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Grab Bag Cut Edition: KING’S SPEECH PG-13 cut hitting on April 1; SUCKER PUNCH director’s cut 18 minutes longer

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
March 24th, 2011

Just a few weeks after taking home the big award at this year’s Academy Awards, the Weinstein Company has finally announced when audiences will be able to see the expletive free, PG-13 cut of the massively popular THE KING’S SPEECH.

The company has announced (hat tip to Deadline), that the film will head back to theaters in its lower rated version on April 1, an appropriately silly release date for an absolutely comical re-release.  The film only received an R-rating for the copious amounts of the f-word during one particular scene, so this has been a move that’s garnered quite a bit of negative press from those who have seen the otherwise innocuous piece of crowd pleasing filmmaking.

Overall, I personally find nothing interesting from watching this cut of the film, other than seeing just what all had to be cut to get this rating.  It’s a horribly clear money grab, and while that’s not rare, it’s rare for a company to be so cut and dry about it.

In other cut news, Collider recently sat down with SUCKER PUNCH director Zack Snyder, who revealed that his director’s cut of the film will run 18 minutes longer than the theatrical version (which currently clocks in at 109 minutes).  He apparently “cut a bunch of violence—on the BluRay there’s more action—[because] you can only kill so many guys [before] they go, ‘No, it’s rated R.’ Even if they’re robots or whatever, they’re not into it. There were a couple scenes that crossed the line for them, even if nothing happens in them. Just the tone was wrong.”

Not one to hold back on director’s cuts, there is also apparently a musical sequence, which has been much talked about prior to the film’s released.  Personally, as a fan of Snyder, this will definitely be an interesting cut to watch, particularly after seeing the theatrical version, releasing this weekend.  His cut for WATCHMEN added so much to that film, so hopefully this will do the same.

What do you think?

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