Well, it’s hardly surprising is it? The second instalment of the hit Liam Neeson-starring franchise got a PG-13 certificate in the US, which translated to a 12A over here in the UK, and was a big hit, so the third and final [so they claim] episode will have the same rating. It’s not clear yet whether the film was shot as a PG-13, or shot as an R’ rated film so that the studio can maximise profits by releasing a ‘harder’ cut for home viewing. They did this with Taken 2, and, while the film still wasn’t as good as the first one, it was considerably improved in its longer version. The edits made for its cinema release made the film even more choppy than Oliver Megaton’s annoying direction intended, and the uncut version improved the flow of some scenes and, lets face it, when Liam kicking ass it needs to be brutal.
Tak3n hits cinemas on January 8th, 2015.
Meanwhile…we.. it’s news, and it’s certainly horrific , so I’ll post it. Fans of the horrid Twilight movies yearning for more footage of Bella, Edward and Jacob moping about are going to have their wish fulfilled by Lionsgate, who want to milk the cash cow some more by releasing a triple feature edition on DVD and Blu-ray on January 13th, 2015. The US releases, and I’m sure these will get released in the UK too, will contain the first three movies [Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse] and the cover suggests that they will be included in prolonged versions. So far the only extended version of a film in the franchise was released for Breaking Dawn: Part 1, which had 7 more minutes of footage, so I’m not sure if the new stuff will add to much. For me, the thought of longer versions of these films is a nightmare, but if you’re a fan of the franchise, you can order the new release at Amazon.com.