Lionsgate cuts ‘bloody’ seven seconds to get 12A rating in the UK
DigitalSpy is reporting that Lionsgate decided to cut seven seconds from The Hunger Games in order to get a 12A rating in the United Kingdom. These seconds had an emphasis in blood and violence, and were cut to avoid a 15 rating.
The Hunger Games has seen its age classification drop from a 15 to a 12A in the UK.
The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has revealed that in order to reach the new rating, seven seconds of footage has either been cut or replaced.
Lions Gate UK Ltd edited a particular scene by removing images of “blood splashes”.
“The company chose to make cuts in order to achieve a ’12A’ classification,” the report states. “A number of cuts were made in one scene to reduce an emphasis on blood and injury.
“These cuts, which were implemented by digitally removing sight of blood splashes and sight of blood on wounds and weapons, were made in accordance with BBFC Guidelines and policy. An uncut ’15’ classification was available.
“These cuts were made in addition to reductions already made following an earlier ‘advice’ viewing of an incomplete version.”
We highly doubt that the elimination of these 7 seconds will affect the develop of the movie, so don’t worry UK fans!