ByJancy Richardson, writer at
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Many people have strong opinions about movie censorship, but a lot of scenes are cut without us really knowing about it. Take a look at these 5 Blockbuster movies that had portions cut for theatrical release - do you think they suffered for being edited for extreme violence?

Robocop (1987)

Robocop may be an armored killing machine, but this didn't stop the censors cutting him down to size! Remember the scene where Murphy shoots Bobby in the leg? In the unrated version, the camera zooms right into the bullet wounds, giving some full-on, close-up viscera.

Added to this, the director's cut of Murphy's murder adds a full minute of splat-gore violence, including lingering camerawork on his bloody wrist stump!


Divergent (2014)

Fans of the Veronica Roth's original Divergent novel may have been dismayed by the omission of the brutal eye-stabbing scene from the movie, which can only be viewed on the DVD or Blu-Ray release.

The scene was shot - and was reportedly the victim Edward's (Ben Lamb) favorite to film - but was cut from the theatrical release of the movie to protect the PG-13 rating.


Highlander (1986)

Cult classic Highlander may be well-loved, but it's worth seeing uncut editions for the full experience. Not only were certain fight scenes edited for being too violent, the American release of Highlander chopped out an additional 8 minutes of footage for being 'too confusing'!


Gangster Squad (2013)

Gangster Squad was already an R-rated movie and contains a huge amount of violence. However, there was a particular reason for editing the movie theater shooting from the movie.

In the run up to Gangster Squad's theatrical release, 12 people were killed by a crazed gunman in a Colorado screening of The Dark Knight Rises. Warner Bros. cut portions of Gangster Squad to be more sensitive to the tragedy.


Transformers: The Movie (1986)

Fans were already reeling when Galvatron killed Ultra Magnus in Transformers: The Movie, but did you know that the scene was intended to be massively more violent?

Yup, io9 notes that poor old Magnus was gonna be viciously ripped apart, probably traumatizing thousands of '80s kids. You can watch the deleted scene, reconstructed from storyboards, above.


Do you think that filmmakers were right to cut these scenes for being too violent?

Sources: Pajiba, First Showing, Wikipedia, io9, MTV


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