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The Guyver

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  • PG-13 Version (Director's Cut)
  • German FSK 16 Version
Release: Nov 04, 2013 - Author: Eiskaltes Grab - Translator: Sebbe - external link: IMDB
Comparison between the PG-13 DVD by New Line Home Entertainment (Director's Cut) and the German FSK 16 VHS by Empire.

3 alternative scenes without any difference in running time.

"The Guyver" originally was an '80s anime series, produced in Japan. Due to the great success, also in the USA, it was decided to turn the series into an American live action movie, which resulted in a mix of action, science fiction and trash with some decent effects, created by FX artist "Screaming Mad George", who was also responsible for the direction, together with Steve Wang. This was the first and also the last movie that was directed by Mad George, while Steve Wang came back to the director's chair a few years later for the sequel "Guyver - Dark Hero". By the way, the movie was produced by Brian Yuzna (Return of the living Dead 3 / Bride of Re-Animator).

Regarding the releases, it seems that a completely uncut version is hard to get, because the only versions available in the USA, as well as in the UK and Germany, are cut versions.
Some story scenes in the first half of the movie were shortened in the German FSK 16 version. But this is actually not that unfortunate, because mostly it's just some shots that were cut by a few seconds. Hardly any of them was cut by more than 10 seconds. What's more important is that all of the few bloody effects still remained in the movie. These effects had to be cut in the US version, called "Director's Cut", in order to get a PG-13 rating, but the story scenes which are missing in the German version are contained in there. The British BBFC 15 VHS also lacks these story scenes, just like the German version, but it's not completely clear whether additional cuts were made or not; there's no entry in the BBFC database.
3 Min.
Only the German version shows some blood splattering on the ground, when the Zoanoid's head is being squashed.
No difference in running time

PG-13FSK 16



6 Min.
The titles differ in the two versions: PG-13: Guyver / FSK 16: Mutronics.
No difference in running time

51 Min.
The Guyver rips off the Zoanoid's arm and then breaks his neck. The US version has a shot of another Zoanoid instead.
No difference in running time

PG-13FSK 16



56 Min.
The Guyver slits the throat of the Zoanoid, who's grabbing Mizky; blood is splattering on Mizky's face. The US version shows a different shot instead, again.
No difference in running time

PG-13FSK 16

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