Comparison between the censored Chinese DVD and the uncut German Blu-ray
- 10 cuts + 17 blur-censored scenes
- cutting-time: 69.3 sec (= 1:09 min)
In 2015, screenwriter Alex Garland made his debut as a director with Ex Machina and delivered an entertaining vision of the future on the subject of "Artificial Intelligence". Alicia Vikander rebels as the female Android Ava against the mysterious creator, who previously earned a golden nose with a social network and secured enough data input for his project. Along the way, they and their predecessors occasionally use the semi-physical stimuli, or at least these were staged accordingly. This brings us to the main reason for this cut-report.
We have already dealt with cut-reports for the Chinese market like those for Logan for example. Logan already indicates what to expect at Ex Machina because the Chinese censors apparently rarely like to see nudity. So it caught all appropriate scenes with cuts as well as several blur-effects over the usual sex characteristics. In addition, a close-up of a razor blade on the arm was made unrecognizable. In Germany and also otherwise world-wide one remained at least spared from such interferences.
Term specifications are arranged according to the following scheme
Chinese DVD in PAL / FSK 12 Blu-ray
67:00-67:10 / 69:52-70:03
When Caleb looks at the archive videos, the pubic area and the bust were made unrecognizable several times during the evolution of the Lily versions.
67:15-67:26 / 70:08-70:19
Same game at Jasmine...
67:32-67:48 / 70:26-70:42
...and also Jade.
Remark: When she breaks her arms at the door in fast motion at the end of the scene, her breasts and buttocks only flash so briefly, so that the censorship in China has been ignored.
67:59 / 70:54-70:58
The first normal cut: Before Caleb comes to her, you see Kyoko again in frontal close-up.
67:59-68:04 / 70:58-71:03
As Caleb approached, the breasts were made unrecognizable.
68:04 / 71:03-71:07
Before Caleb opens the cabinet door, you can see a frontal shot of Kyoto, where he passes her.
68:04-68:06 / 71:07-71:09
The next time the cabinet door is opened, the pubic area was blurred again.
68:12-68:16 / 71:16-71:20
The next shot with the girl behind the mirror door on the right from this perspective was additionally edited.
68:16 / 71:20-71:23
Frontal shot of Kyoto again.
68:16-68:18 / 71:23-71:25
Again blur effect on breasts and pubic area. For another girl on the right this was not necessary because she was already excluded from the massive zoom.
68:24-68:26 / 71:31-71:33
Again the usual revisions.
68:26 / 71:33-71:43
This shot is also much longer, Kyoto stands by.
68:31-68:44 / 71:48-72:01
Kyoto's nipples are no longer visible. Same game for the robot ladies left and right in the image.
68:50-68:55 / 72:07-72:12
Kyoto's bust blurred again...
68:55 / 72:12-72:25
...and said shot is also longer, she pulls the skin off her face.
69:10-69:14 / 72:41-72:45
Breasts made unrecognizable left and right.
70:10 / 73:43-73:46
Once again, a frontal shot of Kyoto with cyber eyes was probably too scary for the Chinese censors.
71:01-71:21 / 74:40-75:01
Bad carving: When Caleb was testing the razor blade on his own arm, it was overlayed in several shots with the usual blur effect. In between Caleb can be seen briefly identical, it was summarized here with the one deviation-point.
71:25 / 75:05-75:08
When considerably more blood runs down, the shot remained unprocessed - but was then stopped much earlier.
89:49-89:53 / 94:20-94:24
Breasts and pubic area made unrecognizable.
89:53 / 94:24-94:28
This shot is also much longer.
90:13-90:20 / 94:49-94:56
The breasts were of course blurred during the close-up of the arm removal.
The camera has again taken over the censorship measures with a zoom to 16:9:
90:58-91:04 / 95:35-95:41
Blurred breasts again.
91:14-91:16 / 95:52-95:54
Both girls are looking smoother again in China.
91:16 / 95:54-95:58
The same shot longer again.
91:48-92:08 / 96:31-96:52
Ava's breasts and buttocks were also made unrecognizable in two consecutive shots.
92:12 / 96:56-97:21
In a long additional recording, Ava looks at herself in the mirrors.
Finally a small image comparison without any blur effects. The Chinese DVD is simply zoomed-in but depending on the camera adjustment also on different sections of the original image.