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News Tuesday 20th March...

BBFC CutsCuts and Bans Derek Jarman Volume One: 1972 -1986 Blu-ray
Shopping: Derek Jarman Volume One: 1972 -1986
Sebastiane's uncut penis now unhidden for UK Blu-ray release on 26th March 2018
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans Silent Night, Deadly Night Blu-ray
Offsite Article
Offsite Article: Silent Night, Deadly Night reveals the US cuts

News Monday 19th March...

BBFC NewsBBFC Weekly DVD front cover
Weekly UK Adult Ratings from the BBFC
14 R18s and not a single censor cut

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The British Board of Film Classifications are the state designated censors of all video media sold in the UK.

The BBFC are also the cinema censors, but in this capacity, the ultimate decision rests with local councils. BBFC certificates though are generally accepted by the local authorities.

In recent years the BBFC has done a very good in making their decisions accessible to all.

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March 2018 Podcast 81 She's Gotta Have It/Girls
March 2018 Podcast 80 BFG and Paddington
February 2018 Podcast 79 Preacher an Supernatural
January 2018 Podcast 77 Get Out
December 2017 Podcast 76 Breaking Bad
November 2017 Podcast 75 Do the Right Thing
October 2017 Podcast 74  We Need to Talk About Kevin
September 2017 Podcast 73  Mrs. Doubtfire
August 2017 podcast 72 To Kill a Mocking Bird
August 2017 podcast 71 Dr Who
August 2017 Podcast 70 Game of Thrones
July 2017 Podcast 69 Jump Scares
June 2017 Podcast 68 Suicide Squad & Superheros
May 2017 Podcast 67 Remakes of cartoons Part 2
April 2017 Podcast 66 Remakes of cartoons Part 1
March 2017 Podcast 65 Classifying cartoons
Feb 2017 Podcast 64 Star Wars
Jan 2017 Podcast 63 Stranger Things/The Goonies
December 2016 Podcast 62 David Austin Q&A
November 2016 Podcast 61 Diamonds are Forever
November 2016 Podcast 60 Scream
October 2016 Podcast 59 Drug misuse
October 2016 Podcast 58 Labyrinth & Zootroplis
September 2016 Podcast 57 Something Wild
August 2016 Podcast 56 Victim (1971)
July 2016 Podcast 55 Victim (1961)
July 2016 Podcast 54 Spoilers
June 2016 Podcast 53 Macbeth (1971)
June 2016 Podcast 52 Gremlins
June 2016 Podcast 51 Romeo and Juliet (1968)
May 2016 Podcast 50 The Exorcist
May 2016 Podcast 49 The Life of Brian
April 2016 Podcast 48 The Good the Bad & the Ugly
April 2016 Podcast 47 Monty Python's Holy Grail
March 2016 Podcast 46 Natural Born Killers
March 2016 Podcast 45 The Hunger Games
March 2016 Podcast 44 Goblet of Fire
February 2016 Podcast 43 Saturday Night Fever
February 2016 Podcast 42 MPAA speak about piracy
January 2016 Podcast 41 The Lovely Bones
January 2016 Podcast 40 Texas Chainsaw Massacre
December 2015 Podcast 39 Rebel Without a Cause
December 2015 Podcast 38 Jaws
November 2015 Podcast 37 Borderline Decisions
November 2015 Podcast 36 Alien
November 2015 Podcast 35 Temple of Doom
October 2015 Podcast 34 Part 2 Sci-Fi Films
Sept 2015 Podcast 34 Part 1 Sci-Fi Films
Sept 2015 Podcast 33 Bedazzled (1967)
Sept 2015 Podcast 32 Classifying Discrimination 2
August 2015 Podcast 32 Classifying Discrimination 1
August 2015 Podcast 31 Historic Annual Reports
July 2015 Podcast 30 Django
June 2015 Podcast 29 Superhero films
April 2015 Podcast 28 James Ferman Part 2
March 2015 Podcast 27 Classifying Comedy
January 2015 Podcast 26 James Ferman Part 1
November 2014 Podcast 25 The Into Film Festival
October 2014 Podcast 24 Stephen Murphy
August 2014 Podcast 23 International Classification
July 2014 Podcast 22 Tone
June 2014 Podcast 21 John Trevelyan
April 2014 Podcast 20 Suicide and self harm
March 2014 Podcast 19 Mobile Internet Classification
January 2014 Podcast 18 Guidelines Update 2014
December Podcast 17 Classifying Anime
November Podcast 16 Behind the Scenes
September Podcast 15 Protecting Children
August Podcast 14 Other Classification Issues
July Podcast 13 The BBFC Archives
May Podcast 12 Bollywood and Reality Video
March Podcast 11 The Guidelines
Jan 2013: Podcast 10 Childnet & FACT
Dec 2012: Podcast 9 Imitable Techniques

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50: Rambo III 1st March 201
49: The Exorcist 31st December 2017
48: Last House on the Left 30th November 2017
47: Ace Ventura 2 30th September 2017
46: Enter the Dragon 31st July 2017
45: The Angels' Share 31st May 2017
44: Spider-Man Films and 12A 31st March 2017
43: 2 Fast 2 Furious 31st January 2017
42: Temple of Doom 31st December 2016
41:Bound 30th November 2016
40: Hellraiser Special Edition 31st October 2016
39: Straw Dogs 30th September 2016
38: Predator 2 31st August 2016
37: Tango and Cash 31st July 2016
36: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 30th June 2016
35: Basic Instinct Special Edition 1st June 2016
34: Cutthroat Island 30th April 2016
33: Lethal Weapon 2 31st March 2016
32: The Hunger Games 29th February 2016
31: xXx Films 28th January 2016
30: Strange Days Special Edition 30th December 2015
29: Batman Forever 21st December 2015
28: Mirrors 14th December 2015
27: Hard Target 26th November 2015
26: The Rundown 29th October 2015
25: Doctor Who Special Edition 17th Sep 2015
24: The Equalizer 19th August 2015
23: The Mummy Series 16th July 2015
22: Eraser 14th June 2015
21: The Frighteners 21st May 2015
20: RoboCop Special Edition May 2015
18: Taken 2 April 2015
18: Sleeping with the Enemy March 2015
17: Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer February 2015
16: Hot Shots! and Part Deux January 2015
15: Die Hard Special Edition December 2014
14: Lethal Weapon November 2014
13: Point Break October 2014
12: True Lies September 2014
11: Casino Royale August 2014
10: Da Vinci Code/Angels & Demons
July 2014
9: The Rock June 2014
8: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves May 2014
7: Terminator 2 April 2014
6: Steven Seagal Special March 2014
5: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
4: Scream
3: Cliffhanger
2: The Woman in Black
1: Tomorrow Never Dies
Quick Trims
38 The Saint March 2018
37 Moonwalker February 2018
36 The Transporter November 2017
35 Halloween II October 2017
34 Family Guy Season 7 August 2017
33 The Rookie May 2017
32 Universal Soldier: The Return March 2017
31 The Art of War January 2017
30 Big Mamma's House May 2016
29 Scoobie Doo: The Movie April 2016
28 Secondhand Lions March 2016
27 Cobra February 2016
26 Fast & Furious January 2016
25 Presumed Innocent November 2015
24 Transsiberian October 2015
23 Face/Off August 2015
22 Kindergarten Cop July 2015
21 Mystery Men June 2015
20: Stay April 2015
19: Left Behind March 2015
18: Hard Boiled December 2014
17: The Burning October 2014
16: Romeo Must Die September 2014
15: Jack Reacher August 2014
14: Daybreakers August 2014
13: Commando on YouTube
12: Angel Eyes on YouTube
11: Daredevil on YouTube
10: Men in Black on YouTube
9: Street Fighter on YouTube
8: Braveheart on YouTube
7: Drop Zone on YouTube
6: Maximum Risk on YouTube
5: Bridget Jones's Diary on YouTube
4: Judge Dredd on YouTube
3: The Matrix on YouTube
2: Thunderball on YouTube
1: In the Line of Fire on YouTube
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Detailed Cuts: GoldenEye
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18th Mar
Poster Jusqu La Garde 2017 Xavier Legrand
Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC
Latest classification decisions
BBFC NewsBBFC News Girls - Season 1-4 DVD
Offsite Article
Offsite Article: BBFC Podcast Episode 81: The censored snowflake version
How do you discuss differences between 15 rated 'strong' sex references and 18 rated 'strongest' sex references without being able to mention any sex references? I have no idea...Nor has the BBFC
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans

17th Mar
The Soultangler DVD
Shopping: The Soultangler
1987 USA horror by Pat Bishow just released on US DVD
BBFC NewsBBFC Daily Poster Psycho Vertical 2017 Jen Randall
Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC
Latest classification decisions

16th Mar
Poster Krotkaya 2017 Sergei Loznitsa As Sergey Lozni
Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC
A Gentle Creature, Girl with Green Eyes, The Planter's Wife
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans planters wife
The Planter's Wife
1952 UK adventure drama by Ken Annakin cut for UK DVD release in 2018 on grounds of animal cruelty
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans

15th Mar
Season Of The Witch Blu-ray
Shopping: Season Of The Witch
1972 USA horror drama by George A Romero just released on UK Blu-ray with 2 versions
BBFC NewsBBFC Daily code geass lelouch of the rebellion
Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC
Cold Skin, Paranormal: White Noise

14th Mar
Poster Mamma Mia Here We Go Again 2018 Ol Parker
Weekly US Ratings from the MPAA
Latest classification decisions
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans Suspiria Blu-ray
Shopping: Suspiria
1977 Italian horror by Dario Argento just released on US Blu-ray and DVD in a restored version
BBFC NewsBBFC Daily Poster Blockers 2018 Kay Cannon
Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC
BBFC NewsBBFC News sun newspaper logo
Offsite Article
Offsite Article: UK porn laws could lead to blackmail, suicide -- and young Brits turning to extremism
A commendably negative take from The Sun. A legal expert has revealed the hidden dangers of strict new porn laws, which will force Brits to hand over personal info in exchange for access to XXX videos
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans

13th Mar
Barbarella Blu-ray
Shopping: Barbarella
1968 France / Italy comedy Sci-Fi fantasy by Roger Vadim, once cut by the MPAA, just released on US Blu-ray/DVD Combo
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans A Fistful of Dynamite aka Duck, You Sucker Blu-ray
Shopping: A Fistful of Dynamite aka Duck, You Sucker
1971 Italian action film by Sergio Leone just released on US Blu-ray in its longest variant
BBFC NewsBBFC News british board of film censorship
Now that the BBFC has taken on a new role as internet censor
Will it change its name back to the British Board of Film Censors? The Daily Mail seems to think so
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans Prey DVDBlu-rayCombo
Offsite Article
Offsite Article: Uncut Prey Comparison-Norman J Warren
Checking out the new Vinegar Syndrome restoration
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans The BFG DVD
Offsite Article
Offsite Article: BBFC Podcast Episode 80
BFG and Paddington
BBFC NewsHammer Films

12th Mar
Hammer Films Double Feature - Volume Three: Maniac, Die! Die! My Darling! Blu-ray
Shopping: Hammer Films Double Feature: Volume Three: Maniac, Die! Die! My Darling!
1963 UK crime horror by Michael Carreras just released on US Blu-ray
BBFC NewsBBFC News wired logo
The UK's controversial online porn block has been delayed
A few more details from the point of view of British adult websites
BBFC NewsBBFC Weekly R18 Story
Weekly UK Adult Ratings from the BBFC
Not much doing this week
Video NastiesVideo Nasties

11th Mar
The Last House On The Left Limited Edition Blu-ray
Shopping: The Last House On The Left
1972 USA video nasty by Wes Craven set for UK Limited Edition Blu-ray release on 28th May 2018 with 3 versions
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans Raising Cain Blu-ray
Shopping: Raising Cain
1992 USA crime thriller by Brian De Palma just released on UK Blu-ray
BBFC NewsBBFC News DCMS logo
Pause for thought
The Government announces a new timetable for the introduction of internet porn censorship, now set to be in force by the end of 2018
BBFC NewsBBFC News BBFC logo
Offsite Article
Offsite Article: First words from Britain's new internet porn censor
The BBFC takes its first steps to explain how it will stop people from watching internet porn
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans

10th Mar
every day
Every Day
BBFC category cuts required for 2018 cinema release
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans

9th Mar
World War Z Blu-ray
Shopping: World War Z
2013 USA / Malta action Sci-Fi horror by Marc Forster just released on US Blu-ray
BBFC NewsHammer Films

8th Mar
Hammer Films Double Feature - Volume Four: Never Take Candy From a Stranger, Scream of Fear Blu-ray
Shopping: Never Take Candy From a Stranger/Scream of Fear
Hammer Films Double FeatureVolume Four just released on US Blu-ray
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans Night Of The Living Dead Blu-ray
Offsite Article
Offsite Article: Less dead takes a look at the workprint just released with Night of the Living Dead
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans

7th Mar
edge the saint
The Saint
Gavin Salkeld's Quick Trims investigates unsaintly cuts for a 12 rating, and a PG rated trailer
MPAAMPAA Weekly Poster Wildling 2018 Fritz Bhm
Weekly US Ratings from the MPAA
Latest classification decisions
Video NastiesVideo Nasties House on teh Edge of the Park Blu-ray
Shopping: House on the Edge of the Park/Last House on Massacre Street
1980 Italian video nasty by Ruggero Deodato just released on US Blu-ray
BBFC NewsBBFC News BBC logo
It is about time someone said hold on, perhaps we should think about this a bit more
So how come the BBFC are saying virtually nothing about internet porn censorship and seem happy for newspapers to point out the incredibly dangerous privacy concerns of letting porn websites hold browsing records
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans

5th Mar
Der Todesking Limited Edition DVDBlu-rayCombo
Shopping: Der Todesking
1990 West Germany horror drama by Jörg Buttgereit just released on UK DVD/Blu-ray Combo
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans Saw: The Legacy Collection Blu-ray
Shopping: Saw: The Legacy Collection
USA / Australia horror set just released on UK Blu-ray
BBFC NewsBBFC Weekly R18 Story
Weekly UK Adult Ratings from the BBFC
Only a cut advert this week
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans

4th Mar
Tom Jones The Criterion Collection DVD
Shopping: Tom Jones
1963 UK comedy adventure by Tony Richardson just released on US DVD and Blu-ray with 2 versions
Trump rated PG for political guidance suggested
Yes, President Trump, movie ratings exist, but as an MPAA historian explains, they're just as frustratingly opaque as ever

Previous BBFC News

BBFC CutsCuts and Bans

25th Jan
Shopping: Dario Argento's Opera
1987 Italy horror mystery thriller by Dario Argento just released on US Blu-ray
Offsite Article: Will the BBFC Block Whores of Yore, A Sex Work History Site?
It is clear that the BBFC are set to censor porn websites but what about the grey area of non-porn websites about porn and sex work. The BBFC falsely claim they don't know yet as they haven't begun work on their guidelines

24th Jan
Weekly US Ratings from the MPAA
Latest classification decisions
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans
Shopping: The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein
1972 Spain/France horror by Jesus Franco just released on UK DVD/Blu-ray Combo now with the Unclothed Version
BBFC NewsBBFC Weekly

22nd Jan
Weekly UK Adult Ratings from the BBFC
25% of R18s censored this week
World internet censors
The government publishes it guidance to the new UK porn censor about notifying websites that they are to be censored, asking payment providers and advertisers to end their service, recourse to ISP blocks and an appeals process
Empire of the Censors
Murray Perkins of the BBFC travels the world to inform the rest of the world how it will have to comply with UK internet censorship
Offsite Article: BBFC Podcast Episode 77
A straightforward 15 rating for the worthy horror film Get Out
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans

20th Jan
Shopping: Blood Harvest
1987 USA horror by Bill Rebane, previously cut by the BBFC, set for UK DVD and Blu-ray release on 12th March 2018
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans

19th Jan
Shopping: Eye Of The Cat
1969 USA horror by David Lowell Rich, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans

18th Jan
Shopping: The Amicus Collection
UK horror set just released on US Blu-ray

17th Jan
Weekly US Ratings from the MPAA
Latest classification decisions
BBFC CutsCuts and Bans
Shopping: Phenomena
1985 Italy crime Sci-Fi horror by Dario Argento just released on UK DVD and Blu-ray

16th Jan
Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Advised BBFC category cuts have been implemented for a 12A rated cinema release
BBFC NewsBBFC Weekly

15th Jan
Weekly UK Adult Ratings from the BBFC
Censors return after their festive break to hack away at 30% of R18 releases

14th Jan
News from the cryofreeze
The Daily Mail digs out an amusing BBFC examiner's report from recently revealed files which slags off Austin Powers

 BBFC News: Latest
 MPAA News:  Latest
 BBFC Guidelines 2014 to Present, 2009 to 2014, 2005 to 2009, 2000 to 2005
 The Classification Framework Structure for internet and mobile phone content (offsite)
 Policy at the BBFC News, updates and clarifications
 Blasphemy at the BBFC News and censored films on the subject of blasphemy and religious offence
 Dare Devils at the BBFC by Rob Stone (September 2006)
 Appeal against BBFC cuts to Last House on the Left (June 2002)
 The Professionals: A Hiding to Nothing BBFC hassle over opening locks with a credit card (Feb 2002)
 Snuff Movies The Making of an urban legend (June 1999)

BBFC People  David Cooke Director of the BBFC: 2004 - present
 Quentin Thomas President of the BBFC: 2002-2012
 Robin Duval Director of the BBFC: 1999-2004
 Andreas Whittam Smith President of the BBFC: 1997-2002
 Moralist Censor and Convicted Criminal John Taylor, Vice President of the BBFC: 1998 2008
 Rating Games for a Living Interview with Sue Clark (May 2008)
 Jan Chambers Recently resigned examiner writes for the Guardian (Aug 2002)
 Jim Barratt film examiner outlines changes after Ferman retired

Legalisation of R18 Hardcore  Chapter 1: Jacking Off the Censor Hardcore snippets temporarily got BBFC approval in 1997
 Chapter 2: Makin' Whoopee in Summer 1998
 Chapter 3: Rumours of a Return to Porn in November/December 1998
 Chapter 4: Porn is In & Out & In & Out Again the state of play in January 1999
 Chapter 5: The Video Appeals Committee Forcing the BBFC to respect the law, May 1999
 Chapter 6: Censoring Safer Sex Discrimination at the BBFC. May 1999
 Chapter 7: Hiding Behind Children Giving up on obscenity and using concern for children, July 1999
 Chapter 8: The VAC R18 Appeal Report from the VAC Appeal, July 1999
 Chapter 9: An Appealing Victory Video Appeals Committee judgment allows hardcore, August 1999
 Chapter 10: The Censor and the State BBFC seek Judicial review, winter 1999/2000
 Chapter 11: Judicial Review Confirms Legality of Hardcore: Spring & Summer 2000
 Chapter 12: More Sex Shops Required according to Andreas Whittam Smith, November 2000
 Chapter 13: The Legalisation of Hardcore: A recap 1997-2000


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