So I've just been watching "The Departed" on TV2, which is one of New Zealand's public television channels. In case you're unfamiliar with this movie, it has a lot of graphic violence and strong language. People get shot in the head with appropriate splattering and stuff, and there are (according to IMDb) 237 uses of the word "fuck" and its derivatives. I've been surprised in the past at some of the stuff that is broadcast on regular TV here, but I thought surely that this movie would have been "edited for content".
I was right, sort of.
I've seen this movie four or five times (it's a really awesome movie), so I'm pretty sure I noticed everything that was edited out, and it was all in the first ten minutes or so. They cut a few seconds off of a scene where Costello shoots two women on a beach, and they cut out one use of the work "fuck" after the cops-vs-firefighters rugby game, and they cut the line spoken by Matt Damon a moment later where he says "Fuckin' firefighters are a bunch of fuckin' faggots" or something like that. That was it. For the rest of the movie, every drop of blood and every obscenity (including the C-word) was left in. This wasn't even late at night or anything; the movie started at 8:30pm. So what was the point of the tiny bits they did cut out? Was it to tone down the beginning in case someone started watching with kids or whatever and realised it wasn't going to be appropriate? Or was it just for running time? I doubt it was since they only cut a total of maybe 10 seconds.
They did have a warning before it started that the movie had strong language and violence and was rated adults-only, and at the end they showed an address and invited people to write in and complain if they felt that TV2 had violated its broadcast standards.
In other news, I start the 4th year of vet school on Monday. Two more years to go, people!