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Hard Target The Directors Cut

Postby Luke » 28 Oct 2006, 12:43

I’ve only seen the U.K DVD/VHS versions of Hard Target and was hoping if anyone who has seen the directors cut could confirm that the following information regarding the missing footage is true or not.

The Director's Cut version is 116 minutes long, including about 20 minutes of graphic footage originally removed to avoid an NC-17 rating. Scenes Included in the 116min Directors Cut Include:

1, Additional dialog at the beginning where Van Cleef tells Lopaki (the guy with the arrows) that he shoots like a buffoon and next time he will charge him double.

2, The ear cutting scene is intact.

3, A three minute scene of dialog between Natasha and Chance which takes place in Chance's apartment. She is patching him up after the beating he got while looking for dog tag, he puts the moves on her, she leaves then comes back saying she has changed her mind. A still from this scene appears on the lift out that comes with the American DVD release.

4, While Fouchon is playing the piano there are several shoots of news or documentary footage showing elephants, deer etc being shot down by hunters. This is probably the most disturbing scene in the film.

5, Before Fouchon drops the letter opener on the floor at the coroners house he has additional dialog that describes what happens when a hunter dies in Africa.

6, When Roper dies he is shot then gets up and is then hit with another volley of bullets.

7, When Chance and Natasha first meet up with Douvee and Chance jumps around and begins start singing before Chance introduces Natasha.

8, Most of the deaths in the Mardi Gras Graveyard are longer and juicier (people being shot 30 times instead of 10 etc)

9, In the directors cut the final fight between Chance and Fouchon (in which Chance utters the line "Hunting Season Is Over") is missing. Instead Chance does the run up as Fouchon shoots, kicks him into the garbage pile, throws the grenade and Fouchon is blown up.
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Postby stevethecensorshipexpert » 30 Oct 2006, 12:24

Yes it contains all of the above and much more besides.
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Postby Jim » 02 Nov 2006, 15:25

Wasn't there some naff scene with Van Damme on the piano or doing something silly or maybe that's another one of his crapper films? This one however was okay!
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Postby stevethecensorshipexpert » 04 Nov 2006, 14:27

He doesn't play the piano, but there's a rather gay scene in the workprint where he dances with his uncle.

Lance Henriksen plays the piano though.
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Postby Luke » 04 Nov 2006, 15:14

Thanks Steve and Tonppa for clearing that up for me, carnt see this cut been released in the u.k anytime soon.
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Postby Luke » 06 Nov 2006, 16:14

Its possable the news/documentry footage of the animals getting killed could be removed by the BBFC if ever sumitted.
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Postby Mark Meakin » 06 Nov 2006, 16:17

The BBFC are not too bad on this front.The genuine wolf-killing scene is left in Wolfen as it is documentary footage.
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Postby Luke » 06 Nov 2006, 16:23

They also left the scene of animal cruelty from Apocalypse Now intact, maybe becuase it wasnt in some low budget exploitation flick it got by?. The hunting scene in the Searches were they shoot a real buffalo was also never cut.
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Postby HunterBFH » 06 Nov 2006, 17:27

U mean John Wayne's film - The Searches? :roll:
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Postby Luke » 07 Nov 2006, 13:15

Yes the John Wayne film Brian, one of the top ten greatest westerns ever made id say.
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Postby HunterBFH » 07 Nov 2006, 16:30

Cheers Luke...I'll order that one from Amazon.co.uk then! :D
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Postby stevethecensorshipexpert » 08 Nov 2006, 03:43

The hunting footage is all obvious archive not filmed for the movie.

It wouldn't be cut.

The gay scene where he dances with his uncle would be a cut most justified though.
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Postby Luke » 09 Nov 2006, 15:15

I thought it was filmed for the movie as many old westerns featured real animal killings.
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Postby HunterBFH » 09 Nov 2006, 17:15

Its the same where the elephants (I believe that these were)..got exploded apart by REAL hunters in that film video footage and the film maker/s used this to copy that for to be edited into THAT Hard Target workprint!...its very sickening footage I must admit...u won't see in any original release video and/or DVD!
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Postby Mercury » 09 Nov 2006, 19:51

They also left the scene of animal cruelty from Apocalypse Now intact, maybe becuase it wasnt in some low budget exploitation flick it got by?. The hunting scene in the Searches were they shoot a real buffalo was also never cut.


The BBFC and the Animals act (Melon Farmers)

Contrary to popular belief, the animal act is only there to prevent the screening of deliberate cruelty inflicted on animals for the purposes of making a film. It does not prohibit showing animals being killed (even if they are killed soley for the film), provided the killing is swift and humane. Furthermore, it does not seek to prevent documentary footage (even of cruelty) - it is only there to prohibit scenes where a film maker has deliberately mistreated an animal for film making purposes. So, documentary footage of animals being killed (or even mistreated) is not prohibited. Furthermore, scenes showing animals being killed (even if it's specifically for the purposes of the film) are not prohibited, provided it is swift and humane.

The only thing the act prohibits is deliberate cruelty to an animal (including causing it fear and distress) simply for the purposes of creating a work of entertainment. This is why Hollywood horse trips, staged cockfights (note the BBFC have passed documentary footage of cockfights), and Ruggerro Deodato cutting animals faces off with machetes in his cannibal films are cut. By contrast Apocalypse Now with its quick Buffalo kill was passed uncut and documentaries about fox hunting eg Chaos in the country side have been passed uncut.
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