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Old 08-31-2012, 03:49 AM   #1
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Re-animator - R version

I was reading on a forum about the upcoming Re-animator blu-ray and someone posted about the R version. This got me thinking, I have never seen the R version. My VHS copy was the unrated version as well as the DVD. Has the R rated version been released on home video? I'm interested in tracking down a copy to see how the extra scenes fit into the film.
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Old 08-31-2012, 07:05 AM   #2
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I was reading on a forum about the upcoming Re-animator blu-ray and someone posted about the R version. This got me thinking, I have never seen the R version. My VHS copy was the unrated version as well as the DVD. Has the R rated version been released on home video? I'm interested in tracking down a copy to see how the extra scenes fit into the film.
They don't fit into the film, in my opinion; they drag it down. I've never seen the actual R-rated cut, just a composite of the R-rated scenes into the unrated cut.
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Old 08-31-2012, 02:44 PM   #3
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It's a less effective film in every way. Gore and nude scenes are cut down and there are additional dialogue scenes that change the film's pacing. The cuts hurt most in the most iconic scenes.

I saw the uncut VHS version in high school and then later rented the film from Blockbuster in college. I couldn't believe the difference. Censoring Blockbuster bastards rented me the R-Rated cut. I wasn't aware that they did stuff like that routinely back then.

Here's a very thorough comparison of the R and unrated versions:

http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=5046980

I think the brief deleted scene where Hill hypnotizes Halsey after dinner could have been left in. The rest of the scenes really do bring the movie to a halt. View the deleted scenes on their own and stick with the unrated cut--which is Stuart Gordon's preferred version of the film.
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Old 08-31-2012, 03:17 PM   #4
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I caught the R cut on cable way back when, unrated is better in every way. The only thing I noticed missing from that cut was West shooting himself with the serum.

I wouldn't mind seeing it as an extra feature, but doubt I'd bother to even watch it again.
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Old 08-31-2012, 05:35 PM   #5
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Thanks for the link shape22.
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Old 08-31-2012, 06:47 PM   #6
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Thanks for the link shape22.
My pleasure. That site is pretty amazing. I can't imagine how much time it takes them to research those comparisons and set up the webpages.
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Old 09-01-2012, 12:51 AM   #7
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I'm always curious in alternate cuts, that's why I want to obtain a copy of the R version.
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Old 08-13-2014, 01:27 PM   #8
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Holy thread resurrection Batman!

2 years later, I obtained the R rated VHS via ebay. Just gave it a watch this morning and wow, this changes the movie quite a bit. If I had seen this before the uncut version, I probably would not hold Re-animator in high regards as I do now. The extra scenes really do drag the film down, almost to a crawl at times. It's kind of funny seeing Dr. Hill trying to hypnotize everyone! lol The violence is cut to almost PG-13 levels and the last part of the film in the morgue is butchered so much, there really isn't anything to it!

Definitely an interesting edit to see and just goes to show you how one version is a masterpiece (IMO) and the other makes it sort bland.
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Old 08-13-2014, 01:55 PM   #9
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Oh yeah, the R cut is also an easter egg on the Intergal cut disc in the German BD mediabook, in full blown out VHS quality even!
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Oh yeah, the R cut is also an easter egg on the Intergal cut disc in the German BD mediabook, in full blown out VHS quality even!
Thatīs the TV version not the R-rated one.
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Thatīs the TV version not the R-rated one.
Opps! I know something is there, and I know it looks like crap as I accidentally found my way to it before even watching the integral cut,
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Opps! I know something is there, and I know it looks like crap as I accidentally found my way to it before even watching the integral cut,
The best cut is the unrated one. All the R-Rated stuff that was on the integral cut just drags.
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Old 08-16-2014, 04:31 AM   #13
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I love integral cut, but I love re-animator, so it's like going back in time and expanding upon it
The media book is one of my favorite blurays ever made
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Old 08-22-2014, 03:54 PM   #14
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Drags the film down? If Re-Animator could get any slower/duller than the Director's Unrated Cut, I would be shocked.

Although, I admit Re-Animator can't survive with any cut that includes Meg's "what about what we could do?" line.
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