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7.06 Mid-Western Assassin

Comparison:

  • US TV Version
  • Uncensored
Release: Oct 12, 2017 - Author: Tony Montana - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB

Compared are the (censored) US TV Version (10.10.2017 auf FX) and the Uncensored Version (Video on Demand).

- Length difference: 83 sec resp. 1 min 23 sec

The remaining length difference results from longer black screens.

As recently reported, the latest episode of American Horror Story (7x06 "Mid-Western Assassin") censored on FX.  The reason is the shootout in the opening scene. FX released a statement regarding that matter:

 

“In light of the tragedy last week in Las Vegas, Ryan Murphy and the producers of American Horror Story: Cult have chosen to make substantial edits to the opening scene of tomorrow night’s episode. This opening, which was filmed two months ago and which portrays an occurrence of gun violence that has sadly become all too common in our country, contains a sequence that some viewers might find traumatic. Only the edited version of the episode will air on the FX linear channel, while the unedited version of the episode will be available on the VOD platform of your cable, satellite or telco provider, as well as on the FX Networks non-linear platforms, FXNOW and FX+.”

 

The question whether or not editing a fictional product due to coincidental similarities to a current event is really necessary is a double-edged sword. But since the Uncensored Version is easily available as well, it should not be a big deal - no matter what the personal opinion in this regard might be.

 

Time index refers to

Censored TV Version (FX) – Uncensored Version (VoD)

00:21 / 00:21

When Ivy tries to get away, someone gets shot right in front of her eyes. She screams out loud. The actual kill is shows via close-up. In the TV Version, nobody is getting killed here and Ivy simply keeps running. In addition to that, there is some alternate footage.
TVVOD


When Ivy is being pushed behind the fountain, the TV Version only contains the beginning of it. Then a small shot of the American flag.
A look at the Uncensored Version explains why footage was cut here: When Ivy is being pushed behind the fountain, another guy gets shot. He falls into the fountain. The camera pans to the left. Ivy and the guy are still lying on the ground.
TVVOD


When they jump up and run off, the versions are back in sync.
Well, actually, Ivy hesitates and stays behind. A bullet misses her but it was c close one. She screams. The TV Version then shows the good guys.
In the Uncensored Version on the other hand, the camera pans to the right and shows other people who are trapped there as well. Some guy runs to Ivy and wants to grab her and run but he gets shot and goes down right in front of Ivy who is still behind the fountain. She wounded guy tries to crawl behind the fountain as well and Ivy even tries to help him but he gets shot one more time and the guy is dead. Not only is Ivy scared but she also breathes panically. Then the good guys in the Uncensored Version as well.



The subsequent shot of Ivy starts a little earlier in the Uncensored Version: A further shot is being fired off and Ivy screams again. With the good guys showing up in the shot, the versions are back in sync.


83 sec resp. 1 min 23 sec


42:48 /43:48

No end credits in the TV Version.

37.5 sec




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