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I'm glad I got my R3 version, looking at the edits made to the US version to remove blood (like House of Flying Daggers) - despite the R rating:
http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDRev...dvd_review.htm

(I don't trust DVD Beaver for PQ comparisons/judgments, but I assume they have it right about the edits made to movies).


My R3 version also has a great DTS.



However, the R1 has a lot of extras, apparently.


So if you're looking for uncut, with DTS sound, go for the R3 (assuming you can play R3 DVDs) - I picked mine up for $15 from http://www.play-asia.com/ months ago.


If you want the extras and don't mind having the movie cut, go with the R1 version.
 

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So, we get removal of blood here and the addition of blood to cover nudity in Dawn of the Dead remake...sheesh.
 

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I cut myself shaving this morning and censored my face with iddy biddy bits of toilet paper.


Kung Fu Hustle just got switched to the "possible rental" catagory.
 

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That shouldn't really detract from the movie. There were other spots with no blood in the original (guy gets his leg cut off at the knee). Overally it's pretty comical, in an almost cartoony way.



Still, someone should start letter-writing campaign to Sony Pictures to ask them to stop editing out blood from foreign R-rated movies.
 

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I wonder why studios would do this in the first place. Universal and Sony have now been guilty of it. It doesn't make any sense unless the director felt it was necessary, and I highly doubt that. Especially if it already has an R or Unrated badge on it. Very weird.
 

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I would guess they're thinking youth market , parental guidance, and lost sales.


Anyway... not at all convinced that blood & gore necessarily make or break this film.


Watched it this evening (R-1) , and my mind is riddled as swiss cheese :D LOL!

Funny & Fun... with a pretty impressive audio-effects track. :)

Can only imagine what the DTS track would add.
 

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Kris, they wanted a PG-13 rating and couldn't get it, despite removing the blood. Then, when they put the blood back in, they got an NC-17.


The MPAA SUCKS when it comes to Asian films.
 

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Kris, they wanted a PG-13 rating and couldn't get it, despite removing the blood. Then, when they put the blood back in, they got an NC-17.


The MPAA SUCKS when it comes to Asian films.
How come it was not NC-17 in the theater with the blood?
 

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So in the theaters, the cut spots here were actually intact, and they only cut it for the DVD?

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show) Spoiler  
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show) • After the scene where the landlady knocks the landlord out the window onto the ground, the original Hong Kong version shows a bit of blood flowing out from under the landlord's face after the plant smashes his head. The American version removes the blood.

• Sing's failed attempt in intimidating a Pig Sty village farmer, who punches him square in the stomach. The Hong Kong version shows Sing spitting out blood, which ends up appearing on the farmer's face after Sing asks her what she does. The American version digitally removes both the blood being spit out (but blood is still seen around his mouth implying it was "coming up") as well as the blood splats on the farmer's face.

• During the night scene right before the attack from the musicians there is a long take showing what most of the residents of Pig Sty are doing, including someone crouching on the ground having a "bowel movement". The Hong Kong version shows a piece of paper with excrement on it implying what he was doing, while the American version removes the paper and its "contents", leaving the viewer confused as to why he's simply crouching down with his pants partially down.

• While these scenes were censored, two were completely cut:

When "The Beast" punches Sing in the chest in the casino, two extra shots appear in the Hong Kong cut, with the first being a slow motion shot of blood spraying upward The Beast's face, and the second being another slow motion shot, this time of Sing's head flying back with blood spraying from his mouth.

vSoon after this, Sing's face is punched into the ground by The Beast, and a several second slow motion shot of The Beast's bloody hand being raised from the ground is shown in the Hong Kong cut. The American cut simply jumps from the shot of Sing's head being punched through the ground to the low angle shot of The Beast pulling his fist up.
 

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Removal of a few blood-related scenes? I just don't get it. Will the dvd of "Sin City" consist of the trailer only? All kidding aside, I really enjoyed Kung-Fu Hustle. The landlady is great, the "beast" is very cool, the special effects are sooooooo much fun, and even the sappy romance is not distracting. Great fun...
 

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How come it was not NC-17 in the theater with the blood?
:confused: I don't understand the question. Did you understand what I posted? Not trying to be a dick, just not understanding what you mean.


Film is uncut overseas

Sony removes blood trying to get a PG-13 for U.S. release

They get an R instead

They submit uncut and get an NC-17

Sony quietly goes back to the R cut and just releases it that way, without protesting, because they are @ssholes.
 

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:confused: I don't understand the question. Did you understand what I posted? Not trying to be a dick, just not understanding what you mean.


Film is uncut overseas

Sony removes blood trying to get a PG-13 for U.S. release

They get an R instead

They submit uncut and get an NC-17

Sony quietly goes back to the R cut and just releases it that way, without protesting, because they are @ssholes.


Geesh, how was the film presented in U.S. theaters? I assume by your last post that it was not the international uncut version. So my question becomes, what is different between the theater presentation and this DVD version?


BTW, I rented it today, gonna watch tonight in a few hours-without blood ;)
 

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Nothing. The DVD version is exactly what was sown in U.S. theaters.


If you want the uncut version, go to nicheflix.com and rent it. That's how I saw it.
 

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Man the government is so suppressant, it's ridiculous. It's like a puritan movement the last 5 or so Bush years. American violence is OK but not foreign violence, hell NO! And no damn titties!! We'll have none of that nudity crap around these parts!!


So, domestic blood is OK, titties and that foreigner blood isn't! Huh?
 

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This is rather ridiculous. Nothing in Kung Fu Hustle as it was released here (Malaysia) could've warranted an NC-17 rating. Complete double standards.


The R3 does indeed have the DTS track. That being said, what is in the "extras" of R1?


I can find an R3 here for RM50, which is about US$13.34.



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Man the government is so suppressant, it's ridiculous.
The MPAA is not a government institution. The American film industry is self-regulated.
 

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I bought and watched KFH yesterday. Didn't realize they cut out parts since I this is the first time I watched it. As for the extras - there is commentary, interview with Stephen Chow, outtakes and bloopers and some other stuff I can't remember. I found the DD mix very clear - dialogue and effects. There is good use of the surrounds and some deep bass especially in the fight scenes when someone gets slammed to the ground. The transfer itself was a bit on the darkside and far from reference.
 

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Why wasn't it just released unrated? Is this something Sony doesn't do? I'm glad I have the R3 with the DTS track even though it doesn't have extras.
 

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I agree. This movie should have been released unrated, though even without the extra bits this was still an excellent film. I recommend it to anyone wanting to see a kick a$$ kung-fu comedy.
 

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The R3 DVD is just fine, so anyone wanting the film should buy it, or rent it through Nicheflix.
 
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