Comparison between the cut US TV broadcast (Movies) on November 01, 2021 (8:00pm) and the uncut UK 4K Blu-ray from BFI (BBFC 18).
- 17x audio censorship + 17x blur effects
- No runtime difference
Get Carter with Michael Caine from 1971 was a groundbreaking classic, still admired by fans over 50 years later. In England, the 4K UHD premiere of BFI was released on August 01, 2022, in a fancy Limited Edition with an 80-page book. Reason enough for us to once again check foreign TV broadcasts for censors.
In the USA, we can attest blur effects in several scenes with nudity and lots of audio censorship. In Great Britain, some shots with nudity in the opening sequence and the suggestion of rape were cut. Possibly both was done due to the early broadcast time.
Running time data is arranged according to the scheme
US Movies channel in NTSC / British 4K UHD in 24fps
Preliminary note: The screenshots of the 4K UHD were converted from HDR to SDR with tone mapping. Thus, as usual with 4K material, it is not a faithful reproduction of the TV picture quality with HDR (as can be additionally guessed from the compressed screenshot size, of course).
The US TV broadcast still had a quick warning note to start. Not included in the runtime.
00:50-01:00 / 00:52-01:02
The first two slide photos are blurred at genital area and breasts.
No runtime difference
As described in our report on the UK TV version, this introductory scene was dubbed in the U.S. with people who speak with less of an accent. Interestingly, you can hear "Bare-ass naked" as well in the US TV version, while in the further course various swear words were muted.
01:05-01:06 / 01:07-01:08
After the third photo remained untouched, something was made unrecognizable again in the fourth image.
24:40 / 24:42
Carter's comment about Eric's eyes was muted: "They're still the same. Piss-holes in the snow."
27:45 / 27:47
When stepping towards the door: "You stupid shit!"
28:05 / 28:07
Cyril says: "Sometimes I think I'll retire and just piss off to the Bahamas..."
28:17 / 28:18
Another offscreen comment from Cyril: "Piss off, Ray."
36:17 / 36:18
The cheering was partly muted: "That's right, tear her fucking hair out."
By the way: Although you can't see the mouth movements, this censorship is also overly noticeable because the many bar noises can no longer be heard in the background for a brief moment.
39:28-39:30 / 39:28-39:30
Phone sex: Anna follows Carter's order and takes off her top.
39:42-40:06 / 39:42-40:06
After a longer shot of Carter, the chest is again made unrecognizable in various other shots of Anna.
40:26-40:36 / 40:26-40:36
You can see Anna topless for the last time.
42:05 / 42:05
"Let's stop pissing about."
42:28 / 42:28
Getting out of the car, a cursed "Christ!" was muted.
48:46-48:51 / 48:46-48:51
When Cliff joins in, his "Jesus wept!" was completely muted.
Interestingly, "I'll murder the little bitch!" was kept uncensored in the same shot shortly after.
Shortly thereafter (49:50), "Where are you, you little bitch?" and "Well, old bastard, I hope your house falls down" can be heard uncensored. In the further course of the film, "bastard" and "bitch" can also be heard uncensored, so these words were obviously not considered so critical.
52:37 / 52:36
Carter: "That old shit."
Note: How Carter unbuttons Edna's top about a minute later can be seen uncensored, unlike the British TV version.
55:45-55:46 / 55:43-55:44
When the gangsters surprise Cartner and Edna in bed, a small blur effect has been placed over her cleavage again, although you can't really see anything really alarming there.
60:42-61:05 / 60:40-61:03
The posters on the wall were blurred for small bits of breasts and genital area.
61:29 / 61:27
Keith: "Frank said you were a shit and he was bloody well right!"
64:07 / 64:05
Muted: "He's gonna shit all over you."
67:36 / 67:34
Muted: "The upshot is I've got to eat shit..."
68:33 / 68:31
Muted: "All I know is people were shitting bricks up at his place last Saturday."
69:42-70:12 / 69:40-70:10
During the car ride, you see as a montage several short shots with Glenda's naked butt and her breasts. In these short moments, the US TV version of course always has a blur effect over these naughty bits.
71:09-72:48 / 71:07-72:46
Since Carter again exposes Glenda's chest, a blur effect was once again applied to various shots. In the end, this also affects her butt as she runs into the bathroom.
73:00-73:01 / 72:58-72:59
On the first shot of the "teacher's pet", of course, the boobs were blurred.
74:27-74:33 / 74:25-74:31
Glenda in the bathtub - without vs with breasts.
74:44-74:52 / 74:42-74:50
Although a pair of panties remains on in the video clip, this was probably still problematic because they are almost transparent. So a little blur effect was placed over it. Immediately afterwards, Glenda's breasts in the bathtub were made unrecognizable again.
76:45-77:40 / 76:43-77:38
Towards the end of the shot with Glenda in the bathtub, her breasts are again briefly flashing several times in between. This is also the case in the following shots, where Carter pushes her into the water and pulls her out again.
80:33 / 80:30
Muted: "For Christ's sake, give us a fag."
82:41-82:51 / 82:38-82:48
Muted: "Jack, for Christ's sake. For Christ sake." + kurz darauf: "Listen, Christ, I didn't kill him..."
86:55 / 86:52
Muted: "Are you coming in or are you gonna piss about all day?"
89:29 / 89:26
Muted, while Carter throws some punches: "You shit!"
97:54-98:05 / 97:51-98:2
Of course, when Carter forces Margaret to undress, her breasts and genital area were made unrecognizable.
98:55-99:03 / 98:51-98:59
Carter carries away the unconscious Margaret. Immediately afterwards, you can see a sex scene on the TV, in which the breasts were also blurred.
99:38 / 99:34
During the next bed scene, the familiar blur effect flashes up for a brief moment at the end.
103:19-103:24 / 103:15-103:20
When the policemen recover Margaret's body, the chest was censored again.
The US TV version still has the Warner logo after the credits.
Packshot of the British 4K-UHD by BFI and cover scan: