Return of the Living Dead III

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  1. Greg_S_H

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    I've often read (with varying degrees of jealousy) accounts of discs found before the official street date, but I've never been lucky enough to come across one. Until today, that is. ROTLD3 is supposed to street in two weeks, but my local not-to-be-named B had a couple of copies of it in stock today! I haven't had a chance to look at it yet, but I can confirm one thing for those who were hoping reports were wrong and it would be unrated: it isn't. As Trimark promised, it's the R-rated version. I know that's a make-or-break issue for a lot of you, but I didn't hesitate to buy a copy. Also, the back of the box only mentions a director's commentary and a production commentary. Unless Mindy Clarke is part of the latter, I think that feature evaporated.
    A couple of updates, now that the disc is in the machine (I don't have a chance to watch it right now, so no review):
    There is no insert included. You get a Trimark catalog, and that's it. The chapter stops are listed on the back of the box, though. More importantly, the Special Features menu lists the second commentary not as a "production" commentary but a cast commentary. So, there's Mindy.
    [Edited last by Greg_S_H on August 14, 2001 at 08:53 PM]
     
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    Yeah, I saw it on the shelf out here too! I see street dates get broke every week, I really don`t think the studios care. As long as they get there money, they couldn`t care less when people buy them.
     
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    R-rated version? Oh well, Trimark just lost a sale. I don't care what extras they put on it. Totally stupid!
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    Yeah, I saw Return III at my local store today too, but got "Faust: Love of the Damned" instead.
    Curiously, "Faust", while released by the same company (Trimark) and even the same director (Brian Yuzna) as "ROTLD3", isn't rated. No unrated, no NR, no nothing on the box. I wonder why they couldn't have just done the same thing for "ROTLD3".
     
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    I do have a DVD-ROM. Why?
    Does anyone know of any specific cuts I can look for? I remember reading in another thread something about a guy's face being ripped open from the lip to the neck, but it cuts away before it gets to the neck in the R version. Would this be during the scene where Julie comes out and tears into the gang in the sewer?
    Also, it'll be interesting to see if Mr. Yuzna addresses the cuts in the commentary. From the brief part I've heard, it sounds like both tracks are going to be interesting. I listened to just the commentary over Mindy's nude scene ( [​IMG] ), and that brief little bit was somewhat illuminating. The first one, as the "director's commentary" label implies, was just Brian Yuzna. The second one featured Mindy and Tom Rainone. There may be some additional people on this track, but they were the only two featured over this scene.
    [Edited last by Greg_S_H on August 15, 2001 at 12:04 AM]
     
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    I can try. I've never done it before. Give me a day or so.
     
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    I'm having some difficulties making screen captures. I'm using the Mediamatics DVD player. I get to a scene I want and I hit the Print Screen button. I then go into Paint and paste it. So far so good. I have to save it as a bitmap, or nothing shows up. It looks fine as a bitmap, but the minute I close the DVD player, the image totally disappears. I just don't get it. Any ideas?
    I downloaded PowerDVD, but it doesn't let you adjust your brightness or take screen captures in the trial version. If you know of another DVD player that does let you do these things, I'll download it.
     
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    quote: Lions Gate announced that the DVD would be R-rated, um, let's see... a few days after it was announced.[/quote]To us, yes. It was solicited to retailers, however, as unrated.
    [edit -- substituting the perhaps-not-entirely correct 'uncut' with 'unrated'; Trimark's Dead Alive shows that the two aren't always interchangable...]
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    The R version is tame compared to the unrated...
    I saw the unrated one night on Cinemax and the R on another night...the R-rated version does a lot of cheap cut-aways to reaction shots...I hate that.
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    I did not know that there was an unrated version of this film, as I've only seen the R Rated. Very upsetting! I just cancelled my order at Amazon. First Williw Wonka now this, hey, I'm finally starting to get my finances in order.
     
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    R-rated? Well, that's one less disc to buy. I don't know why they bothered.
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    How less entertaining is the R-rated cut compared to the unrated???
    What if it's true that Trimark don't own the rights to the unrated version?
    Is it worth missing a great special edition because of of this?
    Just asking...
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    I've been TRYING to tell you guys all along it was only the R rated version. I've been in contact with Lions Gate the entire time and was told this repeatedly.
    They could only release the R version.
    Anyway, there isn't THAT much of a difference between both versions. A couple of seconds of gore here and there doesn't mean a whole lot to me.
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    Can someone, in SPOILER MODE of course, list the differences between the R Rated, and the unrated versions?
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    Well there is is only a 1 minute difference between the 2 versions but alot of the more gruesome/graphic shots were cut.
    SPOILERS- though thers tons of bits missing so i can't describe every single shot ect censored but.........
    The doctor getting stabbed in the back repeatedly near the starting is cut heaviily.
    Also up close gruesome shots of a doctor after the attack letting you know he's "infected" and will become a zombie are completly gone.
    The cop getting a crowbar shoved through his face + brain eating is cut from what i remember.
    Also the lip of one of the gang members getting ripped off is gone-it only shows the lip streching,then cuts before it rips.
    + Mindy mutilating herself was toned down as well.
    Theres alot more i'm sure,but it's been awhile since i saw either version & now really with my unrated VHS didn't get eaten up [​IMG]
    END OF SPOILERS
    Guess i'll have to buy another copy & just may check oout the dvd,though i really hate censorship!!!!!!
    + i don't know how Trimark wouldn't have the rights to the unrated version when it's released by them + both versions where released by them as well,so whats up?
    [Edited last by Christina_DQ on August 15, 2001 at 08:20 PM]
     

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