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Imagination Connoisseur, Martin Lawrence, shares his story about censorship and his frustrations with purchasing DVDs only to find critical scenes (considered by some to be too violent or graphic) to be removed. Is that okay?

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Greetings and Salutations, Rob,

I am writing to get your views on censorship.

I bought a copy of PREDATOR (imdb). It was 18-rated. But on viewing it, I found it had most of its graphic kill content removed. I had to purchase the 2 disc edition for it to be re-instated.

I watched Arnold Swarzenegger’s ERASER (imdb) at the cinema, but after buying it on DVD, I found it had most of its scenes chopped and the ending was left nonsensical after the edits.

NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4: THE DREAM MASTER (imdb) had an entire nunchuck scene removed, even though it had no violence attached to it. BEST OF THE BEST 4: WITHOUT WARNING (imdb) had a 2-minute scene removed because of nunchuck usage, and the list goes on and on.

TIMECOP (imdb) had scenes different from its cinema release, and i have to go far and wide to try to get complete unedited versions of most films.

I’m a functioning adult. Can I not make up my own mind on what content I can view? the rating system dictates what sort of movie I’m about to view.

Any way, I would love to get your thoughts on this.

Yours Sincerely,
– Martin