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Executive Decision (DVD)
In a chillingly prescient story, terrorists commandeer a commercial airliner to use as a weapon of mass destruction. Five miles above earth, 400 terrified passengers face death on a plane hijacked by terrorists. In a daring rescue attempt, an elite military unit boards the plane ... but as they hurtle toward Washington D.C., the President must decide whether to destroy the plane or allow the heroes time to overpower the terrorists.]]>
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To begin with, around 10½ minutes into the film, the appearance of the terrorist in the restaurant has been censored to remove the sight of him holding the Qur'an along with a necklace. These items have been digitally removed, so he now appears to not be holding anything, and standing with his hand formed into an awkwardly-shaped fist.
Around 65 minutes into the film, footage of Nagi (David Suchet) gesturing towards- and handling the Qur'an as he states, "it will all be over very soon" has been replaced with footage where he is simply holding the book as he speaks, thus removing the implication of religion and violence going hand in hand.
At 97 minutes, the sight of Nagi praying has been removed, along with -- bizarrely -- two innocent shots of the airplane pilots. A few seconds later, when the airplane telephone rings, we do not see Nagi rising from a prayer position before answering the call.
It may not amount to much, but true fans of cinema will always prefer to see an uncut version of any film. Warner Bros. have dropped the ball on this one, and as a result I can only recommend the original 1997 US DVD version for fans wanting the original and complete cut of the film (the 2010 re-release in a keepcase features the censored version as well). The UK DVD was cut for violence at the beginning of the film to remove knife play, but also removed footage of Nagi praying. Other DVDs (including the Australian version) used the cut UK master, and cannot be recommended. So although the A/V quality will not be up to par with current HD technology, the original 1997 US DVD pressing is the only version of the film I can recommend, as I strongly oppose censorship of the arts in any form - particularly when they are motivated by political correctness.