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Hercules

Comparison:

  • Theatrical Version
  • Extended Version
Release: Nov 13, 2014 - Author: Muck47 - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB
Compared are the Theatrical Version (PG-13) and the Extended Version (Unrated) - both available on the Canadian Blu-ray by Paramount and both rated "14A"


31 differences, including 9 digitally altered scenes
Length difference: 211.2 sec (= 3:31 min)



In a not very rememberable but quite entertaining and absolutely suitable way, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson plays a character he is predestined for in 2014: Hercules. Brett Ratner, known for studiosly blockbusters such as "Rush Hour", directed the latest Hercules film. Sometimes, it appears rather soulless but the result is still satisfying somehow due to stunning action scenes.

Especially the battle scenes was a thorn in the moviegoers' flesh because of the required PG-13 rating in the US because the giant was not allowed too violent. The home theater release takes care of that because the Blu-ray released in the US on 11/03/2014 contains a so-called Extended Version. The only question remaining: is it worth it?

The answer is simple: YES. The Extended Version is much more violent and it never would have gotten the PG-13 rating. The Canadians are a little more open-minded, both versions are rated "14A".

Besides numerous mini additional moments, there are a lot of equal scenes. Only now, there is blood in them - similar to World War Z. But that does not count for any single scene and there sometimes is some blood in the Theatrical Version as well. One shouldn't expect too much of the Extended Version though because it still feels like a typical PG-13 movie except that there is more violence now.
The lenght difference of 3.5 minutes on the other hand basically consists of more plot elements. Nothing is really necessary but at least the conflicts with General Sitacles are clearer now.

Unfortunately, a further parallel to the zombie flick with Brad Pitt is the fact that only the Theatrical Version is in 3D while the Extended Version remains in 2D - the agony of choice. But at least, there is an Extended Version.



Time index refers to
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23:41-23:43 / 23:41-25:05

After discusing the situation, the Extended Version contains an additional scene with Atalanta talking to General Sitacles. He tries to hit on her but Atalanta knows how to handle him. Hercules intervenes, then a high-angle shot of Arius walking around.

Sitacles: "I've seen how you watch over Hercules. Tell me, how did a woman, beautiful woman, fall in with these hardened men? Killers? Son of Zeus need a woman's protection?"
Atalanta: "I don't protect him. I protect you from him."
They converge resp. Sitacles touches her but she turns the tables. Then he pulls a knife but she can defend herself.
Hercules arrives: "General, from now on, maybe you should favor the company of your men."
Sitacles walks off.
Hercules: "He pulled a knife?"
Atalanta: "It was only a small prick."
Hercules smiles and looks at Arius.


In the Theatrical Version, the following shot starts earlier resp. one gets to see Arius approaching from a further distance.


Extended Version 81.8 sec (= 1:22 min) longer



30:18 / 31:40-31:43

Hercules a few frames longer, followed by an additional shot of a raven picking out an eye from an impaled head.

3 sec




30:48 / 32:13-32:15

While the distance shot is insignificant 0.2 seconds longer in the Theatrical Version (no screenshots), the Extended Version contains an additional close-up of Hercules taking a closer look at the impaled head.

Extended Version 1.5 sec longer




34:39 / 36:05

The middle section of the scene has been removed in a rather rough way: the spear emerges from the back of the attacker.

0.2 sec




35:12 / 36:38-36:40

Additional shot of further warriors running in the spears.

2.5 sec




35:14 / 36:42-36:43

An army member is being penetrated by a spear. He spits blood which is also leaking from his back.

0.7 sec




Digital Effect
35:25-35:26 / 36:54-36:55

In two consecutive shots, only the Extended Version contains blood (resp. much more blood).

no difference

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Digital Effect
35:30 / 36:59

Amphiarus' attack has more impact in the Extended Version. Asa result, blood splatters from his opponents' knees.

(Please note: right before that, the blood spatter resulting from the hits above the chest of the two other opponents was also in the Theatrical Version.))

no difference

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35:30 / 36:59-37:00

Subsequently, two more smaller shots: Atalanta kills an attacker with an arrow.

1.1 sec




Digital Effect
35:31 / 37:01

Only in the Extended Version, the slit throat leaves some blood behind.

no difference

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Digital Effect
35:35 / 37:05

Ditto.

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35:57-35:59 / 37:27-37:29

And again, a little more blood in the Extended Version. The subsequent slit throat contains blood in the Theatrical Version as well but the resulting neck wound is bigger in the Extended Version.

no difference

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36:04 / 37:34-37:36

A small additional shot of the fight only in the Extended Version.

1.5 sec




36:17 / 37:49-37:51

Autolycus kills two opponents with his weapon. Quite bloody.

1.8 sec




Digital Effect
36:17 / 37:51

The next attack is also in the Theatrical Version but with a blood amount reduced to the minimum.

no difference

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36:33 / 38:07-38:08

Short additional shot of a soldier getting a sword in the neck.

0.8 sec




Digital Effect
37:04-37:05 / 38:39-38:40

Amphiarus' blow has much more impact in the Extended Version.

no difference

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