Hunger Games: Third Clip Online, Final Film Receives 7 Second Cut In UK
Lionsgate sacrifices seven seconds to secure the vital 12A certificate.
The latest clip from The Hunger Games shows off both Stanley Tucci and Josh Hutcherson, in another famous scene from the book. Wisely, Lionsgate's promotional campaign has thus far revealed almost nothing from the games themselves. Although it is only a brief clip, Hutcherson impresses as he seems to have captured the spirit of Peeta perfectly. We can't wait to see how he gets on in the finished product next week.
In other Hunger Games news, the distributor have reportedly made seven seconds of cuts to the film, in order to pass at the vital 12A rating. The official statement from the BBC runs as below;
”The company chose to make cuts in order to achieve a '12A' classification. 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”
It's pretty predictable that there would be sacrifices to secure a 12A, and hopefully the film will maintain the intensity of the book despite being limited in what can actually be shown onscreen. Early reactions from the US seem to support this, with the film receiving an overwhelmingly positive buzz so far. Keep 'em peeled for our full review next week.