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4.0 out of 5 stars Buyers beware!, 23 Oct 2012
This review is from: Our Man In Havana [DVD] [2005] (DVD)
Let the buyers beware - this DVD version of "Our Man In Havana" isn't quite the film it was when first seen right at the end of 1959. Very nearly, but not quite. It's only towards the end that one notes the little changes. The extremely strange editing of the crucial sequence where Wormold tries to kill Carter - eventually succeeding - has been noted by at least one previous Amazon reviewer. Was this an American censored version, perhaps? It now seems rather more like self-defence on Wormold's part, which is a bit of a cop-out. In a slightly earlier scene, Carter suggests to Wormold that they leave a strip-club because it's "full of girls undressing" - what he actually said originally was "full of tarts undressing". More censorship? And, as Wormold leaves Havana, the scene where he bids farewell to the fearsome Captain Segura has now been slightly trimmed. In this version, Wormold merely accepts Segura's parting gift - the two bullets he killed Carter with - and leaves. We are missing the brief interchange where Wormold assures Segura that he never really believed that the latter's cigar-case was bound in human skin - only to be dumbfounded when Segura very quietly admits that it is, the skin having belonged to the man who tortured his father to death ("He was one of the torturable class"). These very small cuts don't amount to much, but are annoying to anyone (like this reviewer) old enough to remember the complete version, which was still regularly seen on British television up to the beginning of the 21st century. Other than that, it's a terrific movie. Oh, and there's one other change - the opening title sequence now credits the music to Frank and Laurence Deniz, not "Hermanos Deniz", as previously. Perhaps people thought "Hermanos" was a man's name, not the Spanish for "brothers".
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