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Carriers

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  • PG-13
  • R-Rated
Release: Feb 27, 2011 - Author: Jason - Translator: Gladion - external link: IMDB
While the preceding trailers had given the impression this would become a stalwart zombie-/infected-action-flick like 28 Days Later and co., Carriers revealed itself to be a horror drama that is kept calm most of the time, completely without ripped-out intestines and lifesaving headshots in excess. Moreso, human behavior in an extreme situation such as a pandemic, completely without cheap sensationalism and see-through shock-moments. In return, a realistic sight to single characters in an unstoppable development and the silently remaining, unpleasant questions of what people are capable to do in a situation like this to survive Ė and what they possibly should not. How long are humanity and empathy retained in case of doubt, when will the naked will to survive gain the upper hand until it doesnít know any more relatives Ė even in the truest sense of the word?

Questions, many fans of the Fantasy Film Fest probably did not wanted to be ask in the year 2009 during the opener of this event for genre fans, but who would have probably favored definitive answers by roaring chainsaws and banging shotguns. Thus, Carriers was unfortunately received very ambivalently, because it was too harmless to the Ė reputed Ė target audience and for everyone else it was not presented obviously enough and thus disregarded mostly. The film has deserved a sophisticated audience in any case, though.

Carriers was at first rated R in ist uncut version in the states and, before the theatrical release, was cut to a financially more promising PG-13-rating by ĄMPAA-typicallyď removing some harsh language and several seconds resp. frames of rather bloody shots or, if necessary, replaced by more harmless alternative footage. As is known, you can discuss about the point of changes like these (that are based on censorship) until the end of days: In the case at hand, the procedures donít take anything from the filmís forcefulness and intensity, on the other hand you have to ask yourself how much this flick resp. itís theme is suited for adolescent young people at all.

In the US, only the edited PG-13 theatrical version was released on DVD and BD as well, while, as is known, the original uncut version was released in all of Europe. There was the censored PG-13 version running ins some theaters, though, too, as you can see very nicely in the rating reasonings of the British theatrical version resp. the British home cinema version. All the German home cinema releases are, like the compared version at hand, completely uncensored and rated FSK 16.





9 Cut scenes

16 Censored dialogues

5 Alternative shots
7:13

Censored dialogue

Brianís concluding comment differs between the two versions.

PG-13: "Shit!"

FSK 16: "Fuck!"

No time difference





13:43

Cut scene

The camera pans a moment longer towards the bloody face of the (alleged) corpse.

1 sec.





13:58

Cut scene

The close up of the infected person looking up is a few frames longer.

Few frames





22:43

Censored dialogue

Brianís comment misses the F-word in the PG-13 version.

PG-13: "No way."

FSK 16: "No fucking way."

No time difference





41:12

Censored dialogue

Bobbyís line of dialogue is slightly edited in the PG-13 theatrical version.

PG-13: "What the hell are you doing?"

FSK 16: "What the fuck are you doing?"

No time difference





41:17

Censored dialogue

Here, too.

PG-13: "...every single phone..."

FSK 16: "...every single fucking phone..."

No time difference





45:12

Alternative shot / Censored dialogue

After Brian has sat down on the soldier, the PG-13 theatrical version cuts earlier to the sideways following shot so you donít directly see him say the F-word.

The FSK 16-version is also a few frames longer.

PG-13: "Who are you, and what the hell are you doing here?"

FSK 16: "Who are you, and what the fuck are you doing here?"

Few frames



PG-13 theatrical version:FSK 16 / R-Rated:





45:49

Censored dialogue

The addition of the soldier "The fuckers breached it!" was erased from the soundtrack.

No time difference





46:01

Cut scene / Censored dialogue

The PG-13 theatrical version cuts of a few frames earlier, so you donít see directly Brian say the F-word. Additionally, the dialogue (continuing in the following shot) was mitigated a little.

PG-13: "You get screwed."

FSK 16: "You get fucked."

Few frames





46:20

Censored dialogue

Brianís line of dialogue was changed in the PG-13 theatrical version a little.

PG-13: "How the hell do i know, man?"

FSK 16: "How the fuck do i know, man?"

No time difference





46:39

Censored dialogue

The soldierís line of dialogue was changed in the PG-13 theatrical version.

PG-13: "They killed him."

FSK 16: "The fuckers killed him."

No time difference





47:50

Censored dialogue

The soldierís line of dialogue was changed a little in the PG-13 theatrical version.

PG-13: "What the hell are you doing?"

FSK 16: "What the fuck are you doing?"

No time difference





48:24

Censored dialogue

Here, too.

PG-13: "Screw you, Tom."

FSK 16: "Fuck you, Tom."

No time difference





49:38

Censored dialogue

The command of the soldier in the background is slightly edited.

PG-13: "Get the hell out of here!"

FSK 16: "Get the fuck out of here!"

No time difference





55:59

Censored dialogue

Brianís accusation towards Bobby was changed a little in the PG-13 theatrical version.

PG-13: "Why the hell couldn't you have listened to me?"

FSK 16: "Why the fuck couldn't you have listened to me?"

No time difference





57:05

Censored dialogue

Brianís line of dialogue was slightly edited.

PG-13: "Warm beer."

FSK 16: "Fucking warm beer."

No time difference





58:46

Alternative shot

The shot of the bullets bursting through the carís front window starts a little earlier in the R-rated-version, the PG-13 version ends a few frames later in return. In total, the shot is still a short moment longer in the uncut version.

Few frames



PG-13 theatrical version:FSK 16 / R-Rated:





58:47

Alternative shot

The woman at the steering wheel is hit in the neck. The PG-13 theatrical version shows a bloodless shot of the event, the R-rated one shows a lot of blood squirting at that hit.

No time difference



PG-13 Theatrical version:FSK 16 / R-Rated:





59:04

Alternative shot

The bloody body hits of the co-driver are shown from a much further distance in the PG-13 theatrical version, you see Brian shooting. The R-rated version only cuts to Brian as the co-driver has dropped out of the frame in the close-up shot; additionally, the switch to the following shot is doner later, so the PG-13 theatrical version is longer here.

1.5 sec.



PG-13 theatrical version:FSK 16 / R-Rated:





1:00:20

Censored dialogue

One of Brianís lines of dialogue was changed a little in the end.

PG-13: "...you self-righteous shit!"

FSK 16: "...you self-righteous fuck!"

No time difference





1:00:31

Censored dialogue

One of Dannyís lines of dialogue was changed.

PG-13: "You didn't have to..."

FSK 16: "You fucking killed them!"

No time difference





1:04:54

Cut scene

The shot of the dead woman is shown a little longer.

1.5 sec.





1:06:13

Cut scene

The dog eats on the corpse a little longer; the following shot also starts a few frames earlier.

0.5 sec.





1:06:20

Cut scene

The repeated shot of the dog with itís snout in the manís body starts a little earlier.

0.5 sec.





1:06:33

Cut scene

The dog continues eating Ė a little longer in the R-rated version.

1.5 sec.





1:06:41

Cut scene

Again, the shot of the eating dog starts a little earlier.

0.5 sec.





1:06:50

Cut scene / Alternative shot

The FSK 16-version shows each an additional shot of Danny looking scaredly and the dog eating on the manís body. (3,5 sec.).

In return, the shot of Danny that follows these two is shown a little earlier in the PG-13 theatrical version.(1 sec.).

2.5 sec.



PG-13 theatrical version:FSK 16 / R-Rated:

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