Cutting Edge

 Gavin Salkeld takes a detailed look at MPAA, BBFC and OFLC cuts


30th April 2018
Cutting Edge Episode 51
Gavin Salkeld investigates the MPAA cuts for an R rating


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Cutting Edge Episode 52: Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

Gavin Salkeld examines UK cinema cuts

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51: Lawless 30th April 2018
50: Rambo III 1st March 2018
49: The Exorcist 31st December 2017
48: Last House on the Left 30th November 2017
47: Ace Ventura 2 30th September 2017
46: Enter the Dragon 31st July 2017
45: The Angels' Share 31st May 2017
44: Spider-Man Films and 12A 31st March 2017
43: 2 Fast 2 Furious 31st January 2017
42: Temple of Doom 31st December 2016
41: Bound 30th November 2016
40: Hellraiser Special Edition 31st October 2016
39: Straw Dogs 30th September 2016
38: Predator 2 31st August 2016
37: Tango and Cash 31st July 2016
36: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 30th June 2016
35: Basic Instinct Special Edition 1st June 2016
34: Cutthroat Island 30th April 2016
33: Lethal Weapon 2 31st March 2016
32: The Hunger Games 29th February 2016
31: xXx Films 28th January 2016
30: Strange Days Special Edition 30th December 2015
29: Batman Forever 21st December 2015
28: Mirrors 14th December 2015
27: Hard Target 26th November 2015
26: The Rundown 29th October 2015
25: Doctor Who Special Edition 17th Sep 2015
24: The Equalizer 19th August 2015
23: The Mummy Series 16th July 2015
22: Eraser 14th June 2015
21: The Frighteners 21st May 2015
20: RoboCop Special Edition 5th May 2015
19: Taken 2 5th April 2015
18: Sleeping with the Enemy 5th March 2015
17: Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer 5th Feb 2015
16: Hot Shots! and Part Deux 4th Jan 2015
15: Die Hard Special Edition December 2014
14: Lethal Weapon November 2014
13: Point Break October 2014
12: True Lies September 2014
11: Casino Royale August 2014
10: The Da Vinci Code/Angels & Demons July 2014
9: The Rock June 2014
8: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves May 2014
7: Terminator 2 April 2014
6: Steven Seagal Special March 2014
5: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider March 2014
4: Scream
3: Cliffhanger
2: The Woman in Black
1: Tomorrow Never Dies
Cutting Edge Quick Trims
38 The Saint March 2018
37 Moonwalker February 2018
36 The Transporter November 2017
35 Halloween II October 2017
34 Family Guy Season 7 August 2017
33 The Rookie May 2017
32 Universal Soldier: The Return March 2017
31 The Art of War January 2017
30 Big Mamma's House May 2016
29 Scoobie Doo: The Movie April 2016
28 Secondhand Lions March 2016
27 Cobra February 2016
26 Fast & Furious January 2016
25 Presumed Innocent November 2015
24 Transsiberian October 2015
23 Face/Off August 2015
22 Kindergarten Cop July 2015
21 Mystery Men June 2015
20: Stay April 2015
19: Left Behind March 2015
18: Hard Boiled December 2014
17: The Burning October 2014
16: Romeo Must Die September 2014
15: Jack Reacher August 2014
14: Daybreakers August 2014
13: Commando June 2014
12: Angel Eyes May 2014
11: Daredevil May 2014
10: Men in Black April 2014
9: Maximum Risk April 2014
8: Braveheart April 2014
7: Drop Zone April 2014
6: Maximum Risk April 2014
5: Bridget Jones's Diary April 2014
4: Judge Dredd April 2014
3: The Matrix April 2014
2: Thunderball March 2014
1: In the Line of Fire March 2014
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List of Cuts: Blasphemy
List of Cuts: Exorcist Films
List of Cuts: Friday the 13th Films
List of Cuts: Halloween Films
List of Cuts: Hammer Horror
List: Hardcore 18s
List of Cuts: Ilsa Films
List of Cuts: Nightmare on Elm Street Films
List of Cuts: Saw Films
Detailed Cuts: A Serbian Film
List of Cuts: Texas Chainsaw Films
Gavin Salkeld presents
Cutting Edge Episode 1: Tomorrow Never Dies
Complete List of Cuts:  James Bond Films
Detailed Cuts: GoldenEye
Detailed Cuts: Licence to Kill

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Episode 51: Lawless

Rambo III
Episode 50: Rambo III

The Exorcist on Cutting Edge
Episode 49: The Exorcist

Last House on the Left
Episode 48: Last House on the Left

Ace Ventura 2
Episode 47: Ace Ventura 2: When Nature Calls

Enter the Dragon
Episode 46: Enter the Dragon

The Angels' Share
Episode 45: The Angels' Share

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Episode 44: Spider-Man films and the 12A rating

2 Fast 2 Furious
Episode 43: 2 Fast 2 Furious

Cutting Edge: Temple of Doom
Episode 42: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Episode 41: Bound: The Whacowskis' hands are tied by the MPAA

Episode 40: Hellraiser 1&2: Classic 80's horror cuts examined

Cutting Edge: Straw Dogs
Episode 39: Straw Dogs: Every censor has his breaking point

 Cutting Edge: Predator 2
Episode 38: Predator 2: Australian censor cuts examined

Tango and Cash
Episode 37: Tango and Cash: BBFC cuts and distributor pre-cuts

Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Episode 36: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: A couple of meaty trims by the MPAA

Episode 35: Basic Instinct Special Edition: The Basic Instincts of the MPAA

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Cutting Edge Episode 34: Cutthroat Island: Renny Harlin's adventure is cut short

Cutting Edge: Lethal Weapon 2
Cutting Edge Episode 33: Lethal Weapon 2: Ferman's crusade continues

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Cutting Edge Episode 32: The Hunger Games: A detailed look at the BBFC cuts

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Cutting Edge Episode 31: xXx Films: reveals the BBFC cuts xXx and xXx: The Next Level

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Cutting Edge Episode 30: Strange Days: A new insight into the BBFC cuts to Strange Days

Cutting Edge Episode 29: Batman Forever
Cutting Edge Episode 29 Batman Forever Batman battles his arch-enemies at the BBFC

Cutting Edge: Mirrors
Cutting Edge Episode 28 Mirrors Reflecting on the BBFC cuts to the cinema version

Hard Target
Cutting Edge Episode 27 Hard Target John Woo battles Hollywood and the MPAA

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Cutting Edge Episode 26 The Rundown/Welcome to the Jungle Cinema cuts & home video status

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Cutting Edge Episode 25 Doctor Who Special Edition Doctor Who and the Censors

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Cutting Edge Episode 24 The Equalizer Detailed BBFC category cuts for a 15 rating

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Cutting Edge Episode 23 The Mummy Series
BBFC cuts to The Mummy, The Mummy Returns & The Scorpion King

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Cutting Edge Episode 22 Eraser Ferman's quest to make action films 'morally suitable'

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Cutting Edge Episode 21 The Frighteners Spooky decisions at the BBFC

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Cutting Edge Episode 20 RoboCop Special Edition RoboCop Trilogy at the MPAA and BBFC

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Cutting Edge Episode 19: Taken 2 Bryan Mills is taken down to 12A

Sleeping with the Enemy
Cutting Edge Episode 18 Sleeping with the Enemy No sex, please, we're censors

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
Cutting Edge Episode 17 Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer BBFC obsession with a serial killer

Hot Shots Part 1&2
Cutting Edge Episode 16:
Hot Shots! and Part Deux

BBFC cuts for cinema and home video


Die Hard Special Edition
Cutting Edge Episode 15
Die Hard Special Edition

Yippie Ki Yay Movie Censor!

Lethal Waepon 4 trail
Cutting Edge Episode 14
Lethal Weapon 4

Gavin Salkeld tracks down the bad guys at the BBFC and OFLC


Cutting Edge Episode 13
Point Break

Gavin Salkeld surfs the BBFC cuts to Kathryn Bigelow's action thriller


Cutting Edge: True Lies
Cutting Edge Episode 12
True Lies

Gavin Salkeld separates the fact from the fiction about the BBFC cuts


Casino Royale

Cutting Edge 11 trailer

Gavin Salkeld extracts the truth about the censor cuts

Cutting Edge Episode 11: Casino Royale

The Da Vinci Code/Angels and Demons Special Edition

The Da Vinci Code/Angels & Demons Special Edition

Cutting Edge 10: The Da Vinci Code/Angels and Demons Special Edition

Gavin Salkeld unravels the mysteriously complex BBFC cuts

The Da Vinci Code/Angels & Demons

The Rock

Cutting Edge 9: The Rock

Gavin Salkeld examines the cuts to the Rock and asks whether the UK and Australian censors were caught between a rock and a hard place

The Rock

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves trailer

Cutting Edge 8: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Gavin Salkeld examines James Ferman's biggest regret of not cutting enough for a PG.

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Terminator 2

Cutting Edge 7: Terminator 2

Cutting Edge 7: Terminator 2

Gavin Salkeld calls the film censors to account for their sins in cutting James Cameron's Terminator 2.

Terminator 2

Steven Seagal Special

Steven Seagal: A cutting Edge Special

Steven Seagal is a big man with a big heart, and has been a big target for film censors. Gavin has amassed the complete cuts to Seagal's films from 1988 to 1996.

Steven Seagal: The Complete Cuts

Lara Croft Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider

Episode 5: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider



Episode 4: Scream


All articles are original works compiled by Gavin Salkeld, with occasional help from a small team of researchers. Particular thanks are due to the BBFC for their diligent and helpful explanations of their interventions.

Gavin has written about film censorship for Melon Farmers since 2000, and maintains the Cutting Edge Facebook Page.

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