Posted on Wednesday, August 26th, 2009 by Brendon Connelly
That man McG seems to change his story an awful lot. I can’t even unravel all of the threads of argument about the rating for Terminator Salvation (something… about… pizza?) but I do recall that, at various times, it was either fully intentional or fully unintentional that Moon Bloodgood‘s infamous breast-baring not be part of the final cut. And how much violence or gore was snipped from the picture to get it into theatres with a tween-friendly rating?
In May, the last time Peter reported on the issue, the official line was something like this:
Director McG only cut one shot in Terminator Salvation to earn the PG-13 rating. The quick cut involved featuring Sam Worthington’s character Marcus “stabbing a screwdriver through the shoulder” of a thug. McG claims that in the end the Moon Bloodgood shot “felt more like a gratuitous moment of a girl taking her top off in an action picture, and I didn’t want that to convolute the story or the characters.”
According to the latest Red Carpet Ratings bulletin from the MPAA, the Director’s Cut has been rated R for “some violence” and “brief nudity.” This doesn’t necessarily dispute the earlier report of what precisely was sliced out of the film, though the Director’s Cut label does throw a funny light on McG’s respectability.
Either he’s letting them call it his own personal cut when it’s just the everything-back-in cut or he’s changed his mind about the boobs or he was lying before or… I told you it got tangled, didn’t I?
I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt. Let’s just assume for now that his motivations are good.
So, there’s going to be a bit of breast and a bit more blood on the Salvation DVD and Blu-Ray. Is this a good thing? Do you care? I quite enjoyed the film, if I’m being honest, but I’m not too convinced these additions will make any significant difference in any respect. I suppose they won’t really hurt.