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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.

 

 Shopping: Requiem for a Vampire...

1971 French horror film by Jean Rollin just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here 24th May 2018
Requiem for a Vampire Blu-ray Requiem for a Vampire is a 1971 French horror film by Jean Rollin.
With Marie-Pierre Castel, Mireille Dargent and Philippe Gasté. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

UK: BBFC details not yet published for:

UK Censorship History
Banned in the UK in 1972. Then heavily cut by the BBFC for VHS and DVD. Uncut in the US.

The Amazon details suggest that this is the uncut version but this has not yet been confirmed by the BBFC, so maybe this is the same as the previously heavily cut VHS.

Promotional Material

On the run from a reform school, two young women end up trapped in a haunted castle ruled by a hoard of sexy, blood crazed vampires and their leader, an evil immortal creature who is the last of his kind. Seeking to reproduce his race, he preys on his innocent victims. In order to achieve his goal of immortality, however, the women must remain virgins.

 

 Updated: A few miserable gits...

Australian censors ban the video game We Happy Few


Link Here 24th May 2018  full story: Banned Games in Australia...Adult games ban
We Happy Few We Happy Few is a 2018 Canada survival horror from Compulsion Games

We Happy Few is the tale of a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial in the city of Wellington Wells. In this alternative 1960s England, conformity is key. You'll have to fight or blend in with the drug-addled inhabitants, most of whom don't take kindly to people who won't abide by their not-so-normal rules.

In May 2018, the Australian Censorship Board announced that We Happy Few has been banned in Australia.

The censors noted that the game's depictions of drug use related to incentives and rewards, in this case the beneficial effects of using Joy pills, could not be accommodated within the R 18+ category.

The Soma-like drug Joy is used in the game to detract the citizens of Wellington Wells from the Orwellian reality they live in.

There's no word yet on if Compulsion Games will make cuts to the game to satisfy the Board, but it s often the case.

The game is set for release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC this summer.

Update: A few unhappy developers

24th May 2018. See article from compulsiongames.com

The game developer Compulsion Games has responded to the ban:

compulsion games logo To our Australian fans, we share your frustration. We will work with the ACB on the classification. If the government maintains its stance, we will make sure that you can get a refund, and we will work directly with affected Kickstarter backers to figure something out. We would appreciate if you give us a little bit of time to appeal the decision before making a call.

We Happy Few is set in a dystopian society, and the first scene consists of the player character redacting material that could cause offense to society at large, as part of his job as a government archivist. It's a society that is forcing its citizens to take Joy, and the whole point of the game is to reject this programming and fight back. In this context, our game's overarching social commentary is no different than Aldous Huxley's Brave New World , or Terry Gilliam's Brazil .

The game explores a range of modern themes, including addiction, mental health and drug abuse. We have had hundreds of messages from fans appreciating the treatment we've given these topics, and we believe that when players do get into the world they'll feel the same way. We're proud of what we've created.

We would like to respond to the thematic side of We Happy Few in more detail at a later date, as we believe it deserves more attention than a quick PR response. In the meantime we will be talking to the ACB to provide additional information, to discuss the issues in depth, and see whether they will change their minds.

 

 Commented: Sham Inquiry from the self-appointed partisan UK Parliamentary Group on Prostitution...

The MPs should jail themselves for causing prostitution by legislating for crap economic prospects for people


Link Here 24th May 2018
home affairs committeeA self-appointed group of MPs, that got together for the sole purpose of lobbying for the criminalisation of sex workers' clients, conduct Inquiry and recommend the criminalisation of clients! No surprise there then.

Cari Mitchell, spokeswoman for the English Collective of Prostitutes, commented:

Criminalisation, whether of sex workers or clients, drives prostitution further underground, increasing stigma, discrimination and the risk of violence.

In Ireland, reported incidences of violent crime against sex workers have risen by almost 50%. In France, a two-year evaluation of the law found 42% of sex workers are more exposed to violence and 38% have found it increasingly hard to demand use of condom. In Norway, despite claims that sex workers have been decriminalised, forced evictions, prosecutions and increased stigma are prevalent with migrant workers particularly targeted. One sex worker explained:

Before we did not go far with the customer: we would go to a car park nearby. But now the customer wants to go somewhere isolated because they are afraid. I don't like it. There is more risk that something bad happens.

As for Sweden, the poster child for laws criminalising clients: 63% of sex workers said the law has created more prejudice; plus, there is no convincing empirical evidence that the law has resulted in a decline in sex work in Sweden, which was the law's principal ambition.

The other "revelation" from the APPG is that there has been an increase in prostitution. Ms Mitchell commented:

Blaming the internet for a prostitution "boom" puts the APPG in the same camp as Ian Duncan Smith, who notably attributed the increase in people going to food banks on growing " awareness " of food banks.

If the APPG is truly interested in reducing prostitution why isn't their headline recommendation the abolition of benefit sanctions, directly linked with the rise in prostitution, especially on the street? It seems the APPG is more taken with the sensationalised, sexed-up story of pop-up brothels. Sex workers feel exploited and not by prostitution.

If well-meaning MPs want to save women from sex work then take action against zero-hour contracts, low wages and exploitative bosses in the jobs that are the alternatives to prostitution. Support sex workers like we hope you support other workers fighting to improve pay and conditions.

As for the proposal to clamp down on online advertising, evidence from the US shows that such laws (SESTA and FOSTA) make it harder for the police to identify violence.

Why did this Inquiry even need to happen? The prestigious cross-party Home Affairs Committee did a comprehensive Inquiry and recommended that sex workers on the street and working together in premises be decriminalised.

Decriminalisation isn't perfect -- we are all going to have to put our shoulder to the wheel if we want to win a fairer and more humane society, but it removes a grave injustice suffered daily by sex workers. Thousands of cis and trans women a year are arrested, given prostitute cautions, are victims of criminal charges or civil orders and are suffering other grievous abuse and being denied protection. Decriminalisation as introduced in New Zealand has improved sex workers' working conditions and made it easier for those who want to get out, to do so. Over 90% of sex workers said they had additional employment, legal, health and safety rights (including 64.8% who said they found it easier to refuse clients -- a key marker of exploitation).

Finally, on trafficking. Until there is a public apology for the fabricated statistics  that claimed that 80% of sex workers are victims of trafficking, why should anyone believe this APPG's figures? Research from the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women found that criminalising sex workers' clients does not reduce sex work or trafficking. Instead, it infringes on sex workers' rights and obstructs anti-trafficking efforts.

Offsite Comment: Wrong to suggest criminalising the buying of sex

22nd May 2018. See article from metro.co.uk by Miranda Kane

metro newspaper logoGood to see a supportive opinion piece in the Metro:

Another day, another flurry of media and morality where the world is convinced sex trafficking is around every corner.

This time it's courtesy of a group of self appointed MPs who make up the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Prostitution and the Global Sex Trade.

Spoilers 203 none of them are, or ever have been, actual sex workers. (As far as I know.)

...Read the full article from metro.co.uk

letter writingComment: Agency deniers

24th May 2018. From Alan

Great article by the Metro journalist.

What baffles me is the way this shower of politicians, many of whom self-define as feminists, want to deny agency to women, as do many feminist journalists e.g. Bennett, Ellen, Moore, Bindel (who’s so rabid a rad fem that when I first encountered her I thought the piece was a satirical parody). Zoe Williams in the Graun, to her credit, did collaborate with Pandora Blake, but in the main they seem quite oblivious to reason. Confront them with, say, Max M’s lady friend who continued to work as a pro submissive, and occasional dome, after getting her Ph.D. and the silly buggers just ignore the evidence.

 

 Shopping: Rawhead Rex...

Updated: 1986 Ireland / UK / USA horror mystery fantasy by George Pavlou, cut for the MPAA, just released uncut on UK Blu-ray


Link Here 23rd May 2018
Rawhead Rex Blu-ray Rawhead Rex is a 1986 Ireland / UK / USA horror mystery fantasy by George Pavlou.
Starring David Dukes, Kelly Piper and Hugh O'Conor. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong gory violence, language, nudity for:

  • 2018 Arrow Video RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 14th May 2018

Reviews

  • See review from flickeringmyth.com : " Rawhead Rex does suffer from having a distinct lack of excitement about it. Not that it is boring -- far from it "
Updated: US Censorship History
Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating. The Unrated US release is uncut. Both version have been released in the UK nitially 18 uncut for 1987 VHS and then 15 uncut for 2018 Blu-ray. In the interim the R cut version was passed 15 for 2002 DVD.

Thanks to Andy who noted that the Arrow release is supporting the same 4K transfer and director commentary as used for the USA Blu ray release, that release featured the unrated print, so the UK release is also uncut.

Promotional Material

SOMEONE HAS AWAKENED HIM

Adapted for the screen by acclaimed horror writer Clive Barker (Hellraiser, Nightbreed) from his short story of the same name, Rawhead Rex sees a hulking, ancient demon tearing a bloody swathe across the Irish countryside.

When an unsuspecting farmer pulls up a stone column embedded in a barren field, he accidentally unleashes hell by freeing Rawhead Rex a hulking monster that has been trapped there for thousands of years. With the seemingly unstoppable demon rampaging through the local village, American historian Howard Hallenbeck is faced with the task of putting Rawhead back in the ground for good.

The first of several films to be adapted from Barker s seminal Books of Blood series, Rawhead Rex has garnered a strong cult following over the years now clawing its way to the surface in a stunning new 4K restoration from the original camera negative.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original Uncompressed Stereo and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary with director George Pavlou, moderated by author Stephen Thrower
  • Call Me Rawhead an interview with actor Heinrich von Bünau
  • What the Devil Hath Wrought an interview with actor Ronan Wilmot
  • Rawhead FX featurette bringing together interviews with creature effects artists Peter Mackenzie Litten and John Schroonraad, special effects supervisor Gerry Johnson, second unit cameraman Sean Corcoran and make-up artist Rosie Blackmore
  • Interview with cameraman Sean Corcoran
  • Rawhead Rising artist Stephen R. Bissette on the aborted Rawhead Rex graphic novel adaptation
  • Animated behind-the-scenes image gallery
  • Original Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector s booklet featuring writing on the film by Kat Ellinger
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     Shopping: The Post...

    2017 USA historical biography by Steven Spielberg, briefly banned in Lebanon, just released on UK Blu-ray and DVD


    Link Here 23rd May 2018
    The Post DVD The Post is a 2017 USA historical biography by Steven Spielberg.
    Starring Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Sarah Paulson. BBFC link IMDb

    UK: Passed 12 uncut for strong language, brief battle violence for:

    • 2018 Entertainment One RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 21st May 2018
    • 2018 Entertainment One R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 21st May 2018
    Banned in Lebanon
    Lebanon banned Steven Spielberg's newspaper drama The Post a few days before the film is set to premiere in Beirut. A source involved with The Post's international distribution says the movie was presented to the Lebanese censorship board, which banned it, citing Israel connections that includes Spielberg filming some scenes for Schindler's List in Jerusalem.

    In the face of international criticism, Lebanon's interior minister overturned the ban a few days later.

    Promotional Material

    Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in The Post, a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post's Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers - and their very freedom - to help bring long-buried truths to light.

    Additional Material:
    • The Post - Special Features [Additional Material]

     

     Updated: Government bullies take on the internet...

    New laws to make sure that the UK is the most censored place in the western world to be online


    Link Here 21st May 2018
    matt hancockCulture Secretary Matt Hancock has issued to the following press release from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport:

    New laws to make social media safer

    New laws will be created to make sure that the UK is the safest place in the world to be online, Digital Secretary Matt Hancock has announced.

    The move is part of a series of measures included in the government's response to the Internet Safety Strategy green paper, published today.

    The Government has been clear that much more needs to be done to tackle the full range of online harm.

    Our consultation revealed users feel powerless to address safety issues online and that technology companies operate without sufficient oversight or transparency. Six in ten people said they had witnessed inappropriate or harmful content online.

    The Government is already working with social media companies to protect users and while several of the tech giants have taken important and positive steps, the performance of the industry overall has been mixed.

    The UK Government will therefore take the lead, working collaboratively with tech companies, children's charities and other stakeholders to develop the detail of the new legislation.

    Matt Hancock, DCMS Secretary of State said:

    Internet Safety StrategyDigital technology is overwhelmingly a force for good across the world and we must always champion innovation and change for the better. At the same time I have been clear that we have to address the Wild West elements of the Internet through legislation, in a way that supports innovation. We strongly support technology companies to start up and grow, and we want to work with them to keep our citizens safe.

    People increasingly live their lives through online platforms so it's more important than ever that people are safe and parents can have confidence they can keep their children from harm. The measures we're taking forward today will help make sure children are protected online and balance the need for safety with the great freedoms the internet brings just as we have to strike this balance offline.

    DCMS and Home Office will jointly work on a White Paper with other government departments, to be published later this year. This will set out legislation to be brought forward that tackles a range of both legal and illegal harms, from cyberbullying to online child sexual exploitation. The Government will continue to collaborate closely with industry on this work, to ensure it builds on progress already made.

    Home Secretary Sajid Javid said:

    Criminals are using the internet to further their exploitation and abuse of children, while terrorists are abusing these platforms to recruit people and incite atrocities. We need to protect our communities from these heinous crimes and vile propaganda and that is why this Government has been taking the lead on this issue.

    But more needs to be done and this is why we will continue to work with the companies and the public to do everything we can to stop the misuse of these platforms. Only by working together can we defeat those who seek to do us harm.

    The Government will be considering where legislation will have the strongest impact, for example whether transparency or a code of practice should be underwritten by legislation, but also a range of other options to address both legal and illegal harms.

    We will work closely with industry to provide clarity on the roles and responsibilities of companies that operate online in the UK to keep users safe.

    The Government will also work with regulators, platforms and advertising companies to ensure that the principles that govern advertising in traditional media -- such as preventing companies targeting unsuitable advertisements at children -- also apply and are enforced online.

    Update: Fit of pique

    21st May 2018. See article from bbc.com

    matt hancockIt seems that the latest call for internet censorship is driven by some sort revenge for having been snubbed by the industry.

    The culture secretary said he does not have enough power to police social media firms after admitting only four of 14 invited to talks showed up.

    Matt Hancock told the BBC it had given him a big impetus to introduce new laws to tackle what he has called the internet's Wild West culture.

    He said self-policing had not worked and legislation was needed.

    He told BBC One's Andrew Marr Show , presented by Emma Barnett, that the government just don't know how many children of the millions using using social media were not old enough for an account and he was very worried about age verification. He told the programme he hopes we get to a position where all users of social media users has to have their age verified.

    Two government departments are working on a White Paper expected to be brought forward later this year. Asked about the same issue on ITV's Peston on Sunday , Hancock said the government would be legislating in the next couple of years because we want to get the details right.

     

     Shopping: Adult Fairy Tales...

    1978 USA softcore musical by Harry Hurwitz, once cut by the BBFC, the Director's Cut just released on UK Blu-ray


    Link Here 21st May 2018
    Adult Fairy Tales Blu-ray Adult Fairy Tales is a 1978 USA softcore musical by Harry Hurwitz (as Harry Tampa).
    Starring Don Sparks, Sy Richardson and Irwin Corey. BBFC link IMDb

    UK: The Director's Cut was passed 18 uncut for strong sex, sexualised nudity for:

    • 2018 88 Films RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 14th May 2018

    Reviews

    UK Censorship History
    The Theatrical Version was cut by the BBFC for 18 rated cinema release in 1979. The Director's Cut is uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US. In the UK it was passed 18 uncut for 2017 DVD.

    Promotional Material

    Little Bo Peep, Old King Cole, Little Tommy Tucker, Snow White, and many others, have all grown up and are ready for action! These enchanting characters from beloved nursery rhymes sing, dance, lust, and romance their way through this hilarious, naughty, and twisted tale where music, mirth, and merriment are the rule of the day. In a clothing optional land of make believe where everything is possible. See “Scream Queen” Linnea Quigley star in her first feature role in this erotic musical funfest!!

    SPECIAL FEATURES

    • Brand new HD restoration from the original camera negative
    • 2.55:1 widescreen presentation with newly created English subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by writer Frank Ray Perilli and producer Charles Band
    • Fairy Tales Trailer
    • Reversible Sleeve with alternate original poster

     

     Shopping: Grizzly...

    1976 USA horror thriller by William Girdler, cut by the MPAA and BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray and DVD


    Link Here 20th May 2018
    Grizzly Blu-ray Grizzly is a 1976 USA horror thriller by William Girdler.
    Starring Christopher George, Andrew Prine and Richard Jaeckel. BBFC link IMDb

    UK: It was probably the US PG rated Original Version which was passed 15 for strong injury detail, threat without BBFC cuts for:

    Reviews

    Censorship History
    Cut for an MPAA PG rating. Further BBFC category cuts for an A rated 1976 cinema release. The BBFC cuts were waived for for 15 rated VHS and DVD. There is said to be an elusive uncut R rated version in the US.

    Promotional Material

    Following the worldwide impact of JAWS in 1975 directors and producers were fast to cash-in on the success of the Steven Spielberg terror-trendsetter and to instigate a short-lived sub-genre of killer animal movies. Perhaps the most successful of all was 1976's GRIZZLY which took in mega-money upon its release and had audiences glued to their seats and avoiding natural parks for the foreseeable future! Starring the Great Christopher George (CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD) and directed by the genius exploitation master William Girdler (DAY OF THE ANIMALS), GRIZZLY traces the bloody rampage of the titular animal who is chomping, tearing and terrorising innocent campers and showcasing a case of insatiable hunger. If JAWS is the ultimate killer shark flick then GRIZZLY is the world's greatest marauding-mammal movie and, thanks to 88 Films, this all time classic horror film is finally available to UK audiences in gloriously gruesome HD!

    SPECIAL FEATURES High Definition Blu-ray Presentation of the Film LPCM Mono Soundtrack Optional English Subtitles Theatrical Trailer Reversible Sleeve with alternative cover image

     

     Shopping: The Return of Swamp Thing...

    1989 USA action comedy horror by Jim Wynorski, once with BBFC category cuts, just released on US Blu-ray/DVD Combo


    Link Here 20th May 2018
    The Return of Swamp Thing DVDBlu-rayCombo The Return of Swamp Thing is a 1989 USA action comedy horror by Jim Wynorski.
    Starring Dick Durock, Heather Locklear and Louis Jourdan. BBFC link IMDb

    US: Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated for:

    • 2018 MVD Rewind Collection (RA) Blu-ray/(R1) DVD Combo at US Amazon released on 15th May 2018
    UK Censorship History
    Initially BBFC category cuts were required for a 12 rated 1989 cinema release. The film was then released 15 uncut on VHS. By 2004 the rating was lowered to 12 uncut for DVD. Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated in the US.

    Promotional Material

    AMERICA S FAVORITE SUPERHERO IS BACK IN ACTION!

    After her mother's mysterious death, Abigail Arcane (Heather Locklear) travels to the Florida swamps to confront her resurrected evil stepfather Dr. Anton Arcane (Louis Jourdan). In an attempt to stave off the effects of aging, Dr. Arcane, assisted by Dr. Lana Zurrell (Sarah Douglas), combines genes from various swamp animals and human beings, creating an army of monsters known as Un-Men. When Abby arrives, Dr. Arcane is hell-bent on taking his own stepdaughter s life in the name of science... that is until she is rescued by SWAMP THING in this must-see sequel to the original cult classic and based on the award-winning DC Comics series!

    From the executive producers of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Benjamin Melniker and Michael E. Uslan and legendary cult film director Jim Wynorski (Chopping Mall, Not of This Earth),The Return of Swamp Thing features an all-star cast that includes Heather Locklear (Melrose Place, Uptown Girls), Louis Jordan (Swamp Thing, Octopussy), Sarah Douglas (Superman II, Conan The Destroyer) and Dick Durock (Raw Deal, Stand By Me) returning as the SWAMP THING.

    SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • Brand-New 2K High-Definition Transfer
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition (480p) DVD presentations of the main feature
  • Original 2.0 and 5.1 Stereo Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
  • NEW Audio commentary from Director Jim Wynorski, Composer Chuck Cirino and Editor Leslie Rosenthal
  • Audio commentary from Jim Wynorski (from 2003)
  • NEW Interview with Director Jim Wynorski (HD)
  • NEW Interview with Editor Leslie Rosenthal (HD)
  • NEW Interview with Composer Chuck Cirino (HD)
  • NEW Interview with Lightyear Entertainment Executive Arnie Holland (HD)
  • Original Theatrical Trailer (New HD Transfer from original 35mm materials)
  • 2 TV Spots (SD)
  • 6 Promotional TV Clips (SD)
  • 2 Greenpeace Public Service Announcements (SD)
  • 1989 Promo Reel
  • Photo Gallery (accompanied by Chuck Cirino s film s score)
  • Collectible Mini-Poster
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      Game over...

    US games rating group ESRB is backing down from ratings for online-only games citing high volumes


    Link Here 19th May 2018

    iarc logoThe Entertainment Software Rating Board has confirmed it will cease offering free age and content ratings for online video games next month. The Short Form ratings process the ESRB currently offers for download-only and online games will be discontinued in June. The ESRB will continue with the higher cost Long Form ratings, primarily used for physical/boxed games. A date has not yet been set for the end of the service.

    Developers feared that they would be forced to pay for the higher cost rating otherwise they would not be allowed to release their titles on key platforms like Xbox that demand a content rating.

    However the ESRB's official Twitter feed responding that:

    Developers of digital games and apps will still be able to obtain ESRB ratings at no cost through the IARC rating process. The Microsoft Store deployed IARC years ago and has committed to making IARC ratings accessible to all Xbox developers. So, developers should not be concerned.

    The International Age Rating Coalition is a newer system for obtaining age ratings for multiple territories and storefronts with a single process. While ESRB single out the Xbox Store, it is also accepted on Google Play, the Nintendo eShop, and the Oculus Store.

    There is currently no word on when this will apply to the PlayStation Store, but an IARC press release in December 2017 said the platform would be added soon.

     

     Shopping: The Rape of the Vampire...

    1967 French horror by Jean Rollin just released on UK Blu-ray still with BBFC cuts


    Link Here 19th May 2018
    The Rape of the Vampire Blu-ray Rape of the Vampire is a 1967 French horror by Jean Rollin
    With Solange Pradel, Bernard Letrou and Ariane Sapriel.
    YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

    UK: Previously passed 18 after 41s of BBFC cuts for:

    • 2018 Black House Films RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 14th May 2018
    UK Censorship
    Cut by the BBFC for VHS and DVD. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

    Promotional Material

    Four beautiful French women, who are led to believe they are vampires, are being held up in a seaside chateau. One by one, they are meticulously murdered by the nervous and unsure townsfolk until they are resurrected from the dead and joined by 'The Queen of the Vampires'. Part of a trilogy that also includes 'Requiem for a Vampire' and 'The Shiver of the Vampires.

     

     Shopping: Braveheart...

    1995 USA action war biography by Mel Gibson, cut by the MPAA and BBFC, just released on US 4k Blu-ray


    Link Here 18th May 2018
    Braveheart Blu-ray Braveheart is a 1995 USA action war biography by Mel Gibson.
    Starring Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau and Patrick McGoohan. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

    US: Cut and MPAA R rated for:

    UK Censorship History
    Cut for an MPAA R rating. This was then further cut by the BBFC for cinema, VHS and DVD. The BBFC cuts were waived for 2009 Blu-ray.

    See the BBFC cuts in an episode of Cutting Edge Quick Trims on YouTube

    Summary Notes

    William Wallace is a Scottish rebel who leads an uprising against the cruel English ruler Edward the Longshanks, who wishes to inherit the crown of Scotland for himself. When he was a young boy, William Wallace's father and brother, along with many others, lost their lives trying to free Scotland. Once he loses another of his loved ones, William Wallace begins his long quest to make Scotland free once and for all, along with the assistance of Robert the Bruce.

     

      Stereotypically PC...

    Advert censor opens public consultation on a new rule banning gender stereotyping that may cause 'harm' or offence


    Link Here 17th May 2018  full story: PC censorship in the UK...ASA introduce politically correct censorship rules for adverts

    ASA logo ASA's code writing arm, CAP, has launched a public consultation on a new rule to tackle harmful gender stereotypes in ads, as well as on guidance to advertisers on how the new rule is likely to be interpreted in practice. The purpose of today's announcement is to make public the proposed rule and guidance, which includes examples of gender portrayals which are likely to fall foul of the new rule.

    The consultation proposes the introduction of the following new rule to the ad codes which will cover broadcast and non-broadcast media:

    Advertisements must not include gender stereotypes that are likely to cause harm, or serious or widespread offence.

    The consultation comes after the ASA published a report last year - Depictions, Perceptions and Harm - which provided an evidence-based case for stronger regulation of ads that feature certain kinds of gender stereotypical roles and characteristics. These are ads that have the potential to cause harm by contributing to the restriction of people's choices, aspirations and opportunities, which can affect the way people interact with each other and the way they view their own potential.

    We already apply rules on offence and social responsibility to ban ads that include gender stereotypes on grounds of objectification, inappropriate sexualisation and depiction of unhealthily thin body images.

    The evidence does not demonstrate that the use of gender stereotypes is always problematic or that the use of seriously offensive or potentially harmful stereotypes in advertising is endemic. The rule and guidance therefore seek to identify specific harms that should be prevented, rather than banning gender stereotypes outright.

    The consultation on guidance to support the proposed new rule change provides examples of scenarios likely to be problematic in future ads. For example:

    • An ad that depicts a man with his feet up and family members creating mess around a home while a woman is solely responsible for cleaning up the mess.

    • An ad that depicts a man or a woman failing to achieve a task specifically because of their gender e.g. a man's inability to change nappies; a woman's inability to park a car.

    • Where an ad features a person with a physique that does not match an ideal stereotypically associated with their gender, the ad should not imply that their physique is a significant reason for them not being successful, for example in their romantic or social lives.

    • An ad that seeks to emphasise the contrast between a boy's stereotypical personality (e.g. daring) with a girl's stereotypical personality (e.g. caring) needs to be handled with care.

    • An ad aimed at new mums which suggests that looking attractive or keeping a home pristine is a priority over other factors such as their emotional wellbeing.

    • An ad that belittles a man for carrying out stereotypically "female" roles or tasks.

    Ella Smillie, gender stereotyping project lead, Committees of Advertising Practice, said:

    "Our review of the evidence strongly indicates that particular forms of gender stereotypes in ads can contribute to harm for adults and children by limiting how people see themselves and how others see them and the life decisions they take. The set of standards we're proposing aims to tackle harmful gender stereotypes in ads while ensuring that creative freedom expressed within the rules continues to be protected."

    Director of the Committees of Advertising Practice, Shahriar Coupal said:

    "Amid wide-ranging views about the portrayal of gender in ads is evidence that certain gender stereotypes have the potential to cause harm or serious offence. That's why we're proposing a new rule and guidance to restrict particular gender stereotypes in ads where we believe there's an evidence-based case to do so. Our action is intended to help tackle the harms identified in the ASA's recent report on the evidence around gender portrayal in ads."

    The consultation closes on 26 July 2018 .

     

     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!

     

     Shopping: Gladiator...

    2000 USA / UK action adventure drama by Ridley Scott just released on US with 2 versions


    Link Here 17th May 2018
    Gladiator Blu-ray Gladiator is a 2000 USA / UK action adventure drama by Ridley Scott.
    Starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix and Connie Nielsen. BBFC link IMDb

    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

    • 2018 Paramount [Theatrical + Extended Version] (RA) 4k Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 15th May 2018
    • 2018 Paramount VoD [US only] at US Amazon
    Versions
    Both the Theatrical and Extended Versions are rated 15 by the BBFC for all releases. In the US the Theatrical Version is MPAA R rated and the Extended Version is nominally Unrated. The director is said to prefer the Theatrical Version.

     

     Shopping: The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension...

    1984 USA comedy Sci-Fi romance by WD Richter, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 17th May 2018
    The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension Blu-ray The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension is a 1984 USA comedy Sci-Fi romance by WD Richter.
    Starring Peter Weller, John Lithgow and Ellen Barkin. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb

    US: Uncut and MPAA PG rated for:

    • 2018 Shout! Factory Limited Edition RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 15th May 2018
    UK Censorship History
    BBFC category cuts were required for a PG rated 1984 cinema release. The subsequent home videos were uncut and 15 rated. The 15 rating was reduced to a 12 rating for DVD and Blu-ray. In the US there exists a Special Edition that features an Extended Version/workprint.

    Summary Notes

    Neurosurgeon/Rock Star/Superhero Buckaroo has perfected the oscillation overthruster, which allows him to travel through solid matter by using the eighth dimension. The Red Lectroids from Planet 10 are after this device for their own evil ends, and it's up to Buckaroo and his band and crime-fighting team The Hong Kong Cavaliers to stop them.

     


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