Of course, we’re here to talk about the excised gore. There are three major murder sequences and all of them are cut down for the US release. The first one is the death of the floozy that George picks up in a bar. After making her kitchen explode with his glowing green eyes, George forces the woman to plunge the knife she is brandishing into her stomach. The uncut version features three extra shots in the quick montage. One shows her finishing the cut across her belly while the other two a quick shots of her intestines spilling out. Total extra time is marginal, but the sequence is much more effective.
The murder of the grease monkey in his garage is next and suffered the most egregious editing. Possessed George forces the man to light a welding torch and cut his own right hand off with it. In the R-rated cut, you see the beginning of the hand cutting and the film abruptly cuts to the man’s dog barking and George then psychically slamming the man against the wall on the garage’s far side. How the hell did that guy get over there? Well, in the uncut version you find out. The man proceeds to cut off his own hand and there is a shot of him pulling the bloody stump off the worktable as the severed appendage lays there.
The man falls to his knees and crawls away from George, all the while holding his bloody stump. He then makes it to the wall and climbs up it and George slams him.
In total, the sequence lasts roughly 42 seconds and pales in comparison to anything shown in the first 20 minutes of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998). Of course, we can’t have the kids watch a guy with no hand crawl on the ground.
After the guy gets to the wall, George gets into lift and pushes the cage against the man’s face. In the cut version, you see it press against his face (first pic), his head start to collapse and then the ever reliable cut away to the dog barking. The uncut version continues the squashing as you see his head explode as it is crushed. It is shown from two separate angles (forward and side), but oddly the effect is not too good as the guy’s head seems to explode with some white stuff rather than red gore. Still, the MPAA just felt it was too much for the kids. Did they forget they passed the famous head explosion in SCANNERS?
The final revenge murder is the guy killed in the meat packing plant. George traps the guy inside a meat carcass and sends him down the conveyor belt to a giant saw. In the censored version, the film abruptly cuts as the saw starts slicing into the meat. The uncut version continues to follow the blade down the meat in close up as lots of blood sprays out. The scene is roughly 7 seconds longer and, believe it or not, that is a lot of time for some spraying blood.
So there you have the extra gore footage from RETRIBUTION. It is laughable to think the MPAA found this so extreme. Then again, it was the 1980s and the group definitely had a moral agenda. No kidding, you can turn on cable nowadays and see stuff ten times worse that got an R-rating (I’m looking at you RAMBO). Unfortunately the bad news is that this uncut version of RETRIBUTION has only surfaced in German with no English options.