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Shopping: Deadpool 2...

2018 USA action comedy adventure by David Leitch just released on UK Blu-ray and DVD with the SUper Duper Cut on Blu-ray only


Link Here 23rd September 2018
Deadpool 2 is a 2018 USA action comedy adventure by David Leitch.
Starring Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin and Zazie Beetz. BBFC link IMDb  

There are no censorship issues with this release. Exists as a Theatrical Version and an extended 'Super Duper $@%!#& Cut'
UK: The Theatrical Version and 'Super Duper $@%!#& Cut' were both passed 15 uncut for strong bloody violence, sex references, very strong language for:
  • 2018 20th Century Fox [Super Duper Cut + 4k Theatrical Version] RB 4k Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 17th September 2018
  • 2018 20th Century Fox [Super Duper Cut + Theatrical Version] RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 17th September 2018
  • 2018 20th Century Fox [Theatrical Version] R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 17th September 2018

Promotional Material

The sequel to the first one! (That’s just lazy writing)

But wait…there’s more! If your second time wasn’t enough, your second , second time will blow you away. The Deadpool 2 Super Duper $@%!#& Cut* gives you even more of everyone’s favorite red-spandexed superhero now with 15 minutes of brand-new action and jokes lovingly inserted throughout. That’s a whole lotta D in a surprisingly small package!

Blu-ray Bonus Features:

  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes
  • Until Your Face Hurts: Alt Takes
  • Deadpool’s Lips are Sealed: Secrets and Easter Eggs
  • The Most Important X-Force Member
  • Deadpool Family Values: Cast of Characters
  • David Leitch Not Lynch: Directing DP2
  • Roll with the Punches: Action and Stunts
  • The Deadpool Prison Experiment
  • Chess with Omega Red
  • Swole and Sexy
  • “3-Minute Monologue”
  • Audio Commentary by Ryan Reynolds, David Leitch, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Theatrical Version Only)
  • Deadpool’s Fun Sack 2
  • Stills (28 Images)

Versions

BBFC uncut
Super Duper
Cut
15 128:26s
 
UK: The 'Super Duper $@%!#& Cut' was passed 15 uncut for strong bloody violence, sex references, very strong language
BBFC uncut
Theatrical Version
15 114:22s
 
UK: The Theatrical Version was passed 15 uncut for strong bloody violence, sex references, very strong language

 

 

Shopping: Breaking In...

2018 USA thriller by James McTeigue just released on UK Blu-ray and DVD


Link Here 22nd September 2018
Breaking In is a 2018 USA thriller by James McTeigue.
Starring Gabrielle Union, Billy Burke and Richard Cabral. BBFC link IMDb
Cut in the US for an MPAA PG-13 rating. US home video versions feature the uncut version labelled as an MPAA Unrated Director's Cut. All UK releases are the uncut version which was passed 15 by the BBFC.
UK: Passed 15 uncut for sustained threat, strong violence for:
  • 2018 Universal Pictures UK RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 17th September 2018
  • 2018 Universal Pictures UK R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 17th September 2018

Promotional Material

Gabrielle Union stars as a woman who will stop at nothing to rescue her two children being held hostage in a house designed with impenetrable security. No trap, no trick and especially no man inside can match a mother with a mission when she is determined on Breaking In. Bonus Features: Feature Commentary with Director James McTeigue and Scriptwriter Ryan Engle, Alternate Opening - The Gas Station, Deleted/Extended Scenes, One Bad Mother, A Filmmaker's Eye: James McTeigue, A Lesson in Kicking Ass, A Hero Evolved.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
15 ~84:00s UK: Passed 15 uncut for sustained threat, strong violence

 

 

Silencing the British people...

BuzzFeed News leaks UK government plans to set up an internet censor along the lines of Ofcom


Link Here 21st September 2018
The UK government is preparing to establish a new internet censor that would make tech firms liable for content published on their platforms and have the power to sanction companies that fail to take down illegal material and hate speech within hours.

Under legislation being drafted by the Home Office and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) due to be announced this winter, a new censorship framework for online social harms would be created.

BuzzFeed News has obtained details of the proposals, which would see the establishment of an internet censor similar to Ofcom.

Home secretary Sajid Javid and culture secretary Jeremy Wright are considering the introduction of a mandatory code of practice for social media platforms and strict new rules such as takedown times forcing websites to remove illegal hate speech within a set timeframe or face penalties. Ministers are also looking at implementing age verification for users of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The new proposals are still in the development stage and are due to be put out for consultation later this year. The new censor would also develop rules new regulations on controlling non-illegal content and online behaviour . The rules for what constitutes non-illegal content will be the subject of what is likely to be a hotly debated consultation.

BuzzFeed News has also been told ministers are looking at creating a second new censor for online advertising. Its powers would include a crackdown on online advertisements for food and soft drink products that are high in salt, fat, or sugar.

BuzzFeed News understands concerns have been raised in Whitehall that the regulation of non-illegal content will spark opposition from free speech campaigners and MPs. There are also fears internally that some of the measures being considered, including blocking websites that do not adhere to the new regulations, are so draconian that they will generate considerable opposition.

A government spokesperson confirmed to BuzzFeed News that the plans would be unveiled later this year.

 

 

Shopping: Gold...

1974 UK action adventure thriller by Peter R Hunt, once cut by the BBFC for an A rating, just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here 21st September 2018
Gold is a 1974 UK action adventure thriller by Peter R Hunt.
Starring Roger Moore, Susannah York and Ray Milland. IMDb  

Heavily cut by the BBFC for an A rated cinema release. Uncut at 12 for home video. Uncut and MPAA PG rated in the US.
US: Uncut and MPAA PG rated for:
  • 2018 Kl Studio Classics (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 18th September 2018
  • 2018 Kl Studio Classics Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon

Promotional Material

Roger Moore (Live and Let Die, Street People) and Susannah York (The Killing of Sister George) star in this explosive 1974 international conspiracy thriller, set in the South African goldfields and directed by Peter Hunt (On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Death Hunt). A ruthless global cabal of financial investors plans to manipulate the price of gold on the world market -- by sabotaging one of South Africa's top gold mines and flooding it with millions of gallons of water. All they need is someone to take the blame. Manager Rod Slater (Moore) seems the perfect choice. He's brash, rough and impulsive -- just the sort of man to make a fatal mistake. As Slater embarks on an affair with Terry (York), the heiress granddaughter of mine owner Hurry Hirschfeld (Ray Milland, Panic in Year Zero!), the conspiracy tightens all around him and thousands of lives hang by a thread... Based on a best-selling novel by Wilbur Smith (Dark of the Sun, Shout at the Devil) and filmed entirely on location in South Africa, Gold is an unforgettable thriller with a breathtaking climax and a fantastic cast which also includes John Gielgud (The Whistle Blower) and Bradford Dillman (Compulsion).

Special Features:
-Audio Commentary by Film Historians Howard S. Berger and Nathaniel Thompson
-Theatrical Trailer

 

 

Shopping: Phantasm: Lord Of The Dead...

1994 US horror by Don Coscarelli, once cut for an R rating, just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here 20th September 2018
Phantasm: Lord Of The Dead (aka Phantasm III) is a 1994 US horror by Don Coscarelli.
With Reggie Bannister, A. Michael Baldwin and Bill Thornbury. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • 2018 Well Go Usa RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 18th September 2018
US Censorship History
Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating. This version was BBFC 18 rated for VHS and DVD. The cuts were later restored for the MPAA Unrated Director's Cut which was passed 15 for 2005 DVD in the UK.

The Amazon listing suggests that this releases is R rated (the cut theatrical version), but previous releases from Well Go USA have been the uncut MPAA Unrated version.

Promotional Material

After being tricked by the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) once more, Reggie (Reggie Bannister) and an unconscious Mike (A. Michael Baldwin) are left alone by their attacker who is content with the head of their now deceased friend Liz (Paula Irvine) for now. Mike doesn t awake from his coma until two years later after his brother Jody (Bill Thornbury), whom had died in a car accident, appears to him in a dream. Mike, Reggie, and Jody, who is now just a flying, burnt sphere, team back up to fight the Tall Man again, but before they can, he appears and pulls Mike into another dimension. Now it s up to Reggie and Jody to find Mike before that infamous mortician is able to transform him, only this time, he has way more spheres. Thousands of them.

Language: English
Subtitles: English SDH

BONUS FEATURES:
Phantasm III: Behind the Scenes
Deleted Scene
Audio Commentary with Stars A. Michael Baldwin and Angus Scrimm
Trailer

 

 

Fake concerns, fake surveys about fake news...

Ofcom joins in the government's propaganda campaign, calling for the internet censorship to be as strict as TV censorship


Link Here 19th September 2018
Ofcom has published a prospectus angling for a role as the UK internet censor. It writes:

Ofcom has published a discussion document examining the area of harmful online content.

In the UK and around the world, a debate is underway about whether regulation is needed to address a range of problems that originate online, affecting people, businesses and markets.

The discussion document is intended as a contribution to that debate, drawing on Ofcom's experience of regulating the UK's communications sector, and broadcasting in particular. It draws out the key lessons from the regulation of content standards 203 for broadcast and on-demand video services 203 and the insights that these might provide to policy makers into the principles that could underpin any new models for addressing harmful online content.

The UK Government intends to legislate to improve online safety, and to publish a White Paper this winter. Any new legislation is a matter for Government and Parliament, and Ofcom has no view about the institutional arrangements that might follow.

Alongside the discussion paper, Ofcom has published joint research with the Information Commissioner's Office on people's perception, understanding and experience of online harm. The survey of 1,686 adult internet users finds that 79% have concerns about aspects of going online, and 45% have experienced some form of online harm. The study shows that protection of children is a primary concern, and reveals mixed levels of understanding around what types of media are regulated.

The sales pitch is more or less that Ofcom's TV censorship has 'benefited' viewers so would be a good basis for internet censorship.

Ofcom particularly makes a point of pushing the results of a survey of internet users and their 'concerns'. The survey is very dubious and ends up suggesting thet 79% of users have concerns about going on line.

And maybe this claim is actually true. After all, the Melon Farmers are amongst the 79% have concerns about going online: The Melon Farmers are concerned that:

  • There are vast amounts of scams and viruses waiting to be filtered out from Melon Farmers email inbox every day.
  • The authorities never seem interested in doing anything whatsoever about protecting people from being scammed out of their life savings. Have you EVER heard of the police investigating a phishing scam?
  • On the other hand the police devote vast resources to prosecuting internet insults and jokes, whilst never investigating scams that see old folks lose their life savings.

So yes, there is concern about the internet. BUT, it would be a lie to infer that these concerns mean support for Ofcom's proposals to censor websites along the lines of TV.

In fact looking at the figures, some of the larger categories of 'concern's are more about fears of real crime rather than concerns about issues like fake news.

Interestingly Ofcom has published how the 'concerns' were hyped up by prompting the surveyed a bit. For instance, Ofcom reports that 12% of internet users say they are 'concerned' about fake news without being prompted. With a little prompting by the interviewer, the number of people reporting being concerned about fake news magically increases to 29%.

It also has to be noted that there are NO reports in the survey of internet users concerned about a lack news balancing opinions, a lack of algorithm transparency, a lack of trust ratings for news sources, or indeed for most of the other suggestions that Ofcom addresses.

I've seen more fake inferences in the Ofcom discussion document than I have seen fake news items on the internet in the last ten years.

See also an article from vpncompare.co.uk which concurs with some of these concerns about the Ofcom survey.

 

 

Shopping: Who Killed Teddy Bear...

1965 USA crime mystery thriller by Joseph Cates, once banned by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here 19th September 2018
Who Killed Teddy Bear is a 1965 USA crime mystery thriller by Joseph Cates.
Starring Sal Mineo, Juliet Prowse and Jan Murray. BBFC link IMDb  

Banned by the BBFC for 1965 cinema release. Uncut and 15 rated since 2008 DVD.
UK: Previously passed 15 uncut for strong sex references and one scene of sexual violence for:
  • 2018 Network (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 17th September 2018

Promotional Material

A grim police detective embarks on a one-man crusade to track down a depraved sex maniac when a nightclub dancer receives a disturbing series of obscene phone calls. Finding himself getting far too close to the victim for comfort, the hard-boiled cop must track down the unbalanced pervert before he can carry out his sick threats...

Refused certification on its original theatrical release due to its sleazy, taboo-breaking nature, this psychological crime thriller features strong performances from Sal Mineo as a bodybuilding, pornography-addicted bus boy and Juliet Prowse as a victimised nightclub hostess. Showcasing Oscar-nominated cinematographer Joseph Brun's breathtaking imagery of pre-clean-up Times Square and 42nd Street, this forgotten neo-noir masterpiece of American independent cinema still retains the power to shock, and crackles with energy from its smart dialogue, electrifying performances and groovy dance sequences.

SPECIAL FEATURES
[] Trailer
[] Court Martial episode
[] LSD: Insight or Insanity?
[] Stills gallery
[] PDF material

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
15 ~90:00s UK: Previously passed 15 uncut for strong sex references and one scene of sexual violence.

An article from dvdcompare.net confirms that the UK 15 rated version contains the full gymnasium sequence.

 

 

The BBFC: censors without a soul...

8 councils have now overruled the BBFC and awarded a local 12A rating to the documentary, A Northern Soul


Link Here 18th September 2018
Full story: A Northern Soul...Director takes issue with the BBFC 15 rating
Eight local councils have now decided to overturn a film's BBFC 15 age rating so younger viewers can watch it.

The documentary A Northern Soul was rated 15 by the BBFC for strong language. The BBFC commented:

It  includes around 20 uses of strong language and therefore exceeds by some margin anything we have ever permitted at 12A.

The film follows Steve, who struggles to make ends meet as he tries to teach hip-hop to children in Hull schools with his Beats Bus.

So far, licensing committees in Hull, Lambeth, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, Southampton, Hackney and Calderdale have downgraded A Northern Soul from a 15 to a 12A.

Phil Bates, licensing manager at Southampton City Council, said he viewed the film differently because it's a documentary rather than a drama. He explained:

We can see why BBFC awarded a 15 rating, although equally we can see why other authorities have also granted it a 12A.

The use of profane language is fairly infrequent, some of it was used at a time of stress but there were occasions when it was used as everyday language. As this is a fly-on-the-wall style film, showing life as it is, rather than a scripted film where the language is used for effect, we felt the film warranted a 12A.

Director Sean McAllister spoke of the councils' decisions: I think they're responding as human beings. He added that Steve's language was credible and real and culturally embedded within how he speaks. He continued:

The irony is that the motivation for making this film and the heart of why this film should be seen has got the thing censored.

When people actually see it, everyone's saying 'where's the swearing?' They [the BBFC] have done a word count, which is an F count, and they've simply censored it based on that. And they've got to get over that.

When in Mission Impossible people are having their heads blown off and 12As are being granted, the whole thing is hypocritical, backward and needs reassessing. Language not used for effect

The BBFC repeated its mantra that its classification guidelines are the result of a large scale public consultation designed to reflect broad public opinion across the UK. Bit in reality the 'large scale' part of its public consultation asks a few broad brush questions about whether people generally agree with the BBFC about ratings. The questions do not offer any more nuanced insight into what people think about swearing in the context of everyday parlance of some working people. 

 

 

Faith in censorship...

Lebanon bans the horror movie, The Nun


Link Here 18th September 2018
Full story: Banned Films in Lebanon...Beirut Hotel
The Nun is a 2018 USA horror mystery thriller by Corin Hardy.
Starring Taissa Farmiga, Bonnie Aarons and Charlotte Hope. BBFC link IMDb

Summary Notes

When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together they uncover the order's unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of the same demonic nun that first terrorized audiences in 'The Conjuring 2,' as the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned.

Lebanon's film censors have banned the new horror movie, The Nun, from a cinema release. The censors claimed that the film was offensive to the Christian faith.

The Warner Bros production was awaiting a screening licence from the General Security's censorship committee ahead of an expected release on 6 September. However last Wednesday, the Catholic committee watched the movie and asked the General Security to ban it in Lebanon for religious reasons.

It is unclear which scenes caused 'the offence', but some believe the ban may stem from the victimisation of nuns in the film.

According to the constitution, multi-religious Lebanon can impose censorship on local and international productions for a number of reasons. These include banning films for stirring religious and political sensitivities as well as those with sexually explicit content.

 

 

Smallfoot, the latest film to suffer category cuts for cinema release...

Yetis go out in search of humans, strange and mythical creatures that can be reduced to a blubbering heap by the sound of a four letter word


Link Here 16th September 2018
Smallfoot is a 2018 USA children's cartoon comedy by Karey Kirkpatrick and Jason Reisig (co-director).
Starring Zendaya, Channing Tatum and Gina Rodriguez. BBFC link IMDb

The film has just been passed U for very mild threat, rude humour, language after BBFC category cuts for 2018 cinema release.

The film was originally passed PG uncut for infrequent mild bad language, but 10 days later the film was passed U after a cut for category.

The BBFC commented:

  • Company chose to remove a single use of mild bad language ('crap') in order to obtain a U classification. An uncut PG classification was available.

Summary Notes

A Yeti is convinced that the elusive creatures known as "humans" really do exist.

 

 

Shopping: The Strangers: Prey At Night...

2018 USA horror by Johannes Roberts just released on UK DVD seemingly in the Theatrical Version


Link Here 16th September 2018
The Strangers: Prey At Night is a 2018 USA horror by Johannes Roberts.
Starring Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison and Martin Henderson. BBFC link IMDb
Exists as a Theatrical Version and an extended MPAA Unrated Version. There is also an Alternative Ending.

There's nothing noted by the BBFC or Amazon publicity material that suggests an Unrated or Extended Version so this is presumably the Theatrical Version.

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong threat, violence, injury detail, language for:
  • 2018 Universal Pictures UK R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 10th September 2018
  • 2018 Universal Pictures UK Amazon Prime VoD [UK only] at UK Amazon

Promotional Material

When Cindy (Christina Hendricks) and her husband, Mike (Martin Henderson), take their rebellious teenage daughter Kinsey (Bailee Madison) and son Luke (Lewis Pullman) on a road trip, what began as an ordinary, gripe-filled family excursion soon becomes their worst nightmare come to life. Upon arrival at a secluded mobile home park, a knock on their trailer door leads to an inescapable night of terror as three masked strangers, with inexplicable deadly intentions, force this fractured family to come together and fight for their lives.

 


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