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Shopping: The Boys In The Band...

1970 USA gay drama by William Friedkin, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here 13th February 2019
The Boys In The Band is a 1970 USA gay drama by William Friedkin.
Starring Kenneth Nelson, Peter White and Leonard Frey. BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1970. Later uncut and 15 rated for home video. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

The film is reported as the first US studio film to feature the word 'cunt' in Michael's line Donald, you are a real card-carrying cunt. The BBFC were still censoring the word in 1970, eg in Ulysses , so presumably t was the word 'cunt' that was cut by the BBFC for this cinema release.

UK: Passed 15 for very strong language, strong sex references, discrimination, drug misuse after compulsory BBFC cuts:
  • 2018 Second Sight (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 11th February 2019

Promotional Material

A group of thirty-something gay men gather to celebrate a birthday, but before long, tensions rise, secrets emerge and the insults begin to fly.

Director William Friedkin reassembled the original cast for his film adaption of the ground-breaking Broadway hit. Playwright Mart Crowley adapted his own play, creating a script full of acerbic speeches and cutting one liners for his cast of unforgettable characters.

Released 50 years after its Broadway debut – a year before the Stonewall riots - The Boys in the Band still has the power to shock.

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • Audio Commentary with Director William Friedkin and Writer Mart Crowley
  • 'Act 1: The Play'
  • 'Act 2: The Film'
  • 'Act 3: 40 Years of Boys in The Band'
  • More TBC

 

 

Lords of Chaos...

The Christian Institute calls for a ban of a film about black metal mayhem in Norway


Link Here 12th February 2019
Lords of Chaos is a UK / Sweden thriller by Jonas Åkerlund.
Starring Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen and Sky Ferreira. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

A teenager's quest to launch Norwegian Black Metal in Oslo in the 1980s Members of the Norwegian death metal band perform a series of increasingly shocking publicity stunts leading to a very violent outcome.

It is based on real-life band Mayhem, and includes scenes of murder including the brutal killing of a homosexual man - and the burning of churches by satanists.

The latest most controversial film ever has been passed 18 uncut by the BBFC for strong bloody violence, gore, suicide.

According to the Telegraph the BBFC are understood to have been so concerned about the film that it was reviewed at the highest levels and suicide prevention experts were consulted before it was approved for an 18 certificate.

The Telegraph suggests the US film censors at the MPAA were similarly concerned before rating it R for strong brutal violence, disturbing behavior, grisly images, strong sexuality, nudity, and pervasive language.

The BBFC said the film did not glamorise self-harm and that there was no reason to think the film would have a damaging effect on adults who chose to view it - although some might find it distressing.

Church groups have, however, have called for it to be banned. Speaking to The Telegraph, Simon Calvert, deputy director of The Christian Institute, said he was surprised the film had not been banned given the recent discussion about self-harm. He said:

In the current climate of concern over self-harm and suicide, you would have thought there might have been more consideration of the risk that vulnerable people might imitate what they see. The distributors ought to be asking themselves if it is worth this risk.'

The film is being distributed in the United Kingdom by Arrow Films and will be released in cinemas on 29th March.

 

 

Shopping: The Legend Of The 7 Golden Vampires...

1974 UK / Hong Kong action horror by Roy Ward Baker and Cheh Chang set for first US Blu-ray release on 9th April 2019


Link Here 10th February 2019
The Legend Of The 7 Golden Vampires is a 1974 UK / Hong Kong action horror by Roy Ward Baker and Cheh Chang (uncredited).
Starring Peter Cushing, David Chiang and Julie Ege. IMDb

Cuts required by the BBFC for cinema release and VHS but not implemented in the cinema version. Cuts waived for UK DVD. There is a shortened US R rated version, but the uncut UK version has also been released and is MPAA Unrated.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2019 Shout! Factory [Uncut + US Versions] RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 9th April 2019

Promotional Material

Black Belt vs. Black Magic

Professor Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) and Count Dracula (John Forbes-Robinson) meet again in this spectacular kung fu horror thriller set in the village of Ping Kuei. After learning about the seven golden vampires of the village, Hsi Ching (David Chiang), Vanessa Buren (Julie Ege) and Mai Kwei (Szu Shih) offer to guide Van Helsing and his son to Ping Kuei to free it from the curse of Count Dracula.

Throughout their journey, the group encounters several unwanted attackers until they arrive at the golden vampires' derelict temple, inhabited by Count Dracula. In the temple, Van Helsing and the count begin a fearsome battle to the death 203 an ultimate clash between good and evil!

Presented here for the first time in high definition is Hammer's original uncut version. It was released in the US in an edited version called The 7 Brothers Meet Dracula, which is also included here in high definition as a bonus feature.

 

 

Shopping: Donnie Brasco...

1997 USA crime biography by Mike Newell just released on US Blu-ray/DVD Combo in the preferred Theatrical Version


Link Here 10th February 2019
Donnie Brasco is a 1997 USA crime biography by Mike Newell.
Starring Al Pacino, Johnny Depp and Michael Madsen. BBFC link IMDb
Exists as the preferred Theatrical Version and an Extended Version. The differences are uncontentious.

This release features the Theatrical Version.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
  • 2019 Mill Creek Entertainment RA Blu-ray/R1 DVD Combo at US Amazon released on 5th February 2019

Promotional Material

Posing as jewel broker Donnie Brasco, FBI agent Joseph D. Pistone is granted entrance into the violent mob family of aging hitman Lefty Ruggiero. When his personal and professional lives collide, Pistone jeopardizes his marriage, his job, his life and, ultimately, the gangster mentor he has come to respect and admire.

 

 

Shopping: Double Dragon...

1994 USA action comedy adventure by James Yukich, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray/DVD Combo


Link Here 9th February 2019
Double Dragon is a 1994 USA action comedy adventure by James Yukich (as James Nickson).
Starring Robert Patrick, Mark Dacascos and Scott Wolf. Youtube link IMDb
Passed PG uncut for 1995 cinema release in the UK, but was cut for a 12 rated 1997 VHS. Presumably uncut for 12 rated home video releases of 2015. Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated in the US.
US: Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated for:
  • 2019 MVD Rewind Collection (RA) Blu-ray/R1 DVD Combo at US Amazon released on 5t February 2019

Promotional Material

EVIL HAS JUST MET ITS MATCH!

From producers Don Murphy (Transformers franchise), Jane Hamsher (Natural Born Killers), Alan Schechter (Showdown), writers Michael Davis (Shoot 'Em Up) and Emmy® Award Winner* Peter Gould (Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad) comes the cult classic movie based on the video game smash!

Double Dragon roars to life with amazing special effects, spectacular action sequences, and a knock-about sense of humor. It's the year 2007, and what remains of L.A. is now ''New Angeles,'' a city ravaged by earthquakes, tidal waves and vicious gangs. The evil tycoon Koga Shuko (Robert Patrick, Terminator 2: Judgment Day) is obsessed with finding the two halves of a talisman known as the ''Double Dragon,'' which will give him awesome mystical powers. Two teenage brothers, Jimmy (Mark Dacascos, John Wick 3: Parabellum) and Billy Lee (Scott Wolf, Party of Five) find themselves in possession of the amulet's missing half, thrusting them into the adventure of their lives. With the help of Maria (Alyssa Milano, Charmed) and her vigilante group ''The Power Corps,'' Jimmy and Billy must summon all of their courage, resourcefulness and martial-arts skills to stop the villain's malevolent plan.

Crackling with the energy and humor of its two heroes, Double Dragon is a high-octane action spectacular. Buckle your seatbelt and enjoy the ride!

*2017: Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series, Better Call Saul: Los Pollos Hermanos Employee Training, 2013, 2014: Outstanding Drama Series, Breaking Bad

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations of the main feature
  • Audio: English 5.1 Stereo, English 2.0 Stereo, German 2.0 Stereo
  • English, French and Spanish Subtitles
  • NEW! ''The Making of Double Dragon'' (full length documentary featuring interviews with stars Scott Wolf and Marc Dacascos, writers Peter Gould & Michael Davis and producer Don Murphy)
  • NEW! ''Don Murphy: Portrait of a Producer'' featurette
  • Archival ''Making of'' Featurette
  • Behind the Scenes Featurette
  • 1993 Double Dragon Animated Series Pilot Episode #101: ''The Shadow Falls''
  • Storyboard Gallery
  • Press Photos, Marketing and Behind The Scenes Photo Galleries
  • TV Spots
  • VHS Home Video Trailer
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Collectible Mini-Poster
  • Reversible Sleeve Featuring Alternate Artwork

    Special Features May Not Be Rated, Closed Captioned or In High Definition.

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    Shopping: Dr. Seuss' The Grinch...

    2018 China / USA family cartoon comedy by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier just released on UK Blu-ray and DVD with cuts for a U rating


    Link Here 8th February 2019
    The Grinch is a 2018 China / USA family cartoon comedy by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier.
    Starring Benedict Cumberbatch. BBFC link IMDb
    BBFC category cuts were required for a U rated cinema releases in 2018 and video in 2019. Uncut and MPAA PG rated in the US.

    The BBFC cuts were to overdub the uses of the word 'ass' in a song.

    Summary Notes

    For their eighth fully animated feature, Illumination and Universal Pictures present The Grinch, based on Dr. Seuss' beloved holiday classic. The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl's generous holiday spirit. Funny, heartwarming, and visually stunning, it's a universal story about the spirit of Christmas and the indomitable power of optimism. Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch lends his voice to the infamous Grinch, who lives a solitary life inside a cave on Mt. Crumpet with only his loyal dog, Max, for company. With a cave rigged with inventions and contraptions for his day-to-day needs, the Grinch only sees his neighbors in Whoville when he runs out of food. Each year at Christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter, and louder celebrations. When the Whos declare they are going to make Christmas three times bigger this year, the Grinch ...

    US: Uncut and MPAA PG rated for:
    • 2019 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment RA 4k Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 5th February 2019
    • 2019 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 5th February 2019
    • 2019 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 5th February 2019
    • 2019 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon

    Promotional Material

    Illumination and Universal Pictures present The Grinch, based on Dr. Seuss' beloved classic. The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl's generous spirit. Funny, heartwarming and visually stunning, The Grinch is fun for the whole family!

     

     

    Shopping: The Fifth Cord...

    1971 Italy mystery thriller by Luigi Bazzoni, previously cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray


    Link Here 6th February 2019
    The Fifth Cord is a 1971 Italy mystery thriller by Luigi Bazzoni.
    Starring Franco Nero, Silvia Monti and Wolfgang Preiss. BBFC link IMDb
    Uncut for X rated cinema release in 1972 but cut for 18 rated VHS in 1988. Later passed 18 uncut for 2019 Blu-ray. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
    UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence:
    • 2019 Arrow Video (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 4th February 2019

    The previous BBFC cuts were:

    • The cut removes a shot of a man slashing a woman's neck with a knife after stalking her for a while.

    There is also a US release.

    Promotional Material

    The success of Dario Argento s The Bird with the Crystal Plumage ushered in a host of imitators, seeking to capitalise on this new, modern take on the giallo thriller. Many were highly derivative, but a number nonetheless rose above the crowd thanks to skilful execution and a willingness to experiment stylistically. Once such example is The Fifth Cord ¬ which, in the hands of director Luigi Bazzoni (The Possessed, Footprints on the Moon), turns a conventional premise into a visually stunning exploration of alienation and isolation.

    When a man barely survives a brutal assault en route home from a New Year s party, washed-up, whisky-swilling journalist Andrea Bild (Franco Nero, Django) is assigned to report on the case. Before long, the maniac strikes again, this time with fatal results. As the body count rises, Andrea falls under suspicion himself, making it even more imperative that he crack the case. His only clue lies in a series of black gloves found at the location of every attack, each with a finger cut off...

    Adapted from a novel by David McDonald Devine, The Fifth Cord boasts a complex, Agatha Christie-esque plot, outstanding cinematography courtesy of future Oscar-winner Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now) and supporting appearances by a raft of genre stalwarts, including Silvia Monti (A Lizard in a Woman s Skin), Edmund Purdom (Nightmare City) and Rossella Falk (Sleepless). Debuting here in high definition, arguably the most visually stunning giallo ever made now shines like never before.

    SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks
  • English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • New audio commentary by critic Travis Crawford
  • Lines and Shadows, a new video essay on the film s use of architecture and space by critic Rachael Nisbet
  • Whisky Giallore, a new video interview with author and critic Michael Mackenzie
  • Black Day for Nero, a new video interview with actor Franco Nero
  • The Rhythm Section, a new video interview with film editor Eugenio Alabiso
  • Rare, previously unseen deleted sequence, restored from the original negative
  • Original Italian and English theatrical trailers
  • Image gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Haunt Love
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Kat Ellinger and Peter Jilmstad
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    Shopping: Uninvited...

    1988 USA Sci-Fi horror by Greydon Clark just released on US Blu-ray/DVD Combo with 2 versions


    Link Here 5th February 2019
    Uninvited is a 1988 USA Sci-Fi horror by Greydon Clark.
    Starring George Kennedy, Alex Cord and Clu Gulager. BBFC link IMDb
    Exists as a Theatrical Version and an International Version
    US: The Theatrical Version is uncut and MPAA R rated:
    US: The International Version is MPAA Unrated:
    • 2019 Vinegar Syndrome [Theatrical + International Versions] RA Blu-ray/R1 DVD Combo at US Amazon released on 29th January 2019
    • 2019 Vinegar Syndrome Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon

    Promotional Material

    At a secluded biochemical lab, which runs cruel tests on animals, a seemingly innocent looking cat has just escaped, but beneath its furry exterior, a terrifying monster has been seeded, emerging to brutally maim and kill anyone it finds threatening. Discovered by a group of teenage spring breakers and brought aboard a luxury yacht bound for the Cayman Islands, the cuddly fluff ball quickly begins gnawing away at the ship's guests and crew. But to make matters even worse, it's soon revealed that the cruise's host, a renowned multimillionaire, is in fact on the run from the law and won't return the boat to shore, killer mutant cat be damned!

    A mind-boggling piece of late 80s horror weirdness, mixing low-fi creature effects, explosive gore, crime thriller subplots, and a fairly logical cat monster, Greydon Clark's ( JOYSTICKS ) UNINVITED stars George Kennedy ( DEATH SHIP ), Alex Cord ( THE DEAD ARE ALIVE ), and legendary character actor Clu Gulager ( RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD ). Vinegar Syndrome proudly brings this video store classic to Blu-ray, newly restored in 4k from its 35mm camera negative and includes a previously unreleased international cut which features exclusive footage, including an alternate ending!

    Bonus Features:
    1. Newly scanned & restored in 4k from it's 35mm original camera negative
    2. Commentary track with director Greydon Clark
    3. Alternate International edit (93 min)
    4. "That Darn Mutant Cat!" - an interview with cinematographer Nicholas von Sternberg
    5. Original theatrical trailer
    5. Reversible cover artwork
    6. English SDH subtitles

     

     

    Shopping: Ecco and The Forbidden...

    1963 Italy mondo documentary by Gianni Proia, cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray and DVD


    Link Here 4th February 2019
    This Shocking World (ECCO) is a 1963 Italy musical music documentary by Gianni Proia.
    Starring George Sanders, Alexander and Maria Ansaldi. BBFC link IMDb
    Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1964 cinema release. In the US the film was reworked in 1965 to produce a US version titled Ecco. This is set for an Unrated US release in 2019.
    The Forbidden is a 1966 Italy / France documentary by Benjamin Andrews and Lee Frost.
    Starring Baby Bubbles, Bob Cresse and Pat Hall. IMDb
    The original French film was reworked for US release.
    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
    • 2019 Severin Films [Ecco + Forbidden World] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 29th January 2019
    • 2019 Severin Films [Ecco + Forbidden World] R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 29th January 2019

    Promotional Material

    Severin Films presents ECCO and THE FORBIDDEN - The most extreme mondo of them all, now scanned in 4k for the first time ever, plus mega-sleazy bonus mondo!

    In 1963, nudie/roughie filmmakers Bob Cresse and Lee Frost (HOUSE ON BARE MOUNTAIN, LOVE CAMP 7) saw the U.S. grosses of MONDO CANE and quickly imported and adapted one of the most provocative and successful shockumentaries of the decade. Narrated by Academy Award® winner George Sanders (ALL ABOUT EVE) and featuring a legendary soundtrack by Riz Ortolani (Oscar®-nominated for MONDO CANE's 'More'), ECCO explores a world of sadism, delinquency, roller derby, extreme piercing, appalling stereotypes and the infamous Lapland-women-castrating-reindeer-with-their-teeth sequence, now scanned in 4k from the original inter-negative. Bonus feature THE FORBIDDEN is Frost & Cresse's rarely seen and totally insane 1966 fake Mondo, packed with staged scenes of Swiss lesbians, L.A. rapists, Parisian tarts and Nazi strippers, newly-transferred from the only known 35mm print in existence.

    SPECIAL FEATURES:

    The Bandit - Producer David Goldstein remembers Bob Cresse.
    I Want More - Short Film.
    Ecco Trailer.

     

     

    Shopping: Opera...

    1987 Italy horror mystery thriller by Dario Argento, cut by the MPAA and BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray/DVD Combo


    Link Here 3rd February 2019
    Opera is a 1987 Italy horror mystery thriller by Dario Argento.
    Starring Cristina Marsillach, Ian Charleson and Urbano Barberini. BBFC link IMDb
    The film was cut in the US for an R rating and further cut by the BBFC for 1990 18 rated cinema and 1991 VHS release. The uncut International Version was passed 18 by the BBFC for 2002 DVD and is MPAA Unrated in the US.
    UK: Passed 18 uncut for:
    • 2019 Cult Films R0 Blu-ray/(R0) DVD Combo at UK Amazon released on 21st January 2019

    Reviews

    Promotional Material

    Dario Argento (Suspiria) returns to CultFilms with this breath-taking new restoration which finally does justice to the Maestro's groundbreaking visionary horror masterpiece OPERA. With reality-defying soaring cinematography splattered with expressionistic Grand Guignol excess, Dario Argento turns up the fear to new heights, cementing him as one of the most influential filmmakers of the 20th Century.

    When young understudy Betty (Cristina Marsillach) takes the lead role in a new operatic production of Verdi's Macbeth, she soon attracts the attention of a knife-wielding psycho who forces her to watch - with eyes pinned open - as he brutally despatches her friends and colleagues with sadistic delight. Can Betty free herself from this unending nightmare or does a more terrifying fate await?

    Take your seats for Argento's Terror at the Opera!

    CultFilms is proud to bring you this virtuoso terror classic in a stunning new 2K restoration, with colour regrading carried out under instruction from the maestro himself and in reference to his own, preferred, original cinema print - finally doing justice to Argento's original operatic vision and sound.

    SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:

    • Dual edition with slipcase
    • New 2k scan, restored and re-graded in consultation with director Dario Argento
    • New, improved English subtitles for the separate optional Italian audio

    EXTRAS:

    • Aria of Fear : A brand new candid interview with director Dario Argento
    • Opera Backstage : A detailed, period documentary showing Argento making Opera (40 minutes)
    • Restoration featurette on the process from raw to scan to the re-graded, restored final vision

     

     

    Shopping: Battle Creek Brawl...

    1980 USA / Hong Kong action crime comedy by Robert Clouse, cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray


    Link Here 2nd February 2019
    Battle Creek Brawl is a 1980 USA / Hong Kong action crime comedy by Robert Clouse.
    Starring Jackie Chan, Kristine DeBell and José Ferrer. IMDb
    Cut by the BBFC for an AA rated cinema release in 1980 and 15 rated VHS and DVD. The BBFC has not yet published details of an uncut version but there is still time.
    UK: BBFC details not yet published, previous releases are rated 15 after cuts:
    • 2019 88 Films (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 28th January 2019

    Promotional Material

    Jackie Chan arrived on American soil with hopes of becoming a superstar in the West and his first ever Hollywood project as a leading man certainly provided him with a notable director in Robert Clouse, the legendary director who took Bruce Lee to the next level with ENTER THE DRAGON (1973). Whilst BATTLE CREEK BRAWL (1980) was not quite as epoch defining, this is still prime Jackie - as our man successfully takes on the mafia and romances the gorgeous Playboy cover girl Kristine DeBell. A classic bout of chopsocky on Anglicised soil, BATTLE CREEK BRAWL is ready to punch its way into your collection in this gobsmacking 2k HD restoration!

    Extras:

    • Limited Edition O-Card slipcase [First Print Run Only]
    • Limited Edition Collectors' Postcards Set (4) [First Print Run Only]
    • 2018 4K Scan from the Original Camera Negative
    • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
    • DTS Original English Mono Audio
    • DTS-HD MA English 5.1 Re-Mixed Audio
    • DTS-HD MA Cantonese Stereo Audio
    • DTS-HD MA Mandarin Stereo Audio
    • Archive Interview with Jackie Chan
    • Interview with Producer Raymond Chow
    • Interview with Hong Kong Expert Rick Baker
    • Interview with Film Journalist David West
    • Reversible Sleeve with New Artwork by The Dude Designs and Original Hong Kong Poster Artwork

     

     

    Shopping: Tarzan's Three Challenges...

    1963 UK / USA action adventure by Robert Day, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 1st February 2019
    Tarzan's Three Challenges is a 1963 UK / USA action adventure by Robert Day.
    Starring Jock Mahoney, Woody Strode and Tsu Kobayashi. BBFC link IMDb
    BBFC category cuts were required for a 1963 cinema release. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    Summary Notes

    The spiritual leader of an oriental country is dying. The leader's evil brother Khan is plotting to prevent Kashi, the youthful heir, from assuming his rightful position. Tarzan is summoned to protect Kashi and, in doing so, he must face Khan in three tests of strength. The final test is a sword fight which takes place on a wide-mesh net stretched over cauldrons of boiling oil. Jeweled elephants lead grand processions, and a thousand girls perform the "dance of the candles". A baby elephant named Hungry replaces Cheetah in the humor role.

     

     

    Shopping: Suburbia...

    1983 USA thriller by Penelope Spheeris, cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 31st January 2019
    Suburbia is a 1983 USA thriller by Penelope Spheeris.
    Starring Chris Pedersen, Bill Coyne and Jennifer Clay. BBFC link IMDb
    Animal cruelty was cut by the BBFC for 18 rated VHS in 1985 and 15 rated DVD in 2003. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

    Summary Notes

    When household tensions and a sense of worthlessness overcome Evan, he finds escape when he clings with the orphans of a throw-away society. The runaways hold on to each other like a family until a tragedy tears them apart. Directed by Penelope Spheeris of "Decline of Western Civilization."

     

     

    Out of favour...

    The BBFC promises 'strong sex' in The Favourite but cinema goers are left disappointed


    Link Here 30th January 2019
    The Favourite is a 2018 Ireland / UK / USA historical comedy biography by Yorgos Lanthimos.
    Starring Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz. BBFC link IMDb

    Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne's ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen's companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfill her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.

    The BBFC passed the Oscars contender, The Favourite as 15 uncut for very strong language, strong sex, but cinema goers have been left disappointed as the sex content fails to live up to expectations.

    According to the Daily Mail social media is awash with complaints about the misleading warning. Posts published by the newspaper suggest that the mild sex that the movie contains may be have been uprated to 'strong sex' because of its lesbian flavour. Eg one fan wrote:

    Galling that #TheFavourite, which is wonderful from start to finish, is preceded by a content warning about 'strong sex. It's actually mild sex, which has presumably been promoted to strong sex because it happens to be gay sex,'

    The BBFC defended their consumer advice claiming the film had the strong sex tagline primarily for the heterosexual activity.

     

     

    Shopping: Cobra...

    1986 USA action crime thriller by George P Cosmatos, cut by the MPAA and BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 27th January 2019
    Cobra is a 1986 USA action crime thriller by George P Cosmatos.
    Starring Sylvester Stallone, Brigitte Nielsen and Reni Santoni. IMDb
    Cut for an MPAA R rating and further cut by the BBFC for an 18 rating
    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

    Summary Notes

    A gang of neo-fascist thugs, led by the self-proclaimed 'Night Slasher', are breaking into people's homes & cars, then killing them at random. When of of these thugs holds up a food store & takes hostages, Lt. Marian Cobretti - an intense, take-no-prisoners cop, is brought onto the scene to end the hostage-taking. Ranting bizarrely about a 'New World', the man levels a sawed-off shotgun at Cobretti, who hits him with a knife, then guns him down when the man refuses to put down his weapon. Later that night, another murder occurs, attributed to the Night Slasher - and the next day, another one. This one is witnessed by a young woman, Ingrid Knutsen. She drives away before the thugs can kill her, but it isn't long before some creepy-looking people start making attempts on her life - and Cobretti's. Cobretti plans to move the only witness to the blood spree upstate, but with inside information, the thugs follow them. And a battle for survival rages between Cobretti and the thugs...

     

     

    Waterworld: The Ulysses Cut...

    Arrow releases a version that started life as a fan edit


    Link Here 27th January 2019

    Waterworld is a 1995 USA action Sci-Fi adventure by Kevin Reynolds.
    Starring Kevin Costner, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Dennis Hopper. BBFC link IMDb

    Never cut by film censors. The producers shortened the film against the wishes of the Director for theatrical release. The deleted material was restored for an extended TV version, but suffered cuts for the likes of strong language. An uncut extended version was released in Europe and has been tagged as the Ulysses Cut.

    A fan-edit cut of the 1995 movie Waterworld is now available as an official Blu-ray release. The original Ulysses cut was crowdsourced using extra scenes from various TV broadcasts and publicly shared on The Pirate Bay more than a decade ago. The Blu-ray has been released by Arrow Film, but whether the original editor is aware of it is unknown.

    The Arrow release includes three Waterworld cuts which were newly restored from the original material. That by itself would be enough to get proper fans excited, but it's the inclusion of the infamous Ulysses Cut that was most anticipated.

    Waterworld is known for its many different versions, but this one never officially aired anywhere. It was created by a fan who, together with others, set out to make the longest uncensored edit of Waterworld possible.

    The origin of this fan-edit, well documented by the Unheard Nerd, started in 2005. A user of the Original Trilogy forum asked if anyone had access to the 40 minutes of Waterworld material that appeared in an ABC broadcast. This generated a long thread where users shared and compared different versions of the film.

    In 2006, a user named Mcfly89, showed his interest in the project. Mcfly89 later took the lead and after crowdsourcing copies of different broadcasts, he set out to combine these into a long uncensored edit of Waterworld.

    The project progressed slowly and by November 2007 the name Ulysses was first mentioned. This title refers to the unnamed mariner played by Kevin Costner. He's given this name toward the end of the film in a scene that was taken out of the theatrical version.

    With a name for the project, Mcfly89 continued his work. Helped by other members, who also assisted with an appropriate DVD-cover, the fan-made DVD was ready by the summer of 2008. Despite a temporary outage on The Pirate Bay, Mcfly89 managed to upload a torrent for the Ulysses cut to the site on July 28th, exactly thirteen years after the original premiere.

    Many Waterworld fans welcomed the Ulysses release and it was even extended by Zaaacharias a few years later. It's not clear whether the original makers were happy with it. Film fans generally see fan-edits as important preservation projects, but copyright holders have gone after such releases as well.

    Fast forward another decade and now the Ulysses cut has been released legitimately on a Blu-Ray disc put together by Arrow Films. The movie company used the name of the cut, but it was obviously reconstructed from original footage, not the broadcasts that were used in the fan-edit.

    It would probably be an interesting read or feature to know how between Universal, Arrow and Mcfly89 The Ulysses Cut has eventually arrived as a 1080p edition. The story is quite remarkable already but we believe that Arrow Films missed a major opportunity here. But perhaps the full story will come out one day, in another decade or so.

     

     

    Shopping: 10 To Midnight...

    1983 USA crime thriller by J Lee Thompson, cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 26th January 2019
    10 To Midnight is a 1983 USA crime thriller by J Lee Thompson.
    Starring Charles Bronson, Lisa Eilbacher and Andrew Stevens. IMDb
    Uncut for 18 rated UK cinema release and pre-cert video. Later cut by the BBFC for an 18 rated VHS release in 1987. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
    • 2019 Shout Factory RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 22nd January 2019

    Reviews

    • See review from dvdtalk.com : " The closest thing Charles Bronson ever did to a horror movie is J. Lee Thompson's 1983 film for the Cannon Films Group, 10 To Midnight "
    • See review from mcbastardsmausoleum.blogspot.com : " The violence in the film is not as graphic but as the rampant nudity but it is perverse and dark with enough blood to drive home the blade "

    Summary Notes

    In Los Angeles, the rookie Detective Paul McAnn teams up with the veteran Detective Leo Kessler to investigate the murder of Betty Johnson and her boyfriend that were stabbed by a naked serial-killer in a park. Detective Kessler recognizes the victim, who lived in the same neighborhood many years ago and childhood friend of his daughter Laurie Kessler. The killer Warren Stacy goes to the funeral and overhears Betty's father telling Detective Kessler that his daughter had a diary. Warren breaks in Betty's apartment and stabs and kills her roommate Karen Smalley trying to find the diary. But Karen had already delivered the journal to Detective Kessler. Leo Kessler is sure that Warren is the serial-killer and her plants a false evidence in his apartment. However, Warren's defense lawyer presses Detective McAnn accusing him of perjury and Warren is released. Now the Warren is stalking Laurie to revenge against her father.

     

     

    Shopping: Stranger in the House...

    1967 UK crime drama by Pierre Rouve, cut by the BBFC, set for UK Blu-ray/DVD Combo release on 25th February 2019


    Link Here 24th January 2019
    Stranger in the House is a 1967 UK crime drama by Pierre Rouve.
    Starring James Mason, Geraldine Chaplin and Bobby Darin. BBFC link IMDb  

    Cu by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1967. Presumably it was the UK cinema version that was passed 15 for 2019 DVD/Blu-ray

    UK: Presumably the cut cinema version was passed 15 for strong sex references:
    • 2019 Bfi R2 Blu-ray/DVD Combo at UK Amazon released on 25th February 2019

    Promotional Material

    Stranger in the House (DVD + Blu-ray) Directed by Pierre Rouve Once an eminent barrister, cynical drunkard John Sawyer (James Mason) leads a reclusive life, out of touch with the burgeoning youth movement of the mid-1960s. But when his daughter Angela's (Geraldine Chaplin) boyfriend is wrongfully accused of murder, Sawyer decides to confront his demons and the changing world around him in order to defend him. Featuring striking camera work from Academy Award-winner Kenneth Higgins and co-starring music legend Bobby Darin, this intergenerational drama (based on a novel by George Simenon) is a cult British classic ripe for rediscovery.

    Special Features:

    Original trailer, Other extras TBC, Fully illustrated booklet

     

     

    Shopping: Opera...

    1987 Italy horror mystery thriller by Dario Argento, once cut in the US and UK, just released on UK Blu-ray/DVD Combo


    Link Here 24th January 2019
    Opera is a 1987 Italy horror mystery thriller by Dario Argento.
    Starring Cristina Marsillach, Ian Charleson and Urbano Barberini. BBFC link IMDb
    The film was cut in the US for an R rating and further cut by the BBFC for 1990 18 rated cinema and 1991 VHS release. The uncut International Version was passed 18 by the BBFC for 2002 DVD and is MPAA Unrated in the US.
    UK: Passed 18 uncut for:
    • 2019 Cult Films R0 Blu-ray/(R0) DVD Combo at UK Amazon released on 21st January 2019

    Reviews

    Promotional Material

    Dario Argento (Suspiria) returns to CultFilms with this breath-taking new restoration which finally does justice to the Maestro's groundbreaking visionary horror masterpiece OPERA. With reality-defying soaring cinematography splattered with expressionistic Grand Guignol excess, Dario Argento turns up the fear to new heights, cementing him as one of the most influential filmmakers of the 20th Century.

    When young understudy Betty (Cristina Marsillach) takes the lead role in a new operatic production of Verdi's Macbeth, she soon attracts the attention of a knife-wielding psycho who forces her to watch - with eyes pinned open - as he brutally despatches her friends and colleagues with sadistic delight. Can Betty free herself from this unending nightmare or does a more terrifying fate await?

    Take your seats for Argento's Terror at the Opera!

    CultFilms is proud to bring you this virtuoso terror classic in a stunning new 2K restoration, with colour regrading carried out under instruction from the maestro himself and in reference to his own, preferred, original cinema print - finally doing justice to Argento's original operatic vision and sound.

    SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:

    • Dual edition with slipcase
    • New 2k scan, restored and re-graded in consultation with director Dario Argento
    • New, improved English subtitles for the separate optional Italian audio

    EXTRAS:

    • Aria of Fear : A brand new candid interview with director Dario Argento
    • Opera Backstage : A detailed, period documentary showing Argento making Opera (40 minutes)
    • Restoration featurette on the process from raw to scan to the re-graded, restored final vision

     

     

    Onsite Link: A Fistful of Dollars...


    Link Here 24th January 2019
    A cuts list update to the UK VHS releases

    See article from melonfarmers.co.uk

     

     

    Shopping: Sister Street Fighter Collection...

    Film set by Kazuhiko Yamaguchi and Shigehiro Ozawa set for UK Blu-ray release on 4th March 2019 with BBFC cuts


    Link Here 23rd January 2019
    Sister Street Fighter Collection is a film set by Kazuhiko Yamaguchi and Shigehiro Ozawa.
    Starring Etsuko Shihomi, Shin'ichi Chiba and Asao Uchida. Consisting of:
    • Sister Street Fighter
    • Sister Street Fighter: Hanging By A Thread
    • Return Of The Sister Street Fighter
    • Sister Street Fighter: Fifth Level Fist
    UK: Passed with an aggregate 18 with BBFC cuts for:
    • 2019 Arrow Sister Street Fighter Collection (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 4th March 2019
    Sister Street Fighter is a 1974 Japanese film by Kazuhiko Yamaguchi.
    With Etsuko Shihomi, Emi Hayakawa and Sanae Ôhori. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
    The US R rated version was further cut by the BBFC for 1986 18 rated VHS. The film was passed 18 uncut for 2019 18 rated Blu-ray.
    Sister Street Fighter: Hanging By a Thread is a 1974 Japan action crime film by Kazuhiko Yamaguchi.
    Starring Etsuko Shiomi, Tamayo Mitsukawa and Michiyo Bandô. BBFC link IMDb
    Rightfully cut by the BBFC for 18 rated Blu-ray in 2019. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US but surely not a good idea to import it into the UK.

    BBFC Cuts required to remove potentially indecent images of a child.

    Thanks to James:

    The villain of the movie has a large framed photo of a reclining naked pre-pubescent girl hung up on their wall in the background of a scene and is pretty prominent throughout, probably talking up half of the screen space.

    So it's not really a surprise that it's been cut. In fact I'm curious how they have handled the cuts because it's prolonged and prominent enough that removing all frames with it in would render the scene un-watchable. I'm assuming they will have to mask it out rather than remove the footage (which is probably why they haven't mentioned the length of the cuts).

    Arrow commented:

    We would like to take this opportunity to let UK fans know that our upcoming release of Sister Street Fighter: Hanging By A Thread, will be censored (not cut) in one scene. This is due to a potentially indecent image of a minor used as set decoration in the lair of one of the villains - visible in one shot for approximately 31 seconds which the BBFC advised breached the Protection of Children Act 1978.

    As this scene features important expository dialogue, instead of cutting it out completely we have decided to zoom into the other half of the frame, cropping out the offending part of the image entirely. The US edition will be unaffected.

    Apart from this, all four films in the set will be released for the first time in the UK in all their bloody, bone-snapping uncut glory, including the gore and weapons scenes cut from previous UK releases of the first film! The US edition will be unaffected.

    Promotional Material

    After the massive success of The Street Fighter , the Toei Company decided to build a new karate series around a female lead, and cast a young actress who had appeared in a cameo role alongside her mentor Sonny Chiba. Still a teenager at the time, Etsuko Shihomi exploded onscreen in her first leading role and created a new character type: a tough fighter who was fierce, fearless, good-hearted, and decidedly non-sexualised, a departure from Toei s typical formula.

    In 1974 s Sister Street Fighter , Shihomi is the half-Chinese, half-Japanese Li Koryu, who travels to Yokohama to investigate the disappearance of her brother, an undercover cop. Li discovers a smuggling ring run by a drug lord with his own personal army of deadly fighters, and must penetrate his evil lair with the help of a fellow karate master (played by Chiba). Shihomi and director Kazuhiko Yamaguchi ( Wolf Guy ) made two additional films based on the same character over the next year, Sister Street Fighter: Hanging By A Thread and Return Of The Sister Street Fighter , with a final unrelated follow-up ( Sister Street Fighter: Fifth Level Fist ) helmed by original Street Fighter director Shigehiro Ozawa appearing in 1976.

    Genre entertainment of the highest order, the Sister Street Fighter films are a wild ride through some of the best exploitation cinema Japan produced in the 1970s. Funky and over-the-top, filled with wall-to-wall action, and featuring some of the craziest villains ever depicted onscreen, the series embodies female power in a male-dominated genre and is a magnificent showcase for the physical presence and martial arts skills of its lead star.

    SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • High Definition digital transfers of all four films
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations
  • Original uncompressed Japanese mono audio
  • Original English dubbed audio for Sister Street Fighter
  • New optional English subtitle translation for all four films
  • English SDH subtitles for the English dub for Sister Street Fighter
  • New video interviews with actor Shinichi Sonny Chiba, director Kazuhiko Yamaguchi, and screenwriter Masahiro Kakefuda
  • Original Japanese theatrical trailers for all four films
  • Original U.S. theatrical trailer for Sister Street Fighter , plus original English opening titles to the film
  • Original German theatrical trailer for Sister Street Fighter , plus original German opening titles to the film
  • Stills and poster gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Kungfubob O Brien
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated booklet featuring writing on the series by Patrick Macias and a new essay on the U.S. release of Toei s karate films by Chris Poggiali
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    Shopping: Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte...

    1964 USA crime mystery thriller by Robert Aldrich, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray


    Link Here 23rd January 2019
    Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte is a 1964 USA crime mystery thriller by Robert Aldrich.
    Starring Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland and Joseph Cotten. BBFC link IMDb
    Cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1965. Uncut and 15 rated for home video. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
    UK: Passed 15 unut for moderate bloody violence:
    • 2019 Eureka Entertainment (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 21st January 2019

    Reviews

    Promotional Material

    Originally conceived as an informal follow-up to What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? , Robert Aldrich s Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte was yet another hit for the legendary director, receiving seven Academy Award nominations.

    Charlotte Hollis ( Bette Davis ) has been closeted in her mansion since the grisly murder of her married lover many years earlier. When the county wants to tear down the house to build a highway, the spinster s relatives and friends appear to rally behind her, but each slowly preys on her mind until the gruesome rumours of the last 40 years appear to be coming true. On hand are cousin Miriam ( Olivia de Havilland ), Dr. Drew Bayliss ( Joseph Cotten ), Jewel Mayhew ( Mary Astor ), and the scariest inhabitant of all, loyal servant Velma (Oscar® nominee Agnes Moorehead ).

    A dark and twisted psychological thriller from one of Hollywood s most idiosyncratic filmmakers, The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Robert Aldrich s Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK.

    BLU RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
    • 1080p Blu-Ray presentation
    • LPCM 2.0 Audio
    • Optional English SDH subtitles
    • New and exclusive feature length audio commentary by critic Kat Ellinger
    • Audio commentary by film historian Glenn Erickson
    • Hush...Hush, Sweet Joan: The Making of Charlotte [22 mins]
    • Bruce Dern Remembers [13 mins]
    • Wizard Work [5 mins] an archival behind-the-scenes look at the film, narrated by Joseph Cotton
    • Trailer & TV spots
    • PLUS: A collector s booklet featuring a new essay by Lee Gambin, illustrated with archival imagery

     

     

    Shopping: Kindergarten Cop...

    1990 USA action crime comedy by Ivan Reitman, once cut for a 12 rating, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 22nd January 2019
    Kindergarten Cop is a 1990 USA action crime comedy by Ivan Reitman.
    Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Penelope Ann Miller and Pamela Reed. Youtube link IMDb
    BBFC category cuts were made for a 12 rated 1991 cinema release. Later uncut and 15 rated on home video. Uncut and PG-13 rated in the US.
    US: Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated for:
    • 2019 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 15th January 2019
    • 2019 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon

    Promotional Material

    Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in the unforgettable action-comedy Kindergarten Cop from director Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters, Twins). Detective John Kimble (Schwarzenegger) is a veteran of the mean streets of Los Angeles, ready and able to tackle anything. In order to trap an elusive criminal, he is forced to face his most challenging assignment yet: going undercover as a kindergarten teacher. Now facing 23 screaming kids, he has to keep them under control without blowing his top and his cover. Once he gains the respect of his class, as well as the affections of a beautiful teacher, Detective Kimble must prepare for a final confrontation with his prey.

     

     

    Shopping: Silent Rage...

    1982 USA action crime horror by Michael Miller, cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 21st January 2019
    Silent Rage is a 1982 USA action crime horror by Michael Miller.
    Starring Chuck Norris, Ron Silver and Steven Keats. IMDb
    Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated home video. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
    • 2019 Mill Creek Retro VHS Look (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 15th January 2019

    Reviews

    Promotional Material

    Martial Arts Master Versus Superhuman Killing Machine!

    Chuck Norris , six time World Karate Champion, stars in his first suspense film as the tough, street-fighting sheriff of a small Texas town terrorized by a psychotic killer. Norris is faced with the dilemma of stopping the invincible murderer, made virtually indestructible through genetic engineering. A young group of researchers are responsible for developing the serum, and the head of the research institute is determined to continue the genetic experiments regardless of the consequences. Norris displays fighting brilliance as he singlehandedly routs a dozen brutal bikers from a truck stop hangout, while revealing a warm and sexy side when he rekindles an old romance with Alison Halman ( Toni Kalem ), a researcher at the institute. Excitement, horror and romance prevails as Norris combats the killer.

     

     

    Shopping: Forbidden Photos Of A Lady Above Suspicion...

    1970 Spain / Italy mystery thriller by Luciano Ercoli, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray


    Link Here 20th January 2019
    Forbidden Photos Of A Lady Above Suspicion is a 1970 Spain / Italy mystery thriller by Luciano Ercoli.
    Starring Dagmar Lassander, Pier Paolo Capponi and Simón Andreu. BBFC link IMDb
    Cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1971. Later uncut on home video. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
    UK: Passed X (18) after compulsory BBFC cuts:
    • 2019 Arrow Video (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 14th January 2019

    Reviews

    Promotional Material

    Before the influence of Dario Argento s The Bird with the Crystal Plumage permeated every corner of the giallo genre, another strain of these distinctive Italian thrillers enjoyed considerable success. These melodrama gialli , heavily inspired by Clouzot s Les diaboliques, relied less on graphic violence and high body counts and more on psychological tension.

    Minou (Dagmar Lassander, Lucio Fulci s The Black Cat) leads a pampered but dull life with her frequently absent husband, Peter (Pier Paolo Capponi, The Cat O Nine Tails). One night, while out walking on the beachfront, Minou is accosted by a mysterious blackmailer (Simón Andreu, Death Carries a Cane) who informs her that Peter is a murderer. Driven by misplaced loyalty to her husband, Minou gives in to the blackmailer s every perverted whim in exchange for his silence. But as the blackmailer ups the ante, demanding that she submit to his increasingly obscene demands, can Minou hold on to what little remains of her sanity?

    Written by the prolific Ernesto Gastaldi (Torso), infused with a seductive score by the great Ennio Morricone (The Cat O Nine Tails) and featuring a memorable turn by Nieves Navarro a.k.a. Susan Scott (Death Walks at Midnight) in the role of Minou s best friend, The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion is a trippy giallo delight that brings together the talents of many of the genre s leading lights on both sides of the camera.

    SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative by Arrow Films
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks
  • English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • New audio commentary by Kat Ellinger, author and editor-in-chief of Diabolique Magazine
  • Private Pictures, a newly-edited documentary featuring archival interviews with actress Nieves Navarro and director Luciano Ercoli, and new interview material with writer Ernesto Gastaldi
  • The Forbidden Soundtrack of the Big Three, a new appreciation of the music of Forbidden Photos and 70s Italian cult cinema by musician and soundtrack collector Lovely Jon
  • The Forbidden Lady, a Q&A with actress Dagmar Lassander at the 2016 Festival of Fantastic Films
  • Original Italian and English theatrical trailers
  • Image gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Twins of Evil
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by author and critic Michael Mackenzie
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    The BBFC knows what's right for you...

    A new slogan for 2019


    Link Here 20th January 2019
    The BBFC has changed its slogan from: "Age ratings you trust" , to the rather bizarre: " View what's right for you"

    The new slogan seems a little strange to me, as it rather misses the point as to what age ratings are about. Surely the essence of age ratings is something more along the lines Avoid what's not right for children in your care. But the BBFC is addressing their slogan directly to your viewing rather than your children's, as if they know better than you, what is right for you.

    Presumably the BBFC is trying to avoid a negative concept, and has tried to make it a more positive message. The BBFC is probably thinking that its detailed consumer advice provides enough details to help viewers decide whether they want to watch for themselves. But the slogan does not make this clear, and it seems likely to be read as if it is the BBFC that decides what is right for you. Then being 'right' comes across as presumptive, nannyish, or even Orwellian.

    It is also interesting to speculate why the BBFC ditched its old slogan: "Age ratings you trust". It's surely a little awkward as it would come across as a proven lie to any reader who disagrees with BBFC decisions.

    Also as the BBFC moves into internet censorship, the concept of 'trust' is a little dangerous. The BBFC will be forcing porn users to 'trust' age verifiers without any real protection in law to ensure that age verifiers keep the ID and browsing history of porn viewers secret. It is only a matter of time before data is found being sold to advertisers or worse, or else data is hacked, stolen or misused. The Government have already paid for insurance should the BBFC get sued by people whose lives get trashed by such data getting into the wrong hands. It is simply not wise for the BBFC to suggest 'trust' when this may be used in court against them.

     

     

    Shopping: Cliffhanger...

    1993 Italy/France/USA action adventure thriller by Renny Harlin, cut in the US and UK, just released on US 4k Blu-ray


    Link Here 19th January 2019
    Cliffhanger is a 1993 Italy/France/USA action adventure thriller by Renny Harlin.
    Starring Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow and Michael Rooker. IMDb
    Cut for an MPAA R rating. Further cut by the BBFC for cinema, and further cut still for VHS and DVD. The BBFC cuts were waived for 2008 Blu-ray

    See Gavin Salkeld's Cutting Edge: Detailed cuts to Cliffhanger

    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
    • 2019 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment R0 4k Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 15th January 2019
    • 2019 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon

    Promotional Material

    Sarah was an inexperienced climber. She trusted Gabe to rescue her. But something went wrong high above the valley floor...Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Michael Rooker, Janine Turner and Ralph Waite star in this high-altitude avalanche of action: a non-stop adventure peak with suspense and capped with heart-quaking terror. For Rocky Mountain Rescue, the mission is almost routine: locate five climbers. With the woman he loves (Turner) and his best friend (Rooker), Gabe Walker (Stallone) braves the icy peaks only to discover that the distress call is really a trap set by merciless international terrorist Eric Qualen (Lithgow). Now millions of dollars and their own lives hang in the balance. Against explosive firepower, bitter cold, and dizzying heights, Walker must outwit Qualen in a deadly game of hide-and-seek.

     

     

    Shopping: Deadpool 2: Once Upon a Deadpool...

    2018 USA action comedy adventure by David Leitch, a cut PG-13 version just released on US Blu-ray/DVD Combo


    Link Here 18th January 2019
    Deadpool 2: Once Upon a Deadpool is a 2018 USA action comedy adventure by David Leitch.
    Starring Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin and Morena Baccarin. BBFC link IMDb
    The film was initially released as an MPAA R rated Theatrical Version and an unrated extended 'Super Duper $@%!#& Cut', Both are 15 rated by the BBFC. The film was cut in India for an adults-only 'A' rating and was banned in China.

    Later the film was cut for an MPAA PG-13 rated festive version titled Once Upon a Deadpool. This version was rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, crude sexual content, language, thematic elements and brief drug material. This version retained its 15 rating in the UK

    US: Cut and MPAA PG-13 rated for:
    • 2019 20th Century Fox RA Blu-ray/DVD Combo at US Amazon released on 15th January 2019

    Summary Notes

    After losing Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), the love of his life, 4th-wall breaking mercenary Wade Wilson aka Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) must assemble a team and protect a young, full-figured mutant Russell Collins aka Firefist (Julian Dennison) from Cable (Josh Brolin), a no-nonsense, dangerous cyborg from the future, and must also learn the most important lesson of all: to be part of a family again.

     

     

    Shopping: Happy Birthday To Me...

    1981 Canada horror mystery thriller by J Lee Thompson, once seized by UK police, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 17th January 2019
    Happy Birthday to Me is a 1981 Canada horror mystery thriller by J Lee Thompson.
    Starring Melissa Sue Anderson, Glenn Ford and Lawrence Dane. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
    Uncut in the UK on cinema and VHS. The video was seized by police during the video nasties panic. Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating and this cut version was released on 2004 UK DVD.

    The promotional material mentions that this release features the original score so hopefully that means that it is uncut also.

    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
    • 2019 Mill Creek Retro VHS Edition(RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 15th January 2019
    • 2019 Mill Creek Entertainment Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon

    Reviews

    Promotional Material

    Get ready for a taut mystery-shocker that will keep you at your wit's end and at the edge of your seat. Popular high school senior Virginia Wainwright ( Melissa Sue Anderson ) survives a freak accident, but suffers from memory loss and traumatic blackouts. As she attempts to resume a normal life, something terrible is happening - her friends are ruthlessly murdered one-by-one. Will she be the next victim or is she the killer? The terrifying truth is finally uncovered at Virginia's 18th birthday party and you're invited!

     

     

    Shopping: Street Law...

    1974 Italy action thriller by Enzo G Castellari just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 16th January 2019
    Street Law (Il cittadino si ribella) is a 1974 Italy action thriller by Enzo G Castellari.
    Starring Franco Nero, Giancarlo Prete and Barbara Bach. IMDb
    There is a significantly shortened US Version titled Street Law. The full length Italian version was released on UK pre-cert VHS.
    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
    • 2019 Code Red [Uncut + US Version] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 8th January 2019

    Promotional Material

    The legendary Franco Nero (Django, The Mercenary, The Salamander, Enter the Ninja) stars as Carlo Antonelli, an average citizen until the day he is brutally beaten during a violent robbery. When the police drop the case and the suspects remain free, Carlo is pushed beyond his breaking point. Now one man will launch an all-out war against the criminal scum who plague our cities, where justice has its own rules, vengeance needs no badge and the only thing that matters is Street Law. Barbara Bach (The Spy Who Loved Me, The Unseen, The Great Alligator, Screamers) and Giancarlo Prete (Warriors of the Wasteland, Escape from the Bronx) co-stars in this vicious Death Wish-inspired crime thriller (also known in Europe as Vigilante II) directed by Italian action maestro Enzo Castellari (The Heroin Busters, The Big Racket, Keoma, The Inglorious Bastards).

    Special Features:
    -Brand New HD Scan of the longer Italian Cut
    -Brand New Interview with Star Franco Nero
    -Alternate US Cut in HD
    -Theatrical Trailer

     

     

    Shopping: Nemesis...

    1992 Denmark / USA action Sci-Fi thriller by Albert Pyun just released on US Blu-ray/DVD Combo with 3 versions


    Link Here 15th January 2019
    Nemesis is a 1992 Denmark / USA action Sci-Fi thriller by Albert Pyun.
    Starring Olivier Gruner, Tim Thomerson and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb
    The Theatrical Version is MPAA R rated and is missing violence found in several extended versions. The Director's Cut, the Japanese Version and UK Version all feature similar extended violence and a darker alternative ending, but it unclear as to which of these is the definitive version.
    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
    • 2019 MVD Collectors Edition [Theatrical Version + Director's cut + Extended Japanese versions] (RA) Blu-ray/R1 DVD Combo at US Amazon released on 8th January 2019

    Promotional Material

    IN THE FUTURE... IT PAYS TO BE MORE THAN HUMAN.

    Los Angeles, 2027. Troubled cyborg cop Alex (Olivier Gruner, Angel Town) is ordered by police commissioner Farnsworth (Tim Thomerson, Near Dark) to apprehend his former partner and lover Jared (Marjorie Monaghan, Regarding Henry), accused of smuggling data to information terrorists plotting to kill government officials. Systems cowboys, bio enhanced gangsters and cyborg outlaws all play a part in this battle of man vs. machine.

    Directed by Albert Pyun (Cyborg, Crazy Six), NEMESIS is a ''provocative, sleek thriller'' (LA Times) that features an all-star supporting cast that includes Brion James (Blade Runner), Thomas Jane (Boogie Nights), Academy Award® Nominee* Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Planet of the Apes), Thom Mathews (The Return of the Living Dead), Yuji Okumoto (Inception) and Deborah Shelton (Body Double).

    *2007: Best Supporting Actor, Little Children

    DISC 1: BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the main feature in both 2.35:1 and 1.78:1 aspect ratios
  • Audio: English 5.1 Surround, English 2.0 Stereo, French 2.0 Stereo, German 2.0 Stereo
  • Subtitles: English SDH, German
  • NEW! 2018 Interview with Producer Eric Karson (HD)
  • NEW! 2018 Interview with Director Albert Pyun (HD)
  • ''Nemesis 2.0'' (aka ''Director s Cut'') with Director s Commentary audio (SD, 2.35:1, 92:29)
  • Original Theatrical Trailer (SD, 2:26)
     

    DISC 2: DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • ''Nemesis 2.0'' (aka ''Director s Cut'')(SD, 2.35:1, 87:49)
  • Japanese Extended Cut (SD, 1.33:1, 95:49) (w/ Japanese subtitles burnt-in)
  • Introduction by Albert Pyun (SD, 2:19)
  • Introduction by Olivier Gruner (SD, 3:13)
  • Afterword by Albert Pyun (SD, 0:48)
  • 'Behind The Scenes: The Making of Nemesis' (SD, 7:13)
  • Interview with Olivier Gruner (SD, 2:18)
  • 'Making Of - Stunts & Effects' (SD, 2:43)
  • 'Making Of - Visual Effects' (SD, 1:41)
  • 'Killcount' featurette (SD, 2:26)
  • Behind the Scenes Photo Gallery (SD, 3:00)
  • Key Art Photo Gallery (SD, 2:20)
  • TV Spots (SD, 4:43)
  • Collectible Mini-Poster

    *Special Features May Not Be Rated, Closed Captioned or In High Definition and are subject to change.

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    Shopping: Blind Date...

    1984 USA / Greece horror thriller by Nico Mastorakis just released on US Blu-ray with 2 versions


    Link Here 15th January 2019
    Blind Date is a 1984 USA / Greece horror thriller by Nico Mastorakis.
    Starring Joseph Bottoms, Kirstie Alley and James Daughton. BBFC link IMDb
    Exists as a Theatrical Version and a Director's Cut
    US: The Director's Cut is MPAA Unrated for:
    • 2019 Scorpion [Theatrical Version + Director's Cut] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 8th January 2019

    Promotional Material

    Struck by sudden blindness, ad executive Jonathon Ratcliff (Joseph Bottoms, The Black Hole, Crime and Passion, The Dove) is frustrated when doctors can find nothing wrong with him. With the aid of his girlfriend (Kirstie Alley, Cheers, Look Who's Talking), he consults a top eye doctor (Keir Dullea, 2001: A Space Odyssey, David and Lisa) who fits him with an experimental device allowing him to see with the aid of a computer interface and brain electrodes. Meanwhile, a taxi driver is taking young women up to their apartments, sedating them, and performing a little fatal amateur surgery. Their paths inevitably converge as the serial killer starts cutting too close to home. From cult director Nico Mastorakis (Island of Death) comes a sexy, sleek thriller co-starring Lana Clarkson (Haunting of Morella, Barbarian Queen), James Daughton (Malibu Beach, Animal House), Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Wicked Lady) and Valeria Golino (Rain Man), plus a chilling score by Stanley Myers (The Deer Hunter, Conduct Unbecoming, Cold Heaven) with songs by John Kongos. Scorpion Releasing proudly presents this cult classic from a brand new 4k scan of the original director's cut, supervised by the director.

    Special Features:
    -Music Videos
    -Trailers
    -Still Gallery
    -The Films of Nico Mastorakis
    -Theatrical Cut SD
    -5.1 Surround and 2.0 Stereo

     

     

    Shopping: 8MM Eight Millimeter...

    1999 USA / Germany crime mystery thriller by Joel Schumacher, cut for an MPAA R rating, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 13th January 2019
    8MM is a 1999 USA / Germany crime mystery thriller by Joel Schumacher.
    Starring Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix and James Gandolfini. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb
    Heavily cut for an MPAA R rating and this version has been used for all US and UK releases since.
    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

    Promotional Material

    Academy Award-winner Nicolas Cage (1995, Best Actor, Leaving Las Vegas) stars in 8MM, an electrifying thriller about one man's obsessive search for the truth about a six-year-old crime and his ultimate discovery of the truth about himself.

    Directed by Joel Schumacher (Trespass, Batman Forever, A Time to Kill) and written by Andrew Kevin Walker (Se7en, Sleepy Hollow, The Follow), the film stars Nicolas Cage (Looking Glass, Face/Off), Joaquin Phoenix (Walk the Line, Her), James Gandolfini (The Sopranos, The Drop), Peter Stormare (Longmire, The Blacklist) , Anthony Heald (The Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon), and Chris Bauer (The Deuce, True Blood).

    Special Features and Technical Specs:

    • NEW 8MM in 35MM -- an interview with producer/director Joel Schumacher
    • Audio Commentary with producer/director Joel Schumacher
    • Vintage Behind the Scene featurette
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • TV Spots
    • Still Gallery
    • Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature

     

     

    Shopping: What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice?...

    1969 USA crime mystery thriller by Lee H Katzin, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray and DVD


    Link Here 11th January 2019
    What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? is a 1969 USA crime mystery thriller by Lee H Katzin and Bernard Girard (uncredited).
    Starring Geraldine Page, Ruth Gordon and Rosemary Forsyth. BBFC link IMDb
    BBFC category cuts were required for an 'AA' rated cinema release in 1970. Home video release are uncut and 15 rated. Uncut and MPAA PG rated in the US.
    US: Uncut and MPAA PG rated for:
    • 2019 KL Studio Classics RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 8th January 2019
    • 2019 KL Studio Classics R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 8th January 2019

    Promotional Material

    BRAND NEW HD MASTER FROM A 4K SCAN OF THE ORIGINAL CAMERA NEGATIVE! Oscar winners Geraldine Page (The Trip to Bountiful, Sweet Bird of Youth) and Ruth Gordon (Harold and Maude, Rosemary's Baby) sharpen their claws on each other in this chilling thriller about a lost fortune, a mad heiress and a housekeeper hell-bent on digging up the truth. Mrs. Marrable (Page) is a society matron who's had some shocking news: her late husband left her only a stamp collection. Determined to maintain her extravagant lifestyle, she takes advantage of an unlikely new source of income her housekeepers, by robbing them not only of their life savings, but also their lives. The turnover rate for help speeds faster than a revolving door... until Mrs. Marrable's latest hire, Mrs. Dimmock (Gordon), develops a drive to unearth the terrible secret buried in the front yard. Directed Lee H. Katzin (Le Mans) and co-starring Rosemary Forsyth (How Do I Love Thee?). Produced by Robert Aldrich (The Grissom Gang). Special Features: -NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Richard Harland Smith -Theatrical Trailer

     

     

    Shopping: Blood Hunger: The Films of José Larraz...

    set by José Larraz set for UK Blu-ray release on 25th March 2019


    Link Here 6th January 2019
    Blood Hunger: The Films of José Larraz is a set by José Larraz.  

    UK: BBFC details not yet published for:
    • 2019 Arrow Video (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 25th March 2019
    Whirlpool is a 1970 Denmark / UK thriller by José Ramón Larraz (as JR Larrath).
    Starring Karl Lanchbury, Vivian Neves and Pia Andersson. BBFC link IMDb

    Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1970 cinema release.

    Vampyres is a 1974 UK horror film by Joseph Larraz.
    With Marianne Morris, Anulka Dziubinska and Murray Brown . BBFC link IMDb

    Cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1975 and further cut for 18 rated VHS. Later the film was released uncut on 2003 DVD with an 18 rating. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

    The Violation of the Bitch is a 1978 Spain thriller by José Ramón Larraz.
    Starring Patricia Granada, Lidia Zuazo and Rafael Machado. BBFC link IMDb

    All UK releases prior to 2019 have been cut by or because of the BBFC

    Promotional Material

    One of the most underrated and oft-neglected genre filmmakers of his generation, Spanish-born director José Ramón Larraz ( Symptoms ) finally receives his due with this collection of his work, the first of its kind, bringing together a fascinating cross-section of films from the first half of his lengthy cinematic career.

    In Larraz s debut feature, the hitherto ultra-rare Whirlpool (1970), Vivian Neves stars as Tulia, a young model invited to a photographer s secluded country home for what purports to be a quiet weekend retreat - but soon transpires to be anything but. 1974 s Vampyres - perhaps the best known and most widely-released of all José Larraz s films - sees a duo of blood hungry female vampires prowling the British countryside, from where they lure unsuspecting male motorists back to their imposing, dilapidated mansion for draining... in more ways than one. Meanwhile, in 1978 s The Coming of Sin ( La Visita del Vicio , in its native Spanish), a young gypsy girl experiences a violent sexual awakening as her dreams of a naked young man on horseback become reality.

    By turns terrifying, titillating, artful and scandalous, these three films collected here - all newly restored from original film elements, with Whirlpool and The Coming of Sin making their Blu-ray world premieres - collectively offer film fans a unique perspective on the fascinating, highly-varied career of one of the horror genre s most overlooked auteurs.

    LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • Three films from José Ramón Larraz: Whirlpool , Vampyres and The Coming of Sin , all newly-restored in 2K from original film elements
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing for all features
  • Newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
  • 80-page perfect bound book featuring new writing by Jo Botting, Tim Greaves and Vanity Celis

    WHIRLPOOL

  • Original US Theatrical Cut
  • Brand new audio commentary by Tim Lucas
  • Obsessive Recurrence: The Early Films of José Larraz - author and critic Kim Newman reflects on the recurring themes and underlying obsessions linking together the early productions of José Larraz
  • A Curious Casting - actor Larry Dann on the strange story behind his casting in Whirlpool
  • Deviations of Whirlpool - featurette comparing the differences between the US Theatrical Cut and a previously circulated, alternate cut of the film
  • Archival interview with José Larraz
  • Image Gallery
  • Trailer

    VAMPYRES

  • Brand new audio commentary by Kat Ellinger
  • Brand new interviews with producer Brian Smedley-Aston, actors Marianne Morris, Anulka Dziubinska, Brian Deacon, Sally Faulkner, makeup artist Colin Arthur and composer James Kenelm Clarke
  • Reimagining Vampyres - a brand new interview with Larraz s friend and collaborator Victor Matellano, director of the 2015 Vampyres remake
  • Archival interview with José Larraz
  • Jose Larraz and Marianne Morris Q&A at 1997 Eurofest
  • Image Gallery
  • Trailers

    THE COMING OF SIN

  • Spanish and English language versions of the feature
  • Brand new audio commentary by Kat Ellinger
  • Variations of Vice: The Alternate Versions of The Coming of Sin exploitation expert Marc Morris on the strange and scandalous release history of José Larraz's most censored film
  • Remembering Larraz author and filmmaker Simon Birrell shares his memories José Larraz
  • His Last Request (2005, 27 mins) - short film by Simon Birrell
  • Archival interview with José Larraz
  • Image Gallery
  • Trailer
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