Originally Posted by QuiGonJosh
What you just described is censorship. They were forced to make changes to what they originally edited and preferred in order to obtain a certain rating. Seriously, grab a dictionary.
"Censorship" would involve the film being taken out of the filmmakers' hands and changed without their involvement or consent. The BBFC in England frequently censors movies. The MPAA does not. There is no law in America that requires movies to be released with certain ratings. There is no law in America that says, for example, "Depictions of headbutting in a movie are not allowed."
The filmmakers' were not "forced" to do anything in the US. They could have chosen to release the movie with a higher "R" rating. They could have chosen to release it unrated. That they decided to edit the movie to obtain a lower PG-13 rating was a marketing decision, not censorship.
The editing is far less chaotic in the uncensored version and it most certainly was censored because of the additional violence, namely the man who falls down the stairwell landing and the extension of the strangulation. There are large gaps in the logic of the fight in the censored version.
I'm not going to disagree with this. I prefer the longer version as well, in direct comparison. However, what was trimmed from the scene would not have affected the movie's rating. The frames were trimmed because the filmmakers decided to tighten up the scene.
Even in its shorter version, that stairwell scene is far less confusing or chaotic than pretty much the entirety of Quantum of Solace.