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The unrated USA version features more explicit gore than the edited, R-rated version, most notably in the opening murder sequence and when the blind pianist (Flavio Bucci) is attacked and killed by his seeing-eye dog.
Most UK theatrical and video releases are severely cut. The 1998 UK widescreen video release by Nouveaux Pictures is supposed to be the first legal release of the uncut version in Britain.
All english-language video versions (including the UK and Japanese DVDs) seem to be missing a few seconds trimmed from the opening murder (mostly from the slow pan over the dead girl's body hanging from the ceiling; there's a noticeable jump cut in the music score when this happens).
The original (and only) version released in Italy is approx. 95 minutes long (98 minutes including credits). Contrary to popular belief there is no longer 107 minutes director's cut: this rumor started because of an erroneous publicity slogan on some US trailers. The US posters for the movie featured the tagline "The only thing more terrifying than the last 12 minutes of this film are the first 80" (80+12 = 92 minutes, i.e. the approx. length of the original US theatrical release, minus credits). The voiceover on some US trailers misread the quote as "The only thing more terrifying than the last 12 minutes of this film are the first 92", thus suggesting that the complete film was 12 minutes longer than it really is. Some reviewers took this as an indicator that the film had originally been available in a longer version and circulated the 107 minutes version myth (107=95+12). The trailer with the wrong '12+92' slogan is included on the Japanese DVD version.
There are two versions of the opening titles. In one, the movie's title card is presented in a stylish printed font. In the other version possibly the American print, the letters of the word "Suspiria" are made of weird pink flesh-like organs that pulsate and seem to breathe, sort of a cross between hearts and lungs. These pink formations actually appear on the American one-sheet movie poster.
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