Rob Zombie's thriller "The Devil's Rejects" got an R-rating from the MPAA only with cut-obligations. Concerning sexual violence the movie is very intense and brutal indeed. Surprisingly, much of that is still in the cut version: no scenes were cut out completely, but mostly short parts of shots were cut out or got replaced by more harmless shots. This way not much of the atmosphere of the film is lost, despite the many cuts.
The shorter theatrical version was released on DVD only in the USA, as a full-screen-version.
Altogether there are 57 cuts/changes:
- 20 cuts of pure violence
- 22 cuts of violence with a sexual touch
- 11 cuts of pure erotic
- 4 cuts for another reason
(20 of the cuts contain alternate footage in the r-rated version)
- 3 cuts in the unrated version
- 16 scenes that run a little faster in the unrated version
Run time of the Unrated version without end titles: 1:41.55 min (PAL).
Run time of the R-Rated version without end titles: 1:44.14 min (NTSC) -> 1:40.04 min (PAL).
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For this report the theatrical version (r-rated), featured on the US-DVD from Lions Gate, was compared to the unrated version, featured on the German DVD from Sunfilm.
The opening credits run with different speeds in the two versions.
The female corpse is dragged through the woods longer.
Again, the woman is dragged a few inches further.
Towards the ending of the next shot of the dragging-scene the unrated version is again a bit longer.
Another explicit shot of the dragging is missing. The beginning of the next (harmless) shot was shortened as well.
During the whole dragging-scene there is not a single hard cut, only transitions. And even though almost every shot of the r-rated version has been shortened at the end this has no influence on the transitions or the beginnings of the following shot, respectively.
The long shot of Otis lying in bed with the dead woman is missing.
When Otis leaves the room the camera moves towards the dead body on the bed (in both versions). This shot is again slightly longer in the unrated version, however the whole shot is a bit brighter in the r-rated version.
The first freeze frame of Mother Firefly is slightly longer in the r-rated version.
So is the freeze frame of Otis.
The shot of the policeman is slightly longer as well.
The shot of Sheriff Wydell is slightly longer.
When Otis and Baby bend down to their mother, the unrated version speeds up a little until Sheriff Wydell appears.
The blackscreen after the credits is a bit shorter in the unrated version.
The closeup of Captain Spaulding's face while he has sex with the blonde is longer.
Right at the beginning of the following long shot, when the sex gets a little rough, there is the next cut in the r-rated version. The scene continues again with the closeup of the blonde's butt in this version.
The beginning of the long shot that shows what is happening from the side is also missing.
At the end of the already shortened long shot from the side a little bit was removed, the following shot (long shot of the blonde's face) is instead a bit longer in the r-rated version.
R-Rated: 0,5 sec / Unrated: 0,88 Sec / difference: 0,38 sec
The end of the next sex-shot is missing as well.
When the blonde throws back her hair, there is alternative footage in the two versions again:
R-Rated: the "throwing" still happens in the same long shot, but then you see Spaulding's face immediately.
Unrated: The long shot got shortened at the end, here the "throwing" is seen in a close up. Not until then Spaulding's face is seen.
R-Rated: 0,5 sec / Unrated: 0,8 sec / difference: 0,3 sec
After the orgasm there is a slightly different editing used again.
no difference in time
Right after the blonde lifts her head up, there is the next change. In the unrated version she is moaning considerably longer, while the close up of Spaulding's face starts 7 frames earlier in the r-rated version.
R-Rated: 0,28 sec / Unrated: 1,96 sec / difference: 1,68 Sec
The transition (Charlie's face is frozen, then from the right enters the freeze frame of Otis' and Baby's driving car) runs again a bit faster in the unrated version.
When the woman is having a shower something was cut again. In the r-rated version the closeup of her scrubbing her armpits is longer, in the unrated version there's a cut to a long shot.
Here she also washes herself a bit more copious.
R-Rated: 1,13 sec / Unrated: 3,72 sec / difference: 2,64 Sec
The woman stands a bit longer in the shower.
When Otis drags the woman out of the shower, the first long shot of the two of them approaching the bathroom-door is completely missing in the r-rated version.
On the other hand the previous shot of Otis dragging her out of the shower cabin is slightly longer.
* The second long shot of them approachingg the door is one frame longer at the beginning in the r-rated version.
R-Rated: 0,25 sec / Unrated: 1,2 / difference: 0,96 sec
Standing in front of the television-set, Otis briefly draggs the woman again.
Otis and the woman are standing in front of the bed longer.
The next long shot of Otis and the woman is completely missing. The beginning of the following shot is considerably longer in the r-rated version instead.
R-Rated: 1,38 sec / Unrated: 0,96 sec / difference: +0,42 sec
When Otis throws the woman on the bed, alternative footage for the two versions has been used again.
R-Rated: 1,28 sec / Unrated: 2,32 sec / difference: 1,04 sec
There is alternative footage in the two versions again.
R-Rated: After Otis shoots the man blood is spraying on other members of the party. The woman screams hysterically. The camera pans to the other members of the group sitting on the bed, the man throws up.
Unrated: After Otis shoots the man blood is spraying on other members of the party. The woman screams hysterically. Then there is a cut to the man with a hole in his forehead, sinking from the bed to the floor. Then the traveller throws up.
R-Rated: 0,96 sec / Unrated: 1,92 / difference: 0,96 sec
The shots of Otis and the two scared travellers on the bed are slightly longer.
The end of the shot of the two travellers got shortened as well.
Baby sings and dances a little longer.
Otis touches the woman's breasts a little longer, the closeup of her face is a little shorter as well.
The shot of Otis entering the woman's bra with the gun starts a bit earlier in the unrated version.
Otis exploring the woman's panties got shortened in the r-rated version as well. This version resumes with the camera paning to the woman's face.
Also the next shot of Otis' weapon in the woman's panties was heavily shortened at the beginning.
The closeup of the woman kissing Otis lasts a bit longer in the r-rated version.The unrated version continues with two long shots of them kissing and Otis sticking his weapon in the back of her panties this time.
R-Rated: 0,92 sec / Unrated: 10,16 sec / difference: 9,24 sec
And again an alternative shot:
R-Rated: Otis and the woman kissing in a close p.
Unrated: The kiss is being shown in another long shot. This way the weapon in the woman's panties can be seen, too.
R-Rated: 2,25 sec / Unrated: 3,48 sec / difference: 1,23 sec
Otis and the woman are in each other's arms a little longer.
Otis is aiming at his victim's husband, the woman starts pleasuring Otis orally.
In the r-rated version the next shot of the fellatio does not begin before the camera starts paning to Otis' face.
In the r-rated version Otis is bending down a bit longer during the closeup of his face. In the Unrated the long shot of him helping the woman get up lasts longer instead.
R-Rated: 0,25 sec / Unrated: 1,4 sec / difference: 1,15 sec
When Otis puts back his knife in his trouser waistband, the r-rated version resumes with a closeup where in the unrated version the whole scene is shown in a long shot .
R-Rated: 1,33 sec / Unrated: 1,48 sec / difference: 0,15 sec
Right after the knife was attached in both versions, there is a shot missing in the unrated version of Otis grabbing a piece of wood. In the unrated version, however, the close up of the man's bleeding throat can be seen longer.
R-Rated: 0,71 sec / Unrated: 0,88 sec / difference: 0,17 sec
The shot of Otis bending over the bleeding man is considerably longer in the r-rated version.
The end of the shot of the bleeding man is longer in the unrated version.
Another shot of Otis is a little longer in the r-rated version.
And again the following shot of the bleeding man is longer in the unrated version.
The man is bleeding in a different shot in each version.
R-Rated: 2,42 sec / Unrated: 2,64 sec / difference: 0,22 sec
The bleeding man can be seen slightly longer, Otis hits him once again.
The shot of Otis is slightly longer in the r-rated version.
+ 0,24 sec
The closeup of the bloody face of the man who has just been beaten up by Otis with a piece of wood is shorter while the following shot of Otis is a little longer in the r-rated version.
R-Rated: 0,79 sec / Unrated: 1,28 sec / difference: 0,49 sec
In each version Otis approaches the bleeding man in a different shot.
R-Rated: 2,71 sec / Unrated: 4,52 sec / difference: 1,81 sec
The injured man is seen slightly longer.
Otis grabs the man's throat.
The shot of the bleeding woman is slightly longer.
The woman's escape from the room, which is filmed in slow-motion, runs a little faster in the unrated version.
The two corpses in the bathroom can be seen slightly longer.
The closeup of the bodies is a little longer as well.
The woman's guts are laying on the street in a closeup, other bloody shots of the corpse are missing, too. The policemen are walking a little longer as well.
In the unrated version the long shot of the kneeing policemen becomes a medium long shot of the policeman and the corpse earlier. On the other hand that shot from a longer distance is considerably longer in the r-rated version.
R-Rated: 1,46 sec / Unrated: 5,52 sec / difference: 4,06 sec
The crane shot upwards is also longer with the effect that the guts, that are spread on the street, can be seen more clearly.
Another transition is a bit longer.
The slow-motion-scene in the bar runs a little faster in the unrated version as well.
When Otis is thrown through the window and Spaulding smokes dope the slow-motion is again faster in the unrated version.
After Otis said that the corpse was still "fuckable" there is a description of what he did to her missing in the r-rated version.
Otis: "I cut her tongue out and tied her to my bed. Busted that bitch wide open."
After Wydell has driven the nail into Otis' hand, the long shot from the side (in which the driving in of the nail was visible, too) is a little longer. The following shot of Wydell screaming and so imitating/mocking Otis, is completely missing in the r-rated version.
The transition from Otis' face to his foraminous hand is different in each version.
Unrated: A usual transition.
R-Rated: During the transition freeze frames of previous events from the movie are interspersed.
no time difference
The slowmotion of the flying lighter runs faster in the unrated version as well.
The beginning of the shot of Charlie toppling down is slightly longer.
When Wydell is strangling Baby and then gets dealt with by Tiny the slow motion is again a little faster in the unrated version.
The closeup of Tiny's face is slightly longer.
After Otis has said good-bye to Tiny, the closeup of Tiny's face was completely eliminated. Therefor the following shot (long shot of the waving Tiny) is a bit longer in the r-rated version.
R-Rated: 0,42 sec / Unrated: 1,48 sec / difference: 1,06 sec
The final, which is entirely filmed in slow motion and shows the rest of family Firefly arming themselves and then dashing towards the police block and getting shot by policemen, runs faster in the unrated version as well.