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Release: Aug 12, 2014 - Author: Mike Lowrey - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB
The Movie

With Colombiana, French producer and scriptwriter Luc Besson follows his own beaten track. The action veteran offers in his new actioner a variation of Leon: The Professional, one of his biggest successes. Again a young girl has to watch her parents getting brutally murdered by gangsters and so she swears to take revenge on them. 15 years later, the moment for Cataleya has come, now she is tightening the noose on the boss of the cartel while she also puts herself in great danger. Zoe Saldana plays the female killer quite well even though she appears to be a little bit 'fragile'. The action itself is pretty solid and worth watching, in terms of story the one or other inconsistency has to be ignored, then Colombiana can satisfy the not too highbrow action fan.

The Versions

The publishing situation here is quite similar to the one of Taken: the US theatrical version had to be censored extensively for getting the PG-13 rating (for violence, disturbing images, intense sequences of action, sexuality and brief strong language), which is more suitable for the mass. The European theatrical version was longer.

An unrated version for home cinemas was announced in the USA, so one could think this would be the international version, but this is not the case. The Unrated version is a third version which differs a lot from the international theatrical version (and of course from the US PG-13 version). A separate comparison with the unrated version has already been released.

The PG-13 version is based on the international theatrical version. It took us a long time to get our hands on it but thanks to one of the many video on demand services, we were finally successful. And the PG-13 Version is quite remarkable, it perfectly fits to the long list of censored Luc Besson productions. Approximately 50 differences could have been determined and all of them are typical for the MPAA. Often, there is rather harmless alternate footage in oder to mask the censoring. Too vulgar dialogues were replaced by more harmless words during post-production and some actual cuts could be found as well. All that causes a much more harmless result but on the other hand, it is quite nice that the harder versions are much more widespread than the heavily censored PG-13 version.


Compared are the US Theatrical Version (PG-13) and the International Version (FSK 16).

50 differences, among them
33 scenes with alternate footage
8 cuts
7 scenes with alternate dialog
2 extended scenes in the PG-13 Version

The International Theatrical Version is 64.4 seconds or approx. 1 minute 5 seconds longer than the PG-13 Version.
Alternate Footage
0:00:44: It all begins with the opening credits. There is a slide-in of portioning drugs on the table and a dead guy lying in a pool of blood on the ground. The PG-13 Version shows footage of him getting arested instead.
The International Theatrical Version is 0.8 sec longer

PG-13International Theatrical Version



Alternate Footage
0:01:30: Same here, but more subtle. The International Theatrical Version contains shots of drugs, the PG-13 Version shots of a crimnal being taken away.
no difference

PG-13International Theatrical Version



Alternate Dialog
0:03:54: That makes perfect sense. When Don Luis tells Marco to kill Fabio, he adds an insult that is too much for PG-13 standards. But there is no alternate take being used here. Instead, the scene was re-dubbed with a rather harmless term during post-production.

PG-13: "Kill this bastard."
International Theatrical Version: "Kill this motherfucker."
no difference



0:07:31: The bloody bullet holes of Fabio's goons at the house entrance are missing.
0.56 sec



0:07:32: Close-up of a bloody execution.
0.88 sec



Alternate Footage
0:07:34: Bloody bullet holes vs. more harmless footage.
The International Theatrical Version is 0.4 sec longer

PG-13International Theatrical Version



Alternate Footage
0:07:35: When the three security guards drop dead with obvious gunshot wounds, the PG-13 Version contains an extended shot of Don Luis' goons firing.
The International Theatrical Version is 8.36 sec longer

PG-13International Theatrical Version



Extended Scene in the PG-13 Version
0:09:42: Surprisingly enough, there is a longer dialog in the PG-13 Version. Marco finds Cataleya's necklace and says: "I see he gave you his medal. The Cataleya orchid. That's good. His symbol, your name. This way, you will always remember him."
+12.84 sec



Alternate Footage
0:10:47: More explicit shot of Cataleya stabbing Marco in the hand.
The International Theatrical Version is 0.2 sec longer

PG-13International Theatrical Version



Alternate Footage
0:10:49: A further close-up of the knife in the hand when Cataleya is on the run. In the International Theatrical Version, Marco also makes an attempt to get it out.
The International Theatrical Version is 0.72 sec longer

PG-13International Theatrical Version



Alternate Footage
0:10:55: Subtle but still noticeable. The blood on the blade is more pale and not so destinctly red in the PG-13 Version. This alteration is examplary for the remaining movie by the way. Almost any time when there is blood, the coloring gets darker in the PG-13 Version.
no difference

PG-13International Theatrical Version



Alternate Footage
0:18:40: Emilio punches the bound guy several times. As a result, he spits blood. The guy with the cap approaches and there is more footage of him in the PG-13 Version which is why one can only assume that Emilio keeps punching the guy.
The International Theatrical Version is 8.72 sec longer

PG-13International Theatrical Version



Alternate Footage
0:19:01: The International Theatrical Version shows the guy on the chair rather close while the PG-13 Version shows him from a further distance. Moreover, only the International Theatrical Version contains footage of Emilio punching him hard one more time.
The International Theatrical Version is 5.56 sec longer

PG-13International Theatrical Version



Alternate Footage
0:25:20: In the International Theatrical Version, the cops already arrive. In the PG-13 Version, one can only hear the sirens and the first squad car doesn't arrive until Emilio and Cataleya walk inconspicuously. One can only assume whether or not that is an act of censoring. Maybe, the PG-13 Version doesn't want to insinuate that Emilio's irresponsable shooting doesn't have any consequences even though the police are at the scene quite fast?
The International Theatrical Version is 4.12 sec longer

PG-13International Theatrical Version



Alternate Dialog
0:26:23: After the crash, one of the cops is swearing. Not in the PG-13 Version, of course.

PG-13: "My God!"
International Theatrical Version: "Fuck, man!"
no difference



0:34:37: Rizzo's bloody headshot is missing. Subsequently, Cataleya is looking at him.
5.24 sec



Alternate Dialog
0:34:54: Marshall Warren's instruction to open the door is more direct.

PG-13: "Somebody open the door!"
International Theatrical Version: "Somebody open the fucking door, come on!"
no difference



Alternate Footage
0:35:19: The blood stain on the wall caused by the headshot is missing in the PG-13 Version.
no difference

PG-13International Theatrical Version



Extended Scene in the PG-13 Version
0:42:25: When the CIA guy tells Don Luis the Cataleya flower only grows in one particular place in the world, the scene continues in the PG-13 Version:

CIA Agent: "Where you came from. Colombia. The killer signs with this orchid."
+ 2.48 sec



0:45:30: The International Theatrical Version contains an extended shot of the blonde being strangeled until she is finally dead.
2.68 sec



Alternate Footage
0:45:41: In both versions, De Angelo is being shocked by the fan but the shot of the fan is a bit longer in the PG-13 Version and the shot of him suffering in the bathtub shorter. In the International Theatrical Version, it is the other way around.
The International Theatrical Version is 0.4 sec longer

PG-13International Theatrical Version



Alternate Footage
0:45:46: When the two thugs are getting shot by the Gemini cartel, only the International Theatrical Version contains close-ups of the gunshot wounds in head and chest.
The International Theatrical Version is 0.56 sec longer

PG-13International Theatrical Version



Alternate Dialog
0:56:42: When Woogard discovers the drawing on his chest, his reaction is more vulgar in the International Theatrical Version:

PG-13: "What is this?"
International Theatrical Version: "What the fuck is this?"
no difference



Alternate Dialog
0:57:39: Again, a different choice of words. This time, it is quite obvious that the PG-13 has been re-dubbed because the line doesn't match the lip movement.

PG-13: "Shit."
International Theatrical Version: "What the fuck is..."
no difference

Alternate Footage
0:58:28: The close-up of the leg wound is missing. When he is going down, blood splatters on the glass floor in the International Theatrical Version. Everything is clean in the PG-13 Version.
The International Theatrical Version is 0.2 sec longer

PG-13International Theatrical Version



Alternate Footage
0:58:31: Woogard gets down on all fours. Only in the International Theatrical Version, there is blood on the floor from his leg wound.
no difference

PG-13International Theatrical Version



Alternate Footage
0:58:32: Same here when he offers her money.
no difference

PG-13International Theatrical Version



Alternate Footage
0:58:35: And here.
no difference

PG-13International Theatrical Version



Alternate Footage
0:58:42: The shot starts earlier in the International Theatrical Version plus the blood on the floor is missing in the PG-13 Version again. Business as usual.
The International Theatrical Version is 0.92 sec longer

PG-13International Theatrical Version



Alternate Footage
0:58:46: When Woogard gets shot again, he drops back for an extended period in the PG-13 Version. He falls from a clean flor into the water. In the International Theatrical Version, blood drops into the water and Woogard follows.
no difference

PG-13International Theatrical Version



Alternate Footage
0:58:54: True result of the post-production. The bloody shark attack on Woogard has been altered in any possible way to make is as harmless as possible. Small cuts, an alternate shot of Cataleya, darkened and reduced amount of blood in the blood and the strict removal of blood on the glass floor that also affects the next scene with the newspaper ad. Respect!
The International Theatrical Version is 7.6 Sec. longer

PG-13International Theatrical Version



Alternate Dialog
1:07:05: Emilio's comment is more harmless in the PG-13 Version:

PG-13: "I'm a funny joke to you?"
International Theatrical Version: "I'm a fucking joke to you?"
no difference



Alternate Dialog
1:07:38: More foul language:

PG-13: "You don't know nothing about my son."
International Theatrical Version: "You don't know fucking nothing about my son."
no difference

Alternate Dialog
1:14:56: Cataleya knows the language of the gutter as well:

PG-13: "I'm sorry, too. Shit."
International Theatrical Version: "I'm sorry, too. Fuck."
no difference



Alternate Footage
1:20:13: When When Cataleya approaches the dead grandmother, she is lying in a pool of blood in the International Theatrical Version while the PG-13 Version uses an alternate take as workaround.
The International Theatrical Version is 0.8 sec longer

PG-13International Theatrical Version



Alternate Footage
1:20:46: Closer shot of Emilio's body in the International Theatrical Version.
The International Theatrical Version is 1.68 sec longer

PG-13International Theatrical Version



Alternate Footage
1:20:51: When Cataleya crumples in tears on the chair, there is another close-up of him. Same shot as before though.
The International Theatrical Version is 3.48 sec longer


Alternate Footage
1:29:50: The interior shot of the car is more brutal. The driver takes a bloody hit, the windshield is full of blood. Subsequently, the camera sticks with the occupants for an extended period while the PG-13 Version shows Cataleya several times - he is firing off shots.
The International Theatrical Version is 2 sec longer

PG-13International Theatrical Version



Alternate Footage
1:30:28: The goon gets hit more often plus the hits are bloodier. The PG-13 Version only shows that for a moment, followed by Cataleya firing off some rounds.
The International Theatrical Version is 0.36 sec longer

PG-13International Theatrical Version



Alternate Footage
1:30:31: The PG-13 Version sticks to the destroyed floor joist while the International Theatrical Version contains footage of the goon who keeps getting hit bloodily.
The International Theatrical Version is 0.68 sec longer

PG-13International Theatrical Version



1:30:35: The perforated guy hits the ground. This time, it is just a simple cut.
1.32 sec



1:31:35: Bloody bullet holes.
0.84 sec



Alternate Footage
1:31:37: The men in the hole keep getting hit. In the PG-13 Version, they already sink to the floor dead.
The International Theatrical Version is 0.52 sec longer

PG-13International Theatrical Version



Alternate Footage
1:31:52: The Michael Bay tracking shot behind the three gangsters getting shot one after another is also in the PG-13 Version but there is no blood in the PG-13 Version.
no difference

PG-13International Theatrical Version



Alternate Footage
1:33:53: Strangeling with a towel, not really more brutal in the International Theatrical Version though.
The PG-13 Version is 0.36 sec longer


Alternate Footage
1:35:01: Quite explicit shot of Cataleya ramming the gun in Marco's neck while the PG-13 Version shows her instead.
The International Theatrical Version is 1.24 sec longer

PG-13International Theatrical Version



1:35:05: Extended shot of her with the gun in his neck.
2 sec



1:35:07: A few more frames of Marco's body.
0.56 sec



Alternate Footage
1:35:11: The International Theatrical Version shows Marco's body from the front. Furthermore, when Cataley is crawling away, his body is in the background. In the PG-13 Version, there is no body in the background when she is crawling away.
4.68 sec

PG-13International Theatrical Version



Alternate Footage
1:36:29: Different shots and dialog during the last phone conversation between Cataleya and Don Luis. But is that actual censorship? Your guess is as good as mine.

PG-13: "What were you expecting? You have ruined your whole life trying to kill me. Somemone like me? You will never find me. But as day follows night, believe me, I'll find you, and I will kill you! And you know why? Because I will never be where you want me to be."

International Theatrical Version: "What were you expecting? You have ruined your whole life trying to kill me. Somemone like me? I cannot be killed. I do the killing. And now it's your turn to be hunted. You will never find me. But as day follows night, believe me, I'll find you, and I will kill you! And you know why? Because I will never be where you want me to be."
The International Theatrical Version is 12 sec longer

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