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Shopping: Bloodlust...

1977 Switzerland horror by Marijan Vajda set for uncut US Blu-ray release on 13th November 2018


Link Here 22nd October 2018
Bloodlust is a 1977 Switzerland horror by Marijan Vajda.
Starring Werner Pochath, Ellen Umlauf and Birgit Zamulo. IMDb

Heavily cut by the BBFC for 1977 cinema release. The VHS was seized by the authorities during the Video Nasty panic. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2018 Mondo Macabro (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 13th November 2018

Promotional Material

Bloodlust - The world Blu-ray premier of a sick 1970s shocker!

Haunted by a childhood trauma... a deaf mute accountant develops a fixation with blood spilling across his skin. Brief flirtations with ketchup and red ink seem to satisfy him at first, but he soon develops a taste for the real thing. Though he nurses a weird fascination for a neighbourhood girl who passes the time by dancing on the rooftop, he remains socially withdrawn with his co-workers and can't even find comfort in the arms of a hooker. One night he breaks into the property of the local undertaker and ravages the prettiest female corpse. Now addicted, he habitually raids the tombs of the dead and drinks blood from their throats via a spiked, double pronged glass straw. Authorities and citizens are incensed by these crimes and the search is on for this modern day vampire.

BLOODLUST is one of the darkest and most affecting horror movies to come out of 1970s Europe. Based on the macabre true story of Kuno Hofmann, the "Vampire of Nuremberg", the film plays like a kind of grown up fairy tale, albeit one that includes bloodsucking, eyeball evisceration and voyeuristic lesbian sex scenes among a host of other activities. Cut and banned in many countries, this is the full length version in all its gruesome, gory, glory.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
Brand new 2k transfer from film negative.
Exclusive interview with assistant director.
Exclusive interview with actress Birgit Zamulo.<br. Original UK trailer.<br. German/English audio choice.
Newly created, optional English subtitles.
Mondo Macabro previews.

 

 

Shopping: Reinventing Marvin...

2017 France drama by Anne Fontaine set for UK DVD release on 5th November 2018


Link Here 19th October 2018
Reinventing Marvin is a 2017 France drama by Anne Fontaine.
Starring Finnegan Oldfield, Grégory Gadebois and Vincent Macaigne. BBFC link IMDb
BBFC cuts were required for 15 rated cinema release and DVD in 2018.

The BBFC commented:

  • Cuts required to remove potentially indecent images of a child in accordance with the Protection of Children Act 1978.

The BBFC further commented in board meeting minutes:

Reinventing Marvin is a French drama submitted for cinema classification which features a scene in which the central character is subjected to a sexual assault by an older boy at school.

The Head of Compliance requested proofs of age for the actors involved, which confirmed the central character is played by an actor who was 15 at the time of filming while the older boy is played by an actor who was 18.

The scene was viewed again by the President and Chief Executive who concluded that the scene includes a potentially indecent image of a child within the meaning of the Protection of Children Act 1978. Accordingly, a cut was required.

The company appealed against the proposed cut, submitting documentary proof that included parental consent and information about the child protection steps taken on set.

The scene was viewed again by the President, Chief Executive, Head of Compliance and Compliance Manager in the light of those further assurances. However, it was concluded that the fact the film makers did not intend to create an indecent image does not alter the fact of the indecency of the image in question. The cut was upheld and has now been made.

UK: Passed 15 for sexual violence, strong language, sex, nudity after compulsory BBFC cuts:
  • 2018 Peccadillo/Saffron Hill R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 5th November 2018

Promotional Material

Marvin is different. He is a quiet, sensitive and artistic fifteen-year-old with an unwitting attraction to other boys. This makes him victim to forceful bullying, both at school and within the confines of his impoverished home, making his situation unbearable. With the support of his teacher, Marvin discovers his thirst for theatre, and its transformative power of becoming someone else. Refusing to be victimised, Marvin moves to Paris to reinvent himself.

As a theatre student, he swiftly befriends the right people including legendary actress Isabelle Huppert (playing herself), and with her help, begins to exorcise the ghosts of his childhood.

Winner of the Queer Lion at the Venice International Film Festival, Reinventing Marvin is a powerful, uplifting story of a young man's quest, against all odds, to be himself.

 

 

Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid...

Japanese anime series cut by the BBFC


Link Here 19th October 2018
Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid is a 2015 Japan adult action anime TV series
Starring Yuka Iguchi, Mikako Izawa and Yurika Kubo. IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for home video in 2018.

Summary Notes

A virgin girl named Mamori who arrives on an island must compete in battle using special powers only activated through her sexual activity with the other girls on the island.

UK: BBFC details not yet published but the BBFC has revealed cuts in a board meeting minute:

See Board Meeting minutes [pdf] from bbfc.co.uk

Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid [Season 1, Episodes 1 -12] is a Japanese anime series submitted for DVD classification with an 18 request.

Two of the main characters are described as being 15-years-old and 16-years-old respectively. They are shown engaging in sexual activity, both with each other and with other characters. They are also sexualised.

Sections of the submission were viewed by the Chief Executive, the Head of DEA, the Head of Compliance and the Compliance Manager. It was concluded that the submission is not in violation of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 but that the scenes showing the children engaged in sexual activity, or otherwise being sexualised, are in violation of the harm provisions of the Video Recordings Act 1984 and the BBFC's Guidelines which prohibit portrayals of children in sexualised or abusive contexts. Accordingly, a general cuts list has been issued instructing the distributor to remove all such material throughout.

 

 

Updated: Showing a little Northern Soul...

Scarborough joins the list of Councils that are overriding BBFC censorship of working class strong language


Link Here 19th October 2018
Full story: A Northern Soul...Director takes issue with the BBFC 15 rating

Scarborough Borough Council's licensing sub-committee has just granted A Northern Soul a 12A rating, changing a decision by the BBFC.

The Council has joined Hull, Lambeth, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, Southampton, Hackney, Bradford and Calderdale as councils that have downgraded the film to 12A.

The ruling means that the film can now be shown at the Stephen Joseph Theatre on October 16 to anyone aged over 12. Children under 12 can also attend if they are accompanied by an adult.

Update: BBFC update

19th October 2018. See Board Meeting minutes [pdf] from bbfc.co.uk

The BBFC wrote in the minutes of its September board meeting:

A Northern Soul is a UK documentary classified 15 for cinema release for around twenty uses of strong language. Prior to its submission to the BBFC Sheffield City Council classified the film 12A, for its premiere, as did Hull City Council. The film's director complained in the media about the BBFC's decision. A letter co-signed by three Hull MPs was sent to the BBFC requesting that the 15 classification be reviewed, to which David Austin responded. The film is now classified 12A by seven local authorities (Sheffield, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Halifax, Southampton and Lambeth).

 

 

Shopping: Candyman...

1992 USA / UK horror thriller by Bernard Rose set for UK Blu-ray release on 29th October 2018. Arrow has now confirmed that both the cut US version and the uncut UK version have been restored for this release


Link Here 12th October 2018
Candyman is a 1992 USA / UK horror thriller by Bernard Rose.
Starring Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley and Tony Todd. BBFC link IMDb
Released uncut and 18 rated for UK cinema release and VHS. In the US the film was cut for an MPAA R rating. This cut version seems to have been released worldwide on DVD and Blu-ray with just a Turkish DVD escaping the cuts.

Set for a restored release UK Blu-ray in 2018. Both the cut US version and the uncut UK version have been restored for this release.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Candyman

UK: The UK Theatrical Version was passed 15 uncut for strong violence, horror, gory images for:
  • 2018 Arrow Limited Edition [UK + US Version] RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 29th October 2018

Promotional Material

Dare you say his name five times? From the chilling imagination of horror master Clive Barker (Hellraiser, Nightbreed), comes Candyman arguably one of the greatest horror movies of the 1990s, now newly restored on Blu-ray.

When grad student Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) begins working on a thesis looking at urban legends, she encounters the tale of the Candyman the vengeful spirit of a hook-handed slave, who, it is said, can be summoned by saying his name five times in the mirror. As her research leads her into the bowels of Chicago s deprived housing projects and deeper into the Candyman s world, Helen learns that some legends are best left alone...

Expertly directed by British filmmaker Bernard Rose and boasting an astounding score by composer Philip Glass, Candyman ingeniously reworks Clive Barker s original short story The Forbidden (originally published as part of his Books of Blood collection) into a modern horror parable that remains as timely today as ever.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • Two-disc edition featuring two cuts of the film and exclusive bonus content
  • Exclusive packaging featuring newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
  • Limited edition 40-page perfect-bound booklet reproducing the original hand-painted storyboards by writer-director Bernard Rose
  • Fully illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by festival programmer Michael Blyth
  • 6 postcard-sized original UK lobby card reproductions
  • Reversible poster featuring new and original artwork
DISC ONE -- US R-RATED VERSION
  • Brand new restoration of the US R-rated version from a new 4K scan of the original negative, supervised and approved by writer-director Bernard Rose and director of photography Anthony B. Richmond
  • 5.1 DTS-HD MA and Original Uncompressed Stereo 2.0 Audio
  • Brand new audio commentary with writer-director Bernard Rose and actor Tony Todd
  • Brand new audio commentary with authors Stephen Jones and Kim Newman
  • Be My Victim -- a brand new interview with actor Tony Todd
  • It Was Always You, Helen -- a brand new interview with actor Virginia Madsen
  • The Writing on the Wall: The Production Design of Candyman -- a brand new interview with production designer Jane Ann Stewart
  • Forbidden Flesh: The Makeup FX of Candyman -- brand new interviews with special makeup effects artists Bob Keen, Gary J. Tunnicliffe and Mark Coulier
  • A Story to Tell: Clive Barker's "The Forbidden" -- writer Douglas E. Winter on Clive Barker's seminal Books of Blood and Candyman's source story, "The Forbidden"
  • Urban Legend: Unwrapping Candyman -- a critical analysis of the film with writers Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Image Gallery
  • Three rarely-seen Bernard Rose short films, newly restored in HD: A Bomb With No Name on It (1975), The Wreckers (1976), and Looking at Alice (1977)
DISC TWO -- ORIGINAL UK THEATRICAL VERSION
  • Brand new restoration of the original UK theatrical version, featuring alternate, more graphic footage
  • Original Uncompressed Stereo 2.0 Audio
  • The Cinema of Clive Barker: The Divine Explicit -- a brand new in-depth interview with Clive Barker on Candyman and other filmic adaptations of his work

 

 

Shopping: The Equalizer 2...

2018 USA action crime thriller by Antoine Fuqua set for UK Blu-ray and DVD release on 10th December 2018. The BBFC have just passed the disk extras at 18 so hopefully this means that the film will be uncut


Link Here 9th October 2018
The Equalizer 2 is a 2018 USA action crime thriller by Antoine Fuqua.
Starring Pedro Pascal, Denzel Washington and Bill Pullman. BBFC link IMDb
BBFC Category cuts were required for a 15 rated cinema release in 2018. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

Thanks to Ben. It is not yet confirmed whether Sony will the cut 15 rated version or an uncut 18 rated version but it is surely significant that the disk extras have just been rated 18 by the BBFC. There would seem little point using a cut feature if the disk is set to be 18 rated anyway.

UK: Passed To be announced uncut for:
  • 2018 Sony Pictures RB 4k Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 10th December 2018
  • 2018 Sony Pictures RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 10th December 2018
  • 2018 Sony Pictures R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 10th December 2018
  • 2018 Sony Pictures Amazon Prime VoD [UK only] at UK Amazon

Promotional Material

Denzel Washington returns to one of his signature roles in the first sequel of his career. Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed -- but how far will he go when that is someone he loves?

 

 

Diary: Frightfest Halloween...

Saturday 3rd November 2018


Link Here 8th October 2018
Frightfest Halloween
Saturday 3rd November 2018
Cineworld Cinema, Leicester Square, London

Film schedule:

  • 10.40 AM - REBORN
  • 12.45 PM - PARALLEL
  • 3.15 PM - MARA
  • 6.00 PM - PERIPHERAL
  • 8.15 PM - THE UNTHINKABLE
  • 10.45 PM - ABRAKADABRA

 

 

Shopping: Cecilia...

1983 France / Belgium adult romance by Olivier Mathot and Jesús Franco set for UK DVD release on 29th October 2018 with BBFC cuts just waived


Link Here 8th October 2018
Cecilia is a 1983 France / Belgium adult romance by Olivier Mathot (as Claude Plaut) and Jesús Franco (uncredited).
Starring Muriel Montossé, Antonio Mayans and Antonio de Cabo. BBFC link IMDb  

Cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1985. Uncut and 18 rated for 2018 DVD. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

UK: Passed 18 uncut for sexual violence, strong sex with previous BBFC cuts waived:
  • 2018 Screenbound/Maison Rouge R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 29th October 2018

Promotional Material

After repeatedly flaunting her peerless body to her servants, snobbish aristocrat Cecila (Muriel Montrossé) becomes the victim of abuse. But the experience triggers a carnal awakening, full of socialite sex parties and woodland orgies. And before long, Cecilia finds her amorous adventures spinning out of control, particularly when her husband decides to join in on the free-love lifestyle.

 


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