This is a comparison between the cut Italian DVD by CVC (rating: CM 14) and the uncut and unrated DVD by Laser Paradise.
2 cuts = 4 seconds.
1 alternative scene = 1.5 seconds +Uncut.
This splatter masterpiece directed by Peter Jackson had quite a hard time in the USA in terms of censorship. To cut a long story short: there's no completely uncut US release. 100 cuts had to be made in order to get an R-rating, so basically everything had to go (Cut report). A less cut Unrated version was released on DVD and Blu-ray which mainly lacks plot scenes, but was also slightly cut at the end due to violence. The Italian version isn't uncut either, as the following report will show. The DVD we checked contains some alternative footage at the beginning and some cuts were made during the mutilation of the professor. There are two Italian DVD releases and both are apparently equally censored. Whether the VHS contains the same differences is not quite clear.
The flag of New Zealand is shown. Next is a shot of the Queen of Great Britain sitting on a horse. The scene has nothing to do with the rest of the movie. The Italian version shows a logo instead.
Cut: 13 sec
Uncut: 24 sec
The scientist is shown longer making a scared face; then he says "Oh God, no". Two men enter the picture after that and hold him down on the ground. Two short shots are repeated in the cut version instead of that.
Cut: 1.5 sec
Uncut: 3 sec
Another shot of the scientist being held down on the ground. He screams and tries to get loose.
The cut version still contains the first two strokes when the scientist gets his hand hacked off. But the hand getting severed completely and falling to the side is missing there, as well as the bloody stump.
The titles are different in the two versions: Italian version: Spatters Gli Schizzacervelli / Uncut version: Braindead.
No difference in running time