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Shopping: Black Mask...

1996 Hong Kong action comedy by Daniel Lee set for UK Blu-ray release on 22nd April 2024 with 3 versions


Link Here6th April 2024
Black Mask is a 1996 Hong Kong action comedy by Daniel Lee.
With Jet Li, Ching Wan Lau and Karen Mok. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Cut in Hong Kong for its theatrical release. This was then shortened for the export version which was passed 18 by the BBFC for UK home video. The uncut Hong Kong version was later released. The restored Hong Kong cuts were also restored to the Export Version resulting in the Extended Export Version. The longest version is the Taiwan Version which restores deleted scenes from a Workprint.

Summary Notes

A survivor of a supersoldier project must fight his former comrades as a masked hero.

UK: The US Export Version is BBFC 18 rated:
  • 2024 Eureka Entertainment Limited Edition [Uncut Hong Kong + US Export + Taiwan Versions] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 22nd April 2024

Promotional Material

Jet Li stars in an action-packed superhero spectacle produced by the legendary Tsui Hark !

Tsui Chik (Li) is a librarian who leads a quiet, unassuming life -- or, at least, that's what he wants people to believe. In truth, he was once a member of the 701 Squad, a group of elite combatants produced by a failed super-soldier project. In kind with his former comrades, his central nervous system has been altered to render him impervious to pain. When several of his fellow test subjects resurface and embark on a crimewave under the leadership of their former commander Hung Kuk ( Patrick Lung ), Tsui is forced to use his extraordinary abilities once more. Donning a costume, he sets out to face his past -- as the vigilante known as the Black Mask.

Adapted from the manhua by Pang Chi-ming and Li Chi-tak and heavily influenced by Bruce Lee's turn as Kato in The Green Hornet , Black Mask is one of the most entertaining movies in Jet Li's filmography and boasts action orchestrated by Yuen Woo-ping, who would later win an Academy Award for his work on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon . Eureka Classics is proud to present the film in its rarely seen uncut version on Blu-ray from a 2K restoration!

LIMITED EDITION TWO-DISC BLU-RAY SET FEATURES:

Limited Edition of 2000 copies only | O-card slipcase featuring new artwork by Grégory Sacré (Gokaiju) | Limited Edition bonus disc featuring two alternate versions of the film | PLUS: A Limited- edition collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by James Oliver

DISC ONE

Fully uncut Hong Kong version presented in 1080p from a 2K restoration | Original US version presented in 1080p from a 2K restoration | Original Cantonese Stereo and optional DTS-HD MA 5.1 (Hong Kong Version) | Optional English subtitles, newly translated for this release | Brand new audio commentary on the Hong Kong version by Asian film expert Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival) | Brand new audio commentary on the US export version by action cinema experts Mike Leeder and Arne Venema | Brand new interview with stuntman Mike Lambert | Brand new interview with film critic Andrew Heskins (easternKicks.com) | Brand new interview with Leon Hunt, author of Kung Fu Cult Masters: From Bruce Lee to Crouching Tiger | Reversible sleeve featuring original poster artwork | Archival Making of featurette | Trailers

DISC TWO (LIMITED EDITION BONUS DISC)

Alternate Taiwanese cut of the film | Extended version of Black Mask featuring all the unique footage from the various releases of the film re-inserted

 

 

Shopping: Dracula, Prisoner Of Frankenstein...

1972 Spain / France / Liechtenstein / Portugal horror by Jesús Franco just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here6th April 2024

Dracula, Prisoner Of Frankenstein is a 1972 Spain / France / Liechtenstein / Portugal horror by Jesús Franco
Starring Dennis Price, Howard Vernon and Paca Gabaldón Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

A long version was passed X for 1971 cinema release. A clothed Spanish Version has been released on home video and is 15 rated in the UK.

Summary Notes

Dracula kills another innocent victim and Dr. Seward decides it's time to wipe him off the face of the earth. Armed with a hammer and a wooden stake, he duly arrives at Castle Dracula.

US: A composite Version is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Reviews

Promotional Material

THE NORTH AMERICAN DISC PREMIERE

Inspired by Universal's 1940s monster mash-ups, writer/director Jess Franco instead delivered "a weird and wonderful masterpiece that transports you to a world like no other" (Scream Magazine): With minimal dialogue and maximum gothic atmosphere, Franco crafts a fever dream of erotic horror in which Count Dracula (Howard Vernon of DELICATESSEN), Dr. Frankenstein (Dennis Price of TWINS OF EVIL), his assistant Morpho and Frankenstein's monster battle gypsies, showgirls, Dr. Seward and a wolfman. Alberto Dalbés (THE EROTIC RITES OF FRANKENSTEIN), Carmen Yazalde (A VIRGIN AMONG THE LIVING DEAD) and Genevičve Robert (star of Franco's DEVIL'S ISLAND LOVERS and the future Mrs. Ivan Reitman) co-star in "a fantastic experience for those who respect Franco's demented vision" (Mondo Exploito), now scanned in 4K from Spanish, French and German release prints and presented in 1080p HD on Blu-ray to create the longest and most comprehensive version known to exist.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Prisoner Of Franco-Stein - Interview With Stephen Thrower, Author Of Murderous Passions: The Delirious Cinema Of Jesús Franco
  • In The Land Of Franco Part 10
  • Spanish Opening Credit Sequence
  • Deleted Scene From English Language Version
  • Trailer

 

 

Shopping: Bloodmoon...

1990 Australia horror thriller by Alec Mills, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here3rd April 2024

Bloodmoon is a 1990 Australia horror thriller by Alec Mills.
Starring Leon Lissek and Christine Amor and Ian Williams. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Uncut and BBFC 18 rated for 1991 VHS. Later cut and 15 rated for 2005 DVD.

Summary Notes

People are getting murdered down under via a barbed wire noose and then their eyes are gouged out. There are a variety of suspects at a nearby girls boarding school including students, teachers, and a nun. We also follow a rivalry between the local surfer townies and a group of preppy guys from a local all-boys school.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

Promotional Material

THE NORTH AMERICAN HD PREMIERE

Though it arrived near the end of the cycle, it remains the most satisfyingly depraved - yet least-seen - old-school slasher in Ozploitation history: Someone is butchering students at St. Elizabeth's Girls School, complete with gratuitous nudity, graphic gore, obnoxious teens, creepy cuckolds, barbed wire garroting, '80s Aussie glam-metal band Vice, an acid-flinging nun and heaps more. Leon Lissek (COUNTESS DRACULA), Christine Amor (SNAPSHOT) and Helen Thomson (ELVIS) star in the directorial debut of acclaimed UK cameraman/cinematographer Alec Mills (Polanski's MACBETH, RETURN OF THE JEDI, THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS) with a standout score by Brian May (THE ROAD WARRIOR, PATRICK), now scanned uncut in 4K from the negative at The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia and complete with 'The BLOODMOON Fright Break Challenge' presented in 1080p Blu-rayfor the first time ever in America.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Film Buffs Forecast Audio Interview With Actor Leon Lissek Conducted In 2000 By Paul Harris And Mark Hartley
  • Interview With Actress Christine Amor From NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD
  • Trailer
  • Fright Break Trailer

 

 

Shopping: All Ladies Do It...

2003 Italy romance by Tinto Brass, once cut in the UK, just released on US 4K Blu-ray


Link Here3rd April 2024

All Ladies Do It is a 2003 Italy romance by Tinto Brass
Starring Sara Cosmi, Massimiliano Caroletti and Guglielmo Aru BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The English language version was pre-cut for a BBFC 18 rated video release in 2001 and then uncut and BBFC 18 rated since 2013. The Director's Cut was released MPA Unrated in the US.

Summary Notes

Tinto Brass - The maestro of Italian erotica is back! Lies, subterfuge, betrayal and mischief - FALLO! is a collection of six stories based on the joys of sexuality and the eroticism of a new generation of women.

US: The Director's Cut is MPA Unrated for:

Promotional Material

THE EROTIC MASTERPIECE FROM TINTO BRASS, THE DIRECTOR OF CALIGULA.

After five years of marriage, Diana discovers the joys of adultery, claiming that she can save her failing relationship with her husband through betrayal. From Tinto Brass, the director of "Caligula" and "Salon Kitty" comes the stylish, erotic comedy / drama ALL LADIES DO IT, starring the sexy Claudia Koll (Miracolo Italiano). Cult Epics proudly presents the uncut and uncensored newly restored director's cut with vintage and brand new bonus features.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • New 4K Transfer (from the original negative) and Restoration, presented in 1080p HD
  • New DTS-HD MA 2.0 Stereo English and Italian
  • New Audio Commentary by Eugenio Ercolani and Troy Howarth
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Interview with director Tinto Brass (2001)
  • Outtakes All Ladies Do It
  • Photo Gallery
  • Double-sided sleeve with original uncensored Italian poster art
  • 20-Page illustrated booklet with liner notes by Eugenio Ercolani and Domenico Monetti
  • Slipcase

 

 

Shopping: The Nurse...

1975 Italy comedy by Nello Rossati just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here2nd April 2024

The Nurse is a 1975 Italy comedy by Nello Rossati
Starring Ursula Andress, Duilio Del Prete and Mario Pisu BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Never cut by the BBFC but has been released in a long and shortened versions. In the UK, there are at least two versions around: 'Secrets of a Sensuous Nurse' runs 73 min 4 sec, 'I Will If You Will' is 86 min 34 sec. long.

Summary Notes

As an aging widower begins suffering from cardiac trouble, his greedy heirs hire a super-seductive nurse in the hopes of inducing a heart attack, but the plan backfires when she falls in love with him.

UK: Uncut and BBFC 18 rated:

Promotional Material

From the producers of 'Doctor Zhivago' comes a film that finally reveals URSULA ANDRESS in all her glory!

Voted the TOP BOND GIRL of all time, Ursula Andress made cinematic history when she emerged from the sea in that bikini. Not only was this iconic scene crowned "No1 of the 100 Greatest Sexy Screen-Moments" and earned Andress a Golden Globe, but it

heralded a new generation of women who wanted and expected more: the 'sexual revolution' had started.

Ever wondered what she looks like without that bikini? Well, wonder no more and reach for The Nurse! Andress stars as The Sensuous Nurse, spending most of this romp-com undressed.

Screen legend Jack Palance (City Slickers) plays an American tycoon aiming to buy a vineyard in the beautiful Italian Veneto. But the

hitch is that the aging owner won't sign, despite his madcap family's eagerness to sell and get rich.

The old man, recovering from a bonk-induced heart attack, is a randy lecher. So, the family's outrageous stratagem is to hire Nurse

Andress, not to cure the old boy, but for her to... ahem... undress and, hopefully, induce another - this time fatal - cardiac arrest.

It's all barmy, fizzy fun, and the clincher? A SECOND Bond Girl! Luciana Paluzzi, the one in skin-tight black leathers on the rocket launching motorbike in 'Thunderball'. Here without leathers. Or anything.

Special Features:

  • Complete and Uncut, restored from 2K scan
  • Interview with Director Nello Rossati and Set & Costume Designer on working with Bond lovelies
  • New English subtitles on the alternative Italian track

 

 

Carry On Regardless...

Continuing an occasional series of detailed cuts to the Carry On films


Link Here2nd April 2024

Carry On Regardless is a 1961 UK comedy by Gerald Thomas, Ralph Thomas
Starring Sidney James, Kenneth Connor and Charles Hawtrey BBFC link 2020  IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for U rated 1961 cinema release and presumably the same cuts have applied to all releases since.

Summary Notes

The Helping Hands agency employs some very strange people to perform some very strange jobs. Even the simplest of tasks get bungled by the incompetent but lovable staff.

Versions

best available
cut
run: 90:14s
pal: 86:37s
PG 1980

BBFC PG 1982

U pre 1970

UK: Cut and BBFC PG rated:
  • 2007 Studiocanal R2 DVD at UK Amazon #ad
  • 2007 Studiocanal Amazon VoD [UK] at UK Amazon #ad
  • 2006 Optimum Releasing DVD (rated 19/09/2006)
  • 2001 Warner Home DVD (rated 12/09/2001)
  • 1988 Warner Home VHS (rated 14/07/1988)
UK: Cut and BBFC U rated:
  • 1961 Anglo Amalgamated cinema release (rated 01/03/1961)

Thanks to Vince. The BBFC cuts list read: 

Reel 2 - In the 'Penny Panting' scene, remove shots of Sam lowering his trousers.
Reel 3 - Remove "Oh no, there is nothing wrong with my knockers."
Reel 4 - Remove "Do you now" and the accompanying visual.
Reel 6 - Remove the final shot of Gabriel as he faints in the boxing ring.
Reel 7 - Remove "What is it you like doing most of all in bed" and "The bed of the century helps you do it better."
Reel 9 - The scene between Delia and a bachelor who is seeking a wife should be sortened to remove as much as possible of the innuendo.

 

 

Shopping: One From the Heart: Reprise...

1981 US music romance by Francis Ford Coppola just released on UK 4K Blu-ray with 2 versions


Link Here1st April 2024
One From The Heart is a 1981 US music romance by Francis Ford Coppola
Starring Frederic Forrest, Teri Garr and Raul Julia Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Exists as an Original Version and a Reprise Version.

Summary Notes

A couple has a fight after living together 5 years in Las Vegas. They go out and celebrate 4th of July, each with a new partner. Breakup?

UK: Uncut and BBFC 12 rated with a trigger warning for infrequent strong language, moderate sex references, nudity, domestic abuse:
  • 2024 Studiocanal [Original + Reprise Versions] R0 4K Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 4th March 2024
  • 2024 Studiocanal [Original + Reprise Versions] R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 4th March 2024
  • 2024 Studiocanal [Reprise Versions] (R2) DVD at UK Amazon #ad released on 4th March 2024

Promotional Material

ONE FROM THE HEART: REPRISE is a spectacular 4K restoration and reimagining of the 1982 cult classic from Francis Ford Coppola. Six minutes of footage have been added to replace the original negative, previously thought to be destroyed, resulting in a brand-new REPRISE version, approved by Coppola himself.

ONE FROM THE HEART: REPRISE tells the story of a Las Vegas couple (Teri Garr, Frederic Forrest) whose break-up on the 4th of July leads them both to a night on the strip in pursuit of their romantic fantasies (Raul Julia, Nastassja Kinski). But in this town of gamblers and dreamers should they bet it all on dreams, or give true love another roll of the dice

Featuring breathtaking design, show-stopping set pieces, the stunning photography of Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now, The Last Emperor) and accompanied by the wonderful Oscar nominated* music of the one and only Tom Waits, this neon explosion of colour, sound and innovation is a cinematic valentine for all movie lovers.

UHD Disc 1 / Blu-Ray Disc 1: One From The Heart: Reprise * NEW The Look of One From The Heart * NEW The Cast of One From The Heart * NEW Reinventing the Musical: Baz Luhrmann on One From The Heart* NEW The Choreography of One From The Heart * NEW One From The Heart: Reprise, Restoration Comparison * NEW 2024 Trailer * Francis Ford Coppola feature commentary

UHD Disc 2 / Blu-Ray Disc 2: One From The Heart: 1982 Cut * The Making Of One From The Heart * The Dream Studio * The Electronic Cinema * Tom Waits and the Music From One From The Heart * Deleted Scenes * Videotaped Rehearsals * Francis Ford Coppola speaks to the Exhibitors * Press Conference at the Studio * This One's From The Heart Music Video * Stop Motion Demo * Tom Waits Score - Alternate Tracks * 2003 Theatrical trailer * 1982 Theatrical trailer

 

 

Thundercrack!...

Remarkable cult movie with bizarre real sex passed 18 uncut by the BBFC


Link Here31st March 2024

Thundercrack! is a 1975 US adult comedy by Curt McDowell
Starring Marion Eaton, George Kuchar and Melinda McDowell BBFC link 2020 IMDb

A cult film that was notably unreleased in the UK for many years except on the cinema club circuit. The film was finally BBFC 18 rated without cuts for 2024 release. The BBFC noted that it contains strong real sex. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

Summary Review

With a killer gorilla on the loose, a group of strangers find themselves stranded at a remote mansion of a grieving madwoman one dark and stormy night. They indulge in swapping bizarre personal backstories - and bodily fluids.

Imagine yourself a typical low-budget horror opening, in which random people gather around an old dark mansion during a nightly thunderstorm. They're all slightly eccentric characters with unusual backgrounds and/or odd personalities and, naturally, the female owner of the mansion is the queen of all madness.

Her guests soon begin to physically experiment with themselves and each other and these sexual outbursts become gradually odder. Masturbation and ordinary hetero-sex at first, but before you properly realize it; you're up to your neck in gay sex, voyeurism, sex with peculiar attributes and even bestiality.

This movie is available in two versions, but I can safely say already that even the cut Theatrical Version (120 minutes instead of 150) is more than weird enough for every avid fan of offbeat cinema on this planet.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 159:27s
pal: 153:04s
18

MPAA Unrated

UK: Uncut and BBFC 18 rated for strong real sex, nudity:
  • 2024 BFI VoD (rated 05/02/2024) titled Thundercrack!

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • 2015 Synapse Films 40th Anniversary Edition R0 Blu-ray at US Amazon
  • 2015 Synapse Films 40th Anniversary Edition R0 DVD at US Amazon
cut
cut
cut:  
run: 125:30s
pal: 120:29s
  Sweden: There is a cut version running about 120m

 

 

Shopping: Street Law...

1974 Italy action thriller by Enzo G Castellari just released on UK Blu-ray with 2 versions


Link Here31st March 2024

Street Law is a 1974 Italy action thriller by Enzo G Castellari.
Starring Franco Nero, Giancarlo Prete and Barbara Bach. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There is a significantly shortened US Version titled Street Law. The full length Italian version was released on UK pre-cert VHS and later on 15 rated Blu-ray in 2024. The full length version is MPAA Unrated in the US

Summary Notes

Carlo Antonelli, an engineer from Genoa, gets mugged and decides to take justice into his own hands. At first the muggers seem to get the upper hand, but then he's helped by Tommy, a young robber who takes his side.

UK: Uncut and BBFC 15 rated for strong violence, nudity:
  • 2024 88 Films [Italian + US Versions] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 26th February 2024

Promotional Material

After Carlo is mugged by thugs he goes to the police, but when they drop the case, he loses faith in the justice system and decides to take on the hoods himself. Teaming up with a young robber, he goes on a mission of vengeance.

This smart poliziotteschi movie directed by Enzo G. Castellari (Inglorious Bastards) and starring legendary spaghetti western favourite Franco Nero (Django), is a cool and entertaining street-level crime pic bursting with Italian flavours.

Extras
2K Restoration From the Original Camera Negative
HD (1080p) Blu-ray® Presentation in 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio
2.0 English Mono
2.0 Italian Mono with Newly-translated English Subtitles
Audio Commentary with Italian Cinema Experts Eugenio Ercolani, Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thomson
Shorter US "Grindhouse" Cut
Sniff Around and Find Out - Featurette by Mike Malloy
Enzo's Law - An Interview with Director Enzo G. Castellari
Oliver Onions - An Interview with Composer's Guido and Maurizio De Angelis
Street Stunts - An Interview with Actor and Stuntman Massimo Vanni
Original Trailer
TV Spot

 

 

Shopping: The Conan Chronicles: Conan the Barbarian and Conan the Destroyer...

double bill by John Milius, Richard Fleischer, with both films once being cut, just released on US 4K Blu-ray


Link Here 30th March 2024

The Conan Chronicles: Conan the Barbarian & Conan the Destroyer is a double bill by John Milius, Richard Fleischer
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones and Sandahl Bergman

Both films have been cut by film censors.

US: Conan the Barbarian is cut and MPAA R rated:
US: Conan the Destroyer is uncut and MPAA PG rated:
  • 2024 Arrow Video Conan Chronicles [Conan the Barbarian (3 versions) + Conan the Destroyer] R0 4K Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 30th January 2024
  • 2024 Arrow Video Conan Chronicles [Conan the Barbarian (3 versions) + Conan the Destroyer] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 30th January 2024
  • 2024 Arrow Video [Conan the Destroyer] Limited Edition R0 4K Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 30th January 2024
  • 2024 Arrow Video [Conan the Destroyer] Limited Edition (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 30th January 2024
  • 2024 Arrow Video [Conan the Barbarian (3 versions)] Limited Edition R0 4K Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 30th January 2024

Conan the Barbarian is a 1982 USA action fantasy adventure by John Milius.
With Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones and Max von Sydow. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Originally cut for an MPAA R rating The uncut version has never been released. All British releases were further cut by the BBFC. There is also an Iinternational version and an Extended Verson that exists in a couple of variants.

Conan the Destroyer is a 1984 US action film by Richard Fleischer.
With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Grace Jones and Olivia d'Abo. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for animal cruelty. Uncut and MPAA PG rated in the US.

Promotional Material

THIEF. WARRIOR. GLADIATOR. KING.

Ripped from the pages of Robert E. Howard's beloved pulp stories, 1982's Conan the Barbarian and its sequel, 1984's Conan the Destroyer , not only popularized a new subgenre -- the sword-and-sorcery film -- but also made a cinematic icon of the star playing the titular hero, former bodybuilding sensation Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Conan the Barbarian , from maverick filmmaker John Milius, sees the Cimmerian thief and future king rise up from slavery to become an unparalleled and fearsome warrior, intent on vengeance against the evil snake cult that slaughtered his family long ago, led by the shape-shifting sorcerer Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones). In the sequel, helmed by action veteran Richard Fleischer, Conan finds himself escorting a young princess on a quest for a mythical horn that will awaken a slumbering god, battling an onslaught of evil beasts, wizards and cannibals along the way.

At long last, these glorious odes to the days of high adventure have been restored in stunning 4K with hours of bonus features and heart-racing Atmos remixes that immerse you in the action, accompanied throughout by electrifying music scores by the late Basil Poledouris ( RoboCop ). If you do not listen... then to hell with you!

LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY CONTENTS

  • Brand new 4K restorations of both films from the original negatives by Arrow Films
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations of both films
  • Three versions of Conan the Barbarian via seamless branching: Theatrical Cut (127 mins), International Cut (129 mins) and Extended Cut (130 mins)
  • Newly restored original mono audio and remixed Dolby Atmos surround audio for both films
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing on both films
  • Archive commentary for Conan the Barbarian by John Milius and Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Archive commentaries for Conan the Destroyer by Richard Fleischer and actors Olivia d'Abo, Tracey Walter and Sarah Douglas
  • Brand new commentaries for both films by genre historian Paul M. Sammon
  • Newly assembled isolated score tracks in lossless stereo for both films
  • Newly filmed interviews for Conan the Barbarian with production artist William Stout, costume designer John Bloomfield, special effects crew members Colin Arthur and Ron Hone, actors Jorge Sanz and Jack Taylor, assistant editor Peck Prior, visual effects animators Peter Kuran and Katherine Kean, filmmaker Robert Eggers ( The Northman ) and authors John Walsh and Alfio Leotto
  • Newly filmed interviews for Conan the Destroyer with Bloomfield and Walsh, casting director Johanna Ray, art director Kevin Phipps and stunt coordinator Vic Armstrong
  • Conan Unchained: The Making of Conan , an archive documentary from 2000 featuring interviews with Schwarzenegger, Milius, Stone, Jones, Lopez, Bergman, Poledouris and several others
  • Archive bonus features for both films, including interviews with sword master Kiyoshi Yamasaki, writers Roy Thomas & Gerry Conway and Poledouris, outtakes and more
  • A Tribute to Basil Poledouris , a series of videos produced by the Úbeda Film Music Festival, including video of Poledouris conducting a concert of music from Conan the Barbarian in 2006 (remixed in 5.1 surround)
  • Theatrical trailers and image galleries for both films
  • Double-sided fold-out posters for both films
  • Twelve double-sided collectors' postcards
  • Illustrated collectors' booklet featuring new writing by Walter Chaw and John Walsh, and archive set reports for both films by Paul M. Sammon

 

 

Shopping: Nightmares In A Damaged Brain...

1981 US/Italy video nasty by Romano Scavolini, once banned, just released on UK 4K Blu-ray


Link Here29th March 2024

Nightmares In A Damaged Brain is a 1981 US/Italy horror by Romano Scavolini
Starring Baird Stafford, Sharon Smith and C.J. Cooke BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for X rated 1982 cinema release. Famously banned as a video nasty with the distributor being jailed. A cut US R rated version was released in the UK for an 18 rated 2002 DVD. In the US the Unrated 2011 Code Red version is slightly shortened in uncontroversial scenes but is the best available.

An uncut version, or as near as dammit, was released in the UK in November 2015 but was soon withdrawn presumably for a lack of BBFC paperwork. However the BBFC certificate was published shortly after and the DVD went back on sale.

The original UK cinema version was heavily cut by the BBFC with edits made to closeups of throat slitting and repeated stabs during the telephone murder, the pick axe killing, and axe blows (including blood frothing from a man's head) during the climactic flashback. The film was then listed and banned as an official video nasty, and a successful prosecution was brought against the distributing company World of Video 2000 in 1984 for releasing an unauthorized video version (which was 1 min longer than the cut cinema print). The film was finally granted a video certificate in 2002 though the print submitted was an edited U.S version, which restores the ice pick murder and around 1 minute of dialogue scenes but still has edits to the throat slashing/stabbing scene and some brief cuts to the climactic flashback nightmare murder.

Summary Notes

A mental patient embarks on a murder spree upon escaping from an institution.

UK: Uncut and BBFC 18 rated for strong bloody violence, horror, strong sex:

Promotional Material

It's been called "graphic and unapologetic" (SexGoreMutants), "brutally effective" (Screen Rant) and "a forgotten classic" (Horror News). It remains the most reviled, controversial, and misunderstood genre film of the '80s. Now "the most repulsive, degrading and horrifying movie ever made" (NY Daily News) can be experienced like never before: When a homicidal mental patient (an enduringly disturbing performance by Baird Stafford ) flees an experimental drug program, he'll leave a 5-day trail of psychosexual carnage from the peep shows of 42nd Street to the gore-soaked shores of Florida. Written and directed by Romano Scavolini , this "devastating masterpiece" (Cinefear) -- whose UK release as NIGHTMARES IN A DAMAGED BRAIN led to the imprisonment of distributor David Hamilton-Grant -- has been scanned from the internegative and various foreign print sources to create the most complete version ever assembled.

Disc Specs:

  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Audio: English 5.1 / English Stereo
  • 4K Video: HDR
  • Closed Captions
  • UHD: Region Free

Special Features:

Disc 1: UHD

  • Audio Commentary With Star Baird Stafford and Special Effects Assistant Cleve Hall Moderated By Lee Christian and David DeCoteau
  • Audio Commentary With Producer William Paul
  • Trailers

Disc 2: Blu-ray

  • Damaged: The Very British Obscenity of David Hamilton-Grant
  • Audio Commentary With Star Baird Stafford and Special Effects Assistant Cleve Hall Moderated By Lee Christian and David DeCoteau
  • Audio Commentary With Producer William Paul
  • Kill Thy Father And Thy Mother -- Interview With Director Romano Scavolini (71 mins)
  • Dreaming Up A Nightmare -- Featuring Former President Of 21st Century Distribution Arthur Schweitzer , Actor/Unit Production Manager Mik Cribben , Production Supervisor Simon Nuchtern , Florida Producer/Special Effects Artist William Milling , Uncredited Editor Jim Markovic and Archival Interviews With Actor Baird Stafford and Special Effects Artists Edward French and Cleve Hall
  • The Nightmare Of NIGHTMARE -- Interview With Erroneously Credited Special Effects Director Tom Savini
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Still Gallery
  • Trailers

This double disc also includes an 8-page booklet.

 

 

Robot Dreams...

Children's cartoon cut for a BBFC PG rated cinema release


Link Here28th March 2024
Robot Dreams is a 2023 Spain/France animation drama by Pablo Berger
Starring Ivan Labanda, Tito Trifol and Rafa Calvo BBFC link 2020 IMDb
BBFC category cuts were required for a BBFC PG rated cinema release in 2024.

Summary Notes

Based on the popular graphic novel by the North American writer Sara Varon, ROBOT DREAMS tells the adventures and misfortunes of Dog and Robot in NYC during the '80s.

Versions

BBFC cut
cut:
run: 102:29s
pal: 98:23s
PGUK: BBFC PG rated for mild rude humour for mild rude humour after BBFC cuts:
  • 2024 Artificial Eye Film Co. cinema release (rated 30/01/2024)

The BBFC commented:

The company obscured rude gestures in order to achieve their preferred category of PG. An uncut 12A classification was available.

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 102:46s
pal: 98:39s
IFCO cinema GIreland: Uncut and IFCO G rated for consumer advice: explores themes of friendship and loss with positive resolution:
  • 2024 Curzon cinema release (rated 16/01/2024)

 

 

Shopping: Get Carter...

1971 UK action thriller by Mike Hodges, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK 4K Blu-ray


Link Here28th March 2024

Get Carter is a 1971 UK action thriller by Mike Hodges
Starring Michael Caine, Ian Hendry and Britt Ekland Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for 1971 X rated cinema release, then uncut and 18 rated on home video. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US. However the film was partly overdubbed in the US lest Americans couldn't understand British accents.

Summary Notes

A vicious London gangster, Jack Carter, travels to Newcastle for his brother's funeral. He begins to suspect that his brother's death was not an accident and sets out to follow a complex trail of lies, deceit, cover-ups and backhanders through Newcastle's underworld, leading, he hopes, to the man who ordered his brother killed. Because of his ruthlessness, Carter exhibits all the unstopability of the cyborg in The Terminator (1984), or Walker in Point Blank (1967), and he and the other characters in this movie are prone to sudden, brutal acts of violence.

UK: Uncut and BBFC 18 rated with a trigger warning for strong sex, violence, references to child sex abuse:
  • 2024 BFI R0 4K Blu-ray/(RB) Blu-ray Combo at UK Amazon #ad released on 29th January 2024

Promotional Material

Michael Caine is Jack Carter, the London gangland enforcer who returns to his hometown of Newcastle to avenge his brother's death. Rarely has the criminal underworld been so realistically portrayed as in this 1971 masterpiece. Shot on location, resulting in a devastatingly authentic snapshot of life in the north east of England in the late-industrial period, Get Carter remains arguably the grittiest and greatest of all British crime films. restored in 4K from the original camera negative by the BFI, and approved by director Mike Hodges, Get Carter is back, looking and sounding better than ever.

Special Features:

  • 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby vision (HDR10 compatible)
  • Newly recorded introduction by Michael Caine (2022,3 mins)
  • Audio commentary featuring Michael Caine, Mike Hodges and Wolfgang Suschitzky (2000)
  • Audio commentary featuring Kim Newman and Barry Forshaw
  • Isolated score by Roy Budd
  • Mike Hodges in Conversation (2022, 60 mins): the director discusses his career in this interview recorded at BFI Southbank
  • The Sound of Roy Budd (2022, 17 mins): film music expert Jonny Trunk explores the varied career of Roy Budd, and revisits Budd's iconic, minimalist score for Get Carter
  • Roy Budd Plays 'Get Carter' (1971, 4 mins)
  • BBC Look North location report (1970, 5 mins): surviving footage of a 1971 report on Get Carter's making, from the BBC'S regional news programme
  • Don't Trust Boys (2022, 22 mins): actor Petra Markham reflects upon her career on stage and screen, and recalls her role in Get Carter
  • Klinger on Klinger (2022, 24 mins): Tony Klinger recalls and evaluates the career of his father, Michael Klinger, Producer of Get Carter
  • The Ship Hotel -- Tyne Main (1967, 33 mins): Philip Trevelyan's wonderful film about a pub on the banks of the River Tyne
  • International trailer (1971)
  • Release trailer (2022)
  • Michael Caine's message to premiere attendees (1971, 1 min)
  • Script gallery
  • English language with optional descriptive subtitles
  • Audio description track

 

 

Shopping: Murphy's War...

1971 UK war drama by Peter Yates, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here28th March 2024

Murphy's War is a 1971 UK war drama by Peter Yates
Starring Peter O'Toole, Siân Phillips and Philippe Noiret BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The original UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to remove 2 uses of the word 'fuck' and to edit shots of bloody shootings and dead bodies for an 'A' (PG) certificate. The 12-rated UK DVD release restores the gunshot scenes but also has the swear words blanked out, and an inferior 4:3 transfer.

Summary Notes

A lone survivor from a British naval ship is obsessed with getting revenge on a German U-boat crew that massacred his shipmates in the water.

US: Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated for:

Promotional Material

WORLD WAR TWO IS ENDING, WORLD WAR MURPHY HAS JUST BEGUN...

Iconic actor Peter O'Toole ( Lawrence of Arabia , The Stunt Man ) joins forces with director Peter Yates ( Bullit , The Friends of Eddie Coyle ) in this blisteringly acerbic, wildly entertaining film about the absurdity of war.

During the last days of WWII, the merchant ship 'Mount Kyle' is sunk by a German U-boat off the coast of Venezuela and the sailors machine-gunned in the water. Only Murphy (O'Toole) survives, making his way to shore where he is nursed to health by Dr. Hayden (Sian Phillips), a pacifist Quaker who runs a missionary settlement near the mouth of the Orinoco River. When Murphy discovers that the U-boat is now hiding further up the river using the jungle for cover, he becomes obsessed with retribution and begins a one man war to sink the German U-boat, no matter the cost.

With a script by Stirling Silliphant ( In the Heat of the Night , The Poseidon Adventure ), cinematography by the legendary Douglas Slocombe ( The Italian Job , Raiders of the Lost Ark ) and a supporting cast that includes Philippe Noiret ( La Grande Bouffe , Cinema Paradiso ) and Horst Janson ( Captain Kronos -- Vampire Hunter , Shout at the Devil ), Murphy's War is an underseen gem.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
  • Original lossless mono audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Running Out of War , a new visual essay by film critic David Cairns
  • A Great Adventure , an archive interview with assistant director John Glen
  • Dougie, Chic and Me , an archive interview with focus puller Robin Vidgeon
  • One Man Army , an archive interview with film critic Sheldon Hall
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain
  • Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing by film critic Philip Kemp

 

 

The New Boy...

The BBFC caught hearing things with a mistaken 15 rating for strong language


Link Here20th March 2024

The New Boy is a 2023 Australia historical fantasy drama by Warwick Thornton
Starring Cate Blanchett, Aswan Reid and Deborah Mailman BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues beyond noting that the BBFC made a mistake in noting the occurrence of the word 'cunt' requiring a 15 rating. When asked to listen again the BBFC changed its mind and noted just moderate language for a 12A rating.

Summary Notes

A nine-year-old Aboriginal Australian orphan boy arrives in the dead of night at a remote monastery run by a renegade nun.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 96:03s
pal: 92:12s
12A

15

IFCO cinema 12A

UK: Uncut and BBFC 12A rated with a trigger warning for moderate violence, language, bloody images, discrimination:
  • 2024 Signature Entertainment cinema release (rated 23/02/2024)

UK: Uncut and BBFC 15 rated for infrequent very strong language:

  • 2024 Signature Entertainment cinema release (rated 23/02/2024)

Thanks to Scott:

This Australian film originally appeared on the BBFC's website last month as a 15 for infrequent very strong language. I noticed that it was only a 12A in Ireland and an M (completely unrestricted) in Aus, with no mention of anything higher than moderate language from either, so emailed the BBFC to let them know they'd probably misheard a c-word. Sure enough, a week or two later, the cert was revised to 12A for moderate violence, language, bloody images, discrimination. They subsequently replied to my email: With regard to New Boy, we have already been in conversation with the producers and have since revised the age rating to 12A.

Ireland: Uncut and IFCO 12A rated for an aboriginal boy is taken to a christian monastery in 1940`s australia - contains moderate violence with brief injury detail, moderate language:
  • 2024 Signature cinema release (rated 14/02/2024)

 

 

The Jungle Bunch World Tour...

Censorship is an ass as the latest children's cartoon is cut for a lower rating


Link Here20th March 2024
The Jungle Bunch World Tour is a 2023 France animation comedy by Laurent Bru, Yannick Moulin, Benoît Somville
Starring Gauthier Battoue, Paul Borne and Wyatt Bowen BBFC link 2020 IMDb
BBFC category cuts were required for U rated cinema and VoD release in 2024.

Summary Notes

Sequel to the film The Jungle Bunch (2017).

Versions

BBFC cut
category cuts
cut:
run: 88:49s
pal: 85:16s
UUK: BBFC U rated for very mild threat, violence, rude humour:
  • 2024 Signature Entertainment cinema release (rated 25/01/2024)
UK: BBFC U rated for very mild threat, violence, rude humour after BBFC cuts:
  • 2024 Signature Entertainment VoD (rated 12/01/2024)

The BBFC commented:

The distributor chose to make cuts to bad language ('ass') in order to achieve a U rating. An uncut PG rating was available.

 

 

Shopping: The Demoniacs...

1973 French/Belgian horror by Jean Rollin, previously cut by the BBFC, set for UK 4K Blu-ray release on 22nd April 2024 now uncut with a long extended version


Link Here20th March 2024

The Demoniacs is a 1973 French/Belgian horror by Jean Rollin.
With Joëlle Coeur, Willy Braque and Paul Bisciglia. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated UK DVD releases. Later the Extended Version was passed 18 uncut for Blu-ray. There are 2 cut variants in the US with one that claims that it is Director Approved.

Summary Notes

A gang of pirates rape the two sole survivors of a ship wreck. The violated girls are rescued by the strange inhabitants of a supposedly haunted island, where they are granted supernatural powers to strike revenge against the pirates.

UK: Uncut and BBFC 18 rated for sexual violence, strong sex, nudity:
  • 2024 Powerhouse Films Limited Edition (Theatrical + Extended Version + Curse of the Living Dead) R0 4K Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 22nd April 2024
  • 2024 Powerhouse Films Limited Edition (Theatrical + Extended Version + Curse of the Living Dead) R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 22nd April 2024

Promotional Material

"The Demoniacs (Les Démoniaques) sees director Jean Rollin eschew his regular subject of vampirism for a brutal nautical tale of ritual horror and supernatural vengeance.

A gang of ruthless pirates, known as 'the wreckers', rape two survivors of a shipwreck. The women, now mute, are guided by a mysterious clown to a ruined castle, where they receive magical powers with which to exact their revenge on the gang.

Starring Joëlle Coeur (Schoolgirl Hitchhikers), John Rico (Blood Orgy of the She-Devils), Willy Braque (Lips of Blood), and Mireille Dargent (The Iron Rose), The Demoniacs is one of its director's most shocking and violent tales of the fantastique."

Extras "INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION 4K UHD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Brand-new 4K HDR restoration from the original negative by Powerhouse Films
  • 4K (2160p) UHD presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
  • Three presentations of the film: the original theatrical version; the longer, explicit export version; and Curse of the Living Dead, the alternative English-language cut
  • Original mono audio
  • Audio commentary with film expert Tim Lucas (2024)
  • Selected scenes commentary with Jean Rollin (2005)
  • Jean Rollin Introduces 'The Demoniacs' (1998)
  • One of the Demoniacs (2024): new presentation of an interview with regular Rollin collaborator Jean-Pierre Bouyxou
  • Newly edited archival interview with actor Willy Braque (2024)
  • Critical appreciation by author and musician Stephen Thrower (2024)
  • Outtake footage
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: promotional and publicity material, and behind the scenes
  • New and improved English translation subtitles
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for Curse of the Living Dead
  • Limited edition exclusive 80-page book with a new essay by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, an archival piece on the making of the film by Jean Rollin, an archival interview with Rollin, an archival interview with actor Monica Swinn, and full film credits.
  • World premiere on 4K UHD

Limited edition of 10,000 individually numbered units (6,000 4K UHDs and 4,000 Blu-rays) for the UK and US

All extras subject to change"

 

 

Shopping: Trainspotting...

1996 UK drama by Danny Boyle, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US 4K Blu-ray


Link Here20th March 2024

Trainspotting is a 1996 UK drama by Danny Boyle.
Starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner and Jonny Lee Miller. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The 1996 UK release was uncut and BBFC 18 rated. However the BBFC asked for cuts for the follow up VHS. The film was also cut in the US for an R rating and this version was released on UK 18 rated DVD without further BBFC cuts. The film was released uncut on 18 rated DVD and Blu-ray in 2009. The uncut version was later released in the US also with an MPAA R rating.

Summary Notes

Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out despite the allure of drugs and the influence of friends.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
  • 2024 The Criterion Collection R0 4K Blu-ray/(RA) Blu-ray Combo at US Amazon #ad released on 30th January 2024
  • 2024 The Criterion Collection (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 30th January 2024

Promotional Material

A jolt of adrenaline shot straight to the heart of 1990s British cinema, this darkly funny adaptation of Irvine Welsh's novel was a major breakthrough for director Danny Boyle, producer Andrew Macdonald, and screenwriter John Hodge. With live-wire energy and stylistic verve, Trainspotting bounces across the life and times of Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor), a Scottish heroin addict who, along with his misfit mates, gets high, gets in trouble, gets clean, and gets high again, all in a bid to outrun the banality of modern existence. Kinetically cut to an iconic soundtrack of techno, rock, and Brit-pop, this indie phenomenon chooses life in all its ugly, beautiful, terrifying exhilaration.

FILMMAKER-APPROVED 4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration of the uncut version of the film, supervised by director Danny Boyle, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features
  • Alternate 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • Audio commentary featuring Boyle, producer Andrew Macdonald, screenwriter John Hodge, and actor Ewan McGregor
  • Nine deleted scenes with commentary from the filmmakers
  • New interview with production designer Kave Quinn and costume designer Rachael Fleming
  • Off the Rails: The Making of "Trainspotting," a documentary featuring archival interviews with cast and crew and behind-the-scenes footage
  • Memories of "Trainspotting," a documentary from 2008 featuring the filmmakers as well as actors McGregor, Kelly Macdonald, Ewen Bremner, and Robert Carlyle
  • Reflections from soundtrack artists Iggy Pop, Jarvis Cocker, Bobby Gillespie, Damon Albarn, Leftfield, and Underworld
  • Theatrical teaser and trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: Essays by critic Graham Fuller and author Irvine Welsh, and Welsh's glossary of terms from the novel

 

 

The Ice Pirates...

Old BBFC cuts list added for category cuts for the 1984 cinema release of a US action comedy by Stewart Raffill


Link Here19th March 2024

The Ice Pirates is a 1984 US action comedy by Stewart Raffill
Starring Robert Urich, Mary Crosby and Michael D. Roberts BBFC link 2020 IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for a PG rated cinema release in 1984. UK home video releases are uncut and 15 rated. The film is uncut and MPAA PG rated in the US.

Summary Notes

In a distant future scarce of water, space pirates get caught after stealing ice from a spaceship. They are sold to a princess looking for her dad. He might have found a planet abundant with water.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 93:44s
pal: 89:59s
15

BBFC 15 1982

MPAA PG

UK: Uncut and BBFC 15 rated for strong injury detail, sex:
  • 2024 Warner Bros Entertainment UK Blu-ray (rated 11/03/2024)
UK: Uncut and BBFC 15 rated:
  • 1987 MGM Home VHS (rated 12/01/1987)

US: Uncut and MPAA PG rated

BBFC cut
category
cuts
cut: 2:11s
run: 91:38s
pal: 87:58s
BBFC PG 1982UK: Cut and PG rated after 2:11s of BBFC category cuts:
  • 1984 U.I.P. cinema release (rated 02/07/1984)

Thanks to Scott. The BBFC cuts list reads:

  • Reel 2 a) During discussion in prison on space ship and in cage after landing remove references to men being castrated.
  • Reel 2 b) When heroes are on conveyor belt remove threats of castration and repeated sight of snapping jaws.
  • Reel 3 a) After Alien creature bites heroes, remove reference to it as Space Herpe - when Jason reads cargo manifest.
  • Reel 3 b) Remove sight of man's head falling off after woman slices sword across man's neck in fight in bar.
  • Reel 4 a) Remove reference to Space Herpe after it emerges from hunk of meat.
  • Reel 4 b) After talking head delivers up ring on tongue, remove head's dialogue want to make a deposit? .
  • Reel 5 Establish only lovemaking between Jason and Princess after they go to the passion chamber with back projection, removing all sex double entendres in their dialogue and implication of oral sex.
 

 

 

 

Shopping: Nightmare...

1981 USA/Italy video nasty by Romano Scavolini just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here19th March 2024

Nightmare (Nightmares in a Damaged Brain) is a 1981 USA/Italy horror by Romano Scavolini.
With Baird Stafford, Sharon Smith and CJ Cooke. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for X rated 1982 cinema release. Famously banned as a video nasty with the distributor being jailed. A cut US R rated version was released in the UK for an 18 rated 2002 DVD. The most complete version is distributed by 88 Films in the UK (BBFC 18 rated) and Severin in the US (MPAA Unrated).

An uncut version, or as near as dammit, was released in the UK in November 2015 but was soon withdrawn presumably for a lack of BBFC paperwork. However the BBFC certificate was published shortly after and the DVD went back on sale.

Summary Notes

A mental patient embarks on a murder spree upon escaping from an institution.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Promotional Material

IF YOU WERE TERRIFIED BY "DAWN OF THE DEAD" & FRIDAY THE 13TH YOU MUST SEE NIGHTMARE!

It's been called "graphic and unapologetic" (SexGoreMutants), "brutally effective" (Screen Rant) and "a forgotten classic" (Horror News). It remains the most reviled, controversial and misunderstood genre film of the '80s. Now "the most repulsive, degrading and horrifying movie ever made" (NY Daily News) can be experienced like never before: When a homicidal mental patient (an enduringly disturbing performance by Baird Stafford) flees an experimental drug program, he'll leave a 5-day trail of psychosexual carnage from the peep shows of 42nd Street to the gore-soaked shores of Florida. Written and directed by Romano Scavolini, this "devastating masterpiece" (Cinefear) - whose UK release as NIGHTMARES IN A DAMAGED BRAIN led to the imprisonment of distributor David Hamilton-Grant - has been scanned from the internegative and various foreign print sources to create the most complete version ever assembled.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Audio Commentary With Star Baird Stafford And Special Effects Assistant Cleve Hall Moderated By Lee Christian And David DeCoteau
  • Audio Commentary With Producer William Paul
  • Kill Thy Father And Thy Mother - Interview With Director Romano Scavolini (71 mins)
  • Dreaming Up A Nightmare - Cast And Crew Interviews
  • The Nightmare Of NIGHTMARE - Interview With Erroneously Credited Special Effects Director Tom Savini
  • The Stuff That Nightmares Are Made Of - Interview With Makeup Artist Robin Stevens
  • A Nightmare On Many Streets - Locations Tour With Rue Morgue Writer Michael Gingold
  • Open Matte Peep Show Sequence
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Still Gallery
  • Trailers

 

 

Shopping: Andy Warhol Presents: Blood For Dracula...

1974 Italy / France horror by Paul Morrissey, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here15th March 2024

Blood For Dracula is a 1974 Italy / France horror by Paul Morrissey.
Starring Joe Dallesandro and Udo Kier and Vittorio De Sica. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for X rated cinema release in 1975. Later passed 18 uncut in 1982. In the US the film is uncut and MPAA X rated.

Summary Notes

Udo Kier is without a doubt the sickliest of vampires in any director's interpretation of the Bram Stoker tale. Count Dracula knows that if he fails to drink a required amount of pure virgin's [pronounced "wirgin's"] blood, it's time to move into a permanent coffin. His assistant (Renfield?) suggests that the Count and he pick up his coffin and take a road trip to Italy, where families are known to be particularly religious, and therefore should be an excellent place to search for a virgin bride. They do, only to encounter a family with not one, but FOUR virgins, ready for marriage. The Count discovers one-by-one that the girls are not as pure as they say they are, meanwhile a handsome servant/Communist begins to observe strange behaviour from the girls who do spend the night with the Count. It's a race for Dracula to discover who's the real virgin, before he either dies from malnourishment or from the wooden stake of the Communist!

US: Uncut and MPAA X rated for:
  • 2023 Severin Special Edition (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 31st January 2023

Promotional Material

HE COULDN'T LIVE WITHOUT A VIRGIN'S BLOOD... SO A VIRGIN HAD TO DIE!

Immediately after completing FLESH FOR FRANKENSTEIN, writer/director Paul Morrissey and star Udo Kier created what remains sumptuously depraved Euroshocker, cunning political allegory and "wickedly funny horror that obliterates the line between art and bad taste" (Pop Culture Beast): Desperate for virgin blood, Count Dracula - Kier in the performance Flavorwire calls "one of cinema's Top 5 Best Draculas" - journeys to an Italian villa only to discover the family's three young daughters are also coveted by the estate's Marxist stud (Joe Dallesandro of Morrissey's FLESH, TRASH and HEAT). Stefania Casini (SUSPIRIA) and BICYCLE THIEVES director Vittorio De Sica co-star - with an unforgettable cameo by Roman Polanski - in "one of the most unique vampire films in history" (Oh! The Horror), now scanned uncut in 4K from the original negative for the first time ever.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Trans-Human Flesh and Blood -- Interview with Director Paul Morrissey
  • Rubinia's Homecoming -- Interview & Location Visit with Actress Stefania Casini
  • Blood For Udo -- Interview with Actor Udo Kier
  • Little Big Joe -- Interview with Actor Joe Dallesandro
  • Conversation with a Vampire -- Audio Interview with Actress Milena Vukotic
  • Bloodthirsty -- Interview with Assistant Director Paolo Pietrangeli
  • Black Cherry -- Interview with Art Director Gianni Giovagnoni
  • The Blood of These Whores... -- Interview with 'Murderous Passions' Author Stephen Thrower
  • Sad, Romantic Dracula -- Interview with Soundtrack Composer Claudio Gizzi
  • The Roman Connection -- Interview with Producer Andrew Braunsberg
  • Trailers

 

 

Shopping: The Black Room...

1983 USA horror thriller by Elly Kenner and Norman Thaddeus Vane just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here15th March 2024

The Black Room is a 1983 USA horror thriller by Elly Kenner and Norman Thaddeus Vane.
Starring Stephen Knight and Cassandra Gava and Jimmy Stathis. IMDb

Passed X uncut for 1983 cinema release but the follow up pre-cert VHS release from the same year was seized by police. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

Summary Notes

A room gets put up for rent following the mysterious murder of its previous tenant. When an apartment-hunting man sees the deal the brother and sister landlords are offering, he immediately puts down the first month's rent and starts spending his days there, even though he has a home to spend his nights at with his wife. When he comes home, he tells his wife about the fantasies he has of having sex with various women each day in his new apartment. His wife goes along with it for a while, but when she discovers that her husband's stories are much more than just fantasies, she starts to do some investigating.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Promotional Material

Looking to inject a little more excitement into his life, family man Larry seizes the opportunity when he happens across a newspaper advert for a "unique and exotic" room for rent in a mansion in the Hollywood Hills. The room, draped in black sheets and filled with candles, pillows and mirrors, seems to be the ideal place in which to carry out his extra-marital affairs - which Larry promptly does, first picking up a young college girl and later a prostitute. The mysterious owners of the property, siblings Jason and Bridget, seem more than happy to accommodate the wayward husband, dutifully preparing the room for each visit. But what Larry doesn't realize is that Jason is deathly in need of regular blood transfusions, and the pair have been abducting each of Larry's carnal conquests to use as victims in Jason's deadly laboratory...

Written and co-directed by Norman Thaddeus Vane (writer/director of 1983's Frightmare) and directed by Elly Kenner, 1982's THE BLACK ROOM is a smart, seductive, and utterly unique horror yarn, offering up a distinctive and modern take on the then-tired vampire mythos, whilst doubling down on all the requisite sex and bloodletting one would expect from the genre - the latter aided in no small part by the talents of special effects guru Mark Shostrom (Evil Dead II, the A Nightmare on Elm Street series). Featuring cinematography from Robert Harmon (who'd go on to helm the 1986 cult classic The Hitcher), Vinegar Syndrome is thrilled to resurrect THE BLACK ROOM from its murky VHS grave, pumping fresh blood into this underseen horror gem with a new 4K restoration from 35mm negative elements and an unholy assortment of newly-produced bonus features.

Bonus Features:
1. Region Free Blu-ray
2. Newly scanned & restored in 4K from 35mm negative elements
3. "The Other Side of the Mirror" - an interview with director Elly Kenner
4. "Acting on Impulse" - an interview with actor Jimmy Stathis
5. "Getting Revenge" - an interview with actress Claire Corff (formerly Clara Perryman)
6. "Blood and Black Room" - an interview with special effects artist Mark Shostrom
7. "Working Their Asses Off" - an interview with production assistant Lisa Cronin
8. "Bodies of Work" - Nightmare USA author Stephen Thrower on The Black Room and the career of its writer Norman Thaddeus Vane
9. Reversible sleeve artwork
10. English SDH subtitles

 

 

Monkey Man...

Cut in the US to remove MPA consumer advice noting rape


Link Here6th March 2024

Monkey Man is a 2023 US/Canada action thriller by Dev Patel
Starring Dev Patel, Sharlto Copley and Sobhita Dhulipala IMDb

MPA rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, language throughout, sexual content/nudity and drug use after cuts to remove 'rape' from the consumer advice.

Summary Notes

A recently released ex-felon living in India struggles to adjust to a world of corporate greed and eroding spiritual values.

Versions

mpaa cut
cut 
MPAA R
US: cut and MPA R rated for strong bloody violence throughout, language throughout, sexual content/nudity and drug use after cuts to remove 'rape' from the MPA consumer advice.
  • 2024 theatrical release
BBFC uncut
uncut
MPAA R  
US: Uncut and MPA R rated for strong bloody violence throughout, rape, language throughout, sexual content/nudity and drug use.
  • 2024 theatrical release unreleased in favour of a cut version

 

 

Shopping: The Devil's Brigade...

1968 USA action war drama by Andrew V McLaglen, once cut for a BBFC 'A' rating, just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here6th March 2024

The Devil's Brigade is a 1968 USA action war drama by Andrew V McLaglen.
Starring William Holden, Cliff Robertson and Vince Edwards. IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for an 'A' rated 1968 cinema release. Uncut on home video. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Promotional Material

They were misfits, rebels...and heroes! Screen greats William Holden (Stalag 17) and Cliff Robertson (633 Squadron) topline this riveting World War II saga based on the true story of the First Special Service Force. Capturing the drama of combat with outstanding cinematography, The Devil's Brigade is a thrilling tribute to this renowned fighting unit. Lt. Col. Robert T. Frederick (Holden) takes on the daunting task of melding a renegade group of American and Canadian recruits into a crack team of commando warriors. Frederick's superiors doubt the rookies until Frederick volunteers them for a perilous attack on a Nazi stronghold in the mountains. His men will be outnumbered and outgunned, but that's a fair fight to The Devil's Brigade. Action veteran Andrew V. McLaglen (The Wild Geese, ffolkes) helms this top-notch adventure yarn with a strong cast including Vince Edwards (The Victors), Richard Jaeckel (The Dirty Dozen), Carroll O'Connor (TV's All in the Family), Dana Andrews (Laura), Michael Rennie (The Lost World), Richard Dawson (TV's Hogan's Heroes), Claude Akins (Tentacles) and Harry Carey Jr. (The Rare Breed).

Special Features:
- Audio Commentary by Filmmaker/Historian Steve Mitchell and Combat Films: American Realism Author Steven Jay Rubin
- Theatrical Trailer
- Optional English Subtitles

 

 

Shopping: Apostles...

2022 Hong Kong gay drama by Scud just released on UK


Link Here6th March 2024
Apostles is a 2022 Hong Kong gay drama by Scud
Starring Amanwithahat, Simon Athena and Gavin Philip Che BBFC link 2020 IMDb
The BBFC notes that the film contains strong real sex.

Summary Notes

A scholar claiming to be an apostle to Socrates and Plato, finds it hard to face his end. With the help of his wife and his ex-partner's family, he recruits 12 young men to come to his secluded manor to pursue the exploration of death. Philosophical discussions aside, the practices encompass climbing the volcanic summit of Mt. Fuji, bondage, sexual activities, and even living sacrifice.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 81:48s
pal: 78:32s
18UK: Uncut and BBFC 18 rated for strong real sex, nudity:
  • 2023 Bounty Films Blu-ray (rated 30/10/2023) at UK Amazon on 22nd Janary 2024

 


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