Melon Farmers Original Version

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Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children...

2005 Japan children's action animation by tetsuya nomura released on UK 4K Blu-ray in its Complete Version


Link Here15th June 2021
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children is a 2005 Japan children's action animation by tetsuya nomura, takeshi nozue (co-director)
Starring Takahiro Sakurai, Ayumi Itô and Shôtarô Morikubo BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There exists a Standard Version and a Director's Cut/Complete Version. A 23 minute 'Special Edition' was shown at the Venice Film festival.

Summary Notes

An ex-mercenary is forced out of isolation when three mysterious men kidnap and brainwash the city's children afflicted with the Geostigma disease.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 126m
pal: 121m
12

MPAA Unrated

UK: The Complete Version was passed 12 uncut for moderate fantasy violence, bloody images: US: The Complete Version is MPAA Unrated
BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 100:54s
pal: 96:52s
PG 1980

MPAA PG-13

UK: The Standard Version was passed PG uncut for mild fantasy violence:
  • 2006 Sony video

US: The Standard Version is rated MPAA PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action violence

 

 

 

Shopping: In The Line Of Fire...

1993 USA action crime mystery by Wolfgang Petersen just released on UK 4K Blu-ray


Link Here15th June 2021

In the Line of Fire is a 1993 USA action crime mystery by Wolfgang Petersen.
With Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich and Rene Russo. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for cinema release, VHS and DVD, then uncut for Blu-ray. Uncut in the US

See cuts via Quick Trims on YouTube. See more from Cutting Edge

UK: Previously passed 15 uncut for strong violence and language:

Promotional Material

A gripping, gut-wrenching thriller that delivers suspense in almost unbearable doses, IN THE LINE OF FIRE showcases Clint Eastwood at his finest. In a performance that won universal acclaim, Eastwood stars as Frank Horrigan, a veteran Secret Service agent haunted by his failure to protect John F. Kennedy from assassination. Thirty years later, he gets a chance to redeem himself when a brilliant psychopath threatens to kill the current president and take Horrigan with him. Taunting him by phone and tantalizing him with clues, the assassin (John Malkovich) lures Horrigan into an electrifying battle of wits and will that only one man can survive. Co-starring Rene Russo as Horrigan's risk-taking Field Chief, IN THE LINE OF FIRE is a high-wire balancing act of searing suspense, explosive action and surprising romance.

 

 

Shopping: Django...

1966 Italy/Spain western by Sergio Corbucci, once banned by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray/DVD Combo


Link Here13th June 2021

Django is a 1966 Italy/Spain western by Sergio Corbucci.
With Franco Nero, José Bódalo and Loredana Nusciak. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The BBFC banned the 1969 cinema release. The film was passed 18 without BBFC cuts for 1993 VHS and then passed 15 without BBFC cuts for 2004 Argent DVD. A restored and extended version as been released in the US.
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2021 Arrow [Django 4K + Texas Adios Blu-ray] R0 4K Blu-ray/(RB) Blu-ray Combo at US Amazon #ad released on 1st June 2021

Promotional Material

In this definitive spaghetti western, Franco Nero ( Keoma , The Fifth Cord ) gives a career-defining performance as Django, a mysterious loner who arrives at a mud-drenched ghost town on the Mexico-US border, ominously dragging a coffin behind him. After saving imperilled prostitute Maria (Loredana Nusciak), Django becomes embroiled in a brutal feud between a racist gang and a band of Mexican revolutionaries

With Django , director Sergio Corbucci ( The Great Silence ) upped the ante for sadism and sensationalism in westerns, depicting machine-gun massacres, mud-fighting prostitutes and savage mutilations. A huge hit with international audiences, Django s brand of bleak nihilism would be repeatedly emulated in a raft of unofficial sequels.

The film is presented here in its 4K UHD Blu-ray debut, with a wealth of extras. Also included is the bonus feature Texas, Adios on Blu-ray, which also stars Franco Nero, and was released as a sequel to Django in some countries.

2-DISC 4K UHD BLU-RAY LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation of Django , in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of Texas, Adios
  • Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM audio
  • Original English and Italians soundtracks
  • English subtitles for the Italian soundtracks
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtracks
  • Six double-sided collector s postcards
  • Double-sided fold-out poster
  • 60-page perfect-bound book featuring writing by Howard Hughes and Roberto Curti, and original reviews
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips

    DISC 1 DJANGO [4K UHD BLU-RAY]
     

  • Audio commentary by film critic, historian and theorist Stephen Prince
  • Django Never Dies , an interview with star Franco Nero
  • Cannibal of the Wild West , an interview with assistant director Ruggero Deodato
  • Sergio, My Husband , an interview with Sergio Corbucci s wife Nori Corbucci
  • That s My Life: Part 1 , an archival interview with co-writer Franco Rossetti
  • A Rock n Roll Scriptwriter , an archival interview with co-writer Piero Vivarelli
  • A Punch in the Face , an archival interview with stuntman and actor Gilberto Galimberti
  • Discovering Django , an appreciation by spaghetti westerns scholar Austin Fisher
  • An Introduction to Django by Alex Cox , an archival featurette with the acclaimed director
  • Gallery of original promotional images from the Mike Siegel archive
  • Original trailers

    DISC 2 TEXAS ADIOS [BLU-RAY]
     

  • Audio commentary by spaghetti western experts C. Courtney Joyner and Henry C. Parke
  • The Sheriff is in Town , an interview with star Franco Nero
  • Jump into the West , an interview with co-star Alberto Dell Acqua
  • That s My Life: Part 2 , an archival interview with co-writer Franco Rossetti
  • Hello Texas! , an appreciation by spaghetti western scholar Austin Fisher
  • Gallery of original promotional images from the Mike Siegel archive
  • Original trailers
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    Shopping: The Devil-Ship Pirates...

    1964 UK action adventure thriller by Don Sharp, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK DVD


    Link Here9th June 2021

    The Devil-Ship Pirates is a 1964 UK action adventure thriller by Don Sharp.
    Starring Christopher Lee, Andrew Keir and John Cairney. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    BBFC category cuts were required for a U rated cinema release in 1964. UK home video releases are PG rated and uncut. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

    UK: Passed PG uncut:

    Promotional Material

    An action-packed adventure drama set in the summer of 1588, The Devil-Ship Pirates stars Christopher Lee in a memorable turn as the evil captain of a Spanish privateer. Stylishly directed by Don Sharp - and one of several swashbucklers made by Hammer in the 1960s - it is featured here as a High Definition restoration from original film elements in its as-exhibited Hammerscope theatrical aspect ratio.

    While the British fleet is engaged in a desperate battle with the Armada, a Spanish vessel, the Diablo, puts in at a lonely inlet on the Cornish coast for emergency repairs. Finding a nearby village, the Spaniards terrorise the local population and take village girls as hostages.

     

     

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

    Both the 18 rated uncut version and the 15 rated cut version have been passed by the BBFC for home video


    Link Here8th June 2021
    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is a 2021 USA horror mystery thriller by Michael Chaves
    Starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson and Julian Hilliard BBFC link 2020 IMDb
    Uncut and MPA R rated in the US. This was initially rated 18 uncut, by the BBFC but the distributors preferred a cut 15 rated version for 2021 cinema release. The film is rated 16 uncut  by IFCO for Irish cinema release.

    Both the uncut 18 rated version and the cut 15 rated have just been passed for home video release but it is not yet clear which versions will be released on which formats.

    Summary Notes

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

    Versions

    BBFC cut
    category cuts
    cut:  
    run: 113m
    pal: 108m
    15UK: The UK edit was passed 15 for strong threat, horror, violence after BBFC category cuts:
    • 2021 Warner Bros Entertainment UK Ltd video
    • 2021 cinema release

    The BBFC commented:

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

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

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    run: 113m
    pal: 108m
    18

    Ireland 16
    Ireland

    MPAA R

    UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong injury detail, horror:
    • 2021 Warner Bros Entertainment UK Ltd video
    • 2021 cinema release, unreleased as the distributors opted for a cut 15 release

    Ireland: Rated 16 uncut for very strong gory violence.

    It is reported that the Irish 16 rated cinema release is the uncut version running at 111:44s

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

     

     

    Shopping: Don't Look Now...

    1973 UK / Italy horror thriller by Nicolas Roeg, once cut in the US, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here8th June 2021

    Don't Look Now is a 1973 UK / Italy horror thriller by Nicolas Roeg.
    Starring Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland and Hilary Mason. IMDb

    Uncut and BBFC X/18 rated from 1973 to 1986. Uncut and 15 rated since 2001. The film was originally cut in the US for an R rating but home video releases have been the uncut version.

    Summary Notes

    John and Laura Baxter are in Venice when they meet a pair of elderly sisters, one of whom claims to be psychic. She insists that she sees the spirit of the Baxters' daughter, who recently drowned. Laura is intrigued, but John resists the idea. He, however, seems to have his own psychic flashes, seeing their daughter walk the streets in her red cloak, as well as Laura and the sisters on a funeral gondola.

    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

     

     

    Shopping: Santa Sangre...

    1989 Mexico / Italy horror drama by Alejandro Jodorowsky, once cut for an MPAA R rating, just released on US Blu-ray/DVD Combo


    Link Here7th June 2021

    Santa Sangre is a 1989 Mexico / Italy horror drama by Alejandro Jodorowsky.
    Starring Axel Jodorowsky and Blanca Guerra and Guy Stockwell. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Only cut in the US for an MPAA R rating. The Uncut version is MPAA NC-17 rated in the US and is used for worldwide release.

    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    Promotional Material

    4-DISC LIMITED EDITION WITH UHD + BLU-RAY, OVER 8 HOURS OF BONUS FEATURES & EXCLUSIVE SOUNDTRACK CD

    It has been hailed as ''extraordinary'' (The Guardian), ''visionary and haunting'' (Rolling Stone) and ''a grand work of art, full of symbols and imagery that reach beyond language to something primal and original'' (AV Club). Now forget everything you have ever seen as the modern masterpiece from director Alejandro Jodorowsky returns like never before, with 8+ hours of archival & all-new Special Features. Severin Films is proud to present this 4-Disc Deluxe Edition of Jodorowsky's epic odyssey through ecstasy and anguish, belief and blasphemy, beauty and madness - and the surreal genius behind it all - now featuring a 4K scan from the original negative supervised by the director himself.

    SPECIAL FEATURES

  • 4K Ultra HD Disc featuring a 4K scan from the original negative supervised by Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • Presentation of 'Santa Sangre' on Blu-ray
  • Soundtrack CD
  • FORGET EVERYTHING YOU HAVE EVER SEEN: The World of Santa Sangre -- Feature length documentary with Co-Writer / Director Alejandro Jodorowsky, Actors Axel Jodorowsky, Blanca Guerra, Thelma Tixou, Sabrina Dennison, Adan Jodorowsky, Elenka Tapia, Teo Tapia
  • New Blood - Alejandro Jodorowsky on the restoration of SANTA SANGRE
  • Like A Phoenix - Interview with Producer Claudio Argento
  • Holy Blood - Interview with Cinematographer Danielle Nannuzzi
  • Mexican Magic - Interview with Executive Producer Angelo Iacono
  • The Language of Editing - Interview with Editor Mauro Bonanni
  • Innocence in Horror - Interview with Screenwriter Roberto Leoni
  • Santa Sangre 30th Anniversary Celebration at Morbido Festival, Mexico City
  • Audio Commentary with Alejandro Jodorowsky and Journalist Alan Jones
  • Goyo Cárdenas Spree Killer - Documentary on the Real Life Inspiration for SANTA SANGRE
  • Jodorowsky 2003 Interview
  • Jodorowsky on Stage Q & A
  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Director Commentary
  • ECHECK - Adan Jodorowsky Short Film
  • Simon Boswell Interviews Jodorowsky
  • 'Close Your Eyes' Simon Boswell Music Video
  • BLINK JODOROWSKY Short by Simon Boswell
  • Theatrical Trailer
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    Shopping: Rosemary's Baby...

    1968 US horror film by Roman Polanski, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here5th June 2021

    Rosemary's Baby is a 1968 US horror film by Roman Polanski
    With Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes and Ruth Gordon. Melon Farmers link IMDb

    Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1969 cinema release. Uncut on VHS and DVD. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

    Summary Notes

    A young couple trying for a baby move into a fancy apartment surrounded by peculiar neighbors.

     

     

    Attraction 2: Invasion...

    15 rated video releases suggests that last year's 12A rated cinema release was cut for language


    Link Here3rd June 2021
    Attraction 2: Invasion is a 2020 Russia action Sci-Fi film by fedor bondarchuk
    Starring Irina Starshenbaum, Rinal Mukhametov and Alexander Petrov BBFC link 2020 IMDb
    The subtitled 2020 cinema release was 12A rated by the BBFC  but the dubbed 2021 home video release was 15 rated. It seems that that the word 'motherfucker' didn't make it to the subtitles.

    Summary Notes

    With the fall of the alien ship Julia's life changed, now three years later mankind is about to experience new encounter.

    Versions

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    run: 133m
    pal: 128m
    15UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language:
    • 2021 4Digital [English language] video
    The BBFC explained the 12A rating:

    There is strong language, 'fuck', 'motherfucker'

    cut
    pre-cut
    run: 133:39s
    pal: 128:18s
    12AUK: A presumably cut version was passed 12A for moderate bloody violence, threat, infrequent strong language:
    • 2020 [Russian language] cinema release
    The BBFC explained the 12A rating:

    There is infrequent use of strong language, 'fuck'.

    So compared with the video version it seems that the word 'motherfucker' has been removed from the cinema version.

     

     

    Shopping: One Armed Boxer...

    1972 Taiwan / Hong Kong action drama by Yu Wang, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray


    Link Here3rd June 2021

    One-Armed Boxer is a 1972 Taiwan / Hong Kong action drama by Yu Wang.
    Starring Yu Wang, Yeh Tien and Hsin Tang. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Cut by the BBFC for 1973 cinema release. Uncut and 18 rated on home video. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

    UK: Previously passed 18 uncut for:

    Promotional Material

    Jimmy Wang Yu ( One-Armed Swordsman , Master of the Flying Guillotine ) stars as Yu Tien Lung, a top martial artist who after incurring the wrath of a local gang leader, is attacked by a team of deadly mercenaries and has his right arm violently severed. Yu Tien soon trains his remaining arm to be stronger than ever, and goes on a rip-roaring rampage of revenge!

    Featuring a multitude of unique and inventive fight scenes against opponents from around the world including Japanese and Okinawan karate experts, Tibetan monks, Thai kick-boxers, and Indian Yoga experts, One Armed Boxer is one of the most influential and exciting martial arts films of the 70s. Eureka Classics is proud to present the worldwide debut of a brand-new restoration from the original film elements on Blu-ray.

    SPECIAL EDITION BLU-RAY CONTAINS:

    • Limited Edition O-Card Slipcase featuring new artwork by Darren Wheeling [First Print Run of 2000 copies only]
    • Limited Edition reversible poster featuring new and original artwork [First Print Run of 2000 copies only]
    • 1080p presentation on Blu-ray from a new restoration of the original film elements (worldwide debut of this restoration on home video)
    • Original Mandarin and English audio options
    • Optional English Subtitles
    • Brand new feature length audio commentary by Asian film expert Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival)
    • Stills Gallery
    • Original trailer
    • Limited-Edition Collector's Booklet featuring new writing by James Oliver and archival writing [First Print Run of 2000 copies only]

     

     

    Shopping: The Final Countdown...

    1980 USA action Sci-Fi film by Don Taylor, once cut for a BBFC 'A' rating, just released on US 4K Blu-ray


    Link Here3rd June 2021

    The Final Countdown is a 1980 USA action Sci-Fi film by Don Taylor.
    Starring Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen and Katharine Ross. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    BBFC category cuts were required for an 'A' rated 1980 cinema and PG rated 1986 VHS. Uncut on PG rated DVD.
    US: Uncut and MPAA PG rated for:

    Promotional Material

    '' THIS IS THE U.S.S. NIMITZ WHERE THE HELL ARE WE?...''

    The time is now. The place is aboard the U.S.S. Nimitz, America's mightiest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier on maneuvers in the Pacific Ocean. Suddenly, a freak electrical storm engulfs the ship and triggers the impossible: The Nimitz is hurtled back in time to December 6, 1941, mere hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. As the enemy fleet speeds towards Hawaii, the warship's Captain ( Kirk Douglas ), a Defense Department expert ( Martin Sheen ), a maverick Air Wing Commander ( James Farentino ) and a desperate Senator in the Roosevelt administration ( Charles Durning ) must choose between the unthinkable. Do they allow the Japanese to complete their murderous invasion, or launch a massive counterstrike that will forever change the course of history?

    Katharine Ross and Ron O'Neal co-star in this spellbinding sci-fi action hit filmed on location aboard the U.S.S. Nimitz with the full participation of the U.S. Navy and the ship's crew. Now Blue Underground is proud to present THE FINAL COUNTDOWN in a stunning new restoration, scanned in 4K 16-bit from the original 35mm camera negative , with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio, for the ultimate in explosive home theater excitement!

    SPECIAL FEATURES:

    • WORLD PREMIERE! New 4K Restoration from the original 35mm camera negative
    • Ultra HD Blu-ray (2160p) and HD Blu-ray (1080p) Widescreen 2.40:1 Feature Presentation
    • Audio: English: Dolby Atmos; English: 5.1 DTS-HD; English: 2.0 DTS-HD; French: 2.0 DTS-HD
    • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
    • Audio Commentary with Director of Photography Victor J. Kemper
    • Lloyd Kaufman Goes Hollywood - Interview with Associate Producer Lloyd Kaufman
    • Starring The Jolly Rogers - Interviews with The Jolly Rogers F-14 Fighter Squadron
    • Theatrical Trailers
    • TV Spots
    • Poster & Still Galleries
    • BONUS! THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD by John Scott
    • BONUS! Collectible Booklet featuring The Zero Pilot Journal
    • BONUS! Moving Lenticular Slipcover (First Pressing Only)
    • Compatible with D-BOX home theater systems
    • REGION FREE

     

     

    Shopping: Zack Snyder's Justice League...

    2021 USA action Sci-Fi fantasy by Zack Snyder just released on UK Blu-ray and DVD in a significantly different extended version


    Link Here1st June 2021

    Justice League is a 2021 USA action Sci-Fi fantasy by Zack Snyder
    Starring Jared Leto,Henry Cavill,Gal Gadot Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Rated 15 uncut in the UK and rated R for violence and some language in the US.

    Zack Snyder's Justice League is a significantly different extended Director's Cut that was based on his original cut but was released several years later.

    UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong violence:

    Promotional Material

    In Zack Snyder's Justice League, Bruce Wayne aligns forces recruiting a team of metahumans to protect the world from an approaching threat of catastrophic proportions.
    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    run: 242m
    pal: 232m
    15UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong violence:
    • 2021 Warner Bros Entertainment UK Ltd video titled Zack Snyder's Justice League

     

     

    Shopping: Psycho...

    1960 US thriller by Alfred Hitchcock just released on US 4K Blu-ray with the uncut version


    Link Here31st May 2021

    Psycho is a 1960 US thriller by Alfred Hitchcock.
    With Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh and Vera Miles. YouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1960. Separately cut for US release but these cuts have persisted into all worldwide VHS and DVD releases since. The Extended Director's Cut was first released on German Blu-ray, and then released in the US on 4K Blu-ray and Blu-ray in 2020.
    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
    • 2021 Universal Pictures [Theatrical + Extended Version] R0 4K Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 25th May 2021
    • 2021 Universal Pictures Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon #ad

    Promotional Material

    One of the most shocking films of all time, Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho changed the thriller genre forever. After its original release in 1960, the film was censored for decades...until now. Join the Master of Suspense on a chilling journey as an unsuspecting victim (Janet Leigh) visits the Bates Motel and falls prey to one of cinema's most notorious psychopaths--Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins). Featuring one of the most iconic scenes in film history--the famous "shower scene," Psycho is "still terrifying after all these years" (Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide).

    Bonus Content:
     
  • Includes 4K UHD, Blu-ray and a digital copy of Psycho (1960) - Uncut (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
  • Features High Dynamic Range (HDR10) for Brighter, Deeper, More Lifelike Color
  • The Making of Psycho
  • Psycho Sound
  • In The Master's Shadow: Hitchcock's Legacy
  • Hitchcock/Truffaut
  • Newsreel Footage: The Release of Psycho
  • The Shower Scene: With and Without Music
  • The Shower Sequence: Storyboards by Saul Bass
  • The Psycho Archives
  • Posters and Psycho Ads
  • Lobby Cards
  • Behind-the-Scenes Photographs
  • Production Photographs
  • Psycho Theatrical Trailers
  • Psycho Re-release Trailers
  • Feature Commentary with Stephen Rebello, author of "Alfred Hitchcock and The Making of Psycho"
  • In The Master's Shadow: Hitchcock's Legacy
  • The Shower Sequence: Storyboards by Saul Bass
  • Psycho Re-release Trailer
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    Shopping: Paranoia Agent...

    2004 Japan TV animation horror, previously cut, just released on UK Blu-ray


    Link Here29th May 2021

    Paranoia Agent is a 2004 Japan TV animation horror
    Starring Shôzô Îzuka,Toshihiko, Seki,Michael, McConnohie Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated DVD in 2006. The distributor reported that the video was passed uncut by the BBFC for 2021 Blu-ray. However this has not yet appeared in the BBFC database. Uncut and TV-MA rated in the US.

    Previous BBFC cuts from 2006

    See article from animenewsnetwork.com

    The BBFC requested the compulsory cut to the eighth part of Paranoia Agent, called Happy Family Planning. This a mostly self-contained story, a macabre black comedy. The story involves three people who meet online, intending to kill themselves together. Two of the trio are adult men, but they're shocked to realise the third person is a preteen girl, who seems to regard suicide as a game.

    In one scene, the three characters try to hang themselves in the mountain. In the unedited episode, the girl is shown bouncing happily up and down with the rope around her neck, chanting Swing! Swing! (finally, she breaks the tree branch, sending them all tumbling). However, this scene, lasting 80 seconds, was cut entirely from the UK DVD of the episode, following the ruling by the BBFC.

    Responding to inquiries about the cut in the past, the BBFC has made its reasoning clear. Although the relevant DVD was rated 18, the BBFC still judged that the scene of a child enjoying being hanged was irresponsible and harmful, and that underage children could be influenced by the scene.

    Summary Notes

    Seemingly unconnected citizens of Tokyo are targeted for bludgeoning by a boy with a golden baseball bat. As detectives try to link the victims, they discover that following the assaults, the victims' lives have improved in some way.

    UK: Uncut for:
    • 2021 MVM Collector's Edition (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 24th May 2021

     

     

    Shopping: Snatch...

    2000 UK / USA crime comedy by guy ritchie set for UK Blu-ray/DVD Combo release on 12th July 2021 with a BBFC rating lowered from 18 to 15


    Link Here29th May 2021
    Snatch is a 2000 UK / USA crime comedy by guy ritchie...
    Starring Jason Statham, Brad Pitt and Stephen Graham BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    There are no censorship issues with this film beyond noting that the film was previously BBFC 18 rated.

    In the US: Rated R for strong violence, language and some nudity

    UK: Passed 15 uncut with a BBFC trigger warning for very strong language, strong violence, discrimination, nudity, suicide:

    Promotional Material

    Guy Ritchie, writer/director of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, delivers another awe-inspiring directorial masterpiece, SNATCH - an edgy and hilarious film about a diamond heist gone wrong, a colourful Irish gypsy-turned-prize fighter...and a very temperamental dog. In the heart of gangland, two novice unlicensed boxing promoters, Turkish (Jason Statham) and Tommy (Stephen Graham), get roped into organizing a rigged bare-knuckle fight with local kingpin/villain and fellow boxing promoter Brick Top (Alan Ford). But all goes wrong when wildcard Irish gypsy boxer One Punch Mickey O'Neil (Brad Pitt) starts playing by his own rules, and the duo find themselves heading for a whole lot of trouble. Meanwhile, Franky Four Fingers (Benicio Del Toro) and his stolen 86-carat diamond have gone missing in London. Head honcho Avi (Dennis Farina) hires local legend Bullet Tooth Tony (Vinnie Jones) to find them, launching everyone into a spiral of double-crossing vendettas and events, most of them illegal.

     

     

    Shopping: Grizzly...

    1976 USA horror thriller by William Girdler, cut for an MPAA PG rating, just released on US Blu-ray and DVD


    Link Here24th May 2021

    Grizzly is a 1976 USA horror thriller by William Girdler.
    With Christopher George, Andrew Prine and Richard Jaeckel. Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020  IMDb

    Cut for an MPAA PG rating. Further BBFC category cuts for an A rated 1976 cinema release. The BBFC cuts were waived for for 15 rated VHS and DVD. There is said to be an elusive (maybe mythical) uncut R rated version in the US.
    US: Uncut and MPAA PG rated for:

    Reviews

    Promotional Material

    18 FEET OF GUT-CRUNCHING, MAN-EATING TERROR REMASTERED

    Less than a year after the release of Steven Spielberg's shark blockbuster, director William Girdler (DAY OF THE ANIMALS) and infamous distributor Film Ventures International (GREAT WHITE) brazenly unleashed their own 'JAWS with claws' sensation that would become one of the most successful independent horror films in history. Christopher George (PIECES), Andrew Prine (BARN OF THE NAKED DEAD) and Richard Jaeckel (THE DARK) star in this ''bloody, sexy and immortal trash classic'' (Mondo Digital) about an 18-foot-tall ursus arctos horribilis on a carnivorous rampage through a state park full of campers, and the ranger, chopper pilot and naturalist who must stop it.

    SPECIAL FEATURES

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    Maya The Bee: The Golden Orb...

    Children's cartoon cut for a U rating, the latest film cut for UK cinema release


    Link Here21st May 2021
    Maya The Bee: The Golden Orb is a 2021 Germany / Australia animation adventure by Noel Cleary
    Starring Benson Jack Anthony, Frances Berry and Christian Charisiou BBFC link 2020 IMDb
    The BBFC originally rated the film PG uncut for 2021 cinema release but the distributors preferred a cut U version.

    Summary Notes

    When Maya, a headstrong little bee, and her best friend Willi, rescue an ant princess they find themselves in the middle of an epic bug battle that will take them to strange new worlds and test their friendship to its limits.

    Versions

    BBFC cut
    advised
    category
    cuts
    run: 88m
    pal: 84m
    UUK: A pre-cut version was passed U very mild threat, violence, rude humour:
    • 2021 cinema release

    Thanks to Scott:

    The cuts were to remove use of 'crap', a no-no at U.
    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    run: 88m
    pal: 84m
    PGUK: Passed PG uncut for mild bad language:
    • 2021 cinema release not released as distributors preferred a cut U rated release

     

     

    Shopping: Saw...

    2004 USA / Australia horror mystery thriller by James Wan, once cut for the MPAA, just released on UK 4K Blu-ray


    Link Here21st May 2021

    Saw is a 2004 USA / Australia horror mystery thriller by James Wan.
    Starring Cary Elwes, Leigh Whannell and Danny Glover. Melon Farmers linkYoutube link IMDb

    Uncut in the UK in two variant versions. There is a cut R rated version in the US along with the two uncut versions which are both MPAA Unrated. This releases seems to be the Unrated Version.

    UK: Previously passed 18 uncut:

    • 2021 Lionsgate Home Entertainment R0 4K Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 17th May 2021
    • 2021 Lionsgate Home Entertainment Amazon Prime VoD [UK only] at UK Amazon #ad

    Promotional Material

    With its story of a morally obsessed serial killer who forces his victims to play horrific games of torture and survival, SAW shocked audiences, redefined the horror genre, and spawned one of the most successful franchises of all time. Now, experience the unhinged depravity of the Jigsaw Killer in an eye-popping 4K transfer that will chill your blood and disturb your dreams.

    Extras:

    • Audio Commentary by director James Wan, writer/actor Leigh Whannell, and Cary Elwes
    • Audio Commentary by producers Mark Burg, Gregg Hoffman and Oren Koules
    • Game Changer: The Legacy of Saw

     

     

    Shopping: Fast Times at Ridgemont High...

    1982 USA comedy drama by Amy Heckerling just released on US Blu-ray and DVD with MPAA cuts just restored


    Link Here20th May 2021

    Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a 1982 USA comedy drama by Amy Heckerling
    Starring Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Judge Reinhold Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating. The film was restored and uncut for 2021 home video release.

    The 2021 restoration restored the cut male nudity that was actually achieved by re-framing the scene. See article from dvdcompare.net :

    During post-production, director Amy Heckerling was forced to reframe the shot of Robert Romanus removing his underwear during the poolhouse scene approximately 58 minutes into the film to remove his nudity in order to avoid an X-rating. The Criterion release has restored her preferred framing for the first time.

    See pictorial details of the restored footage from movie-censorship.com

    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
    • 2021 The Criterion Collection [Restored Version + TV Version] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 11th May 2021
    • 2021 The Criterion Collection [Restored Version + TV Version] R1 DVD at US Amazon #ad released on 11th May 2021

    Promotional Material

    The wild world of adolescence has rarely been captured with as sharp an observational eye as in this refreshingly smart, frank spin on the teen comedy by director Amy Heckerling and screenwriter Cameron Crowe--for each of whom it kicked off a hugely successful film career. Based on Crowe's experiences going undercover as a student at a Southern California high school, Fast Times at Ridgemont High blends hormone-fueled hilarity with an almost sociological examination of the 1980s teenage experience: the shopping-mall hangouts, fast-food jobs, buzzkill teachers, awkward dates, and first experiences of love and sex. This pop-culture touchstone launched to stardom practically an entire cast of unknowns--including Jennifer Jason Leigh, Phoebe Cates, Judge Reinhold, Forest Whitaker, Anthony Edwards, Eric Stoltz, and Sean Penn as stoner icon Jeff Spicoli--and broke new ground in its raw yet sensitive depiction of the realities of coming of age.

    DIRECTOR-APPROVED TWO-DVD SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES - New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director Amy Heckerling - Audio commentary from 1999 featuring Heckerling and screenwriter Cameron Crowe - Television version of the film from the eighties, featuring deleted and alternate scenes - New conversation with Heckerling and Crowe, moderated by filmmaker Olivia Wilde - Reliving Our "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," a 1999 documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew - Audio discussion from 1982 with Heckerling at the American Film Institute - English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing - PLUS: An essay by film critic Dana Stevens and, for the Blu-ray edition, a new introduction by Crowe

     

     

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

    Endemic censorship, the latest film cut for its UK cinema release


    Link Here18th May 2021
    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is a 2021 USA horror mystery thriller by Michael Chaves
    Starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson and Julian Hilliard BBFC link 2020 IMDb
    Uncut and MPA R rated in the US. This was initially rated 18 uncut, by the BBFC but the distributors preferred a cut 15 rated version for 2021 cinema release. The film is rated 16 uncut by IFCO for Irish cinema release.

    Summary Notes

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

    Versions

    BBFC cut
    category cuts
    cut:  
    run: 113m
    pal: 108m
    15UK: Passed 15 for strong threat, horror, violence after BBFC category cuts:
    • 2021 cinema release

    The BBFC commented:

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

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

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    run: 113m
    pal: 108m
    18

    Ireland 16
    Ireland

    MPAA R

    UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong injury detail, horror:
    • 2021 cinema release, unreleased as the distributors opted for a cut 15 release

    Ireland: Rated 16 uncut for very strong gory violence.

    It is reported that the Irish 16 rated cinema release is the uncut version running at 111:44s

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

     

     

    Shopping: Saw...

    2004 USA / Australia horror mystery thriller by James Wan, once cut in the US, just released on US 4K Blu-ray


    Link Here18th May 2021

    Saw is a 2004 USA / Australia horror mystery thriller by James Wan.
    Starring Cary Elwes, Leigh Whannell and Danny Glover. Melon Farmers linkYoutube link IMDb

    Uncut in the UK in two variant versions. There is a cut R rated version in the US along with the two uncut versions which are both MPAA Unrated
    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    Summary Notes

    With a dead body lying between them, two men wake up in the secure lair of a serial killer who's been nicknamed "Jigsaw". The men must follow various rules and objectives if they wish to survive and win the deadly game set for them.

    Promotional Material

    Spawning one of the most successful horror franchises in history, James Wan's directorial debut returns to terrify audiences once again when SAW arrives on 4K Ultra HD® Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray® and Digital) May 11 from Lionsgate.

    With its story of a morally obsessed serial killer who forces his victims to play horrific games of torture and survival, SAW shocked audiences, redefined the horror genre, and spawned one of the most successful franchises of all time. Now, experience the unhinged depravity of the Jigsaw Killer in an eye-popping 4K transfer that will chill your blood and disturb your dreams.

    4K AND BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES: - Game Changer: The Legacy of SAW - Audio Commentary by Director James Wan, Writer-Actor Leigh Whannell, and Actor Cary Elwes - Audio Commentary by Producers Mark Burg, Gregg Hoffman, and Oren Koules

    BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES: - SAW: The Original Short Film - Hacking Away at SAW - Alternate Storyboard Sequence - Theatrical Trailer

     

     

    Shopping: The Garden of Torment...

    1976 France drama by Christian Gion, previously banned by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray


    Link Here17th May 2021

    The Garden of Torment is a 1976 France drama by Christian Gion
    Starring Roger Van Hool, Jacqueline Kerry and Tony Taffin BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Banned by the BBFC for 1976 cinema release under the title Garden of Torture but passed X uncut the next year with the title Garden of Torment.
    UK: BBFC details not yet published for:

    Promotional Material

    In rebellious and unstable 1920s China, Antoine, a naive young French doctor finds himself increasingly involved with a depraved group of pleasure-seeking Colonial settlers who use the misery and desperation of the local population for their own entertainment. As Antoine is drawn further and further into the sadistic and perverted world of the beautiful but evil Clara and her powerful and corrupt father (Tony Taffin, Maitresse), has to decide what matters most to him his desire to reduce the suffering around him or his desire for the cold and seductive mistress of the Garden of Torments.

     

     

    Don't Call Me Junior...

    Historical artefacts at the BBFC claim that Indiana Jones should be 12 rated


    Link Here11th May 2021
    The BBFC has just re-rated two Indiana Jones films as 12A compared with all previous releases being PG.

    Raiders Of The Lost Ark is a 1981 USA / UK action adventure by Steven Spielberg
    Starring Harrison Ford, Karen Allen and Paul Freeman BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    A 2021 cinema release has been passed 12A uncut for moderate violence, threat, horror.

    Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade is a 1989 USA / UK action adventure by Steven Spielberg
    Starring Harrison Ford, Sean Connery and Alison Doody BBFC link 2020 IMDb

      A 2021 cinema release has been passed 12A uncut for moderate violence, horror, threat.

    It seems that the BBFC is inflating ratings, especially when there is  some sort of fashionably woke concern. Perhaps parents will now subtract a rating level to get a more realistic rating estimate.

     

     

    Shopping: The Hot Spot...

    1990 USA crime drama romance thriller by Dennis Hopper, cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray and DVD


    Link Here9th May 2021
    The Hot Spot is a 1990 USA crime drama romance thriller by Dennis Hopper.
    With Don Johnson, Virginia Madsen, Jennifer Connelly. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Cut by the BBFC for instructions to build incendiary device. Uncut in the US

    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
    • 2021 Kino Lorber Special Edition (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 4th May 2021
    • 2021 Kino Lorber Special Edition R1 DVD at US Amazon #ad released on 4th May 2021

    Promotional Material

    Brand New 2K Master, Color Graded and Approved by Cinematographer Ueli Steiger! From Dennis Hopper, the legendary director of Easy Rider, The Last Movie, Out of the Blue, Colors and Backtrack, comes this torrid and erotic neo-noir starring Don Johnson (Dead Bang), Virginia Madsen (Candyman) and Jennifer Connelly (Career Opportunities). Exploding in a series of suspenseful twists and passionate encounters, this ingenious film will keep you guessing until its final, shocking climax. Harry Maddox (Johnson) is a handsome drifter who is not above larceny to make ends meet. After staging a daring daylight robbery at a local bank, he receives an alibi from an unexpected ally: Dolly Harshaw (Madsen), a sexy and mysterious local woman who has her own plans for him. But when Harry falls for another beautiful woman (Connelly), he incurs Dolly's wrath and finds himself caught in a maze of jealousy, betrayal and murder in which escape is impossible... and danger is the ultimate aphrodisiac. Beautifully shot by Ueli Steiger (The Day After Tomorrow) and co-starring William Sadler (Die Hard 2), Charles Martin Smith (The Untouchables), Jerry Hardin (Wolf Lake), Barry Corbin (My Science Project), Jack Nance (Eraserhead) and Virgil Frye (Revenge of the Ninja), The Hot Spot also features outstanding music from such blues and jazz legends as John Lee Hooker, Miles Davis and Taj Mahal.

    Special Features:
    -Brand New 2K Master -- Color Graded and Approved by Cinematographer Ueli Steiger
    -NEW Interview with Co-Star Virginia Madsen
    -NEW Interview with Actor William Sadler
    -NEW Audio Commentary by Entertainment Journalist and Author Bryan Reesman
    -Theatrical Trailer
    -Dual-Layered BD50 Disc
    -Optional English Subtitles

     

     

    Shopping: Snake in the Eagles Shadow...

    1978 Hong Kong action comedy by Woo-Ping Yuen, cut by the BBFC for animal cruelty, just released on UK Blu-ray


    Link Here7th May 2021

    Snake In The Eagle's Shadow is a 1978 Hong Kong action comedy by Woo-Ping Yuen
    Starring Jackie Chan, Siu-Tin Yuen and Jang-Lee Hwang Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated cinema release, VHS, and DVD. BBFC 12 rated for 2021 Blu-ray.

    No cuts shown for the 2021 entry in the BBFC database but it is not confirmed that the animal cruelty footage has been restored.

    UK: Passed 12 for moderate violence, language:

    Promotional Material

    An orphan who has been raised at a kung fu school, where he is treated as little more than a dogsbody and practice target for the students, has a life-changing experience after helping an old peripatetic beggar.

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