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Equalizer 2, Texas Adios, Once Upon a Time in China, Dragon Fist


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The Equalizer 2

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The Equalizer 2 is a 2018 USA action crime thriller by Antoine Fuqua.
Starring Pedro Pascal, Denzel Washington and Bill Pullman. BBFC link IMDb

BBFC Category cuts were required for a 15 rated cinema release in 2018. Thanks to Ben who notes that the same cut version looks set for 15 rated DVD and Blu-ray, but the 4k Blu-ray is uncut and 18 rated. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

A cut DVD/Blu-ray with an uncut 4k Bu-ray follows the same patterns as for the home video release for the original, The Equalizer.

UK: The uncut 18 rated version looks set for
  • 2018 Sony Pictures RB 4k Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 10th December 2018

UK: The cut version will be 15 rated for

The BBFC commented:
  • This film was originally seen for advice at which stage the company was informed it was likely to be classified 18 uncut but that their preferred 15 classification could be achieved by making reductions to scenes of strong violence and gore. When the film was submitted for formal classification these scenes had been acceptably reduced.

US: Rated R for brutal violence throughout, language, and some drug content for

Promotional Material

Denzel Washington returns to one of his signature roles in the first sequel of his career. Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed -- but how far will he go when that is someone he loves?
Elvira Mistress Of The Dark

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Elvira: Mistress of the Dark is a 1988 USA comedy horror by James Signorelli.
Starring Cassandra Peterson, Phil Rubenstein and Larry Flash Jenkins. BBFC link IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release.
UK: Passed 15 uncut for:

Reviews

Promotional Material

She s back! Elvira, Horrorland s hostess with the mostest, finally busts out on Blu-ray with this long-awaited, positively-bursting-at-the-seams special edition of her big screen debut, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark!

Having just quit her job as a Los Angeles TV horror hostess, Elvira receives the unexpected news that she s set to inherit part of her great-aunt Morgana s estate. Arriving in the small town of Fallwell, Massachusetts to claim her inheritance, Elvira receives a less than enthusiastic reception from the conservative locals - amongst them, her sinister uncle Vinny, who unbeknownst to Elvira, is an evil warlock who secretly schemes to lay his hands on the old family spellbook for his own nefarious ends...

Campy, quirky and stuffed to the brim with more double entendres than your average Carry On movie, 1988 s Elvira: Mistress of the Dark helped solidify the horror hostess (played by Cassandra Peterson) as a major pop culture icon, here owning every inch of the screen with her quick wit, sass, and of course, cleaving-enhancing gown!

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • Brand new restoration from a 4K scan of the original interpositive
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original Uncompressed Stereo 2.0 audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Introduction to the film by director James Signorelli
  • 2017 audio commentary with director James Signorelli, hosted by Fangoria Editor Emeritus Tony Timpone
  • 2017 audio commentary with Elvira Webmaster and judge of US TV show The Search for the Next Elvira Patterson Lundquist
  • Archival audio commentary with actors Cassandra Peterson, Edie McClurg and writer John Paragon
  • Too Macabre - The Making of Elvira: Mistress of the Dark - newly-revised 2018 version of this feature-length documentary on the making of the film including interviews with various cast and crew and rare never-before-seen archival material
  • Recipe for Terror: The Creation of the Pot Monster - newly-revised 2018 version of this featurette on the concept and design of the pot monster, as well as the other SFX of the movie
  • Original Storyboards
  • Original US Theatrical and Teaser Trailers
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sara Deck
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Patterson Lundquist and a short note on the 2012 audio commentary by Sam Irvin
  • Texas Adios

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    Texas Adios is a 1966 Italy / Spain action western by Ferdinando Baldi.
    Starring Franco Nero, Alberto Dell'Acqua and Elisa Montés. BBFC link IMDb

    BBFC cuts were required for an 'AA' rated cinema release in 1970. Uncut and 12 rated since 2004 DVD. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
    UK: Previously passed 12 uncut for moderate violence:
    • 2018 Arrow Video (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 10th December 2018

    Reviews

    • See review from thedigitalfix.com : " Nero has never been the greatest actor, though he does have considerable presence. That charisma is certainly stretched in Texas, Adios , as he's lumbered with some lousy dialogue "
    • See review from frontrowreviews.co.uk : " It is far less challenging, unconventional and blood soaked than Django. It is however still dust covered and sweat stained enough to feel a part of the genres best "

    Promotional Material

    Following on from the enormous success of his breakthrough film Django, Franco Nero returned to the Wild West (Almería, Spain) to star in the same year s Texas Adios, which was released as Django 2 in some countries.

    Here he plays tough gunslinger Burt Sullivan, a sheriff who, along with his younger brother (Alberto Dell'Acqua, Endgame), journeys to Mexico to hunt down the sadistic bandit Cisco Delgado and avenge his father s murder. When Burt and his brother fall in with a group of Mexican revolutionaries, the stage is set for a violent climatic confrontation...

    Directed by veteran helmsman Ferdinado Baldi, best known for the cult Western Blindman (starring Beatles tub-thumper Ringo Starr) and the 3D extravaganza Comin' at Ya!, Texas Adios is a lesser-known Spaghetti Western gem, which boasts rapid-fire action scenes, stunning locations and stylish cinematography courtesy of Enzo Barboni (Django, Nightmare Castle). The film is presented here in an exclusive new restoration, with a wealth of extras which allow this film to be enjoyed as never before.

    SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • New restoration from a 2K scan from the original camera negative by Arrow Films
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM audio
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • Audio commentary for by spaghetti western experts C. Courtney Joyner and Henry C. Parke
  • Newly filmed interview with star Franco Nero
  • Newly filmed interview with co-star Alberto Dell'Acqua
  • Newly filmed interview with co-writer Franco Rossetti
  • Hello Texas!, newly filmed appreciation by Spaghetti Westerns scholar Austin Fisher
  • Gallery of original promotional images from the Mike Siegel Archive
  • Original trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Fully illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing by Howard Hughes, and original reviews
  • Delirium

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    Delirium is a 1987 Italy horror mystery thriller by Lamberto Bava.
    Starring Serena Grandi, Daria Nicolodi and Vanni Corbellini. BBFC link IMDb

    There are no censorship issues with this release.
    UK: Passed 18 uncut for sexualised violence, nudity:

    Promotional Material

    "Gloria (Serena Grandi, Antropophagus: The Beast), a model turned magazine owner, is having a terrible time keeping her buxom talent alive. A crazed fan of the ex-model is picking off her new starlets, one-by-one, and sending grotesque photographs of their bloody craftsmanship to the poor mogul. As the threats and bodies continue to mount, Gloria must discover who this madman is before she becomes the ultimate model for the lunatic s chopping block. Scored by the legendary Simon Boswell (Demons 2), Lamberto Bava s overly stylish giallo was originally developed by none other than Dario Argento and is brimming with legendary exploitation stars like Daria Nicolodi, George Eastman and David Brandon; all of whom are draped in outlandish 80s fashion. Delerium makes it HD debut thanks to 88 Films and is a must have for any giallo fan!"

    Extras:
    "New Master Restored from the Original Camera Negative

    Newly created English Subtitles

    Reversible Sleeve with original LE FOTO DI GIOIA title"
    The Mighty Peking Man

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    The Mighty Peking Man is a 1977 Hong Kong action Sci-Fi horror by Meng Hua Ho (as Homer Gaugh).
    Starring Evelyne Kraft, Danny Lee and Feng Ku. BBFC link IMDb

    Original European version with title Colossus of Congo has an alternate ending to the Hong Kong version.
    UK: Passed 15 uncut for sexual threat, moderate violence:

    Promotional Material

    The success of the Japanese GODZILLA movies led to all kinds of strange cash-in capers - including the legendarily bizarre North Korean opus PULGASARI (1985). However, it was with THE MIGHTY PEKING MAN in 1977 that the Shaw Brothers studio cast their own attempt at a mega-sized monster movie and, for many, this is the one that even outdoes the Tokyo originators for sheer sublime cinematic genius. Featuring the iconic Danny Lee (THE KILLER/ THE UNTOLD STORY/ CITY ON FIRE) as an explorer in the Himalayas who gets caught up with a ravishing jungle Jane (played by the delicious Evelyne Kraft), and discovers a huge King Kong-inspired ape hiding in the forest, THE MIGHTY PEKING MAN is a creature feature that is packed full of sex appeal, city-smashing theatrics and monstrous moments. Acclaimed by Quentin Tarantino, who considers it a personal favourite, and highlighting assured direction from the great Ho Meng Hua (whose genre career also spans such sleazy classics as BLACK MAGIC and THE OILY MANIAC), MIGHTY PEKING MAN sets a gold standard in Hong Kong grindhouse glory and is finally back on British shelves, ready to pummel its way into the hearts of a new generation!

    Extras:
    • "RESTORED UNCUT HD TRANSFER in Original 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
    • Uncompressed English & Mandarin Audio
    • English Subtitles
    • Reverse Sleeve featuring Original Hong Kong Poster Art
    • Audio Commentary with Bey Logan"
    Once Upon A Time In China Trilogy

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    Once Upon a Time in China is a 1991 Hong Kong action historical biography by Hark Tsui.
    Starring Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan and Biao Yuen. BBFC link IMDb

    Generally released uncut but there is also a shortened US version.
    Once Upon a Time in China II is a 1992 Hong Kong action historical romance by Hark Tsui.
    Starring Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan and Siu Chung Mok. IMDb
    Generally released uncut.
    Once Upon a Time in China III is a 1992 Hong Kong action historical romance by Hark Tsui.
    Starring Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan and Siu Chung Mok. BBFC link   IMDb
    Generally released uncut but there is also a shortened US version. The BBFC cuts the cinema release for a horse fall but this cut was later waived

    Summary Notes

    In the sequel to the Tsui Hark classic, Wong Fei-Hung faces The White Lotus society, a fanatical cult seeking to drive the Europeans out of China through violence, even attacking Chinese who follow Western ways. Wong must also defend Dr. Sun Yat Sen, a revolutionary, from the military. With his friends, loved ones, and the future of China itself at stake, Wong must once again use his martial arts skills to defend the innocent.

    UK: Passed 15 uncut for:
    • 2018 Eureka Entertainment (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 10th December 2018

    Promotional Material

    Tsui Hark s phenomenal Once Upon a Time in China trilogy finally arrives on Blu-ray in the UK from brand new 4K restorations! Starring Jet Li as the real life Cantonese folk hero, Wong Fei-hung, a physical embodiment of traditional Chinese values and moral incorruptibility, this martial-arts epic charts China s transition into the modern-world as it gradually abandons its old traditions and begins to accept the inevitable encroach of Western cultures.

    With action sequences choreographed by the legendary Yuen Woo-ping, the Once Upon a Time in China series is a glorious high-point in martial-arts filmmaking, and Eureka Classics is proud to present Tsui Hark s original trilogy, as well as Once Upon a Time in China and America (which saw Jet Li return to the Wong Fei-hung role after a four-year gap) for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK in a special Limited Edition 4-Disc Box Set loaded with extra content.(4000 copies)

    BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
    • Special Limited Edition Box Set of 4000 copies
    • 1080p presentations of all three films, sourced from brand new 4K restorations and making their UK debuts on Blu-ray
    • Original Cantonese audio tracks (original source audio tracks and restored 5.1 options available)
    • Optional English audio tracks | Optional English subtitles
    • Once Upon a Time in China and America [100 mins, HD] the final chapter in the Once Upon a Time in China series , with Jet Li making a triumphant return to his most iconic role
    • New audio commentaries on Once Upon a Time in China I-III by martial-arts cinema expert Mike Leeder
    • A new video essay by Travis Crawford
    • New Interviews with key Cast & Crew (more info TBC)
    • The Legend of Wong Fei-Hung [48 mins] a three-part featurette on the legendary folk hero
    • Archival interview with actor and Shaw Brothers veteran, Yen Shi-kwan [10 mins]
    • Archival interview with Jet Li [10 mins]
    • Archival interview with Donnie Yen | Archival Q&A with Jet Li [10 mins]
    • Archival interview with director Tsui Hark [23 mins]
    • Archival interview with actor John Wakefield [11 mins]
    • Making of Once Upon a Time in China and America [25 mins]
    • Stills Galleries
    • Trailers
    • ALL EXTRAS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
    • Box set exclusive Collectors booklets featuring new essays, and an abundance of archival material and ephemera
    Dragon Fist

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    Dragon Fist (Long quan) is a 1979 Hong Kong / Taiwan action drama by Wei Lo.
    Starring Jackie Chan, Nora Miao and James Tien. IMDb

    Passed 18 uncut by the BBFC for cinema and video. There is also a shortened version released in the US.
    UK: Passed 18 uncut for:
    • 2018 88 Films (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 10th December 2018

    Promotional Material

    Helmed by the iconic and groundbreaking director Lo Wei (who called the shots on the Bruce Lee masterworks THE BIG BOSS and FIST OF FURY) , Jackie Chan was at his martial art peak by the time he took on the leading man role in DRAGON FIST (1979). Avenging the death of his master, Chan is in fine form as he gets tangled up in the sort of convoluted and carnage-packed plot that golden age kung-fu classics do all-too well. Make no mistake, DRAGON FIST is Chan at his hard-fisted best - ready for action and jacked to the ears... Only 88 Films could have brought a 2K restoration of DRAGON FIST to UK Blu-ray as part of our ever-expanding and acclaimed Asian cinema collection! <div> SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

    • Limited Edition O-Card slipcase [First Print Run Only]
    • Limited Edition Collectors' Postcards Set (4) [First Print Run Only]
    • 2018 2K Scan from the Original Camera Negative
    • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
    • English Original Mono Audio
    • English 5.1 Re-Mixed Audio
    • Cantonese Original Mono Audio
    • Cantonese 5.1 Remixed Audio
    • Mandarin Original Mono Audio
    • Mandarin 5.1 Remixed Audio
    • Newly Translated subtitles for both Cantonese and Mandarin Audio
    • Original Trailer
    • Interview with NEO Magazine writer and journalist David West
    • Lobby Card Gallery
    • Reversible Sleeve with New Artwork by The Dude Designs and Original Hong Kong Poster Artwork

    To Kill with Intrigue

    To Kill with Intrigue (Jian hua yan yu Jiang Nan) is a 1977 Hong Kong / South Korea action drama by Wei Lo.
    Starring Jackie Chan, Hui Lou Chen and Ching Hsia Chiang. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

    No BBFC cuts but the 2001 DVD was shortened. This release is the full length version.

    UK: Previously passed 18 uncut for:
    • 2018 88 Films (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 10th December 2018

    Promotional Material

    The year was 1977 and kung-fu fighting was still blasting out of discotheques, the spectre of Bruce Lee continued to haunt Hong Kong cinema and a young Jackie Chan was fast on his way to superstardom. TO KILL WITH INTRIGUE is undoubtedly one of the martial arts legend's finest moments - with confident direction from the legendary Lo Wei , who had given Bruce Lee his break with THE BIG BOSS in 1971! Shot in South Korea, TO KILL WITH INTRIGUE highlights a fast-paced tale of doomed romance and revenge that gives Chan's token stunts and chopsocky mayhem plenty of space to showcase themselves! Finally available to UK viewers, in a new 2K scan, one of Chan's most underrated motion pictures is ready to fight its way into your collection of 88 Asia gems!

    SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

    • Limited Edition O-Card slipcase [First Print Run Only]
    • Limited Edition Collectors' Postcards Set (4) [First Print Run Only]
    • 2018 2K Scan from the Original Camera Negative
    • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
    • English Original Mono Audio
    • English 5.1 Re-Mixed Audio
    • Mandarin Original Mono Audio
    • Mandarin 5.1 Remixed Audio
    • Cantonese Stereo Audio
    • Newly translated Subtitles for the Original Mandarin Audio
    • Original Trailer
    • Interview with Hong Kong Cinema Expert, Rick Baker
    • Lobby Card Gallery
    • Behind the Scenes Stills Gallery
    • Reversible Sleeve with New Artwork by The Dude Designs and Original Hong Kong Poster Artwork
     

     

     

    BBFC: Age Verification We Don't Trust...

    The government's age verification scheme which leaves people's sensitive sexual preferences unprotected by law is to be presented for approval by the House of Lords


    Link Here 10th December 2018
    Full story: BBFC Internet Porn Censors...BBFC: Age Verification We Don't Trust
    The following four motions are expected to be debated together in the House of Lords on 11th December 2018:

    Online Pornography (Commercial Basis) Regulations 2018

    Lord Ashton of Hyde to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 10 October be approved. Special attention drawn to the instrument by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, 38th Report, 4th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee (Sub-Committee B)

    Guidance on Age-verification Arrangements

    Lord Ashton of Hyde to move that the draft Guidance laid before the House on 25 October be approved. Special attention drawn to the instrument by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, 39th Report, 4th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee (Sub-Committee B)

    Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to move that this House regrets that the draft Online Pornography (Commercial Basis) Regulations 2018 and the draft Guidance on Age-verification Arrangements do not bring into force section 19 of the Digital Economy Act 2017, which would have given the regulator powers to impose a financial penalty on persons who have not complied with their instructions to require that they have in place an age verification system which is fit for purpose and effectively managed so as to ensure that commercial pornographic material online will not normally be accessible by persons under the age of 18.

    Guidance on Ancillary Service Providers

    Lord Ashton of Hyde to move that the draft Guidance laid before the House on 25 October be approved. Special attention drawn to the instrument by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, 39th Report, 4th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee (Sub-Committee B)

    The DCMS and BBFC age verification scheme has been widely panned as fundamentally the law provides no requirement to actually protect people's identity data that can be coupled with their sexual preferences and sexuality. The scheme only offers voluntary suggestions that age verification services and websites should protect their user's privacy. But one only has to look to Google, Facebook and Cambridge Analytica to see how worthless mere advice is. GDPR is often quoted but that only requires that user consent is obtained. One will have to simply to the consent to the 'improved user experience' tick box to watch the porn, and thereafter the companies can do what the fuck they like with the data.

    See criticism of the scheme:

    Security expert provides a detailed break down of the privacy and security failures of the age verification scheme

    Parliamentary scrutiny committee condemns BBFC Age Verification Guidelines

    Parliamentary scrutiny committee condemns as 'defective' a DCMS Statutory Instrument excusing Twitter and Google images from age verification.

     

     

    Gloves off...

    GCHQ will work around encrypted communications by the mass hacking of people's devices


    Link Here 10th December 2018
    Full story: Snooper's Charter Plus...2015 Cameron government expands the Snooper's Charter
    The UK's intelligence agencies are to significantly increase their use of large-scale data hacking after claiming that more targeted operations are being rendered obsolete by technology.

    The move will see an expansion in what is known as the bulk equipment interference (EI) regime -- the process by which GCHQ can target entire communication networks overseas in a bid to identify individuals who pose a threat to national security. [Note that the idea this is somehow only targeted at foreigners is misleading. Five countries cooperate so that they can mutually target each others users to work round limits on snooping on one's own country].

    A letter from the security minister, Ben Wallace, to the head of the intelligence and security committee, Dominic Grieve, quietly filed in the House of Commons library last week, states:

    Following a review of current operational and technical realities, GCHQ have ... determined that it will be necessary to conduct a higher proportion of ongoing overseas focused operational activity using the bulk EI regime than was originally envisaged.

     

     

    Pots claim copyright on calling kettles black...

    Copyright lobbyists whinge about Julia Reda's campaign methods


    Link Here 10th December 2018
    Full story: Copyright in the EU...Copyright law for Europe

    As the controversy over the EU's Article 13 censorship machines continue, Twitter appears to be the communications weapon of choice for parties on both sides.

    As one of the main opponents of Article 13 and in particular its requirement for upload filtering, Julia Reda MEP has been a frequent target for proponents. Accused of being a YouTube/Google shill (despite speaking out loudly against YouTube's maneuvering), Reda has endured a lot of criticism. As an MEP, she's probably used to that.

    However, a recent response to one of her tweets from music giant IFPI opens up a somewhat ironic can of worms that deserves a closer look.

    Since kids will be affected by Article 13, largely due to their obsessiveness with YouTube, Reda recently suggested that they should lobby their parents to read up on the legislation. In tandem with pop-ups from YouTube advising users to oppose Article 13, that seemed to irritate some supporters of the proposed law.

    As the response from IFPI's official account shows, Reda's advice went down like a lead balloon with the music group, a key defender of Article 13. The IFPI tweeted:.

    Shame on you: Do you really approve of minors being manipulated by big tech companies to deliver their commercial agenda?

    It's pretty ironic that IFPI has called out Reda for informing kids about copyright law to further the aims of big tech companies. As we all know, the music and movie industries have been happily doing exactly the same to further their own aims for at least ten years and probably more.

    Digging through the TF archives, there are way too many articles detailing how big media has directly targeted kids with their message over the last decade. Back in 2009, for example, a former anti-piracy consultant for EMI lectured kids as young as five on anti-piracy issues.

     

     

    Board content updated...

    Ofcom appoints a new TV censor


    Link Here 10th December 2018

    Ofcom has appointed Stephen Nuttall to its Content Board.

    Ofcom's Content Board is a committee of the main Ofcom Board. It has advisory responsibility for a wide range of content issues, including the regulation of television, radio and video-on-demand quality and standards.

    Stephen Nuttall has more than thirty years' experience working as a senior executive and a consultant in the sports, media and digital industries. Stephen's previous positions include Senior Director at YouTube EMEA and Group Commercial Director at Sky.

     

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