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 Shopping: A Wizard's Tale...

2018 UK / Mexico family animation comedy by Andrés Couturier set for UK DVD release on 10th September 2018 with BBFC category cuts


Link Here 24th May 2018
A Wizard's Tale DVD A Wizard's Tale is a 2018 UK / Mexico family animation comedy by Andrés Couturier.
Starring Lily Collins, Toby Kebbell and Ian McShane. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed U for very mild threat, comic violence for after 2:05s of BBFC category cuts for:

  • 2018 Signature Entertainment R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 10th September 2018
The BBFC commented:
  • Company chose to remove a scene in which characters inhale gaseous substances in a manner referecing drug misuse. An uncut PG was available.

Promotional Material

Imagine a world where happiness, smiling and laughter are a thing of the past; where an evil wizard presides over all that is good in the land. A WIZARD S TALE is a magical family adventure about one boy s quest to restore happiness to the world. Join Terry on his magical quest, as he outwits a multitude of weird and wonderful creatures and finds friendship with a Princess along the way. From the writer of Ice Age: The Meltdown and with a stellar voice cast, including Ian McShane (John Wick, Coraline), Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror) and Toby Kebbell (Ben-Hur, Warcraft), A WIZARD S TALE is an uplifting magical journey that is guaranteed to cast its spell on adults and children alike.

 

  Religious censors...

Indian sikhs form a film censor board and claim that films that feature the religion should get approval


Link Here 24th May 2018

akal takhtThe Akal Takht, the highest seat of authority of Sikhism in India, has formed a 21-member film censor board and claimed that its clearance will have to be taken before making any movie on the Sikh religion and culture. Giani Gurbachan Singh, the Akal Takht head claimed:

The decision was taken because of controversies over films on Sikh gurus and distortion of Sikh history in movies. Any film that plans to portray any sequence related to Sikh gurus, their kin and Sikh history will have to seek clearance from the Sikh Film Censor Board.

Over the past few years, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has been demanding that at least two of its members be included in the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), India's official film censor.

Unlike the CBFC, which comes into play after a film is complete and before its release, the Sikh board has said its approval will have to be taken for the script of any feature film, documentary, animation and play based on the Sikh religion.

 

  15 rated erections...

David Austin of the BBFC speaks about the latest public consultation about guidelines


Link Here 17th May 2018
david austin march 2016David Austin, CEO of the BBFC has been talking to Radio 4's Front Row about the BBFC's latest public consultation.

Austin said Brits are becoming more desensitised over nudity in films and TV, with the censors planning to publish new guidelines in 2019. He told Front Row:

These days if you have an erection on screen, the issue is is it a 15 level erection or an 18 level erection.

We've been consulting with the public on this and in 2013, we liberalised slightly and we're now going back to the public as we speak and saying, 'have we got this right, have we done what you asked us to do in terms of how we classify erections.

It's clear from the research we're doing at the moment and were doing four/five years ago and to an extent before that that the public are relaxed about nudity and don't equate it to sex.

Austin told The Sun:

We speak to the public on a large scale every four to five years to get their views on age rating key issues like violence, drug misuse, sex and discrimination.

Our 2014 Guidelines review involved more than 10,000 members of the British public.

This ensures our classification guidelines reflect public expectations. We're out speaking to the public now and will be publishing our new guidelines in 2019.

 

 Shopping: Bad Dreams...

1988 USA horror thriller by Andrew Fleming set for UK Blu-ray/DVD Combo release on 23rd July 2018 with previous BBFC cuts just waived


Link Here 17th May 2018
Bad Dreams Blu-rayCombo Bad Dreams is a 1988 USA horror thriller by Andrew Fleming.
Starring Jennifer Rubin, Bruce Abbott and Richard Lynch. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 18 for strong bloody violence with previous BBFC cuts waived for:

  • 2018 88 Films (RB) Blu-ray/(R2) Combo at UK Amazon released on 23rd July 2018
UK Censorship History
The film was cut in the US for an MPAA R rating. Then cut by the BBFC for VHS. The cuts were waived for 18 rated 2018 DVD/Blu-ray. There is an original ending featured amongst DVD extras,

From IMDb. Cut for an MPAA R rating:

Director Andrew Fleming battled the MPAA over the scene where one of the characters is rammed by a car. It was originally much bloodier, but he says the U.S. ratings board threatened to slap the film with an X rating.

Previously passed 18 after 0:22s of BBFC cuts for 1989 VHS. The BBFC cuts were:

  • to remove closeup shots of self-mutilation with a knife and a scalpel
  • to reduce a scene where a man is repeatedly hit by a car.

Promotional Material

After the success of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET in 1984, many a movie that moulded together slasher thrills and supernatural chills was rushed into production - from SLAUGHTERHOUSE ROCK (1988) to THE HORROR SHOW (1989) and Wes Craven's own SHOCKER (1989). None, however, were quite as notable nor as notorious as the bombastic blood-spiller BAD DREAMS from 1987, which roped in its own Freddy Krueger alumni with sexy Scream Queen starlet Jennifer Ruben (from A NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST 3: THE DREAM WARRIORS). Also starring the late, great B-thespian Richard Lynch (CUT AND RUN) as a Jim Jones-style reverend who begins to avenge his creepy cult of followers from beyond-the-grave, BAD DREAMS features some frantic and ferocious special effects, plenty of tormented teens and some of the finest frights of its decade! Featuring the legendary Bruce Abbott (RE-ANIMATOR) and produced by Hollywood heavyweight Gale Anne Hurd (ALIENS), whilst featuring a screenplay from DIE HARD's Steven E. de Souza, it is no wonder that BAD DREAMS became one of the most popular slasher classics of the 1980s... and 88 Films is proud to present this work of gruesome genius in horrific HD! It might just stop you getting a good night's kip!

 

  Beeping censors...

Deadpool 2 cut in India, but not as heavily as the original


Link Here 16th May 2018  full story: Deadpool and Deadpool 2...Superhero films with a little bit more adult appeal
deadpool 2Deadpool 2 is following in the footsteps of the original Deadpool by suffering at the hands of film censors from the Central Board of Film Certification.

Deadpool has had strong language beeped out or muted but bollywoodlife.com reports that the film has not suffered any visual cuts.

After the language cuts have been implemented the film has been granted an adults only 'A' certificate.

The movie is set to release in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu formats.

 

  The House the Jack Built...

'Vile vomative' serial killer drama by Lars Von Trier sees a mass walkout at its premiere at Cannes


Link Here 15th May 2018
Poster House That Jack Built 2018 Lars Von Trier The House That Jack Built is a 2018 Denmark / France / Germany / Sweden horror thriller by Lars von Trier.
Starring Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz and Uma Thurman. IMDb

USA in the 1970s. We follow the highly intelligent Jack over a span of 12 years and are introduced to the murders that define Jack's development as a serial killer. We experience the story from Jack's point of view, while he postulates each murder is an artwork in itself. As the inevitable police intervention is drawing nearer, he is taking greater and greater risks in his attempt to create the ultimate artwork. Along the way we experience Jack's descriptions of his personal condition, problems and thoughts through a recurring conversation with the unknown Verge - a grotesque mixture of sophistry mixed with an almost childlike self-pity and psychopathic explanations. The House That Jack Built is a dark and sinister story, yet presented through a philosophical and occasional humorous tale.

Lars von Trier's The House That Jack Built premiered at the Cannes Film Festival Monday night. Variety's Ramin Setoodeh reported that 100 viewes exited in protest, while others on social media estimated half the film-goers departed early.  It's disgusting, one woman said on her way out. Maybe something to do with the depicted mutilation of women and children.

The film screened out of competition but it was the day's major festival draw for visiting critics and press, some of whom tweeted that the vile, vomitive footage should not have been made. Nonetheless, the crowd saluted von Trier with a 10-minute standing ovation.

Matt Dillon stars as the namesake knifeman, gunman, bludgeoner, and strangler. Set during the 70s, the film tracks five deaths 204 including characters played by Uma Thurman and Riley Keough  Jack brags that he has lived a punishment-free life, but he fantasizes about notoriety: David Bowie's Fame plays as he cues one victim to scream, and drags another body, wrapped in plastic, attached to his van's bumper.

 

  Dog-eared offerings...

Secret Window cut for Horror Channel broadcast


Link Here 14th May 2018

Secret Window DVD It appears that the Johnny Depp psychological horror thriller from 2004, of Secret Window, an adaptation of a Stephen King book, proved too much for The Horror Channel who censored it for the early evening showing on this Sunday night.

The jump cut is to when Depp's character finds his mutilated and very dead dog outside his wooden cabin wrapped under a sheet. All we see is a very quick 5 second jump cut and a micro flash to the dog, instead of seeing its head and then slightly later full body shot under the sheet at 24 mins 57 secs lasting until 25 mins and 2 secs (NTSC timings).

Surprising cut since The Horror Channel often shows bloody trailers throughout the day of far worse scenes of new films going to be shown for the next month as well as current films.

Maybe suspicions of a BBFC influenced animal cruelty cuts policy here on said channel?

 

  Justifying a PG-15 rating for unjustified gun violence...

US researchers claim that Hollywood movie gun violence would sit easier at PG-15 rather than PG-13


Link Here 14th May 2018
us pg-13The Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) at the University of Pennsylvania have claimed in a report that parents would prefer to PG-15 to a PG-13 for Hollywood movies featuring gunplay. The researchers write:

Parents are more willing to let their children see intense gun violence in PG-13 movies when the violence appears to be "justified," used in defense of a loved one or for self-protection, than when it has no socially redeeming purpose, a new study finds.

But even when the gun violence in PG-13 movies appears justified, parents think that the movies are more suitable for teens age 15 and up, two years older than suggested by the movie industry ratings board's PG-13 rating. Parents thought movies with unjustified but bloodless gun violence were more appropriate for 16-year-olds, the study finds.

The study, Parental Desensitization to Gun Violence in PG-13 Movies , by researchers at the Annenberg Public Policy Center was published online in the journal Pediatrics on May 14 and will be in the June issue. Lead author Daniel Romer, research director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC), said:

"The findings suggest that parents may want a new rating, PG-15, for movies with intense violence,"  "Violent movies often get a PG-13 rating by omitting the consequences of violence such as blood and suffering, and by making the use of violence seem justified. But parents of teenagers say that even scenes of justified violence are upsetting and more appropriate for teens who are at least 15."

The rise of gun violence in PG-13 movies

Past studies by APPC researchers found that gun violence in the most popular PG-13 movies has more than doubled since the rating was introduced in 1984, and now exceeds the gun violence in comparable R-rated films. In the earliest years of the PG-13 rating, less than a third of the 30 top-grossing movies were rated PG-13 but recently more than half were PG-13. In past research on the growing acceptance of gun violence in PG-13 films, APPC researchers found that parents appeared to become desensitized to violence as they watched successive movie clips.

The current experiment was designed to understand whether parents became more accepting of the movie violence because they were being emotionally numbed to it or whether the justification for the violence influenced them. Could justified violence be less upsetting than unjustified violence? And could parents who repeatedly saw the kind of bloodless, justified violence featured in PG-13 movies become so accustomed to it that they experience a kind of "normative desensitization" that leads to greater acceptance of its viewing by children?

The experiment

In an online experiment, the APPC researchers showed movie clips to a national sample of 610 parents who have at least one child between the ages 6 and 17. Parents viewed a series of four 90-second clips of either justified or unjustified violence from popular movies. The scenes of justified violence came from the PG-13 movies "Live Free or Die Hard" (2007), "White House Down" (2013), "Terminator Salvation" (2009), and "Taken" (2008). The clips of unjustified violence came from the PG-13 movies "Skyfall" (2012) and "Jack Reacher" (2012) and the R-rated films "Sicario" (2015) and "Training Day" (2001).

Scenes from the R-rated movies were edited to remove graphic and potentially upsetting consequences such as blood and suffering to mimic the effect of PG-13 movies. (PG-13 means parents are strongly cautioned that some material "may be inappropriate for children under 13." The more restricted R rating means viewers under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or adult.)

Parents less upset by justified violence  

Instead of being emotionally desensitized, parents grew increasingly upset as they watched the succession of movie clips, whether the violence was justified or not (see figure above). But parents were less upset by the justified violence and more lenient in deciding the appropriate age for a child to watch it. Most of the parents said the movies with justified violence were suitable starting at age 15, while the movies with unjustified violence were appropriate starting at age 16 (see figure below).

One exception: The parents who were frequent moviegoers were the most permissive, saying that movies with unjustified violence were suitable for 13-year-olds.

As parents watched the series of movie scenes of unjustified gun violence, they became more restrictive on the appropriate age for viewing, the study found. But that wasn't true with the justified scenes of violence, where parents' opinion of the appropriate viewing age held steady. The researchers also found that when watching the successive justified movie clips, parents increasingly regarded the gun violence itself as justified.

Media violence and children

The American Academy of Pediatrics has been long concerned about the effects of media violence. In a statement in 2016, the academy pointed to a body of research showing that viewing violent media content can influence some youth to become more aggressive .

A recent study by Ohio State University researchers found that children 8 to 12 years old who saw scenes of a PG-rated movie with guns played longer with a real gun and pulled the trigger more often than children who saw a movie without guns. Romer said:

"Despite such evidence, we still don't know whether repeatedly seeing movies with justified violence teaches children that using guns is OK if they think it's justified,"

"Hollywood is exploiting the movie rating system by leaving out harmful consequences like blood and suffering from PG-13 films. By sanitizing the effects of violence, moviemakers are able to get a PG-13 rating and a wider audience for their films. But this gun violence may be just as brutal and potentially harmful to young viewers."

 

 Shopping: Red Sparrow...

2018 USA mystery thriller by Francis Lawrence set for a cut UK Blu-ray and DVD release on 9th July 2018


Link Here 13th May 2018
Red Sparrow 4k Blu-ray Red Sparrow is a 2018 USA mystery thriller by Francis Lawrence.
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton and Mary-Louise Parker. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 15 for strong bloody violence, gore, sexual violence, sex, very strong language after BBFC advised category cuts for:

  • 2018 20th Century Fox RB 4k Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 9th July 2018
  • 2018 20th Century Fox RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 9th July 2018
  • 2018 20th Century Fox R2 DVD at US Amazon released on 9th July 2018
  • 2018 20th Century Fox VoD [UK only] at UK Amazon
UK Censorship
The film was cut in the UK for 15 rated cinema release and home video.

The BBFC commented:

  • This film was originally seen for advice. The company was advised the film was likely to be classified 18 but that their preferred 15 could be achieved by making reductions in one scene of strong sadistic violence (a garroting). When the film was submitted for formal classification appropriate reductions had been made in that scene and the film was classified 15.
US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
  • 2018 20th Century Fox (RA) 4k Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 22nd May 2018
  • 2018 20th Century Fox RA Blu-ray/R1 DVD Combo at US Amazon released on 22nd May 2018
  • 2018 20th Century Fox R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 22nd May 2018
  • 2018 20th Century Fox VoD [US only] at US Amazon

Promotional Material

Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton star in this thriller based on the novel by Jason Matthews. Russian agent Dominika Egorova (Lawrence) was forced to enrol at Sparrow School, where she and many other agents were taught to use their bodies to seduce and deceive their enemy. Now one of the best in the business, Dominika is assigned her latest victim: CIA officer Nate Nash (Edgerton).
Additional Material:
  • Red Sparrow - a New Cold War: Origination & Adaptation [Additional Material]
  • Red Sparrow - Agents Provocateurs: The Ensemble Cast [Additional Material]
  • Red Sparrow - a Puzzle of Need: Post-production [Additional Material]
  • Red Sparrow [Additional Material, Audio Commentary With Director Francis Lawrence]
  • Red Sparrow - Deleted Scenes [Additional Material]
  • Red Sparrow - Heart of the Tempest: On Location [Additional Material]
  • Red Sparrow - Tradecraft: Visual Authenticity [Additional Material]
  • Red Sparrow - Deleted Scenes With Commentary [Additional Material, Audio Commentary]
  • Red Sparrow - Welcome To Sparrow School: Ballet & Stunts [Additional Material]

 

 Shopping: Who Can Kill a Child?...

1976 Spain horror mystery by Narciso Ibanez Serrador, once caught up in the video nasties panic, set for US Blu-ray release on 10th July 2018


Link Here 10th May 2018
Who Can Kill a Child? Blu-ray Who Can Kill a Child? (aka Island of the Damned) is a 1976 Spain horror mystery by Narciso Ibáñez Serrador.
Starring Lewis Fiander, Prunella Ransome and Antonio Iranzo. BBFC link IMDb

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • 2018 Mondo Macabro [Uncut Version + Island of Death] RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 10th July 2018
UK Censorship History

Passed X uncut for UK cinema release in 1976, and for 18 rated DVD in 2011. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

Not an official video nasty. But there is a theory that a briefly listed Island of Death was in fact this title rather than the 'officially' assumed Nico Mastorakis' Island of Death. The title Island of Death appeared on the video nasty list in November 1983 but was dropped in the next issue. There is no way that the nastier Mastorakis Island of Death could ever have been dropped from the list.

Promotional Material

Mondo Macabro Presents Who Can Kill a Child - One of the most terrifying films ever made!

An English tourist couple rent a boat to visit the island of Almanzora, just off the southern Spanish coast. When they arrive, they find the island apparently empty of adults. There are only children, who don't speak but just stare at the strangers with eerie smiles on their faces. The English couple soon discovers that all the island s children have been possessed by a mysterious force, a kind of madness which they can pass from one to another, and which makes them attack and murder their elders, who can't defend themselves because, of course, nobody can kill a child…

The film was highly controversial on its original release in the 1970s and was heavily cut in most countries. This Blu-ray presents the full version of the film but also includes the shorter ISLAND OF DEATH release, which does not have the opening documentary footage. The film influenced many subsequent books and movies, including CHILDREN OF THE CORN and was remade in 2012 under the title COME OUT AND PLAY. The version on this Blu-ray is the definitive release of what has come to be recognized as a classic of world horror.

Special Features:

Brand new 4k transfer from film negative
Version Española - documentary about the film
Interview with cinematographer José Luis Alcaine
Interview with director Narciso Ibáñez Serrador
Kim Newman on Killer Kids
Audio commentary by Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger
Alternate Island of Death title sequence
English/Spanish audio choice
Alternate US audio dub
Original trailer and radio spots
Newly created English subtitles
Mondo Macabro previews

 

  Lost in the Fumes...

A popular political film in Hong Kong runs into a brick wall when seeking a wider distribution


Link Here 9th May 2018
Poster Lost in the Fumes 2017 Nora Lam Lost in the Fumes is a 2017 Hong Kong documentary by Nora Lam.
Starring Cres Chuang, Bamboo Chu-Sheng Chen and Leon Dai. IMDb

Edward Leung was an average student before he unexpectedly finds himself at the focal point of two Legislative Council elections. While winning over 60,000 votes in the By-election would have guaranteed Edward a seat in the next round, his ticket to LegCo is forfeited when the regime imposes extra measures in the nomination process. Having once claimed that 'be it crawling or creeping in, I will become a councillor', he can now only take the sidelines and put the backup Baggio Leung into the race. On the other hand, Edward finds his free days numbered as he faces three counts of rioting charges for taking part in the Mong Kok Protest. Once an eloquent rising star in politics, now he may as well be a doomed prisoner. As the oath-taking controversy and the disqualification saga unfold, Edward retreats from the spotlight and decides to leave for further study in the United States while chaos continues to reign over Hong Kong politics.

Thanks to its politically provocative subject matter, Lost in Fumes , a documentary made by a 22-year-old on a minuscule budget, has become Hong Kong's hottest ticket in the past six months. But because of that same subject matter, no commercial film exhibitor in the city has been willing to touch it.

The film's fate has renewed fears in Hong Kong's entertainment sector about the continued erosion of freedom of speech. Since November, it has been playing to packed houses at Hong Kong's Art Centre, at colleges and universities and in impromptu underground community screenings. But the film's subject, Edward Leung's political stance -- which falls somewhat outside the local mainstream and is viewed by the ruling Communist Party in Beijing as a serious threat to its sovereignty over Hong Kong -- has meant that most local business leaders would rather run a mile to avoid being associated with the film for fear of social or political reprisal.

The film's director, Nora Lam commented:

Self-censorship is a more serious issue than it appears in Hong Kong. There is nothing written and no law as yet restricting what people can say, so theoretically we still have freedom of speech, she notes. But people are afraid of the consequences, and this fear is more far-reaching than official oppression.

 


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