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1997 USA comedy Sci-Fi film by Barry Sonnenfeld set for UK 4k Blu-ray release on 27th December 2017 uncut for the first time in the UK


Link Here 17th November 2017
Men In Black 4k Blu-ray Men in Black is a 1997 USA comedy Sci-Fi film by Barry Sonnenfeld.
Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith and Linda Fiorentino. BBFC link IMDb

UK: The Uncut Version was passed 12 for moderate bad language for:

  • 2017 Sony R0 4k Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 27th December 2017
UK Censorship History
The film was cut in the US for a PG-13 rating. This cut version was passed 15 without further cuts by the BBFC for 2002 film and 2003 DVD. There is also an uncut International Version.

The BBFC cuts for PG were to overdub 2 aggressive uses of the word prick

  • You insensitive prick was replaced by You insensitive jerk
  • I just hope the little prick hasn't skipped town was replaced by I just hope the little twerp hasn't skipped town

See the cuts from Men in Black in Gavin Salkeld's YouTube series Cutting Edge: Quick Trims

Promotional Material

Men In Black follows the exploits of Agents K (Tommy Lee Jones) and J (Will Smith), members of a top secret organisation established to monitor alien activity on Earth. The two MIB find themselves in the middle of a deadly plot by an intergalactic terrorist (Vincent D'Onofrio) who has arrived on Earth to assassinate two ambassadors from opposing galaxies. K and J face a simple imperative: track down the interloper or the Earth will be destroyed. It's all in a day's work for the Men in Black.

BLU-RAY disc bonus features

  • Telestrator Commentary with Director Barry Sonnenfeld and Tommy Lee Jones
  • Technical Commentay with Barry Sonnenfeld, Rick Baker and Industrial Light & Magic Team
  • Extended & Alternate Scenes
  • "Metamorphosis of Men In Black" Documentary
  • Original Featurette
  • Scene Editing Workshop
  • Visual Effects Scene Deconstructions with Commentary
  • Character Animation Studies
  • Storyboard Comparisons
  • Galleries
  • Music Video
  • Original Theatrical and Teaser Trailers
  • Multi-Player Trivia and Ask Frank the Pug Game

 

  Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC...

Latest classification decisions


Link Here 17th November 2017
filmFilm Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 15 November 2017

Les Hommes Du Feu

Poster Les Hommes Du Feu 2017 Pierre Jolivet

BBFC uncut
uncut
15 93:26s Les Hommes Du Feu is a 2017 France drama by Pierre Jolivet.
Starring Roschdy Zem, Émilie Dequenne and Michael Abiteboul. BBFC link IMDb

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

  • 2017 cinema release
Summary Notes

Bénédicte Meursault, a female firefighter, has just been transferred to a small fire brigade in the South of France. She is welcomed by Philippe, 45, the wise captain of the brigade. Soon after being introduced to the men, the young woman jumps into action. Unfortunately, while rescuing the victims of a terrible car crash, she does not find one of the injured who was ejected thirty meters away. Now the man is in hospital in a coma and he may die because of her. Completely upset, Bénédicte decides to resign but Philippe dissuades her from doing it.

filmCommunity Film Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 15 November 2017

Theeran Adhigaram Ondru

BBFC uncut
uncut
15 158:46s Theeran Adhigaram Ondru is a 2017 action crime thriller by H Vinoth.
Starring Karthi, Rakul Preet Singh and Abhimanyu Singh. BBFC link

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong violence for:

  • 2017 cinema release
videoFilm on DVD Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 15 November 2017

Baby Driver

Poster Baby Driver 2017 Edgar Wright

BBFC uncut
uncut
15 107:58s Baby Driver is a 2017 UK / USA action crime thriller by Edgar Wright.
Starring Ansel Elgort, Lily James and Jon Hamm. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language, violence for:

  • 2017 Sony DADC UK Limited [16:9] video
Summary Notes

After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.

Baby Driver

Baby Driver Blu-ray

BBFC uncut
uncut
15 ~113:00s Baby Driver is a 2017 UK / USA action crime thriller by Edgar Wright.
Starring Ansel Elgort, Lily James and Jon Hamm. IMDb

UK: Passed 15 uncut for:

  • 2017 Sony R0 4k Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 13th November 2017
  • 2017 Sony R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 13th November 2017
  • 2017 Sony R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 13th November 2017
There are no censorship issues with this release.

Promotional Material

A talented, young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.

Special Features

  • That's My Baby: Edgar Wright featurette
  • I Need A Killer Track: The Music featurette
  • Devil Behind The Wheel: The Car Chases featurette
  • Meet Your New Crew: Doc's Gang featurette
  • Commentary with Edgar Wright & Bill Pope
  • Mint Royale "Blue Song" Music Video
  • Over 20 minutes of Deleted and Extended Scenes (Exclusive to Blu-ray)
  • Mozart In A Go-Kart: Ansel Drives featurette (Exclusive to Blu-ray)
  • Find Something Funky on There: The Choreography featurette (Exclusive to Blu-ray)
  • Animatics featurette (Exclusive to Blu-ray)
  • Complete Storyboard Gallery (Exclusive to Blu-ray)
  • And more!

Darcey Bussell Diverse Dance Mix Workout

BBFC uncut
uncut
U 73:15s Darcey Bussell Diverse Dance Mix Workout is a documentary video by Not Known.
Starring Darcey Bussell. BBFC link

UK: Passed U uncut for infrequent very mild bad language for:

  • 2017 2 entertain Video. [16:9] video
Additional Material:
  • Darcey Bussell Diverse Dance Mix Workout - Meet Nathan and Justin [Additional Material]

Howards End

Poster Howards End 1992 James Ivory

BBFC uncut
uncut
PG 142:20s
 
Howards End is a 1992 UK / Japan / USA romance by James Ivory.
Starring Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson and Vanessa Redgrave. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed PG uncut for mild sex references, infrequent mild violence for:

  • 2017 Sony DADC UK Limited [Distributor Change] video
Summary Notes

Encounter of three social classes of England at the beginning of the 20th century : the Victorian capitalists (the Wilcoxes) considering themselves as aristocrats, whose only god is money ; the enlightened bourgeois (the Schlegels), humanistic and philanthropic ; and the workers (the Basts), fighting to survive. The Schlegel sisters' humanism will be torn apart as they try both to softly knock down the Wilcox's prejudices and to help the Basts.

The Lair of the White Worm

BBFC uncut
uncut
18 93:20s
93:20s
The Lair of the White Worm is a 1988 UK comedy horror by Ken Russell.
Starring Amanda Donohoe, Hugh Grant and Catherine Oxenberg. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 18 uncut for:

  • 2017 Lionsgate UK / Lionsgate International (UK) - (HE) video

Other:

  • The Lair of the White Worm Passed 18
Summary Notes

Scottish archaeologist Angus Flint discovers an odd skull amid the ruins of a convent that he is excavating. Shortly thereafter, Lady Sylvia Marsh returns to Temple House, a nearby mansion, far earlier than expected. At a party in the village, Angus meets Lord James D'Ampton, who has just inherited his family's land right next to Temple House. Angus learns of the D'Ampton Worm, a huge dragon-snake that an earlier D'Ampton killed by cutting it in half. (There's a pretty catchy rock-folk song that tells the D'Ampton Worm legend.) As people begin disappearing and acting strangely over the next few days, the skull is stolen from Angus's room, and the watch of a missing person is found in a cavern that was the legendary home of the D'Ampton worm. Angus and James discover that there was an ancient cult that worshiped the worm as a god, and they theorize that the creature somehow survived its destruction, but it was trapped inside the cavern. The remainder of the movie shows Angus, James, ...

Men in Black

Men In Black 4k Blu-ray

BBFC uncut
uncut
12 93:53s
 
Men in Black is a 1997 USA comedy Sci-Fi film by Barry Sonnenfeld.
Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith and Linda Fiorentino. BBFC link IMDb

UK:  The Uncut Version was passed 12 for moderate bad language for:

  • 2017 Sony R0 4k Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 27th December 2017
UK Censorship History
The film was cut in the US for a PG-13 rating. This cut version was passed 15 without further cuts by the BBFC for 2002 film and 2003 DVD. There is also an uncut International Version.

The BBFC cuts for PG were to overdub 2 aggressive uses of the word prick

  • You insensitive prick was replaced by You insensitive jerk
  • I just hope the little prick hasn't skipped town was replaced by I just hope the little twerp hasn't skipped town

See the cuts from Men in Black in Gavin Salkeld's YouTube series Cutting Edge: Quick Trims

Promotional Material

Men In Black follows the exploits of Agents K (Tommy Lee Jones) and J (Will Smith), members of a top secret organisation established to monitor alien activity on Earth. The two MIB find themselves in the middle of a deadly plot by an intergalactic terrorist (Vincent D'Onofrio) who has arrived on Earth to assassinate two ambassadors from opposing galaxies. K and J face a simple imperative: track down the interloper or the Earth will be destroyed. It's all in a day's work for the Men in Black.

BLU-RAY disc bonus features

  • Telestrator Commentary with Director Barry Sonnenfeld and Tommy Lee Jones
  • Technical Commentay with Barry Sonnenfeld, Rick Baker and Industrial Light & Magic Team
  • Extended & Alternate Scenes
  • "Metamorphosis of Men In Black" Documentary
  • Original Featurette
  • Scene Editing Workshop
  • Visual Effects Scene Deconstructions with Commentary
  • Character Animation Studies
  • Storyboard Comparisons
  • Galleries
  • Music Video
  • Original Theatrical and Teaser Trailers
  • Multi-Player Trivia and Ask Frank the Pug Game

The Perfect Weapon

BBFC uncut
uncut
15 83:41s The Perfect Weapon is a 2016 USA / Spain / Sweden action Sci-Fi drama by Titus Paar.
Starring Steven Seagal, Sasha Jackson and Vernon Wells. BBFC link IMDb

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

  • 2017 Sony DADC UK Limited [16:9] video
Summary Notes

In the not so distant future, society is controlled by the powerful State and a dictator known as the Director. Condor works as a hitman for the State, but a reunion with someone he thought was dead forces him to consider who his enemies really are.

Slaughter High

BBFC uncut
uncut
18 90:28s
 
Slaughter High is a 1986 UK / USA horror by George Dugdale and Mark Ezra
Starring Caroline Munro, Simon Scuddamore and Carmine Iannaccone. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong language, gory violence, sexualised violence and drug use for:

  • 2017 Lionsgate UK / Lionsgate International (UK) - (HE) video
UK Censorship History

Cut by the BBFC for 1987 18 rated VHS. Uncut and 18 rated since 2011. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

Summary Notes

A group of popular students play a cruel prank on a shy nerd resulting in a terrible accident. Years later a reunion is held where each of the students face a stalker killer who may be the same nerd out for revenge.

Spider-man: Homecoming

Poster Spiderman Homecoming 2017 Jon Watts

BBFC uncut
uncut
12 127:56s Spider-man: Homecoming is a 2017 USA action Sci-Fi adventure by Jon Watts.
Starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton and Robert Downey Jr. BBFC link IMDb

UK: 2D and 3D versions were passed 12 uncut for:

  • 2017 Sony DADC UK Limited [2D] video
Summary Notes

Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May, under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark, Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine - distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man - but when the Vulture emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

TV CensorshipTV on DVD Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 15 November 2017

The A Word

BBFC uncut
uncut
12 58:40s
58:26s
The A Word is a drama by Not Known.
Starring Max Vento, Lee Ingleby and Morven Christie. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 2, Episode 1 Passed 12 for moderate bad language
  • Season 2, Episode 2 Passed 12 for infrequent strong language, moderate sex references

Better Call Saul

BBFC uncut
uncut
12 440:39s Better Call Saul is a crime drama by Thomas Schnauz, Terry McDonough, Scott Winant...
Starring Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks and Rhea Seehorn. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 2, Episodes 1-10 Passed 12 for infrequent strong language, moderate violence, sex references

Red Dwarf Xii

BBFC uncut
uncut
12
PG
29:26s
27:25s
27:09s
27:56s
26:59s
28:11s
Red Dwarf Xii is a comedy Sci-Fi video by Doug Naylor.
Starring Craig Charles, Chris Barrie and Robert Llewellyn. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 12, Episode 1, Cured Passed 12 for moderate sex references
  • Season 12, Episode 2, Siliconia Passed 12 for moderate innuendo
  • Season 12, Episode 3, Time Wave Passed 12 for moderate sex references, drug references
  • Season 12, Episode 4, Mechocracy Passed 12 for rude gesture
  • Season 12, Episode 5, M-corp Passed PG for mild threat
  • Season 12, Episode 6, Skipper Passed PG for mild bad language, comic threat, infrequent mild sex references
Additional Material:
  • Red Dwarf Xii DVD Extras [Additional Material, Season 12, Disc 2]
  • Red Dwarf Xii - DVD Extras [Additional Material, Season 12, Disc 1]
videoChildren's DVD Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 15 November 2017

The Emoji Movie

BBFC uncut
uncut
U 82:45s The Emoji Movie is a animation film by Anthony Leondis.
Starring Anna Faris (voice), TJ Miller (voice) and Sofía Vergara (voice). BBFC link

UK: Passed U uncut for mild rude humour, comic threat, very mild bad language for:

  • 2017 Sony DADC UK Limited [16:9] video

Peppa Pig

BBFC uncut
uncut
U 50:00s Peppa Pig - the Easter Bunny is a children's cartoon video by Neville Astley, Mark Baker, Joris Van Hulzen...
Starring John Sparkes (voice), Morwenna Banks (voice) and Richard Ridings (voice). BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 5, Episodes 8-10, 12, 13, 23-25, 29, 30 Passed U for no material likely to offend or harm
PreviewComing Soon Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 15 November 2017

 

      Trailers:
  • Coco
  • The Man With the Iron Heart
  • A Quiet Place
  • Red Sparrow

Death Race: Beyond Anarchy

      Additional Material:
  • Death Race: Beyond Anarchy - Inside the Anarchy [Additional Material]
  • Death Race: Beyond Anarchy - on the Streets of Death Race: Beyond Anarchy [Additional Material]
  • Death Race: Beyond Anarchy - Time Served Lists & Goldberg [Additional Material]
  • Death Race: Beyond Anarchy [Additional Material, Audio Commentary]

 

  Failing politicians love fake news, they think it is something to blame their failure on...

And the EU loves fake news a lot! And so it is setting up a new censorship body to find even more of it


Link Here 17th November 2017  full story: Internet Censorship in EU...EU proposes mandatory cleanfeed for all member states
EU flagThe European Union is in the process of creating an authority to monitor and censor so-called fake news. It is setting up a High-Level 'Expert' Group. The EU is currently consulting media professionals and the public to decide what powers to give to this EU body, which is to begin operation next spring.

The World Socialist Web Site has its own colourful view on the intentions of the body, but I don't suppose it is too far from the truth:

An examination of the EU's announcement shows that it is preparing mass state censorship aimed not at false information, but at news reports or political views that encourage popular opposition to the European ruling class.

It aims to create conditions where unelected authorities control what people can read or say online.

 EU Vice-President Frans Timmermans explained the move in ominous tersm

We live in an era where the flow of information and misinformation has become almost overwhelming. The EU's task is to protect its citizens from fake news and to manage the information they receive.

According to an EU press release, the EU Commission, another unelected body, will select the High-Level Expert Group, which is to start in January 2018 and will work over several months. It will discuss possible future actions to strengthen citizens' access to reliable and verified information and prevent the spread of disinformation online.

Who will decide what views are verified, who is reliable and whose views are disinformation to be deleted from Facebook or removed from Google search results? The EU, of course.

 

  Endorsed as Politically Correct...

Twitter redefines its 'verified' tick qualifications to exclude the politically incorrect


Link Here 17th November 2017  full story: Twitter Censorship...Twitter offers country by country take downs
twitter verified logoTwitter announced yesterday that it would begin removing verification badges for famous tweeters that it does not approve of. Not for what is tweeted, but for offline behaviour Twitter does not like.

The key phrase in Twitter's policy update is this one: Reasons for removal may reflect behaviors on and off Twitter. Before yesterday, the rules explicitly applied only to behavior on Twitter. From now on, holders of verified badges will be held accountable for their behavior in the real world as well. Twitter has promised further information about the new censorship policy in due course.

Many questions remain unanswered. What will the company's review consist of? How will it examine users' offline behavior? Will it simply respond to reports, or will it actively look for violations? Will it handle the work with its existing team, or will it expand its trust and safety team?

Twitter has immediately rescinded blue tick verification from accounts belonging to far-right activists, including Jason Kessler, a US white supremacist, and Tommy Robinson, founder of the English Defence League.

 

  Sexist, degrading, and objectifying...

ASA recommends banned Godwin Smith shoe advert


Link Here 17th November 2017

godwin smith fancy a pair campaignAds for Goodwin Smith Shoes seen in August 2017:

  • a. An email included the claim Fancy a pair? and was accompanied by an image of three women wearing just knickers, with one woman's breasts exposed, the second covering her chest with her arm with her nipple exposed and the third posed in front of the others holding a pair of shoes over her chest. Above the image was the company tag line Bucking good shoes.

  • b. The company's own website www.goodwinsmith.co.uk, included the claim Fancy a pair? and was accompanied by an image of two women who were topless, wearing only knickers and covering their breasts with shoes.

  • c. A Facebook post seen on their own page included the text Watch the explicit campaign video on Youtube now accompanied by an image of three woman wearing just knickers, two women covered their breasts with shoes and the third covered her breasts with her arm.

  • d. A Facebook post seen on their own page included the text Watch the full [no under 18] version on Youtube now and featured the not suitable for under 18s emoji. Underneath was a still image of a video that featured a woman wearing black underwear on her knees in front of a fully clothed man who was holding a plastic machine which released paper money notes in quick succession at her face.

  • e. An email titled WE DID WARN YOU, which included the not suitable for under 18s emoji, showed an image of three women and three men. One of the women was topless and wore a saxophone around her neck. A second woman wore just a pair of knickers, high heels and a foam finger. She was pressed against a man and was slightly bent over showing her bare buttocks. The three men were fully clothed. Above the image was the company tag line Bucking good shoes.

  • f. A Youtube video appearing on Goodwin Smith's channel, titled FANCY A PAIR? (EXPLICIT VERSION) AW17. Before the video played, text appeared which stated Sign in to confirm your age. This video may be inappropriate for some users. The video contained three women and three men. For the duration of the video, the men remained fully clothed. In some scenes, the three women wore black lingerie and in others they were topless, wearing nude thongs and high heels. Throughout the ad the women were dancing and interacting with the men. One shot featured a topless woman with the phrase FANCY A PAIR? written on the screen. Other scenes included: a woman on her knees facing a man who was using a machine to shoot paper money notes into the woman's face; a topless woman serving a man a drink; and men shaking up a bottle of liquid, then spraying it across the room.

Nine complainants challenged whether the ads were offensive because they were sexist, objectifying women, and degrading to women.

Redfoot Shoes Ltd t/a Goodwin Smith said that the campaign had attempted to portray a fantasy concept in which the men were portrayed as being confident; this was not meant to degrade women. They also said that their typical consumer was men aged between 22 and 45 years, with an interest in sport and other luxury brands associated with clothing and lifestyle. The ads had been formulated specifically for potential consumers within their target demographic, therefore they felt the platforms used to promote the campaign would only been seen by consumers who had actively chosen to receive or view the content. They provided evidence of the impact of their social media posts and stated that some of their most popular posts featured photographs of women in provocative poses. Based on this history, they believed they provided a marketing campaign that would be well received by their customers. They also informed us that there were two versions of the video and the version featuring the women topless came with a warning of the explicit content.

ASA Assessment: Complaints Upheld

The ASA considered that a number of scenes in ad (f), such as the opening shot of a topless blonde woman with the phrase FANCY A PAIR? shown on screen and the shot with a woman in her underwear on all fours with the product on her back, were sexually suggestive and that for most of the video the women danced in a seductive manner.

We considered that in the ads the men were portrayed in a manner viewers were likely to interpret to mean that they were successful, suave and aspirational. For example, during ad (f) they were smartly dressed and well groomed, were consistently seen to be confidently interacting with the women, and had their names appearing on-screen with aspirational character descriptions, such as the ladies man[sic], the baller and the rebel. In contrast, we considered the women to have been portrayed in a subservient position -- for example, throughout the video the men remained fully clothed, whereas the women wore either only a nude coloured thong or a lingerie set. Scenes included one shot in which a woman was seen serving a man alcohol whilst just wearing a thong and in another in which a woman was on her knees facing a man who was using a machine to shoot banknotes into her face. We considered the general content of ad (f), and those scenes in ad (f) in particular, to be both sexually suggestive and degrading to women, and therefore likely to cause serious offence.

Goodwin Smith acknowledged that the ad was explicit and stated they had highlighted this feature of the campaign in ads (c)--(e) using phrases such as We did warn you accompanied by the not suitable for under 18s emoji and Watch the explicit campaign video on Youtube now. We considered ads (a)--(e) were similar in style to ad (f) -- for example, the ads included images such as two women in their underwear covering their breasts with the shoes. We considered that topless and lingerie-clad women were irrelevant to the shoes being advertised and that the general tone of the ads was also both sexually suggestive and degrading to women. We did not think that the warnings provided were sufficient to counter the likely offence caused by the scenes in the ad.

Because the ads were sexist, degrading to women, and objectifying women, we considered that they were likely to cause serious and widespread offence, including to Goodwin Smith's potential customer base. We concluded they were therefore in breach of the Code.

The ad must not appear again in its current form. We told Goodwin Smith to ensure that in the future their ads were socially responsible and that they did not objectify women.

 

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