The Hunger Games cut in UK for 12A certificate

News Simon Brew
13 Mar 2012 - 06:43
The Hunger Games

Seven further seconds have been lopped off the UK cut of The Hunger Games, to get the lucrative 12A certificate its distributor is after…

Last month, it caused some consternation that the UK release of Hammer’s The Woman In Black was trimmed by a few seconds, in order to secure a 12A certificate. The consequence of that 12A certificate is that the film has become a major box office hit in the UK.

There’s been a downside to this, though. As we noted here, it has led to some audiences not behaving quite as you’d hope them too. But that’s counterbalanced by the stories we’re hearing of younger patrons who would never otherwise seek out such an old-style horror film being utterly transfixed by it.

Either way, it’s perhaps a little more predictable that Gary Ross’ adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games would be a 12A in the UK at all costs. That is its core target market, after all.

As it turns out, the cost has been seven seconds of material, that’s been cut for the British release. This has been done at the request of the film’s distributor, Lionsgate, and the statement on the BBFC website reads thus:

”The company chose to make cuts in order to achieve a '12A' classification. A number of cuts were made in one scene to reduce an emphasis on blood and injury. These cuts, which were implemented by digitally removing sight of blood splashes and sight of blood on wounds and weapons, were made in accordance with BBFC Guidelines and policy. An uncut '15' classification was available. These cuts were made in addition to reductions already made following an earlier 'advice' viewing of an incomplete version”

Whether this has a material impact of any note on the film remains to be seen. Likewise, we wonder if the uncut 15-edition film will make it to the DVD. The 12A cut runs to 142 minutes.


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