Censuring The Censors

Rod W coordinates and maintains these entries. He also maintains The Chopping List, a comprehensive guide to movies which have been censored in Australia.


    This cut of Tenebrae seems to be derived from the UK Anchor Bay disc, which has a running time of 96:24 according to the BBFC. Both versions are missing brief shots due to an "oversight" when the source print was prepared in the US. It seems that the only fully uncut releases (imune to censorship, mishandling and print damage) are the Region 2 Dutch, French and Scandinavian discs, and at least one of the Japanese discs. The Anchor Bay transfer has been the source of many releases, however due to a production glitch some minor footage was lost, and that mistake has affected subsequent releases. Visit DVD Compare for more details.

    A comparison against the old Australian VHS rental tape is yet to be carried out. If it wasn't the full version as measured against the intact R2 discs, only minor snippets would have been missing. Generally, collectors at the time accepted it as being an 'uncut' release.

(Rob G. and Rod W.)