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The People Under the Stairs


To Live and Die in L.A



1.05 Coquilles


  • TV Version
  • Producer's Cut
Release: Oct 08, 2013 - Author: Muck47 - Translator: Mr Miau - external link: IMDB - more from this series
Comparison between the TV Version as broadcasted on the 25th of April 2013 and the Producer's Cut, taken from the US Blu-ray by Lionsgate.

- 9 alterations
- No difference in running time

Although there were no indications during the broadcasts, and despite very explicit scenes that could be seen on TV, the advertisements for the home cinema release of this very recommendable series hinted at missing elements: "Unrated episodes featuring content that was cut for broadcast" were, for example, promised for the US release.
Five of the episodes are marked as "Producer's Cut" in the inlay and menus of the BD and are indeed different from the TV versions. However, there are no differences in running time, which means that it will be impossible to judge the contents of further releases on just the length. At least it can be said that all these changes are actually removed censoring and NOT the addition of scenes that were taken out of the episodes in order to tighten them up. These are all the episodes with alterations:

1x05: Coquilles
1x06: Entrée
1x08: Fromage
1x10: Buffet Froid
1x12: Relevés

In episode five (Coquilles) a serial killer beheads his victims and uses their back skin to form wings so they can watch over him like angels. This is also a very funny example of the absurd logic of the US censoring system. The brutally mangled corpses were not the problem for the TV 14 rating, but the necessary partial nudity was an absolute no-go for the guards of morals and civilization in the states.
The problem were several shots that showed the exposed bum of the victims. However, as the producers did not want to say goodbye to these carefully orchestrated shots, the solution was – more gore, which covered the curves and butt crack. The Blu-ray shows these shots in their original form again. But this is not the only censoring: the secered testicles in the place where the next victim is found also have more screentime due to some alternative footage.

By the way: the UK BD was released a few weeks earlier but only contains the censored versions of the episodes.

When Will enters the room, the first shot of the corpses can be seen, the TV version features more blood, which covers the victim's bums.

TV VersionProducer's Cut


Ditto for the next shot showing the investigators at work.

TV VersionProducer's Cut


And again before Jack offers his analysis.

TV VersionProducer's Cut


And again again when Brian takes his pictures.

TV VersionProducer's Cut


Beverly goes around the two.

TV VersionProducer's Cut


There is a different part of the picture visible when the camera tracks back from Will's recreation of the scene. The Producer's Cut is even closer to Will and therefore shows the butts later – and here they are still censored as well. Maybe this was done to cover up the remaining censoring?

TV VersionProducer's Cut

Alternative Footage

The Producer's Cut offers an additional shot of Brian holding up the severed testicles. The TV version shows the shots before and after (Jack & Will + Jimmy & Beverly) a tiny bit longer (no pictures).

Producer's Cut 0,6 sec longer

Alternative Footage

The TV Version shows Beverly turning around in the same shot, then Brian comments over a shot of the mattress on which the testicles are lying in a quite unspectacular way..
The Producer's Cut shows Jack and Will approaching first, then Brian comments in a shot of him holding the testicles.

No difference in running time

TV VersionProducer's Cut

TV Version longer

In order to achieve an identical length, the last shot of Will standing in front of the corpse was shortened a few insignificant frames.

+ 0,6 sec