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Oliver! Asking for more re-ratings...

Another batch of previously wrong ratings corrected by the BBFC


Link Here17th September 2021
Oliver! is a 1968 UK children's drama by Carol Reed
Starring Mark Lester, Ron Moody and Shani Wallis BBFC link 2020 IMDb
The long running BBFC U rating has been changed to PG.

It also seems that BBFC database errors mean that the BBFC is no longer supplying consumer advice for several titles including this one.

The Giant Claw is a 1957 US Sci-Fi horror thriller by Fred F. Sears
Starring Jeff Morrow, Mara Corday and Morris Ankrum BBFC link 2020 IMDb
The film was X rated in 1957, U rated in 1996 and PG rated in 2021.

Sense And Sensibility is a 1995 US/UK romance by Ang Lee
Starring Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet and James Fleet BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The film has just been uprated from U to PG.

 

 

Corrected: More to like...

BBFC category cuts waived for The Social Network


Link Here17th September 2021
The Social Network is a 2010 US biography by David Fincher
Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Two uses of the word 'fuck' were allowed in 12 rated cinema and video releases. DVD extras were cut by the BBFC in 2010 to avoid a 15 rating.

Corrected: Previously is was incorrectly reported that the main feature had been cut.

Summary Notes

On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history... but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 121m
pal: 116m
12UK: A disk extra was passed 12 uncut with the BBFC noting Unrated dialogue:
  • 2021 Sony video titled The Social Network (2010) -The_unrated_dialogue

Maybe this is the previously cut disk extra being passed 12 uncut.

BBFC uncutuncut
run: 120:20s
pal: 115:31s
12 1980

12A 1980

MPAA PG-13

UK: Passed 12 uncut for infrequent strong language and drug use.:
  • 2011 Sony DADC UK Limited video
UK: Passed 12A uncut for infrequent strong language and drug use:
  • 2010 cinema release

US: Uncut and MPAA rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug and alcohol use and language:

 

 

Shopping: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It...

2021 USA horror mystery thriller by Michael Chaves just released uncut on UK 4K Blu-ray but cut on DVD and BLu-ray


Link Here14th September 2021

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is a 2021 USA horror mystery thriller by Michael Chaves
Starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson and Julian Hilliard BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Uncut and MPA R rated in the US. This was initially rated 18 uncut, by the BBFC but the distributors preferred a cut 15 rated version for 2021 cinema release. For home video the 4K Blu-ray is uncut but all the other formats are cut. The film is rated 16 uncut by IFCO for Irish cinema release.

BBFC cuts

The BBFC commented about the cut UK Version:

The distributor chose to reduce bloody injury detail in a suicide scene in order to obtain a 15 classification. An uncut 18 classification was available.

Of course the BBFC is referring to vertical wrist slitting which is disallowed at 15.

See the uncut scene in video from streamable.com . Ben comments:

I've seen the uncut footage and 18 is absurdly harsh. It's demonic possession and *technically* self-harm, but not an attempted suicide at all as the BBFC called it. You see glass and blood on the man's wrist but no clear sign of process and injury

UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong injury detail, horror:

UK: The UK edit was passed 15 for strong threat, horror, violence after BBFC category cuts:

Uncut in the US

US: Uncut and MPA R rated for terror, violence and some disturbing images:

Promotional Material

One of the most sensational cases from Ed and Lorraine Warren's files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they'd ever seen before.

 

 

Shopping: The Tough Ones...

1976 Italy action crime thriller by umberto lenzi just released on UK Blu-ray with 2 versions


Link Here14th September 2021

The Tough Ones is a 1976 Italy action crime thriller by umberto lenzi
Starring Maurizio Merli, Arthur Kennedy and Giampiero Albertini BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The original Version/Director's Cut was significantly shortened and reworked for the US Version.

88 Films comments about the US Version: US Version of the Film, Brutal Justice (Presented in a Grindhouse Presentation from a Film Print supplied by AGFA)

UK: Passed 18 uncut for sexual violence:
  • 2021 88 Films [Director's Cut + US Version] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 6th September 2021

Promotional Material

Umberto Lenzi, the legendary director of Cannibal Ferox, kicked off the Italian police film craze with this hyper-kinetic, ultra-violent, brain-blasting action thriller. Maurizio Merli stars as an Italian Dirty Harry, punching and shooting his way through the sleazy drug, sex, and crime infested cesspool of mid-'70s Rome, on the trail of a sadistic, machine gun-toting hunchback, played by Tomas Milian (Brother's Till We Die).

Boasting a state-of-the-art 4K transfer of Lenzi's uncensored director's cut, the new edition of The Tough Ones includes an incredible slate of special features and a "Grindhouse Version" of the US Brutal Justice release.

 

 

Shopping: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It...

2021 USA horror mystery thriller by Michael Chaves just released uncut on UK 4K Blu-ray but cut on other formats


Link Here14th September 2021

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is a 2021 USA horror mystery thriller by Michael Chaves
Starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson and Julian Hilliard BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Uncut and MPA R rated in the US. This was initially rated 18 uncut, by the BBFC but the distributors preferred a cut 15 rated version for 2021 cinema release. For home video the 4K Blu-ray is uncut but all the other formats are cut. The film is rated 16 uncut by IFCO for Irish cinema release.

BBFC cuts

The BBFC commented about the cut UK Version:

The distributor chose to reduce bloody injury detail in a suicide scene in order to obtain a 15 classification. An uncut 18 classification was available.

Of course the BBFC is referring to vertical wrist slitting which is disallowed at 15.

See the uncut scene in video from streamable.com . Ben comments:

I've seen the uncut footage and 18 is absurdly harsh. It's demonic possession and *technically* self-harm, but not an attempted suicide at all as the BBFC called it. You see glass and blood on the man's wrist but no clear sign of process and injury

UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong injury detail, horror:

UK: The UK edit was passed 15 for strong threat, horror, violence after BBFC category cuts:

Uncut in the US

US: Uncut and MPA R rated for terror, violence and some disturbing images:

Promotional Material

One of the most sensational cases from Ed and Lorraine Warren's files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they'd ever seen before.

 

 

Shopping: The Tough Ones...

1976 Italy action crime thriller by umberto lenzi just released on UK Blu-ray with 2 versions


Link Here14th September 2021

The Tough Ones is a 1976 Italy action crime thriller by umberto lenzi
Starring Maurizio Merli, Arthur Kennedy and Giampiero Albertini BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The original Version/Director's Cut was significantly shortened and reworked for the US Version.

88 Films comments about the US Version: US Version of the Film, Brutal Justice (Presented in a Grindhouse Presentation from a Film Print supplied by AGFA)

UK: Passed 18 uncut for sexual violence:
  • 2021 88 Films [Director's Cut + US Version] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 6th September 2021

Promotional Material

Umberto Lenzi, the legendary director of Cannibal Ferox, kicked off the Italian police film craze with this hyper-kinetic, ultra-violent, brain-blasting action thriller. Maurizio Merli stars as an Italian Dirty Harry, punching and shooting his way through the sleazy drug, sex, and crime infested cesspool of mid-'70s Rome, on the trail of a sadistic, machine gun-toting hunchback, played by Tomas Milian (Brother's Till We Die).

Boasting a state-of-the-art 4K transfer of Lenzi's uncensored director's cut, the new edition of The Tough Ones includes an incredible slate of special features and a "Grindhouse Version" of the US Brutal Justice release.

 

 

Shopping: The Boys Next Door...

1985 USA crime thriller by Penelope Spheeris, once cut by the MPAA and BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here11th September 2021
The Boys Next Door is a 1985 USA crime thriller by Penelope Spheeris.
Starring Maxwell Caulfield, Charlie Sheen and Patti D'Arbanville. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating. This version became the standard release which was passed 18 for 1985 cinema release. In 1986 further cuts were required by the BBFC for VHS release. The standard version was passed 15 without BBFC cuts for 2021 Blu-ray.
UK: Passed 15 uncut with a BBFC trigger warning for strong violence, sex references, sex, discrimination, very strong language:
  • 2021 101 Films Limited Edition (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 6th September 2021

Promotional Material

101 Films presents The Boys Next Door (1985), a violent and disturbing crime thriller from director Penelope Spheeris (The Decline of Western Civilisation) and screenwriters Glen Morgan & James Wong (Final Destination, The X-Files).

Bo Richards (Charlie Sheen) has trouble talking to girls. Roy Alston (Maxwell Caulfield) is filled with an uncontrollable rage. On the weekend of their high-school graduation, the two suburban outcasts head for Los Angeles and embark on a violent murder spree that shocks the nation. But these young men are neither hardened criminals nor foaming-at-the-mouth maniacs. They are simply The Boys Next Door.

EXTRAS

  • Limited edition booklet: Includes Living with the Boys Next Door by John Towlson and AssassiNation: Cold-blooded Rebels and the Death of the American Dream by Rich Johnson
  • Audio commentary with director Penelope Spheeris and actor Maxwell Caulfield
  • Blind Rage: Interview with Stephen Thrower, author of Nightmare USA
  • Both Sides of the Law: Interview with actors Maxwell Caulfield and Christopher McDonald
  • Give Us Your Money: Interviews with street band performers Texacala Jones and Tequila Mockingbird
  • Caveman Day: Cinemaniacs interview with director Penelope Spheeris and actor Maxwell Caulfield
  • Tales from the End Zone: Interview with actor Kenneth Cortland
  • The Psychotronic Tourist -- The Boys Next Door
  • Alternate Opening Title Sequence & Extended Scenes (Silent)
  • Trailer

 

 

Shopping: Dune...

1984 USA action Sci-Fi adventure by David Lynch, once cut for a BBFC PG rating, just released on US 4K Blu-ray


Link Here9th September 2021

Dune is a 1984 USA action Sci-Fi adventure by David Lynch.
Starring Kyle MacLachlan and Virginia Madsen and Francesca Annis. IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for a PG rated 1984 cinema release. Uncut and 15 rated on UK home video until 2016 when the rating was dropped to 12. Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated in the US.

Summary Notes

In the far future, a duke and his family are sent by the Emperor to a sand world from which comes a spice that is essential for interstellar travel. The move is designed to destroy the duke and his family, but his son escapes and seeks revenge as he uses the world's ecology as one of his weapons.

US: Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated for:

Promotional Material

Following a notorious aborted attempt by Alejandro Jodorowsky in the 1970s, Frank Herbert's bestselling sci-fi epic Dune finally made it to the big screen as the third film by emerging surrealist wunderkind David Lynch, featuring an all-star cast that includes several of Lynch's regular collaborators.

The year is 10,191, and four planets are embroiled in a secret plot to wrest control of the Spice Melange, the most precious substance in the universe and found only on the planet Arrakis. A feud between two powerful dynasties, House Atreides and House Harkonnen, is manipulated from afar by ruling powers that conspire to keep their grip on the spice. As the two families clash on Arrakis, Duke Atreides' son Paul (Kyle MacLachlan, in his screen debut) finds himself at the center of an intergalactic war and an ancient prophecy that could change the galaxy forever.

Though its initial reception ensured that Lynch largely eschewed mainstream filmmaking for the rest of his career, Dune has since been rightly re-evaluated as one of the most startlingly original and visionary science fiction films of the 1980s. Its astonishing production design and visual effects can now be appreciated anew in this spellbinding 4K restoration, accompanied by hours of comprehensive bonus features.

LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY CONTENTS

  • Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative
  • 60-page perfect-bound book featuring new writing by Andrew Nette, Christian McCrea and Charlie Brigden, an interview with sound designer Alan Splet from 1984, excerpts from an interview with the director and a Dune Terminology glossary
  • Large fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dániel Taylor
  • Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproductions
  • Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dániel Taylor

    DISC 1: FEATURE & EXTRAS
     

  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
  • Original uncompressed stereo and DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Brand new commentary by film historian Paul M. Sammon
  • Brand new commentary by Mike White of The Projection Booth podcast
  • Impressions of Dune , a 2003 documentary on the making of the film
  • Designing Dune , a 2005 featurette on the work of production designer Anthony Masters
  • Dune FX , a 2005 featurette on the film's effects
  • Dune Models & Miniatures , a 2005 featurette on the film's model effects
  • Dune Costumes , a 2005 featurette on the film's costume designs
  • 11 deleted scenes, with a 2005 introduction by Raffaella de Laurentiis
  • Destination Dune , a 1983 featurette
  • Theatrical trailers and TV spots
  • Image galleries

    DISC 2: BONUS DISC

  • Beyond Imagination: Merchandising Dune , a brand new featurette on the film's promotional merchandise
  • Prophecy Fulfilled: Scoring Dune , a brand new featurette on the film's music score, with interviews with members of Toto and film music historian Tim Greiving
  • Brand new interview with make-up effects artist Giannetto de Rossi
  • Archive interview with production coordinator Golda Offenheim
  • Archive interview with star Paul Smith
  • Archive interview with make-up effects artist Christopher Tucker

    *EXTRAS STILL IN PRODUCTION AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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    Shopping: The Comedy of Terrors...

    1963 USA comedy horror by Jacques Tourneur, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here7th September 2021

    The Comedy of Terrors is a 1963 USA comedy horror by Jacques Tourneur.
    Starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Cut by the BBFC for 1964 X rated cinema release. Uncut at 15 on VHS and 12 on DVD. Cut in the US.
    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    Promotional Material

    Your Favorite Creeps Together Again! Four masters of the macabre star in this sinister and screamingly funny scare-fest! Waldo Trumbull (Vincent Price, The Raven) is running his father-in-law's (Boris Karloff, Black Sabbath) funeral home business... straight into the ground! Hounded by his landlord (Basil Rathbone, The Magic Sword), Trumbull and his assistant (Peter Lorre, Tales of Terror) devise a way to make death pay: by increasing their customer base through murder and burying the secrets of their success... body by body! Jacques Tourneur, the diabolical director of Cat People, I Walked with a Zombie, Out of the Past and War-Gods of the Deep, blended humor and horror for The Comedy of Terrors, written by Richard Matheson (The Last Man on Earth) and co-starring Joyce Jameson (The Apartment) with special guest star Joe E. Brown (Some Like It Hot).

    Special Features:
    -NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
    -Richard Matheson Storyteller
    -Theatrical Trailer
    -Limited Edition O-Card Slipcase

     

     

    Shopping: Satan's Slave...

    1976 UK horror by Norman J Warren, once cut by the BBFC, just released uncut on UK Blu-ray


    Link Here5th September 2021

    Satan's Slave is a 1976 UK horror by Norman J Warren.
    With Michael Gough, Martin Potter and Candace Glendenning. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Cut by the BBFC for X rated cinema release in 1976 and 18 rated VHS in 1997. The 2004 18 rated DVD is based on the extended International Version but was missing a scene of sexual violence, a decision backed by the director. The sexual violence cuts were waived by the BBFC for 2019 Blu-ray featuring the uncut International Version.

    The International Version is uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

    UK: The International Version was previously passed 18 for sexual threat, sexualised violence:
    UK: The Director's Cut was previously passed 18
    • 2021 Powerhouse Films Standard Edition [International Version + Director's Cut] R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 30th August 2021

    Promotional Material

    For his first foray into horror cinema -- the genre in which he would ensure his legacy -- Norman J Warren teamed up with critic-turned-screenwriter David McGillivray (House of Whipcord) and Hammer veteran Michael Gough (The Phantom of the Opera) for a tale of witchcraft and occultism.

    Candace Glendenning (Tower of Evil) plays a young woman who witnesses the death of her parents en route to visiting her uncle (played by Gough) and cousin (Martin Potter, Goodbye Gemini). While recovering from the trauma at his isolated estate, she begins to suspect all is not as it seems and that dark magic may be at work...

    Extras INDICATOR STANDARD EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES

    -2K restoration, supervised and approved by director Norman J Warren
    -Original mono audio
    -Two presentations of the film: the director's cut (89 mins); and the export version (90 mins)
    -Audio commentary with Warren and screenwriter David McGillivray (2004)
    -Audio commentary with Warren and composer John Scott (2019)
    -Before the Blood (2019, 29 mins): Warren recalls his earliest experiences in the film industry
    -All You Need Is Blood (1976, 13 mins): vintage 'making of' documentary, presented in High Definition for the first time
    -All You Need Is Blood Outtakes (1976, 33 mins): rare and previously unseen footage shot on location
    -Creating Satan (2004, 30 mins): archival documentary featuring interviews with Warren, McGillivray, actor Martin Potter, and others
    -Devilish Music (2004, 13 mins): archival interview with John Scott
    -Two deleted scenes with commentary by Warren
    -Censoring 'Satan's Slave' (2019, 16 mins): video demonstration of the cuts imposed by the British Board of Film Censors in 1976
    -Original 'U' certificate theatrical trailer
    -Original 'R'-rated theatrical trailer
    -Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
    -New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

     

     

    Malcolm X...

    Another bizarre BBFC rating from the Netflix Random Rating Generator


    Link Here5th September 2021
    Malcolm X is a 1992 US/Japan historical biography by Spike Lee
    Starring Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett and Delroy Lindo BBFC link 2020  IMDb
    There are no censorship issues with this release beyond noting that the BBFC thinks the film is 15 rated whilst Netflix bizarrely think it's an 18.

    In the US the film is rated PG-13 for a scene of violence, and for drugs and some language

    Summary Notes

    Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam.

    Versions

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    run: 201:41s
    pal: 193:37s
    18

    15 1980

    MPAA PG-13

    UK: Passed 18 uncut with a BBFC trigger warning for violence, discrimination theme:
    • 2021 Netflix video
    UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong violence, language and drug use:
    • 2012 Warner Home Video Ltd video
    UK: Passed 15 uncut:
    • 2001 Pathe Distribution Ltd video
    • 1993 Guild Home VHS
    • 1993 cinema release

    US: Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated for a scene of violence, and for drugs and some language

     

     

    Shopping: Corruption...

    Notable 1968 UK horror by Robert Hartford-Davis, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray with the uncut continental version


    Link Here4th September 2021
    Corruption is a 1968 UK horror by Robert Hartford-Davis
    Starring Peter Cushing, Sue Lloyd and Noel Trevarthen Melon Farmers link  YouTube icon  BBFC link 2020  IMDb

    A toned down UK version was further cut by the BBFC for X rated cinema release in 1968. This was later passed 18 for 1990 VHS and 15 for 2021 Blu-ray. There is an uncut continental version featuring more nudity and violence titled Laser Killer. This was passed 18 uncut for UK Blu-ray release in 2021.

    UK: The Continental Version was passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence:
    UK: The UK Version was passed 15 uncut for strong violence, gory images:
    • 2021 Powerhouse Films [UK + Continental Versions] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 30th August 2021

    Promotional Material

    In the 1960s, director Robert Hartford-Davis (The Black Torment, The Fiend) teamed up with producer/cameraman Peter Newbrook (The Asphyx) to make a series of low-budget films capitalising on the cinematic crazes of the day. In 1968, the duo stridently ventured into the surgical horror subgenre with Corruption, a grim update of Eyes Without a Face, transposed into the scenic south-coast seaside town of Seaford, via Swinging Sixties London.

    In a surprising performance, Peter Cushing (Captain Clegg, The Revenge of Frankenstein) stars as a high-class plastic surgeon who is driven to murder as part of a demented quest to rebuild the decaying visage of his fashion model wife (Sue Lloyd, The Ipcress File), who has been severely scarred at a party.

    A film that pushed the envelope of gore and sleaze in its era, Corruption is presented on home video for the first time in the UK.

    Extras INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES

    -2K restoration from the original negative
    -Two feature presentations: the theatrical version (92 mins); and the more graphic international version (91 mins)
    -Original mono audio
    -Audio commentary with Peter Cushing biographer David Miller and English Gothic author Jonathan Rigby (2013)
    -The BEHP Interview with Peter Newbrook (1995): career-spanning audio interview with the producer and cameraman, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring Newbrook in conversation with Alan Lawson and Roy Fowler
    -The Guardian Lecture with Peter Cushing (1986): audio recording of an interview with the legendary actor recorded at the National Film Theatre, London
    -Interview with actor Phillip Manikum (2021)
    -Interview with actor Billy Murray (2012)
    -Interview with actor Jan Waters (2012)
    -Whatever Happened to Wendy Varnals? (2013): interview with the English actor
    -Stephen Laws Introduces 'Corruption' (2021): appreciation by the acclaimed horror author
    -The Unkindest Cuts (2021): critic and writer Michael Brooke on the history of surgical horror
    -Edgar Wright trailer commentary (2013): short critical appreciation
    -Original UK theatrical trailer
    -Original US theatrical trailer
    -TV spots
    -Radio spots
    -Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
    -Director's shooting script gallery
    -New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
    -Limited edition exclusive 80-page book with a new essay by Laura Mayne, archival articles and interviews, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
    -Limited edition exclusive set of five replica production stills
    -UK home video premiere
    -Limited edition of 5,000 copies

    Extras subject to change

     

     

    Shopping: Guyana: Cult of the Damned...

    1979 Mexico/Panama/Spain adventure thriller by René Cardona Jr just released on US Blu-ray and DVD in the shortened US Version


    Link Here2nd September 2021

    Guyana: Cult of the Damned is a 1979 Mexico/Panama/Spain adventure thriller by René Cardona Jr.
    Starring Stuart Whitman, Gene Barry and John Ireland BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    The original Mexican Version runs 115 minutes. The MPAA R rated US Version of the film was cut by Universal down to 90 minutes. There is also a DVD version that runs at 107 minutes. This latter version seems to correlate to the UK X rated cinema release in 1979.
    US: The cut US Version is MPAA R rated for:

    Promotional Material

    Guyana: Cult of the Damned (aka Guyana: Crime of the Century) is a 1970 Mexican-American exploitation drama written and directed by René Cardona Jr. (Tintorera, The Bermuda Triangle). The film was shot in Mexico, was based on the Jonestown Massacre. The names of the central characters are slightly tweaked from the historical ones, the film is set in "Johnsontown" rather than Jonestown, the cult is led by "Reverend James Johnson" (Stuart Whitman, Shadows in an Empty Room, Rio Conchos, Maniac!) rather than Rev. Jim Warren Jones, and the murdered Congressman is "Lee O'Brien" (Gene Barry, The War of the Worlds and TV's Burke's Law) instead of Leo Ryan. Guyana: Cult of the Damned features a stellar cast that includes John Ireland (Red River), Joseph Cotten (The Third Man), Yvonne De Carlo (TV's The Munsters), Bradford Dillman (Chosen Survivors), Nadiuska (Conan the Barbarian), Hugo Stiglitz (Tintorera) and Robert DoQui (The Devil's 8). Now see this cult classic thriller in HD, from a brand new 2K scan!

    Special Features:
    -Brand New 2K Master
    -Islolated Score and Effects
    -Theatrical Trailer

     

     

    Shopping: Robotrix...

    1991 Hong Kong Sci-Fi adult comedy by Jamie Luk set for UK Blu-ray release on 20th September 2021 with previous BBFC cuts just waived


    Link Here1st September 2021

    Robotrix is a 1991 Hong Kong Sci-Fi adult comedy by Jamie Luk.
    With Amy Yip, Chikako Aoyama and David Wu. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated 1987 VHS and again for 2013 DVD. The film was passed 18 uncut for 2021 Blu-ray. The Hong Kong release is Cat III uncut but IMDb notes that the Taiwanese release includes an extra comic plot scene.

    UK: Passed 18 uncut for sexual violence, strong bloody violence, sex, nudity:
    • 2021 88 Films Collector's Edition (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 20th September 2021

    Promotional Material

    From the heady days of early 90s Hong Kong exploitation cinema comes Robotrix, a hi-octane, fast and furious science fiction romp, packed with glorious action sequences and bonkers plotlines. When evil inventor Ryuichi Sakamato (Chung Lin) transfers his mind into that of a powerful cyborg, he becomes a murderer and rapist. But when one of his victims, Police officer Selena Lin (Chikako Aoyama) becomes super robot Eve-27, she teams up with android sidekick Ann (Amy Yip) and together they seek to bring the criminally insane scientist to justice.

    Like a crazy mix of The Terminator (1981), The Power Rangers and of course, Robocop (1987) Robotrix, combines the mad doctor movie with extreme martial arts to deliver a sexy, seductive, bionic tale of lust and violence given a uniquely Asian futuristic spin.

    LIMITED EDITION FEATURES

    Rigid slipcase with brand new artwork by R.P. "Kung Fu Bob" O'Brien
    Double-Sided Foldout Poster featuring new artwork and original HK poster
    6 Replica Lobby Cards
    80-page perfect-bound book including an interview with director Jamie Luk, an interview Robotrix actor Vincent Lyn, Robotrix versus censorship by Matthew Edwards, and VHS Cat III Cinema boom of the 90s by Tim Murray
    Video Introduction with Director Jamie Luk
    English LPCM Mono 2.0
    Cantonese LPCM Mono 2.0 with English Subtitles
    Cantonese LPCM Mono 2.0 with English SDH
    Audio Commentary with Mike Leeder and Arne Venema
    Scenes From the Alternative Version
    English Language Titles
    Hong Kong Trailer
    English Trailer
    Reversible sleeve with original Hong Kong poster art

     

     

    Shopping: Evil Dead Trap...

    1988 Japan horror by Toshiharu Ikeda, still cut in the UK, just released uncut on US Blu-ray and DVD


    Link Here1st September 2021
    Evil Dead Trap is a 1988 Japan horror by Toshiharu Ikeda
    Starring Miyuki Ono, Aya Katsuragi and Hitomi Kobayashi BBFC link 2020 IMDb
    Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated DVD in 2002. Uncut and MPA Unrated in the US.
    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    Promotional Material

    RAW HORROR KNOWS NO BOUNDARIES!

    A TV station employee takes a camera crew out to an abandoned factory to investigate a purported murder that was videotapes there, only to end up running for her life. Nami hosts a late night home video program. She receives a videotape which appears to contain an actual murder. She and her crew investigate the location where she meets a man looking for his brother who warns her to stay away. As she gets closer to the truth, she and her friends are subjected to a brutal nightmare.

    SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Audio Commentary with Director Toshiharu Ikeda and SPFX Manager Shinichi Wakasa
  • Audio Commentary by filmmaker Kurando Mitsutake (KARATE KILL, GUN WOMAN)
  • Audio Commentary with James Mudge of easternKicks
  • Trappings of the Dead - Reflecting on a Japanese Cult Classic
  • Storyboards
  • Behind the Scenes Stills
  • Promotional Artwork
  • Trailer
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    The Guns of Navarone, another American intelligence failure...

    Sunday afternoon TV staple uprated to a BBFC 15 rating, albeit generated by the Netflix random rating generator


    Link Here 1st September 2021
    The Guns Of Navarone is a 1961 UK/US action adventure drama by J. Lee Thompson
    Starring David Niven, Gregory Peck and Anthony Quinn BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Passed U after BBFC cuts for 1961 cinema release. The same cuts persisted in 1986 and 1990 on PG rated VHS but have been waived since a 1994 restoration. Netflix uprated the rating to 15 in 2021.

    Summary Notes

    A team of allied saboteurs are assigned an impossible mission: infiltrate an impregnable Nazi-held island and destroy the two enormous long-range field guns that prevent the rescue of 2,000 ...

    Versions

    uncut
    uncut
    run: 156:24s
    pal: 150:09s
    15

    PG cert

     

    UK: Passed 15 uncut for violence:
    • 2021 Netflix video

    UK: A restored version with the original use of the word 'bloody' was passed PG uncut:

    BBFC cut
    cut
    cut:  
    run: 156:00s
    pal: 149:46s
    sub: 157:45s
    PG cert

    old cert U

    UK: The cut cinema version was passed PG without further BBFC cuts for:
    • 1990 VCI VHS
    • 1986 RCA Columbia VHS
    UK: Passed U after BBFC cuts for:
    • 1961 cinema release

    From IMDB:

    • Barnsby's uses of the word 'bloody' overdubbed with 'ruddy

    But this is not the only example amongst the latest ratings.

    Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay is a 2008 US comedy adventure by Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
    Starring John Cho, Kal Penn and Neil Patrick Harris BBFC link 2020 IMDb
    There are no UK censorship issues with this release beyond noting that the BBFC rated the film 18, whilst Netflix opted for 15.

    Summary Notes

    After being mistaken for terrorists and thrown into Guantánamo Bay, stoners Harold and Kumar escape and return to the U.S., where they proceed to flee across the country with federal agents ...

    Versions

    BBFC uncut

    mpaa cut
    cut 

    cut:  
    run: 100:22s
    pal: 96:21s
    15

    18

    MPAA R

    UK: The Theatrical Version was passed 15 uncut for crude humour, language, sexual images, drug misuse:
    • 2021 Netflix video

    UK: The Theatrical Version was passed 18 for strong sex references, nudity and drug use without BBFC cuts:

    • 2008 Entertainment in Video video
    • 2008 cinema release

    US: The Theatrical Version was rated R for strong crude and sexual content, graphic nudity, pervasive language and drug use

    The Spongebob Movie: Sponge On The Run is a 2020 South Korea / USA children's cartoon comedy by Tim Hill.
    Starring Keanu Reeves and Awkwafina and Clancy Brown. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    There are no censorship issues with this release beyond noticing that the film was rated PG by the BBFC but U by Netflix

    Summary Notes

    Set before the events of the television series, SpongeBob goes on a trip to Kamp Koral and meets some new friends. However, when his pet snail Gary gets kidnapped by Poseidon and taken to the Lost City of Atlantic City, he and his new best friend Patrick must go on a rescue mission to save him from the dastardly plan of Poseidon before it is too late. The movie will also reveal the first time our beloved characters (as kids) met at Camp...a magical moment that brings meaning to the power of true friendship.

    Versions

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    run: 92m
    pal: 88m
    PGUK: Passed PG uncut for mild bad language, scary scenes:
    • 2021 Paramount Pictures International Limited video

    BBFC uncut
    run: 92:00s
    pal: 88:19s
    UUK: Passed U uncut for rude humour, language, threat, dangerous behaviour, bullying, violence:
    • 2020 Netflix video

     

     

    Shopping: Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers...

    1989 US horror thriller by Dominique Othenin-Girard set for US 4K Blu-ray release on 5th October 2021 with extras revealing cut material for a US R rating


    Link Here30th August 2021
    Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers is a 1989 US horror thriller by Dominique Othenin-Girard
    Starring Donald Pleasence, Danielle Harris and Ellie Cornell Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
    Cut in the US to obtain an MPAA R rating. The same cut version was passed 18 for all UK releases since.

    Note that extras on this release include the long-Lost Alternate Opening Sequence Featuring The Appearance Of Dr. Death and snippets Of Gore Cut To Obtain An R-Rating.

    Summary Notes

    It's one year later after the events of Halloween 4. Michael survives the shootings and on October 31st he returns with a vengeance. Lurking and stalking, Jamie, Rachel, and Rachel's friends, Michael forms a plan to lure Jamie out of the children's hospital where events lead up to the confrontation at the Myers house. Halloween 5 is a dark, thrill ride that will scare the heck out of you!

    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
    • 2021 SHOUT! FACTORY Collector's Edition R0 4K Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 5th October 2021

    Promotional Material

    After lying in a coma for a year, Michael Myers awakens and stalks his way back to his hometown with the intent again on killing his niece, Jamie (Danielle Harris), who has been confined to a mental institution since Michael's last attempt to slay her. Suspecting a psychic link between Michael and Jamie, psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence) attempts to stop Michael's latest rampage.

    Bonus Features DISC ONE (4K UHD):

    • NEW 2021 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative
    • NEW 2021 Dolby Atmos Track
    • Audio Commentary With Actor Don Shanks And Author Justin Beahm
    • Audio Commentary With Director Dominique Othenin-Girard And Actors Danielle Harris And Jeffrey Landman
    DISC TWO (BLU-RAY):
    • NEW 2021 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative
    • NEW 2021 Dolby Atmos Track
    • Audio Commentary With Don Shanks And Justin Beahm
    • Audio Commentary With Dominique Othenin-Girard, Danielle Harris, And Jeffrey Landman
    • NEW Long-Lost Alternate Opening Sequence Featuring The Appearance Of Dr. Death
    • NEW Extra Snippets Of Gore Cut To Obtain An R-Rating
    • NEW "Of Darkness And Shadows -- The Cinematography of Halloween 5 " -- An Interview With Cinematographer Robert Draper
    • "Inside Halloween 5 "
    • "Dead Man's Party -- The Making Of Halloween 5 " -- A Two-part Featurette
    • "On The Set: Behind-The-Scenes Footage"
    • Horror's Hallowed Grounds -- A Look At The Original Filming Locations
    • Halloween 5 Original Promo
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • TV Spots
    • NEW Newspaper Ad Still Gallery By Drive-In Asylum
    • Still Gallery

     

     

    Shopping: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It...

    2021 USA horror mystery thriller by Michael Chaves, cut for most UK formats, just released uncut for all US formats


    Link Here30th August 2021

    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is a 2021 USA horror mystery thriller by Michael Chaves
    Starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson and Julian Hilliard Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020  IMDb

    Uncut and MPA R rated in the US. This was initially rated 18 uncut, by the BBFC but the distributors preferred a cut 15 rated version for 2021 cinema release. Both versions are available for UK home video release. The film is rated 16 uncut by IFCO for Irish cinema release.

    Summary Notes

    A chilling story of terror, murder and unknown evil that shocked even experienced real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. One of the most sensational cases from their files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they'd ever seen before, to mark the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense.

    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

     

     

    Shopping: All About Eve...

    1950 US drama by Joseph L Mankiewicz just released on UK Blu-ray with a garbled BBFC database bizarrely suggesting the film is 12 rated for bleeped strong language


    Link Here30th August 2021

    All About Eve is a 1950 US drama by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
    Starring Bette Davis, Anne Baxter and George Sanders BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    There are no censorship issues with this release beyond noting probable misinformation in the BBFC's shoddy new database.

    The latest cinema certificate is U uncut but the latest video certificate listed in the BBFC database suggests that the film is 12 rated for bleeped strong language.

    I don't suppose there is any bleeped strong language in this classic movie from 1950 so presumably this rating actually applies to something like a commentary track. Of course there is absolutely no indication that this is the case in the BBFC's shoddy database. The package 12 rating for disk extras rather adds to the suggestion that the feature itself is 12 rated.

    Summary Notes

    Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) is waiting backstage to meet her idol, talented but aging Broadway star Margo Channing (Bette Davis). It seems innocent enough as Eve explains that she has seen Margo in EVERY performance of her current play. Margo and her friends take Eve under their wing but only theatre critic Addison DeWitt (George Sanders) sees through Eve's evil plan, which is to take Margo's parts and her fiancé, Bill Simpson (Gary Merrill) too.

    UK: Previously passed U uncut for:

     

     

    Shopping: One Dark Night...

    1982 USA horror by Tom McLoughlin just released on US Blu-ray and DVD with 2 versions on Blu-ray


    Link Here30th August 2021

    One Dark Night is a 1982 USA horror by Tom McLoughlin (as Thomas McLoughlin).
    Starring Meg Tilly and Melissa Newman and Robin Evans. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Exists as a Theatrical Version and a workprint.

    US: Uncut and MPAA PG rated for:

    Promotional Material

    A NIGHT TO REMEMBER UNTIL THE DAY YOU DIE.

    World renowned psychic Raymar is found dead after announcing that he had uncovered the secret of how to become even more powerful in death by the use of telekinetic powers. At the same time, two high school girls plan an initiation night for their friend Julie (Meg Tilly, The Big Chill), who is determined to shed her goody-goody image. Her test is to spend the night locked in the crypt -- the same one that Raymar has been buried in that very day.

    The crypt soon becomes a battlefield of horror involving unmated special effects with vaults cracking and exploding open, coffins sliding out and splintering open to release decayed corpses at Raymar's bidding.

    The climatic surprise ending will chill the audience and consume them with terror in this shocking tale of horror from writer/director Tom McLoughlin (Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives) that takes you beyond fear!

    SPECIAL FEATURES :

  • High Definition (1080p) presentation of the main feature in 1.78:1 aspect ratio
  • Audio: LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • English Subtitles
  • Audio commentary with Director & Co-Writer Tom McLoughlin and Producer Michael Schroeder
  • Audio commentary with Director & Co-Writer Tom McLoughlin and writer Michael Hawes
  • Interview with Director Tom McLoughlin
  • Interview with Actress E.G Daily
  • Interview with Actress Nancy Mott
  • Interview with Cinematographer Hal Trussell
  • Interview with Production Designer Craig Stearns
  • Interview with Producer Michael Schroeder
  • Interview with Special Effects crew member Paul Clemens
  • Alternate Director's Cut / Work Print Version of the film (SD, 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio)
  • Behind the scenes footage
  • Paul Clemens photo gallery
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Artwork
  • Collectible Mini-Poster
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    Shopping: The Cat O' Nine Tails...

    1971 Italy / France / West Germany mystery thriller by Dario Argento, once cut in the UK, just released on US 4K Blu-ray


    Link Here28th August 2021
    The Cat o'Nine Tails is a 1971 Italy / France / West Germany mystery thriller by Dario Argento.
    Starring James Franciscus, Karl Malden and Catherine Spaak. Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020  IMDb
    A presumably pre-cut version was passed by the BBFC for an AA rated 1971 cinema release, The 18 rated VHS was slightly shortened for video and 2002 DVD. The same versions was reduced to a 15 rating in 2005. The same version is unrated in the US but the PG rated version is heavily cut.
    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    Promotional Material

    Following the success of his debut feature, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, distributor Titanus tasked writer/director Dario Argento with delivering a follow-up in short order. The resulting film, granted a greatly enhanced budget and heralded in its US marketing campaign as nine times more suspenseful than its predecessor, was The Cat O Nine Tails.

    When a break-in occurs at a secretive genetics institute, blind puzzle-maker Franco Arnò (Karl Malden, Patton, One-Eyed Jacks), who overheard an attempt to blackmail one of the institutes scientists shortly before the robbery, teams up with intrepid reporter Carlo Giordani (James Franciscus, Beneath the Planet of the Apes) to crack the case. But before long the bodies begin to pile up and the two amateur sleuths find their own lives imperiled in their search for the truth. And worse still, Lori (Cinzia De Carolis, Cannibal Apocalypse), Francos young niece, may also be in killers sights

    This second entry in the so-called Animal Trilogy found Argento further refining his distinctive style and cementing his reputation as the master of the giallo thriller. Co-starring Catherine Spaak ( Il Sorpasso) and Rada Rassimov ( Baron Blood), and featuring another nerve-jangling score by the great Ennio Morricone ( The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly), The Cat O Nine Tails remains one of Argentos most suspenseful and underrated films.

    4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • New 4K restoration from the original negative by Arrow Films
  • 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
  • Restored original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks
  • English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • Audio commentary by critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman
  • Nine Lives, an interview with co-writer/director Dario Argento
  • The Writer O Many Tales, an interview with co-writer Dardano Sacchetti
  • Child Star, an interview with actress Cinzia De Carolis
  • Giallo in Turin, an interview with production manager Angelo Iacono
  • Script pages for the lost original ending, translated into English for the first time
  • Original Italian, international and US theatrical trailers
  • Illustrated collectors booklet featuring an original essay on the film by Dario Argento, and writing by Barry Forshaw, Troy Howarth and Howard Hughes
  • Fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative
  • Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards
  • Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring originally and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative
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    Early Spring and Funeral Parade of Roses...

    More bouncy ratings from the BBFC for a 1956 Japanese drama and a worthy trans drama


    Link Here27th August 2021
    Early Spring is a 1956 Japan drama by Yasujirô Ozu
    Starring Chikage Awashima, Ryô Ikebe and Teiji Takahashi BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    A young man and his wife struggle within the confines of their passionless relationship while he has an extramarital romance.

    There are no censorship issues with this release beyond noting that the BBFC rating has just been raised from U to PG. What were 'very mild' sex references in 2012 are now 'mild' sex references in 2021.

    Versions

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    run: 145m
    pal: 139m
    PGUK: Passed PG uncut for mild bad language, sex references:
    • 2021 cinema release

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    run: 144:39s
    pal: 138:52s
    U 1980UK: Passed U uncut for very mild references to infidelity:
    • 2012 BFI video

     

    Funeral Parade Of Roses is a 1969 Japan trans drama by Toshio Matsumoto.
    Starring Pîtâ and Osamu Ogasawara and Yoshimi Jô. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    While dealing drugs on the side, Gonda operates the Genet, a gay bar in Tokyo where he has hired a stable of transvestites to service the customers. The madame or lead "girl" of the bar is Leda, an older, old fashioned geisha-styled transvestite with who Gonda lives and is in a relationship. Arguably, the most popular of the girls working at the bar now is Eddie, a younger, modern transvestite. Like Leda, Eddie lives openly as a woman. Eddie's troubled life includes her father having deserted the family when she was a child, and having had a difficult relationship with her mother following, she who mocked Eddie's ability to be the man the of the family. Gonda enters into a sexual relationship with Eddie, who he promises to make madame of the bar, replacing Leda in both facets of his life, with Eddie having threatened to quit otherwise.

    There are no censorship issues with this release beyond noting that a 2006 18 rated has just been downrated to 15.
     

    Versions

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    run: 105m
    pal: 101m
    15UK: Passed 15 uncut with a BBFC trigger warning for strong injury detail, suicide, violence, sex references, drug misuse:
    • 2021 cinema release

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    run: 104:13s
    pal: 100:03s
    18 1980UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong violence and sex and drug references:
    • 2006 Eureka Entertainment Ltd video

     

    Exploits At West Poley is a 1985 UK TV drama by Diarmuid Lawrence
    Starring Brenda Fricker, Charlie Condou and Jonathan Adams BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    In the late 1800s, two boys decide to divert an underground river and this causes problems for everyone in two villages, who demand the water for themselves.

    There are no censorship issues with this release beyond noting that the BBFC rating has just been raised from a 1986 U to a 2021 PG.

    Versions

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    run: 51m
    pal: 49m
    PGUK: Passed PG uncut for mild violence, threat, injury detail:
    • 2021 BFI video

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    run: 63:15s
    pal: 60:43s
    U 1980UK: Passed U uncut:
    • 1986 cinema release

     

     

    Shopping: The Cannibal Man...

    1972 Spanish video nasty by Eloy de la Iglesia just released on US Blu-ray and DVD with 2 versions


    Link Here27th August 2021
    The Cannibal Man is a 1972 Spanish thriller by Eloy de la Iglesia.
    With Vicente Parra, Emma Cohen and Eusebio Poncela. Melon Farmers link  YouTube icon   BBFC link 2020  IMDb

    Banned as a video nasty in 1983. Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated VHS in 1993. The International Version is uncut and has also been released in Germany and the US. There is also an extended integral version assembled from unique footage from several other versions, such as the German Cinema Version.

    US: The International Version is uncut and MPAA R rated:
    US: The Extended Integral Version is uncut and MPAA Unrated:
    • 2021 Severin [International + Extended Integral Version] R0 Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 24th August 2021
    • 2021 Severin [International + Extended Integral Version] R0 DVD at US Amazon #ad released on 24th August 2021

    Promotional Material

    From subversive Spanish writer/director Eloy de la Iglesia comes the international hit and DPP 39 'Video Nasty' that remains among the most notorious and misunderstood shockers of the '70s: When a slaughterhouse worker (Vicente Parra of NO ONE HEARD THE SCREAM) accidentally kills a man during a fight, it will trigger a desperate descent into madness, mass murder and ''the most horrific use of a single apartment since Polanski's REPULSION'' (Mondo Digital). Emma Cohen (CUT-THROATS NINE) and Eusebio Poncela (LAW OF DESIRE) co-star in this ''unforgettable mix of Euro arthouse and exploitive sleaze'' (DVD Drive-In) - also known as THE APARTMENT ON THE 13TH FLOOR and WEEK OF THE KILLER - now featuring both the International and extended Spanish Version newly scanned from the original negatives for the first time for the best quality on DVD yet!

    Special Features:

    • Two Cuts of the Film:

    -- Extended version (Week of the Killer) -- 107min
    -- International version (The Cannibal Man) -- 98m

    • Cinema At The Margins: Stephen Thrower and Dr. Shelagh Rowan-Legg on Eloy de la Iglesia
    • The Sleazy And The Strange: Interview with Carlos Aguilar
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Trailer
    • Reversible Artwork
    Disc Specs:
    • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
    • Audio: Extended Version: English Mono w/Partial Spanish, International Version: Spanish mono w/Partial English
    • Subtitles: Extended Version: English (Forced over Spanish Audio), International Version: English
    • Closed Captions: English SDH for both versions
    • Region Free

     

     

    Shopping: The Cat O' Nine Tails...

    1971 Italy / France / West Germany mystery thriller by Dario Argento just released on UK 4K Blu-ray. Thanks to Tim for detailing cuts to the 1971 UK cinema release


    Link Here24th August 2021

    The Cat o'Nine Tails is a 1971 Italy / France / West Germany mystery thriller by Dario Argento.
    Starring James Franciscus, Karl Malden and Catherine Spaak. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    The BBFC AA rated 1971 cinema release was cut, but the BBFC database claims it to be uncut. The contradiction hasn't been fully explained but there may be a combination of pre-cuts and BBFC cuts. The 18 rated VHS was slightly shortened for video and 2002 DVD. The same versions was reduced to a 15 rating in 2005. The same version is unrated in the US but the PG rated version is heavily cut.

    UK: Previously passed 15 uncut for strong violence:

    Censorship History

    Thanks to Tim who has kindly provided new information about cuts for the 1971 AA rated cinema release.

    Despite what the BBFC website states the film does appear to have been cut for an AA rating in 1971 as a cuts list is recorded on the BBFC's Register of Exceptions. The MFB reported a running time of 104m for the UK theatrical release compared to 111m for the uncut version meaning there must have been additional distributor cuts as well (or else the distributor had an edited print). Here is the BBFC cuts list [with my annotations estimating cuts to be in the range 1m to 1.5m]:

    • Reel 2 - Reduce the scene in which the photographer is garrotted especially removing big close-ups of his contorted face. [~10s]
      - Shorten the opening shots in the transvestites' club so that some of the more obvious perverts are not seen. [~20s of shots of Carlo walking past homosexuals and men in drag]
    • Reel 3 - Considerably reduce the garrotting of Bianca, especially remove all shots of her face being banged against the carpet, spittle and blood coming from her mouth etc so that her face on the carpet is only seen after she is dead. [~20s]
    • Reel 4 - Remove the shots of Anna stripping to the waist. [~11s, two shots plus bridging shot of Carlo]
    • Reel 6 - Shorten both fights, removing close-ups of bloodstained faces and in the second fight also remove the knee kicks.

    Promotional Material

    Following the success of his debut feature, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage , distributor Titanus tasked writer/director Dario Argento with delivering a follow-up in short order. The resulting film, granted a greatly enhanced budget and heralded in its US marketing campaign as "nine times more suspenseful" than its predecessor, was The Cat O' Nine Tails .

    When a break-in occurs at a secretive genetics institute, blind puzzle-maker Franco Arnò (Karl Malden, Patton , One-Eyed Jacks ), who overheard an attempt to blackmail one of the institute's scientists shortly before the robbery, teams up with intrepid reporter Carlo Giordani (James Franciscus, Beneath the Planet of the Apes ) to crack the case. But before long the bodies begin to pile up and the two amateur sleuths find their own lives imperilled in their search for the truth. And worse still, Lori (Cinzia De Carolis, Cannibal Apocalypse ), Franco's young niece, may also be in killer's sights...

    This second entry in the so-called "Animal Trilogy" found Argento further refining his distinctive style and cementing his reputation as the master of the giallo thriller. Co-starring Catherine Spaak ( Il Sorpasso ) and Rada Rassimov ( Baron Blood ), and featuring another nerve-jangling score by the great Ennio Morricone ( The Bird with the Crystal Plumage , The Good, The Bad and the Ugly ), The Cat O' Nine Tails remains one of Argento's most suspenseful and underrated films.

    4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

    • New 4K restoration from the original negative by Arrow Films
    • 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
    • Restored original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks
    • English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
    • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
    • Audio commentary by critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman
    • Nine Lives, an interview with co-writer/director Dario Argento
    • The Writer O' Many Tales, an interview with co-writer Dardano Sacchetti
    • Child Star, an interview with actress Cinzia De Carolis
    • Giallo in Turin, an interview with production manager Angelo Iacono
    • Script pages for the lost original ending, translated into English for the first time
    • Original Italian, international and US theatrical trailers
    • Illustrated collector's booklet featuring an original essay on the film by Dario Argento, and writing by Barry Forshaw, Troy Howarth and Howard Hughes
    • Fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative
    • Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards
    • Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring originally and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative

     

     

    Shopping: The Pawnbroker...

    1964 USA drama by Sidney Lumet just released on UK Blu-ray/DVD Combo with its BBFC rating elevated from 12 to 15


    Link Here22nd August 2021

    The Pawnbroker is a 1964 USA drama by Sidney Lumet.
    Starring Rod Steiger and Geraldine Fitzgerald and Brock Peters. BBFC link 2020  IMDb

    Uncut by the BBFC but the censors seem unsure as to the rating. The cinema release in 1964 was X rated, for 1998 VHS it was 12 rated, but for 2021 Blu-ray release the rating had been elevated to 15.

    Noted as the first Hollywood film since the Hayes Code was introduced that featured a topless scene, a rather serious flashback to the Holocaust.

    After the filmmakers appealed to the MPAA's appeals board to oppose censoring the film, it became the first U.S. film to show a nude woman from the waist up and be granted a Production Code Seal.

    [Note that a year earlier the first modern day topless scene appeared in a Hollywood movie Promises! Promises! showing Jayne Mansfield's breasts. However this film did not get MPAA approval and had to be released unrated].

    UK: Passed Suitable for 15 years and over uncut for:

    Promotional Material

    Sol Nazerman (Rod Steiger), a survivor of the concentration camps, which took the lives of his wife and children. Managing a New York pawn shop, he is bereft of hope and takes refuge in condemnation of humanity while seemingly numb to the circumstances of the prostitutes, pimps and thieves that frequent his store. Yet there are those who strive to connect with him, even as their intrusion into his world threatens the protective cynicism within which he has wrapped himself for so long.

    Oscar®-nominated* for his performance, Steiger firmly established his credentials as an actor of international standing, wonderfully supported here by Geraldine Fitzgerald ( Wuthering Heights ) and Brock Peters ( To Kill a Mockingbird ). The film also boasts a score from the legendary Quincy Jones.

    Extras

    • Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
    • Newly recorded audio commentary by Maura Spiegel, author of Sidney Lumet: A Life and Annette Insdorf, author of Indelible Shadows: Film and Holocaust
    • Guardian Interview: Rod Steiger (1992, 113 mins, audio only): Rod Steiger discusses his career and talks candidly about his mental health issues in this interview with film critic Tom Hutchinson. Recorded at the BFI's National Film Theatre following a screening of The Pawnbroker
    • Now and Then: Quincy Jones (1968, 20 mins): the legendary producer, musician, songwriter and composer is interviewed by Bernard Braden for his never broadcast series Now and Then
    • Ten Bob in Winter (1963, 12 mins): Lloyd Reckford's Ten Bob in Winter is one of the most notable shorts to come out of the BFI Experimental Film Fund. An early classic of Black British cinema about the intriguing social dynamics that arise as a ten shilling note is passed around the Black community
    • Trailer
    • The Pawnbroker gallery
    • **FIRST PRESSING ONLY** Illustrated booklet including new writing on the film by filmmaker and film historian Jim Hemphill, an essay on Quincy Jones by Nicolas Pillai, and a Sidney Lumet biography by Maura Spiegel

     

     

    Offsite Article: BBFC podcast on the new movie, Censor...


    Link Here18th August 2021
    The BBFC's latest Podcast on the new film Censor is little rambling and giggly but is interesting as it covers video nasties and reminisces about James Ferman era film censorship.

    See article from bbfc.co.uk

     

     

    Shopping: Just A Gigolo...

    1978 West Germany drama by David Hemmings just released on UK Blu-ray in the US Version


    Link Here18th August 2021

    Just A Gigolo is a 1978 West Germany drama by David Hemmings
    Starring David Bowie, Sydne Rome and Kim Novak BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    The original European version ran a full 147 minutes. The U.S. version was cut to 105 minutes. Only this shorter version is available on video.
    UK: Passed 12 uncut with a BBFC trigger warning for moderate sex references, language, discriminatory references:
    • 2021 Fabulous Films Limited (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 16th August 2021

    Promotional Material

    THE FINAL ROLE OF FILM LEGEND MARLENE DIETRICH

    Paul von Przygodski (David Bowie), a young Prussian gentleman, arrives in the trenches in time to be caught in the final explosion of the Great War. After recuperating in a military hospital, where he is mistaken for a French hero, he returns to Berlin. His family home has been turned into a boarding house, his father (Rudolf Schu¨ndler) is paralyzed, and his mother (Maria Schell) is working in the Turkish baths.

    Attempting to find a new purpose, his childhood friend, Cilly (Sydne Rome), abandons him for fame and fortune; his former commanding officer, Captain Kraft (David Hemmings), tries to persuade him to join his right-wing movement and a widow, Helga von Kaiserling (Kim Novak), briefly seduces him with the finer things in life.

    In a society where the individual comes first and anyone can be bought, he is recruited by Baroness von Semering (Marlene Dietrich) as one in her regiment of gigolos. The cynical and decadent world of entertaining rich widows leads an increasingly disillusioned Paul to a poignant, chilling end.

    SPECIAL FEATURES

  • The Making Of Gigolo with Writer/Producer Joshua Sinclair and Assistant To The Director Rory MacLean
  • Audio Commentary with Rory MacLean
  • Original Trailer
  • Original Soundtrack CD
  • 54 Page Companion Booklet
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    Shopping: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It...

    2021 USA horror mystery thriller by Michael Chaves set for uncut UK 4K Blu-ray release on 6th September 2021 but all other formats feature the cut version


    Link Here17th August 2021

    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is a 2021 USA horror mystery thriller by Michael Chaves
    Starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson and Julian Hilliard BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Uncut and MPA R rated in the US. This was initially rated 18 uncut, by the BBFC but the distributors preferred a cut 15 rated version for 2021 cinema release. For home video the 4K Blu-ray is uncut but all the other formats are cut. The film is rated 16 uncut by IFCO for Irish cinema release.

    UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong injury detail, horror:

    UK: The UK edit was passed 15 for strong threat, horror, violence after BBFC category cuts:

    Uncut in the US

    US: Uncut and MPA R rated for terror, violence and some disturbing images:

    Promotional Material

    One of the most sensational cases from Ed and Lorraine Warren's files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they'd ever seen before.

     

     

    Shopping: Spiral: From The Book Of Saw...

    2020 USA crime horror mystery by Darren Lynn Bousman, cut for an MPAA R rating, just released on UK home video


    Link Here17th August 2021
    Spiral: From The Book Of Saw is a 2020 USA crime horror mystery by Darren Lynn Bousman.
    Starring Samuel L Jackson and Marisol Nichols and Chris Rock. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    In the US: Rated R for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture, pervasive language, some sexual references and brief drug use. It is reported that it took 11 submissions to the MPA to achieve an R rating. This cut R rated version has then been used for worldwide release.

    UK: Passed 18 for strong bloody violence, gore:
    • 2021 Lionsgate Home Entertainment R0 4K Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 16th August 2021
    • 2021 Lionsgate Home Entertainment (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 16th August 2021
    • 2021 Lionsgate Home Entertainment R2 DVD at UK Amazon #ad released on 16th August 2021
    • 2021 Lionsgate Home Entertainment Amazon Prime VoD [UK only] at UK Amazon #ad

    Promotional Material

    A sadistic mastermind unleashes a twisted form of justice in SPIRAL, the terrifying new chapter from the book of SAW. Working in the shadow of an esteemed police veteran (Samuel L. Jackson), brash Detective Ezekiel "Zeke" Banks (Chris Rock) and his rookie partner (Max Minghella) take charge of a grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city's gruesome past. Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the centre of the killer's morbid game.

     

     

    Shopping: All About Eve...

    Does a Criterion release of the classic 1950 US drama by Joseph L Mankiewicz really include 12 rated bleeped strong language?...or is it just the latest example of errors in the BBFC's shoddy new database?


    Link Here15th August 2021

    All About Eve is a 1950 US drama by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
    Starring Bette Davis, Anne Baxter and George Sanders BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    There are no censorship issues with this release beyond noting probable misinformation in the BBFC's shoddy new database.

    The latest cinema certificate is U uncut but the latest video certificate listed in the BBFC database suggests that the film is 12 rated for bleeped strong language.

    I don't suppose there is any bleeped strong language in this classic movie from 1950 so presumably this rating actually applies to something like a commentary track. Of course there is absolutely no indication that this is the case in the BBFC's shoddy database. The package 12 rating for disk extras rather adds to the suggestion that the feature itself is 12 rated.

    Summary Notes

    Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) is waiting backstage to meet her idol, talented but aging Broadway star Margo Channing (Bette Davis). It seems innocent enough as Eve explains that she has seen Margo in EVERY performance of her current play. Margo and her friends take Eve under their wing but only theatre critic Addison DeWitt (George Sanders) sees through Eve's evil plan, which is to take Margo's parts and her fiancé, Bill Simpson (Gary Merrill) too.

    UK: Previously passed U uncut for:

     

     

    Shopping: Angel Of Death...

    1987 France action thriller by Jess Franco and then Andrea Bianchi just released on US Blu-ray and DVD


    Link Here13th August 2021

    Angel Of Death is a 1987 France action thriller by Jesús Franco and then Andrea Bianchi (as A. Frank Drew White).
    Starring Christopher Mitchum and Suzanne Andrews and Fernando Rey. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    There are no censorship issues with this release
    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

    Promotional Material

    The Blood of Millions is on his hands!

    From the fevered mind of the notorious Jess Franco (BARBED WIRE DOLLS) comes 1987's ANGEL OF DEATH (aka COMMANDO MENGELE), a deranged free-fall into ''Nazisploitaion'' that takes its cues from the blockbuster 1978 shocker THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL and delivers the sort of delirium that fans of French genre film studio Eurocine hunger for!

    When an attractive pair of young Nazi hunters exploring Uruguay accidentally stumble upon the lair of the maniacal war criminal Dr. Josef Mengele, they immediately live to regret it. There, deep in the sweltering jungles, Mengele has continued his hideous human experiments, torturing, murdering and mutilating nubile virgins in the name of creating some sort of master race. Soon, mercenaries, monstrosities, femme fatales and vengeful concentration camp survivors face off, with bullets and bodies flying everywhere and Mengele holding cretinous court.

    Written by (under the name D. Khunn) and co-directed by Franco and completed by Italian trash movie maverick Andrea Bianchi (BURIAL GROUND: NIGHTS OF TERROR), the pair signed off on the film as ''Frank Drew White'', apparently too nervous to take credit for making this truly daft piece of unsavory exploitation.

    ANGEL OF DEATH is a fast-paced slice of vintage Eurocine mayhem, with an international cast that includes Franco regulars Jack Taylor, Antonio Mayans and Howard Vernon (as Mengele) along with Robert Mitchum's son Christopher and Shirley Knight from Franco's equally insane WHITE CANNIBAL QUEEN. Jump into the jungle with Jess and get ready for some prime cinematic insanity! Get ready for ANGEL OF DEATH, presented here in a beautiful, uncut master culled from the original 35mm camera negative.


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