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Shopping: Slave of the Cannibal God...

1978 Italian video nasty by Sergio Martino, cut in the UK for animal cruelty, just released uncut on US Blu-ray with 2 versions,


Link Here5th August 2020
Slave of the Cannibal God is a 1978 Italian adventure by Sergio Martino
With Ursula Andress and Stacey Keach. YouTube iconBBFC link IMDb  

All UK releases have been cut for animal cruelty. The film was banned as a video nasty in 1983. There is an uncut extended version released in the US. This Extended Version was passed 18 for 2018 UK video but was still cut for animal cruelty.
US: The Extended International Version was uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2020 Code Red [Extended International Version + US Version] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon

Promotional Material

When her anthropologist husband disappears in New Guinea, Susan Stevenson (Ursula Andress, Dr. No, She, The Sensuous Nurse) convinces her husband's colleague Professor Edward Foster (Stacy Keach, The Traveling Executioner, The Squeeze, The Gravy Train) to lead her and her brother (Antonio Marsina, Keoma) into the dark heart of the deadly jungle. But while exploring the forbidden mountain of Ra-Rami with the help of their guide Manolo (Claudio Cassinelli, Hands of Steel, Murder Rock, Screamers), the expedition is attacked and captured by a tribe of primitive and cannibalistic natives. Even if they can escape the barbaric tortures of these flesh-eating savages, can Susan survive the depraved lust of their Cannibal God? Sergio Martino (Hands of Steel, Screamers, After The Fall Of New York) directed this notorious shocker! This special edition includes both the unrated and uncut version, Mountain of the Cannibal God and the R rated U.S. cut.

Special Features:
-Includes Both the Uncut International Version and Alternate U.S. Cut
-Interview with Star Stacy Keach
-Trailers
-Dual-Layered BD50 Disc

 

 

Shopping: Supergirl...

1984 UK / USA action Sci-Fi romance by Jeannot Szwarc just released on UK Blu-ray in the International Version


Link Here4th August 2020
Supergirl is a 1984 UK / USA action Sci-Fi romance by Jeannot Szwarc.
Starring Helen Slater, Faye Dunaway and Peter O'Toole. BBFC link IMDb

Exists in 4 variant versions. UK releases until 2006 were rated PG uncut by the BBFC but this was raised to 12 for 2020 Blu-ray. Uncut and MPAA PG rated in the US.

This release is the International Version.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Supergirl

UK: Passed 12 uncut for infrequent implied strong language:
  • 2020 Warner Bros R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 3rd August 2020

Promotional Material

Ilya and Alexander Salkind continue to bring the lore and legend behind the World's Greatest Super Hero to the big screen in this rare Director's Cut on a bonus DVD. follow-up to the beloved Christopher Reeve Superman films. Helen Slater (in her screen debut) stars as the sensational Supergirl! Though Superman grew up believing himself to be the Last Son of Krypton, part of his home planet survived: Argo City, home of his uncle, Zor-El (Simon Ward), and Zor-El's wife, Alura (Mia Farrow). Saved by the wizardry of Zaltar (Peter O'Toole) and the Omegahedron, their daughter Kara comes of age as a Kryptonian when a disaster whisks the Omegahedron to her cousin's adoptive planet, Earth. Dispatched to rescue it from the clutches of the evil sorceress Selena (Faye Dunaway), Kara must tackle a steep learning curve so that she can pass the test as both mild-mannered schoolgirl Linda Lee and Supergirl! This special edition of Supergirl presents the film's International Cut, remastered in High Definition for Blu-ray.®

 

 

No guts at the Australian Censorship Board...

Australia's game censors ban the Blood and Guts Bundle for Nintendo Switch


Link Here2nd August 2020
Blood and Guts Bundle is a 2020 trilogy of arena fight games from Digerati

The Blood and Guts Bundle for Nintendo Switch has been banned in Australia under the automated International Age Rating Coalition (IARC) system. Decision was in March, but has only recently been added to the National Classification Database.

The automated system is pretty much a random rating generator, so perhaps the delay is down to going back to the old manual way of rating games.

In the US the game is M (17) rated by the ESRB for blood and gore, use of drugs, violence.

The Promotional Material gives a flavour of the game:

Satisfy your lust for carnage with three gloriously gratuitous games! This bundle contains:

Slain: Back from Hell . A heavy metal inspired arcade combat game with stunning pixel art visuals, challenging old school gameplay and gore galore. Plus the most metal soundtrack you've ever heard!

Slayaway Camp: Butcher's Cut : A killer puzzle game and darkly comic homage to 80s horror movies where you control Skullface, a homicidal slasher hell-bent on revenge.

Super Blood Hockey : Arcade sports gaming gets a shot of adrenaline in this violent homage to classic 8- and 16-bit ice hockey games. Use fast-paced skills and bone-crunching brutality to dominate.

 

 

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.

 

 

Shopping: Revenge of the Living Dead Girls...

1987 France horror by Pierre B Reinhard, cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray and DVD


Link Here31st July 2020
Revenge of the Living Dead Girls is a 1987 France horror by Pierre B Reinhard (as Peter B Harsone).
Starring Cornélia Wilms, Kathryn Charly and Anthea Wyler. IMDb
Exists as a Horror Version and an Erotic Version. The latter was heavily cut by the BBFC for an 18 rated VHS in 1995. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Revenge of the Living Dead Girls

US: The Erotic Version is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Reviews

Promotional Material

REVENGE OF THE LIVING DEAD GIRLS - Uncut and remastered in HD!

In 1987, Parisian pornographers Pierre B. Reinhard and Jean-Claude Roy deviated from their usual high-end skin fare to instead create un cassoulet d'atrocityés that remains the most extreme French gore film in history. When a trio of vixens is killed by corporate-tainted milk, their nubile corpses will rise from the grave for a Jean-Rollin-meets-RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD orgy of depravity that DVD Drive-In calls "A fetishistic ode to blood, breasts and brutality."

Severin Films is trčs fier to present this long-unseen "grimy rhapsody of deviance" (Bleeding Skull), featuring graphic splatter by doomed FX master Benoît Lestang (THE WAX MAX, MARTYRS). Now remastered in HD and spurting with all-new Special Features.

SPECS:

Widescreen Anamorphic 1.66:1.
Dolby Digital Mono.
Region: All.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Revisiting the Revenge - Interview with Special Effects Artist Benoit Lestang and Writer Jean-Claude Roy.
The Revenge - Interview with Director Pierre B. Reinhard.
Inside Studio Lestang - Interview with Special Effects Artist Benoît Lestang.
Theatrical Trailer.

 

 

Shopping: Hannibal Brooks...

1969 UK / USA action war comedy by Michael Winner just released, once cut for a BBFC U rating, on US Blu-ray and DVD


Link Here30th July 2020
Hannibal Brooks is a 1969 UK / USA action war comedy by Michael Winner.
Starring Oliver Reed, John Alderton and Michael J Pollard. BBFC link IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for a U rated cinema release in 1969. Uncut for 12 rated home video in 2017. Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated in the US.

US: Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated for:
  • 2020 KL Studio Classics RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 28th July 2020
  • 2020 KL Studio Classics R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 28th July 2020
  • 2020 KL Studio Classics Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon

Promotional Material

From Michael Winner, the acclaimed director of The System, The Jokers, Lawman, The Nightcomers, The Mechanic, Death Wish and The Sentinel, comes this charming WWII adventure-comedy. Stephen "Hannibal" Brooks (Oliver Reed, Burnt Offerings, The Hunting Party) is a British prisoner of war assigned to care for an elephant named Lucy in a Munich zoo. When the zoo is bombed by the Americans, Brooks is ordered to transport Lucy by train to a safer zoo in Innsbruck. But when the train is commandeered by German troops, Brooks must escort the feisty pachyderm across the Austrian border on foot. Two of the film's best features are the terrific color photography by Robert Paynter (Little Shop of Horrors) and original musical score by the great Francis Lai (Love Story). Co-starring Michael J. Pollard (Bonnie and Clyde) and Wolfgang Preiss (The Train), Hannibal Brooks was the fourth of six collaborations between star Reed and director Winner.

Special Features:
-Brand New 2K Master
-Theatrical Trailer
-Optional English Subtitles

 

 

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

 

 

Shopping: The Tenant...

1976 France mystery fantasy thriller by Roman Polanski, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here29th July 2020
The Tenant is a 1976 France mystery fantasy thriller by Roman Polanski.
Starring Roman Polanski, Isabelle Adjani and Melvyn Douglas. BBFC link IMDb

Uncut and BBFC X rated for 1976 cinema release. Cut for 18 rated VHS in 1986 and later uncut again for 2004 DVD still with an 18 rating. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

The film was cut in 1986 because it features a cinema that is showing of Enter the Dragon complete with banned chain sticks.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: The Tenant

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
  • 2020 Shout! Factory RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 28th July 2020

Promotional Material

"***1/2! Reworking many of the themes from his previous works Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby ... The Tenant proves to be another first-class effort from genre director Polanski. A must-see" -- The Terror Trap An apartment with an unhappy past sets the stage for filmmaker Roman Polanski's riveting psychological suspense thriller, The Tenant. Polanski stars as Trelkovsky, a quiet, timid file clerk increasingly overshadowed with dread and fear after he moves into his new apartment. Adding to his paranoia are the building's other occupants, who do nothing to alleviate his growing obsession with the untimely, tragic fate of the apartment's previous tenant. Is Trelkovsky's dread truly justified -- or is it simply the result of his seemingly disintegrating mental state? A brilliant international cast -- Isabelle Adjani, Melvyn Douglas, Jo Van Fleet, Bernard Fresson and Shelley Winters -- and Polanski's own penchant for delivering unprecedented suspense (Repulsion, Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown) make The Tenant a haunting, riveting film classic!



 

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