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Offsite Article: Visions of Ecstasy...


Link Here 15th June 2019
Banned in 1989. In this ongoing series, Sam Inglis casts a retrospective look on films that were banned from exhibition by the British censor.

See article from thelondoneconomic.com

 

 

The Iron-Fisted Monk...

BBFC cuts just waived


Link Here 14th June 2019

The Iron-Fisted Monk is a 1977 Hong Kong action comedy drama by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung.
Starring Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Sing Chen and James Tien. BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated DVD in 2001. Uncut and 18 rated since 2019 Blu-ray. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

The 2001 cuts of 1:16s were for sexual violence. The BBFC commented at the time:

  • Cuts were required to remove eroticising shots of the forced exposure and groping of breasts, and of volume of nudity of victim during a rape scene under the Board's guidelines and sexual violence policy.

BBFC uncut
93:01s
18 UK: Passed 18 uncut for sexual violence with previous BBFC cuts waived:
  • 2019 Eureka video

Summary Review: Good Addition

Here is yet another excellent kung fu movie done by Sammo Hung. The fighting is outstanding consisting of multiple kung fu styles facing off against each other, all done with superior speed and precision. Also sword and other weapons battles round out the action. There are still a ton of fight scenes but not quite as many as some of his other films, probably short by just a couple. The story is good and has decent acting. It is done well enough to keep your interest throughout and contains some scenes not normally seen in these type of films (nude, rape, a whore house). I was quite surprised with the amount of nudity shown (female). This movie is definitely not for children.

The Iron Fisted Monk is definitely a good addition to any kung fu collection.

 

 

Small island values...

Rocketman banned by Samoa's film censor for its gay content


Link Here 12th June 2019
Rocketman is a 2019 UK / USA musical music biography by Dexter Fletcher.
Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Taron Egerton and Richard Madden. BBFC link IMDb

A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.

The Elton John biopic Rocketman was banned by Samoa's film censor last week due to its depiction of homosexuality onscreen. Film censor Leiataua Niuapu Faaui said:

We're concerned with the cultural values and also the Christian beliefs here in Samoa -- it's not appropriate for public viewing,

Samoa recently also edited scenes from a screening of the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody n the same grounds.

In Samoa, sodomy is illegal and is punishable by up to seven years in prison.

 

 

Shopping: The Mary Millington Movie Collection...

2019 film set by Willy Roe, George Harrison Marks, inevitably cut by the BBFC at the time, set for UK Blu-ray release on 7th October 2019


Link Here 12th June 2019
The Mary Millington Movie Collection is a 2019 film set by Willy Roe, George Harrison Marks...
Starring Mary Millington, Diana Dors and Alan Lake. UK: Passed 18 uncut for:
  • 2019 Screenbound [Mary Millington Movie Collection] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 7th October 2019
Come Play with Me is a 1977 UK sex comedy by George Harrison Marks.
Starring Irene Handl, Alfie Bass and George Harrison Marks. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for 1977 cinema release. The cuts have persisted to all releases since. There is also an unreleased hardcore version of the film.

See cuts details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Come Play With Me

The Playbirds is a 1978 UK sex comedy by Willy Roe.
Starring Mary Millington, Glynn Edwards and Gavin Campbell. BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1978. The same version was released on 18 rated home video.
Confessions from the David Galaxy Affair is a 1979 UK sex comedy by Willy Roe.
Starring Alan Lake, Glynn Edwards and Anthony Booth. BBFC link IMDb

Passed X after BBFC cuts for 1979 cinema release. It is not clear if these cuts have persisted onto 18 rated home video.

The other films have always been uncut

Promotional Material

Released to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Mary Millington s death, this special edition Blu-ray box set (individually numbered and limited to 3,000 units) features Mary s most glamorous film roles, with new, stunning 2K restorations, including: Come Play with Me (1977), The Playbirds (1978), Confessions from the David Galaxy Affair (1979), Queen of the Blues (1979), Mary Millington s True Blue Confessions (1980) plus Respectable: The Mary Millington Story (2015), an in-depth documentary chronicling her extraordinary life. This collector s edition is a must for any Millington fan! Filled with scintillating new extras, packaged in a collectable case (displaying brand new artwork throughout) and including a huge 80-page book, with an introduction from David Sullivan and notes by biographer Simon Sheridan (author of Keeping the British End Up: Four Decades of Saucy Cinema). A tantalising orgy of extras that no self-respecting lover of Mary Millington or 1970 s British sex comedies can but fail to be aroused by!

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • BRAND NEW 2K RESTORATIONS
  • NEW 'The Playbirds' audio commentary by biographer Simon Sheridan and director Willy Roe.
  • NEW 'Queen of the Blues' audio commentary by biographer Simon Sheridan and actor Allan Warren.
  • NEW Mary Millington's True Blue Confessions - audio commentary by biographer Simon Sheridan and executive producer David Sullivan.
  • NEW ' Ten Million Dirty Words - a brand new featurette about Harry Knights, the Nottingham-based porn writer who helped create Mary's image).
  • Confessions of a Pixie - an interview with Josie Harrison Marks, the daughter of Come Play With Me's director George Harrison Marks.
  • Mary on Location - Then and Now' travelogue revisiting the main locations in Mary's life and films.
  • Respectable: The Mary Millington Story - audio commentary by director Simon Sheridan and the BFI's Sam Dunn.
  • 8mmillington - compilation of the 'tamer' sequences from Mary's hardcore 8mm films.
  • Short Films
    • Response - 8mm softcore short film (1974)
    • Wild Lovers - 8mm softcore short film (1974)
    • Party Pieces - 8mm softcore short film (1974)
    • Sex Is My Business - 8mm softcore short film (1975)
    • Mary Millington's World Striptease Extravaganza (1981).
  • Come Play with Me original 1977 trailer

 

 

Hobbs and Shaw...

Supporting the hype about 'MPAA cuts'


Link Here 11th June 2019
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is a 2019 USA action adventure by David Leitch.
Starring Dwayne Johnson, Idris Elba and Eiza González. IMDb

Lawman Luke Hobbs and outcast Deckard Shaw form an unlikely alliance when a cyber-genetically enhanced villain threatens the future of humanity.

In this Fast and Furious spinoff, Dwayne The Rock Johnson and Jason Statham's characters find themselves having to stop Idris Elba s Brixton Lore from unleashing a deadly virus on humanity.

One of the big fights will unfold when Luke Hobbs, Deckard Shaw and Vanessa Kirby's Hattie Shaw team up with Hobbs family to clash with Brixton Lore and his goons in Samoa. Johnson shared how it was initially planned for him to bite and spit out his opponent's eye. He claimed:

Unfortunately the scene where I bite the bad guy's eye out and spit it on the dirt didn't make it. MPAA ratings board forbid us to show it because it was too violent.

PG-13 movies are granted a fair amount of leeway when it comes to action and violence, but naturally there are some things that are off limits within that rating. Luke Hobbs removing a man's eye from his socket would have been shocking, brutal and badass, but the MPAA wasn't having it, so we'll have to make due with Johnson's character simply tossing his adversary to the ground and bludgeoning him senseless.

 

 

Offsite Article: Rated PG-13: Suitable for globalisation...


Link Here 11th June 2019
Sex is disappearing from the big screen, and it's making movies less pleasurable. By Ann Hornaday

See article from sfgate.com

 

 

Updated: Few complaints...

Irish Film Classification Office publishes its annual report covering 2018


Link Here 9th June 2019
Full story: Irish Film Censors at IFCO...IFCO: the Irish film censor board
IFCO has published its annual report covering 2018.

It notes that teh number of cinema films passed is about the same as the previous year with 448 releases in 2018. However it reports that video DVD submissions (presumably including Blu-ray) has declined by 15% to 2621 submission in 2018.

IFCO reports on 2 appeals in 2018, both appeals were rejected and the rating remained unaltered. The two films were the 18 rated The First Purge , and the 12A rated Bumblebee.

The number of complaints received by IFCO has always been minimal. IFCO writes:

During 2018, IFCO received 18 complaints from the public which related specifically to classifications awarded. The most received in respect of any one title was 6 in the case of SHOW DOGS, a comedy classified PG for Mild violence, language and rude humour. Of these, two were from people who had not seen the film.

IFCO has also just upgraded its website to make it a bit smarter. IFCO acknowledged that it needs to up its game in interacting with the public. IFCO wrote in the report:

It is to be hoped that the updated website will be more visited and perhaps encourage people to contact IFCO. All constructive input, whether positive or negative is very welcome and informs as to people's expectations of IFCO service

See the updated website at ifco.ie .

Update: Censor slump

9th June 2019. See article from thetimes.co.uk

The Irish Film Classification Office (Ifco) is suffering a rapid decline in revenue as a result of the collapse of DVD sales. The state censor has experienced a 23% drop in income over two years.

In its recently published 2018 report Ifco said the slump in DVDs being submitted for classification meant its financial situation would have to be closely monitored.

 

 

The New Zealand Chief Censor Recommends...

The Perfection on Netflix


Link Here 5th June 2019
The Netflix film The Perfection has been reclassified in New Zealand as 18+ following concerns raised by a few viewers over its graphic content.

Netflix had rated the film as 16+ with a content note of language, violence, nudity.

New Zealand generally accepts Australian age ratings as a default unless queried. The Australian Classification Board settled on an MA 15+ rating for Strong themes of sexual violence, violence, sex and coarse language.

The film had also caused a bit of a stir in Australia too. Netflix's own classification tool had assigned the film an MA15+ rating. The rating included consumer advice that warned of, among other things, strong blood and gore.

After hearing reports of viewers becoming physically ill, the Australian Classification Board decided to audit the Netflix rating. The director of the Classification Board, Margaret Anderson, confirmed that Netflix was not only right to classify the film MA15+, but that its strong blood and gore warning was not necessary.

In New Zealand, however, the classification has been raised to 18+ with warnings about rape, sexual violence, suicide references, graphic violence. Chief Censor David Shanks noted that

The film wasn't viewed by any authority until after it had launched on Netflix, which demonstrates a serious problem with the classifications system.

A member of the public flagged the film to the Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) on May 26 - when it had already been available on Netflix in New Zealand for two days.

Streaming services are not subject to any formal regime. I can call them in using my powers under the act but it's reactive and usually it's out there and people have seen it before we can get the thing addressed.

Note that the BBFC agreed with the 18 rating, passing the film 18 uncut for sexual violence, suicide references.

 

 

Diary: Killer Thriller Season...

June on Horror Channel


Link Here 3rd June 2019

Summer kicks off on Horror Channel in suspenseful style with Killer Thriller Season - a selection of tense shockers including the channel premieres of Rod Lurie's 2011 pulsating remake of Straw Dogs , starring James Marsden and Kate Bosworth; the murder motel chiller Vacancy , starring Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson; and the 2009 remake of kin killer slasher The Stepfather .

The Saturday night primetime season also features psychological thriller House at the End of the Street , starring Jennifer Lawrence, and Neil LaBute's horrifying racial drama Lakeview Terrace , starring Samuel L. Jackson and Patrick Wilson.

 

 

Offsite Article: High Impact Classification...


Link Here 3rd June 2019
Jotting down a few thoughts on the 2018 BBFC Annual Report

See article from highimpactclassification.wordpress.com

 

 

Updated: Blast off...

Rocketman censored in Russia for gay scenes, drugs and alcohol


Link Here 2nd June 2019
Full story: Film Censorship in Russia...Censorship in the guise of banning strong language
Rocketman is a 2019 UK / USA musical music biography by Dexter Fletcher.
Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Taron Egerton and Richard Madden. BBFC link IMDb

A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.

During the Russian premiere of Rocketman on 30th May in Moscow, film goers noticed the 40s gay male sex scene between Elton John (Taron Egerton) and manager, John Reid (Richard Madden) was missing.

Film critic Anton Dolin saw the original version in Cannes and remarked the Russian edit cut out scenes of kissing, sex and oral sex between men. This included a photo of Elton John and his husband David Furnish in the closing credits. It also didn't show scenes featuring drug and alcohol use. Around five minutes in total was missing from the Russian cut of Rocketman.

Maybe the 5 minutes may be an exaggeration. Not also that there are Russian laws banning the 'promotion' of gay sex so such censorship may be a legal necessity rather than a morality decision by the film censor.

Update: Russian distributors blasted by Elton John

2nd June 2019. See article from edition.cnn.com

Elton John has hit out at Russian film distributors for editing out gay sex scenes from his biopic Rocketman, adding that it was a sad reflection of the divided world we still live in.

The local film distributor, Central Partnership company told news agency TASS that it cut the scenes to comply with Russian legislation

The decision to remove the scenes was made solely by the distributor, Russia's Culture Ministry told TASS, adding that it issued no recommendations concerning the scenes.

Film critic Dolin said the grossest thing about the Russian edit was that the final caption had been removed from the closing credits. In the original, it says that Elton John found the love of his life and is raising children with the man he loves (there is a dramatic moment in the film when his mother says to him 'you are doomed to be lonely'). In the Russian version it says the musician set up a foundation to fight AIDS and is still working with a long-time co-author.

 

 

Shopping: Schramm...

1993 Germany horror by Jörg Buttgereit, not avaialable in the UK for many years, now set for for UK release on Blu-ray on 29th July 2019


Link Here 2nd June 2019
Schramm is a 1993 Germany horror by Jörg Buttgereit.
Starring Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Monika M and Micha Brendel. Youtube link IMDb  

Self censored in the UK for many years out of fear of the film censor. It did make an occasional appearances at cinema clubs though. Now set for a 2019 Blu-Ray release. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

UK: BBFC details not yet published for:
  • 2019 Arrow Video Limited Edition (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 29th July 2019

Promotional Material

Controversial German filmmaker Jörg Buttgereit ( Nekromantik , Nekromantik 2 ) takes you into the twisted mind of a deranged sex killer in the last of his feature films to date, 1993 s deeply disturbing Schramm .

Lothar Schramm, the so-called Lipstick Killer , lies dying in a pool of blood and paint. As he expires, fragments of his life flash before his eyes his uneasy friendship with the prostitute that lives next door ( Nekromantik 2 s Monika M); the brutal slaughter of a pair of doorstep evangelists whose bodies he poses in obscene fashion; his unhealthy pastime of hammering nails into his own manhood.

Told in an entirely non-linear fashion, Jörg Buttgereit s Schramm with its nightmarish hallucinatory sequences involving severed limbs and gaping, sharp-toothed female genitalia comes about as close as a film can get to transporting you directly into the world of a sick, disordered mind.

2-DISC DIRECTOR-APPROVED LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • HD transfer overseen by the filmmakers
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original uncompressed Stereo 2.0 audio
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Limited edition digipak packaging featuring new artwork by Gilles Vranckx
  • Limited edition certificate
  • Set of 5 exclusive Schramm "polaroid" postcards
  • Soundtrack CD
  • Limited edition 60-page book

    DISC 1 [BLU-RAY] - 'SCHRAMM

  • Archival audio commentary with director/co-writer Jörg Buttgereit and co-writer Franz Rodenkirchen
  • Archival audio commentary with actors Florian Von Gustorf and Monika M
  • Tomorrow I Will Be Dirt: Scenes from the Afterlife of Lothar Schramm (2019) brand new animated short film sequel to Schramm made by award-winning filmmaker and stop-motion artist Robert Morgan, produced exclusively for this release
  • Take My Body: The Journey of a Blow-up Doll writer Kier-La Janisse on how she came to be the owner of a particularly interesting piece of Schramm memorabilia
  • Jörg Buttgereit in conversation with Arrow Video s Ewan Cant at the 2019 Offscreen Film Festival
  • The Making of Schramm archival behind-the-scenes documentary
  • Mein Papi Jörg Buttgereit short film available in HD for the first time ever and with optional director audio commentary
  • Jesus Der Film (1995) short film segment directed by Jörg Buttgereit
  • Two short films by Schramm producer Manfred Jelinski: Orpheus in der Oberwelt (1970) and Ein Ku'ze' Film übe' Hambu'g (1990)
  • Extensive image gallery
  • Jörg Buttgereit Trailer Gallery

    DISC 2 [CD] - 'SCHRAMM' SOUNDTRACK - LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE

  • CD featuring the complete Schramm score

    60-PAGE BOOK - LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE

    Exclusive perfect-bound book featuring new writing from Virginie Selavy and Graham Rae, all illustrated with new artwork and original archival stills

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