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Oliver! Asking for more re-ratings...

Another batch of previously wrong ratings corrected by the BBFC


Link Here17th September 2021
Oliver! is a 1968 UK children's drama by Carol Reed
Starring Mark Lester, Ron Moody and Shani Wallis BBFC link 2020 IMDb
The long running BBFC U rating has been changed to PG.

It also seems that BBFC database errors mean that the BBFC is no longer supplying consumer advice for several titles including this one.

The Giant Claw is a 1957 US Sci-Fi horror thriller by Fred F. Sears
Starring Jeff Morrow, Mara Corday and Morris Ankrum BBFC link 2020 IMDb
The film was X rated in 1957, U rated in 1996 and PG rated in 2021.

Sense And Sensibility is a 1995 US/UK romance by Ang Lee
Starring Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet and James Fleet BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The film has just been uprated from U to PG.

 

 

Corrected: More to like...

BBFC category cuts waived for The Social Network


Link Here17th September 2021
The Social Network is a 2010 US biography by David Fincher
Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Two uses of the word 'fuck' were allowed in 12 rated cinema and video releases. DVD extras were cut by the BBFC in 2010 to avoid a 15 rating.

Corrected: Previously is was incorrectly reported that the main feature had been cut.

Summary Notes

On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history... but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 121m
pal: 116m
12UK: A disk extra was passed 12 uncut with the BBFC noting Unrated dialogue:
  • 2021 Sony video titled The Social Network (2010) -The_unrated_dialogue

Maybe this is the previously cut disk extra being passed 12 uncut.

BBFC uncutuncut
run: 120:20s
pal: 115:31s
12 1980

12A 1980

MPAA PG-13

UK: Passed 12 uncut for infrequent strong language and drug use.:
  • 2011 Sony DADC UK Limited video
UK: Passed 12A uncut for infrequent strong language and drug use:
  • 2010 cinema release

US: Uncut and MPAA rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug and alcohol use and language:

 

 

Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC...

Dune, Death Screams, The Social Network


Link Here17th September 2021
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BBFC decisions from 11 September 2021 to 13 September 2021

Dune

Dune is a 2020 Science Fiction Film by Denis Villeneuve
Starring Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya and Oscar Isaac BBFC link 2020

There are no censorship issues with this film.

BBFC Notes

DUNE is a sci-fi drama in which a noble household are tasked with overseeing the harvesting of a rare commodity on a desert planet, but their role makes them the target of multiple adversaries.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 155m
pal: 149m
12AUK: Passed 12A uncut for moderate violence, threat, bloody images:
  • 2021 cinema release

 

La Traviata On Sydney Harbour

La Traviata On Sydney Harbour is a 2021 Music, Musical, Drama Film by Constantine Costi
Starring Andrew Moran, Celeste Haworth and Gennadi Dubinsky BBFC link 2020

There are no censorship issues with this film.

BBFC Notes

LA TRAVIATA ON SYDNEY HARBOUR is a live performance of the Verdi opera, in which a sickly Parisian courtesan falls in love but struggles to leave her past behind.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 140m
pal: 134m
PGUK: Passed PG uncut for mild sex, violence:
  • 2021 cinema release

 

Oasis Knebworth 1996

Oasis Knebworth 1996 is a 2021 UK documentary by Jake Scott
Starring Liam Gallagher, Noel Gallagher and Paul Arthurs BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

On 10th and 11th August 1996, 250,000 young music fans converged on Knebworth Park to see Oasis play two record breaking, era defining shows. The landmark concerts sold out in under a day with over 2% of the UK population attempting to buy tickets. This was a time when the UK was slowly recovering from a decade of recession. A surging confidence in arts and culture ushered in Cool Britannia and Oasis meteoric rise reflected the country's new-found conviction and swagger. Featuring a setlist packed from beginning to end with stone cold classics, including Champagne Supernova, Wonderwall and Don't Look Back In Anger, the Knebworth concerts were both the pinnacle of the band's success and the landmark gathering for a generation. Oasis Knebworth 1996 is the story of that weekend and the special relationship between Oasis and their fans that made it possible. It is told through the eyes of the fans who were there, with additional interviews with the band and concert organisers. Directed by Jake Scott from extensive concert and exclusive never-before seen footage, this is a joyful and at times poignant cinematic celebration of one of the most important concert events of the last 25 years.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 110m
pal: 106m
15UK: Passed 15 uncut for very strong language, drug references:
  • 2021 cinema release

dvdHome Video

BBFC decisions from 11 September 2021 to 13 September 2021

 

April In Portugal

  • Columbia Classics Collection Vol. 2 - April In Portugal
April In Portugal is a 1956 UK short film by Euan Lloyd
Starring Jocelyn Lane, Antonio Dos Santos and Amália Rodrigues BBFC link 2020 IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this release

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 20m
pal: 19m
PG

U pre 1970

UK: Passed PG uncut:
  • 2021 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment video titled Columbia Classics Collection Vol. 2 - April In Portugal
UK: Passed U uncut:
  • 1955 cinema release
 

Creature With The Atom Brain

  • Creature with the atom brain. Cadáveres atómicos
Creature With The Atom Brain is a 1955 US crime horror thriller by Edward L. Cahn
Starring Richard Denning, Angela Stevens and S. John Launer BBFC link 2020 IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

An ex-Nazi mad scientist uses radio-controlled atomic-powered zombies in his quest to help an exiled American gangster return to power.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 69:04s
pal: 66:18s
PG

X pre 1970

UK: Passed PG uncut for mild violence, threat:
  • 2021 Arrow Film Distributors Ltd video
UK: Passed X (16) uncut:
  • 1955 cinema release

Death Screams

  • Night Screams
Death Screams is a 1982 USA horror by David Nelson.
Starring Susan Kiger and Martin Tucker and William T Hicks. BBFC link 2020 IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

Teenagers are stalked and murdered by a maniac at a town fair.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 89m
pal: 85m
18UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong gory violence:

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 87:45s
pal: 84:14s
18 1980UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong violence:
  • 2005 HHO Ltd video
  • 2004 Niceguy Ltd. video

Promotional Material

DEATH SCREAMS In one of the most unlikely cinematic pairings of all time, David Nelson (who rose to fame as a child star playing alongside his real-life family in the wholesome TV show The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet) directs Playboy Playmate and adult star Susan Kiger in this bodycount-heavy, long overlooked slice of Southern fried hack-and-slash - 1982s Death Screams! Late one night, a young couple are brutally murdered at a make-out spot by an unseen assailant, their bodies tossed into the nearby river. As the lifeless lovers drift slowly downstream, the residents of the town excitedly prepare themselves for their annual carnival, unaware that a machete-wielding maniac with a twisted grudge is lurking in their midst. When a group of teen revellers plan a late-night after party down in the local cemetery, they unwittingly set the stage for a bloodbath. Death Screams, which was released on US VHS as House of Death (and on UK DVD with the reels in the wrong order!) oozes early 80s regional slasher charm from its every pore, boasting an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink final reel featuring slashed throats, bisected bodies and exploding heads. At long last arriving on Blu-ray and lovingly restored from the only-known existing 35mm print, this little-seen slasher classic is ready to carve its way into the bleeding hearts of horror fans everywhere!

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS - Brand new 2K restoration from an archival 35mm print - Original uncompressed mono audio - Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing - Brand new audio commentary with producer Charles Ison and special effects artist Worth Keeter moderated by filmmaker Phil Smoot - Brand new audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues - All the Fun of the Scare: The Making of Death Screams - newly-produced making-of documentary featuring interviews with producer Charles Ison, special effects artist Worth Keeter, writer Paul Elliott, actors Hanns Manship and Curt Rector, actor\/producers assistant\/assistant supervising editor Sharon Alley and actor\/talent wrangler Robert Billy Bob Melton - TV and Radio Spots - Image Galleries - House of Death Alternate VHS Opening Titles - Two versions of the screenplay under the original title of Night Screams [BD-ROM content] - Reversible sleeve featuring original artwork and a newly-commissioned reimagining of the original VHS artwork by Sadist Art Designs presented with die-cut slipcover - Fully-illustrated collectors booklet featuring new writing by Brian Albright

 

The Giant Claw

  • The Mark of the Claw
The Giant Claw is a 1957 US Sci-Fi horror thriller by Fred F. Sears
Starring Jeff Morrow, Mara Corday and Morris Ankrum BBFC link 2020 IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this release beyond noting that the film was X rated in 1957, U rated in 1996 and PG rated in 2021.

Summary Notes

Global panic ensues when it is revealed that a mysterious UFO is actually a giant bird that flies at supersonic speed and has no regard for life or architecture.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 76m
pal: 73m
PGUK: Passed PG uncut for mild violence, threat:
  • 2021 Arrow Film Distributors Ltd video

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 74:04s
pal: 71:06s
U 1980

X pre 1970

UK: Passed U uncut:
  • 1996 Encore Entertainment VHS
UK: Passed X (16) uncut:
  • 1957 cinema release
 

Help

Help is a 2021 UK drama by Marc Munden
Starring Jodie Comer, Stephen Graham and Angela Griffin BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

Sarah seems to have found her calling working in a Liverpool care home where she has a special talent for connecting with the residents. Then, in March 2020, the Coronavirus pandemic hits.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 98m
pal: 94m
15UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language, upsetting scenes:
  • 2021 RLJE International Ltd video

 

Narcissus And Goldmund

  • Narziss und Goldmund
  • Narciso y Goldmundo
Narcissus And Goldmund is a 2020 Germany drama by Stefan Ruzowitzky
Starring Jannis Niewöhner, Sabin Tambrea and Henriette Confurius BBFC link 2020 IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

Goldmund is to study in the monastery Mariabronn. His father sent him there. There he meets a religious monk named Narcissus.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 113m
pal: 108m
15UK: Passed 15 uncut with a BBFC trigger warning for strong sex, violence, drug misuse, sexual violence, domestic abuse:
  • 2021 IMC Vision Ltd video

 

Oliver!

  • Oliver
  • Lionel Bart's Oliver!
Oliver! is a 1968 UK children's drama by Carol Reed
Starring Mark Lester, Ron Moody and Shani Wallis BBFC link 2020 IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this release beyond noting that the long running BBFC U rating has been changed to PG. The running time variations are down to an optional prologue and intermission.

Summary Notes

After being sold to a mortician, young orphan Oliver Twist runs away and meets a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 161m
pal: 155m
PGUK: Passed PG uncut:
  • 2021 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment video

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 153:21s
pal: 147:13s
U 1980

U pre 1970

UK: Passed U uncut for mild violence:
  • 2007 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment video
  • 1993 Columbia/Tri-Star Home VHS titled Oliver
UK: Passed U uncut:
  • 1990 Video Collection International VHS titled Oliver
  • 1968 cinema release titled Oliver 
 

Plan A

Plan A is a 2021 Germany/Israel thriller by Doron Paz, Yoav Paz
Starring Sylvia Hoeks, Michael Aloni and August Diehl BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

In 1945, a group of Jewish holocaust survivors planned to poison the water system in Germany. The film tells the dangerous and bold secret-operation which was called - Plan A.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 110m
pal: 106m
15UK: Passed 15 uncut for images of Holocaust atrocities, strong violence, sex:
  • 2021 Signature Entertainment video

 

Sense And Sensibility

Sense And Sensibility is a 1995 US/UK romance by Ang Lee
Starring Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet and James Fleet BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release but the film has just been uprated from U to PG.

In the US: Rated PG for mild thematic elements

Summary Notes

Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her three daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. The two eldest daughters are the title opposites.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 136:04s
pal: 130:37s
PG 1980

U 1980

UK: Passed PG uncut for one use of mild language:
  • 2008 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment video
UK: Passed U uncut:
  • 2002 Columbia/Tri-Star Home video
  • 1996 Columbia/Tri-Star Home VHS
  • 1995 cinema release

The Social Network

The Social Network is a 2010 US biography by David Fincher
Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Two uses of the word 'fuck' were allowed in 12 rated cinema and video releases. DVD extras were cut by the BBFC in 2010 to avoid a 15 rating.

Corrected: Previously is was incorrectly reported that the main feature had been cut.

Summary Notes

On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history... but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 121m
pal: 116m
12UK: A disk extra was passed 12 uncut with the BBFC noting Unrated dialogue:
  • 2021 Sony video titled The Social Network (2010) -The_unrated_dialogue

Maybe this is the previously cut disk extra being passed 12 uncut.

BBFC uncutuncut
run: 120:20s
pal: 115:31s
12 1980

12A 1980

MPAA PG-13

UK: Passed 12 uncut for infrequent strong language and drug use.:
  • 2011 Sony DADC UK Limited video
UK: Passed 12A uncut for infrequent strong language and drug use:
  • 2010 cinema release

US: Uncut and MPAA rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug and alcohol use and language:

 

Zombies Of Mora Tau

  • El fantasma de Mora Tau
Zombies Of Mora Tau is a 1957 US action horror thriller by Edward L. Cahn
Starring Gregg Palmer, Allison Hayes and Autumn Russell BBFC link 2020 IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this release beyond noting that an X rating from 1957 has been changed to a PG rating in September 2021.

Summary Notes

Zombiefied sailors guard the treasure of a ship they went down with 60 years earlier. A group of sailors scoff at the legend, and decide to retrieve the diamonds from the ocean floor only to discover the hard way that there is some truth to legends.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 71m
pal: 68m
PGUK: Passed PG uncut for mild threat, violence:
  • 2021 Arrow Film Distributors Ltd video

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 68:58s
pal: 66:12s
X pre 1970UK: Passed X (16) uncut:
  • 1957 cinema release

TV

BBFC decisions from 11 September 2021 to 13 September 2021

 

How To Live Mortgage Free With Sarah Beeny

How To Live Mortgage Free With Sarah Beeny is a 2017 UK reality film
Starring Sarah Beeny, Damion Burrows and Max McMurdo BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release
  • Episode 1: Episode 1 was passed 12 for language
  • Episode 2: Episode 2 was passed 12 for language
  • Episode 3: Episode 3 was passed 12 for language
  • Episode 4: Episode 4 was passed 12 for language
  • Episode 5: Episode 5 was passed 12 for language
  • Episode 6: Episode 6 was passed 12 for language
 

Three Wives One Husband

Three Wives One Husband is a 2014 UK documentary
Starring Anna Chancellor, Jan Goodman and Abel Morrison BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

Filmmakers gain access to the community of Rockland Ranch in the middle of the Utah desert where 14 polygamous Mormon families have created unique homes for themselves carved out of a rock-face.

  • Episode 1: Episode 1 was passed PG for language
  • Episode 2: Episode 2 was passed PG for language
  • Episode 3: Episode 3 was passed PG for language
  • Episode 4: Episode 4 was passed PG for language
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BBFC decisions from 11 September 2021 to 13 September 2021

 

The Comeback Trail

The Comeback Trail is a 2020 USA action comedy by George Gallo.
Starring Robert De Niro and Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

In the US: Rated R for language throughout and some violence

Summary Notes

In debt to the mob and in need of a new money making scheme to save his skin, greedy grind-house film producer, Max Barber, (Robert Deniro) decides to produce a dangerous new film, all for the sake of killing his lead actor in a stunt so he can rake in the insurance money. But when he casts Duke Montana, (Tommy Lee Jones) an aging, washed up movie star as the lead, Max never expects the depressed old drunk to be revitalized by being in front of the camera again. Unable to kill Duke in a basic stunt, Max ups the stakes, putting Duke into ever more dangerous situations. And as Duke survives stunt after stunt, Max unwittingly starts making the best movie of his career. A cross between "Get Shorty" and "The Producers," THE COMEBACK TRAIL is a fun journey through the underbelly of Hollywood. Littered with a cast of unforgettable and outrageous characters, it will have you giggling.

UK: Passed 15 uncut with a BBFC trigger warning for strong language, violence, gory images, suicide references:
  • 2021 Universal Studios Limited video
 

The Crickets Dance

The Crickets Dance is a 2020 US crime romance by Veronica Robledo
Starring Kristen Renton, William Mark McCullough and Bill Oberst Jr. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

Southern attorney Angie Lawrence searches of the rightful owner of a journal recovered from an antebellum home she inherited. The journal is full of mystery and history that just may lead he...

UK: Passed 15 uncut with a BBFC trigger warning for strong violence, racism, domestic abuse:
  • 2021 Miracle Media video
 

Fall Of The Krays

Fall Of The Krays is a 2015 UK crime film by Zackary Adler.
Starring Simon Cotton and Kevin Leslie and Josh Myers. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release
UK: Passed 15 uncut with a BBFC trigger warning for injury detail, language, self-harm, sexual images, violence:
  • 2021 Netflix video
 

Fire

  • Ogon
  • No Escapes
Fire is a 2020 Russia action drama by Alexey Nuzhny
Starring Konstantin Khabenskiy, Ivan Yankovskiy and Stasya Miloslavskaya BBFC link 2020 IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

A heroic story about firefighters and rescuers. What we call an act of bravery is just a usual routine for them, if only one can get used to mortal danger and extreme risk. When people in distress seem to have nobody who may help them, rescuers come to fight against merciless forces of nature.

UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate threat, violence:
  • 2021 Koch Films GmbH video
 

Ingenium

  • Feli's Flucht
Ingenium is a 2018 Germany thriller by Steffen Hacker, (attached)
Starring Anne Alexander-Sieder, Tony De Maeyer and Heike Feist BBFC link 2020 IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

As Felicitas' life is turned upside down she doesn't know if her nightmares are taking over or if something bigger is trying to control her - and the only way to find out the truth is her best friend Natascha who is locked up in an asylum.

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong violence, language:
  • 2021 101 Films Limited video
 

Kindred

Kindred is a 2020 UK horror mystery thriller by Joe Marcantonio
Starring Tamara Lawrance, Fiona Shaw and Jack Lowden BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

When her boyfriend dies suddenly in an accident, psychologically fragile mother-to-be Charlotte is taken in by his family - but they seem increasingly obsessed with her every move. Her suspicions grow and panic builds - but just how far will they go in their desire to control her and her unborn baby?

UK: Passed 15 uncut with a BBFC trigger warning for strong threat, bloody images, domestic abuse:
  • 2021 Universal Studios Limited video
 

Prisoners Of The Lost Universe

Prisoners Of The Lost Universe is a 1983 UK action Sci-Fi adventure by Terry Marcel.
Starring Richard Hatch and Kay Lenz and John Saxon. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

Through a series of coincidences, Carrie, Dan and Dr. Hartmann all fall through a teleporter device Hartmann has invented. Transported to a what appears to be a prehistoric world in a parallel universe and unable to find the Doctor, Dan and Carrie must figure out a way to get back home. Before they can do that, however, they must deal with tribes of savage cavemen, as well as brutal warlord named Kleel who has taken a liking to Carrie and seems to be unusually well-supplied with Earth technology.

UK: Passed 12 uncut for sexual threat, violence:
  • 2021 Netflix video
 

The Whistleblower

  • La verdad oculta
The Whistleblower is a 2010 Canada / Germany action crime biography by Larysa Kondracki.
Starring Rachel Weisz and Monica Bellucci and Vanessa Redgrave. BBFC link 2020 IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

Inspired by true events, Kathy (Rachel Weisz) is an American police officer who takes a job working as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. Her expectations of helping to rebuild a devastated country are dashed when she uncovers a dangerous reality of corruption, cover-up and intrigue amid a world of private contractors and multinational diplomatic doubletalk.

UK: Passed 18 uncut for sexual violence:
  • 2021 Icon Film Distribution video
 

Winona

Winona is a 2019 Greece comedy drama by Alexander Voulgaris
Starring Anthi Efstratiadou, Sofia Kokkali and Iro Bezou BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

Seems like an ordinary trip to a remote beach. Four young women enjoy the warmth of the sun, the coolness of the sea and one another's company. None of them is "Winona". They spent the day on silly games, girl talk, songs and dance. Laughter punctuated by tears, the tears washed away by make believe. Slowly the day comes to a close and our four heroines must say goodbye. An unassumingly mysterious and deeply moving story revealing itself with a language of intimacy, woven out of love and grief. Its secret will be kept till the very end.

UK: Passed 12 uncut for infrequent strong language, moderate sex references:
  • 2021 Under The Milky Way LLC video
 

Yakuza Princess

Yakuza Princess is a 2021 Brazil thriller by Vicente Amorim
Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Tsuyoshi Ihara and Kenny Leu BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

In the US: Rated R for strong bloody violence, some language and graphic nudity

Summary Notes

The heiress to half of the Yakuza crime syndicate forges an uneasy alliance with an amnesiac stranger who believes an ancient sword binds their two fates. She must unleash war against the ot...

UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence, sexual threat:
  • 2021 Signature Entertainment video

 

 

Weekly US DVD and Blu-ray Releases...

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, The Devil in Maddalena


Link Here 17th September 2021

US flagReleased on 14th September 2021

Alone in the Dark -

Link Here

Alone in the Dark is a 1982 USA horror thriller by Jack Sholder.
Starring Jack Palance, Donald Pleasence and Martin Landau. Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020   IMDb

Uncut by the BBFC for 18 rated cinema release in 1982. However BBFC cuts were required for 18 rated VHS in 1987. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

Promotional Material

At a secluded mental institution, Dr. Bain (Donald Pleasence) maintains order while electricity fuels the asylum's hi-tech security system that keeps the nearby neighborhoods safe from menaces like Frank Hawkes (Jack Palance) and "Preacher" (Martin Landau). Meanwhile a new doctor, Dan Potter (Dwight Schultz), arrives in town with his family, but the inmates don't take kindly to his presence and believe he has killed off their former therapist. Suddenly a power outage leaves the town in chaos...and now the maniacs are free to roam the streets and hunt down the man they believe has invaded their lives. With the area quickly descending into riots and chaos, the innocent few must fight for their lives when they're left terrified, cornered and alone in the dark!
The Devil in Maddalena

Link Here

The Devil in Maddalena is a 1971 Italy/Yugoslavia romance by Jerzy Kawalerowicz
Starring Lisa Gastoni, Eric Woofe and Ivo Garrani IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

A woman is desperate to find real love in a steady, secure relationship. A priest is doubting his ability to cope with celibacy. When she decides the priest is the man she wants, erotic tension and self-questioning about true Faith fill the air.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

Promotional Material

THE DEVIL IN MADDALENA - Starring Lisa Gastoni, an erotic icon of Italian auteur cinema.

Maddalena (Lisa Gastoni) is a young sensual woman, with a tormented soul. Separated from her husband, who won't grant her a divorce, she desperately seeks true and sincere love. During one of her erotic parties, she meets a young priest (Eric Woofe), who is dragged in front of her for a bet. Maddalena sees in the priest, doubtful about his ability to cope with his oath of celibacy, her own spiritual and physical salvation. She therefore decides to seduce him and become a constant presence in his life.

Long sought by collectors, THE DEVIL IN MADDALENA is one of those lost films worth being recovered. Both for the presence of the disturbing Lisa Gastoni, an erotic icon of Italian auteur cinema, and for the beautiful score by maestro Ennio Morricone, considered one of his finest works. The movie has been fully restored firstly from its original negative.

Specs:
Widescreen 1.85:1.
Dolby Digital Mono.
Region code: All.
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

Link Here

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is a 2013 Germany/USA action fantasy horror by Tommy Wirkola.
With Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Peter Stormare. Melon Farmers link  YouTube icon   BBFC link 2020  IMDb

The Unrated/Extended Version improves on the R Rated Theatrical version with additional violence and witticism.
US: The running time suggests that it is the Theatrical Versions released for:

Promotional Material

Get ready for a twisted take on the classic tale as Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) have turned pro, coping with the trauma of their childhood captivity by slaying witches for hire. But when the seemingly unstoppable bounty hunters meet their match in an enemy so evil, it'll take all their training, weapons and courage to survive. Revenge is sweeter than candy.
Howling Village

Link Here

Howling Village is a 2019 Japan horror mystery thriller by Takashi Shimizu
Starring Ayaka Miyoshi, Ryôta Bandô and Tsuyoshi Furukawa IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release.
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Promotional Material

A young psychologist heads to an infamous haunted place named Howling Village in order to find out her family's dark history.
 

 

 

Politically defined free speech...

How the Online Safety Bill lets politicians define free speech


Link Here 17th September 2021
Full story: Online Safety Bill...UK Government legislates to censor social media

The Joint Pre-Legislative Scrutiny committee has opened its work into the draft Online Safety Bill. Over the course of their enquiry, one area they must cover -- perhaps as their highest priority -- is the potential for the Bill to be abused as a means of politicising free speech, and your ability to exercise it.

As it has been drafted, the Bill gives sweeping powers to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport, and potentially to the Home Secretary, to make unilateral decisions, at any time they please, as to what forms of subjectively harmful content must be brought into the scope of the bill's content moderation requirements. Shockingly, it allows them to make those decisions for political reasons.

These risks come in Part 2, Chapter 5, Section 33 of the draft, which states (emphasis our own):

(1) The Secretary of State may direct OFCOM to modify a code of practice submitted under section 32(1) where the Secretary of State believes that modifications are required--
(a) to ensure that the code of practice reflects government policy , or
(b) in the case of a code of practice under section 29(1) or (2), for reasons of national security or public safety.(nb this refers to terrorism and csea content)
(2) A direction given under this section--
(a) may not require OFCOM to include in a code of practice provisiion about a particular step recommended to be taken by providers of regulated services, and
(b) must set out the Secretary of State's reasons for requiring modifications (except in a case where the Secretary of State considers that doing so would be against the interests of national security or against the interests of relations with the government of a country outside the United Kingdom).
(3) Where the Secretary of State gives a direction to OFCOM, OFCOM must, as soon as reasonably practicable--
(a) comply with the direction,
(b) submit to the Secretary of State the code of practice modified in accordance with the direction,
(c) submit to the Secretary of State a document containing-- (i) (except in a case mentioned in subsection (2)(b)) details of the direction, and (ii) details about how the code of practice has been revised in response to the direction, and
(d) inform the Secretary of State about modifications that OFCOM have made to the code of practice that are not in response to the direction (if there are any).
(4) The Secretary of State may give OFCOM one or more further directions requiring OFCOM to modify the code of practice for the reasons mentioned in paragraph (a) or (b) of subsection (1), and subsections (2) and (3) apply again in relation to any such further direction.

In other words, a government minister will have the authority to direct an (allegedly) independent regulator to modify the rules of content moderation on topics which are entirely subjective, entirely legal, and entirely political, and to order that regulator to enforce those new rules.

Online services, whether the biggest platform or the smallest startup, in turn, will have no choice but to follow those rules, lest they face potential penalties, fines, and even service blocking.

You don't have to be a policy expert, or a lawyer, to see how these illiberal powers could be misused and abused. We've already provided an example of how this blatant politicisation of the boundaries of free speech could be used to silence public debate on legal topics which the government of the day finds unacceptable, for example, migration . You may have strong opinions on that topic yourself, and you have every right to do so. However, your own ability to discuss that topic is on the table here too.

And as political currents shift and parties trade power, we risk a never-ending war of attrition where the government of the day simply silences topics, opinions, and opposition voices it does not want you to hear.

The political powers over free speech contained in the draft Bill are a rare area where the consensus is universal. Other groups, even those who are strongly in favour of the Bill, are equally uncomfortable with the level of government control over an allegedly independent regulator that has been placed on the table. These voices also include groups outside the UK who are alarmed by the potential these powers have to lower the UK's international standing as a free and democratic nation which upholds the right to freedom of expression.

This chorus should not be ignored. The clauses allowing government to politicise the boundaries of legal free speech have no place in this Bill, or indeed, in any Bill. As the pre-legislative scrutiny committee draws its conclusions, and as the draft Bill approaches its final form, these clauses must be deleted and left in the bin where they belong.

 

 

Diary: Banned Books Week 2021...

September 26th to October 2nd


Link Here17th September 2021

The American Library Association (ALA)'s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) tracks attempts to ban or restrict access to books across the United States and to inform the public about censorship efforts in our libraries and schools. Attempts to remove library materials continued during the pandemic, despite many libraries and schools closing or moving their activities and services online.

In 2020, the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) tracked 156 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services, affecting 273 books. The office also noted a focus on demands to remove books that addressed racism and racial justice or those that shared the stories of Black, Indigenous, or people of color. A list of banned and challenged titles can be found on the ALA website .

A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials.

Banned Books Week (September 26 - October 2, 2021) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community -- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types -- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

 

 

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