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12A transformed to PG...

BumbleBee is the latest cinema film to be cut for category


Link Here 11th December 2018
Bumblebee is a 2018 USA action Sci-Fi adventure by Travis Knight.
Starring Hailee Steinfeld, Justin Theroux and Angela Bassett. BBFC link IMDb

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.

The film was originally passed 12A uncut for moderate fantasy violence for UK cinema release.

However the distributors preferred a cut PG version and the film was resubmitted shorn by about 6 secnds. The BBFC duly passed the film PG for moderate fantasy violence, mild sex references, injury detail, language.

In the US the film was Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action violence.

 

 

Shopping: Nemesis...

1992 Denmark / USA action Sci-Fi thriller by Albert Pyun set for US Blu-ray/DVD Combo release on 8th January 2019 with 3 versions


Link Here 9th December 2018
Nemesis is a 1992 Denmark / USA action Sci-Fi thriller by Albert Pyun.
Starring Olivier Gruner, Tim Thomerson and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb

The Theatrical Version is MPAA R rated and is missing violence found in several extended versions. The Director's Cut, the Japanese Version and UK Version all feature similar extended violence and a darker alternative ending, but it unclear as to which of these is the definitive version.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2019 MVD Collectors Edition [Theatrical Version + Director's cut + Extended Japanese versions] (RA) Blu-ray/R1 DVD Combo at US Amazon released on 8th January 2019

Promotional Material

IN THE FUTURE... IT PAYS TO BE MORE THAN HUMAN.

Los Angeles, 2027. Troubled cyborg cop Alex (Olivier Gruner, Angel Town) is ordered by police commissioner Farnsworth (Tim Thomerson, Near Dark) to apprehend his former partner and lover Jared (Marjorie Monaghan, Regarding Henry), accused of smuggling data to information terrorists plotting to kill government officials. Systems cowboys, bio enhanced gangsters and cyborg outlaws all play a part in this battle of man vs. machine.

Directed by Albert Pyun (Cyborg, Crazy Six), NEMESIS is a ''provocative, sleek thriller'' (LA Times) that features an all-star supporting cast that includes Brion James (Blade Runner), Thomas Jane (Boogie Nights), Academy Award® Nominee* Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Planet of the Apes), Thom Mathews (The Return of the Living Dead), Yuji Okumoto (Inception) and Deborah Shelton (Body Double).

*2007: Best Supporting Actor, Little Children

DISC 1: BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the main feature in both 2.35:1 and 1.78:1 aspect ratios
  • Audio: English 5.1 Surround, English 2.0 Stereo, French 2.0 Stereo, German 2.0 Stereo
  • Subtitles: English SDH, German
  • NEW! 2018 Interview with Producer Eric Karson (HD)
  • NEW! 2018 Interview with Director Albert Pyun (HD)
  • ''Nemesis 2.0'' (aka ''Director s Cut'') with Director s Commentary audio (SD, 2.35:1, 92:29)
  • Original Theatrical Trailer (SD, 2:26)

    DISC 2: DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • ''Nemesis 2.0'' (aka ''Director s Cut'')(SD, 2.35:1, 87:49)
  • Japanese Extended Cut (SD, 1.33:1, 95:49) (w/ Japanese subtitles burnt-in)
  • Introduction by Albert Pyun (SD, 2:19)
  • Introduction by Olivier Gruner (SD, 3:13)
  • Afterword by Albert Pyun (SD, 0:48)
  • 'Behind The Scenes: The Making of Nemesis' (SD, 7:13)
  • Interview with Olivier Gruner (SD, 2:18)
  • 'Making Of - Stunts & Effects' (SD, 2:43)
  • 'Making Of - Visual Effects' (SD, 1:41)
  • 'Killcount' featurette (SD, 2:26)
  • Behind the Scenes Photo Gallery (SD, 3:00)
  • Key Art Photo Gallery (SD, 2:20)
  • TV Spots (SD, 4:43)
  • Collectible Mini-Poster

    *Special Features May Not Be Rated, Closed Captioned or In High Definition and are subject to change.

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    Updated: The House that Jack Built...

    MPAA rules mean that the US online release will now be the cut version


    Link Here 8th December 2018
    Full story: The House that Jack Built...Lars Von Trier causes film censors problems again
    The House That Jack Built is a 2018 Denmark / France / Germany / Sweden horror thriller by Lars von Trier.
    Starring Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz and Uma Thurman. BBFC link IMDb
    Lars von Trier's upcoming drama follows the highly intelligent Jack (Matt Dillon) over a span of 12 years and introduces the murders that define Jack s development as a serial killer. We experience the story from Jack s point of view, while he postulates each murder is an artwork in itself. As the inevitable police intervention is drawing nearer, he is taking greater and greater risks in his attempt to create the ultimate artwork.

    US film censors, the MPAA, don't like having two versions running at the same time. This lead to the censure for the film distributors of Lars von Trier's The House that Jack Built for a one day advance screening of the uncut version prior to the general release which features a cut R rated version.

    As a result of the MPAA censure, the censorship will now extended to the US online release of the movie. The film's distributor IFC Films originally planned to release von Trier's unrated director's cut on-demand on December 14, while releasing an R-rated version in theaters on the same day. But the MPAA said that IFC's original plan--which would have allowed viewers to digitally rent the R-rated cut and offered the uncut version for digital purchase--was "in violation of the ratings system's rules".

    The MPAA went further and threatened sanctions, excluding IFC from the ratings process for up to 90 days. (Most major exhibition chains will not show a film without an MPAA rating.) As a result, IFC has scrapped plans to release the director's cut next week.

    According to an IFC publicist, it has tentatively rescheduled the online release of the Director's Cut for June. The R-rated cut, some four minutes shorter, will be released in theaters and for digital rental.

    Meanwhile British distributors Curzon Artificial Eye have confirmed to Blu-ray.com that their upcoming Blu-ray release of The House That Jack Built will feature the longer original version of it that was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Currently, the Blu-ray release is scheduled on March 4. The distributors have also confirmed that they will not be releasing the R-rated version of the film on any home video format.

    Update: Uncut at UK cinemas and on DVD/Bu-ray

    7th December 2018.

    Artificial Eye didn't mention the cinema release in the above statement, but thanks to Peter who reports that the Curzon cinema has confirmed that the UK cinema release will feature the Director's Cut.

    Update: Kiss and make up

    8th December 2018. See article [pdf] from filmratings.com

    Joint Statement from CARA and IFC Films on The House That Jack Built

    The Classification and Rating Administration (CARA) and IFC Films have reached a mutually agreed upon resolution to address CARA's concerns associated with The House That Jack Built, Director's Cut (unrated) and The House That Jack Built (rated R). IFC Films acknowledges that there was confusion in the marketplace about the rating and has committed to working with CARA to avoid any confusion going forward.

    CARA's ultimate goal is to maintain the trust and confidence of American parents by providing them with accurate, useful information about the level of content in films -- and appreciates IFC Films' cooperation to ensure the proper use of the ratings.

     

     

    Offsite Article: It was good while it lasted...


    Link Here 7th December 2018
    Full story: MPAA NC-17...US adults only certificate is the kiss of box office death
    A Brief History of the US X Rating. By Jason Bailey

    See article from vulture.com

     

     

    Another One Bites the Dust...

    Malaysian censors cuts to Bohemian Rhapsody


    Link Here 5th December 2018
    Bohemian Rhapsody is a 2018 UK / USA music biography by Bryan Singer.
    Starring Rami Malek, Joseph Mazzello and Mike Myers. BBFC link IMDb

    Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound.

    Initial reports from those who had seen Bohemian Rhapsody in theatres indicated the Malaysian Film Censorship Board (LPF) had cut up to 24 minutes of footage from the Freddie Mercury biopic, as homosexuality is banned under the country's sodomy laws.

    However in reality the cuts totalled about 3 minutes. Censor board chairman Mohd Zamberi Abdul Aziz said that seven cuts involved muting 'bad words', while the four gay scenes involved cuts to men kissing each other, men rubbing each other, and a group of men in dresses partying in a mansion.

    It's easy to see why audiences believed something more substantial was missing from the film. The Malaysian cut leaves major narrative holes in the film. Key scenes no longer make sense.

    The most noticeable changes to Bohemian Rhapsody involve censoring intimacy between its queer male characters. The physical aspects of Freddie Mercury's relationship to Paul Prenter (Allen Leech) -- his personal manager and the film's antagonist -- are gone entirely. A meet-cute with future partner Jim Hutton (Aaron McCusker) is virtually incomprehensible.

    As Zamberi told the Malay Mail, censors took the further step of removing a line in the credits mentioning that Mercury and Hutton lived a happy life until the iconic singer's 1991 death. It showed that they were in a gay relationship, the censor explained.

    A line in which Mercury (Rami Malek) comes out to then-fiancee Mary Austin (Lucy Boynton) is removed from the film. I think I'm bisexual, he says. Austin insists he's gay, which is also cut.

    While preparing for Queen's legendary performance at the 1985 Live Aid concert, the singer tells his bandmates that he's HIV-positive. I've got it, Mercury says. Got what? a group member asks. AIDS, he responds. The censors cut everything after I've got it.

     

     

    Offsite Article: The price of censorship...


    Link Here 4th December 2018
    The BBFC increase charges by inflation - 1% so that a 90 minute films costs 934 GBP for a cinema rating and 757 for video

    See article from bbfc.co.uk

     

     

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid...

    BBFC animal cruelty cuts required for a 2018 cinema release


    Link Here 1st December 2018
    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a 1969 USA crime western biography by George Roy Hill.
    Starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Katharine Ross. BBFC link IMDb

    Butch and Sundance are the two leaders of the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang. Butch is all ideas, Sundance is all action and skill. The west is becoming civilized, and when Butch and Sundance rob a train once too often, a special posse begins trailing them no matter where they run. Over rocks, through towns, across rivers, the group is always just behind them. When they finally escape through sheer luck, Butch has another idea, "Let's go to Bolivia". Based on the exploits of the historical characters.

    Uncut for 1969 cinema release and VHS releases but animal cruelty cuts were required by the BBFC for 2018 cinema release.

    The BBFC commented:
    • Cut required to remove a scene of deliberate animal cruelty staged for the film (an animal being tripped using wires in a dangerous fashion).

     

     

    The House that Jack Built...

    The US film censor is not impressed by a special one night screening of the uncut version


    Link Here 29th November 2018
    Full story: The House that Jack Built...Lars Von Trier causes film censors problems again
    The House That Jack Built is a 2018 Denmark / France / Germany / Sweden horror thriller by Lars von Trier.
    Starring Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz and Uma Thurman. BBFC link IMDb
    Lars von Trier's upcoming drama follows the highly intelligent Jack (Matt Dillon) over a span of 12 years and introduces the murders that define Jack s development as a serial killer. We experience the story from Jack s point of view, while he postulates each murder is an artwork in itself. As the inevitable police intervention is drawing nearer, he is taking greater and greater risks in his attempt to create the ultimate artwork.

    The MPAA is Going After distributors IFC over a one day special screening of the  Director's Cut of The House That Jack Built.

    Ahead of the general release of the cut R rated version of Lars von Trier's new film on December 14, the Director's Cut of the film played select theaters, for one night only, and it looks like those screenings have landed IFC Films in trouble with the US film censors of the MPAA.

    The MPAA has rules allowing only one version of a film to be shown in cinemas at a time. Ratings can in fact be changed but only after a certain time has elapsed, and with the previous rating being revoked.

    As reported by Deadline, IFC now faces potential sanctions over the screenings. The MPAA said in a statement that they have:

    Communicated to the distributor, IFC Films, that the screening of an unrated version of the film in such close proximity to the release of the rated version -- without obtaining a waiver -- is in violation of the rating system's rules. The effectiveness of the MPAA ratings depends on our ability to maintain the trust and confidence of American parents. That's why the rules clearly outline the proper use of the ratings. Failure to comply with the rules can create confusion among parents and undermine the rating system -- and may result in the imposition of sanctions against the film's submitter.

    A hearing in the very near future will allow IFC to plead their case, and it's possible that the MPAA could revoke the rating they had issued to the film.

     

     

    Aquaman...

    Dampeners for the UK cinema release as the film is cut for a 12A rating


    Link Here 27th November 2018
    Aquaman is a 2018 Australia / USA action Sci-Fi fantasy by James Wan.
    Starring Jason Momoa, Amber Heard and Nicole Kidman. BBFC link IMDb

    Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and be a hero to the world.

    The UK cinema release has been cut for a 12A rating. 2D and 3D versions were passed 12A for moderate violence, scenes of sustained threat after BBFC advised pre-cuts: advised pre-cuts:

    The BBFC commented:
    • This work was originally seen for advice. The company was advised the film was likely to be classified 15 but that their preferred 12A classification could be achieved by removing bloody detail. When the film was submitted for formal classification the bloody detail had been removed and the film was classified 12A.

    Meanwhile in the US the film was rated MPAA PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language.

     

     

    Diary: Festive fayre...

    December 2018 on Horror Channel


    Link Here 26th November 2018

    Be prepared for an X-rated Xmas this December as Horror Channel serves up an horrific host of premieres, leading with the UK premiere of Xmas anthology A Christmas Horror Story . Tales From The Crypt meets Silent Night Deadly Night as zombie elves, Xmas demons and William Shatner invade UK homes on Saturday 22nd of December.

    There are also channel premieres for Michael Thelin's unnerving and superbly performed chiller Emelie , and the star-studied jungle nightmare Anaconda , with Jon Voight, Owen Wilson, Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube and Eric Stoltz. From giant snakes we move to killer sharks and vampiric post-apocalyptic creatures - as the channel is giving seasonal first-showings to fearsome fantasy adventure Sharknado and blood-sucking survival thriller Daylight's End , starring Lance Henriksen.

    Plus, on Sunday 23rd December, Horror Channel is broadcasting the channel premiere of the blockbuster miniseries Arabian Nights (Parts 1 and 2), starring Dougray Scott, Alan Bates, Rufus Sewell, Andy Serkis, James Frain, Jason Scott Lee, John Leguizamo, Vanessa-Mae and Alexei Sayle.

     

     

    Obituary: Bernardo Bertolucci...

    Notable film director leaves a fine legacy of films involving a tussle with censors


    Link Here 26th November 2018

    Last Tango Paris Marlon Brando Bernardo Bertolucci was an Italian film director and screenwriter, whose films include The Conformist, Last Tango in Paris, 1900, The Last Emperor (for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director and the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay), The Sheltering Sky, Little Buddha, Stealing Beauty and The Dreamers. In recognition of his work, he was presented with the inaugural Honorary Palme d'Or Award at the opening ceremony of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

    He died on the 26th November 2018. He leaves a fine legacy of clashes with film censors:

    Last Tango in Paris is a 1972 France / Italy romance by Bernardo Bertolucci.
    Starring Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider and Maria Michi. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
    Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1973 cinema release, although a few local authorities banned the film anyway. Later passed uncut for all releases since 1978. Also cut for an R rating in the US although the NC-17 rated version is uncut.

    See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Last Tango in Paris

    1900 is a 1976 Italy/France/West Germany drama by Bernardo Bertolucci.
    With Robert De Niro, Gérard Depardieu and Dominique Sanda. BBFC link IMDb
    Exists in 3 versions, a cut International Theatrical Version, the full length Italian Version and the Italian Version without a real sex masturbation scene.

    See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: 1900

    The Dreamers is a 2003 UK / France / Italy romance by Bernardo Bertolucci.
    Starring Michael Pitt, Louis Garrel and Eva Green. BBFC link IMDb
    Uncut in the UK for 18 rated cinema and video release. The R rated version was cut in the US for an MPAA R rating but the Unrated version is uncut.

    See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: The Dreamers

     

     

    Obituary: Nicholas Roeg...

    Notable film director leaves a fine legacy of films involving a tussle with censors


    Link Here 26th November 2018

    Nicolas Roeg CBE BSC was an English film director and cinematographer, best known for directing Performance (1970), Walkabout (1971), Don't Look Now (1973), The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), Bad Timing (1980), and T he Witches (1990).

    Making his directorial debut 23 years after his entry into the film business, Roeg quickly became known for an idiosyncratic visual and narrative style, characterized by the use of disjointed and disorienting editing.For this reason, he was considered a highly influential filmmaker, with such directors as Steven Soderbergh, Christopher Nolan, and Danny Boyle citing him as such.

    In 1999, the British Film Institute acknowledged Roeg's importance in the British film industry by respectively naming Don't Look Now and Performance the 8th and 48th greatest British films of all time in its Top 100 British films poll.

    He died on the 23rd November 2018. He leaves a fine legacy of clashes with film censors:

    Performance is a 1970 UK crime drama by Donald Cammell & Nicolas Roeg.
    With James Fox, Mick Jagger and Anita Pallenberg. BBFC link IMDb

    History of censorship at the hands of the BBFC and Its own distributor, Warner. BBFC cuts later waived but the extensive footage removed by Warners is still missing.

    See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Performance

    Walkabout is a 1971 UK adventure drama by Nicolas Roeg.
    With Jenny Agutter, David Gulpilil and Luc Roeg. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

    Uncut by the BBFC albeit after an appeal against proposed cuts for the 1971 cinema release. There exists a shortened version in the US, although the Unrated version is uncut.

    See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Walkabout

    Bad Timing is a 1980 UK mystery thriller by Nicolas Roeg.
    With Art Garfunkel, Theresa Russell and Harvey Keitel. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

    Re-edited to separate a juxtaposed image of a child with an image of lovemaking. This cut has persisted into all subsequent releases.

    The Witches is a 1990 UK / USA family horror fantasy by Nicolas Roeg.
    Starring Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling and Jasen Fisher. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

    Cut by the BBFC for a PG rating. There is an uncut European version. Uncut in the US but with an alternative happy ending

    See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: The Witches

     


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