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Yaman Yaman is a 2017 drama by Jeeva Shankar.
Starring Vijay Antony, Miya George and Thiagarajan. BBFC link
BBFC category cuts were required for a 2017 12A rated cinema release
BBFC cut
category cuts
1:09s
12A 150:46s UK: Passed 12A for moderate violence, infrequent moderate language, a scene of hanging after 1:09s of BBFC category cuts for:
  • 2017 cinema release
The BBFC commented:
  • The distributor chose to cut stronger moments of violence (blood spurts during a fight sequence) in order to achieve a 12A category. 15 uncut was available to the distributor.
The Yards

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The Yards is a 2000 USA crime romance by James Gray.
With Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix and Charlize Theron. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

The Director's Cut is shortened by about 2 minutes compared with the Theatrical Version

Summary Notes

In the rail yards of Queens, contractors repair and rebuild the city's subway cars. These contracts are lucrative, so graft and corruption are rife. When Leo Handler gets out of prison, he finds his aunt married to Frank Olchin, one of the big contractors; he's battling with a minority-owned firm for contracts. Willie Gutierrez, Leo's best friend, is Frank's bag man and heads a crew of midnight saboteurs who ruin the work of the Puerto Rican-owned firm. Leo needs a job, so Willie pays him to be his back-up. Then things go badly wrong one night, a cop IDs Leo, and everyone now wants him out of the picture. Besides his ailing mom and his cousin Erica, to whom can Leo turn?

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Director's Cut
MPAA
Unrated
113:27s
=108:55s
US: The Director's Cut/Unrated Version is MPAA Unrated for:

From IMDb:

The Unrated   cut is about two minutes shorter. Two scenes have been removed:
  • The final scene in court when Leo testifies and states that he has reformed and is re-entering society as a productive citizen.
  • A brief scene early in the film in which Willie (Phoenix) describes the importance of favors and gifts and making it happen .

The end credits now begin with empty views of the film's settings before moving into the credits list.

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Theatrical Version
15 certificate

MPAA
R rated

110:41s UK: The Theatrical Version was passed 15 without BBFC cuts for:
  • 2001 VCI R2 DVD
  • 2001 FilmFour R2 DVD
  • 2000 cinema release
Yakuza Deka

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  • Gangster Cop
22s 15 certificate 84:40s 1970 Japanese action film by Yukio Noda

Cut when submitted in 2005: A cut was required to remove the sight of a mouse being pinned by its tail to a wooden beam.

Recently Optimum Releasing released the box set, the Sonny Chiba Collection: Volume 1 in the UK. It comprises the three films Yakuza Deka , The Killing Machine and Yakuza Deka: The Assassin , and the top of the box claims that the films are 'digitally remastered and fully uncut'.

Year One

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Year One Blu ray Jack Black

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15 certificate 95:24s 2009 US comedy by Harold Ramis

The Uncut US Unrated Version was passed 15 for the 2009/2010 Sony Blu-ray

The uncut UK Blu-ray is available at UK Amazon

The uncut region 1 DVD is available at US Amazon
The uncut US Blu-ray is available at US Amazon

BBFC uncut 12 cert 92:52s The US PG-13 Theatrical Version was submitted and further cut for the 12 rated BBFC cinema release and 2010 Sony DVD:

This film was originally shown to the BBFC in an unfinished version. The BBFC advised the company that the film was likely to receive a 15 classification but that the requested 12A certificate could be achieved by making changes to dialogue. In particular the BBFC suggested that the company remove the line, my thingy smells like lamb chops when a character talks about multiplying with sheep ; that they remove the line, did you know he can put his penis in his mouth, the whole thing ; and the line his poor rectum is absolutely pulverised, which is not usual for a sheep in this region . When the finished version of the film was submitted these changes had been made and the film was classified 12A .

The BBFC explained their 12 certificate

Year One is a Judd Apatow/Harold Ramis comedy starring Jack Black and Michael Sera as two ill fated hunter gatherers who flee their village, then in pursuit of friends sold into slavery, voyage through the Biblical Ancient world meeting Cain and sundry others.

Year One was classified 12A as it contains moderate language, sex references and one use of strong language. The word bitch is used twice along with sundry euphemisms for male genitalia ('dick', boner') and strong langauge occurs once. There are also several references to Sodom and Gomorrah, sodomy, depravity, 'whores and similar. In one scene at a party, a character is required to give an oil rub to a High Priest which entails verbal references to nut sacks and also there are mentions of sexually transmitted infections. Abraham appears as a character who plans to circumcise the males in his tribe; circumcision is described in moderate detail and recurs as a running joke. Caveman sexual etiquette is also lampooned with several references to hitting women over the head as part of seduction. BBFC guidelines state that at 12A/12 ; Sexual activity may be implied. Sex references may reflect what is likely to be familiar to most adolescents but should not go beyond what is suitable for them. And: The use of strong language must be infrequent.

Additionally fight scenes involve a head butt, several clear punches to the head, masked beheading and some other blood free sword slashes.

Yeelen

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  • Brightness
Yeelen is a 1987 Mali/Burkina Faso/France/West Germany/Japan fantasy drama by Souleymane Cissé.
With Issiaka Kane, Aoua Sangare and Niamanto Sanogo. BBFC link IMDb

The UK cinema release was cut by the BBFC for animal cruelty

Summary Notes

A young man with magical powers journeys to his uncle to request help in fighting his sorcerer father.

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MPAA
Unrated
~105:00s US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated rated for:
BBFC cut
1:16s
PG cert 104:27s UK: Passed PG after 1:16s of BBFC cuts for:
  • 1988 cinema release

Thanks to Gary. Cut for animal cruelty, ie a chicken being sacrificed by being set on fire. (Confirmed verbally by distributor Artificial Eye).

Yellow Hair and the Fortress of Gold

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  • Yellow Hair and the Pecos Kid
Yellow Hair and the Fortress of Gold is a 1984 Spain/USA adventure western by Matt Cimber.
With Laurene Landon, Ken Roberson, Cihangir Gaffari. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for animal cruelty.

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No Cert   UK: It has been reported that DVD double bill release with Tunnelvision is in fact uncut
BBFC cut
12s
15 certificate 97:05s UK: Passed 15 after 12s of BBFC cuts for:
  • 2004 Hollywood R2 DVD
  • 1986 Vestron VHS

The BBFC commented:

Cut required to sight of animal cruelty (horses being propelled onto their backs)

The Yellow Sea

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  • Hwanghae
The Yellow Sea is a 2010 South Korea/USA/Hong Kong crime drama thriller by Hong-jin Na.
With Jung-woo Ha, Yun-seok Kim and Seong-Ha Cho. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

The long Korean Version was shortened for international release as the Directors Cut. The US R Rated version suffered significant cuts for sex and violence.

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Director's Cut
18 140:09s UK: The  Director's Cut/International Version was passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence and sex for:
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Korean Version
South Korea flag ~157:00s South Korea: The Original South Korean version ran for about 157:00s
MPAA
3:54s
MPAA
R Rated
~136:00s US : The R Rated version is significantly cut to avoid an NC-17 rating

The US R Rated Version was cut by about 3:54s with cuts for sex and violence. See article from movie-censorship.com

The Yellow Teddy bears

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  • Gutter Girls
The Yellow Teddy Bears is a 1963 UK drama by Robert Hartford-Davis.
With Jacqueline Ellis, Iain Gregory and Georgina Patterson. BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for VHS and DVD

Summary Notes

A clique of girls in an English school wear a small yellow teddybear on their uniform to signify that they have lost their virginity. Linda, the girl's leader, fears she may be pregnant from her window cleaner boyfriend, "Kinky", an aspiring pop singer. Desperate, and unable to confide in her parents, she must wrestle with her conscience and decide what course of action to take. Meanwhile, a concerned teacher learns the significance of the yellow teddybears, and in trying to help the girls in question, puts her own career in jeopardy.

The badge was originally going to be a Yellow Golliwog along the lines of Robertson's Jam merchandising, but the company wouldn't have it.

BBFC cut
~53s
PG cert

AA certificate

84:57s

submitted
89:25s =85:50s

UK: The cut 1970 version was passed PG without further BBFC cuts for:
  • 2007 Redemption R2 DVD
  • 1998 Redemption VHS
UK: A long version was passed AA (14) after BBFC cuts for:
  • 1970 cinema release

See cuts details from dvdcompare.net :

  • Reel 1a: The rhyme recited by Kinky replaced by something less censorable.
  • Reel 2a: Remove all shots where girls' bare bodies are practically seen through the window of the swimming pool.
  • Reels 2b/3c: Very considerably reduce the party scenes. The effect given should be no more than that there is some drinking and leching.
  • Reel 4a: Reduce to a minimum the episode in which Liz's father finds her at a brothel.
  • Reel 4a: Removed dialogue A ride for a ride
  • Reel 4a: Dialogue Get stuffed . overdubbed by Get lost
      World: An Overseas Version was produced which contains more nudity, e.g. in the girls' shower-room scene.
      UK: An X (16) certificate cinema version was released in 1963 but there are no details in the BBFC database
Yellowbeard

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  • Barbagialla, il terrore dei sette mari e mezzo
BBFC uncut 12 cert 92:05s 1983 UK pirate comedy by Mel Damski.
With Graham Chapman, Peter Boyle and Cheech Marin.
IMDb

Passed 12 for:

  • 2009 Optimum Online
  • 2009 Optimum R2 DVD
BBFC uncut 15 certificate 92:04s Passed 15 for:
  • 1986 Rank VHS
7s PG cert 96:00s
=92:10s
The BBFC cut 7s for a PG rating for:
  • 1983 cinema release
Yennai Arindhal Yennai Arindhal is a 2014 drama by Gautham Vasudev and Menon.
Starring Ajith Kumar, Trisha Krishnan and Anushka Shetty. BBFC link
BBFC category cuts were required for a 12A cinema release in 2015.
BBFC cut
category cuts
1:20s
12A 175:49s UK: Passed 12A for moderate violence, implied strong language after 1:20s of BBFC category cuts for:
  • 2015 cinema release
The BBFC commented:
  • Company chose to reduce scenes of strong bloody violence to obtain a 12A classification. An uncut 15 classification was available.
The Yes Men Are Revolting   The Yes Men Are Revolting is a 2014 USA documentary by Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno...
Starring Mike Bonanno and Andy Bichlbaum.
Previously rated R for some strong language.  The R rating was surrendered and the film was unrated from May 2015.

Summary Notes

Comedy troupe The Yes Men stage phony events and press releases in an effort to bring attention to environmental dangers and corporate greed.

Yip - Tease

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2:00s 18 56:25s Hong Kong video

S&M elements cut

  • Woman writhing from lashing of whip
  • Droplets of blood on the breasts (always a BBFC no-no)
  • Sight of a branding iron
  • Sight of a man's hand ripping vest
Yoga Hosers

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Yoga Hosers is a 2016 USA comedy horror fantasy by Kevin Smith.
Starring Johnny Depp, Austin Butler and Stan Lee. IMDb
Cut in the US for an MPAA PG-13 rating.  The BBFC passed the film 15 presumably in the same form as the cut PG-13 rated version

Summary Notes

Set in the Great White North of Canada, YOGA HOSERS tells the story of Colleen Collette and Colleen McKenzie - two teenage besties from Winnipeg who spend their lives doing Yoga with their faces in their phones, 'Liking' or 'Not Liking' the real world around them. But when these Sophomore girls are invited to a Senior party by the school hottie, the Colleens accidentally uncover an ancient evil, long buried beneath the Manitoba earth.

BBFC uncut

mpaa cut
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15

MPAA PG-13

83:45s

 

US: The film was downrated from R to PG-13 for crude humor, sexual references, comic violence, and brief drug material, seemingly after a small cut

See  article from ew.com :

The film was originally awarded an MPAA R rating for some sexual content in February 2016. Now the rating has been downgraded to PG-13.

The Director tweeted said that the MPAA had changed the rating from R to PG-13 on the eve of his scheduled appeal screening, which was subsequently cancelled.

Smith announced his intent to appeal last week and claimed the reasoning was for a cartoony drawing of testicles on a book cover. Nothing will have to be removed from the film, according to Smith. He did not quite say that no cuts had been made, so presumably he had somehow obscured the offending book cover.

You Better Watch Out You Better Watch Out is a 1980 USA horror thriller by Lewis Jackson.

See Christmas Evil

You Don't Mess with the Zohan

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  • Agent Zohan

You Dont Mess Zohan Blu ray

BBFC uncut 12 cert

MPAA
Unrated

112:03s 2008 US comedy by Dennis Dugan

The BBFC passed the US Unrated Version or Extended Version 12 uncut for the 2008 Sony Blu-ray.

The US Unrated Version adds 4:06s of uncontentious but more ribald material.

See pictorial version details from movie-censorship.com

The uncut region 1 DVD is available via UK Amazon
The uncut UK Blu-ray is available at UK Amazon

The uncut region 1 DVD is available at US Amazon
The uncut US Blu-ray is available at US Amazon

BBFC uncut 12 cert

MPAA
PG-13

108:07s The BBFC passed the US PG-13 Rated Theatrical Version 12 without cuts for the 2008 cinema release and 2008 Sony DVD
You Gotta See This! Too Hot For Fox

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You Gotta See This! DVD

4:57s 18 37:14s 2002 US outtakes

The 2002 Revolver DVD was cut by 4:57s. Company required to remove, for "18", multiple repetitions of footage of graphic injuries, under Board Guidelines and policy, which restrict content which encourages callousness towards victims and takes pleasure in pain.

The 2009 DVD from Ventura International seems equally short

The uncut region 1 DVD is available at US Amazon
The uncut region 1 DVD is available via UK Amazon

You'll Like My Mother

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  • Sob a Sombra da Outra

Youll Like My Mother Blu ray

You'll Like My Mother is a 1972 USA horror thriller by Lamont Johnson.
Starring Patty Duke, Rosemary Murphy and Richard Thomas. BBFC link IMDb
BBFC category cuts were required for a 1972 AA rated cinema release. uncut and MPAA PG rated in the US.

Summary Notes

Francesa Kinsolving, a very pregnant widow whose husband was rescently killed in action in Vietnam, travels to visit her late husband's mother in a snowy Minnesota town only to get snowed in during a fierce blizard where she's forced to wait it out only to slowly uncover some terrible dark secrets that Mrs. Kinsolving has been hiding, one of them is her psychotic other son, a recent escapee from a lunatic asylum, who is shacked up in the basement of the house.

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uncut
MPAA PG
MPAA
~92:00s US: Uncut and MPAA PG rated for:
BBFC cut
category cuts
AA submitted
92:53s
 
UK: Passed AA (14) after category cuts for:
  • 1972 cinema release
The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet

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Poster Young and Prodigious Ts Sp 2013 Jeanpierre Jeunet

The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet is a 2013 France / Canada family adventure TV movie by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
Starring Helena Bonham Carter, Robert Maillet and Judy Davis. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Category cuts were made for a 12A rated cinema releases and 2014 home video. It seems likely that similar cuts were made, or more, for a US PG rating.

Summary Notes

A 10-year-old cartographer secretly leaves his family's ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father and scientist mother and travels across the country on board a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute.

BBFC cut
advised category cuts
12 cert

12A

104:56s
104:56s
UK: Passed 12/12A for infrequent strong language after pre-cuts for:
  • 2014 Entertainment One video
  • 2014 [2D + 3D] cinema release
The BBFC commented:
  • This film was seen for advice, prior to formal submission. The company was informed that the likely classification was 15, but that their preferred 12A could be achieved by removing a single use of the word 'motherfucker'. When the film was submitted for formal classification, this word had been replaced and the film was classified 12A.
The BBFC commented in teh Annual Report covering 2014:

A single aggressive and directed use of motherfucker by an adult to a child, was removed.

Thanks to Pooch:

Towards the end of the film, the titular character does a TV interview, whilst being manipulated by the lady who runs the Smithsonian Institute. In the original film, after the interview spectacularly fails, she calls Spivet You motherfucker , albeit at a distance, and from behind her, so you can't see her face/mouth!

In the UK version, motherfucker has been dubbed quite well by the same actress, or at least someone who sounds very similar, with the immortal You melon-farmer!

If it weren't for this, and two uses of the word fuck , which were all completely unnecessary and totally jarring, this would have been a PG-rated film, ideal for youngsters and families.

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MPAA PG
MPAA
  US: Rated PG for thematic elements, language and some reckless behavior.

Presumably the use of the word 'motherfucker' and two used of the word 'fuck' have been cut.

The Young Bruce Lee

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1:52s 15 certificate 85:40s 1995 release by Dick Randall/larry Dolchin
The Young Hero of Shaolin

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  • New Young Hero of Shaolin
  • Xin fang shi yu
  • New Fong Sai-Yuk
  • The Young Hero of Shaolin 2
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12 cert 100:16s 1984 China action film by Hai-feng Wei and Fan Yang

The Extended Version was passed 12 uncut for:

BBFC uncut 12 cert 95:59s Passed without BBFC cuts for:
  • 2005 Samba DVD
The Young Master

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  • Shi di chu ma
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15 certificate 101:58s 1980 Hong Kong action comedy by Jackie Chan.
With Jackie Chan, Pai Wei and Biao Yuen. IMDb

The re-dubbed Hong Kong Version was passed 15 without BBFC cuts for:

  • 2012 Showbox/Cine Asia/Hong Kong Legends R2 DVD at UK Amazon
  • 2002 Medusa/Hong Kong Legends R2 DVD

This is the most complete available version. See version details on IMDb . There was a 3 hour workprint but it has never been released.

BBFC uncut 15 certificate 100:52s A Mandarin subtitled Version was passed 15 without BBFC cuts for:
  • 1996 Missing in Action VHS
BBFC uncut 15 certificate 86:30s The International version was passed 15 without cuts for:
  • 1996 Missing in Action VHS
  • 1986 VCI VHS
BBFC uncut X cert 99:09s
=95:11s
A Mandarin subtitled Version was passed X without BBFC cuts for
  • 1982 cinema release
The Young Messiah   The Young Messiah is a 2016 USA drama by Cyrus Nowrasteh.
Starring Sean Bean, David Bradley and Isabelle Adriani. Youtube link IMDb

Summary Notes

Tells the story of Jesus Christ at age seven as he and his family depart Egypt to return home to Nazareth. Told from his childhood perspective, it follows young Jesus as he grows into his religious identity.

The film was originally rated PG-13 for some violence, disturbing images and thematic elements. It was later resubmitted and rated PG-13 for some violence and thematic elements. It is not yet clear whether the film was cut to achieve the amended MPAA rating reason.

The Young One

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  • Island of Shame
  • La Joven
  • La Jeune Fille

Young One Zachary Scott

 

Uncut version is available at:
R2 DVD at UK Amazon
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15 certificate 91:21s 1960 Mexico/US drama by Luis Buñuel.
With Zachary Scott, Bernie Hamilton and Key Meersman. IMDb

Passed 15 uncut for:

cut X cert   Passed X (16) after BBFC cuts for:
  • 1960 cinema release

The submitted running time was noted as 95:45s = 91:55s PAL

Your Highness

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uncut
15 cert

MPAA
Unrated

102:23s 2011 comedy adventure by David Gordon Green.
With Danny McBride, Natalie Portman and James Franco . IMDb

The Unrated Version/Extended Edition/Longer, Harder Version was passed 15 uncut for:

The US release is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

See pictorial version details from movie-censorship.com

BBFC uncut 15 cert

MPAA
R Rated

98:01s The Theatrical Version was passed 15 without BBFC cuts for:
  • 2011 Entertainment One Online
  • 2011 Entertainment One video
  • 2011 cinema release
Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key

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Edgar Allan Poes Black Cats

Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key is a 1972 Italy mystery thriller by Sergio Martino.
Starring Edwige Fenech, Anita Strindberg and Luigi Pistilli. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1973 cinema release. Uncut on 18 rated UK DVD and Blu-ray since 2015

Promotional Material

In Martino s classic giallo Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, teacher Oliviero (Luigi Pistilli, A Bay of Blood) finds himself under suspicion for murder when one of his students and mistress is found brutally murdered. As more bodies start to pile up, the arrival of Oliviero s attractive niece (Edwige Fenech, Five Dolls for an August Moon, All the Colours of the Dark) brings with it complications of its own.

  BBFC uncut
uncut
18 96:31s   UK: Passed 18 uncut for sexual violence, strong sex, nudity, bloody images for:

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

BBFC cut
compulsory cuts
X submitted
95:43s
=91:53s
UK: Passed X (18) after compulsory cuts for:
  • 1973 cinema release titled Excite Me