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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.

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31 31 is a 2016 USA horror thriller by Rob Zombie.
Starring Malcolm McDowell, Elizabeth Daily and Meg Foster. Youtube link IMDb

31 tells the story of five carnies in 1976 kidnapped on the morning of Halloween and held hostage in a remote industrial Hell. While trapped, they are forced to play a violent game called 31. The mission is to survive 12 hours against an endless gang of grease-painted maniacs.

Director Rob Zombie is running afoul of national ratings body, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), who, after reviewing two cuts of his latest movie 31 , refuse to give it anything lower than an NC-17 rating. Zombie commented:

Well, after two tries through the MPAA, our rating on 31 remains NC-17. Maybe three is the charm to get an R rating. Why R, you ask? Well, because your local theater will not show an NC-17. Even though you are a fucking adults… things much be censored for your enjoyment.

The MPAA have said the current cut of 31 features sadistic graphic violence, bizarre sexuality/nudity, pervasive disturbing images and some strong language.

The film is scheduled to premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, followed by a theatrical release in February or March.

Update: R rating confirmed

7th January 2016. See latest ratings [pdf] from filmratings.com

MPAA logo The MPAA  has announced that a cut version has just been rated R for strong bloody horror violence, pervasive language, sexual content and drug use.

The R rating was granted at the 3rd attempt and surely there will now be an unrated video release to follow the cut theatrical release.

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Poster Mortdecai 2015 David Koepp Mortdecai is a 2015 USA action comedy by David Koepp.
Starring Johnny Depp, Olivia Munn and Ewan McGregor. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb

Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

  • 2015 Lions Gate (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 12th May 2015
  • 2015 Lions Gate R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 12th May 2015

It is normal practise for Hollywood studios to pep up the home video sales of failed box office movies with an Unrated Version or perhaps an uprated version (eg an R rated version of a PG-13 movie. But the producers have decided to go in the opposite direction for home video releases for Mortdecai. An optional kiddified PG-13 version of Mortdecai will be offered on VoD.

Whereas the uncut theatrical version was rated R for some language and sexual material , the PG-13 version receives is rating for  sexuality including references and innuendo, action/violence and brief strong language.

It’s a decision that has fascinated many, including Scott Mendelson who writes for Forbes:

I’m not really sure that the reason Johnny Depp’s Mortdecai flopped was because all of those young Charlie Mortdecai fanatics weren’t able to get into the theater on account of its R-rating. But desperate times call for desperate measures. Mortdecai will be arriving on DVD, Blu Ray on May 12th while arriving on Digital HD services on May 5th . Here’s the weird part: While the film is being offered on physical media and VOD in the theatrical R-rated version, it is also being offered on Digital HD in an edited PG-13 version. That’s right, Lionsgate isn’t offering the Johnny Depp/ Gwyneth Paltrow comic crime caper in an unrated version with additional violence or sex tossed back in. No, they’re going the opposite route, offering a PG-13 version of the film. And I quote: And now, even more comedy lovers can experience the hilarity with the uproarious PG-13 cut of the film, Mortdecai PG-13 , available exclusively on Digital HD and On Demand.

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