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Cutting Edge: The Transporter The Transporter is a 2002 France / USA action crime thriller by Louis Leterrier and Corey Yuen (as Cory Yuen).
Starring Jason Statham, Qi Shu and Matt Schulze. BBFC link IMDb

The film was cut in the US for a PG-13 rating.

This cut version was passed 15 without further cuts by the BBFC for 2002 film and 2003 DVD.

There is also an uncut International Version.

See these cuts in Cutting Edge Quick Trims video on YouTube

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Poster Blood Feast 2016 Marcel Walz Blood Feast is a 2016 Germany / USA horror by Marcel Walz.
Starring Robert Rusler, Caroline Williams and Sophie Monk. IMDb

Fuad Ramses and his family have moved from the United States to France, where they run an American diner. Since business is not going too well, Fuad also works night shifts in a museum of ancient Egyptian culture. During these long, lonely nights he is repeatedly drawn to a statue representing the seductive ancient goddess ISHTAR. He becomes more and more allured by the goddess as she speaks to him in visions.

The Blood Feast remake is struggling to get an R rating from the MPAA. The producers have now submitted the film 3 times presumably with ever increasing cuts but the MPAA is still refusing an R rating.

Director Marcel Walz told DreadCentral:

Big, big mess at the MPAA… for the third time Blood Feast didn’t pass the MPAA screening. It’s horrible. I think the horror fans need to know what’s going on. We need an MPAA rating to make Blood Feast available to all main markets in North America. A friend made a petition , and any support will be appreciated.

Update: MPAA R rated

8th September 2017 See  article from bloody-disgusting.com

Presumably on the 4th submission, Blood Feast is now officially Rated R for strong sadistic violence and gore, language including sexual references, nudity and some drug content.

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lost city of z cinemaThe Lost City of Z is a 2016 USA action historical biography by James Gray.
Starring Charlie Hunnam, Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson. IMDb Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images, brief strong language and some nudity.

The MPAA commented: NOTE: RE-RATE. FILM EDITED. PREVIOUS “R” RATING, BULLETIN NO. 2450 (11/9/16) VOIDED. ONLY THIS EDITED VERSION IS RATED.

The film was previously rated MPAA R for brief violence in November 2016. The producers appealed the decision but presumably lost as the movie was then cut for a PG-13 rating

Summary Notes

The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as “savages,” the determined Fawcett – supported by his devoted wife, son and aide de camp returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925.

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edge art of warThe Art of War is a 2000 USA / Canada action crime adventure by Christian Duguay.
Starring Wesley Snipes, Anne Archer and Maury Chaykin. Youtube link BBFC link IMDbThe film was Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating.

See these cuts in Cutting Edge Quick Trims video on YouTube

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Poster Sausage Party 2016 Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon Sausage Party is a 2016 USA animation comedy adventure by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon.
Starring Kristen Wiig, Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd. BBFC link IMDb

An animated movie about one sausage’s quest to discover the truth about his existence.

The film was cut to avoid an MPAA NC-17 rating. On Howard Stern’s Sirius XM show, Seth Rogen discussed what he and his colleagues had to do to avoid an MPAA NC-17 rating. Among other things:

  • Scale back plans to depict a pita with a hairy scrotum during the movie’s spectacular eight-minute long orgy scene.

Rogen commented:

We submitted it and we first got an NC-17 rating back. Our fear was that it would create this big negotiation process where we had to butcher the whole thing…we probably added six things into the orgy that we were like, okay, these are our sacrificial lambs, they are the chips that we’re willing to lose, and we lost like, an eighth of one of them.

There is a pita bread, and you see his ball sack in the end of the orgy, and it had hair on it, and they asked that we remove the hair from the pita bread’s ball sack. So we digitally shaved the pita bread’s ball sack and removed the hair from it.

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Death Wish II Special Blu ray Death Wish II is a 1982 USA action crime thriller by Michael Winner.
Starring Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland and Vincent Gardenia. IMDb US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated/R rated for:

  • 2016 Shout! Factory [Unrated + Theatrical Versions] RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 26th July 2016

Censorship History

Similarly and extensively cut by both the BBFC and for an MPAA R rating. There is an uncut US Unrated version. Generally uncut in Europe.

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Promotional Material

Bronson’s Loose Again!Paul Kersey is not your ordinary victim: He fights back: with a vengeance! Legendary tough guy Charles Bronson resumes his trademark role as the hard-as-nails urban avenger in DEATH WISH II.

With the murder of his wife and the revenge against her killers now behind him, Kersey begins a new life in LA. But tragedy is never far from his door, and when a group of local hoods viciously assault his daughter, they unleash a wrath unlike anything the city has ever seen. Kersey has the face of each of them branded in his memory, and he will not rest until he tracks every one of them down… and puts them all in the ground! This hard-hitting, action-packed sequel also stars Jill Ireland (Breakheart Pass), Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix) and Vincent Gardenia reprises his role as Detective Frank Ochoa. The film features a rocking score by Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin.

Includes both the theatrical cut and the unrated cut of the film!

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Poster Grimsby 2016 Louis Leterrier Grimsby is a 2016 UK action comedy by Louis Leterrier.
Starring Penélope Cruz, Rebel Wilson and Isla Fisher. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb The BBFC asked for category cuts to achieve a 15 rating. The BBFC was a little secretive and just noted that the cuts were to a couple of scenes of crude humour.

It seems that according to a video interview with Sacha Baron Cohen that the film also suffered category cuts in the US to achieve an R rating. It seems that censors from the MPAA were convinced that an ‘elephant scene’ fell into the category of bestiality. (But surely bestiality would need to be cut at any level and wouldn’t be suitable at NC-17 either).

Cohen says that he challenged the MPAA’s definition of bestiality and also cut 6 minutes from a 9 minute scene. He suggested that the cuts were a ploy to obtain the scene he wanted and that the cut material had been added just to be offered as cuts in negotiations.

It will be interesting to see if both the US and UK cuts end up being the same version.