What the fuck...?", John responses, as seen in the screenshot "Just breathe." The Theatrical has instead the Shot "Just breathe." one scene before after Matt said "Oh, my god.".
4 Sec.



22:28
Dialogue Cut
Directly after John saying "Shut up." he adds another "Shut the fuck up." in the Unrated Cut.
1,5 Sec.



24:46
Alternative Shots of Bowman in both Versions. In the Theatrical he comments the situation with an additional "We're under attack.", in the Unrated he says nothing.Therefor the Theatrical is a bit longer.
0,5 Sec.

Theatrical:Unrated:



24:53
The Shots of Mai turning around and the Hacker are filmed differently in both versions. (cutted so fast that they are hardly to be recognized).
No Time Difference

26:50

A short part of the monologue about the yuppies is missing in the Unrated Cut:: "All those nickels and dimes they saved had meaning. 'Useful idiots', as Lenin would say."
5,5 Sec.



28:47
Cutted Scene
Some short cuts of the hackers sending the "Video Package" are missing in the Unrated Cut.
4,5 Sec.



30:06
Cutted Scene
The Shot of Bowman begins earlier in the Theatrical Cut and is therefore a bit longer.1 Sec.



36:26
Cutted Scene
After Gabriel said Johns Name the rest of the sentence"...you're a timex watch in a digital age." is missing in the Unrated Cut
3 Sec.



36:38
Dialogue Cut
Theatrical: "What you think about that, dickhead?"
Unrated: "How's that sound, fuckhead?"
No Time Difference



36:51
Violence Cut
The shot, in which the cop gets a gory Shoulder Hit is missing as well as the following Angle (Slow Motion), in which the victim is hit by more Bullets into the upper Body. Blood is splashing on the front shield.
1,5 Sec.



37:23
Violence Cut
The short cut, in which the cop from the second car gets hit, is missing either.
1 Sec.



40:56
Dialogue Cut / -Change
Theatrical: "Just stay there. Stand still."
Unrated: "Run, goddammit, run!"
No Time Difference



41:16
Dialogue Cut
After the truck hitted the concrete post McClane screams out "Fuck!"
No Time Difference



41:43
Alternative Shot of John walking by the cab.Nothing happens here in the Theatrical cut. The Unrated shows the cab getting hit by another car, which is casually registrated by John as he argues with himself. Therefore the Unrated runs a bit longer.
0,5 Sec.

Theatrical:


Unrated:



42:21
The Shot in the Unrated begins considerably earlier. John says "The car's on fire. That could be good."
5,5 Sec.



42:22
Dialogue Cut
Theatrical: "This is not a good idea."
Unrated: "This is a bad fucking idea."
No Time Difference



43:15
Dialogue Cut / -Change
Theatrical: "I was out of bullets."
Unrated: "Hundreds of thousands of people get killed by cars every year. It's just like four more."
The shot of the Unrated runs longer.
3 Sec.



44:41
Violence Cut
The first Guard gets shot a little longer.(Time Difference >0,5 Seconds not to be mentioned), in the Unrated additionally with an shot trough the guards body.
No Time Differnece

Kinofassung:Unrated:



44:43
Violence Cut
The Execution of the second guard shows in the first shot bloody bullet wounds in the Unrated Cut.
No Time Difference

Theatrical:


Unrated:



44:44
Violence Cut
Same in the second shot of the guard; additionally he leaves bloodstains as he slides down the car.
No Time Difference

Theatrical:Unrated:



47:46
Dialogue Cut
The hacker says in an alternative shot "I don't know. It's not responding." in the Theatrical, in the Unrated he says nothing.
No Time Difference



55:12
Cutted Scene
In the Theatrical Cut John means in an additional Shot to the comment of Matt, he couldn´t stand it no more that people want to kill him, that he should get used to it.
1 Sec.



55:54
Dialogue Cut
Theatrical: "Jesus Christ!"
Unrated: "Fuck!"
No Time Difference



56:03
Dialogue Cut
Only in the Unrated Cut John whispers a"Fucking idiot." (not metioned in Subtitles)
No Time Difference



58:45
Cutted Scene
Matt adds "I'm not that guy." only in the Theatrical Cut, The Shot of John starts therefore in the Unrated Cut a bit earlier while Matt says that.
0,5 Sec.



58:53
Dialogue Cut
The "Fuck being a hero." was left out in the Theatrical Cut and its being dimed earlier to the shot of John and Matt, while the Unrated Cut has a longer shot of Matt.
No Time Difference



1:00:00
Violence Cut
The Technican is seen earlier with a bloody hole in his head before being pulled from the chair.
0,5 Sec.



1:00:02
Violence Cut
The Theatrical Cut shows Mai dropping her Gun and putting the metal case on the desk and opening it in front of clean monitors. The Unrated Cut shows bloodstains on the monitors, resulting from the Headshot a scene earlier. Therefore Mai drops the gun, wipes the monitors with her bare hand and opens the case on the desk afterwards.
1 Sec.

Theatrical:


Unrated:



1:00:09
Violence Cut
The monitors are also clean, the Unrated shows the bloodstains.
No Time Difference

Theatrical:Unrated:



1:02:29
Gewaltzensur
The bullet hole comes in the Unrated with Blood Effect, in the Theatrical Cut without that.
No Time Difference

Theatrical:Unrated:



1:02:30
Violence Cut
The second shot of the thug being hit begins in the Unrated a bit earlier and has instead of the Theatrical Cut blood effects, also the point on the doorcase, where the thug had clinged to.
0,5 Sec.

Theatrical:


Unrated:



1:05:00
Dialogue Cut
In the Unrated Cut John mumbles a grim "Fuck you, bitch!".
No Time Difference



1:05:05
Dialogue Cut
During the drop John yells "Oh fuck!". (missing in Subtitles)
No Time Difference



1:08:33
Dialogue Cut
Another "Fuck!" only to be heard in the Unrated Cut. (Imissing in Subtitles)
No Time Difference



1:08:34
Dialogue Cut
After that he yells "Motherfucker!" as he is being set under fire.
No Time Difference



1:09:20
Dialogue Cut
After the Explosion in the elevator funnel John screams out a triumphant "Fuck you, bitch!"
No Time Difference



1:13:07
John walks through the Door in the Unrated Cut.
2,5 Sec.



1:18:50
Dialogue Cut
The Sentence "Freddy, get the "fuck up here!" is only included in the Unrated Cut. Therefore the scene runs longer.
4 Sec.



1:20:00
Dialogue Change
Theatrical: "Hey, dump truck."
Unrated: "Hey, Jenny Craig."
No Time Difference



1:23:56
Cutted Scene
A short cut of Gabriel is missing in the Unrated Cut.
2 Sec.



1:26:02
Dialogue Cut
Theatrical: "What do you think i'm gonna do. I'm gonna kill this guy and get my daughter."
Unrated: "I'm gonna kill this motherfucker and get my daughter back. Or go get my daughter and kill this motherfucker."
No Time Difference



1:26:08
Dialogue Change
The Rest of the Conversation is different in both cuts; In the theatrical Cur McClane seems to be slightly pessimistic than in the Unrated cut, which is clearly longer here.
7,5 Sec.

Theatrical:Unrated:



1:28:51
Violence Cut
The dispensable Hackers are executed, the Unrated cut shows this with bloody Bullet Wounds.
No Time Difference


Theatrical:Unrated:



1:28:54
Violence Cut
The last Hacker gets visibly executed with a bloody gunshot and drops down dead from the chair plus another shot of the gunmen lowering his gun.
2 Sec.



1:30:11
Dialogue Change
Only in the Unrated Cut John says "I gotta get a gun. Keep your eyes open."
No Time Difference



1:30:21
Dialogue Cut
Only in the Unrated Cut John says "Keep your voice down."
No Time Difference



1:31:59
Cutted Scene / Dialogue Change
The Dialogue of the black DHS - Driver is changed AND advanced in the Theatrical Cut.The Runing Time of the Unrated Cut is therefore accordingly shorter.
7,5 Sec.

Theatrical:


Unrated:



1:32:24
Dialogue Change
Only in the Unrated Cut Bowman says "I'm in charge of the infrastructure, you arrogant prick."
3 Sec.



1:32:43
Cutted Scene
In the Theatrical Cut Bowman says "That's brilliant. You two geniuses, stay out of my way." an walks off the screen. The Unrated Cut shows a short alternative Shot of Bowman.
6,5 Sec.

Theatrical:


Unrated:



1:33:26
Dialogue Cut
Only in the Unrated Cut John names the Thug a "Motherfucker!", while he is pushing him on his chair towards the stairs. (Missing in Subtitles)
No Time Difference



1:34:20
Cutted Scene / Dialogue Change
The Dialogue between Bowman and Molina is changed and advanced in the Theatrical Cut. The Runing Time of the Unrated Cut is therefore accordingly shorter.
7 Sec.

Theatrical:


Unrated:



1:34:48
Violence Cut
Alternative Shot of the Thug while John twists his foot.
0,5 Sec.

Theatrical:


Unrated:



1:34:53
Violence Cut
An alternative Shot of the covered in blood face.
0,5 Sec.

Theatrical:Unrated:



1:35:08
Violence Cut
Same as above
No Time Difference

Theatrical:Unrated:



1:35:30
Violence Cut / Dialogue Cut
Same as above; furthermore McClanes last comment is not so friendly as in the Theatrical Cut.
Kinofassung: "Don't move now. I'll send a doctor."
Unrated: "Time to take a nap, pal."
No Time Difference

Theatrical:Unrated:



1:38:28
Dialogue Cut
Theatrical: "No, i got crucified."
Unrated: "No, i got a 'fuck you'." (Missing in Subtitles)
No Time Difference



1:38:53
Dialogue Cut
Theatrical: "Ah, bullshit."
Unrated: "Ah, fuck you."
No Time Difference



1:38:59
Dialogue Cut
Theatrical: "Well, just sit tight, asshole. I got a cheque for you."
Unrated: "I'm on my way to bring you a big fucking cheque."
No Time Difference



1:41:56
Violence Cut
The Death of "Spiderboy" shows more blood splashing aout of the shredder.
No Time Difference

Theatrical:Unrated:



1:41:57
Violence Cut
Same as above.
No Time Difference

Theatrical:Unrated:



1:41:58
The Unrated shows another shot of a celebrating John. The laughing "Oh, no!" was laid in the Theatrical Cut over the Cut above.
2 Sec.



1:43:13
Violence Cut
The Truckdriver gets shot longer, there are also more Blood SFX added.
0,5 Sec.

Theatrical:


Unrated:



1:52:36
Violence Cut
The Shooting of Matt by Gabriel is cut in the Unrated to a bloody Close Up.
No Time Difference

Theatrical:Unrated:



1:53:36
Violence Cut
The Shooting of Trey got more Blood SFX.
No Time Difference

Theatrical:Unrated:



1:53:40
Violence Cut
John shoots more often at the Henchman, with more Blood SFX as well.
0,5 Sec.

Theatrical:


Unrated:



1:53:42
Violence Cut
The Closeup to the thug starts earlier in the Unrated Cut; he gets hit bloody in the Chest.
0,5 Sec.



1:53:49
Violence Cut
To the Shoulder Hit of McClane was added more Blood SFX.
0,5 Sec.

Theatrical:Unrated:



1:55:31
Dialogue Cut
McClane is allowed to say his well known Oneliner complete.
Kinofassung: "How 'bout "Yipee-ki-yay, motherf..."
Unrated: "How 'bout "Yipee-ki-yay, motherfucker!"
No Time Difference



1:55:32
Violence Cut
More Blood SFX were added to the Death Scene of Gabriel.
No Time Difference

Theatrical:Unrated:

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