Compared are the cut UK Blu-ray by Arrow Video (BBFC 18) and the uncut German DVD by Splendid (FSK 18)
- 10 cuts
- Difference: 25.2 sec
This iconic early movie by David Cronenberg from 1975 is one of the setbacks in the HD era because the Blu-ray premiere on 10/13/2014 by the popular UK label Arrow Video is cut. It is very likely that the version censored for the US theatrical release back in the days was the only version available of this Canadian production.
In this matter, one can refer to a statement in the book Cronenberg on Cronenberg:
Interesting though that Cronenberg allegeldy insisted on changing the title They Came From Within to Shivers during the restauration process. Given the alternate footage exclusively used for the US release, one could have very well figured out that this version is cut.
Arrow Video responded quite fast to the many complaints:
Even though Arrow Video has to take the rap for it, it must be admitted that it is rather hard to point the finger at them because Cronenberg himself gave the restored version his blessing. As another piece of the jigsaw puzzle, this clip is very interesting. Cronenberg here makes it clear that he had not watched the entire master. This proves that slogans such as "supervised and approved by the director" should not be taken too seriously.
The very same version is currently available on Netflix and one can assume that the same (cut) version will be available on future HD releases worldwide. If Arrow Video can't come up with a resolution, the only option is getting one of the several uncut DVDs, available for instance in the UK, Germany or - ironically - in the US. Curiously enough, the cut version was barely available before the Blu-ray release - e.g. on the Danish VHS (or at least it contains a very similar cut version).
Time index refers to
UK Blu-ray / German DVD in PAL
The Arrow Blu-ray contains two additional logos at the beginning.
+ 23.9 sec
02:37 / 02:07
After the last credits, the black screen is slightly longer on the German DVD.
08:22 / 07:38-07:42
Extended shot of Hobbes moving the scalpel along the girl's stomach. More blood is leaking.
09:33 / 08:51-08:53
Extended shot of Hobbes slitting his throat. At the end of the shot, a bit more blood is leaking here as well.
56:31 / 53:56
Extended shot of the crowbar hitting the ground. As a result, there are more details of the guy Roger just killed with the crowbar.
57:46 / 55:08-55:09
The parasite wiggles out of Tudor's mouth earlier.
57:49 / 55:12-55:14
The wiggling parasite earlier again.
65:17-65:18 / 62:24
After Roger fired off a shot, the UK Blu-ray is longer for a change: he keeps lowering the weapon and stands straight.
+ 0.8 sec
74:41 / 71:24-71:28
Tudor longer on Dr. Linksy who can free himself with the words "Get off me!". The following shot starts earlier as well: Tudor attacks him again.
74:49 / 71:35-71:41
When Tudor kneels next to Dr. Linsky, the shot starts significantly earlier: Tudor grabs the parasite in his mouth and also the one on Dr. Linsky's cheek.
74:55 / 71:46-71:50
Before Tudor starts to batter Dr. Linsky, the shot of him starts earlier: Dr. Linsky grabs his face.
76:30 / 73:21-73:22
The parasite in Sister Forsythe's mouth a bit earlier.
Last but not least, the UK Blu-ray contains a reference to the US R-Rating. At the latest, now the reason for the censored master is obvious.
Further shots in the following.
+ 18.4 sec