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My Sweet Satan


Link Here 13th September 2018
film Film Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 11 September 2018

National Theatre Live: Julie

BBFC uncut
uncut
15 99:58s National Theatre Live: Julie is a 2018 drama by Carrie Cracknell.
Starring Vanessa Kirby, Eric Kofi Abrefa and Thalissa Teixeira. BBFC link

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language, drug misuse for:

  • 2018 cinema release

Tehran Taboo

BBFC uncut
uncut
15 96:25s Tehran Taboo is a 2017 Germany / Austria animation drama by Ali Soozandeh.
Starring Farhad Abadinejad, Jasmina Ali and Rozita Assadollahy. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language, sex, sex references, drug misuse for:

  • 2018 cinema release

Summary Notes

In their desperate search for freedom and happiness, four young people from Tehran, Iran are forced to break the taboos of a restrictive, islamic society.

film Community Film Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 11 September 2018

Juliusz

BBFC uncut
uncut
15 97:30s Juliusz is a 2018 Poland comedy by Aleksander Pietrzak.
Starring Wojciech Mecwaldowski, Jan Peszek and Anna Smolowik. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language, sex references for:

  • 2018 cinema release

Summary Notes

The title protagonist is an orderly art teacher whose main problem in life is his father - an incessantly partying artist-painter. When the senior suffers a second heart attack and yet refuses to change his lifestyle, Juliusz will have to find a way to influence his behavior. The cure for the hero's ills will seem to be accidentally met, careless veterinarian - Dorota. It will turn out, however, that real problems are just coming.

Manmarziyaan

BBFC uncut
uncut
12A 155:35s Manmarziyaan is a 2018 India romance by Anurag Kashyap.
Starring Abhishek Bachchan, Vicky Kaushal and Tapsee Pannu. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 12A uncut for infrequent strong language, moderate sex references, suicide references for:

  • 2018 cinema release

Summary Notes

The film is a love story set in Punjab where Abhishek Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, and Vicky Kaushal will be seen in prominent roles.

video Film on DVD Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 11 September 2018

Bible Town

BBFC uncut
uncut
U 80:07s Bible Town is a 2017 USA animation by Evan Tramel.
Starring Pascale Neuschäfer, Kj Schrock and Sarah Taylor. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed U uncut for no material likely to offend or harm for:

  • 2018 High Fliers Films. video

My Sweet Satan

BBFC uncut
uncut
18 19:01s 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

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. "Roadkill: the Final Days of John Martin" - John Martin stays at home a lot watching TV and eating of the bountiful harvest from the roads. He only goes out when he needs more supplies, and he doesn't always limit himself to roadkill. "Doper" - Barry and his friends smoke a lot of pot, and generally live for the party, but manage to maintain responsible employment, as evidenced by supportive interviews with Barry's coworkers.

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]
vod VoD Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 11 September 2018

The Last Animals

BBFC uncut
uncut
12 87:45s The Last Animals is a documentary TV episode by Kate Brooks.
Starring Kate Brooks. BBFC link

UK: Passed 12 uncut for images of real dead animals, moderate injury detail for:

  • 2018 Content Media Corporation INTL. VoD
TV Censorship TV on DVD Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 11 September 2018

Battle Girl High School

BBFC uncut
uncut
12 290:31s Battle Girl High School is a animation fantasy drama
Starring Sora Amamiya (voice), Hitomi Harada (voice) and Saori Hayami (voice). BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 1, Episodes 1-12 Passed 12 for moderate sexualised images

Fear the Walking Dead

BBFC uncut
uncut
15 41:47s
563:42s
Fear the Walking Dead is a horror drama by Lou Diamond Phillips.
Starring Isaiah Cox, Kim Dickens and Jenna Elfman. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 4, Episode 14, Mm 54 Passed 15 for strong violence, injury detail
  • Season 4, Episodes 1-13 Passed 15 for strong bloody violence, injury detail, gore, threat

Life

BBFC uncut
uncut
12
PG
94:41s
72:17s
76:02s
64:08s
61:36s
61:31s
73:09s
72:04s
62:46s
65:52s
Life is a drama BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 1, Episode 10 Passed 12 for moderate bloody images
  • Season 1, Episode 11 Passed 12 for infrequent strong language, moderate injury detail
  • Season 1, Episode 12 Passed 12 for moderate autopsy detail, threat, bloody images, bereavement scenes
  • Season 1, Episode 13 Passed PG for mild bad language, injury detail
  • Season 1, Episode 14 Passed PG for mild bad language, brief mild threat, reference to sexual assault
  • Season 1, Episode 15 Passed 12 for infrequent strong language
  • Season 1, Episode 16 Passed PG for mild bad language
  • Season 1, Episode 7 Passed 12 for infrequent strong language, moderate injury detail
  • Season 1, Episode 8 Passed 12 for infrequent moderate bad language
  • Season 1, Episode 9 Passed PG for mild bad language

The Purge

BBFC uncut
uncut
15 50:54s The Purge is a thriller by Anthony Hemingway.
Starring Gabriel Chavarria, Jessica Garza and Lee Tergesen. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 1, Episode 1, What is America? Passed 15 for strong violence, sex, drug misuse

The Rise of the Phoenixes

BBFC uncut
uncut
PG 45:31s
44:12s
45:23s
The Rise of the Phoenixes is a drama
Starring Kun Chen, Ni Ni and Hong Yuan. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 1, Episode 11 Passed PG for infrequent mild bad language
  • Season 1, Episode 12 Passed PG for mild sex references, threat
  • Season 1, Episode 15 Passed PG for mild bad language

Z Nation

BBFC uncut
uncut
18 86:12s Z Nation is a comedy horror video by Abram Cox and Alexander Yellen.
Starring Kellita Smith, DJ Qualls and Keith Allan. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 5, Episodes 1-2 Passed 18 for strong bloody violence, gore
video Music on DVD Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 11 September 2018

Breaking Through

BBFC uncut
uncut
12 100:50s Breaking Through is a 2015 musical music drama by John Swetnam.
Starring Anitta, Sophia Aguiar and Larry Bourgeois. BBFC link

UK: Passed 12 uncut for infrequent strong language, moderate sex references for:

  • 2018 Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment [16:9] video
Preview Coming Soon Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 11 September 2018

 

      Trailers:
  • Bible Town
  • First Man
  • John Carpenter's Halloween
  • Met Opera Live in Hd 18/19: Aida
  • Namaste England
  • National Theatre Live: Allelujah!
  • On Dangerous Ground
  • Robin Hood
  • Uncle Drew

Breaking Dawn

      Additional Material:
  • Breaking Dawn - Part 1 - Disc 2 Extras [Additional Material]
  • Breaking Dawn - Part 1 - Disc 1 Extras [Additional Material, Audio Commentary With Director Bill Condon]
  • Breaking Dawn - Part 2 - Disc 1 Extras [Additional Material, Audio Commentary With Director Bill Condon, With Additional Material]

Breaking Dawn Part 2

      Additional Material:
  • Breaking Dawn Part 2 - Disc 2 Extras [Additional Material]

Eclipse

      Additional Material:
  • Eclipse - Disc 2 Extras [Additional Material]

Matthew Bourne's Cinderella

      Additional Material:
  • Matthew Bourne's Cinderella - the Making of Cinderella [Additional Material]

New Moon

      Additional Material:
  • New Moon - Disc 2 Extras [Additional Material]
  • New Moon - Disc 1 Extras [Additional Material, Audio Commentary With Director Chris Weitz and Editor Peter Lambert]

Twilight

      Additional Material:
  • Twilight - Extras [Additional Material]
  • Twilight [Additional Material, Audio Commentary With Director Catherine Hardwicke, Cast Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson]

 

 

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.

 

 

Softening a hammer blow...

The EU parliament approved a few amendments to try and soften the blow of massive new internet censorship regime


Link Here 13th September 2018
Full story: Copyright in the EU...Copyright law for Europe
The European Parliament has voted to approve new copyright powers enabling the big media industry to control how their content is used on the internet.

Article 11 introduces the link tax which lets news companies control how their content is used. The target of the new law is to make Google pay newspapers for its aggregating Google News service. The collateral damage is that millions of websites can now be harangued for linking to and quoting articles, or even just sharing links to them.

Article 13 introduces the requirements for user content sites to create censorship machines that pre-scan all uploaded content and block anything copyrighted. The original proposal, voted on in June, directly specified content hosts use censorship machines (or filters as the EU prefers to call them). After a cosmetic rethink since June, the law no longer specifies automatic filters, but instead specifies that content hosts are responsible for copyright published. And of course the only feasible way that content hosts can ensure they are not publishing copyrighted material is to use censorship machines anyway. The law was introduced, really with just the intention of making YouTube and Facebook pay more for content from the big media companies. The collateral damage to individuals and small businesses was clearly of no concern to the well lobbied MEPs.

Both articles will introduce profound new levels of censorship to all users of the internet, and will also mean that there will reduced opportunities for people to get their contributions published or noticed on the internet. This is simply because the large internet companies are commercial organisations and will always make decisions with costs and profitability in mind. They are not state censors with a budget to spend on nuanced decision making. So the net outcome will be to block vast swathes of content being uploaded just in case it may contain copyright.

An example to demonstrate the point is the US censorship law, FOSTA. It requires content hosts to block content facilitating sex trafficking. Internet companies generally decided that it was easier to block all adult content rather than to try and distinguish sex trafficking from non-trafficking sex related content. So sections of websites for dating and small ads, personal services etc were shut down overnight.

The EU however has introduced a few amendments to the original law to slightly lessen the impact an individuals and small scale content creators.

  • Article 13 will now only apply to platforms where the main purpose ...is to store and give access to the public or to stream significant amounts of copyright protected content uploaded / made available by its users and that optimise content and promotes for profit making purposes .
  • When defining best practices for Article 13, special account must now be taken of fundamental rights, the use of exceptions and limitations. Special focus should also be given to ensuring that the burden on SMEs remain appropriate and that automated blocking of content is avoided (effectively an exception for micro/small businesses). Article 11 shall not extend to mere hyperlinks, which are accompanied by individual words (so it seems links are safe, but quoted snippets of text must be very short) and the protection shall also not extend to factual information which is reported in journalistic articles from a press publication and will therefore not prevent anyone from reporting such factual information .
  • Article 11 shall not prevent legitimate private and non-commercial use of press publications by individual users .
  • Article 11 rights shall expire 5 years after the publication of the press publication. This term shall be calculated from the first day of January of the year following the date of publication. The right referred to in paragraph 1 shall not apply with retroactive effect .
  • Individual member states will now have to decide how Article 11 is implemented, which could create some confusion across borders.

At the same time, the EU rejected the other modest proposals to help out individuals and small creators:

  • No freedom of panorama. When we take photos or videos in public spaces, we're apt to incidentally capture copyrighted works: from stock art in ads on the sides of buses to t-shirts worn by protestors, to building facades claimed by architects as their copyright. The EU rejected a proposal that would make it legal Europe-wide to photograph street scenes without worrying about infringing the copyright of objects in the background.
  • No user-generated content exemption, which would have made EU states carve out an exception to copyright for using excerpts from works for criticism, review, illustration, caricature, parody or pastiche.

A final round of negotiation with the EU Council and European Commission is now due to take place before member states make a decision early next year. But this is historically more of a rubber stamping process and few, if any, significant changes are expected.

However, anybody who mistakenly thinks that Brexit will stop this from impacting the UK should be cautious. Regardless of what the EU approves, the UK might still have to implement it, and in any case the current UK Government supports many of the controversial new measures.

 

 

Comment: A grim day for digital rights in Europe...

Comments about censorship machines, link tax, and clicking on terrorist content


Link Here 13th September 2018
Full story: Copyright in the EU...Copyright law for Europe

New Copyright Powers, New Terrorist Content Laws: A Grim Day For Digital Rights in Europe

See  article from eff.org by Danny O'Brien

Despite waves of calls and emails from European Internet users, the European Parliament today voted to accept the principle of a universal pre-emptive copyright filter for content-sharing sites, as well as the idea that news publishers should have the right to sue others for quoting news items online -- or even using their titles as links to articles. Out of all of the potential amendments offered that would fix or ameliorate the damage caused by these proposals, they voted for worst on offer .

There are still opportunities, at the EU level, at the national level, and ultimately in Europe's courts, to limit the damage. But make no mistake, this is a serious setback for the Internet and digital rights in Europe.

It also comes at a trepidatious moment for pro-Internet voices in the heart of the EU. On the same day as the vote on these articles, another branch of the European Union's government, the Commission, announced plans to introduce a new regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online . Doubling down on speedy unchecked censorship, the proposals will create a new removal order, which will oblige hosting service providers to remove content within one hour of being ordered to do so. Echoing the language of the copyright directive, the Terrorist Regulation aims at ensuring smooth functioning of the digital single market in an open and democratic society, by preventing the misuse of hosting services for terrorist purposes; it encourages the use of proactive measures, including the use of automated tools.

Not content with handing copyright law enforcement to algorithms and tech companies, the EU now wants to expand that to defining the limits of political speech too.

And as bad as all this sounds, it could get even worse. Elections are coming up in the European Parliament next May. Many of the key parliamentarians who have worked on digital rights in Brussels will not be standing. Marietje Schaake, author of some of the better amendments for the directive, announced this week that she would not be running again. Julia Reda, the German Pirate Party representative, is moving on; Jan Philipp Albrecht, the MEP behind the GDPR, has already left Parliament to take up a position in domestic German politics. The European Parliament's reserves of digital rights expertise, never that full to begin with, are emptying.

The best that can be said about the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive, as it stands, is that it is so ridiculously extreme that it looks set to shock a new generation of Internet activists into action -- just as the DMCA, SOPA/PIPA and ACTA did before it.

If you've ever considered stepping up to play a bigger role in European politics or activism, whether at the national level, or in Brussels, now would be the time.

It's not enough to hope that these laws will lose momentum or fall apart from their own internal incoherence, or that those who don't understand the Internet will refrain from breaking it. Keep reading and supporting EFF, and join Europe's powerful partnership of digital rights groups, from Brussels-based EDRi to your local national digital rights organization . Speak up for your digital business, open source project, for your hobby or fandom, and as a contributor to the global Internet commons.

This was a bad day for the Internet and for the European Union: but we can make sure there are better days to come.

 

 

Fake news, terrorism content and closed forums...

'Scattergun' approach to addressing online content risks damaging freedom of expression. A statement by Index on Censorship


Link Here 13th September 2018

Parliament needs to stop creating piecemeal laws to address content online -- or which make new forms of speech illegal.

Index is very concerned about the plethora of law-making initiatives related to online communications, the most recent being MP Lucy Powell's online forums regulation bill, which targets hate crime and "secret" Facebook groups.

Powell's bill purports to "tackle online hate, fake news and radicalisation" by making social media companies liable for what is published in large, closed online forms -- and is the latest in a series of poorly drafted attempts by parliamentarians to address communications online.

If only Powell's proposal were the worst piece of legislation parliament will consider this autumn. Yesterday, MPs debated the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill, which would make it a crime to view information online that is "likely to be useful" to a terrorist. No terrorist intent would be required -- but you would risk up to 15 years in prison if found guilty. This would make the work of journalists and academics very difficult or impossible.

Attempts to tackle online content are coming from all corners with little coordination -- although a factor common to all these proposals is that they utterly fail to safeguard freedom of expression.

Over the summer, the Commons Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport issued a preliminary report on tackling fake news and the government launched a consultation on a possible new law to prevent "intimidation" of those standing for elections.

In addition, the government is expected to publish later this year a white paper on internet safety aimed " to make sure the UK is the safest place in the world to be online." The Law Commission, already tasked with publishing a report on offensive online communications , was last week asked to review whether misogyny should be considered a hate crime.

Jodie Ginsberg, CEO of Index, said:

"We're having to play whack-a-mole at the moment to prevent poorly drawn laws inadvertently stifling freedom of expression, especially online. The scattergun approach is no way to deal with concerns about online communications. Instead of paying lip service to freedom of expression as a British value, it needs to be front and centre when developing policies".

"We already have laws to deal with harassment, incitement to violence, and even incitement to hatred. International experience shows us that even well-intentioned laws meant to tackle hateful views online often end up hurting the minority groups they are meant to protect, stifle public debate, and limit the public's ability to hold the powerful to account."

 

 

The Cookie Law...

The EU ePrivacy regulation due in a few months is set to require websites to be more open about tracking cookies and more strict in gaining consent for their use


Link Here 13th September 2018

The so called cookie law, a moniker for the proposed new EU ePrivacy regulation due to come into play before the year is out, is expected to severely impact the use of cookies online and across digital marketing. As such, it could pose an even bigger test to businesses than GDPR . It's a regulation that will create a likely deficit in the customer information they collect even post-GDPR.

Current cookie banner notifications, where websites inform users of cookie collection, will make way for cookie request pop-ups that deny cookie collection until a user has opted in or out of different types of cookie collection. Such a pop-up is expected to cause a drop in web traffic as high as 40 per cent. The good news is that it will only appear should the user not have already set their cookie preferences at browser level.

The outcome for businesses whose marketing and advertising lies predominantly online is the inevitable reduction in their ability to track, re-target and optimise experiences for their visitors.

...

For any business with a website and dependent on cookies, the new regulations put them at severe risk of losing this vital source of consumer data . As a result, businesses must find a practical, effective and legal alternative to alleviate the burden on the shoulders of all teams involved and to offset any drastic shortfall in this crucial data.

....

Putting the power in the hands of consumers when it comes to setting browser-level cookie permissions will limit a business's ability to extensively track the actions users take on company websites and progress targeted cookie-based advertising. Millions of internet users will have the option to withdraw their dataset from the view of businesses, one of the biggest threats ePrivacy poses.

...Read the full article from smallbusiness.co.uk

 

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