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Shopping: 976-EVIL...

1988 USA comedy horror by Robert Englund, previously cut by the BBFC, set for UK Blu-ray release on 19th October 2020 with 2 versions


Link Here10th August 2020
976-EVIL is a 1988 USA comedy horror by Robert Englund.
Starring Stephen Geoffreys, Patrick O'Bryan and Sandy Dennis. BBFC link IMDb
A UK version was cut by the BBFC for 1988 18 rated cinema release and the follow up 1989 VHS. The 1991 VHS and 2002 were pre-cut for an 18 rating. A shorter version was released in the US with an R rating but is generally noted as uncut. There is also a longer TV version but the extra material doesn't add anything.
UK: BBFC details not yet published for:
  • 2020 Eureka [US Version + TV Version] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 19th October 2020

Promotional Material

Director Robert Englund (the iconic Freddy Krueger from the Nightmare on Elm Street series) dials up a gothic tale of high-tech horror in 976-EVIL .

High school underdog Hoax ( Stephen Geoffreys - Fright Night ) fills up the idle hours in his seedy little hometown fending off the local leather-jacketed thugs, avoiding his overbearing mother ( Sandy Dennis ) and dreaming of a date with trailer park temptress Suzie ( Lezlie Deane ), But his quietly desperate life takes a terrifying turn when his cousin introduces him to an unusual new hobby -- phoning in for his "horrorscope". Hoax is hooked up with a compellingly hideous demonic force that slowly begins to overtake his entire life and now there's more than just a phone bill to pay for anyone who ever dared cross "the neighbourhood nerd".

Co-written by Brian Helgeland ( L.A. Confidential, Mystic River ) and featuring incredibly practical effects work from Robert Kurtzman and Howard Berger , Eureka Classics is proud to present 976-EVIL on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK.

BLU-RAY EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Limited Edition O-Card slipcase [First Print Run of 2000 copies ONLY]
  • 1080p presentation on Blu-ray
  • DTS-HD MA 5.1 and LPCM 2.0 audio options
  • English subtitles (SDH)
  • Audio commentary with director Robert Englund and set decorate Nancy Booth Englund
  • 976-EVIL: home video version [105 mins, SD] : An extended version of the film from its original home video release on VHS
  • New interview with producer Lisa M. Hansen
  • New interview with special make-up effects artist Howard Berger ( The Walking Dead )
  • New interview with special effects technician Kevin Yagher ( Nightmare on Elm Street )
  • Limited Edition Collector's Booklet [2000 copies ONLY] featuring new writing by Craig Ian Mann

 

 

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring...

The latest BBFC uprating is from PG to 12A for a cinema release of the extended version


Link Here 8th August 2020

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 New Zealand / USA fantasy adventure by Peter Jackson.
Starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen and Orlando Bloom. BBFC link IMDb

Exists as a Theatrical Version and an Extended Version. Both versions were BBFC PG rated until the 2020 cinema release of the extended version which was 12A rated.

The two sequels have always been 12/12A rated for both the theatrical and extended versions.

Summary Notes

A meek hobbit of the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring and the dark lord Sauron.

BBFC uncut
227:00s
12AUK: The Extended Version was passed 12A uncut for moderate fantasy violence, threat:
  • 2020 cinema release

 

 

Shopping: I Spit On Your Grave: The Complete Collection...

Set for UK Blu-ray and DVD release on 5th October 2020 with 3 of the films cut by the BBFC


Link Here 6th August 2020
I Spit On Your Grave: The Complete Collection is a 2020 film set
Starring Sarah Butler, Jeff Branson and Andrew Howard.

A long censorship history for this series with 3 of the films currently being cut by the BBFC, although this could be updated with new submissions.

UK:  Passed with an aggregate 18 with BBFC cuts for:
  • 2020 Kaleidoscope I Spit On Your Grave Complete Collection (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 5th October 2020
  • 2020 Kaleidoscope I Spit On Your Grave Complete Collection R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 5th October 2020
I Spit on Your Grave is a 1981 US revenge film by Meir Zarchi.
With Camille Keaton, Eron Tabor and Richard Pace. YouTube iconBBFC link IMDb
The film was banned as one of the most notable video nasties in 1983. It was unbanned after massive BBFC cuts for 2001 and 2006 DVD. These cuts were reduced to about half in 2010. Cut in the US for an R rating but MPAA Unrated releases are uncut.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: I Spit On Your Grave

I Spit on Your Grave is a 2010 US revenge film by Steven R Monroe.
With Sarah Butler, Jeff Branson and Andrew Howard. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

The film was cut by the BBFC for all UK releases. It is uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US but banned in New Zealand.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: I Spit On Your Grave (2010)

I Spit on Your Grave 2 is a 2013 USA crime horror thriller by Steven R Monroe.
With Jemma Dallender, Joe Absolom and Yavor Baharov. BBFC link IMDb

Released in Unrated and R rated versions, with the cut R rated version being released in the UK. A cut TV version was also released in the UK that did not required further BBFC cuts

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: I Spit On Your Grave 2

I Spit on Your Grave 3 is a 2015 USA crime horror thriller by RD Braunstein.
Starring Jennifer Landon, Doug McKeon and Gabriel Hogan. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release.

I Spit on Your Grave: Deja Vu is a 2019 USA horror thriller by Meir Zarchi.
Starring Camille Keaton, Jamie Bernadette and Maria Olsen. BBFC link IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release.

Growing Up With I Spit on Your Grave is a 2019 USA documentary by Terry Zarchi.
Starring Camille Keaton, Meir Zarchi and Gunter Kleemann. BBFC link IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release.

Promotional Material

THE COMPLETE COLLECTION OF CINEMA'S MOST SHOCKING CULT FRANCHISE
ˇ The original 1978 horror classic: I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE
ˇ The infamous 2010 remake: I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE
ˇ X-rated horror: I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE 2
ˇ Powerful sequel: I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE 3: VENGEANCE IS MINE
ˇ Revenge comes full circle - the final franchise instalment, re-uniting original director Meir Zarchi and star Camille Keaton: I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE: DEJA VU
ˇ PLUS official new feature documentary: GROWING UP WITH I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE

Available in the UK as a complete set for the first time, this unique collection is jam-packed with over 7 hours of bonus materials across 6 discs, including exclusive to Blu-Ray audio commentaries, featurettes, deleted scenes and brand new extra footage!

 

 

Shopping: The Acrobat...

2019 Canada drama by Rodrigue Jean set for UK DVD release on 28th September 2020


Link Here2nd August 2020
The Acrobat is a 2019 Canada gay drama by Rodrigue Jean.
Starring Sébastien Ricard, Yury Paulau and Victor Fomine. BBFC link IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this release.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong real sex, nudity:
  • 2020 Tla Releasing R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 28th September 2020

Promotional Material

In an American town undergoing a construction boom, a working man enters a romantic relationship with a Russian acrobat visiting an apartment. Following a trapeze accident, Micha has a broken leg and goes around on crutches. The two men meet every night in the apartment Christophe has bought hastily. The two lovers cut themselves off from the outside world, at the heart of winter, and explore their lust without restraint. ' The Acrobat' is a fiercly sexy drama, a no holds barred look at an unbridled animal connection between two unashamed men.

 

 

Changing down...

The BBFC cinema rating for The Fast and the Furious has been reduced from 15 to 12A


Link Here31st July 2020

The Fast & the Furious is a 2001 USA / Germany action crime thriller by Rob Cohen.
Starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Michelle Rodriguez. BBFC link IMDb

The film was cut in the US for an MPAA PG-13 rating and this cut version is the only one ever released. The film was originally rated 15 uncut in the UK for cinema and home video. The film was passed 12A for 2020 cinema release.

See further cuts details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: The Fast and the Furious

Summary Notes

Los Angeles street racer Dominic Toretto falls under the suspicion of the LAPD as a string of high-speed electronics truck robberies rocks the area. Brian O'Connor, an officer of the LAPD, joins the ranks of Toretto's highly skilled racing crew undercover to convict Toretto. However, O'Connor finds himself both enamored with this new world and in love with Toretto's sister, Mia. As a rival racing crew gains strength, O'Connor must decide where his loyalty really lies.

BBFC uncut
106:30s
12AUK: Passed 12A uncut for infrequent strong language, moderate violence, sex references:
  • 2020 cinema release

 

 

Offsite Article: Depraved And Corrupting...


Link Here31st July 2020
The Complete Video Nasties

See article from reprobatepress.com

 

 

Shopping: The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection...

Updated: Film set by Alfred Hitchcock set for US 4K Blu-ray release on 8th September 2020 with Psycho being released uncut for the first time on US disk


Link Here30th July 2020
The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection is a film set by Alfred Hitchcock.
Starring James Stewart, Grace Kelly and Kim Novak.  

US: The Extended Director's Cut is MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2020 Universal Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection RA 4K Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 8th September 2020

Note the 4K disks are region free but the 2K versions are region A.

Psycho is a 1960 US thriller by Alfred Hitchcock.
With Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh and Vera Miles. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1960. Separately cut for US release but these cuts have persisted into all worldwide VHS and DVD releases since. The Extended Director's Cut was first released on German Blu-ray, and then released in the US on 4K Blu-ray and Blu-ray in 2020.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Psycho

Promotional Material

Universally recognized as the Master of Suspense, the legendary Alfred Hitchcock directed some of cinema's most thrilling and unforgettable classics. The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection features four iconic films from the acclaimed director's illustrious career including Rear Window, Vertigo, Psycho and The Birds in stunning 4K resolution. Starring Hollywood favorites such as James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Tippi Hedren, Kim Novak and Rod Taylor, this essential collection features hours of bonus features as well as the original uncut version of Psycho for the first time ever.

Update: Claims dressed up as something they're not

30th July 2020. Thanks to Simon and David

The promotional materials claim that these latest release are the first uncut releases ever. However the uncut version has already been released in Germany twice. One example is the Alfred Hitchcock Legacy Collection Blu-ray from Turbine.

It seems that the US distributors claims are a little US-centric.

 

 

Shopping: The Fu Manchu Cycle 1965-1969...

A rather brave release set for UK Blu-ray release on 19th October 2020 with the first four films once suffering BBFC cuts


Link Here29th July 2020
The Fu Manchu Cycle 1965-1969 is a 2020 film by Don Sharp, Jeremy Summers...
Starring Christopher Lee, Tsai Chin and Nigel Green.
There are no censorship issues with this release.
UK: BBFC details not yet published for:
  • 2020 Powerhouse Films The Fu Manchu Cycle (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 19th October 2020
The Face of Fu Manchu is a 1965 UK / West Germany action crime thriller by Don Sharp.
Starring Christopher Lee, Nigel Green and Joachim Fuchsberger. BBFC link IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for a U rated film release in 1965. Maybe it was the same cut version that has been PG rated for home video. There is also a short German Version.

The Brides of Fu Manchu is a 1966 UK / West Germany crime adventure by Don Sharp.
Starring Christopher Lee, Douglas Wilmer and Heinz Drache. BBFC link IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for a U rated cinema release in 1966. Later uncut and U rated on home video. There is also a shorter German Version.

The Vengeance of Fu Manchu is a 1967 Ireland / UK / West Germany / Hong Kong / Singapore action crime horror by Jeremy Summers.
Starring Christopher Lee, Tony Ferrer and Tsai Chin. BBFC link IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for an 'A' rated cinema release in 1966. Later uncut and U rated on home video. There is also a shorter German Version.

The Blood of Fu Manchu is a 1968 Spain / West Germany / UK / USA crime adventure by Jesús Franco (as Jess Franco).
Starring Christopher Lee, Richard Greene and Howard Marion-Crawford. BBFC link IMDb
Suffered BBFC category cuts from its 1996 cinema release until 2007 when it was passed 15 uncut for 15 rated DVD.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: The Blood of Fu Manchu

The Castle of Fu Manchu is a 1969 UK / West Germany / Italy / Spain / Liechtenstein / Turkey crime horror adventure by Jesús Franco (as Jess Franco).
Starring Christopher Lee, Richard Greene and Howard Marion-Crawford. BBFC link IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this film

Promotional Material

Extras INDICATOR LIMITED BLU-RAY EDITION BOX SET SPECIAL FEATURES:
  • THE FACE OF FU MANCHU
  • New restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative
  • Original mono audio
  • Audio commentary with critics Kim Newman and Stephen Jones (2020)
  • The BEHP Interview with Don Sharp - Part One (1993): archival audio recording, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring Sharp in conversation with Teddy Darvas and Alan Lawson
  • Super 8 version: cut-down home cinema presentation
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • World premiere on Blu-ray
  • More extras to be announced
  • All extras subject to change

THE BRIDES OF FU MANCHU

  • New restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative
  • Original mono audio
  • Audio commentary with film historians Jonathan Rigby and Kevin Lyons (2020)
  • Kim Newman on Sax Rohmer and the Fu Manchu novels
  • The BEHP Interview with Don Sharp - Part Two (1993): archival audio recording, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring Sharp in conversation with Teddy Darvas and Alan Lawson
  • The BEHP Interview with Ernest Steward (1990): archival audio recording of an interview with the respected cinematographer, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • World premiere on Blu-ray
  • More extras to be announced
  • All extras subject to change

THE VENGEANCE OF FU MANCHU

  • New restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative
  • Original mono audio
  • The BEHP Interview with Jeremy Summers (2001): archival audio recording, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring Summers in conversation with Darrol Blake
  • Archival interview with Harry Alan Towers
  • New interview with first assistant director Anthony Waye (2020)
  • The Ghost of Monk's Island (1966): Jeremy Summers directs this exciting mystery made for the Children's Film Foundation
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • World premiere on Blu-ray
  • More extras to be announced
  • All extras subject to change

THE BLOOD OF FU MANCHU

  • New restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative
  • Original mono audio
  • Audio commentary with critics David Flint and Adrian Smith (2020)
  • Visions of the Yellow Peril (2020): Christopher Frayling on ethnocentrism in the Fu Manchu cycle
  • New interview with clapper loader Ray Andrew (2020)
  • New interview with Stephen Thrower on Fu Manchu and Jesús Franco's collaborations with Harry Alan Towers (2020)
  • The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu: The Fiery Hand (1923): a chilling episode of the original silent serial, starring Harry Agar Lyons as the evil mastermind
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • UK premiere on Blu-ray
  • More extras to be announced
  • All extras subject to change

THE CASTLE OF FU MANCHU

  • New restoration by Powerhouse Films from a 4K scan of the original negative
  • Original mono audio
  • New interview with star Rosalba Neri (2020)
  • The Further Mysteries of Dr. Fu-Manchu: The Coughing Horror (1924): Fu Manchu torments Nayland Smith with a terrifying creature in this silent serial sequel
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • UK premiere on Blu-ray
  • More extras to be announced
  • All extras subject to change
  • Limited edition exclusive 120-page book with a new essay on the Fu Manchu cycle by Tim Lucas, a look at the career of producer/screenwriter Harry Alan Towers, an examination of the work of Fu Manchu creator Sax Rohmer, new writing on The Ghost of Monk's Island and the Stoll Pictures' Fu Manchu silent serials, archival newspaper articles on the films, extracts from the films' pressbooks, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
  • Limited edition exclusive double-sided poster and five replica production stills
  • UK and World premieres on Blu-ray
  • Limited edition box set of 6,000 numbered units

Extras :

  • Original Release:1965 - 1969
  • Colour/B&W: Colour



 


 
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