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.



Lolita (1997): Special Edition

Numerous scenes in Lolita had to be trimmed or outright deleted in order to meet the standards enforced by the MPAA,
BBFC, and OFLC. These scenes are presented on the R1 version as extras, while both the BBFC and OFLC have decided
that the scenes should remain the way they are - deleted. Unlike most censorship issues in the Region 4 market, this is not just a
case of distributor laziness forcing the BBFC's laws upon us, as the OFLC also has a thing against the glorification of
paedophilia, a description that these scenes apparently meet. Director Adrian Lyne has been quoted in interviews as being
happy that these scenes did not make the final cut, so it isn't as though we are not receiving what he intended. Ultimately, the
decision as to whether Fox Home Video should be commended for not pandering to the lowest common denominator or
condemned for not giving us the same deleted scenes extras as our Region 1 counterpart rests with the consumer.