The 7 seconds of Hunger Games the U.K. censors won't let you see

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Dec 17, 2012

The version of The Hunger Games that opens in the U.K. will not be the same movie fans stateside get to see. Due to a minor ratings snafu, the U.K. version will apparently be 7 seconds shorter than the U.S. cut. So what's missing?

In an effort to get a PG-13-esque rating, the producers cut or digitally altered some violent actions and blood splatter, according to the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) report.

The changes were made at the recommendation of the BBFC to secure a 12A classification, which makes the film available to a younger audience. The movie had been facing a higher 15 certificate that could have left some younger teens on the outside looking in.

Per the official BBFC report, the cuts mostly affected just one scene of the film.
"A number of cuts were made in one scene to reduce an emphasis on blood and injury," the report states. "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."

Considering the movie's premiere—a post-apocalyptic tale of teenagers battling to the death in a warped reality show—it's more than a little amusing that a few blood spatters are what caused the stir.

But it's not terribly uncommon for movies to make changes to get a lower rating (heck, some even nix whole storylines), so it's nice to see that no major cuts were apparently made to bring Suzanne Collins' acclaimed young adult novel to U.K. screens.

Sound off: Do you think U.K. sci-fi fans will miss those seven seconds?

(via BBC News)