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Initial post: 3 Apr 2009 19:43:40 BDT
Does anyone know whether this release will be the extended version of the film or the original theatrical release?

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jun 2009 20:16:44 BDT
It doesn't say anywhere on the sleeve but this is the extended edition, about 10-12 minutes extra.

Posted on 8 Jun 2009 17:45:50 BDT
gwenllian says:
I first saw this film on VHS in New Zealand and when we bought a copy on DVD in the UK, found that several scenes had been cut, I assume due to censorship. (E.g.: when a thief had his hands amputated and when the excellently evil sheriff was marrying Marion and was forcing his 'attentions' on her). Would anyone know whether these are the scenes that are now included in the extended version?

Posted on 23 Jul 2009 22:50:57 BDT
Neal Vincent says:
G Perkins:
"Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" was one of the many victims of the fact that, at the time of the film's original release, the UK had no "12" certificate. There was no middle-ground between a PG and a 15, so American films which were PG-13 rated (like Robin Hood) often suffered censorship for commercial reasons: the distributors wanted a UK PG certificate for their film because a 15 rating would bar most of their target audience and severely restrict ticket-sales. The theatrical version of "Robin Hood" was cut by 14 seconds and those cuts were carried through to the VHS versions and the DVD version you saw.

Worse still, the UK DVD of the extended version of the film was cut by an outrageous 28 seconds of "violent detail, strong language, hanging and sexual assault detail in order to maintain previous PG category" - but don't blame the BBFC, because the distributor requested that the BBFC cut the film in order to keep it the same milder PG version that we were used to in this country. Bless them for being so thoughtful.

Anyway, you will be fine with this Blu-Ray version. It's the extended version of the film (with added Alan Rickman - yay!) and it was passed "without cuts" as a 12 certificate by the BBFC in February 2009. Whoa, let's hope no-one freaks out when they sit down to watch "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" and find it's a tiny bit more grisly than they remember it being! :-)
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