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  Fake accusations...

More failing politicians clutch at straws blaming their unpopularity on 'fake news' rather than their own failures


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Theresa MayTheresa May has made a speech at the Lord Mayor's Banquet saying that fake news and Russian propaganda are threatening the international order. She said:

It is seeking to weaponise information. Deploying its state-run media organisations to plant fake stories and photo-shopped images in an attempt to sow discord in the west and undermine our institutions.

The UK did not want to return to the Cold War, or to be in a state of perpetual confrontation but the UK would have to act to protect the interests of the UK, Europe and rest of the world if Russia continues on its current path.

May did not say whether she was concerned with Russian intervention in any UK democratic processes, but Ben Bradshaw, a leading Labour MP, is among those to have called for a judge-led inquiry into the possibility that Moscow tried to influence the result of the Brexit referendum.

Russia has been accused of running troll factories that disseminate fake news and divisive posts on social media. It emerged on Monday that a Russian bot account was one of those that shared a viral image that claimed a Muslim woman ignored victims of the Westminster terror attack as she walked across the bridge.

Surely declining wealth and poor economic prospects are a more likely root cause of public discontent rather than a little trivial propaganda.

 

 Obituary: Jeremy Hutchinson...

Barrister who notably defended Lady Chatterley's Love in precedent setting obscenity trial


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"Lady Chatterley's Lover" Trial: Regina Versus Penguin Books, Ltd. For a quarter of a century, from 1960 until 1985, Jeremy Hutchinson, Lord Hutchinson of Lullington, who has died aged 102, was the finest silk in practice at the criminal bar. He defended Lady Chatterley , Fanny Hill and Christine Keeler (Keeler in the flesh), the atom spy George Blake, and then Brian Roberts, the editor of the Daily Telegraph, and later the journalist Duncan Campbell in two cases that led to reform of the Official Secrets Act.

He added a service to the arts by ending the cultural vandalism of Mary Whitehouse, whose attempt in 1982 to prosecute the National Theatre for staging Howard Brenton's The Romans in Britain collapsed after his (and the Old Bailey's) most remarkable cross-examination.

... see an excellent article from theguardian.com outlining some of Hutchinson major successes.

 

 Offsite Article: Should Content Featuring Sexual Predators Be Removed?...


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Louie - Season 1 DVD And who decides how much collateral damage should be inflicted on innocent associates and investors?

See article from newsweek.com

 

  Weekly US DVD and Blu-ray Releases...

Hellraiser, JD's Revenge, Nightkill


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Title Cuts Cert Run Time US flagReleased on 14th November 2017
Nightkill

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Nightkill DVD

BBFC uncut
uncut
MPAA R ~97:00s Nightkill is a 1980 West Germany crime horror mystery by Ted Post.
Starring Robert Mitchum, Jaclyn Smith and Mike Connors. IMDb

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

  • 2017 Kino Classics (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 14th November 2017
  • 2017 Kino Classics R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 14th November 2017
There are no censorship issues with this release

Promotional Material

Newly Mastered in HD! A bored rich industrialist's wife plots to kill her husband and have her lover assume the dead man's identity. The marriage between wealthy and cold-hearted tycoon Wendell Atwell (Mike Connors, Mannix) and his adulterous wife Katherine (Jaclyn Smith, Charlie s Angels) has soured and there seems to be no way out except divorce, which Wendell has refused. Katherine and her lover (James Franciscus, The Cat o' Nine Tails) deviously hatch up a plot to murder her millionaire husband. She hires a world-weary private eye (Robert Mitchum, The Ambassador) to find her missing husband, but fails to inform the investigator that she knows full well the whereabouts of her husband. Difficulties arise when the investigator ends up being much better at his job than she originally expected and he may or may not have some ulterior motives of his own. Hollywood veteran Ted Post (Magnum Force, Hang Em High) directed this top-notch cat-and-mouse thriller filled with fear, intrigue, mystery and panic. The strong supporting cast includes Sybil Danning (They're Playing with Fire), Fritz Weaver (Marathon Man) and Michael Anderson Jr. (The Sons of Katie Elder).
Unlisted Owner

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Unlisted Owner DVD

BBFC uncut
uncut
MPAA
Unrated
~74:00s Unlisted Owner is a 2013 USA horror thriller by Jed Brian.
Starring Chris Ash, Levi Atkins and Chloe Benedict. IMDb

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • 2017 TomCat Releasing R0 DVD at US Amazon released on 14th November 2017
There are no censorship issues with this release

Promotional Material

The Owner house has been vacant for several years because of its very dark history but a recent series of murders has taken the property to a whole other level of notority. A family who just moved in has been murdered, piquing the curiosity of a group of friends. Armed with handheld video cameras, the group decides to break in and investigate, leading to the worst decision of their otherwise fun-filled night. The resulting footage has been edited into the suspenseful "Unlisted Owner." We dare you to watch alone!

BONUS FEATURES: Outtakes, Trailer

George A. Romero Between Night and Dawn

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George A. Romero Between Night and Dawn

BBFC uncut
uncut
MPAA
Unrated
~326:00s George A. Romero Between Night and Dawn includes:
  • There's Always Vanilla,
  • Season of The Witch and
  • The Crazies

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • 2017 Arrow Video (RA) Blu-ray/(R1) DVD Combo at US Amazon released on 14th November 2017

There is also a UK release.

Reviews

Season of the Witch is a 1972 USA horror drama by George A Romero.
Starring Jan White, Raymond Laine and Ann Muffly. BBFC link IMDb

Exists as an original US Version, a shortened International Version and a further shortened video version.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Season of the Witch

The Crazies is a 1973 USA action Sci-Fi horror by George A Romero.
Starring Lane Carroll, Will MacMillan and Harold Wayne Jones. BBFC link IMDb

No known cuts but the BBFC mentioned that the 2003 UK DVD release was a 're-edited version.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: The Crazies

Promotional Material

George Romero's name may be synonymous with the living dead subgenre, but his filmography is far richer and more varied than his reputation as ''the zombie guy'' would suggest. Following the breakout success of his debut feature Night of the Living Dead, the director would embark upon a series of projects which, whilst firmly rooted in the horror genre for the most part, demonstrate a master filmmaker with more than mere gut-munching on his mind.

In There's Always Vanilla, Romero's sophomore 1971 directorial effort, young drifter Chris and beautiful model Lynn embark upon a tumultuous relationship which seems doomed from the outset. 1972's Season of the Witch (originally filmed as Jack's Wife but released to theaters under the title of Hungry Wives) follows the exploits of Joan Mitchell a housewife whose dissatisfaction with her humdrum life leads to an unhealthy interest in the occult. Lastly, 1973's The Crazies, which sees Romero returning to more ''straight'' horror territory, has a small rural town finding itself in the grip of an infection which send its hosts into a violent, homicidal frenzy.

Taken together, these three early works, made in the period between Romero s celebrated living dead outings Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, serve to display the broader thematic concerns and auteurist leanings of a skilled craftsman too often pigeonholed within the genre.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard DVD presentations
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Reversible sleeves for each film featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
  • Limited Edition 60-page booklet featuring new writing on the films

    THERE S ALWAYS VANILLA

  • Brand new restoration from original film elements
  • Brand new audio commentary by Travis Crawford
  • Brand new interviews with actors Judith Ridley and Richard Ricci, producer Russ Streiner and sound recordist Gary Streiner
  • Digging Up the Dead The Lost Films of George A. Romero archive interview with Romero looking at his early films There s Always Vanilla and Season of the Witch
  • Trailer

    SEASON OF THE WITCH

  • Brand new 4K restoration from original film elements
  • Alternate extended cut
  • Brand new audio commentary by Travis Crawford
  • When Romero met Del Toro celebrated filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro sits down with George Romero for this candid career-spanning conversation
  • The Secret Life of Jack's Wife archive interview with actress Jan White
  • Alternate Opening Titles
  • Trailers

    THE CRAZIES

  • Brand new 4K restoration from original film elements
  • Brand new audio commentary by Travis Crawford
  • Romero Was Here featurette revisiting the Crazies filming locations in Evans City, PA
  • Never Before Seen BTS footage
  • 2016 Q&A with Lynn Lowry from Abertoir Film Festival
  • Alternate Opening Titles
  • Trailers
  • Hellraiser

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    Hellraiser Blu-ray

    uncut
    Director approved

    mpaa cut
    30s

    MPAA R ~93:00s Hellraiser is a 1987 UK horror by Clive Barker.
    Starring Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins and Ashley Laurence. Youtube link IMDb

    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

    • 2017 Arrow Steelbook Limited Edition (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 14th November 2017
    Censorship History
    Originally cut to obtain an R rating but the resultant version became the definitive. Cut by the BBFC for video from 1988 to 1999. The UK original cinema version was uncut but the BBFC cut VHS releases until 1999. DVDs are uncut.

    See cuts details in Gavin Salkeld's Cutting Edge Episode 40: Hellraiser 1&2

    Promotional Material

    Stephen King was once famously quoted as saying, ''I have seen the future of horror...his name is Clive Barker.'' That future was realized in 1987 with the release of Barker's directorial debut Hellraiser.

    Based on his own novella The Hellbound Heart, Barker's Hellraiser sees Larry (Andrew Robinson) and his wife Julia (Clare Higgins) move into their new home, unaware that something evil lurks beneath the floorboards of the dilapidated house - something that wants human blood...

    Introducing the world to the iconic Pinhead and his sadistic band of Cenobites, Hellraiser became an instant genre classic upon release and remains one of the most frighteningly original visions in horror.

    SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • Limited Edition SteelBook featuring brand new Mondo artwork by Matt Ryan Tobin
  • Brand new 2K restoration approved by director of photography Robin Vidgeon
  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
  • Uncompressed PCM Stereo 2.0 and Lossless DTS-HD MA 5.1 sound
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary with writer-director Clive Barker
  • Audio commentary with Barker and actress Ashley Laurence
  • Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser brand new version of the definitive documentary on the making of Hellraiser, featuring interviews with key cast and crew members
  • Being Frank: Sean Chapman on Hellraiser actor Sean Chapman talks candidly about playing the character of Frank Cotton in Barker s original
  • Soundtrack Hell: The Story of the Abandoned Coil Score Coil member Stephen Thrower on the Hellraiser score that almost was
  • Hellraiser: Resurrection vintage featurette including interviews with Clive Barker, actors Doug Bradley and Ashley Laurence, special make-up effects artist Bob Keen and others
  • Under the Skin: Doug Bradley on Hellraiser
  • Original EPK featuring on-set interviews with cast and crew
  • Draft Screenplays [BD-ROM content]
  • Trailers and TV Spots
  • Image Gallery
  • New artwork by Mondo artist Matt Ryan Tobin
  • J.D.'s Revenge

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    J.D.'s Revenge DVDBlu-rayCombo

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    MPAA R ~96:00s J.D.'s Revenge is a 1976 USA action horror thriller by Arthur Marks.
    Starring Glynn Turman, Louis Gossett Jr and Joan Pringle. IMDb

    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

    • 2017 Arrow Video (RA) Blu-ray/(R1) DVD Combo at US Amazon released on 14th November 2017
    There are no censorship issues with this release

    There is also a UK release.

    Promotional Material

    I t wasn't long before the Blaxploitation boom moved into the horror market, bringing the world Blacula, Blackenstein, Abby (Blaxploitation s The Exorcist) and cult favourite J.D.'s Revenge.

    Law student Ike is enjoying a night on the town with his friends when his life changes dramatically. Taking part in a nightclub hypnosis act, he becomes possessed with the spirit of a violent gangster murdered in the 1940s. Believing himself to be the reincarnation of murderous J.D., Ike launches a revenge campaign against those who had done 'him' wrong all those years ago...

    Directed by Arthur Marks (Bucktown, Friday Foster) and starring Glynn Turman (Cooley High) and Academy Award-winner Louis Gossett, Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman), J.D.'s Revenge is a alternately tough and terrifying a Blaxploitation gem waiting to be rediscovered!

    SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements, produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original 1.0 mono sound
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Brand new interview with producer-director Arthur Marks
  • More interviews to be announced!
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Arthur Marks trailer reel
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector's booklet containing new writing by Kim Newman, author of Nightmare Movies
  • The Paul Naschy Collection II

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    The Paul Naschy Collection II Blu-ray

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    MPAA
    Unrated
    ~450:00s The Paul Naschy Collection II is a set starring Paul Naschy consisting of:
    • HUNCHBACK OF THE MORGUE (EL JOROBADO DE LA MORGUE)
    • THE DEVIL'S POSSESSED (EL MARISCAL DEL INFIERNO)
    • THE WEREWOLF AND THE YETI (LA MALDICIÓN DE LA BESTIA
    • EXORCISM (EXORCISMO)
    • A DRAGONFLY FOR EACH CORPSE (UNA LIBÉLULA PARA CADA MUERTO)

    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    • 2017 Shout! Factory RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 14th November 2017
    There are no censorship issues with this release.

    Reviews

    • See review from thedigitalbits.com  : " Dragonfly for Each Corpse is a surprisingly decent film with good plot progression and a great performance from Naschy "

    Promotional Material

    Paul Naschy (born Jacinto Molina Álvarez) was Spain's answer to Lon Chaney. He has portrayed many classic monsters: the Wolfman, Frankenstein's monster, Count Dracula, the Mummy and more. He was not only a terrific actor, but an accomplished writer, producer and director. This Blu-ray box set includes five stellar films from his long and distinguished career.

    Also included in this five-film collection is an immersive 24-page booklet by author Mirek Lipinski.

    Special features

    HUNCHBACK OF THE MORGUE (EL JOROBADO DE LA MORGUE)
    - In Castilian With English Subtitles And English Dub
    - NEW Audio Commentary By Rod Barnett And Troy Guinn Of The Podcast, NaschyCast
    - Theatrical Trailers (Spanish And English)
    - Still Gallery
    THE DEVIL'S POSSESSED (EL MARISCAL DEL INFIERNO)
    - In Castilian With English Subtitles And English Dub
    - Theatrical Trailers (Spanish And English)
    THE WEREWOLF AND THE YETI (LA MALDICIÓN DE LA BESTIA)
    - In Castilian With English Subtitles And English Dub

             

     

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