Originally released with a X-rating, later edited down to allow a R-rating.
Before release, the British censors required the removal of a four-minute sequence showing a group of demented nuns raping a statue of Christ. This sequence was long thought to be lost until film critic Mark Kermode found the footage in a film-storage warehouse and included it in a documentary on 'Ken Russell' entitled "Hell on Earth", which premiered on UK television in November 2002. When shown, the sequence was two-and a half minutes long.
35mm prints in British distribution have been shortened by approximately 10 minutes for reissue on a double bill. The most common video release is the more heavily censored American version.
The version of this film released in 1997 by Warner Home Video (UK) as part of the 'Maverick Directors' series clocks in at 106mins, 30secs on PAL, suggesting the original 111min version of the film was used as the master.
The heavily cut R-rated version runs 103 min.
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