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 Shopping: Paranoiac...

1963 UK Hammer thriller by Freddie Francis just released on UK DVD and Blu-ray


Link Here 24th November 2017
Paranoiac Blu-rayCombo Paranoic is a 1963 UK horror by Freddie Francis.
With Janette Scott, Oliver Reed and Sheila Burrell. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 12 uncut for:

  • 2017 Final Cut Entertainment RB Blu-ray/R2 Combo at UK Amazon released on 20th November 2017
UK Censorship History
Cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1963. The same cut version has been released since but has been downrated to a BBFC 12 rating for DVD and Blu-ray

Promotional Material

Oliver Reed stars in this early 1960s gothic horror from Hammer Studios, directed by Freddie Francis.

While the wealthy Ashby siblings - brutish alcoholic Simon (Reed) and his emotionally unstable sister, Eleanor (Janette Scott) - are waiting to come into their vast family trust fund, Simon plots to have his sister certified insane after she claims to have seen an apparition of their long-dead brother, Tony (Alexander Davion), wandering around the estate.

Extras:

  • The Making of Paranoiac (27 mins)
  • Stills Gallery

 

 Shopping: Black Christmas...

1974 Canada slasher by Bob Clark, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK DVD/Blu-ray Combo


Link Here 23rd November 2017
Black Christmas Blu-rayCombo Black Christmas is a 1974 Canada horror mystery thriller by Bob Clark.
Starring Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea and Margot Kidder. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Previously passed 18 uncut for very strong language and strong sex references for:

  • 2017 101 Films (RB) Blu-ray/(R2) DVD Combo at UK Amazon released on 20th November 2017
UK Censorship History
Cut by the BBFC for X rated 1975 cinema release. Uncut and 18 rated on home video. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Black Christmas

Promotional Material

You may never have heard of Black Christmas , a neglected gem from 1974, but you've probably seen one of its many imitators. Olivia Hussey and Margot Kidder star as two residents of a sorority house that is emptying out as Christmas approaches. The atmosphere is jolly and carefree, except for an ongoing series of menacing telephone calls, and, oh yes, we've just seen someone climb into the attic with apparent ill intent. Kidder does some scene-stealing as the bad girl, Hussey illustrates one of the downsides to having beautiful long 70s hair and Keir Dullea does a nice turn as the creepy boyfriend. Director Robert Clark knows that the unseen is far scarier than what can be seen and he ratchets up the tension beautifully, making good use of ominous shadows, and putting in nice touches such as replacing the sound of a distraught woman's scream with the piercing ring of yet another ominous phone call. This is a terrific, well-made little movie that is genuinely sleep-with-the-lights-on scary. Don't miss it.

 

 Shopping: The Demons...

1973 France / Portugal horror by Jesus Franco just released on UK Blu-ray with the original version being released uncut for the first time in the UK


Link Here 22nd November 2017
The Demons Blu-ray The Demons is a 1973 France / Portugal horror by Jesús Franco (as Clifford Brown).
Starring Anne Libert, Carmen Yazalde and Doris Thomas. BBFC link IMDb

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

  • 2017 Nucleus Films [Original Version + Director's Cut] R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 20th November 2017

@NucleusFilms noted that this is slightly longer than the US BD release of the original version (118:35).

UK Censorship History
Banned by the BBFC for 1972 but the GLC awarded a local X rating for screenings in London. The video was seized by the police during the video nasties moral panic in the early 80s. The Director's Cut was passed 18 uncut by the BBFC for 2008 DVD. The Original Version was passed 18 uncut for 2017 Blu-ray.
Summary Notes

A group of nun's become possessed by demons and are then tortured in a dungeon of horrors during the inquisition.

 

 Shopping: Office Christmas Party...

2016 USA comedy by Josh Gordon and Will Speck just released on UK DVD and Blu-ray with an extended version on Blu-ray


Link Here 18th November 2017
Office Christmas Party Blu-ray Office Christmas Party is a 2016 USA comedy by Josh Gordon and Will Speck.
Starring Kate McKinnon, Olivia Munn and Jennifer Aniston. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Both the Extended Version and Theatrical Versions were passed 15 uncut for strong language, sex references, drug misuse for:

  • 2017 Entertainment One [Theatrical + Extended Versions] RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 13th November 2017
  • 2017 Entertainment One [Theatrical Version only] R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 13th November 2017
Versions
Exists as a Theatrical Version and an Extended Version.

See pictorial version details from movie-censorship.com . The Extended Version is about 5 minutes longer. It includes a little extra nudity but nothing that would impact the MPAA R rating. The Extended Version is marginally the best film.

Promotional Material

In Office Christmas Party, when the CEO (Jennifer Aniston) tries to close her hard-partying brother's branch, he (T.J. Miller) and his Chief Technical Officer (Jason Bateman) must rally their co-workers and host an epic office Christmas party in an effort to impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs.

 

 Shopping: Men in Black...

1997 USA comedy Sci-Fi film by Barry Sonnenfeld set for UK 4k Blu-ray release on 27th December 2017 uncut for the first time in the UK


Link Here 17th November 2017
Men In Black 4k Blu-ray Men in Black is a 1997 USA comedy Sci-Fi film by Barry Sonnenfeld.
Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith and Linda Fiorentino. BBFC link IMDb

UK: The Uncut Version was passed 12 for moderate bad language for:

  • 2017 Sony R0 4k Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 27th December 2017
UK Censorship History
The film was cut in the US for a PG-13 rating. This cut version was passed 15 without further cuts by the BBFC for 2002 film and 2003 DVD. There is also an uncut International Version.

The BBFC cuts for PG were to overdub 2 aggressive uses of the word prick

  • You insensitive prick was replaced by You insensitive jerk
  • I just hope the little prick hasn't skipped town was replaced by I just hope the little twerp hasn't skipped town

See the cuts from Men in Black in Gavin Salkeld's YouTube series Cutting Edge: Quick Trims

Promotional Material

Men In Black follows the exploits of Agents K (Tommy Lee Jones) and J (Will Smith), members of a top secret organisation established to monitor alien activity on Earth. The two MIB find themselves in the middle of a deadly plot by an intergalactic terrorist (Vincent D'Onofrio) who has arrived on Earth to assassinate two ambassadors from opposing galaxies. K and J face a simple imperative: track down the interloper or the Earth will be destroyed. It's all in a day's work for the Men in Black.

BLU-RAY disc bonus features

  • Telestrator Commentary with Director Barry Sonnenfeld and Tommy Lee Jones
  • Technical Commentay with Barry Sonnenfeld, Rick Baker and Industrial Light & Magic Team
  • Extended & Alternate Scenes
  • "Metamorphosis of Men In Black" Documentary
  • Original Featurette
  • Scene Editing Workshop
  • Visual Effects Scene Deconstructions with Commentary
  • Character Animation Studies
  • Storyboard Comparisons
  • Galleries
  • Music Video
  • Original Theatrical and Teaser Trailers
  • Multi-Player Trivia and Ask Frank the Pug Game

 

  X-Files Season 4 Episode 2 mutated...

Following up on a censored version shown on Netflix


Link Here 16th November 2017
The X Files: Season 4 DVD The X-files Season 4 Episode 2:  Home is a 1996 USA Sci-Fi mystery TV episode by Kim Manners.
Starring David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and Tucker Smallwood. BBFC link IMDb

Thanks to David who comments:

I have revisited the first 9 series of X-Files. They were shown in widescreen recently on on Netflix, but Netflix showed the audio censored network version of the highly controversial episode from Season 4 called Home. This features inbred mutant like creatures burying an infant (a product of incest) at the start of the episode.

The baby's cries and distress as it is buried alive are clearly missing, thus conveying that it is being buried dead instead of alive. The original cries of distress had stirred American TV censors into muting the audio for future releases.

Also any buyer of the re-mastered Blu-ray set should be warned to only buy the 2nd release. The 1st release showed some mastering errors in Season 8, described as 'crushing of dark colours'. Stockists offered replacement discs to purchasers of the 1st issue from new corrected stock. See also details mastering errors at xfilesvault.com

Thanks to Nigel who notes that the uncut version is widely available on DVD and Blu-ray as an extra:

All DVD and Blu-ray releases are uncut and offer the choice of the broadcast version or the original version. I have The X Files complete Blu-ray boxset and it was one of the main bonuses that I had wanted Fox to port over from the DVD's. In the end they ported everything over which was good although the downside was no new HD bonus features.

The default setting is the broadcast version but the alternative audio is available on all disc releases as a bonus feature.

 

 Shopping: Blade Runner...

1982 USA / Hong Kong / UK Sci-Fi thriller by Ridley Scott just released on UK Steelbook Blu-ray


Link Here 15th November 2017
Blade Runner Blu-ray Blade Runner is a 1982 USA / Hong Kong / UK Sci-Fi thriller by Ridley Scott.
Starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer and Sean Young. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb

UK: The Final Cut was previously passed 15 uncut for strong violence for:

  • 2017 Warner Steelbook RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 13th November 2017

This release seems to have sold out already.

UK Censorship History
The US Theatrical Version was cut for violence to address viewer antipathy for pre-release screenings. These cuts were not applied to the International Release. A few years later the film was revised in response to this success of a bootleg workprint sold as a Director's Cut. The tacky happy ending was removed along with the film noir commentary to create the 1992 Director's Cut, but the cut violence was not restored. Finally the cut violence was restored to the Director's Cut to create the truly uncut, 2007 version called the Final Cut

 

 Offsite Article: BBFC Podcast Episode 75: Do the Right Thing...


Link Here 13th November 2017
Criterion Collection: Do the Right Thing DVD The BBFC talks about classification issues and the change from 18 to 15.

See article from bbfc.co.uk

 

 Shopping: Suspiria Special Edition...

1977 Italian horror by Dario Argento set for UK DVD/Blu-ray Combo release on 27th November 2017 in a new restoration


Link Here 13th November 2017
Suspiria - Dual Format Special Edition Blu-rayCombo Suspiria is a 1977 Italian horror by Dario Argento.
With Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini and Flavio Bucci. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

UK: BBFC details not yet published for this Restored Version but the film was previously passed 18 uncut for strong violence:

  • 2017 Cult Films RB Blu-ray/R2 Combo at UK Amazon released on 27th November 2017

Note that there is also a keenly awaited new restoration on the way from Synapse.

Censorship History
Cut by the BBFC for X rated 1977 cinema release. Less cut for 1990 18 rated VHS and uncut since 1998. Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating but unrated releases are uncut.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Suspiria

Promotional Material

Considered the most famous Italian horror film of all time for its vivid, groundbreaking style and jaw-dropping bloodshed, now, to celebrate SUSPIRIA ’s Fortieth Anniversary, CultFilms is proud to terrify audiences once again with the dazzling 4K restoration of Dario Argento's groundbreaking horror masterpiece.

Ballet student Suzy Bannion ( Jessica Harper ) arrives at a prestigious dance academy in Freiburg, a school plagued by gruesome and supernatural happenings. Soon students begin to die in horrific circumstances – is Suzy next, and can she uncover the academy’s sinister secret before it’s too late?

Argento carved a Baroque Expressionist nightmare, saturated with expressionist colours and punctuated by shocking violence. His monumental, epoch-making cinema-redefining visual and aural assault on the senses has become the reference by which all horror genre is measured and its creator, director Dario Argento can now truly be seen as one of the important artists of the 20th century..

Now finally presented for the 1st time ever according to the director’s original vision: the 4K scan was restored painstakingly by the applauded TLE Films (who did the Clint Eastwood Dollar Trilogy among others) with that crucially distinct colour palette reinstated in accordance with Argento’s original specification.

Extras:

  • Special Dual Edition: DVD and Bluray + Embossed Slipcase
  • New Extra: long interview of Dario Argento discussing his Suspiria
  • New Extra: Exclusive Dario Argento Introduction of this new 4k restoration
  • Audio Commentary by critics Kim Newman and Alan Jones
  • Fear at 400 Degrees: interview with Argento and Claudio Simonetti
  • Interview with Claudio Simonetti, Norman J Warren and Patricia McComack (Blu only)
  • New Extra: The 4K Restoration Process “utterly fascinating”

 

 Shopping: Bad Santa 2...

2016 USA comedy by Mark Waters just released on UK DVD and Blu-ray both with 2 versions


Link Here 12th November 2017
Bad Santa 2 Blu-ray Bad Santa 2 is a 2016 USA comedy by Mark Waters.
Starring Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates and Tony Cox. BBFC link IMDb

UK: The Extended Version was passed 15 uncut for strong language, sex references, sex for:

  • 2017 Entertainment One RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 6th November 2017
  • 2017 Entertainment One R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 6th November 2017
Versions
Exists as a Theatrical Version and an MPAA Unrated Extended Version.

The Extended Version features a few coarser jokes and a little nudity. Both the DVD and Blu-ray will feature the Extended Version.

Promotional Material

Billy bob thornton returns to star as criminal santa impersonator willie stokes in this festive black comedy sequel. still the same drunken, greedy guy, willie and his sidekick marcus (tony cox) conspire to make a big score this christmas, by robbing a chicago charity. this time they have some help, even if it is a little unwelcome, from willie's mother, sunny (kathy bates). she is as ambitious as she is crass, so she ought to fit right in. but things might get even more complex thanks to the involvement of the bombshell who runs the charity, diane (christina hendricks). with a pure heart and a less than pure mind, willie is smitten with her. the cast also features brett kelly and ryan hansen.

 

 Shopping: Death Rides a Horse...

1967 Italy western by Giulio Petroni just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here 11th November 2017
Death Rides a Horse Da uomo a uomo Blu-ray Death Rides a Horse is a 1967 Italy western by Giulio Petroni.
Starring Lee Van Cleef, John Phillip Law and Mario Brega. BBFC link IMDb

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

  • 2017 Kino Classics (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 7th November 2017
UK Censorship History
BBFC category cuts were required for an AA rated 1970 cinema release. Uncut and 15 rated on home video. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

Promotional Material

A Bona Fide Spaghetti Western Classic! Fifteen years after four bandits massacred his family while executing a $200,000 robbery, a young man (John Phillip Law, Danger: Diabolik) seeks revenge. The men responsible for the murders all hold positions of power in the new west, but now a bandit (Lee Van Cleef, Sabata, Return of Sabata) they had framed for the murders is due to be released from prison... he s ready to exact bloody reprisals and decides to form an unholy alliance with the vengeance-seeking young man. This stylish revenge tales directed by Giilio Petroni (Tepepa) and written by Luciano Vincenzoni (The Mercenary) featured a strong supporting cast that includes Mario Brega (A Fistful of Dollars), Luigi Pistilli (For a Few Dollars More) and Anthony Dawson (Dial M for Murder) with a haunting and rousing score by legendary maestro Ennio Morricone (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly).

 

 Shopping: Schoolgirl Hitchhikers...

1973 France adult film by Jean Rollin just released on UK DVD and Blu-ray with BBFC cuts


Link Here 10th November 2017
Schoolgirl Hitchhikers DVDBlu-rayCombo Schoolgirl Hitchhikers is a 1973 France adult film by Jean Rollin.
With Joëlle Coeur, Gilda Arancio and Marie Hélène Règne. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

UK: Previously passed 18 for strong sex, nudity and sexual violence after 56s of BBFC cuts for:

  • 2017 Maison Rouge Films R0 Blu-ray/R0 DVD Combo at UK Amazon released on 6th November 2017
UK Censorship History
Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated DVD in 2010.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Schoolgirl Hitchhikers

Promotional Material

Best known for his erotic horror films, such as THE RAPE OF THE VAMPIRE, LIPS OF BLOOD, and THE LIVING DEAD GIRL, French filmmaker Jean Rollin frequently indulged in the softcore (and occasionally hardcore) sex film. Among the more personal of these films is SCHOOLGIRL HITCHHIKERS (Jeunes filles impudiques), which reflects many of the themes and fascinations that run through his esoteric body of work. Joelle Coeur (Rollin's THE DEMONIACS) and Gilda Arancio star as a pair of lovers enjoying a blissful cross-country hike. But the carefree erotic film turns suddenly dark when the women are set upon by a band of thieves who think they have stolen their loot, and use sadistic means to force a confession.

 

 Shopping: The Mercenary...

1968 Italy / Spain / USA comedy western by Sergio Corbucci, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here 9th November 2017
The Mercenary - aka A Professional Gun Il mercenario Blu-ray The Mercenary is a 1968 Italy / Spain / USA comedy western by Sergio Corbucci.
Starring Franco Nero, Tony Musante and Eduardo Fajardo. BBFC link IMDb

US: Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated for:

  • 2017 Kino Classics (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 7th November 2017

There is also a UK release.

UK Censorship History
BBFC category cuts were required for an AA cinema release in 1970. Passed 15 uncut for 2017 DVD and Blu-ray.

Promotional Material

He Sells Death to the Highest Bidder! Sergei The Polish Kowalski (Franco Nero, Django, Companeros), a mercenary who's only out for himself and a few dollars, joins up with a Mexican peasant-turned-revolutionary, Paco Roman (Tony Musante, The Grissom Gang) to rob a silver mine in Texas. No longer content to toil for the rich and powerful, Roman plans to bring a new order to Mexico by force with his small ragtag gang. While Roman and Kowalski are outnumbered facing the Mexican army, they also have to contend with Curly (Jack Palance, Ten Seconds to Hell), a vengeful killer out for blood. Top-notch direction by Sergio Corbucci (Navajo Joe) and score by the great Ennio Morricone (For a Few Dollars More) helped make The Mercenary one the best spaghetti westerns ever made. Co-starring the beautiful Giovanna Ralli (Cannon for Cordoba).

Special Features:
-Audio Commentary by Filmmaker Alex Cox
-Mercenario in Pictures: Animated Image Gallery 6:00
-Promoting Mercenario: Animated Image Gallery 10:00
-Original Theatrical Trailer

 

 Shopping: Demoniac...

1981 Spanish/French horror by Jess Franco, once banned by the BBFC, just released on UK DVD with previous BBFC cuts waived


Link Here 8th November 2017
Demoniac DVD Demoniac/Exorcism is a 1981 Spanish/French horror by Jess Franco.
With Lina Romay, Catherine Lafferière and Jesus Franco.
YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong sexualised violence, sex, nudity, with all previous BBFC cuts waived for:

  • 2017 Screenbound/Black House Films R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 6th November 2017
UK Censorship History
Banned by the BBFC from 1985 until 2003 when it was passed 18 after 2:25s of cuts. The BBFC cuts were waived for 2017 DVD. There are multiple versions with different mixes of sex and violence including a hardcore version.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Demoniac

Promotional Material

A former Catholic priest, who was tossed from the priesthood for his way-too-liberal beliefs, now writes S&M articles for a French magazine. Having been a witness to Black Masses complete with phony sacrifices, he deems himself judge and sets out to kill those people he feels are destined to spend eternity in Hell. ENGLISH DUBBED (also French w/ English Subtitles)

 

 Shopping: Demons Of The Mind...

1972 UK Hammer thriller by Peter Sykes, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK DVD/Blu-ray Combo


Link Here 7th November 2017
Demons Of The Mind Blu-ray Demons of the Mind is a 1972 UK horror thriller by Peter Sykes.
With Robert Hardy, Shane Briant, Gillian Hills. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

UK: Previously the cut Theatrical Version was passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence for:

  • 2017 Studiocanal RB Blu-ray/R2 DVD Combo at UK Amazon released on 30th October 2017
UK Censorship History
This Hammer thriller was cut by the BBFC for an X theatrical release in 1972. These cuts have persisted to all video versions since. The 1990 Warner VHS was further cut by the BBFC and was 18 rated. These additional video cuts were dropped for 18 rated DVD, but the theatrical cuts still apply. The same cut Theatrical Version is MPAA R rated in the US.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Demons of the Mind

Promotional Material

Baron Zorn (Robert Hardy) believes his son Emil (Shane Briant) and daughter Elizabeth (Gillian Hills) are suffering from a madness they inherited from their late mother. He keeps his children locked up, but at night Emil is released and murders women in the local village. Discredited psychologist Falkenberg (Patrick Magee - Dementia 13, The Masque of the Red Death) analyses the family and it transpires that the children witnessed their mother cut her own throat. The villagers, driven on by a manic priest (Michael Hordern) identify Zorn as the 'demon' responsible for killing their daughters. The deranged Emil escapes with Elizabeth, but the murderous Zorn pursues them. Blood, he vows, will have blood. One of the most ambitious and unusual horror films produced by Hammer, Demons of the Mind was directed by Peter Sykes (Venom, To the Devil a Daughter) and released in 1972. The distinguished cast includes Shane Briant, who would go on to appear in three further films for Hammer.

EXTRAS:

  • NEW FEATURETTE - Blood Will Have Blood: Inside Demons of the Mind
  • ORIGINAL TRAILER
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     Shopping: Cannon For Cordoba...

    1970 USA action western romance by Paul Wendkos, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 7th November 2017
    Cannon For Cordoba Blu-ray Cannon For Cordoba is a 1970 USA action western romance by Paul Wendkos.
    Starring George Peppard, Giovanna Ralli and Raf Vallone. BBFC link IMDb

    US: Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated for:

    • 2017 Kino Classics (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 31st October 2017
    UK censorship history
    BBFC category cuts were required for an AA rated cinema release in 1970. Later uncut an 12 rated on VHS. Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated in the US.

    Promotional Material

    A rousing, action-filled historical adventure! During the 1912 Mexican Revolution, Capt. Rod Douglas (George Peppard, Operation Crossbow) leads a small group of misfits into Mexican territory to destroy six cannons before rebel leader Hector Cordoba (Raf Vallone, The Secret Invasion) and his bloodthirsty revolutionaries get their hands on them. Under direct orders from General John J. Pershing (John Russell, Fort Massacre), Douglas heads to a U.S. Army fort across the Texas border to face down Cordoba with the help of Mexican military officer Antonio (Gabriele Tinti, Rider on the Rain) and alluring and beautiful local Leonora (Giovanna Ralli, The Mercenary). Paul Wendkos (The Mephisto Waltz, Special Delivery) directed this exciting western that features a rousing score by the great Elmer Bernstein (The Scalphunters) and strong supporting cast that includes Pete Duel (The Hell with Heroes), Don Gordon (Fuzz), John Larch (Dirty Harry) and spaghetti western star Aldo Sambrell (Navajo Joe).

     

     Shopping: Suffer, Little Children...

    1983 UK horror by Alan Briggs, once banned, just released on UK DVD for the first time


    Link Here 6th November 2017
    Suffer, Little Children DVD Suffer, Little Children is a 1983 UK horror by Alan Briggs.
    Starring Colin Chamberlain, Ginny Rose and Jon Hollanz. BBFC link IMDb

    UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence for:

    • 2017 Severin Films R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 30th October 2017

    Reviews

    UK Censorship History
    The film was cut for an unofficial BBFC 18 rating issued prior to the implementation of the VRA. The film was seized by the police anyway and the film got caught up in the tabloid hysteria around the video nasty era.

    The film is uncut for UK DVD release in 2017.

    See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Suffer, Little Children

    Promotional Material

    The British tabloid press called for it to be banned among the furor of the Video Nasty witch hunts. The Censors refused it a rating in its uncut form. Many of the children involved in its production were never seen nor heard from again. Now SUFFER, LITTLE CHILDREN can finally be seen FULLY UNCUT AND UNCENSORED! The full story behind this mysterious occult feature may never be known. The super rare and intensely troubled original UK video release was cut by several minutes and the box copy simply read: Suffer, Little Children a tale of a child s demonic supernatural powers and the brutal.... terrifying results. Suffer, Little Children is a reconstruction of the events, which took place at 45 Kingston Road, New Malden, Surrey, England in August 1984. None of these events were reported in the press and now the house is scheduled for demolition in the immediate future. HOW IN GOD S NAME DID THE POWER OF THE DEVIL FALL INTO THE HANDS OF A CHILD?

    Special Features: -

    School of Shock An Interview with Director Alan Briggs - Seducing The Gullible An Interview With Legend of UK Nasty Era Fanzine Critique John Martin - Trailer

     

     Shopping: Pigs...

    1972 USA horror by Marc Lawrence just released on UK Blu-ray in the original version


    Link Here 6th November 2017
    Pigs Blu-ray Pigs (aka Horror Farm) is a 1972 USA horror by Marc Lawrence.
    Starring Toni Lawrence, Jesse Vint and Catherine Ross. BBFC link IMDb

    UK: The Original Director's Cut was passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence:

    • 2017 88 Films (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 9th October 2017
    Versions
    The Original Director's Cut was not a success and the film was re-cut by the director with a new opening to emphasise the exorcism theme. Later a 3rd version was cut with a new opening and ending to emphasise the incest theme.

    The running time suggests that this release features the original Director's Cut.

    See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Pigs

    Promotional Material

    Marc Lawrence writes, directs, produces and stars in this US horror. When Lynn Hart (Toni Lawrence) escapes her incarceration in a mental institution, she flees to a small Californian town where she meets farmer Zambrini (Lawrence), who invites her to stay with him. When Lynn's demons resurface and she goes on a crazed killing spree Zambrini helps her out by feeding the bodies to his pen of hungry pigs. However, Lynn's actions begin to attract the suspicions of the law while her past begins to catch up with her...

     

     Shopping: Blood From The Mummy's Tomb...

    1971 UK Hammer horror by Seth Holt and Michael Carreras just released on UK DVD and Blu-ray


    Link Here 5th November 2017
    Blood From The Mummy's Tomb Blu-ray Blood from the Mummy's Tomb is a 1971 UK horror by Seth Holt and Michael Carreras.
    With Andrew Keir, Valerie Leon and James Villiers. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

    UK: Previously passed 15 uncut for:

    • 2017 Studiocanal RB Blu-ray/R2 DVD Combo at UK Amazon released on 30th October 2017
    UK Censorship History
    Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1971 cinema release. The same cuts have persisted to all home video releases but the BBFC rating was reduced to 15 for 1993 VHS. The cut UK version is PG rated in the US.

    See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Blood from the Mummy's Tomb

    Promotional Material

    Margaret (Valerie Leon) suffers a recurring nightmare in which she sees an ancient Egyptian queen, to whom she bears an uncanny resemblance, sealed up in a sarcophagus. The priests who entomb her first chop off her hand, before throwing it to jackals. They are then killed by a mysterious and powerful force that lacerates their throats. Margaret’s father, Professor Fuchs (Andrew Keir), gives her a ring that he discovered in the tomb of Queen Tera 20 years before – the ring was on the queen’s disembodied hand. At the moment Fuchs discovered the Queen’s perfectly preserved, still bleeding, body, Margaret’s mother died giving birth to her. When a certain celestial conjunction is complete, and three key artefacts are assembled by Tera’s corpse, the evil sorceress will be reborn.

    Extras:

  • New Featurette - The Pharaoh's Curse: Inside Blood From the Mummy's Tomb
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     Shopping: Fear In The Night...

    1972 UK Hammer thriller by Jimmy Sangster just released on UK DVD and Blu-ray


    Link Here 5th November 2017
    Fear In The Night Blu-ray Fear In The Night is a 1972 UK horror thriller by Jimmy Sangster.
    Starring Judy Geeson, Joan Collins and Ralph Bates. BBFC link IMDb

    UK: Previously assed 12 uncut for moderate threat and horror:

    • 2017 Studiocanal RB Blu-ray/R2 DVD Combo at UK Amazon released on 30th October 2017
    Classification History

    There are no censorship issues with this Hammer horror. The film was originally X rated for 1972 cinema release, 15 rated on VHS and then 12 rated for DVD

    Promotional Material

    A BRAND NEW RESTORATION -- ON BLU-RAY FOR THE FIRST TIME

    Peggy (Judy Geeson) is recovering from a nervous breakdown when she is attacked by an unseen assailant. As she struggles to break free, her attacker's artificial arm comes loose and Peggy blacks out in sheer terror. Peggy and her new husband Robert (Ralph Bates) spend their honeymoon at the country school where Robert is a teacher. The school is eerily deserted, except for the headmaster Michael (Peter Cushing) and his wife Molly (Joan Collins). Returning to her cottage, Peggy is once more attacked by a man with one arm. Robert goes to London on behalf of the headmaster but leaves his shotgun behind to reassure Peggy. Michael visits Peggy at the cottage late at night, and she notices for the first time that he has only one arm. Terrified, she reaches for the gun...

    Fear in the Night was the last, and one of the best, of the suspense thrillers that Hammer produced alongside the better-known Gothic horrors. The film was also the Hammer swansong of director and co-writer Jimmy Sangster, who had joined the company in 1949 and helped create its groundbreaking style.

    Extras

    • NEW FEATURETTE - End of Term: Inside Fear in the Night
    • ORIGINAL TRAILER

     

     Shopping: Hammer Volume One: Fear Warning...

    Set of Hammer horrors and thrillers just released on UK Blu-ray


    Link Here 4th November 2017
    Hammer Volume One: Fear Warning Blu-ray Hammer Volume One: Fear Warning consists of:
    • MANIAC (Michael Carreras, 1963)
    • THE GORGON (Terence Fisher, 1964)
    • THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY'S TOMB (Michael Carreras, 1964)
    • FANATIC (Silvio Narizzano, 1965)

    UK: Released with an aggregate 15 rating for:

    • 2017 Powerhouse Films Hammer Volume One: Fear Warning R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 30th October

    Reviews

    Maniac is a 1963 UK crime horror by Michael Carreras
    With Kerwin Mathews, Nadia Gray and Donald Houston. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
    Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1963 cinema release. The BBFC cuts were waived for 12 rated Blu-ray in 2017.
    The Gorgon is a 1964 UK horror by Terrence Fisher.
    With Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Richard Pasco. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
    Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1964 cinema release. It is not clear if these cuts persisted onto home video which was 15 rated for 1986 VHS and then 12 rated for 2010 DVD.
    The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb is a 1964 UK horror thriller by Michael Carreras.
    Starring Terence Morgan, Ronald Howard and Fred Clark. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
    Uncut in the UK and US. Originally X rated for 1964 cinema release, 15 rated for 1986 VHS and 12 rated on DVD since 2006.
    Fanatic is a 1965 UK horror thriller by Silvio Narizzano
    With Tallulah Bankhead, Stefanie Powers and Peter Vaughan. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
    Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1965 cinema release. An unknown version is 15 rated for home video.

    Promotional Material

    Four classics from Hammer, each presented on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK. Whether it's a mad man brandishing a welding torch, a mythical monster who's looks can kill, an ancient royal with diabolical powers, or a mad woman wielding a pair of scissors, this set has something to unease everybody. Containing a wealth of new and exclusive extra features – including title-specific documentaries, cast and crew interviews, expert appreciations, introductions and more – this stunning Blu-ray-only Limited Edition box set is published in a horribly limited, numbered edition of 4,000 units. The titles are:

    MANIAC (Michael Carreras, 1963)
    THE GORGON (Terence Fisher, 1964)
    THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY'S TOMB (Michael Carreras, 1964)
    FANATIC (Silvio Narizzano, 1965)

    INDICATOR LIMITED BLU-RAY EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES:
    • HD restorations of all four films
    • Original Mono audio
    • All-new documentaries exploring aspects of each film
    The Gorgon audio commentary with Daughters of Darkness’ Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger
    The Gorgon introduction by actor and filmmaker Matthew Holness
    • New interviews with actors Barbara Shelley and Mike McStay
    • New interviews with cameramen Michael Reed and Douglas Milsome
    • Playwright Matthew Lombardo on Tallulah Bankhead and Fanatic
    Hammer’s Women – an exclusive series of filmed appreciations of Nadia Gray, Barbara Shelley, Jeanne Roland and Tallulah Bankhead
    • Original trailers and promotional films
    • Promotional and on-set photography, poster art and archive materials
    • Four box set exclusive booklets with new essays, contemporary reviews, historic articles, and full film credits
    • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
    • UK premieres on Blu-ray
    • Limited edition box set of 4,000 copies
    ...AND MORE!

     

     Shopping: The Cat O' Nine Tails...

    1971 giallo by Dario Argento with a restored version set for UK Blu-ray release on 8th January 2018


    Link Here 4th November 2017
    The Cat O' Nine Tails Limited Edition Blu-ray Cat o' Nine Tails is a 1971 Italy / France / West Germany mystery thriller by Dario Argento.
    Starring James Franciscus, Karl Malden and Catherine Spaak. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

    UK: BBFC details not yet published for:

    • 2018 Arrow Limited Edition RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 8th January 2018

    The film has been passed 15 uncut for some time, but UK releases have been missing a bit of dialogue. Presumably the restoration here will either restore those scenes or confirm this version as the definitive.

    Censorship History
    A presumably pre-cut version was passed by the BBFC for an AA rated 1971 cinema release, The 18 rated VHS was slightly shortened for video and 2002 DVD. The same versions was reduced to a 15 rating in 2005. The same version is unrated in the US but the PG rated version is heavily cut.

    Promotional Material

    Following the success of his debut feature, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, distributor Titanus tasked writer/director Dario Argento with delivering a follow-up in short order. The resulting film, granted a greatly enhanced budget and heralded in its US marketing campaign as nine times more suspenseful than its predecessor, was The Cat O Nine Tails.

    When a break-in occurs at a secretive genetics institute, blind puzzle-maker Franco Arnò (Karl Malden, Patton, One-Eyed Jacks), who overheard an attempt to blackmail one of the institute s scientists shortly before the robbery, teams up with intrepid reporter Carlo Giordani (James Franciscus, Beneath the Planet of the Apes) to crack the case. But before long the bodies begin to pile up and the two amateur sleuths find their own lives imperilled in their search for the truth. And worse still, Lori (Cinzia De Carolis, Cannibal Apocalypse), Franco s young niece, may also be in the killer s sights...

    This second entry in the so-called Animal Trilogy found Argento further refining his distinctive style and cementing his reputation as the master of the giallo thriller. Co-starring Catherine Spaak (Il Sorpasso) and Rada Rassimov (Baron Blood), and featuring another nerve-jangling score by the great Ennio Morricone (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly), The Cat O Nine Tails remains one of Argento s most suspenseful and underrated films.

    LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • Brand new 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original mono Italian and English soundtracks (lossless on the Blu-ray Disc)
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • New audio commentary by critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman
  • New interviews with co-writer/director Dario Argento, co-writer Dardano Sacchetti, actress Cinzia De Carolis and production manager Angelo Iacono
  • Script pages for the lost original ending, translated into English for the first time
  • Original Italian and international theatrical trailers
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Candice Tripp
  • Double-sided fold-out poster
  • 4 lobby card reproductions
  • Limited edition booklet illustrated by Matt Griffin, featuring an essay on the film by Dario Argento, and new writing by Barry Forshaw, Troy Howarth and Howard Hughes
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     Shopping: Land Of The Dead...

    2005 Canada / France / USA horror thriller by George A Romero just released on US Blu-ray with 2 versions


    Link Here 3rd November 2017
    Land Of The Dead Blu-ray Land Of The Dead is a 2005 Canada / France / USA horror thriller by George A Romero.
    Starring John Leguizamo, Asia Argento and Simon Baker. IMDb

    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated:

    • 2017 Shout! Factory Collector's Edition [Theatrical + Unrated Versions] RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 31st October 2017

    Reviews

    US Censorship History
    Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating. This cut version was passed 15 for 2004 cinema release. Home video releases are the uncut MPAA Unrated version which was also passed 15 uncut for UK home video.

    Summary Notes

    Now that zombies have taken over the world, the living have built a walled-in city to keep the dead out. But all's not well where it's most safe, as a revolution plans to overthrow the city leadership, and the zombies are turning into more advanced creatures.

     

     Shopping: Slaughter High...

    1986 UK / USA horror by George Dugdale and Mark Ezra, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 3rd November 2017
    Slaughter High Blu-ray Slaughter High is a 1986 UK / USA horror by George Dugdale, Mark Ezra...
    Starring Caroline Munro, Simon Scuddamore and Carmine Iannaccone. IMDb

    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    • 2017 LIONSGATE (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 31st October 2017
    UK Censorship History
    Cut by the BBFC for 1987 18 rated VHS. Uncut and 18 rated since 2011. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

    See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Slaughter High

    Promotional Material

    NEVER BEFORE ON BLU-RAY!

    There's horror in the halls...lynching in the lunchroom...murder in the metal shop. Welcome to SLAUGHTER HIGH where the students are dying to get out! In high school, Marty was the kid all the students teased, taunted, and tortured mercilessly. One day, things went too far - one of their jokes backfired, disfiguring Marty for life. Now, five years later, Marty has arranged a special reunion for all his high school ''friends.'' The prom queen, the jock, the class clown, the rebel, and a few select others have been invited...and it's going to be a gala of gore!

    Special Features:

    • Audio Commentary with Co-Writers/Directors George Dugdale and Peter Litten
    • Audio Interview with Composer Harry Manfredini featuring Isolated Music and SFX Selections
    • ''Going to Pieces'' Featurette with Co-Writer/Director Mark Ezra
    • ''My Days at Doddsville'' Featurette with Actress Caroline Munro
    • Alternate Title Sequence
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Still Gallery --Lionsgate

     

      The Transporter...

    Gavin Salkeld's Quick Trims shows the US cuts for an MPAA PG-13 rating


    Link Here 2nd November 2017
    Cutting Edge: The Transporter The Transporter is a 2002 France / USA action crime thriller by Louis Leterrier and Corey Yuen (as Cory Yuen).
    Starring Jason Statham, Qi Shu and Matt Schulze. BBFC link IMDb

    The film was cut in the US for a PG-13 rating.

    This cut version was passed 15 without further cuts by the BBFC for 2002 film and 2003 DVD.

    There is also an uncut International Version.

    See these cuts in Cutting Edge Quick Trims video on YouTube

     

     Shopping: Scars Of Dracula...

    1970 UK Hammer horror by Roy Ward Baker, just released on UK DVD/Blu-ray Combo


    Link Here 2nd November 2017
    Scars Of Dracula Blu-ray Scars of Dracula is a 1970 UK horror by Roy Ward Baker.
    With Christopher Lee, Dennis Waterman and Jenny Hanley. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

    UK: The cut Cinema Version was previously passed 15 uncut for moderate bloody horror for:

    • 2017 Studiocanal RB Blu-ray/R2 DVD Combo at UK Amazon released on 30th October 2017
    Censorship History
    Originally cut by the BBFC for an 18 rated 1970 cinema release. The cuts have persisted ever since but the the BBFC rating was reduced to 15 for DVD. The same cut version is MPAA R rated in the US.

    See cuts details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Scars of Dracula

    Promotional Material

    A BRAND NEW RESTORATION ON BLU-RAY FOR THE FIRST TIME

    At a remote castle a vampire bat dribbles fresh blood over mouldering remains, resurrecting the infamous Count Dracula (Christopher Lee). Terrified villagers set fire to the castle but later discover that a swarm of vengeful bats has killed the women and children that sought sanctuary in the local church. Dracula's latest reign of terror has begun.

    In Scars of Dracula, Christopher Lee returned to his most famous role for the fifth time, and director Roy Ward Baker (Quatermass and the Pit, Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde) created the unprecedented shot of the Count scaling his castle walls. This was the last of Hammer's traditional Dracula films and the bloodiest entry in the entire series.

    Extras

    • NEW FEATURETTE - Blood Rites: Inside Scars of Dracula
    • ORIGINAL TRAILER

     

     Shopping: Torture Garden...

    1967 UK horror fantasy by Freddie Francis just released on UK Blu-ray


    Link Here 2nd November 2017
    Torture Garden Blu-ray Torture Garden is a 1967 UK horror fantasy by Freddie Francis.
    Starring Jack Palance, Burgess Meredith and Beverly Adams. BBFC link IMDb

    UK: Previously passed 12 uncut for moderate horror and violence for:

    • 2017 Powerhouse Films R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 30th October 2017
    Versions
    There are no censorship issues with this release, but an extended version was released on DVD compared with the Theatrical Version released at the cinema.

    The Extended Version has 7 minutes of additional material. The additional footage consists of more scenes of Dr. Diablo introducing devices of torture, a longer electric chair scene, and more footage in the Terror Over Hollywood sequence.

    However publicity material for this release states that the film has been re-mastered and the running time suggests that this is based on the Theatrical Version, but this is not yet confirmed.

    The film was originally X rated for 1967 cinema release. This was reduced to 15 for 1989 VHS, and to 12 for 2005 DVD.

    Promotional Material

    From Hammer-rival Amicus Productions comes this horror anthology penned by Robert Bloch (author of Psycho ) and directed by the great British cinematographer Freddie Francis. Genre legend Peter Cushing stars alongside Jack Palance and Burgess Meredith in an omnibus of chilling and gruesome stories, inspired by E.C. Comics' Tales from the Crypt comic-book series of the 1950s.

    INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES:
    • High Definition remaster
    • Original mono audio
    • Ramsey Campbell on Robert Bloch (2017, tbc mins)
    • Interview with Fiona Subotsky (2017, tbc mins)
    • Interview with actor Barbara Ewing (2017, tbc mins) TBC
    • Hannah Gordon on husband DoP Norman Warwick (2017, tbc mins) TBC
    • Original theatrical trailer
    • Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
    • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
    • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Laura Mayne, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and historic articles on the film
    • UK premiere on Blu-ray
    • Limited Edition of 3,000 copies
    • More TBC

     

     Offsite Article: A bit less chuck...


    Link Here 1st November 2017
    Cult of Chucky Blu-ray Movie-Censorship reveals the US specific cuts to the R rated version of Cult Of Chucky

    See article from movie-censorship.com

     

     Shopping: Dawn Of The Dead...

    2004 zombie remake by Zack Snyder just released on US Blu-ray with 2 versions


    Link Here 1st November 2017
    Dawn Of The Dead Blu-ray Dawn Of The Dead is a 2004 USA / Canada / Japan / France action horror thriller by Zack Snyder.
    Starring Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames and Mekhi Phifer. IMDb

    US: The Theatrical Version is cut and MPAA R rated for:
    US:
    The Unrated Version is uncut for:

    • 2017 Shout! Factory [Theatrical + Unrated Versions] Collector's Edition RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 31st October 2017
    US Censorship History
    The film was cut in the US for the R rated theatrical release. This cut version was released in the UK for cinema and first DVD. In 2004 the Director's Cut was released. It is uncut and 18 rated in the UK but is cut in the US.

    Previous US releases of the Director's Cut are strangely censored in the scene of the topless female zombie who walks out in front of Anna's jeep. Her naked breasts have been obscured by fake looking digitally added blood on the windscreen.

    Hopefully the re-mastering of this release will put these issues right.

    See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Dawn of the Dead

    Promotional Material

    Heart-pounding action and bone-chilling thrills power this edgy and frightening remake of George A. Romero’s apocalyptic horror classic, Dawn Of The Dead! From visionary filmmaker Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen), this pulse-pounding jolt-a-thon stars Ving Rhames (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), Sarah Polley (Splice), Jake Weber (Wendigo), Mekhi Phifer (Divergent) and Ty Burrell (Modern Family).

    Bonus Features DISC ONE: Theatrical Version

    • NEW HD Master Derived From The Digital Intermediate Archival Negative
    • NEW Take A Chance On Me -- An Interview With Actor Ty Burrell
    • NEW Gunn For Hire -- An Interview With Writer James Gunn
    • NEW Punk, Rock, & Zombie -- An Interview With Actor Jake Weber
    • NEW Killing Time At The Mall: The Special Effects Of Dawn Of The Dead -- An Interview With Special Makeup Effects Artists David Anderson And Heather Langenkamp Anderson
    • Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary By Director Zach Snyder And Producer Eric Newman
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Still Gallery
    DISC TWO: Unrated Version
    • NEW HD Master Derived From The Digital Intermediate Archival Negative With HD Inserts
    • Audio Commentary With Director Zach Snyder And Producer Eric Newman
    • Splitting Headaches: Anatomy Of Exploding Heads
    • Attack Of The Living Dead
    • Raising The Dead
    • Andy's Lost Tape
    • Special Report: Zombie Invasion
    • Undead And Loving It: A Mockumentary
    • Drawing The Dead Featurette
    • Storyboard Comparisons
    • Hidden Easter Egg

     

     Shopping: George Romero Between Night And Dawn...

    set of the early works of George Romero just released on UK Blu-ray


    Link Here 31st October 2017
    George Romero Between Night And Dawn Limited Edition Blu-ray George Romero Between Night And Dawn Limited Edition is a set of the early works of George Romero.

    UK: BBFC aggregate 18 for:

    • 2017 Arrow Limited Edition (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 23rd October 2017

    There is also a US release

    Reviews

    There's Always Vanilla is a 1971 USA comedy romance by George A Romero.
    Starring Raymond Laine, Judith Ridley and Johanna Lawrence. BBFC link IMDb

    Uncut in the UK and US.

    Season of the Witch is a 1972 USA horror drama by George A Romero.
    Starring Jan White, Raymond Laine and Ann Muffly. BBFC link IMDb
    Exists as an original US Version, a shortened International Version and a further shortened video version.

    See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Season of the Witch

    The Crazies is a 1973 USA action Sci-Fi horror by George A Romero.
    Starring Lane Carroll, Will MacMillan and Harold Wayne Jones. BBFC link IMDb

    No known cuts but the BBFC mentioned that the 2003 UK DVD release was a 're-edited version.

    See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: The Crazies

    Promotional Material

    George Romero s name may be synonymous with the living dead subgenre, but his filmography is far richer and more varied than his reputation as the zombie guy would suggest. Following the breakout success of his debut feature Night of the Living Dead, the director would embark upon a series of projects which, whilst firmly rooted in the horror genre for the most part, demonstrate a master filmmaker with more than mere gut-munching on his mind.

    In There's Always Vanilla , Romero's sophomore 1971 directorial effort, young drifter Chris and beautiful model Lynn embark upon a tumultuous relationship which seems doomed from the outset. 1972's Season of the Witch (originally filmed as Jack s Wife but released to theaters under the title of Hungry Wives) follows the exploits of Joan Mitchell a housewife whose dissatisfaction with her humdrum life leads to an unhealthy interest in the occult. Lastly, 1973's The Crazies , which sees Romero returning to more straight horror territory, has a small rural town finding itself in the grip of an infection which send its hosts into a violent, homicidal frenzy.

    Taken together, these three early works, made in the period between Romero s celebrated living dead outings Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, serve to display the broader thematic concerns and auteurist leanings of a skilled craftsman too often pigeonholed within the genre.

    LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard DVD presentations
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Reversible sleeves for each film featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
  • Limited Edition 60-page booklet featuring new writing on the films

    THERE'S ALWAYS VANILLA

  • Brand new restoration from original film elements
  • Brand new audio commentary by Travis Crawford
  • Brand new interviews with actors Judith Ridley and Richard Ricci, producer Russ Streiner and sound recordist Gary Streiner
  • Digging Up the Dead The Lost Films of George A. Romero archive interview with Romero looking at his early films There s Always Vanilla and Season of the Witch
  • Trailer

    SEASON OF THE WITCH

  • Brand new 4K restoration from original film elements
  • Alternate extended cut
  • Brand new audio commentary by Travis Crawford
  • When Romero met Del Toro celebrated filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro sits down with George Romero for this candid career-spanning conversation
  • The Secret Life of Jack's Wife archive interview with actress Jan White
  • Alternate Opening Titles
  • Trailers

    THE CRAZIES

  • Brand new 4K restoration from original film elements
  • Brand new audio commentary by Travis Crawford
  • Romero Was Here featurette revisiting the Crazies filming locations in Evans City, PA
  • Never Before Seen BTS footage
  • 2016 Q&A with Lynn Lowry from Abertoir Film Festival
  • Alternate Opening Titles
  • Trailers
  •  

     Shopping: Carnival of Souls...

    1962 USA horror mystery fantasy by Herk Harvey just released on UK Blu-ray


    Link Here 30th October 2017
    Carnival of Souls Blu-ray Carnival of Souls is a 1962 USA horror mystery fantasy by Herk Harvey.
    Starring Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist and Sidney Berger. BBFC link IMDb

    UK: The Director's Cut was previously passed 12 uncut for moderate Horror for:

    • 2017 Sony/Criterion Collection RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 23rd October 2017

    There is also a US release.

    Reviews

    Versions
    Exists as a Director's Cut, a Theatrical Version and a shortened version. No censors cuts though.

    See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Carnival of Souls

    Promotional Material

    A young woman in a small Kansas town survives a drag race accident, then agrees to take a job as a church organist in Salt Lake City. En-route, she becomes haunted by a bizarre apparition that compels her toward an abandoned lakeside pavilion. Made by industrial filmmakers on a modest budget, the eerily effective B-movie classic Carnival of Souls was intended to have 'the look of a Bergman and the feel of a Cocteau' and, with its strikingly used locations and spooky organ score, it succeeds. Herk Harvey's macabre masterpiece gained a cult following through late-night television and continues to inspire filmmakers today.

    SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

    • New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
    • Selected-scene audio commentary featuring director Herk Harvey and screenwriter John Clifford
    • New interview with comedian and writer Dana Gould
    • New video essay by film critic David Cairns
    • The Movie That Wouldn't Die!, a documentary on the 1989 reunion of the film's cast and crew
    • The Carnival Tour, a 2000 update on the film's locations
    • Excerpts from movies made by the Centron Corporation, an industrial film company based in Lawrence, Kansas, that once employed Harvey and Clifford
    • Deleted scenes
    • Outtakes, accompanied by Gene Moore's organ score
    • History of the Saltair Resort in Salt Lake City, where key scenes in the film were shot
    • Trailer
    • PLUS: An essay by writer and programmer Kier-La Janisse

     

     Shopping: Street Trash...

    1987 US comedy horror by Jim Muro Jr, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray


    Link Here 29th October 2017
    Street Trash Blu-ray Street Trash is a 1987 US comedy horror by Jim Muro Jr.
    With Mike Lackey, Bill Chepil and Vic Noto.
    YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

    UK: Previously passed 18 uncut for strong gory horror and strong language and nudity

    • 2017 88 Films RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 23rd October 2017
    UK Censorship History
    Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated 1987 VHS. Uncut on home video since 2001 DVD. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

    Promotional Material

    Something is killing the homeless of New York city by melting them. Two brothers and a maverick cop set out to stop the ruthless gang behind the killings.

    Special Features:
    - Restored Uncut and Uncensored HD master from the Original Negative
    - 5.1 Surround Remix
    - Original Uncompressed Mono Soundtrack
    - Optional English Subtitles
    - Audio Commentary with Director James Muro
    - Audio Commentary with Writer / Producer Roy Frumkes
    - Introduction by Producer Roy Frumkes
    - Original 16mm Student Film - Street Trash
    - A Conversation between Roy Frumkes and Tony Timpone
    - Meltdown Memoirs - Feature Length 'Making-Of' Documentary
    - Jane Arakawa Interview
    - Deleted Scenes and Out-takes
    - Theatrical Trailer
    - Teaser Trailer

     

     Shopping: Son Of Bigfoot...

    2017 Belgium / France children's cartoon by Jeremy Degruson and Ben Stassen is cut for a PG rated UK DVD release on 20th November 2017


    Link Here 28th October 2017
    Son Of Bigfoot DVD Son Of Bigfoot is a 2017 Belgium / France animation comedy by Jeremy Degruson and Ben Stassen.
    Starring Cinda Adams, Bob Barlen and Cal Brunker. BBFC link IMDb

    UK: Passed PG for mild bad language, comic violence, threat after 3s of BBFC category cuts for:

    • 2017 Studiocanal R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 20th November 2017
    • 2017 Studio Canal VoD
    The BBFC commented:
    • Company chose to remove examples of discriminatory language in order to achieve a PG classification. An uncut 12 was available.

    Promotional Material

    Animated adventure directed by Ben Stassen and Jeremy Degruson. The film follows a young teenager as he sets out on an epic journey to find his father, the legendary creature Bigfoot (voice of Christopher L. Parson). However, with a major corporation also desperate to find the beast in order to experiment with his unique DNA, the boy joins forces with the animals of the forest as he attempts to track down his dad before it's too late. The cast also includes Cinda Adams, Bob Barlen and Cal Brunker.

     

     Shopping: The Corpse Grinders...

    1971 USA comedy horror by Ted V Mikels, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 28th October 2017
    The Corpse Grinders Blu-ray The Corpse Grinders is a 1971 USA comedy horror by Ted V Mikels.
    Starring Sean Kenney, Monika Kelly and Sanford Mitchell. IMDb

    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

    • 2017 Vinegar Syndrome RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 24th October 2017

    Reviews

    • See review from insidepulse.com : " Mikel's finest film was The Corpse Grinders which dared to go one step beyond the normal grave robber plot "
    UK Censorship History
    Cut by the BBFC for 1973 cinema release then later uncut and 18 rated on home video. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

    Promotional Material

    Vinegar Syndrome specializes in the masterful restoration and distribution of cult, horror, and erotic films from the 1960s-90s.

     

     Shopping: House on Sorority Row...

    1983 US slasher by Mark Rosman, once cut by the BBFC, just released on Blu-ray


    Link Here 27th October 2017
    House on Sorority Row Blu-ray The House on Sorority Row is a 1983 US slasher by Mark Rosman.
    With Kate McNeil, Eileen Davidson and Janis Ward. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

    UK: Passed 18 uncut for:

    • 2017 88 Films RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 23rd October 2017
    UK Censorship History
    Cut by the BBFC for VHS but the cuts were waived for DVD. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

    See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: The House on Sorority Row

    Summary Notes

    A group of girls staying at a sorority house clash with the house's owner, who wants them out. They decide to play a prank on her, but it goes awry and she winds up dead. Panicking, the girls try to hide the body, but someone (or something) witnessed the crime and begins to stalk them.

     

     Shopping: Night School...

    1981 USA video nasty by Ken Hughes just released for the first time on Blu-ray in the US


    Link Here 26th October 2017
    Night School Blu-ray Night School is a 1981 USA horror mystery by Ken Hughes (as Kenneth Hughes).
    Starring Leonard Mann, Rachel Ward and Drew Snyder. IMDb

    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

    • 2017 Warner Bros. R0 Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 24th October 2017
    There are no censorship issues with this release

    Promotional Material

    They work by day, take a full schedule of classes all night and somehow find time for study and an occasional date. Women in the evening curriculum at Bostonâ?s distinguished Wendell College do a lot to get ahead in life. But thereâ?s someone who will go to even greater lengths. Someone who will do anything to get a head. A killer whose m.o. is the ritualistic decapitation of victims makes terror a required course at Night School, directed by Kenneth Hughes (Casino Royale 1967) and starring Rachel Ward (The Thorn Birds; After Dark, My Sweet) in her screen debut. Leonard Mann plays the homicide lieutenant assigned to the puzzling case. He has hunches, not clues. Suspects, not evidence. And a rising body count. Finals are coming early this year at Wendell. And for those who donâ?t make the grade, heads will roll.

     

      Halloween II...

    Gavin Salkeld's Quick Trims reveals the BBFC cuts for 1990 VHS


    Link Here 25th October 2017
    halloween 2 Halloween II is a 1981 US horror film by Rick Rosenthal.
    With Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence and Charles Cyphers. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

    Uncut for cinema, and DVD after 2002, but was cut by the BBFC for 1990 VHS.

    See these cuts in Cutting Edge Quick Trims video on YouTube

     

      Access All Areas...

    Distributor cuts are made for cinema release to avoid nudity being mentioned in the BBFC consumer advice


    Link Here 21st October 2017
    Poster Access All Areas 2017 Bryn Higgins Access All Areas is a 2017 UK comedy music drama by Bryn Higgins.
    Starring Ella Purnell, Georgie Henley and Nigel Lindsay. BBFC link IMDb

    An unlikely gang of teens go on the run to an island music festival, leaving behind their dysfunctional parents and the rules of the real world.

    The film was originally for cinema and VoD and was passed 15 uncut for strong sex references, nudity, drug misuse.

    A few days later the film was cut and resubmitted by the distributor. This time the film was passed 15 for strong sex references, drug misuse.

    So presumably the nudity was cut so to avoid it being mentioned in the BBFC aconsumer dvice.

     

     Shopping: Rawhead Rex...

    1986 Ireland / UK / USA horror mystery fantasy by George Pavlou just released on US DVD and Blu-ray


    Link Here 20th October 2017
    Rawhead Rex DVD Rawhead Rex is a 1986 Ireland / UK / USA horror mystery fantasy by George Pavlou.
    Starring David Dukes, Kelly Piper and Hugh O'Conor. IMDb

    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

    • 2017 Kino Classics (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 17th October 2017
    • 2017 Kino Classics R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 17th October 2017

    Reviews

    US Censorship History
    Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating. The Unrated US release is uncut.

    Unfortunately this release claims to be R rated suggesting that this is the cut version. However it wouldn't be the first time the promotional material has got it wrong.

    See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Rawhead Rex

    Promotional Material

    A Brand New 4K Restoration! He s pure evil... pure power... pure terror! RawHead Rex is a demon, alive for millennia, trapped in the depths of hell, and waiting for release. He is held by an ancient seal, imprisoned for centuries in a barren field near the hamlet of Rathmore, Ireland. In time, this gruesome legacy has been forgotten, dismissed as an odd pre-Christian myth until Tom Garron (Donal McCann, December Bride) decides to plow the field his ancestors knew better than to disturb. The seal is broken and an unspeakable evil is unleashed - on a rampage of blood and lust. Howard Hallenbeck (David Dukes, Gods and Monsters), an American historian on a working vacation with his family, discovers on the stained glass windows of a local church a series of scenes illustrating the reign of terror of RawHead Rex, but the one piece of glass depicting the defeat of the monster is missing. RawHead Rex is on the loose, and he is insatiable as Howard is desperately races against time for a way to stop the vicious monster. Directed by George Pavlou (Transmutations) with a screenplay by horror legend Clive Barker (Hellraiser, Candyman, Nightbreed, Lord of Illusions).

     

     Shopping: Rolling Vengeance...

    1987 Canada action drama by Steven Hilliard Stern, cut by the BBFC, just released on US DVD and Blu-ray


    Link Here 19th October 2017
    Rolling Vengeance DVD Rolling Vengeance is a 1987 Canada action drama by Steven Hilliard Stern (as Steven H Stern).
    Starring Don Michael Paul, Lawrence Dane and Ned Beatty. BBFC link IMDb

    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

    • 2017 Kino Classics (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 17th October 2017
    • 2017 Kino Classics R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 17th October 2017
    UK Censorship History
    Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated VHS in 1988. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

    Promotional Material

    When a clan of drunken goons get off scot-free after senselessly killing a young trucker s family, the trucker, Joey Rosso (Don Michael Paul, Robot Wars), takes matters into his own hands by building the ultimate monster truck to even the score. Spitting flames, armed with a giant drill, his awesome rig is unstoppable as Joey pursues the clan leader Tiny Doyle (Ned Beatty, White Lightning) and his murderous offspring. He tracks down the clan, one by one, crashing cars, flattening trucks, demolishing buildings and destroying anything or anyone that gets in his way. Rolling Vengeance is heavyweight action, a powerful story of twisted emotion and mangled metal, the telling of which costs the lives of no less than 65 vehicles. Steven Hilliard Stern (The Park is Mine) directed this action-packed revenge yarn with a screenplay by Michael Thomas Montgomery (Eye of the Tiger) and co-starring Lawrence Dane (Scanners).

    Special Features:- Interview with Star Lawrence Dane-Audio Commentary by Paul Corupe of Canuxploitation.com and Film Historian Jason Pichonsky-Trailer Gallery

     

     Offsite Article: BBFC Podcast Episode 74...


    Link Here 18th October 2017
    We Need to Talk About Kevin DVD The BBFC Need to Talk at Length About Kevin

    See article from bbfc.co.uk

     

     Shopping: Fast and Furious 8...

    2017 USAaction crime thriller by F Gary Gray just released with BBFC category cuts for all UK DVD and Blu-ray


    Link Here 18th October 2017
    Fast & Furious 8 DVD + digital download DVD Fast & Furious 8 is a 2017 USA / Japan / France / Canada / UK / American Samoa / Samoa action crime thriller by F Gary Gray.
    Starring Dwayne Johnson, Charlize Theron and Vin Diesel. BBFC link IMDb

    UK: Presumably the cut UK cinema version was passed 12 for moderate violence, infrequent strong language without further BBFC cuts for:

    • 2017 Universal Pictures R0 4k Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 16th October 2017
    • 2017 Universal Pictures R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 16th October 2017
    • 2017 Universal Pictures R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 16th October 2017

    UK Censorship history and versions

    BBFC advised category cuts were made for a 2017 12A rated cinema release and subsequent 12 rated home video. In the US there is an uncut Theatrical Version rated PG-13 and an unrated Director's Cut which is controversially only available online.
    Summary Notes

    Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game-and the rest of the crew has been exonerated-the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime he can't seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, the elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world's stage... and to bring home the man who made them a family.

     

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    2006 USA musical music drama by Bill Condon just released on US Blu-ray with 2 versions


    Link Here 17th October 2017
    Dreamgirls Blu-ray Dreamgirls is a 2006 USA musical music drama by Bill Condon.
    Starring Beyoncé Knowles, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy. IMDb

    US: The Director's Cut is MPAA Unrated for:
    US: The Theatrical Version is uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated for:

    • 2017 Paramount [Theatrical + Director's Cut] RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 10th October 2017
    There are no censorship issues with this release

    Summary Notes

    Detroit, the early 1960s. Curtis Taylor, Jr., a car salesman, breaks into the music business with big dreams. He signs a trio of young women, the Dreamettes, gets them a job backing an R&B performer, James "Thunder" Early, establishes his own record label and starts wheeling and dealing. When Early flames out, Curtis makes the Dreamettes into headliners as the Dreams, but not before demoting their hefty big-voiced lead singer, Effie White, and putting the softer-voiced looker, Deena Jones, in front. Soon after, he fires Effie, sends her into a life of proud poverty, and takes Deena and the Dreams to the top. How long can Curtis stay there, and will Effie ever get her due?

     

     Shopping: Wish Upon...

    2017 USA horror fantasy thriller by John R Leonetti just released cut on US DVD and uncut on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 16th October 2017
    Wish Upon DVDBlu-rayCombo Wish Upon is a 2017 USA horror fantasy thriller by John R Leonetti.
    Starring Sherilyn Fenn, Joey King and Elisabeth Röhm. BBFC link IMDb

    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    • 2017 Broad Green Pictures [Theatrical Version + Unrated Version] (RA) Blu-ray/(R1) DVD Combo at US Amazon released on 10th October 2017
    Presumably the Blu-ray disk has the uncut version whilst the DVD is the cut version.
    US: The cut Theatrical Version is MPAA PG-13 rated for:
    • 2017 Broad Green Pictures [Theatrical Version + Unrated Version] (RA) Blu-ray/(R1) DVD Combo at US Amazon released on 10th October 2017
    • 2017 Broad Green Pictures [Theatrical Version only ] (R1) DVD at US Amazon released on 10th October 2017

    Reviews

    US Censorship History
    The Theatrical Version was cut in the US for an MPAA PG13 rating. An uncut MPAA Unrated version was later released on Blu-ray only.

    Promotional Material

    A teenage girl discovers a box with magic powers, but it comes with a deadly price.

     

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