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Reality Killers...

The British Board of Film Censors bans its first video in a little while

Link Here4th July 2024

Reality Killers is a 2005 Italy Horror Film by Alessandro Capone BBFC link 2020

Banned by the BBFC for 2024 video.


run: 75m
pal: 72m
Rejected Pre 1970UK: Banned by BBFC
  • 2024 Treasured Films video (rated 01/07/24)

The BBFC commented:

Reality Killers is a horror film in which a man obsessed with violent snuff videos, featuring people being abused, tortured and killed, goes on to commit his own similar crimes.

Reality Killers consists of a series of short vignettes in which people, including women and children, are killed. In some cases, acts of sadistic violence follow or involve sexual behaviour and nudity. The protagonist acts as a narrator, relishing in the violence and endorsing the actions of the killers. Women, in particular, are portrayed as either sexual objects to be abused or as predatory killers themselves. Potentially harmful attitudes, such as the suggestion that victims and perpetrators enjoy violence, and that women are presented primarily as sex objects or predatory killers, are not clearly challenged, nor is there a narrative counterbalance to the sustained focus on sadism.

As a last resort, the BBFC may find content unsuitable for classification, in line with the objective of preventing non-trivial harm risks to potential viewers and, through their behaviour, to society. In our Classification Guidelines we state that this may occur where a central concept is unacceptable, such as a sustained focus on rape, other non-consensual sexually violent behaviour or sadistic violence. The guidelines also state that we consider whether the availability of the material to the age group concerned would run contrary to broad public opinion.

The BBFC considered whether the film's issues could be adequately addressed through intervention such as cuts. As Reality Killers consists almost entirely of scenes of sadistic violence and abuse, we determined that cuts would not effectively address these issues. The film, when taken as a whole, transgresses BBFC Classification Guidelines and policy, and we believe that its classification even at 18 would run contrary to broad public opinion. The BBFC therefore found Reality Killers to be unsuitable for classification.



Updated: Robot Dreams...

Further details of BBFC category cuts for PG rated cinema release

Link Here24th May 2024

Robot Dreams is a 2023 Spain/France animation drama by Pablo Berger
Starring Ivan Labanda, Tito Trifol and Rafa Calvo Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020  IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for a distributor requested BBFC PG rated cinema release in 2024.

Summary Notes

Based on the popular graphic novel by the North American writer Sara Varon, ROBOT DREAMS tells the adventures and misfortunes of Dog and Robot in NYC during the '80s.


BBFC cut
category cuts by substitution
run: 102:29s
pal: 98:23s

IFCO cinema G

UK: BBFC PG rated for mild rude humour for mild rude humour after BBFC category cuts:
  • 2024 Artificial Eye Film Co. cinema release (rated 30/01/2024)

The BBFC commented:

The company obscured rude gestures in order to achieve their preferred category of PG. An uncut 12A classification was available.

Thanks to Jon:

The BBFC were initially set to give the film an uncut 12A rating. However, when Artificial Eye heard the film was going to be a 12A, it was Artificial Eye who said they wanted a PG, because the film would be ideal for younger kids, as the film was due to be released during the February school Half-Term. It was at that point, that the BBFC stated to Artificial Eye, that if they wanted a PG, the middle finger gesture would need to be removed.

Artificial Eye went back to the director, explained the situation, and between him and Artificial Eye, they agreed that the best solution would be to animate a black rectangle over the offending moment, so that adults would still get the joke, but kids would not, and the censorship would appease the BBFC without any cuts being made to the film's duration.

The animators added-in the black rectangle, the film was resubmitted, and the film was passed with the new censored middle finger scene as a PG.

The film could easily have been left uncut with a 12A, and it would not have affected anything. But the distributor stupidly wanted a kid-friendly rating, despite the fact most kids couldn't follow the film and didn't find it especially entertaining. So Artificial Eye really ballsed-up here.

Thanks to Scott, Jake and Chris.

The rude gesture was in fact the robot showing his middle finger when copying members of a street gang. The director was involved in deciding how to obscure the gesture by covering it up. The solution to cover up the gesture with a black strip proved more than acceptable as it gets a laugh from viewers realising that the robot is making the gesture and that this has been censored.

Ireland: The cut UK version was IFCO G rated for consumer advice: explores themes of friendship and loss with positive resolution:
  • 2024 Curzon cinema release (rated 16/01/2024)



Soldier Blue...

With a long history of censor cuts, the film has been further cut by the BBFC for a 2024 video release

Link Here16th May 2024
Soldier Blue is a 1970 USA western by Ralph Nelson.
Starring Candice Bergen, Peter Strauss and Donald Pleasence. Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020  IMDb

Reportedly cut in the US for an MPAA rating in 1970. These cuts have long since been forgotten and the R rated version is the best available. The film was cut for an MPAA PG rating in 1974 but the R rating was restored in 1976.

The R rated version was cut by the BBFC for X rated cinema release and 18 rated VHS. The BBFC cuts for sexual violence were waived in 2004 for 18 rated DVD releases but new cuts were required for horse falls. In 2024 further BBFC cuts were required for previously unnoticed indecent images of a child.

Summary Notes

After a cavalry group is massacred by the Cheyenne, only two survivors remain: Honus, a naive private devoted to his duty, and Cresta, a young woman who had lived with the Cheyenne two years and whose sympathies lie more with them than with the US government. Together, they must try to reach the cavalry's main base camp. As they travel onward, Honus is torn between his growing affection for Cresta, and his disgust for her anti-American beliefs. They reach the cavalry campsite on the eve of an attack on a Cheyenne village, where Honus will learn which side has really been telling him the truth.


best available
run: 115m
pal: 110m
MPAA RUS: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

There are reports that the original US R Rated version was cut to avoid an X rating in 1970. The film was cut for a PG rating in 1974 but the R rating was restored in 1976. Any such cuts have long since being forgotten though, and the current uncut US version is definitive.

mpaa cut
MPAA PGUS: Cut for an MPAA PG rating in 1974
BBFC cut
run: 115:19s
pal: 110:42s
18UK: BBFC 18 rated for strong violence, sexual violence for strong violence, sexual violence after BBFC cuts:
  • 2024 Studio Canal Blu-ray (rated 13/05/2024)

The BBFC commented:

Compulsory Cuts were required for illegal horse falls and potentially indecent images of a child.

BBFC cut
cut: 6s
run: 114:38s
pal: 110:03s
18Passed 18 after 6s of BBFC cuts with previous cuts for violence restored for:
  • UK 2008 Optimum R2 DVD

The BBFC commented: Four cuts were required to remove the presence of cruel, dangerous and illegal horse falls

total cuts
cut: 28s
run: 114:12s
pal: 109:38s

BBFC cut


18Passed 18 after 7s of BBFC cuts and 23s of distributor cuts for:
  • UK 2005 Momentum R2 DVD

Bizarrely the Momentum Pictures resubmission in 2005 ended up by being unnecessarily more cut than the previous version. The BBFC made the following statement: The BBFC requested 7 seconds of cuts to remove cruel horsefalls but the distributor made additional voluntary cuts of 23 seconds to remove an acceptable horsefall and part of a rape scene. These cuts were not required by the BBFC but were in line with cuts made to previous video releases.

BBFC cut
cut: 23s
run: 114:02s
pal: 109:28s
18Passed 18 after 23s of BBFC cuts for:
  • UK 1999 BMG VHS

The BBFC cuts were:

  • The cuts as per previous Embassy version except that slightly less cut from the rape scene
BBFC cutcut
cut: 36s
run: 113:25s
pal: 108:53s
18Passed after 36s of BBFC cuts for:
  • UK 1986 Embassy VHS

The cuts were:

  • Cuts are to a scene showing the rape of an Indian woman, during the massacre of the village
  • Cuts to a shot of a naked Indian woman strung up by her wrists with blood on her breasts
  • A horsefall has been removed
BBFC cut
sub: 114:39s
X certPassed X (18) after BBFC cuts for:
  • UK 1970 cinema release

The BBFC cuts were:

  • Cuts to a scene showing the rape of an Indian woman, during the massacre of the village
  • Decapitation of indian squaw removed



Stranger Things...

The BBFC decides that other streamers may re-use BBFC ratings determined by the likes of Netflix

Link Here23rd April 2024
The BBFC commented in a recent board meeting minutes:

BBFC Classifiers discussed a policy proposal to allow BBFC age ratings issued by self-rating partners such as Netflix to be made available for wider online use by other VoD services licensed to carry BBFC ratings. This proposal will promote greater ratings consistency across the VoD landscape, to help families make safe and informed viewing decisions.

The Classifiers approved the new policy to be implemented on a 12 month trial basis, after which the BBFC will review its impact and effectiveness.

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