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Shopping: Candyman...

1992 USA / UK horror thriller by Bernard Rose set for UK Blu-ray release on 29th October 2018. Arrow has now confirmed that both the cut US version and the uncut UK version have been restored for this release


Link Here 12th October 2018
Candyman is a 1992 USA / UK horror thriller by Bernard Rose.
Starring Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley and Tony Todd. BBFC link IMDb
Released uncut and 18 rated for UK cinema release and VHS. In the US the film was cut for an MPAA R rating. This cut version seems to have been released worldwide on DVD and Blu-ray with just a Turkish DVD escaping the cuts.

Set for a restored release UK Blu-ray in 2018. Both the cut US version and the uncut UK version have been restored for this release.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Candyman

UK: The UK Theatrical Version was passed 15 uncut for strong violence, horror, gory images for:
  • 2018 Arrow Limited Edition [UK + US Version] RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 29th October 2018

Promotional Material

Dare you say his name five times? From the chilling imagination of horror master Clive Barker (Hellraiser, Nightbreed), comes Candyman arguably one of the greatest horror movies of the 1990s, now newly restored on Blu-ray.

When grad student Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) begins working on a thesis looking at urban legends, she encounters the tale of the Candyman the vengeful spirit of a hook-handed slave, who, it is said, can be summoned by saying his name five times in the mirror. As her research leads her into the bowels of Chicago s deprived housing projects and deeper into the Candyman s world, Helen learns that some legends are best left alone...

Expertly directed by British filmmaker Bernard Rose and boasting an astounding score by composer Philip Glass, Candyman ingeniously reworks Clive Barker s original short story The Forbidden (originally published as part of his Books of Blood collection) into a modern horror parable that remains as timely today as ever.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • Two-disc edition featuring two cuts of the film and exclusive bonus content
  • Exclusive packaging featuring newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
  • Limited edition 40-page perfect-bound booklet reproducing the original hand-painted storyboards by writer-director Bernard Rose
  • Fully illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by festival programmer Michael Blyth
  • 6 postcard-sized original UK lobby card reproductions
  • Reversible poster featuring new and original artwork
DISC ONE -- US R-RATED VERSION
  • Brand new restoration of the US R-rated version from a new 4K scan of the original negative, supervised and approved by writer-director Bernard Rose and director of photography Anthony B. Richmond
  • 5.1 DTS-HD MA and Original Uncompressed Stereo 2.0 Audio
  • Brand new audio commentary with writer-director Bernard Rose and actor Tony Todd
  • Brand new audio commentary with authors Stephen Jones and Kim Newman
  • Be My Victim -- a brand new interview with actor Tony Todd
  • It Was Always You, Helen -- a brand new interview with actor Virginia Madsen
  • The Writing on the Wall: The Production Design of Candyman -- a brand new interview with production designer Jane Ann Stewart
  • Forbidden Flesh: The Makeup FX of Candyman -- brand new interviews with special makeup effects artists Bob Keen, Gary J. Tunnicliffe and Mark Coulier
  • A Story to Tell: Clive Barker's "The Forbidden" -- writer Douglas E. Winter on Clive Barker's seminal Books of Blood and Candyman's source story, "The Forbidden"
  • Urban Legend: Unwrapping Candyman -- a critical analysis of the film with writers Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Image Gallery
  • Three rarely-seen Bernard Rose short films, newly restored in HD: A Bomb With No Name on It (1975), The Wreckers (1976), and Looking at Alice (1977)
DISC TWO -- ORIGINAL UK THEATRICAL VERSION
  • Brand new restoration of the original UK theatrical version, featuring alternate, more graphic footage
  • Original Uncompressed Stereo 2.0 Audio
  • The Cinema of Clive Barker: The Divine Explicit -- a brand new in-depth interview with Clive Barker on Candyman and other filmic adaptations of his work

 

 

Shopping: The Equalizer 2...

2018 USA action crime thriller by Antoine Fuqua set for UK Blu-ray and DVD release on 10th December 2018. The BBFC have just passed the disk extras at 18 so hopefully this means that the film will be uncut


Link Here 9th October 2018
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. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

Thanks to Ben. It is not yet confirmed whether Sony will the cut 15 rated version or an uncut 18 rated version but it is surely significant that the disk extras have just been rated 18 by the BBFC. There would seem little point using a cut feature if the disk is set to be 18 rated anyway.

UK: Passed To be announced uncut for:
  • 2018 Sony Pictures RB 4k Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 10th December 2018
  • 2018 Sony Pictures RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 10th December 2018
  • 2018 Sony Pictures R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 10th December 2018
  • 2018 Sony Pictures Amazon Prime VoD [UK only] at UK Amazon

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?

 

 

Diary: Frightfest Halloween...

Saturday 3rd November 2018


Link Here 8th October 2018
Frightfest Halloween
Saturday 3rd November 2018
Cineworld Cinema, Leicester Square, London

Film schedule:

  • 10.40 AM - REBORN
  • 12.45 PM - PARALLEL
  • 3.15 PM - MARA
  • 6.00 PM - PERIPHERAL
  • 8.15 PM - THE UNTHINKABLE
  • 10.45 PM - ABRAKADABRA

 

 

Shopping: Cecilia...

1983 France / Belgium adult romance by Olivier Mathot and Jesús Franco set for UK DVD release on 29th October 2018 with BBFC cuts just waived


Link Here 8th October 2018
Cecilia is a 1983 France / Belgium adult romance by Olivier Mathot (as Claude Plaut) and Jesús Franco (uncredited).
Starring Muriel Montossé, Antonio Mayans and Antonio de Cabo. BBFC link IMDb  

Cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1985. Uncut and 18 rated for 2018 DVD. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

UK: Passed 18 uncut for sexual violence, strong sex with previous BBFC cuts waived:
  • 2018 Screenbound/Maison Rouge R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 29th October 2018

Promotional Material

After repeatedly flaunting her peerless body to her servants, snobbish aristocrat Cecila (Muriel Montrossé) becomes the victim of abuse. But the experience triggers a carnal awakening, full of socialite sex parties and woodland orgies. And before long, Cecilia finds her amorous adventures spinning out of control, particularly when her husband decides to join in on the free-love lifestyle.

 

 

Offsite Article: Is Venom Too Scary For Kids?...


Link Here 6th October 2018
Is a movie about an alien parasite that forcibly takes over someone's body and then starts threatening to bite heads and limbs off, but parents may be wondering if the movie is too scary for younger children.

See article from screenrant.com

 

 

Shopping: The Blood Island Collection...

Philippines / USA Sci-Fi horror set by Gerardo de Leon and Eddie Romero set for US Blu-ray release on 13th November 2018


Link Here 5th October 2018
Terror is a Man is a 1959 Philippines / USA Sci-Fi horror romance by Gerardo de Leon (as Gerry de Leon) and Eddie Romero (co-director).
Starring Francis Lederer, Greta Thyssen and Richard Derr. BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1964. Uncut and 15 rated since 2005 DVD. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

Mad Doctor of Blood Island is a 1968 Philippines / USA Sci-Fi horror adventure by Gerardo de Leon (as Gerry DeLeon) and Eddie Romero.
Starring John Ashley, Angelique Pettyjohn and Ronald Remy. BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1971. Cut for animal cruelty for 18 rated DVD in 2003. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

Brides of Blood is a 1968 Philippines / USA Sci-Fi horror by Gerardo de Leon and Eddie Romero.
Starring Kent Taylor, Beverly Powers and John Ashley. BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for X rated cinema release in 1969. Uncut for 15 rated DVD in 2003. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

Beast of Blood is a 1970 Philippines / USA horror adventure by Eddie Romero.
Starring John Ashley, Celeste Yarnall and Eddie Garcia. BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1970. Uncut on pre-cert VHS. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2018 Severin Films The Blood Island Collection RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 13th November 2018

Promotional Material

Severin Films Presents THE BLOOD ISLAND COLLECTION - The Complete BLOOD ISLAND Trilogy Plus The Acclaimed Prequel, Newly Remastered On Blu-Ray For The First Time Ever!

They've been called "defiantly lurid" (1000MisspentHours.com), "delightfully depraved" (FlickAttack.com) and "blood-soaked and naked broad-filled" (MrSkin.com). Their cult of fans are worldwide. And for more than fifty years, these four monster shockers from Filipino directors Gerry de Leon and Eddie Romero have stunned drive-in, grindhouse and VHS audiences, became the foundation of infamous exploitation distributors Hemisphere Pictures and Independent-International, and remain among the most insane/esteemed classics in horror history. Severin Films is now proud to present The BLOOD ISLAND Trilogy and its celebrated prequel, all featuring uncut scans from recently discovered film elements and oozing with all-new Special Features!

THE BLOOD ISLAND COLLECTION is a limited, numbered edition release of only 3500 units.

Special Features:

Disc 1 - BRIDES OF BLOOD:
Audio Commentary with Hemisphere Marketing Consultant Samuel M. Sherman.
Jungle Fury : Archival Interview with Co-Director Eddie Romero.
Here Comes the Bride : Interview with Hemisphere Marketing Consultant Samuel M. Sherman.
Beverly Hills on Blood Island : Interview with Actress Beverly Powers a.k.a. Beverly Hills.
Alternate BRIDES OF BLOOD ISLAND title sequence and JUNGLE FURY title card.
Teaser Trailer.
Trailer.
Poster & Still Gallery.

Disc 2 - MAD DOCTOR OF BLOOD ISLAND:
Audio Commentary with Horror Film Historians Nathaniel Thompson and Howard S. Berger.
Audio Commentary with Hemisphere Marketing Consultant Samuel M. Sherman.
Tombs of the Living Dead : Interview with Pete Tombs, Co-Author of "Immoral Tales."
A Taste of Blood : Interview with Critic Mark Holcomb.
The Mad Director of Blood Island : Archival Interview with Co-Director Eddie Romero.
Trailer.
Poster & Still Gallery.

Disc 3 - BEAST OF BLOOD: *BOX SET EXCLUSIVE!*
Audio Commentary with Hemisphere Marketing Consultant Samuel M. Sherman.
Celeste and The Beast : An Interview with Celeste Yarnall.
Dr. Lorca's Blood Devils : Interview with Actor Eddie Garcia.
Super 8 Digest Version.
Trailer.
Radio Spot.
Poster and Stills Gallery.

Disc 4 - TERROR IS A MAN:
Man Becomes Creature : Interview with Hemisphere Marketing Consultant Samuel M. Sherman.
Dawn of Blood Island : Interview with Co-Director Eddie Romero.
Terror Creature : Interview with Pete Tombs, Co-Author of "Immoral Tales."
When The Bell Rings : Interview with Critic Mark Holcomb.
Trailer.
Poster & Still Gallery.

CD Bonus Disc: *BOX SET EXCLUSIVE!*
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

 

 

The title's banned but at least the film makers get their thumbs up...

Philippines film maker told to change the title of a movie called Fisting


Link Here 4th October 2018
Fisting; it's not for everyone. Certainly not for many Filipino moviegoers who apparently took offense with an independent film that used the word as its title.

Director Whammy Alcazaren's film originally titled Fisting now only goes by its much less graphic subtitle Never Tear Us Apart after festival organizer Cinema One Originals requested a title change.

The film makers responded by a stop in social media accounts made for the movie and take down other promotional materials with the former title.

According to a statement on Facebook, Alcazaren was willing to change the title on grounds of pragmatism:

We are doing these necessary steps so that we can continue the dialogue we wanted to have with the audience through our film, the statement reads.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported that the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), the agency that rates films, has also flagged the film's producers for its title . Apparently, the film's producers did not submit the publicity materials for review. The MTRCB also noted in a memorandum that all publicity materials for films must be suitable for a general audience.

Never Tear Us Apart is a family drama about an aging spy who discovers that his wife was impregnated by a monster called The Shadow.

 

 

Showing a little Northern Soul...

Scarborough joins the list of Councils that are overriding BBFC censorship of working class strong language


Link Here 3rd October 2018

Scarborough Borough Council's licensing sub-committee has just granted A Northern Soul a 12A rating, changing a decision by the BBFC.

The Council has joined Hull, Lambeth, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, Southampton, Hackney, Bradford and Calderdale as councils that have downgraded the film to 12A.

The ruling means that the film can now be shown at the Stephen Joseph Theatre on October 16 to anyone aged over 12. Children under 12 can also attend if they are accompanied by an adult.

 

 

Offsite Article: Would you watch Fifty Shades with your baby?...


Link Here 3rd October 2018
Councils have begun policing adult films at parent and baby screenings, claiming they traumatise infants.

See article from theguardian.com

 


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