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Piano Teacher, The (Pianiste, La)R4

The R1 release of this disc comes in both R-rated and Unrated versions. As yet, there seems to be no information published that discerns the difference between the two, but I would suggest that the US Unrated version is the same as the R-rated R4 release, and the US R-rated version has been trimmed of certain sexually explicit scenes.

Although I cannot confirm it, I would also suggest from my viewing that the R4 release is indeed the uncut version, which is labelled as the Unrated version in R1. While the Australian OFLC has deplorably banned the new Larry Clark film Ken Park for reasons of explicit sexual content, the office is generally speaking fairly liberally-minded on issues of sexuality and graphic sex on film, and not usually as repressive as the MPAA. Being very anti-censorship myself, it is good to know that this one made it through, and I only hope that the OFLC will reconsider on Ken Park.

The R2 German release has a German 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack, filmographies for the principal cast, TV-Spots, a making-of featurette and interviews with cast and crew.

Given all of this, I would go for the R4 release: it has the original audio, most of the special features of the R2 release as well