JRP1349 wrote:Soze wrote:Disney have now claimed the spear was never in the UK theatrical release!!
I'm sure it was in the cinema version, probably quickly edited so as to make it a brief shot.
If it has been removed totally from the dvd version then it could be a distributor decision, for example The Hunger Games when it was released at the cinema, the BBFC where shown a version that was slightly more bloody in scenes, they offered the distributor a full uncut 15 certificate, but because this would eliminate part of the target audience, the distributor came back with a version slightly altered removing blood splatter from the film and lessening the violence to gain the 12 certificate. Half the time distributors a more than willing to alter scenes, lessen violence to gain a lower rating, as this guarantees more box office revenue.
This isn't what happened here...the BBFC actually mention this scene in their report and say it's OK. They gave the film a 12 with that scene in it...and then it's been removed. Disney claim it was never in the UK theatrical release but it definitely was, by all accounts the BBFC are looking into it as this breaks some sort of code.
It's not a big deal, we're talking a second edit ( not even a cut ) but it does detract from the scene. I've seen people say they're going to import from the US because of it but it's hardly worth the extra tenner. I just get fed up with getting the raw end of the deal with UK releases, I bought the 1st season of Walking Dead the other week and it has several cuts in it which aren't cut on the US version ( and crazily the cut scenes all crop up in the making of documentary! ).