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.



Vampire Lovers, The (Blu-ray)

     The IMDb has this to say about releases of The Vampire Lovers: “The UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to reduce the opening decapitation and shots of Carmilla kissing Emma's breasts, and the same print was featured on video releases. The 2002 ILC DVD saw the cuts fully waived though the print used was an edited US one which missed a brief full frontal shot of Carmilla in a bathtub scene. The 2006 Optimum DVD featured the fully uncut and complete print. The film was cut for its R rating and the old Embassy videos reflect this edit. MGM restored most of the footage for its 1999 VHS release, except for part of the opening decapitation and some nudity in the bathing scene. The nudity was found and added in to the 2003 DVD release, which now presents the film complete save those missing frames in the opening beheading. The UK DVD contains MGM's first restoration that was on VHS in the USA. The R1 MGM DVD contains the more complete edition.”

   

     The Region A US Blu-ray release of The Vampire Lovers is listed with a running time of 91:21, whereas our version runs 87:35. In our release the opening decapitation seems uncut and the brief full frontal nudity is present. However as Camilla moves her head down to to kiss Emma’s breasts the scene ends, so I believe this scene has been censored. Other than this scene I do not believe our version is cut, so this print is likely to be taken from a PAL source rather than being a full remastered HD version.