The Brood (1979) Poster


Alternate Versions

The 2005 R2 UK DVD by Anchor Bay, features the 92min Unrated Cut (in addition to the 88min UK edited cut). This is the first time the Unrated Cut has been released in the UK on a home entertainment format, and includes an additional 28 seconds of footage from the ripping and licking of the foetus, the mallet murder of the old lady and shots of the dead schoolteacher's battered face.
The Criterion Collection edition used for rental and streaming services such as Hulu presents at least one scene in its censored R-rated version, but others uncut. It also omits a moment present in all other versions, in which Frank covers the schoolteacher's face with a piece of paper after finding her body. Criterion DVD and Blu-ray editions are complete.
An uncut copy, restoring the "cub licking" shot, was transferred by Film Four and premiered on UK television on 16/12/2001.
The U.S. version was trimmed of violence to earn an "R" rating.
The U.S. DVD released by MGM is the full uncut version despite carrying an R rating. The English, French, Dutch and Japanese DVDs are all the cut R rated version although the French and Dutch discs are excellent quality.
Almost all graphic violence was removed by the Ontario Censor Board when the film was first released in Canada. This version was later released on the Astral Video label.
The 2003 R1 DVD release by MGM/UA is complete and uncut, including material that was cut to secure an "R" rating in the US. This version runs 92 minutes.

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