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Old 6th March 2009, 12:32 AM
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always thought this was uncut in the uk but was wrong.old thorn-emi print was cut and so was every release ever since.the version on tv a few times was uncut!cut in question was the part when the dad was shot in the bedroom.any 1 know why this was cut?was it the bbfc or pre-cut going back to the old thorn-emi release?had to get the uncut r1.also amityville-3 uk release ment to be loger than us 1? any answers guys?
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It was pre-cut. It annoyed the hell out of me when I picked up the first DVD release and found it cut, as that bit when he shoots pop's is great.

However, the UK Collector's Edition from Sanctuary is UNCUT. It's a nice package with an audio commentary etc. By the way, when Channel 5 showed this, they kept the shooting of Dad but cut the bit when the little sister puts a plastic bag over her brothers head! Twits.

Here is a link to the uncut UK release:

Amityville 2 Uncut UK (Amazon)
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The BBFC have never cut Amityville II (or any Amityville film).

Some early releases seem to have been taken from an edited print. According to the IMDB.....
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The initial UK Castle video and Prism DVD releases were missing around 7 secs of footage from the climax. Namely shots of Sonny creeping up behind his father with a gun, Patricia picking up & replacing the phone when she hears a gunshot, and the father falling backwards against a door after being shot. The later Sanctuary Collector's Edition DVD is complete.
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I always used to prefer this to the first film.I had the cut Castle disc but now have the Sanctuary Special Editions of 2 & 3.
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Old 6th March 2009, 11:23 AM
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Even if someone held a gun to my head I still wouldn't sit through Amityville III again so I purposely avoided the SE as tempting as it was (for completion purposes). I did pick up the SE of II and despite liking it as a kid it left me cold. I wasn't impressed with the Kim Newman commentary either when he tried to point out that the haunting had been exposed as a hoax... errrr do your homework Kimberley because it has never been exposed as that, not even close. That aside good DVD but the film didn't hold up well at all. I do think the first Amityville is still a good film that to date has been the most faithful to the Jay Anson book, the SE DVD of that is a real must with its documentaries and that.
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Old 6th March 2009, 11:47 AM
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i wont mention the other sequels they were dire! the changeling a good haunted house flik tho.
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Old 6th March 2009, 12:36 PM
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I have the Amityville horror special edition & as you say Cloud it's an essential purchase .I watched it a couple of weeks ago & I think the critics were unfairly harsh about Rod Steiger's performance.A classic score too that deserved an Oscar IMHO.
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i wont mention the other sequels they were dire! the changeling a good haunted house flik tho.
Yes I have the Changeling & it's a nice old fashioned ghost story.Sadly there are few good ones made now (Fragile & Wind Chill were okay though).I recommend the 1945 film The Uninvited starring Ray Milland.It was one of the first Hollywood haunted house movies but is sadly unavailable on dvd.others I like:-
Legend Of Hell House
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Regarding Rod Steiger, he was a firm believer in the Lutz family's story and risking ridicule actually appeared on TV and the like supporting what they said. He had a big interest in the paranormal so for that alone I will always love Mr. Steiger .
Margot Kidder has always been quite vocal in the fact she doesn't believe it was haunted - but then does anyone care? It's Margot Kidder for ****'s sake! - and James Brolin has had conflicting opinions. He's gone on record before saying he believes it but on the latest DVD admitted that he now thinks it was a hoax. It's not been proven but on George Lutz's Amityville forum there are more than a few rumours that MGM put Brolin up to saying that to piss off George - at the time MGM and George Lutz were in court over their depiction of him in the 2005 remake.

I watch the documentaries on Amityville SE more than the actual film. The commentary is a must as well by Hans Holzer, he investigated the history of the house and did experiments there etc. He repeats himself a lot but he is getting on a bit now but - especially if you're a believer - the commentary is a must because he goes into what he found out there regarding an Indian Burial Ground and that, the house has a long history.

I agree about the sequels btw, all were dire though the one with the lamp came closest to being half decent.
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The original Amityville Horror is very camp and cheesy, but I quite enjoy it. Amityville 2 has a nice sleazy streak running through it that makes it more interesting. It's my favourite of the series. Great infact. The ones that followed are piss.
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