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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nurses a weird fascination for a neighbourhood girl who passes the time by dancing on the rooftop, he remains socially withdrawn with his co-workers and can't even find comfort in the arms of a hooker.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.

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: The Little Vampire...

2017 Netherlands / Germany / Denmark / UK family animation comedy by Richard Claus and Karsten Kiilerich just released on UK DVD with BBFC category cuts

Link Here 22nd October 2018
The Little Vampire is a 2017 Netherlands / Germany / Denmark / UK family animation comedy by Richard Claus and Karsten Kiilerich.
Starring Rasmus Hardiker, Amy Saville and Jim Carter. BBFC link IMDb
BBFC category cuts were required for a U rated cinema and home video release in 2018.
UK: Passed U uncut for:
  • 2018 Signature Entertainment R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 15th October 2018

Promotional Material

Prepare for a charming adventure with some bite, as the animated remake of the beloved 2000 live action blockbuster of the same name comes to life. With a thrilling voice cast, including Jim Carter (Downton Abbey), Miriam Margolyes (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) and Tim Pigott-Smith (Johnny English), THE LITTLE VAMPIRE is a heart-warming and fun-filled animation that fans of Hotel Transylvania are sure to love! Being a teenage vampire isn't easy, but it can teach you a thing or two about friends, family and adventure. THE LITTLE VAMPIRE is a heart-warming tale of how the craziest adventures can often be the ones that matter most.


BBFC cut
category cuts
U 78:31s UK: Passed U for mild comic violence, threat, very mild bad language after 29s of BBFC category cuts for:
  • 2018 Signature Entertainment video
  • 2018 cinema release
The BBFC commented:
  • Company chose to remove a scene of potentially dangerous imitable behaviour involving electricity in order to achieve a U classification. An uncut PG was available.



Shopping: The Last House on the Left...

2009 USA horror thriller by Dennis Iliadis just released on US Blu-ray in 2 versions

Link Here 21st October 2018
The Last House on the Left is a 2009 USA horror thriller by Dennis Iliadis.
Starring Garret Dillahunt, Monica Potter and Tony Goldwyn. IMDb
Cut for an MPAA R rated theatrical release. The uncut version was released on home video

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • 2018 Universal [Unrated + Theatrical] RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 16th October 2018
  • 2018 Universal Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon

Promotional Material

Renowned horror director Wes Craven returns to the scene of the most notorious thrillers of all time in this darkly disturbing reimagining of The Last House on the Left. After kidnapping and ruthlessly assaulting two teen girls, a sadistic killer and his gang unknowingly find shelter from a storm at the home of one of the victim's parents-- two ordinary people who will go to increasingly gruesome extremes to get revenge. Loaded with shocking twists guaranteed to leave you on edge, it's the ominous film critics call, "One of the best horror remakes ever made" (Scott Weinberg, Fearnet.com).



Shopping: American Psycho...

2000 USA crime drama by Mary Harron, once cut for the MPAA, just released on UK 4k Blu-ray

Link Here 19th October 2018
American Psycho is a 2000 USA crime drama by Mary Harron.
Starring Christian Bale, Justin Theroux and Josh Lucas. BBFC link IMDb
The film was originally cut in the US for an MPAA R rating but the uncut version was released worldwide and on home video.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for:
  • 2018 Lionsgate Home Entertainment RB 4k Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 15th October 2018
  • 2018 Lionsgate Home Entertainment Amazon Prime VoD [UK only] at UK Amazon

Promotional Material

It's 1987 and Patrick Bateman (Academy Award Winner Christian Bale*; The Fighter, Batman Begins) is living the American dream. He has a great job, he's handsome, he's athletic and has the attention of many beautiful women. However, Patrick has a dark secret that he keeps hidden from those around him; Patrick is a psychopath. Dissatisfied with his charmed life, Patrick spends his evenings prowling the streets looking for victims; whether they are his business associates or strangers he meets in passing, he makes no distinction. Cultivating his serial killer persona as much as his yuppie lifestyle, the two sides of Patrick's life soon begin to merge and he begins to wonder where one side of his life ends and the other begins. Also starring Academy Award Nominee Willem Dafoe** (The Grand Budapest Hotel) Academy Award Winner Jared Leto*** (Dallas Buyers Club), Josh Lucas (J. Edgar), Samantha Mathis (TVs Under The Dome) and Academy Award Winner Reese Witherspoon**** (Walk The Line).





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.



State actors...

US Supreme Court accepts case that could define internet giants to be state actors and hence should only censor content according to constitutional law, not its own morality

Link Here 18th October 2018
After the recent censorship purge of over 800 independent media outlets on Facebook, the Supreme Court is now hearing a case that could have ramifications for any future attempts at similar purges.

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to take a case that could change free speech on the Internet. Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck, No. 17-702, the case that it has agreed to take, will decide if the private operator of a public access network is considered a state actor.

The case could affect how companies like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google and YouTube are governed. If the Court were to issue a far-reaching ruling it could subject such companies to First Amendment lawsuits and force them to allow a much broader scope of free speech from its users.

DeeDee Halleck and Jesus Melendez claimed that they were fired from Manhattan Neighborhood Network for speaking critically of the network. And, though the case does not involve the Internet giants, it could create a ruling that expands the First Amendment beyond the government.



Updated: Easy Offence...

PC doesn't get much more crazy than a drinks censor banning great artwork by Ralph Steadman over the ludicrous claim that it encourages immoderate drinking

Link Here 16th October 2018
Index on Censorship is standing with our free speech friends at Flying Dog Brewery who've just been told by the UK drinks censor that they should stop selling one of the beers because the artwork by award-winning artist Ralph Steadman might encourage immoderate drinking.

Flying Dog was told that the Portman Group deemed the artwork for its Easy IPA Session India Pale Ale could spur people to drink irresponsibly.

indexoncensorship commented:

We think this is nonsense and are pleased Flying Dog plans to ignore this ruling.

The press release sent by Flying Dog Brewery is below:

Flying Dog Brewery Will Not Comply with Regulatory Group's Ruling on Easy IPA

Flying Dog Brewery has been defending free speech and creative expression in the United States for more than 25 years. Now, it's taking a stand in the United Kingdom.

In May 2018, the Portman Group, a third-party organization that evaluates alcohol-related marketing, allegedly received a single complaint from a person who thought that Flying Dog's Easy IPA Session India Pale Ale could be mistaken for a soft drink.

After months of deliberation, the Portman Group issued a final ruling, claiming that the packaging artwork ...directly or indirectly encourages illegal, irresponsible or immoderate consumption, such as binge drinking, drunkenness or drunk-driving. It will be issuing a Retailer Alert Bulletin on 15 October, which will ask retailers not to place orders for the beer.

Notwithstanding the Portman Group's ruling, Flying Dog has decided to continue to distribute Easy IPA in the United Kingdom.

Jim Caruso, Flying Dog CEO said:

Not surprisingly, the alleged complaint -- by a sole individual -- that a product labeled 'Easy IPA Session India Pale Ale' might be mistaken for a soft drink was, we believe, correctly dismissed by the Portman Group,  That should have been the end of it. However, the Portman Group then went on to ban the creative and carefree Easy IPA label art by the internationally-renowned UK artist Ralph Steadman.

Steadman has illustrated all of Flying Dog's labels since 1995. In the ruling, the Portman Group claims that the artwork of this low-ABV beer could be seen as encouraging drunkenness.

Without question, over-consumption, binge drinking and drunk-driving are serious health and public safety issues, and Flying Dog has always advocated for moderation and responsible social drinking, Caruso said. At the same time, there is no evidence to suggest that the whimsical Ralph Steadman art on the Easy IPA label causes any of those problems. We believe that British adults can think for themselves and Flying Dog, an independent U.S. craft brewer, will not honor the Portman Group's request to discontinue shipping Easy IPA to the UK.

Update: The drink censor's case

16th October 2018. See article from portmangroup.org.uk

The drinks censors of the Portman Group tried to justify their ban in their summary release:

A complaint about Easy IPA has been upheld by the Independent Complaints Panel.

The complainant, a member of the public, believed that the drink, which is produced by Flying Dog Brewery, appealed to under 18s. While the Panel concluded that the product did not have direct appeal to under-18s, the Panel investigated whether the product packaging encouraged immoderate consumption.

The Panel noted that the front of the can contained the terms Easy IPA, and Session IPA, which is a commonly used descriptor in the craft beer category. However, they also noted that the original meaning of the phrase was a prolonged drinking session. Although the Panel did not consider these terms to be problematic if used in the right context, when used alongside an image of an inebriated looking creature balancing on one leg presented an indication of drunkenness. Accordingly, Panel upheld the decision.

John Timothy, Secretary to the Independent Complaints Panel, commented: We are disappointed that Flying Dog Brewery do not appear to respect the decision or the process. Producers need to be extremely sensitive about the overall impact of their labelling. Use of a phrase that could have been innocuous on its own has taken on a different meaning when considered alongside a drunken looking character.


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