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Shopping: Dead and Buried...

1981 US video nasty by Gary A Sherman just released on US 4K Blu-ray


Link Here25th July 2021
Dead and Buried is a 1981 US horror by Gary A Sherman.
With James Farentino, Melody Anderson and Jack Albertson. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Uncut by the BBFC for the X rated 1981 cinema release. The same version was released on pre-cert video and banned as a video nasty. Cut by 10s for 1990 VHS. Uncut from 1999. Uncut and R rated in the US
US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
  • 2021 Blue Underground R0 4K Blu-ray/R0 Blu-ray Combo at US Amazon #ad released on 20th July 2021

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The Creators of ALIEN Bring A New Terror To Earth

Something very strange is happening in the quiet coastal village of Potters Bluff, where tourists and transients are warmly welcomed... then brutally murdered. But even more shocking is when these slain strangers suddenly reappear as normal, friendly citizens around town. Now the local sheriff ( James Farentino of THE FINAL COUNTDOWN) and an eccentric mortician (Academy AwardŽ winner Jack Albertson of WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY) must uncover the horrific secret of a community where some terrifying traditions are alive and well... and no one is ever really DEAD & BURIED.

Melody Anderson (FLASH GORDON), Lisa Blount (PRINCE OF DARKNESS), and Robert Englund (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET) co-star in this genuinely chilling horror hit written by Ronald Shusett and Dan O'Bannon (ALIEN), directed by Gary A. Sherman (POLTERGEIST III), and featuring ultra-grisly gore effects by OscarŽ winner Stan Winston (JURASSIC PARK). In honor of its 40th Anniversary, Blue Underground is proud to present DEAD & BURIED in an eye-popping new restoration approved by Director of Photography Steven Poster, ASC (DONNIE DARKO), scanned in 4K 16-bit from its 35mm IP , with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio, and packed with exclusive new and archival Extras!

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • WORLD PREMIERE! New 4K Restoration from the 35mm IP approved by Director of Photography Steven Poster, ASC (DONNIE DARKO, SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME)
  • Exclusive Limited Collector's Edition includes 4K UHD Blu-ray, Remastered Blu-ray, Soundtrack CD, collectible booklet, reversible sleeve, and moving lenticular slipcover
  • Ultra HD Blu-ray (2160p) and HD Blu-ray (1080p) Widescreen 1.85:1 Feature Presentation
  • Audio: English: Dolby Atmos; English: 5.1 DTS-HD; English: 1.0 DTS-HD; French: 1.0 DTS-HD
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
  • Audio Commentary #1 with Director Gary Sherman
  • Audio Commentary #2 with Co-Writer/Co-Producer Ronald Shusett and Actress Linda Turley
  • Audio Commentary #3 with Director of Photography Steven Poster, ASC
  • NEW! Audio Commentary #4 with Film Historians Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson
  • NEW! Behind the Scenes of Dead & Buried
  • NEW! Dead & Buried Locations: Now & Then
  • NEW! Murders, Mystery, and Music - Interviews with Director Gary Sherman and Composer Joe Renzetti
  • NEW! The Pages of Potters Bluff - Interview with Novelization Author Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
  • Stan Winston's Dead & Buried EFX
  • Robert Englund: An Early Work of Horror
  • Dan O'Bannon: Crafting Fear
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • NEW! Poster & Still Galleries
  • Seven Poster's Location Stills
  • BONUS! DEAD & BURIED Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Joe Renzetti (CHILD'S PLAY) on CD for the first time ever!
  • BONUS! Collectible Booklet with new essay by Michael Gingold
  • BONUS! Moving Lenticular Slipcover (First Pressing Only)
  • REGION FREE

 

 

Shopping: The Gestapo's Last Orgy...

1977 video nasty by Cesare Canevari, banned by the BBFC this year, now set for US Blu-ray release on 5th October 2021


Link Here19th July 2021
The Gestapo's Last Orgy is a 1977 Italian prison film by Cesare Canevari.
With Adriano Micantoni, Daniela Poggi and Maristella Greco. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Banned in the UK as a Video Nasty. Banned again by the BBFC for video release in 2021.

Now the UK distributor is releasing the film in the US, complete and uncut.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Promotional Material

Still banned in the UK as one of the infamous Video Nasties, in the tradition of The Night Porter, Salon Kitty and Salo only far more depraved comes perhaps the most notorious Nazisploitation epic of them all! Daniela Levy (aka Italian TV presenter and future UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Daniela Poggi) stars as a beautiful young death camp prisoner forced into a nightmare of brutality, torment and sexual degradation. But will a Commandant\x27s vilest urge trigger her ultimate vengeance? Marc Loud (aka Adriano Micantoni of Tomb Of Torture) co\-stars in this fetid slice of filth\-strudel also known as Last Orgy Of The Third Reich And Caligula Reincarnated As Hitler now presented on Blu\-ray for the very first time and restored in 2K From the original negatives.

Bonus features include: Audio Commentary by Italian Movie Specialists Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thomson, Complete and Uncut, Audio Commentary by Critic And Author Samm Deighan, Brand New 2K Restoration From the Original Camera Negatives, Restored English and Italian LPCM Soundtracks, Newly Translated English Subtitles

 

 

Commented: The BBFC's Latest Orgy of Censorship...

The British board of film censors bans the video nasty re-release of The Gestapo's Last Orgy


Link Here27th January 2021
The Gestapo's Last Orgy is a 1977 Italian prison film by Cesare Canevari.
With Adriano Micantoni, Daniela Poggi and Maristella Greco. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

In the tradition of THE NIGHT PORTER, SALON KITTY and SALO only far more depraved comes perhaps the most notorious Nazisploitation epic of them all: Daniela Levy  stars as a beautiful young death camp prisoner forced into a nightmare of brutality, torment and sexual degradation. But will a Commandant's vilest urge trigger her ultimate vengeance? Marc Loud co-stars in this fetid slice of filth-strudel

The BBFC has just banned a Blu-ray re-release of the notable Video Nasty The Gestapo's Last Orgy. The video was banned as a video nasty in 1984 and has never been released in the UK since. The video is available uncut in the US though.

The BBFC seems to be embracing more politically correct language in its rating explanations and consumer advice lately, so it is getting hard to distinguish the reasoned explanation form exaggeration and propaganda. Anyway the BBFC explained the ban as follows:

THE GESTAPO'S LAST ORGY is an Italian exploitation film, from 1977, in which a Jewish woman revisits the site of a concentration camp in which she was formerly imprisoned and subjected to torture, terrorisation, humiliation and sexual violence.

BBFC Guidelines state that: As a last resort, the BBFC may refuse to classify a work --.where a central concept of the work is unacceptable, such as a sustained focus on rape, other non-consensual sexually violent behaviour or sadistic violence.

THE GESTAPO'S LAST ORGY is largely composed of scenes of strong sadistic violence, humiliation, degradation and non-consensual sexual activity, including rape, all of which occurs within a clearly anti-Semitic context. Its central concept is therefore unacceptable, and the sadistic and sexually abusive material it contains is too pervasive to be effectively addressed by cuts.

Accordingly, the BBFC has refused classification to this work.

Offsite Comment: Still Too Outrageous For Britain's Censors

27th January 2021. See article from reprobatepress.com

The very idea that a work of fiction -- a very clear work of fiction -- can somehow deprave and corrupt an otherwise normal person (and make no mistake, the idea of corruption is one of unbalancing the normal individual, not tipping an already morally disturbed individual over the edge) is one that belongs in a past that we have long left behind. There's no scientific evidence to back it up, and the whole idea belongs more to the enforcement of morality -- the prevention of bad ideas entering the public sphere -- than stopping actual harm to anyone.

Read the full  article from reprobatepress.com

 

 

Suffer Little Children...

Gav Crimson details the overblown press coverage of the seizure and legal actions against a horror film featuring child actors at the time of the Video Nasties moral panic


Link Here4th January 2021
Suffer Little Children is a 1983 UK video horror by Alan Briggs.
Starring Colin Chamberlain, Ginny Rose and Jon Hollanz. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb
The film was cut for an unofficial BBFC 18 rating issued prior to the implementation of the VRA. The film was seized by the police anyway and the film got caught up in the tabloid hysteria around the video nasty era. The film was passed 18 uncut for UK DVD release in 2017.

The DVD version has a significant number of variations from the VHS. version.

See Gav Crimson's detailed history of the censorship of Suffer Little Children and the timeline of newspaper coverage .

Summary Notes

This amateur video production, (not particularly well regarded), is claimed to be a reconstruction of events involving child demonic possession which took place at 45 Kingston Road, New Malden, Surrey, England in August 1984. None of these events were reported to the press though, not the to mention the fact that the film was conceived and shot in 1983, well before the supposed baseline event.

The video was submitted to the BBFC for a pre-VRA unofficial rating in December 1984. The BBFC asked for about 2 minutes of cuts. However the distributors suffered a police raid on the day after the submission and the police seized the film. The police seemed to think that the uncut version was illegal and would not give the distributors the opportunity to implement the cuts that would make it legal. The DPP considered the film for 3 months before deciding that no further action would be taken as long as the film was only distributed in the BBFC approved version. The film was caught up in press frenzy at this time, with the inevitable calls for a ban and worse.




 


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