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A Ghost of its Former Self,
This review is from: Eraser  [DVD] (DVD)
Don't be fooled. I saw this and bought it, having fond memories of the action, explosions, big guns and cliches. The film itself is great, everything you'd expect from an Arnie blockbuster, but you don't get to see it all. What you're buying here is a heavily cut UK 15 certificate version of the film. I saw more of the action scenes last time it came onto the TV.
The running time for this version of the movie is 107 minutes. If you check on Amazon.com at the USA version, you'll find its 115 minutes.
Shouldn't there be a warning, something to say that, actually, what you're buying is only 93% of the film you thought you were buying?
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Initial post: 29 Aug 2009 21:51:45 BDT
The UK version is shorter, yes, but remember the UK uses the PAL format, which causes a 4% speedup. This means an average film will always run 4 mins or so shorter than the US version. So yes, Eraser is missing around 4 mins of violence but theres another 4 minutes "lost" due to PAL speedup.
Posted on 18 Jan 2011 09:18:42 GMT
Even though there is only 4 minutes missing it does feel like half of the film has been mercilessly chopped off. I currently own both the region 1 and 2 versions of this film and I have to admit once I bought the region 1 version I went from being quite disapointed with the film to actually loving it! Finally I got to see people actually die rather that bodies suddenly appearing everywhere for no apparent reason. Personally I think the BBFC need to be shot for this one, especially when the film was still graded 15 in this country and not PG like it should have been!
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jun 2011 06:25:32 BDT
The weird thing is, the BBFC passed this uncut with a 15 rating in 1999 but we have yet to see it released...
Posted on 27 Jan 2012 19:27:20 GMT
the BBFC shouldnt be allowed to do this to classic films, selling films that are not 100% shouldnt be allowed, its like buying a broken version.
Posted on 2 Apr 2012 23:16:23 BDT
Diane Hughes says:
Not cut by the BBFC. The distributor wanted a wider audience after the cinema version did no business, and cut it down to a 15 standard.
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Apr 2012 00:12:06 BDT
It IS cut by the BBFC. They offered an 18, Warner refused, so the BBFC listed cuts for a 15, Warner made them and resubmitted. Thats how it works. I have a copy of the file.
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