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ASA bans Gold and Goblins game advert for trivialising domestic violence


Link Here22nd November 2021

An in-app ad for the mobile app game Gold and Goblins, seen in the Hooked Inc: Fishing Games and Quizzland apps on 17 September 2021, included a video of a woman playing a game on her mobile phone, while behind her a man picked up a chair and drew it back over his head as if to strike the woman with it. The ad then showed the man looking at the phone over the woman's shoulder as she continued to play.

Two complainants, who considered the ad encouraged domestic violence, challenged whether it was offensive and socially irresponsible. Response

AppQuantum Publishing Ltd said they would immediately stop running the ad across all their platforms. They said they had intended the ad to be humorous in nature, and apologised for any offence it might have caused.

ASA Assessment: Complaints upheld

The ASA acknowledged AppQuantum's willingness to remove the ad.

The ad depicted a man about to assault a woman, and we considered that consumers would understand from the context of the setting that it was because her attention was focused on the game she was playing, rather than on the man.

We considered that such a reference used in an ad for a mobile app game trivialised and condoned the serious and sensitive subject of domestic violence. This was likely to cause serious and widespread offence, and we considered the ad had not been prepared in a socially responsible manner.

The ad must not appear again in its current form. We told AppQuantum Publishing Ltd not to trivialise or condone domestic violence in its advertising.

 

 

Shopping: The Damned...

1969 Italy / West Germany drama by Luchino Visconti, once cut in the US, just released on UK Criterion Blu-ray


Link Here16th November 2021

The Damned is a 1969 Italy / West Germany drama by Luchino Visconti.
Starring Dirk Bogarde and Ingrid Thulin and Helmut Griem. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Uncut and X rated for 1969 cinema release and then 18 uncut for UK home video. There is a cut US R rated version but the uncut version has also been MPAA R rated since 2004.

Summary Notes

The power and fortune of the Von Essenbeck family remained intact even when Germany lost the great war and during the depression that followed. Now it's 1934 and the baron has summoned his family to a dinner that also brings a cousin rising in the Nazi party to the great house accompanied by a rising manager at the baron's company. Two little girls recite poetry in the parlor and then play hide-and-seek with their cousin Martin. Suddenly there is a scream. The baron has been shot with their father's gun and the father flees the country.

UK: Passed 18 uncut with a BBFC trigger warning for strong violence and implied sexual abuse:

 

 

Shopping: Deep Red...

1975 Italian Giallo by Dario Argento, once seized and then cut in the UK, just released on US 4K Blu-ray


Link Here14th November 2021

Deep Red is a 1975 Italian Giallo by Dario Argento.
With David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi and Gabriele Lavia. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The pre-cert video was seized by police during the Video Nasties panic. BBFC VHS and DVD release up to 2011 were cut for animal cruelty. Uncut since 2011. The film exist as the uncut Directors Cut in Italian and a shortened Export Version in English.
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Promotional Material

From Dario Argento, maestro of the macabre and the man behind some of the greatest excursions in Italian horror ( Suspiria , The Bird with the Crystal Plumage ), comes Deep Red -- the ultimate giallo movie.

One night, musician Marcus Daly (David Hemmings, Blow Up ), looking up from the street below, witnesses the brutal axe murder of a woman in her apartment. Racing to the scene, Marcus just manages to miss the perpetrator... or does he? As he takes on the role of amateur sleuth, Marcus finds himself ensnared in a bizarre web of murder and mystery where nothing is what it seems...

Aided by a throbbing score from regular Argento collaborators Goblin, Deep Red (aka Profondo Rosso and The Hatchet Murders ) is a hallucinatory fever dream of a giallo punctuated by some of the most astonishing set-pieces the sub-genre has to offer.

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • New 4K restoration of both the original 127-minute Italian version and the 105-minute export version from the original negative by Arrow Films
  • 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentations of both versions in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
  • Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring originally and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative
  • Illustrated collector's booklet featuring writing on the film by Alan Jones and Mikel J. Koven, and a new essay by Rachael Nisbet
  • Fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative
  • Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards

    DISC 1 (4K ULTRA-HD BLU-RAY) -- DEEP RED: ORIGINAL VERSION
     

  • Restored original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks*
  • Optional lossless 5.1 Italian soundtrack
  • English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • New audio commentary by critics Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson
  • Archival audio commentary by Argento expert Thomas Rostock
  • Almost three hours of new interviews with members of the cast and crew, including co-writer/director Dario Argento, actors Macha Méril, Gabriele Lavia, Jacopo Mariani and Lino Capolicchio (Argento's original choice for the role of Marcus Daly), production manager Angelo Iacono, composer Claudio Simonetti, and archival footage of actress Daria Nicolodi
  • Italian trailer
  • Arrow Video 2018 trailer
  • Image galleries

    DISC 2 (4K ULTRA-HD BLU-RAY) -- DEEP RED: EXPORT VERSION
     

  • Restored original lossless mono English soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Archival introduction to the film by Claudio Simonetti of Goblin
  • Profondo Giallo -- an archival visual essay by Michael Mackenzie featuring an in-depth appreciation of Deep Red , its themes and its legacy
  • Archival interviews with Dario Argento, Daria Nicolodi, Claudio Simonetti and long-time Argento collaborator Luigi Cozzi
  • US theatrical trailerM

    *The English audio track on this original cut has some portions of English audio missing. English audio for these sections was never recorded for these scenes. As such, they are presented with Italian audio, subtitled in English.

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    Shopping: Deep Red...

    1975 Italian Giallo by Dario Argento, once censored in the UK, just released on UK 4K Blu-ray


    Link Here10th November 2021

    Deep Red is a 1975 Italian Giallo by Dario Argento.
    With David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi and Gabriele Lavia. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    The pre-cert video was seized by police during the Video Nasties panic. BBFC VHS and DVD release up to 2011 were cut for animal cruelty. Uncut since 2011. The film exists as the uncut Directors Cut in Italian and a shortened Export Version in English.
    UK: Passed Suitable for 18 years and over uncut for:
    • 2021 Arrow [Italian + Export Versions] R0 4K Blu-ray/(RB) Blu-ray Combo at UK Amazon #ad released on 25th October 2021

    Promotional Material

    Description: From Dario Argento, maestro of the macabre and the man behind some of the greatest excursions in Italian horror (Suspiria, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage), comes Deep Red -- the ultimate giallo movie.

    One night, musician Marcus Daly (David Hemmings, Blow Up), looking up from the street below, witnesses the brutal axe murder of a woman in her apartment. Racing to the scene, Marcus just manages to miss the perpetrator... or does he? As he takes on the role of amateur sleuth, Marcus finds himself ensnared in a bizarre web of murder and mystery where nothing is what it seems...

    Aided by a throbbing score from regular Argento collaborators Goblin, Deep Red (aka Profondo Rosso and The Hatchet Murders) is a hallucinatory fever dream of a giallo punctuated by some of the most astonishing set-pieces the sub-genre has to offer.

    4K BLU-RAY LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

    • New 4K restoration of both the original 127-minute Italian version and the 105-minute export version from the original negative by Arrow Films
    • 4K (2160p) presentations of both versions in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
    • Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring originally and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative
    • Illustrated collector's booklet featuring writing on the film by Alan Jones and Mikel J. Koven, and a new essay by Rachael Nisbet
    • Fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative
    • Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards
    DISC ONE 4K BLU-RAY: DEEP RED ORIGINAL VERSION
    • Restored original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks*
    • Optional lossless 5.1 Italian soundtrack
    • English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
    • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
    • New audio commentary by critics Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson
    • Archival audio commentary by Argento expert Thomas Rostock
    • Almost three hours of new interviews with members of the cast and crew, including co-writer/director Dario Argento, actors Macha Méril, Gabriele Lavia, Jacopo Mariani and Lino Capolicchio (Argento's original choice for the role of Marcus Daly), production manager Angelo Iacono, composer Claudio Simonetti, and archival footage of actress Daria Nicolodi
    • Italian trailer
    • Arrow Video 2018 trailer
    • Image galleries
    DISC 2 4K BLU-RAY: DEEP RED EXPORT VERSION
    • Restored original lossless mono English soundtrack
    • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
    • Archival introduction to the film by Claudio Simonetti of Goblin
    • Profondo Giallo -- an archival visual essay by Michael Mackenzie featuring an in-depth appreciation of Deep Red, its themes and its legacy
    • Archival interviews with Dario Argento, Daria Nicolodi, Claudio Simonetti and long-time Argento collaborator Luigi Cozzi
    • US theatrical trailer



     

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