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.


    Thanks to an eagle-eyed reader, it is sad to say that this version of Videodrome is not the uncut version, as originally reported by me. The original Australian release on VHS rental was missing a lot more footage: some gore, some S&M between Nicki and Max (including Nicky Brand getting a cigarette 'brand'), and more shots of the Videodrome torture pirate tapes. This DVD is better, but it appears to be the US R-rated version, and hence is still missing:

    According to a source, back in the 1980s Universal originally submitted the US R-rated version to the Australian censors, who granted it an R 18+ classification. But an even shorter cut, taken from the UK PAL master, was released on rental video. This is the only version I had ever seen until I saw the US unrated director's cut. The UK VHS sell-thru tape, which was supposedly uncut, is also the US R-rated release. The UK PAL laserdisc is uncut, are is the Criterion special edition DVD.