Comparison between the censored Chinese DVD and the uncensored German Blu-ray.
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Director Danny Boyle, who is probably best known for his cult film Trainspotting, started filming the story of the mountaineer Aron Ralston, who suffered a serious accident during a canyon hike on April 26, 2003, in 2010. A rock pinched Ralston's right hand and he had to stay in a crevice for 5 days because all his attempts to free him failed. So he finally decided to amputate his arm, which ultimately saved his life.
He recorded this martyrdom with a video camera, but so far he has only made the footage available to his family and his closest friends. Only Danny Boyle and actor James Franco, who portrays Ralston in the feature 127 Hours discussed here, were allowed to watch it to better prepare for the film. This is especially true of Franco's performance, which is one of the best he has done in his entire career. Due to his natural and grounded acting and also due to a remarkably realistic camera work, the viewer feels drawn into the middle of the action. Thus, all the torments that Ralston finds himself exposed to make you feel very uncomfortable, which makes the key scene become more intense towards the end of the movie.
It's also this scene that pissed the Chinese authorities off, probably because of its graphic nature, which is why it had to be completely removed. A short excerpt from one of Franco's monologues dealing with Chinese goods had to be cut out, as well.
German Blu-ray shows insignificantly more black screen.
Ralston makes a negative remark about Chinese multi-tools.
The most unpleasant scene of the whole film is almost completely missing on the Chinese DVD. It only starts again when Ralston has already severed his arm and you can only see the bloody stump on the rock. Actually, the scene goes on much longer and you can see him slowly cutting through the tissue, losing a lot of blood and finally his future son sitting in front of him. Of course, the Chinese are also denied the cries of pain.