After the success of Alexandre Aja's Piranha 3D, the studio must have thought that there's more room for cash and who could say anything against more funsplatter, right? The result is Piranha 3DD. Aja didn't want to return so the producers decided that John Gulager (the guy who made Feast 1-3) was a good fit for the director's chair. For a lesser budget, he created this film, which got a limited theatrical release in the US and UK but was dumped on the direct-to-video market in most other countries. Of course, it has to be put 1 or 2 shelves below Aja's splatter festival but there are still plenty of violent moments. However, that doesn't flush away the dull and forced taste it expresses. On the bright side, there's more nudity, a returning Ving Rhames and David Hasselhoff who parodies himself delicately and with enormous self-irony.
In Germany and Canada, the film was released with all the violence intact. However, it's still not fully uncensored. This alteration seems a bit odd since it's normally typical for the MPAA. The use of alternate material does call for immediate associations with R-Rated/Unrated changes. However, that's not the case here since the American DVD/BD release of Piranha 3DD is rated R and it's censored, as well. Our German branch contacted the German distributor and asked them about this change. They denied having anything to do with it and said that they got the master for the release directly from the Weinstein Company. The fact that LJ Silver, one of our authors, found the same alteration on the Canadian Blu-ray and DVD supports this. Apart from that, no changes were made.
UPDATE: In the meantime, one of our American users provided us with the information that the uncensored version is actually the Pay-per-View version that was released prior to the DVD/BD. Obviously, the change was made for every home cinema release that we could check.
Comparison between the German / Canadian version and the uncensored US version.
0:32:59: While the German / Canadian version shows the desperate looking and heavily breathing Shelby, the US version shows a closeup of her slip. Here, one can clearly see a cameltoe.
The US version runs 0.6 sec. longer