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Shopping: Blind Fury...

1989 USA action crime comedy by Phillip Noyce, previously cut by the BBFC, set for UK Blu-ray and DVD release on 29th October 2018


Link Here 24th September 2018
Blind Fury is a 1989 USA action crime comedy by Phillip Noyce.
Starring Rutger Hauer, Terry O'Quinn and Brandon Call. BBFC link IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for a 15 rated cinema release in 1990. The cuts were restored for the subsequent 18 rated video release but a further cut was ordered re bomb making instructions. The film is uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

Distributors Mediumrare haven't got a good track record on the censorship front so perhaps they will re-release the cut 18 rated version.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Blind Fury

UK: Previously passed 18 after compulsory BBFC cuts for:

Summary Notes

Nick Parker was a Vietnam vet who was blinded during the war. He was found by one of the local tribes, who taught him to enhance his remaining senses and to expertly wield a sword. On his return to the United States, he goes to visit an old Army buddy, Frank Devereaux, but discovers that he and his wife are divorced, and Frank no longer lives there. What they don't know is that Devereaux was playing in a crooked casino in Reno and accumulated a large debt. The casino boss is willing to forgive his debt if he does something for him: Devereaux is a chemist, and they want him to make designer drugs. In order to make sure he does it, they try to kidnap his son. But Nick is there, and Nick saves the boy. Thus begins a road trip to Vegas to protect the boy and save his friend, with the boss' henchmen in pursuit.

 

 

Shopping: Deadpool 2...

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


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

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

Promotional Material

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

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

Blu-ray Bonus Features:

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

Versions

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

 

 

Shopping: Breaking In...

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


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

Promotional Material

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

Versions

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

 

 

Shopping: Gold...

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


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

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

Promotional Material

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

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

 

 

Shopping: Phantasm: Lord Of The Dead...

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


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

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

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

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

Promotional Material

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

Language: English
Subtitles: English SDH

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

 

 

Shopping: Who Killed Teddy Bear...

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


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

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

Promotional Material

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

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

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

Versions

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

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

 

 

Shopping: The Strangers: Prey At Night...

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


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

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

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

Promotional Material

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

 

 

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

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


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

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

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

The BBFC commented:

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

Summary Notes

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

 

 

Shopping: The Tree of Life...

2011 USA fantasy drama by Terrence Malick just released on US Blu-ray and DVD with a new extended version


Link Here 14th September 2018
The Tree of Life is a 2011 USA fantasy drama by Terrence Malick.
Starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain. BBFC link IMDb
The Theatrical Version is uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated in the US and BBFC 12 rated in the UK. There also exists and Extended Version.

The additional footage will reveal more from the backstory of Pitt's family and will add further background to Sean Penn's charcter too. Malick considers the Theatrical Version still his 'Director's Cut' but he says this new Extended Cut will shed some light on a few things.

US: The Extended Version is uncut and MPAA Unrated:
US:
The Theatrical Version was rated PG-13 for some thematic material:
  • 2018 Sony/Criterion [Theatrical + Extended Versions] RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 11th September 2018
  • 2018 Sony/Criterion [Theatrical + Extended Versions] R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 11th September 2018

Promotional Material

Four decades into an already legendary career, Terrence Malick realized his most rapturous vision to date, tracing a story of childhood, wonder, and grief to the outer limits of time and space. Reaching back to the dawn of creation, Malick sets a story of boyhood memories on a universal scale, charting the coming of age of an awestruck child (newcomer Hunter McCracken) in Texas in the 1950s, as he learns to navigate the extremes of nature and grace represented by his bitter, often tyrannical father (Brad Pitt) and his ethereal, nurturing mother (Jessica Chastain, in her breakout role). Shot with nimble attention to life's most fleeting moments by Emmanuel Lubezki, the Palme d'Or--winning The Tree of Life marks the intimately personal, cosmically ambitious culmination of Malick's singular approach to filmmaking.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED THREE-DVD SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
- New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director Terrence Malick and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki
- New extended version of the film featuring an additional fifty minutes of footage
- Exploring "The Tree of Life," a 2011 documentary featuring collaborators and admirers of Malick's, including filmmakers David Fincher and Christopher Nolan
- New interviews with actor Jessica Chastain and visual-effects supervisor Dan Glass
- Interview from 2011 with composer Alexandre Desplat about the film, and a new interview with music critic Alex Ross about Malick's approach to music
- Video essay from 2011 by critic Matt Zoller Seitz
- Trailer
- More!
- PLUS: An essay by critic Kent Jones and a 2011 piece on the film by critic Roger Ebert

 

 

BBFC slashes its rating...

John Carpenter's Halloween just downrated to 15 for cinema release


Link Here 14th September 2018
Halloween is a 1978 USA horror by John Carpenter.
Starring Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis and Tony Moran. BBFC link IMDb

John Carpenter's Halloween has just been passed 15 uncut for strong threat, violence, nudity for 2018 cinema release.

It has always been uncut in the UK and US. It was 18 rated until 2018, when it was passed 15 for a cinema release.

The previous BBFC 18 rating has been widely questioned for some time now. It seems to compare with 15 rated horrors rather than 18 rated horrors, but perhaps the quality filmmaking makes it a bit more scary than if judged by the violence you actually see.

The film has not yet been submitted for reconsideration on video, so is still nominally 18 rated for 2018 home video releases.

Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US. There is also an Extended TV cut.

 

 

Shopping: My Sweet Satan...

1994 USA crime horror short by Jim Van Bebber set for UK Blu-ray release on 22nd October with previous BBFC cuts just waived


Link Here 13th September 2018
My Sweet Satan is a 1994 USA crime horror short film by Jim Van Bebber.
Starring Jim Van Bebber, Terek Puckett and Alydra Kelly. BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for an 18 rated VHS in 1999. Uncut and 18 rated for 2018 Blu-ray. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

UK: Passed 18 uncut with previous BBFC cuts waived for:
  • 2018 Arrow Special Edition [Deadbeat at Dawn + My Sweet Satan + Roadkill] RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon on 22nd October

Previous BBFC cuts:

The video was cut by the BBFC when submitted in 1999

  • At 16 mins close up of man stabbing victim in eye and all sight of other attacker crushing his boot repeatedly on victim's head and squashing it into a bloody pulp were removed.

T he distributor, Exploited commented on the 1999 cuts:

I have to cut a particularly brutal scene from the climax of the film, which may render the film pointless.

Summary Notes

"My Sweet Satan" - Ricky Casland hangs himself in prison. Flashbacks and discussions with friends trace his degeneracy into drugs and Satan worship that culminates in the crime that put him behind bars.

Additional Material:
  • Deadbeat at Dawn - Roadkill: The Last Days of John Martin [Additional Material]
  • Deadbeat at Dawn - Gator Green [Additional Material]
  • Deadbeat at Dawn - My Sweet Satan [Additional Material]
  • Deadbeat at Dawn - Chunk Blower [Additional Material]
  • Deadbeat at Dawn - Into the Black [Additional Material]

 

 

Shopping: A Wizard's Tale...

2018 UK / Mexico family animation comedy by Andrés Couturier just released on UK DVD


Link Here 13th September 2018
A Wizard's Tale is a 2018 UK / Mexico family animation comedy by Andrés Couturier.
Starring Lily Collins, Toby Kebbell and Ian McShane. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed U for very mild threat, comic violence for after 2:05s of BBFC category cuts for:

  • 2018 Signature Entertainment R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 10th September 2018
The BBFC commented:
  • Company chose to remove a scene in which characters inhale gaseous substances in a manner referecing drug misuse. An uncut PG was available.

Promotional Material

Imagine a world where happiness, smiling and laughter are a thing of the past; where an evil wizard presides over all that is good in the land. A WIZARD S TALE is a magical family adventure about one boy s quest to restore happiness to the world. Join Terry on his magical quest, as he outwits a multitude of weird and wonderful creatures and finds friendship with a Princess along the way. From the writer of Ice Age: The Meltdown and with a stellar voice cast, including Ian McShane (John Wick, Coraline), Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror) and Toby Kebbell, A WIZARD S TALE is an uplifting magical journey that is guaranteed to cast its spell on adults and children alike.

 

 

Shopping: Robin Hood...

2010 USA / UK action historical romance by Ridley Scott, orginally cut for a PG-13, just released on US 4k Blu-ray


Link Here 12th September 2018
Robin Hood is a 2010 USA / UK action historical romance by Ridley Scott.
Starring Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett and Matthew Macfadyen. IMDb
The film was cut in the US for a PG-13 rated theatrical release. Blood spurts were restored for the MPAA Unrated Director's Cut, but some were missed. These have been restored for the Director's Cut release in Germany. All versions are rated 12 by the BBFC.

This release features the cut Theatrical Version and the uncut Unrated Version/Director's Cut.

US: Cut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2018 Universal [Theatrical + Unrated Versions] RA 4k Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 11th September 2018

Promotional Material

Academy Award winner Russell Crowe and visionary director Ridley Scott (Gladiator) reunite for the untold story of the man behind the legend. In an age of oppression and shameless tyranny, an outlaw becomes the unlikely hero that saves a nation and inspires generations to fight for freedom. In this thrilling action adventure, "Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott are at their most entertaining since Gladiator" (Dan Jolin, Empire UK ). Also starring Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett.

 

 

Shopping: Lady Frankenstein...

1971 Italy horror by Mel Welles and Aureliano Luppi just released uncut on UK Blu-ray


Link Here 8th September 2018
Lady Frankenstein is a 1971 Italy horror by Mel Welles and Aureliano Luppi (uncredited).
Starring Joseph Cotten, Rosalba Neri and Paul Muller. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb

UK: The International Version/Director's Cut was passed 15 uncut for strong sex, violence for:

  • 2018 Nucleus Films [International + US Versions] RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 3rd September 2018
Versions and Censorship
Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1971 cinema release. The BBFC cuts were waived for DVD, but this was the cut US Version. Also cut and shortened for a US Theatrical Version. The International Version is now available uncut in the US and was passed 15 uncut by the BBFC for 2019 Blu-ray.

Promotional Material

It's monster a-go-go up at the castle when Baron Frankenstein and his laboratory assistant, Dr. Charles Marshall, stitch together a creature using body parts supplied by shifty local grave robbers. When they rashly insert a killer's damaged brain into the monstrosity's skull and bring it to life, it crushes the Baron to death and goes on the rampage. Tania, Frankenstein's glamorous daughter, teams up with Charles to continue her father's crackpot experiments. The two fall in love and transplant the aging lab assistant's cerebrum into the body of a hunky servant. Meanwhile, the first monster stalks the countryside, seeking bloody revenge on the bodysnatchers who exhumed the raw materials for its miscreation. It eventually goes after Charles and Tania, but will its brute strength triumph against the seductive wiles of lusty Lady Frankenstein?

Directed by Mel Welles, this twisted gothic tale stars Rosalba Neri (THE DEVIL'S WEDDING NIGHT) as the surgeon whose strange desires could only be satisfied by the monster she made. The legendary Joseph Cotten carries on the curse of Frankenstein as the obsessed Baron, and the cast is fleshed out by Euro-cult regulars Paul Muller (NIGHTMARE CASTLE) and Mickey Hargitay (BLOODY PIT OF HORROR). See LADY FRANKENSTEIN like never before, stunningly resurrected from the original negatives in a brand new 2K restoration. We are very proud to present the complete and restored director's cut, plus the American theatrical versions packed with bonus special features!

Complete and Restored 99 min Director's Cut
  • Complete and Restored 84 min New World Pictures American Theatrical Cut
  • Audio Commentary with Alan Jones and Kim Newman
  • Italian and English Audio LPCM 24 Bit
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • The Truth About Lady Frankenstein (2007) - German TV Special (42 ins)
  • New Featurette - Piecing Together Lady Frankenstein (35 mins)
  • Featurette - The Lady and The Orgy (8 mins)
  • Bigfilm Magazine (1971) - Italian Lady Frankenstein Photo Novel
  • BBFC's 1972 Theatrical Censor Notes
  • English, Italian, German and 3 x US Trailers
  • US TV spots
  • US Radio Spots
  • Home Video Releases Gallery
  • Extensive Image Gallery

 

 

Shopping: Death Laid an Egg...

1968 Italy / France thriller by Giulio Questi just released on UK Blu-ray with previous BBFC cuts waived


Link Here 7th September 2018
Death Laid an Egg is a 1968 Italy / France thriller by Giulio Questi.
Starring Gina Lollobrigida, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Ewa Aulin. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 18 uncut for sexualised violence with previous BBFC cuts waived for:

  • 2018 Nucleus Films RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 3rd September 2018

Reviews

  • See review from reprobatemagazine.uk : " Not before time, the much admired but rarely seen 1968 Italian social satire Death Laid an Egg has been rediscovered and restored by Nucleus "
UK Censorship History
The Director's Cut was censored by the BBFC for an X rated 1969 cinema release. The BBFC cuts were waived for 18 rated home video in 2017. There is a Giallo version with the sexy scenes all excised. The film has also been released MPAA Unrated in the US in the shortened International and Italian Versions. There also exists a short German version. [Thanks to Richard for the update].

This release features both the uncut film (now noted as the Director's Cut) and also the cut Giallo Version.

Promotional Material

A woman (Ewa Aulin) plans to kill both her lover (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and his wife (Gina Lollobrigida) but conspires with each one to get the job done.

 

 

Shopping: Avengers Assemble...

2012 USA action sci-fi by Joss Whedon just released uncut on UK 4k Blu-ray


Link Here 5th September 2018
The Avengers is a 2012 USA action sci-fi by Joss Whedon.
With Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
There are 2 versions available worldwide, one omits the sight of the spear protruding from a man's chest as he is stabbed through his back. The UK cinema release was uncut but the DVD was the cut version. It turns out that the 'uncut' version took a couple of attempts to get the stabbing approved by the MPAA.

The uncut version is promised for a 4k Blu-ray release in 2018.

UK: BBFC details not yet published for:
  • 2018 Walt Disney R0 4k Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 3rd September 2018

Promotional Material

"Marvel presents Marvel's Avengers Assemble, the Super Hero team-up of a lifetime. Iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America assemble for the first time ever in this new action-packed Marvel saga, starring Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson, and directed by Joss Whedon. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself needing a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Complete with must-own exclusive content including never-before-seen short, Marvel's Avengers Assemble is packed with action, adventure and spectacular special effects." UHD disc contains the original UK theatrical version of the film, not previously released

 

 

Shopping: Death Line...

1972 UK horror by Gary Sherman, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here 4th September 2018
Death Line is a 1972 UK horror by Gary Sherman.
Starring Donald Pleasence, Norman Rossington and David Ladd. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 18 uncut for:

Reviews

  • See review from cine-vue.com : " works as both a gruesome exploitation horror set in the London Underground, and a surprisingly effective satire of the British class system "
Censorship History
Cut by the BBFC for X rated 1972 cinema release and 18 rated VHS in 1989 and 1996. Uncut since 2006 18 rated DVD. Death Line is uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US but was previously cut for an R rated release under the title Raw Meat.

Promotional Material

Donald Pleasence gives a memorable performance as an idiosyncratic police inspector hot on the trail of a nest of inbred subterranean cannibals in this notoriously violent arthouse slasher movie from the early 1970s. A long-time cult favourite, Death Line features stylishly grim imagery from Oscar-nominated cinematographer Alex Thomson and a rumbustuously sleazy soundtrack from Wil Mallone and Jeremy Rose. Remastered from original film elements it is presented here as a brand-new High Definition transfer in its original theatrical aspect ratio.

When a philandering politician goes missing on the Underground, the subsequent police investigation uncovers a terrifying secret kept hidden since the 1800s. Who or what is turning the Underground tunnels into a Death Line..?

Special Features and Technical Specs:
  • NEW REMASTER of the film
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature

 

 

Shopping: Deadtime Stories...

1986 USA comedy horror by Jeffrey Delman, cut in the US and UK, just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here 4th September 2018
Deadtime Stories is a 1986 USA comedy horror by Jeffrey Delman.
Starring Scott Valentine, Nicole Picard and Matt Mitler. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Probably the cut UK version was passed 18 without BBFC cuts for:

  • 2018 88 Films (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 27th August 2018
The BBFC did not provide a short Insight statement. This typically means that the BBFC did not reassess the rating and reissued an old rating. To do this the latest submission must be the same as the old version submitted previously.

Reviews

Censorship History
Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated VHS in 1986. Presumably the same version is 18 rated for 2018 Blu-ray. Also cut in the US for an MPAA R rating. The film has yet to be released uncut.

Promotional Material

In the creepy compendium style of CREEPSHOW (1982) comes DEADTIME STORIES (1986) a collection of stories with teeth and torment that are sure to send chills down the spines of viewers even today! A sleazy and shocking pack of splatter fairy tales - this contemporary spin on the likes of "Little Red Riding Hood" has gore aplenty, a sick sense of humour and enough splattered limbs to make for essential late night viewing. Directed by genre veteran Jeffrey Delman and packed full of plastic fantastic charms, 88 Films is enthusiastic about keeping you up at night with this perfectly resto

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • REMASTER OF THE FILM from the original camera negative
  • Audio Commentary With Co-writer/Director Jeffrey Delman
  • I Like The Grotesque -- An Interview With Co-writer/Director Jeffrey Delman
  • Interviews With Actors Cathryn de Prume, Melissa Leo And Scott Valentine
  • The Black Forest -- An Alternate Cut Of The First Story
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Still Gallery
  • Booklet by 88 Vault curator Dr Calum Waddell

 

 

Shopping: De Palma and De Niro: The Early Films...

1968 USA comedy drama by Brian De Palma, the first MPAA X rated movie, set for UK Blu-ray release on 12th November 2018


Link Here 3rd September 2018
Greetings is a 1968 USA comedy drama by Brian De Palma.
Starring Jonathan Warden, Robert De Niro and Gerrit Graham. BBFC link IMDb

The film was given the first MPAA X rating for its theatrical release. It was later cut for an R rating. A short version was passed X for UK cinema release in 1969 but home videos have all been 18 uncut.

The Wedding Party is a 1969 USA comedy by Brian De Palma (as Brian DePalma), Wilford Leach...
Starring Valda Setterfield, Raymond McNally and John Braswell. IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this film.

Hi, Mom! is a 1970 USA comedy drama by Brian De Palma (as Brian DePalma).
Starring Robert De Niro, Allen Garfield and Lara Parker. IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this film.

UK: Previously passed 18 uncut for:
  • 2018 Arrow Video (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 12th November 2018

Promotional Material

In 1963, Robert De Niro stepped in front of a movie camera for the first time. The resulting film, a low-budget black and white comedy called The Wedding Party , would take three years to complete, and another three years to be released, but it would also establish a hugely important working relationship for the aspiring actor. One of the filmmakers, long before he became synonymous with suspense thanks to Carrie, Dressed to Kill and other classics, was Brian De Palma. He and De Niro would team up again in the next few years for two more comedies, both with a countercultural bent.

Greetings , the first film to receive an X certificate in the United States, is a freewheeling satire focusing on a trio of twentysomething friends a conspiracy theorist, a filmmaker, and a voyeur played by De Niro as they try to avoid the Vietnam War draft. Hi, Mom! , originally named Son of Greetings, returns to De Niro s voyeur, now an aspiring maker of adult films, for another humorous glimpse at late-sixties society, this time turning its attentions to experimental theatre, cinéma vérité, the African American experience, and the white middle classes.

Brought together for the first time and each newly restored by Arrow Films especially for this release these three films offer a fascinating insight into the early careers of two American cinema s major talents.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • Brand new 2K restoration of The Wedding Party from the original film negative, carried out exclusively for this release by Arrow Films
  • Brand new 2K restorations of Greetings and Hi, Mom! from original film materials, carried out exclusively for this release by Arrow Films
  • Original uncompressed mono soundtracks
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing on all three films
  • Brand new commentary on Greetings by Glenn Kenny, author of Robert De Niro: Anatomy of an Actor
  • Brand new appreciation of Brian De Palma and Robert De Niro s collaborations by critic and filmmaker Howard S. Berger
  • Brand new interviews with Charles Hirsch, writer-producer of Greetings and Hi, Mom!
  • Brand new interview with actor Gerrit Graham on Greetings, Hi, Mom! and his other collaborations with Brian De Palma
  • Brand new interview with actor Peter Maloney on Hi, Mom!
  • Hi, Mom! theatrical trailer
  • Newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
  • Limited collector s edition booklet featuring new writing on the films by Brad Stevens, Chris Dumas and Christina Newland, plus an archive interview with Brian De Palma and Charles Hirsch
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    Shopping: Brainscan...

    1994 Canada / USA / UK comedy Sci-Fi horror by John Flynn, once cut for a 15 rating, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 3rd September 2018
    Brainscan is a 1994 Canada / USA / UK comedy Sci-Fi horror by John Flynn.
    Starring Edward Furlong, Frank Langella and T Ryder Smith. BBFC link IMDb

    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

    • 2018 Shout! Factory RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 28th August 2018

    Reviews

    UK Censorship History
    Uncut and 18 rated for 1994 cinema release. The follow up VHS was cut for a 15 rating. These cuts were waived for 15 rated DVD in 2005.

    Summary Notes

    A lonely teenage horror-movie fan discovers a mysterious computer game that uses hypnosis to custom-tailor the game into the most terrifying experience imaginable. When he emerges from the hypnotic trance he is horrified to find evidence that the brutal murder depicted in the game actually happened -- and he's the killer.

     

     

    Shopping: Surf Nazis Must Die...

    1987 US action comedy by Peter George, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray


    Link Here 3rd September 2018
    Surf Nazis Must Die is a 1987 US action comedy by Peter George.
    With Gail Neely, Robert Harden and Barry Brenner. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb  

    Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated VHS in 1996. Uncut since 2012 18 rated DVD
    UK: Passed 18 uncut for:

    Promotional Material

    Troma Entertainment, the company behind such classics as THE TOXIC AVENGER, really outdid themselves with the 1987 cult classic SURF NAZIS MUST DIE. Set in a futuristic California hell-hole, in which an apocalypic natural disaster has left the iconic Baywatch-perfect beaches of Malibu and Venice as gang-lands, various parties battle one another in an attempt to control the sand and sea of this former West Coast paradise. This is sex, surf and splatter in a sordid sci-fi setting and thirty years after it first gained the attention of video shop loyalists and marginal movie followers, SURF NAZIS MUST DIE is back to brutalise a new generation of fright-fans!

    Versions

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    18 ~82:00s UK: The Directors Cut was passed 18 uncut in 2012 for strong violence and racist language with all previous cuts waived

     

     

    Shopping: Nightmare on Elm Street...

    1984 US horror film by Wes Craven, cut for a US R rating, just released on UK DVD


    Link Here 2nd September 2018
    A Nightmare on Elm Street is a 1984 US horror film by Wes Craven.
    With Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp and Robert Englund. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
    Uncut on VHS but the cut US Theatrical version is the only one available on UK/US DVD
    UK: The cut US Theatrical Version was passed 18 uncut for:

    Promotional Material

    From modern horror master Wes Craven (Scream 1, 2 and 3) comes a timeless shocker that remains the standard bearer for terror. Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) is having grisly nightmares. Meanwhile, her high-school friends, who are having the very same dreams, are being slaughtered in their sleep by the hideous fiend of their shared nightmares. When the police ignore her explanation, she herself must confront the killer in his shadowy realm. Featuring Johnny Depp in his first starring role and mind-bending special effects, this horror classic gave birth to one of the most infamous undead villains in cinematic history... Freddy Krueger.

    Versions

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    18 ~87:00s UK: Passed 18 uncut

     

     

    Shopping: The Shining...

    1980 UK/US horror film by Stanley Kubrick just released on UK DVD in the shorter International Version


    Link Here 2nd September 2018
    The Shining is a 1980 UK/US horror film by Stanley Kubrick.
    With Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall and Danny Lloyd. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb  

    Exists in a longer US version and a tighter International Version.
    UK: The shorter International Version was passed 15 uncut for strong violence, language for:

    Promotional Material

    Think of the greatest terror imaginable. Is it a monstrous alien? A lethal epidemic? Or, as in this harrowing masterpiece from Stanley Kubrick, is it fear of murder by someone who should love and protect you - a member of your own family? From a script he co-adapted from the Steven King novel, Kubrick melds vivid performances, menacing settings, dream like tracking shots and shock after shock into the milestone of the macabre. In a signature role, Jack Nicholson ("Heeeere's Johnny!") plays, Jack Torrance, who's come to the elegant, isolated Overlook Hotel as off-season caretaker with his wife (Shelley Duvall) and son (Danny lloyd). Torrance has never been there before - or has he? The answer lies in a ghostly time warp of madness and murder.

    Versions

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    15 ~115:00s UK: The shorter International Version was passed 15 uncut for strong violence, language

     

     

    Shopping: 2001: A Space Odyssey...

    1968 UK / USA Sci-Fi adventure by Stanley Kubrick just released on UK Blu-ray in the standard Theatrical Version


    Link Here 2nd September 2018
    2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 UK / USA Sci-Fi adventure by Stanley Kubrick.
    Starring Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood and William Sylvester. BBFC link IMDb
    The film was premiered in a longer version than that Kubrik settled on for theatrical release. All releases are rated 'U' by the BBFC and the equivalent 'G' by the MPAA.
    UK: BBFC details not yet published for:

    Promotional Material

    2001: A Space Odyssey is a countdown to tomorrow, a road map to human destiny, a quest for the infinite. It is a dazzling, Academy Award-winning visual achievement, a compelling drama of man vs. machine, a stunning meld of music and motion. It may be the master-work of director Stanley Kubrick (who co-wrote the screenplay with Arthur C. Clarke)... and it will likely excite, inspire and enthrall for generations. To begin his voyage into the future, Kubrick visits our prehistoric ape-ancestry past, then leaps millenia (via one of the most mind-blowing jump cuts ever conceived) into colonised space, and ultimately whisks astronaut Bowman (Keir Dullea) into uncharted realms of space, perhaps even into immorality. "Open the pod bay doors, HAL." Let the awe and mystery of a journey unlike any other begin.

    Versions

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
      ~143:00s UK: BBFC details not yet published

     

     

    Shopping: Psycho II...

    1983 USA crime horror mystery by Richard Franklin, once cut in the US, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 1st September 2018
    Psycho II is a 1983 USA crime horror mystery by Richard Franklin.
    Starring Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles and Meg Tilly. IMDb

    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

    • 2018 Universal Studios Home Entertainment RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 28th August 2018
    US Censorship History
    The theatrical version was cut for gore. Uncut on DVD, but versions have been spotted with missing nudity

    Promotional Material

    Psycho II is the terrifying sequel to one of the most suspenseful films of all time, Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. Anthony Perkins makes a horrific homecoming in his role as the infamous Norman Bates, who after years of treatment at a mental institution for the criminally insane, still can't quite elude the demands of "Mother." Vera Miles also returns as the inquisitive woman who is haunted by her sister's brutal murder and the ominous motel where it all occurred. Meg Tilly and Dennis Franz co-star in this fiendish chiller.

     

     

    Offsite Article: BBFC Podcast Episode 86...


    Link Here 1st September 2018
    Reclassification and Heathers

    See article from bbfc.co.uk

     

     

    Shopping: Deadbeat at Dawn...

    1988 USA action crime film by Jim Van Bebber, previously banned by the BBFC, now just passed 18 uncut and set for UK Blu-ray release on 22nd October


    Link Here 31st August 2018
    Deadbeat at Dawn is a 1988 USA action crime film by Jim Van Bebber.
    Starring Paul Harper, Jim Van Bebber and Megan Murphy. BBFC link IMDb  

    Banned by the BBFC for 1998 VHS. Uncut and 18 rated UK Blu-ray release in 2018. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

    See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Deadbeat at Dawn

    UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong violence, gore for:

    • 2018 Arrow Special Edition RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon on 22nd October 2018

    Banned in 1998

    The video was submitted by Dave Gregory from the Exploited VHS label in 1998 and he made it absolutely clear that Whittam Smith was personally responsible for the ban. The story goes like this:

    I submitted Deadbeat at Dawn back in July hoping to release it alongside Vigilante . The BBFC sent me a not entirely unexpected cuts list for Deadbeat totalling two minutes of footage. I made around fifty cuts to remove all sight of chain sticks and throwing stars exactly as they requested. Most of the gore in the film passed unnoticed.

    I resubmitted the film and started sending out preview copies, printed the sleeves, and ran a couple of ads, under the foolish assumption that because I had cut what they asked the film would be approved. Not so. Ferman watched it and through his secretary informed me that there was a problem with the violence in the film. A discussion was to be staged on the matter two days after the original release date: Oct. 26th. According to Ferman, opinions were split among the examiners.

    Then Whittam Smith entered the room, overruled all discussion and declared that the film was to be rejected. Democratic discussion! Anyway, Ferman said they didn't want to issue another cuts list and that I could submit a toned down version if I wanted to. He had this impression of the film reaching a massive audience of impressionable. I told him that he ought to consider, in future, the actual market for a film of this type. 1500 units max! Not a huge blockbuster by any account, but a healthy specialist market.

    Promotional Material

    Jim VanBebber s notorious, blood-drenched cult classic Deadbeat at Dawn rises again on the advent of its 30th anniversary, newly restored for the first time on Blu-ray. Locked and loaded with a raft of new extras, see Deadbeat as you ve never seen it before in all its head-busting, bone-crushing glory!

    Written by, directed by and starring VanBebber, Deadbeat follows the story of Goose a gang leader whose girlfriend is brutally slaughtered when he attempts to leave the thug life behind. Pulled back into the gang, who ve now formed an uneasy alliance with the thugs that butchered his girl, Goose sees an opportunity to exact his brutal, deadly revenge.

    The very definition of DIY, independent filmmaking (VanBebber quit film school after his first year and used his student loan to fund the movie), Deadbeat at Dawn surpasses its low-budget origins to create a revenge movie that delivers more thrills and bloody spills than all of Chuck Norris films combined.

    SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements by Arrow Films, supervised and approved by writer-director Jim VanBebber
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original uncompressed PCM mono audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new free-wheeling audio commentary with Jim VanBebber ( Goose , The Ravens Gang Leader), actor Paul Harper ( Danny Carmodi , The Spyders Gang Leader) and guest Cody Lee Hardin, moderated by filmmaker Victor Bonacore ( Diary of a Deadbeat: The Story of Jim VanBebber )
  • Jim VanBebber, Deadbeat Forever! a brand new retrospective documentary on VanBebber and the Deadbeat legacy by Filmmaker Victor Bonacore, featuring first-time interviews, super-rare footage, VanBebber s college films and much, much more!
  • Archival 1986 behind-the-scenes documentary Nate Pennington s VHS documentary on a failed Deadbeat shoot
  • Outtakes, newly transferred in HD
  • Four newly-restored VanBebber short films Into the Black (1983, 34 mins), My Sweet Satan (1993, 19 mins), Roadkill: The Last Days of John Martin (1994, 14 mins) and Gator Green (2013, 16 mins)
  • Jim VanBebber Music Video Collection, featuring never-before-seen Director s Cuts
  • Chunkblower promotional trailer for an unfinished Gary Blair Smith-produced gore-soaked feature film
  • Extensive Image Gallery Never-Before-Seen Stills!
  • Reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector's booklet featuring new writing by Scott Gabbey and Graham Rae
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    Shopping: Boss...

    1975 USA comedy western by Jack Arnold just released on US Blu-ray censored for modern times


    Link Here 31st August 2018
    Boss is a 1975 USA comedy western by Jack Arnold.
    Starring Fred Williamson, D'Urville Martin and William Smith. BBFC link IMDb  

    Originally titled Boss Nigger in the US and was PG rated by the MPAA. This was cut in the UK for an 'AA' rated cinema release in 1976. Changing times meant that the title had to be censored to Boss for 2008 DVD release.
    US: Nominally MPAA PG rated for:
    • 2018 Kit Parker Films R0 Blu-ray/R0 DVD Combo at US Amazon released on 28th August 2018

    Reviews

    • See review from thedigitalbits.com : " Boss and Amos make their own rules, fining or throwing anyone in jailwho disrespects the law or refers to them by the dreaded n-word "

    Promotional Material

    Boss has ''decided to hunt white folks for a change'' by becoming a bounty hunter to click the hammer on fugitive outlaws. He and his comic sidekick Amos (D'Urville Martin) ride into the town of San Miguel, find it has no sheriff, and takes the job himself, much to the displeasure of the racial epithet-hurling townsfolk who must pay $20 each time they use the n-word.

    SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • 'A Conversation with Fred 'The Hammer' Williamson' with Joel Blumberg
  • 'A Boss Memory' with Producer Myrl Schrelbman
  • Jack Arnold Tribute by producer Myrl Schrelbman
  • Versions

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    MPAA
    PG
    ~87:00s US: A short version is nominally MPAA PG rated

     

     

    Shopping: A Minute To Pray, A Second To Die...

    1968 Italy action crime western by Franco Giraldi, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray and DVD


    Link Here 31st August 2018
    A Minute To Pray, A Second To Die is a 1968 Italy action crime western by Franco Giraldi.
    Starring Alex Cord, Arthur Kennedy and Robert Ryan. IMDb  

    Exists in 2 versions with alternative endings. The long Italian version has a downbeat ending whilst the shorter International Version has a happy ending. The BBFC cut the International Version for an X rated cinema release in 1968.
    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
    • 2018 Kino Lorber Studio Classics (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 28th August 2018
    • 2018 Kino Lorber Studio Classics R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 28th August 2018
    The promotional material states that the alternative ending will be included in the disk extras.

    Promotional Material

    Time is running out for the fastest gun in the west! Old habits die fast in this brutal, violent and intensely realistic western about a desperate gunslinger who's hunted by the law... and haunted by his past! Starring Alex Cord (Chosen Survivors), Arthur Kennedy (Elmer Gantry), Robert Ryan (Day of the Outlaw), Mario Brega (A Fistful of Dollars) and Nicoletta Machiavelli (Navajo Joe), A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die is heavily armed with great atmosphere and top-notch action -- from breathtaking beginning... to the explosive climax. When Clay McCord (Cord), the fastest draw in the West, gets the shakes in his shooting arm, he decides to hang up his guns for good. But riding the straight and narrow may be more dangerous than he ever imagined -- especially when his only hope for survival lies in the hands of a shady sheriff whose offer of amnesty hides something far deadlier. Stylishly directed by Franco Giraldi (Sugar Colt).

    Special Features:
    -Audio Commentary by Filmmaker Alex Cox
    -Alternate Ending (SD)
    -KLSC Trailers

    Versions

    BBFC uncut
    Italian Version
      ~118:00s
    =~113:00s
     
    cut
    shortened International Version
    MPAA R ~99:00s US: Uncut and MPAA R rated

     

     

    Shopping: Bound...

    1996 US thriller by Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, once cut for an MPAA R rating, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 30th August 2018
    Bound is a 1996 US thriller by Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski.
    With Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon and  Joe Pantoliano. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
    Pre-cut for UK 1996 cinema release. Uncut on home video. The US R rated version is cut but the Unrated version is uncut.

    See cuts details on Gavin Salkeld's Cutting Edge Episode 41: Bound

    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    Versions

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    MPAA Unrated   US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated

     

     

    Shopping: Straight To Hell...

    1987 UK action comedy western by Alex Cox, The Director's Cut has just released on US Blu-ray and DVD


    Link Here 30th August 2018
    Straight To Hell is a 1987 UK action comedy western by Alex Cox.
    Starring Sy Richardson, Joe Strummer and Dick Rude. BBFC link IMDb
    Uncut and 15 rated by the BBFC for all releases.  A Director's Cut turned up in 2018 which is MPAA Unrated.
    US: The Director's Cut is MPAA Unrated for:
    • 2018 Kl Studio Classics (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 28th August 2018
    • 2018 Kl Studio Classics R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 28th August 2018

    Promotional Material

    A 2K Restoration! From Alex Cox, the director of Repo Man, Highway Patrolman and Sid and Nancy. In this director's cut of the 1987 cult classic, four hapless bank robbers bury their loot and attempt to hide out in a deserted desert town, but very soon find out that the town is not really deserted. Norwood (Sy Richardson), Simms (Joe Strummer) and Willy (Dick Rude) are three black-suited killers-for-hire. After missing their intended target and trying to escape the wrath of their employer (Jim Jarmusch), they head for the desert and rob a bank en-route. As their car dies in a ravine, the trio bury their money and head for a lonely town to hide out till the heat blows over. The insane cast includes Courtney Love, The Pogues, Grace Jones, Dennis Hopper, Elvis Costello, Kathy Burke and Xander Berkeley.

    Special Features:
    -Audio Commentary by Director Alex Cox and Star Dick Rude
    -"Back to Hell" - Making-of Doc
    -"Black Hills" A short tour of the STRAIGHT TO HELL locations, shot by Alex Cox back in 1977
    -KLSC Trailers

    Versions

    BBFC uncut
    Director's Cut
    MPAA Unrated ~91:00s US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated
    BBFC uncut
    Standard Version
      86:42s  

     

     

    Shopping: The Horror of Party Beach...

    1964 USA musical horror by Del Tenney, once banned by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray and DVD


    Link Here 29th August 2018
    The Horror of Party Beach is a 1964 USA musical horror by Del Tenney.
    Starring John Scott, Alice Lyon and Allan Laurel. BBFC link IMDb

    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    • 2018 Severin Films RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 28th August 2018
    • 2018 Severin Films R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 28th August 2018
    UK Censorship History
    Initially banned by the BBFC for 1964 cinema release but later passed 'X' after cuts. Passed 12 uncut for 2004 DVD. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

    Promotional Material

    Severin Films Presents THE HORROR OF PARTY BEACH - The Original Horror-Monster Musical

    Uncut on Blu-ray For the First Time Ever!

    In 1964, 20th Century Fox released an independent shocker - shot in two weeks for $50,000 outside Stamford, Connecticut by local producer/director Del Tenney - advertised as "The First Horror-Monster Musical." More than 50 years later, this "Absolute classic of exploitation cinema" (Legends Magazine), returns like you've never seen or heard it before.

    When nuclear waste dumped into the ocean mutates a shipwreck full of corpses, it will unleash an onslaught of bikini teens, surprising gore, dubious science, an intrepid maid, The Del-Aires, and arguably the greatest, worst monsters in horror movie history. Severin is proud to present this cult favorite from "Connecticut's own Ed Wood" (Stamford Advocate), now featuring a new 2k scan from the original negative and loaded with all-new Special Features like nothing that ever stalked this earth!

    SPECIAL FEATURES:

    • Return to Party Beach: A Retrospective Documentary on The Horror of Party Beach.
    • It's the Living End: An Encounter with The Del::Aires - Interview with band members Bobby Osborne and Ronnie Linares.
    • Shock & Roll: Filmmaker Tim Sullivan on Rock & Roll Horror Movies.
    • Archival interview with Director Del Tenney.
    • Trailer.

     

     

    Quick Trims: Edward Scissorhands...

    Gavin Salkeld's Quick Trims reveals BBFC category cuts for a PG rating


    Link Here 28th August 2018
    Edward Scissorhands is a 1990 USA romance by Tim Burton.
    Starring Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder and Dianne Wiest. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb

    BBFC category cuts were required for a 'PG' rated cinema release in 1991

    See these cuts in Cutting Edge Quick Trims video on YouTube

     

     

    Commented: A Northern Soul...

    Hull has decided to make its 12A rating permanent for future screenings amid criticism of the BBFC for censoring the commonplace language of the working class


    Link Here 28th August 2018
    Full story: A Northern Soul...Director takes issue with the BBFC 15 rating
    The man behind a new film about Hull's year as the UK City of Culture has hit out at censors after they gave it it 15 rating.

    A Northern Soul is Hull-born award-winning documentary filmmaker Sean McAllister's take on 2017. It follows struggling factory worker Steve Arnott's dream of bringing hip-hop and rap to the city's estates in a youth project involving a converted bus.

    The film was given a 12A rating by licensing councillors in Hull ahead of a recent series of initial screenings at the University of Hull and Vue cinema.

    But now the BBFC has decided it should have a 15 rating for strong language.

    While the documentary does feature regular use of the F-word, McAllister said swearing was what ordinary people in Hull did and claimed the decision was an attack on working-class people. On Twitter, he said:

    It's a film about a working-class bloke helping kids with rap music find a better life.

    McAllister commented: It's funny the swearing in The King's Speech is a lot worse, including the C-word, but that gets a 12A. He also compared the decision to the swearing on many of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey's TV shows.

    More screenings will be held on three evenings next week at Vue as well as later in the month. In response to the BBFC decision, Mr McAllister said all next week's screenings would be free to children under 15 and over 12ish.

    [The censorship of strong language in films is one of the silliest aspects of film censorship. Surely young teams will be well versed in strong language, and they will have heard it all before. Surely it will make no difference if they hear the same at the cinema.

    But to be fair to the film censors, strong language is one of the things that parents, maybe especially middle class parents, ask for the censors to cut or restrict.

    Should the film BBFC consider the actual effect of young teens hearing strong language on screen, or should they follow the wishes of the parents?.

    And there certainly is a class aspect to this. The unspoken underlying reality is that middle class parents simply don't want their kids speaking like working class kids].

    Update: Censored whilst claiming to be uncensored

    21st August 2018. See  article from screendaily.com

    Hull City Council has decided that it will not adhere to the BBFC decision to award Sean McAllister's feature documentary A Northern Soul a 15-certificate. Instead, the council will allow the film to be shown in the city at a 12A rating, granting anyone from the age of 12 upwards the option to view the film, while those under 12 can do so if accompanied by an adult.

    The council had originally granted the film a 12A certificate for a short theatrical run in the city prior to its official release (which begins on Friday, August 24), but had informed the filmmakers that it would be implementing the 15 rating for further screenings. This decision has now been reversed, and three further screenings at Vue Hull this week will carry the 12A rating.

    Following a hearing, the council said that its Licensing Sub-Committee had determined the film would be classified 12A for showings, at any time, at premises within the Licensing Authority's area. It gave its reason for the decision as being:

    Strong language was only used by the subject of the film to express emotion in interviews with the filmmaker, was never directed at an individual, or used in an aggressive manner

    The BBFC's original certification has caused controversy in the UK since the decision was made on August 11, with many viewing the certificate as not appropriate for a feature doc that spotlights everyday working-class Britain. The rating was awarded due to the film's strong language, owing to it containing more than four uses of the word fuck -- the film contains the word or variations on it a total of 10 times.

    Director McAllister said that the film contains no violence, no sexual content, and no aggressive swearing, with the only use of profanity being within the confines of everyday language. He noted that the rating now restricts their outreach opportunities. [The decision] prevents school screenings of this film (for kids under 15) which is so necessary in the communities across this divided nation, he commented when the BBFC classified the film.

    Diana Johnson, Labour MP for Kingston Upon Hull North, said on Twitter that she was surprised by the BBFC's decision, adding that she didn't understand why the film would be a 15 while a title such as The King's Speech , which contains stronger language, would receive a PG.

    A Northern Soul producer, Elhum Shakerifar, commented:

    As a documentary producer, I hope that this does bring into question the matter of representation, particularly of working class realities on screen, but also the reality of documentary filmmaking versus fiction. Our characters aren't scripted, they're real people that we spend time with to build bridges of confidence, respect and communication with - and we don't want to take words out of their mouths, just as we don't put words into them, she said.

    Shakerifar added that they are now intending to apply for local certificates with further local councils, and have already begun the process in Beverley, which is seven miles away from Hull and will be hosting screenings of the film in a few weeks' time.

    Comment: The Director of A Northern Soul makes his case against the BBFC in the Guardian

    28th August 2018. See  article from theguardian.com by Sean McAllister

    My film-making style is intimate and engaged -- I look for characters whom I film over a long period of time and who let me into their lives fully. Finding people who can articulate their situation is important, and Steve's dream of helping poor kids in Hull during the city of culture period seemed the perfect opportunity. Steve trusted me and talked openly and honestly. Trust and intimacy are things a documentary film-maker works hard for -- they're not easily won, and it is also a responsibility.

    As a result, Steve speaks to me as he would to a mate -- his language is real and engaging. He uses the occasional F-word, as most of us do in everyday language, but only ever in my company, never in front of anyone else, and this is never aggressive or sexual.

    There is a limited amount of bad language in the film. There are 19 F-words: 14 from Steve, and five that feature in the song Sometimes by Akala, who appears briefly in the film on stage, singing the lyrics When I feel like / Fuck it, I've had enough. It's the BBFC's job to count them and apparently you're not allowed more than four!

    But the point isn't the strong language -- it's about a voice and the everyday lived reality of someone being censored. It seems absurd that this would be deemed inappropriate for children, while films currently playing at the cinema receive 12A certificates despite gratuitous on-screen violence. Mission Impossible, 12A, has a scene of someone being shot point blank on camera, for example.

    ... Read the full article from theguardian.com

     

     

    Shopping: Amazonia: The Catherine Miles Story...

    1985 Italian adventure by Mario Gariazzo, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray


    Link Here 28th August 2018
    Amazonia: The Catherine Miles Story is a 1985 Italian adventure by Mario Gariazzo.
    With Elvire Audray, Will Gonzales and Dick Campbell. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
    Cut by the BBFC for VHS and 2003 DVD. Uncut for 2013 DVD

    UK: Previously passed 18 uncut for strong gory violence for:

    UK Censorship History
    Cut by the BBFC for VHS and 2003 DVD. Uncut for 2013 DVD

    Promotional Material

    It took four years after the success of Umberto Lenzi's classic gut-ripper CANNIBAL FEROX for the Italian nasty native film to make a comeback and the first frightener to crawl out of the jungle squalor was AMAZONIA also known as WHITE SLAVE. Telling of a frequently naked western blonde (played by the gorgeous grindhouse sex symbol Elvire Audrey) who is captured, stripped and tormented by a group of jungle headhunters, AMAZONIA is perfectly fitting with the sleaze and schlock that this torrid trend became known for! Finally unleashed uncut and in HD by 88 Films, AMAZONIA is a must-see Italian shocker that perfectly compliments the excess of such video nasty gems as MAN FROM DEEP RIVER and CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST!!!

     

     

    Shopping: Leonor...

    1975 Spain / France / Italy horror fantasy drama by Juan Luis Buńuel just released on US Blu-ray and DVD with 2 versions


    Link Here 28th August 2018
    Leonor is a 1975 Spain / France / Italy horror fantasy drama by Juan Luis Buńuel.
    Starring Michel Piccoli, Liv Ullmann and Ornella Muti. IMDb
    Exists as a longer International Cut and a shortened US Cut
    US: The longer International Cut is presumably MPAA Unrated
    US: The shortened US Cut is MPAA PG rated
    • 2018 Scorpion [International + US Versions] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 21st August 2018
    • 2018 Scorpion [International + US Versions] R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 21st August 2018

    Promotional Material

    A Scorpion Release - Legendary international star Liv Ullmann (Cries and Whispers, Persona) stars as Leonor, in this chilling and poetic 1970s arthouse horror film about a medieval noblewoman whose untimely death haunts her husband Richard (Michel Piccoli, Belle de Jour, Contempt). After years of mourning and with Leonor's body walled up in a tomb, Richard marries the much younger Catherine (Ornella Muti, Flash Gordon, Oscar, Oasis of Fear), but he still can't find true happiness. Desperate the relive his life with Leonor, he makes a pact with the devil that indeed brings back his late wife, but she's cold to the touch and now possesses an unearthly hunger that could destroy everyone around him. From director Juan Luis Buńuel (Expulsion of the Devil, The Lady with Red Boots), son of the legendary filmmaker, Luis Buńuel, and writers Jean-Claude Carričre (The Tin Drum, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie) and Bernardo Zapponi (Deep Red, Spirits of the Dead) comes a beautifully acted tale of an uncanny and tragic love, featuring a haunting score by Oscar® winner Ennio Morricone (The Thing, Spasmo) and stunning cinematography by Luciano Tovoli (Suspiria, The Passenger). Available for the first time in HD.

    Special Features:
    -Brand New 2018 HD Master of the 85-Minute U.S. Cut
    -Brand New 2017 HD Master of the 99-Minute International Cut
    -In English and Spanish (with optional properly translated English subtitles)
    -Audio Commentary by Film Historian Troy Howarth

    Versions

    BBFC uncut
    International Version
    MPAA Unrated ~99:00 US: The longer International Cut is presumably MPAA Unrated
    • 2018 Scorpion [International + US Versions] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 21st August 2018
    • 2018 Scorpion [International + US Versions] R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 21st August 2018
    cut
    shortened
    US Version
    MPAA
    PG
    ~85:00s US: The shortened US Cut is MPAA PG rated

     

     

    Offsite Article: Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor (1994)...


    Link Here 27th August 2018
    A continuing series about films and videos once banned by the BBFC. By Sam Inglis

    See article from thelondoneconomic.com

     

     

    Shopping: Truth or Dare...

    2018 USA horror thriller by Jeff Wadlow just released on UK Blu-ray and DVD in the uncut version


    Link Here 27th August 2018
    Truth Or Dare is a 2018 USA horror thriller by Jeff Wadlow.
    Starring Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey and Violett Beane. BBFC link IMDb  

    Exists as a cut Theatrical Version and a Director's Cut. It seems that the UK cinema release was the cut version and home video releases are the uncut version.
    UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong threat, violence for:
    • 2018 Universal Pictures UK R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 20th August 2018
    • 2018 Universal Pictures UK R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 20th August 2018
    • 2018 Universal Pictures UK Amazon Prime VoD [UK only] at UK Amazon

    Promotional Material

    Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars) and Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) lead the cast of Truth or Dare, a supernatural thriller from Blumhouse Productions (Happy Death Day, Get Out, Split). A harmless game of “Truth or Dare” among friends turns deadly when someone�or something�begins to punish those who tell a lie�or refuse the dare. Bonus Features: Feature Commentary with Jeff Wadlow and Lucy Hale, Game On: The Making of Truth or Dare, Directing the Deaths.

    Versions

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    15 ~96:00s UK: Passed 15 uncut

     

     

    Shopping: Jackie Chan's POLICE STORY and POLICE STORY 2...

    1985 Hong Kong crime action comedy thriller by Jackie Chan just released on UK Blu-ray with 2 versions of the sequel


    Link Here 27th August 2018
    Police Story is a 1985 Hong Kong crime action comedy thriller by Jackie Chan.
    With Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung and Brigitte Lin. YouTube icon IMDb
    No BBFC or MPAA cuts but the film exists in several versions.

    Police Story 2 is a 1988 Hong Kong police comedy by Jackie Chan.
    With Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung and Kwok-Hung Lam. YouTube icon IMDb

    No BBFC or MPAA cuts but the film exists in several versions.

    UK: Both films previously passed 15 uncut for:

    • 2018 Eureka Limited Edition [Police Story + US Version + Extended Version of Police Story 2] RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 20th August 2018

    Promotional Material

    Two of Jackie Chan s most iconic films explode onto Blu-ray from incredible new 4K restorations! Featuring some of the most dangerous stunts ever performed on camera, Police Story and Police Story 2 are a dazzling blend of gritty action cop drama and impeccably choreographed martial-arts sequences that revitalised the Hong Kong action genre and established Jackie Chan as a worldwide superstar.

    Police Story - considered by Jackie Chan himself to be his best film in terms of pure action, Police Story stars Chan as super cop Chan Ka-Kui, who goes up against a notorious crime lord in a series of escalating set-pieces that resulted in many of Jackie's stunt team being hospitalised.

    Police Story 2 - Demoted to traffic cop after the events of the first film, Chan Ka-Kui is reinstated to the detective unit when a deadly gang of explosive experts blow up a building and threaten to blow up more if their demands are not met. Featuring yet more bravura stunt work, and even more injuries to its cast and crew, Police Story 2 is to this day considered one of the best action films ever made.

    Presented from brand new 4K restorations and fully uncut, Eureka Classics is proud to present Jackie Chan s Police Story and Police Story 2 for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK in a special Limited Edition Box Set packed with extra content.

    • Special Limited Edition Box Set (3000 units)
    • 1080p presentations of both films, sourced from immaculate 4K restorations including Police Story 2 in its full 2 hour version for the first time ever in the UK
    • Original Cantonese mono audio track for Police Story
    • Restored Cantonese 5.1 audio presentations for both films
    • Optional English audio tracks
    • Optional Mandarin audio tracks
    • Optional English subtitles
    • The "Police Force" version of the first film, originally re-edited for the US video market and featuring its own electronic score by Kevin Bassinson
    • Jackie Chan (40 mins) A documentary on Jackie Chan s early career from cult film documentary series, Son of the Incredibly Strange Film Show
    • Archival Interview with Jackie Chan (20 mins)
    • Interview with Benny Lai (15 mins)
    • Police Story Deleted and extended scenes, including alternate opening and ending sequences
    • Police Story 2 Outtakes
    • Jackie Chan's Stunts - promotional trailer
    • Box set exclusive Collectors booklets for each film, featuring new essays and archival content

     

     

    Shopping: Color of Night 1994...

    1994 USA romance by Richard Rush, once cut for the MPAA, just released on US Blu-ray and DVD with cut and uncut versions


    Link Here 26th August 2018
    Color of Night is a 1994 USA romance by Richard Rush.
    Starring Bruce Willis, Jane March and Rubén Blades. BBFC link IMDb
    Exists as a Director's Cut and Theatrical Version. Both were rated 18 in the UK. Both of these versions were cut for an MPAA R rating in the US.
    US: Cut and MPAA R rated for:
    • 2018 KL Studio Classics [US Theatrical + US Director's Cut] RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 21st August 2018
    • 2018 KL Studio Classics [US Theatrical + US Director's Cut] R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 21st August 2018
    • 2018 KL Studio Classics Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon

    Promotional Material

    This special edition includes both the theatrical cut and the director's cut. Cult filmmaker Richard Rush (The Stunt Man, Freebie and the Bean, Psych-Out) directed this sexy murder-mystery starring screen legend Bruce Willis (Die Hard). Color of Night is the thrill-packed story of a psychologist haunted by the brutal murder of a friend and colleague. While hunting for the killer, he finds himself romantically entangled with a mysterious beauty (Jane March, The Lover) who leads him through a web of passion and intrigue. Lance Henriksen (Aliens), Lesley Ann Warren (The Limey), Rubén Blades (Disorganized Crime), Scott Bakula (TV's Quantum Leap), Brad Dourif (Wise Blood), Kevin J. O'Connor (Deep Rising), Eriq La Salle (Coming to America), Jeff Corey (Jennifer) and Shirley Knight (The Rain People) co-star in this steamy and erotic thriller.

    Special Features:
    -Includes the 122-minute theatrical cut and the 140-minute director's cut
    -Audio Commentary by Director Richard Rush (Director's Cut)
    -Audio Commentary by Screenwriter Matthew Chapman (Theatrical Cut)
    -Theatrical Trailer

    Versions

    mpaa cut
    cut
    US Director's Cut
    MPAA R ~263:00s US: The US Director's Cut suffered cuts to sex scenes for an MPAA R rating.
    mpaa cut
    cut
    US Theatrical Version
    MPAA R   US: The US Theatrical Version suffered cuts to sex scenes for an MPAA R rating.

     

     

    Shopping: Tom Jones...

    1963 UK comedy adventure by Tony Richardson, previously cut by the BBFC for animal cruelty, just released uncut on UK Blu-ray


    Link Here 25th August 2018
    Tom Jones is a 1963 UK comedy adventure by Tony Richardson.
    Starring Albert Finney, Susannah York and George Devine. BBFC link IMDb
    Passed X uncut by the BBFC for 1963 cinema release. BBFC have required animal cruelty cuts for all releases since 1971. The animal cruelty cuts were waived by the BBFC for 12 rated home video in 2018. The film exists in a longer original version and a shortened Director's Cut. Both versions are uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

    UK: The Director's Cut was passed 12 uncut for moderate sex references, violence, language with previous cuts waived:=
    UK: The Theatrical Version was passed 12 uncut for moderate sex references, violence, language with previous cuts waived

    • 2018 Bfi [Director's Cut + Theatrical Version] RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 20th August 2018
    • 2018 Bfi Amazon Prime VoD [UK only] at UK Amazon

    Promotional Material

    Tom Jones (2-Disc blu-ray set)
    Directed by Tony Richardson

    Winner of four Academy Awards including Best Director (Tony Richardson), Best Adapted Screenplay (John Osbourne) and Best Picture, this raucous and innovative adaptation of Henry Fielding's classic novel is directed with a real sense of adventure. John Osbourne captures the spirit of the novel in his sophisticated screenplay and Albert Finney gives a dashing Oscar® nominated performance as the much sought-after Tom Jones, enjoying marvellous support from Joan Greenwood as Lady Bellaston and Susannah York as the wellborn Sophie Western.

    The BFI is proud to showcase the new 4K digital restorations of not just the theatrical cut but of Tony Richardson's preferred 1989 director's cut, both of which were supervised by director of photography Walter Lassally.

    Special features

    • Features both the director's cut (1989) and theatrical versions of the film
    • The Guardian Interview: Albert Finney (1982, 35 mins audio only)
    • Vanessa Redgrave on Tony Richardson (2017, 10mins): Vanessa Redgrave discusses Tony Richardson's career in this short interview by the Criterion Collection
    • USSR Today: Meeting to Mark the 200th Anniversary of Henry Fielding (1954, 1 min)
    • George Devine Memorial Play: Luther (Peter Whitehead, 1966, 7 mins)
    • Walter Lassally on Tom Jones (2017, 25 mins): the Oscar® winning cinematographer discusses Tom Jones
    • Stills galleries
    • Original trailers
    • Fully illustrated booklet with writing on the film and full film credits

    UK | 1963 | colour | 128 minutes | 2 x BD50 / Region B | Cert 12

    Versions

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    12 ~128:00s UK: Passed 12 uncut

     

     

    Shopping: The Tingler...

    1959 USA horror by William Castle, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 24th August 2018
    The Tingler is a 1959 USA horror by William Castle.
    Starring Vincent Price, Judith Evelyn and Darryl Hickman. BBFC link IMDb

    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    Reviews

    UK Censorship History
    BBFC cuts were required for an X rated cinema release in 1960. Home video releases have all been 15 uncut. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

    Summary Notes

    Dr. Warren Chapin is a pathologist who regularly conducts autopsies on executed prisoners at the State prison. He has a theory that fear is the result of a creature that inhabits all of us. His theory is that the creature is suppressed by our ability to scream when fear strikes us. He gets a chance to test his theories when he meets Ollie and Martha Higgins, who own and operate a second-run movie theater. Martha is deaf and mute and if she is unable to scream, extreme fear should make the creature, which Chapin has called the Tingler, come to life and grow. Using LSD to induce nightmares, he begins his experiment.

     

     

    Shopping: Strait-Jacket...

    1964 USA horror thriller by William Castle, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 23rd August 2018
    Strait-Jacket is a 1964 USA horror thriller by William Castle.
    Starring Joan Crawford, Diane Baker and Leif Erickson. IMDb

    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    Reviews

    • See review from insidepulse.com : " William Castle ups his game for making Joan Crawford the star of his film. He doesn't have to worry about an off screen gimmick "
    • See review from thedigitalbits.com : " William Castle did a fantastic job directing Strait-Jacket , which was written by the one and only Robert Bloch ( Psycho ) "
    UK Censorship History
    Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1964 cinema release. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

    Summary Notes

    Lucy Harbin has been in an asylum for twenty years after axing her husband and his mistress during a crime of passion, witnessed by her young daughter, Carol. While trying to renew ties with Carol, who is now a young woman about to be married, heads begin to roll again. Is Lucy repeating her past?

     

     

    Shopping: Wild At Heart...

    1990 USA crime comedy thriller by David Lynch just released on US Blu-ray still with a cut for the MPAA


    Link Here 22nd August 2018
    Wild At Heart is a 1990 USA crime comedy thriller by David Lynch.
    Starring Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern and Willem Dafoe. Youtube link IMDb

    US: Cut and MPAA R rated for:

    • 2018 Shout! Factory RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 21st August 2018
    US Censorship History
    Cut in the US for an R rating. The International Version is uncut, but recent worldwide releases have all been the cut version.

    R Rated US versions have Bobby Peru blasting his head off with more smoke than blood.

    This version is still the cut R rated version but includes the uncut head explosion scene in the extras.

    Summary Notes

    Virtuoso filmmaker David Lynch (Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet) brings his singular vision to the screen once more with Wild At Heart, an incendiary tale of love, violence and snakeskin jackets.

    Adapted from the novel by Barry Gifford, Wild At Heart stars Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas, Adaptation) and Laura Dern (Inland Empire, Jurassic Park) as Sailor and Lula, a pair of young lovers on the run from Lula's mother Marietta (Dern's real-life mother Diane Ladd, in an Academy Award®-nominated role). Sailor and Lula's journey takes them into the dark heart of America, where dangers and temptations lurk ... and where only their love can truly protect them. But even their all-consuming passion may not withstand the sinister presence of Bobby Peru (Willem Dafoe in an unforgettable performance).

    Special Features and Technical Specs:

    • NEW Interview with novelist Barry Gifford

    • 76 Minutes of Extended and Deleted Scenes

    • Love, Death, Elvis And Oz : The Making of Wild At Heart

    • Dell's Lunch Counter: Extended Interviews

    • Specific Spontaneity: Focus on David Lynch

    • Lynch on the DVD process

    • Original 1990 Making of EPK

    • Original Theatrical Trailer

    • TV Spots

    • Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature

     

     

    Shopping: Lifeforce...

    1985 UK horror sci-fi by Tobe Hooper just released on US Blu-ray with 2 versions


    Link Here 21st August 2018
    Lifeforce is a 1985 UK horror sci-fi by Tobe Hooper.
    With Steve Railsback, Mathilda May and Peter Firth. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

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

    • 2018 Shout! Factory Limited Edition Steelbook [Director's Cut + US Theatrical Version] RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 14th August 2018
    Versions
    Uncut in Europe but shortened and altered to play down the vampires for the US Theatrical Version.

    Summary Review: Brilliant Fun

    A space shuttle mission investigating Halley's Comet brings back a malevolent race of space vampires who transform most of London's population into zombies

    This is brilliant fun set in some weird Americanised sterotype version of London.

    The best line is when a couple of vampires have been blown to bits and someone says Collect up the pieces and WATCH THEM!! .

    Priceless beer and popcorn entertainment.

    Bonus Features Disc 1 -- Director's Cut:

    • NEW 4K Scan Of The Original Film Elements
    • Audio Commentary With Director Tobe Hooper, Moderated By Tim Sullivan
    • Audio Commentary With Make-up Effects Artist Nick Maley
    Disc 2 -- Theatrical Cut:
    • NEW 4K Scan Of The Original Film Elements
    • "Dangerous Beauty" -- An Interview With Actress Mathilda May
    • "Space Vampires In London" -- An Interview With Director Tobe Hooper
    • "Carlsen's Curse" -- An Interview With Actor Steve Railsback
    • Theatrical Trailers
    • TV Spot
    • Still Gallery Of Photos From Special Effects Makeup Artist Nick Maley
    • Still Galleries -- Posters, Lobby Cards, And Other Stills

     

     

    Shopping: Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation...

    1994 USA comedy horror thriller by Kim Henkel set for US Blu-ray release on 30th October 2018 with the Extended Version


    Link Here 20th August 2018
    Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation is a 1994 USA comedy horror thriller by Kim Henkel.
    Starring Renée Zellweger, Matthew McConaughey and Robert Jacks. IMDb

    Not cut by film censors but exists in 2 versions. A shortened Standard Version and an Extended Version

    US: The Extended Version is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
    US:
    The Standard Version is uncut and MPAA R rated for:
    • 2018 Shout! Factory Collector's Edition {Standard + Extended Versions] RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 30th October 2018
    • 2018 Shout! Factory Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon

    Summary Notes

    This is the twisted tale of Vilmer and his crazy family which includes the lovely Leatherface. They have pastime of killing and stuffing people. Unfortunately, Jenny and her friends run into Vilmer and his clan in the middle of the night in the middle of the woods.

    Versions

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    MPAA Unrated
     
    ~93:00s
    =~89:00s

     

    The Extended Version is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    Although it has not been cut by the BBFC, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 4 is the short standard version which removed the pointless alien subplot and the subplot of Jenny's abusive mother; all these cuts apply to dialogue scenes, there were no cuts to the violence. This version is about 5:31s shorted than the Extended Version. See pictorial version details from movie-censorship.com

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    MPAA R ~181:00s The Standard Version is uncut and MPAA R rated for:

     

     

    Shopping: Bagdad Cafe...

    1987 West Germany comedy drama by Percy Adlon just released on UK Blu-ray and DVD in its long version


    Link Here 20th August 2018
    Bagdad Cafe is a 1987 West Germany comedy drama by Percy Adlon.
    Starring Marianne Sägebrecht, CCH Pounder and Jack Palance. BBFC link IMDb

    UK: The German Version was passed 12 uncut for infrequent strong language for:

    • 2018 Studiocanal 30th Anniversary Edition RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 13th August 2018
    • 2018 Studiocanal 30th Anniversary Edition R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 13th August 2018
    Versions
    The original German version was shortened for the US version. This release is the original uncut German version.

    See article from moviechat.org . The German version includes about 16:30s of material in the following additional scenes:

    1. Jasmins husband backs the car several times to that wreck the beginning.
    2. When sheriff comes to check Jasmin, Rudi first goes for breakfast but then chances his mind and follows Brenda and the sheriff to Jasmin room.
      The shoppinglist that Jasmin writes is shorter in Bagdad Cafe.
    3. When Jasmin cleans Brendas office, there is no toying with the baby before cleaning.
    4. There are fewer scenes where Jasmin poses for Rudiin Bagdad Cafe.
    5. The scene where Jasmin and Brenda cuts the womans hand is shorter in BC.
    6. Jasmin shows her new tattoo to truck drivers in Out of Rosenheim before she make magic tricks in the cafe.
    7. The scene where theu hang up the painting of Jasmin is shortened.
    8. When Jasmin comes back she also meets Sal Jr. and the baby in OOR.
    9. The magic stick scene is different in each version.
    10. Brenda meets Sal at the cafe after the magic scene.
    11. Brenda gives a tiny kiss to Jasmin after the magig tricks.

    Summary Notes

    Out of Rosenheim (Bagdad Café) is a look into the minds and lives of some people most of us have met but few of us know much about. This movie exemplifies how one person in the right place can affect a community of lives. The Adlons seem to express the view that all change and "magic" comes from hard work and mutual acceptance. A well-crafted view of the lives of tourists everywhere and the difficulties they can face. A Whimsical and lovingly Photographed look at the vast wasteland that is too often ignored by much of humanity.

     

     

    Final Score...

    The latest film being cut for a 15 rated UK cinema release


    Link Here 18th August 2018
    Final Score is a 2018 UK action film by Scott Mann.
    Starring Pierce Brosnan, Dave Bautista and Ray Stevenson. BBFC link IMDb

    UK: Passed 15 for strong violence, language after BBFC advised pre-cuts for:

    • 2018 cinema release
    The BBFC commented:
    • This film was originally seen for advice. The company was told it was likely to be classified 18 but that their preferred 15 could be achieved by making reductions to stronger moments of violence. When the film was submitted for formal classification these moments had been acceptably reduced and the film was classified 15.

    Summary Notes

    Some scores will never be settled

     

     

    Shopping: Home from the Hill...

    1960 USA romance by Vincente Minnelli, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 18th August 2018
    Home from the Hill is a 1960 USA romance by Vincente Minnelli.
    Starring Robert Mitchum, Eleanor Parker and George Peppard. BBFC link IMDb
    BBFC cuts were required for a 1960 'A' rated cinema release. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
    • 2018 Warner Archives R0 Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 14th August 2018

    Promotional Material

    Wade Hunnicutt is a big man who casts a big shadow, one that looms over the Texas backwoodsmen who work his land…over the beautiful, embittered wife he cheats on…and over the sons â€" one from marriage and one illegitimate â€" who strive for their father’s respect. Robert Mitchum “gives one of his greatest performances” (Michael Barson, The Illustrated Who’s Who of Hollywood Directors) as Wade, and Vincente Minnelli directs this sprawling, emotionally volatile tale of an epic clash between generations. In early-career roles, George Peppard and George Hamilton costar as Wade’s sons, determined to be their own men, yet in danger of repeating their father’s life-crippling legacy of lust and violence.

    Versions

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    MPAA Unrated ~150:00s US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated

     

     

    Shopping: Army Of Darkness...

    1992 USA comedy horror fantasy by Sam Raimi just released on US Blu-ray with 3 versions


    Link Here 17th August 2018
    Army Of Darkness is a 1992 USA comedy horror fantasy by Sam Raimi.
    Starring Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz and Marcus Gilbert. Youtube link IMDb
    Cut in the US for an R rating but not in Europe. The European Version also features a downbeat ending compared with the upbeat US ending. Later issued with extra material for a Director's Cut, still with 2 variant endings. There also exists a TV version.
    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
    • 2018 Shout! Factory Limited Edition Steelbook [US/European/Directors/TV versions] RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 14th August 2018

    Promotional Material

    Trapped In Time. Surrounded By Evil. Low On Gas.

    Bound in human flesh and inked in blood, the ancient "Necronomicon", (the Book of the Dead) unleashes unspeakable evil upon mankind in director Sam Raimi’s (Darkman, Drag Me to Hell) outrageously hilarious third chapter in his Evil Dead Trilogy.

    Back to do battle with the hideous "Deadites, ", Bruce Campbell returns to the role of Ash, the handsome, shotgun-toting, chainsaw-armed department store clerk from S-Mart’s housewares division. Demonic forces time warp him (and his Oldsmobile) into England’s Dark Ages, where he romances a beauty (Embeth Davidtz, The Amazing Spider-Man) and faces legions of the undead. Can Ash save the living from the evil dead, rescue his girlfriend, and get back to his own time?

    Versions

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    MPAA R ~355:00s US: Uncut and MPAA R rated

     

     

    Shopping: Amicus Collection Doublepack - Tales from the Crypt/Vault of Horror...

    UK/US horror anthologies just released on UK DVD


    Link Here 16th August 2018
    Amicus Collection Doublepack consists of:
    • Tales from the Crypt
    • Vault of Horror

    UK: Passed 15 uncut for moderate horror and gore for

    • 2018 Final Cut Amicus Doublepack R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 13th August 2018
    Tales from the Crypt is a 1972 UK/US horror anthology by Freddie Francis.
    With John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith and Miguel Ferrer. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
    Cut by the BBFC for an 1972 X rated cinema release and also cut for a US PG rated release. Uncut on home video since 2007.
    The Vault of Horror is a 1973 UK / USA horror anthology by Roy Ward Baker.
    Starring Terry-Thomas, Tom Baker and Daniel Massey. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
    Uncut by the BBFC for 1973 X rated cinema release, 15 rated 1993 VHS and DVDs in 2003 and 2016. The 1988 VHS was the cut US PG rated version.

    Initially the film was rated R uncut for theatrical release in the US, but was cut for PG rated home video. Later it was released uncut for 2014 US Blu-ray.

    Promotional Material

    Double DVD set of two classic Amicus titles.

    Tales from the Crypt:

    Five strangers go with a tourist group to view old caves. Separated from the main group, they find themselves in a room with the mysterious Crypt Keeper, who details how each of the strangers will die drastic financial cuts, reducing heat and rationing food for the residents, while he lives in luxury with Shane, his Belgian Malinois.

    Vault of Horror:

    Five unsuspecting hotel guests step into an elevator, which leads them into an underground vault. Trapped with no way out, each guest shares a gruesome tale of an encounter with death. But as the stories unfold, the men begin to suspect that their presence in the vault is no coincidence, and that the only way out…is death.

     

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