Distrib cleans up blood for lower rating

LONDON — Lionsgate U.K. has shaved seven seconds from Gary Ross’ adaptation of “The Hunger Games” to get a 12A classification in the country.

The pic was originally given a 15 certificate by the British Board of Film Classification, excluding viewers under 15. But Lionsgate U.K. was keen to reach a wider audience.

The new rating means that kids under 12 can see the movie if accompanied by an adult.

According to the BBFC, “a number of cuts were made in one scene to reduce an emphasis on blood and injury.”

The cuts follow changes already made to “The Hunger Games” before its submission to the BBFC.

Lionsgate U.K. was advised during post-production that the film was likely to receive a 15 certificate, but that its preferred 12A rating could be achieved. At that point, according to the BBFC, cuts were made in four scenes of violence and in one scene showing details of injuries.

“Hunger Games,” an adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ bestseller, was passed uncut in the U.S. for a PG-13 rating.

Pic, starring Jennifer Lawrence, is released day-and-date in the U.S. and U.K. on Friday.

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