Comparison between the cut British Blu-Ray (main movie: BBFC12A, additional material rating: BBFC15) and the uncut British DVD (BBFC 15)
- 34 cuts
- total cut length: 90,6 sec (= 1:31 min)
In Great Britain, this movie had been cut in order to achieve the more lucrative BBFC12 rating, however, only the uncut US Theatrical Version was released on DVD (tagged as "Director's Cut"). The later BD release turned out to be a bad surprise: despite the BBFC15 rating only the shortened BBFC12 version could be found on the disc!
This could also be verified with the help of our reader Gavin Salkeld, who is a composer and movie maker that takes a special interest in censoring issues and supplied us with details about the Theatrical Version of the movie.
This movie was cut quite thoroughly. The removed parts are quite often only a few frames long, yet still the total cut lenght of 1,5 minutes is quite remarkable. Almost all of the really violent bits were removed, some framecuts during shots showing guns towards the end were added as well.
A comparison of the soundtrack, however, showed no difference at all. That is, of course, if the scene even made it into the cut version...
Viewers from Britain who want to enjoy the movie in HD and uncut can order the German Blu-Ray, which features the uncut US Version.
Running time designations are formatted like this:
UK Blu-ray / UK-DVD
07:00 / 06:43-06:44
Beck puts his knee in one of the boy's face in an additional shot.
17:39 / 16:57
Very short cloe-up showing the fingers of the guy getting hit by the whip.
23:34 / 22:37-22:38
Travis headbutts Beck but just hurts himself.
25:49 / 24:48-24:50
After getting punched in the face, the bad guy staggers around a bit until Beck puts a pistol in his mouth.
25:55 / 24:55-24:56
Another shot of the pistol in the mouth.
26:02 / 25:04-25:06
Beck turns around, forcing the guy to follow the movement.
26:03 / 25:07-25:08
The shot starts a moment earlier and Beck's legs hitting the guy's chest can be seen.
45:51 / 44:06-44:16
The first rather long cut: Beck's enemy looks angrily, then two of his colleagues beat up Beck further (in slow motion shots).
45:55 / 44:20-44:35
The kick against his toros can be seen, then more rebels attack Beck. He can partially defend itself but is being brought to the ground by another attacker.
45:57 / 44:36-44:38
Probably due to continuity reasons the shot of Beck getting up is missing.
45:59 / 44:40-44:41
Beck receives another kick.
47:01 / 45:40-46:03
At this point, a large piece was removed quite intelligently. After the leader came jumping along the British Blu-ray instantly shows Beck throwing him to the ground.
In the original version, Beck grabs his legs and throws him to the side when another rebel takes a burning stick and attacks him with it. Beck can disarm him and "extinguish" the burning end with another attacker's head. When two more opponents use lianas to attack, they get to feel the stick as well.
Eventually, Beck's first enemy of this part gets up again and holds a knife but Beck can grab his hands.
47:09 / 46:10-46:13
A piece of wood bursts when Beck gets hit against the head with it.
79:25 / 77:10-77:12
Beck hits the guy with both guns and then kicks him to the side.
79:32 / 77:18-77:19
Another guy gets hjit with his own weapon.
79:39 / 77:26-77:27
Another hit with the weapon and the following shot of some other guy approaching are missing.
80:17 / 78:04-78:05
Travis attacking his opponent's eyes and preparing to jump on his adversary'S feet were removed as well.
81:09 / 78:55-78:57
The first of many uncommon cuts, probably because the censors did not like the FPS atmosphere/ glorification of guns.
The tracking shot around one the guns shooting at travis was shortened.
81:12 / 79:00-79:03
81:13 / 79:04-79:06
More stylized shots before the window breaks.
81:15 / 79:08-79:09
And again when someone fires a bullet.
81:20 / 79:13
A trigger is being pulled in a close-up.
81:31 / 79:24
A short shot of a shooter.
81:38 / 79:31
A really short cut.
81:48 / 79:41
It goes on and on... trigger is being pulled and a shot is fired.
81:57 / 79:50
Only a few frames of evil guns were removed.
82:03 / 79:56
A gun barrel and Beck can be seen for two frames each.
82:04 / 79:57
A bad guy shooting and Beck again.
82:04 / 79:57
Ditto (after just two uncut frames!).
85:01 / 82:47-82:48
Beck is being whipped across the face.
85:05 / 82:52-82:55
The the gun was loaded, Beck gets attacked earlier.
85:12 / 83:02-83:05
Beck is being kicked in the stomach and head.
85:35 / 83:27-83:31
The whip hits Beck at the neck, he is being hurled to the ground.
85:58 / 83:53-83:54
Beck breaks his enemy's leg in a longshot.