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  • BBFC 15
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Release: Feb 14, 2011 - Author: John Cena - Translator: Sakaro - external link: IMDB - more from this series
Comparison between the censored German DVD (= BBFC 15 UK DVD) and the uncensored US DVD.

In the 1990s right wing conservative began using what they labeled political correctness to advance their cause of outlawing unwanted and morally controversial content in the media. This caused feature films to become much cleaner than they used to be. However, television in the US took a different approach.
Spearheaded by some talented storytellers and supported by A-list celebrities award winning series were created; and since those series seemed to have all the ambiguity and complexity that were missing from mainstream cinema, moving into the TV-business soon ceased to be a career setback for writers and actors alike.
And even now, many years later, this trend is continuing.

Boston Legal preaches the blatant sexism and eloquent arrogance of male attorneys, which women have to face helplessly.
24 features torture and human rights infringements, which seem to be justified as long as they are in one’s own interest and the series that is discussed here The Shield features a murderer that is with the police and the audience hopes that he will never be caught.

These series show that an intelligent audience does not need a role model with whom they can identify and that the good old good vs. evil scheme is not enough anymore to keep audiences interested. Furthermore, it suggests that today’s TV productions have more freedom than traditional feature films.
Moral guidelines seem to be missing and the audience has to decide for themselves what is right and wrong. Story lines and characters are developed over several seasons and years. This makes it possible for stories to be more realistic, bolder and more successful.

The Shield is about an anti-gang police unit being sent into problem boroughs of Los Angeles, which are shaped by racial riots, poverty and corruption. Watching this can be unpleasant at times, especially since the series was inspired by a scandal of the LADP Rampart Division.

The Shield knows all the rules of American free-TV and regularly pushes the limits of what is possible. And that is a lot, especially when it comes to displaying violence. Furthermore, no issue is off-limits. The series confronts the viewer with unvarnished truths of US domestic politics, which have direct consequences for the ground work of the police.

Both, in Great Britain and in Germany the third season of the series was released in Mai 2007, however, with a different rating. In England it was rated “15”, whereas in Germany it was given an “18”-rating. Nevertheless, both releases were again censored identically.

The running-time references were taken from the German DVD.

1 censorship-related cut = 23,67 sec
In the scene in which Aceveda is being forced to satisfy the man orally, a slightly longer sequence is missing. The man puts a gun to Aceveda’s head and forces him to go on. Aceveda chokes and spits something out. Der Mann keeps forcing Aceveda and his buddy looks at him in disbelief.

Put your groove into it. Suck It! Little bigger than you're used to? Uh, uh, uh, uh, uh. Yeah, just like that.

23,67 sec