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Shopping: Aquaman...

2018 Australia / USA action Sci-Fi fantasy by James Wan set for UK Blu-ray and DVD release on 8th April 2019 with BBFC category cuts


Link Here 21st February 2019
Aquaman is a 2018 Australia / USA action Sci-Fi fantasy by James Wan.
Starring Jason Momoa, Amber Heard and Dolph Lundgren. BBFC link IMDb
BBFC advised category cuts were required for a 12A rated cinema release in 2018. Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated in the US.
Cut Small 12 Small UK: Passed 12 for moderate violence, scenes of sustained threat after BBFC category cuts( 143:17s ) :
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.

Summary Notes

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.

Uncut Version

US: Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language:

  • 2019 WarnerBrothers RA 4k Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 26th March 2019
  • 2019 WarnerBrothers RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 26th March 2019
  • 2019 WarnerBrothers R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 26th March 2019

 

 

Beijing I Fear You...

A segment for the German film Berlin I Love You dropped over fears that it would cause issues with China


Link Here 21st February 2019
Full story: China International Censors...China pressures other countries into censorship
Berlin, I Love You is a 2019 Germany romance by Dianna Agron, Peter Chelsom...
Starring Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren and Luke Wilson. IMDb

Latest installment of the Cities of Love series (Paris, je t'aime / New York, I Love You / Rio, Eu Te Amo), this collective feature-film is made of ten stories of romance set in the German capital.

A contribution by the Chinese artist, film-maker and activist Ai Weiwei to a film called Berlin, I Love You , was cut by the producers on concern it could create difficulties for them with the Chinese authorities.

The film is part of a series known as Cities of Love created by Emmanuel Benbihy. The Berlin movie features 11 directors and stars  Keira Knightley and Helen Mirren. Ai directed his contribution, which focussed on his relationship with his son while in detention in China in 2015. It was included in the marketing teaser but did not make it into the finished film.

It was infuriating to find our involvement had been erased, Ai said in a statement on Deutsche Welle television. The reason we were given for the episode's removal was that my political status had made it difficult for the production team to secure further funding.

Ai said another reason was that the organisers of the Berlin Film Festival told the producers of Berlin, I Love You that the artist's contribution would make it impossible to screen the film at this year's edition of the festival, which ended on 17 February.

AI said the fact that the next film in the Cities of Love series centres on Shanghai also played a role in the producers' decision to scrap his contribution to Berlin, I Love You. He added:

The situation has got worse. China has become much more powerful and globally plays a major role in politics and economics. At the same time, China starts promoting its soft power. The effect is clearly being felt in the entertainment industry, he adds.

 

 

Offsite Article: Crossing chainsaws with the censor...


Link Here 21st February 2019
The Australian version of the Guardian discusses some old film bans

See article from theguardian.com

 

 

Diary: Season of the Dead...

March on Horror Channel


Link Here 20th February 2019

Be prepared for a Zombie invasion as Saturday nights in March on Horror Channel give rise to Season of the Dead, a collection of modern zombie movies.

Highlights include the channel premieres of critically-acclaimed Maggie , a heart-breaking take on the Zombie genre starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Joe Dante's Burying The Ex , a radical blend of classic horror and screwball zomedy.

There are also welcome returns for post-apocalyptic zombie actioner Extinction , directed by Inside helmer Miguel Angel Vivas, Matthias Hoene's ultra-splatter comedy horror Cockneys Vs Zombies , starring Michelle Ryan and John Erick Dowdle's [REC]-inspired Quarantine .

 

 

Stats of shame...

India's film censors release the tallies of films banned


Link Here 19th February 2019
Full story: Banned Movies in India...Sex, religion and easy offence
India's Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has banned a total of 793 films in 16 years.

The information was revealed in response to a request filed by Lucknow-based activist Dr Nutan Thakur. It said that between January 1, 2000 and March 31, 2016, the censor board banned 793 films from public exhibition. These include 586 Indian films and 207 foreign films. These totals were broken down as follows:

  • 11 banned in 2007
  • 10 banned in 2008
  • 9 banned in 2010
  • 82 banned in 2012-13
  • 119 banned in 2013-14
  • 152 banned in 2014-15
  • 153 banned in 2015-16

 

 

Toxic Zombies...

Massacre Video announces the first Blu-Ray release for the video nasty Forest of Fear


Link Here 16th February 2019
Forest of Fear is a 1980 USA Sci-Fi horror by Charles McCrann.
Starring Charles McCrann, Beverly Shapiro and Dennis Helfend. YouTube icon IMDb

A shortened version was banned as a UK Video Nasty in 1983. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

Massacre Video has announced that it is set to release the first Blu-ray of Forest of Fear. Massacre Video announced:

New 4k scan from a rare 35mm print of Charles McCrann's TOXIC ZOMBIES (aka BLOODEATERS, FOREST OF FEAR), coming soon to Blu-ray.

 

 

Lords of Chaos...

The Christian Institute calls for a ban of a film about black metal mayhem in Norway


Link Here 12th February 2019
Lords of Chaos is a UK / Sweden thriller by Jonas Åkerlund.
Starring Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen and Sky Ferreira. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

A teenager's quest to launch Norwegian Black Metal in Oslo in the 1980s Members of the Norwegian death metal band perform a series of increasingly shocking publicity stunts leading to a very violent outcome.

It is based on real-life band Mayhem, and includes scenes of murder including the brutal killing of a homosexual man - and the burning of churches by satanists.

The latest most controversial film ever has been passed 18 uncut by the BBFC for strong bloody violence, gore, suicide.

According to the Telegraph the BBFC are understood to have been so concerned about the film that it was reviewed at the highest levels and suicide prevention experts were consulted before it was approved for an 18 certificate.

The Telegraph suggests the US film censors at the MPAA were similarly concerned before rating it R for strong brutal violence, disturbing behavior, grisly images, strong sexuality, nudity, and pervasive language.

The BBFC said the film did not glamorise self-harm and that there was no reason to think the film would have a damaging effect on adults who chose to view it - although some might find it distressing.

Church groups have, however, have called for it to be banned. Speaking to The Telegraph, Simon Calvert, deputy director of The Christian Institute, said he was surprised the film had not been banned given the recent discussion about self-harm. He said:

In the current climate of concern over self-harm and suicide, you would have thought there might have been more consideration of the risk that vulnerable people might imitate what they see. The distributors ought to be asking themselves if it is worth this risk.'

The film is being distributed in the United Kingdom by Arrow Films and will be released in cinemas on 29th March.

 

 

Shopping: The Legend Of The 7 Golden Vampires...

1974 UK / Hong Kong action horror by Roy Ward Baker and Cheh Chang set for first US Blu-ray release on 9th April 2019


Link Here 10th February 2019
The Legend Of The 7 Golden Vampires is a 1974 UK / Hong Kong action horror by Roy Ward Baker and Cheh Chang (uncredited).
Starring Peter Cushing, David Chiang and Julie Ege. IMDb

Cuts required by the BBFC for cinema release and VHS but not implemented in the cinema version. Cuts waived for UK DVD. There is a shortened US R rated version, but the uncut UK version has also been released and is MPAA Unrated.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2019 Shout! Factory [Uncut + US Versions] RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 9th April 2019

Promotional Material

Black Belt vs. Black Magic

Professor Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) and Count Dracula (John Forbes-Robinson) meet again in this spectacular kung fu horror thriller set in the village of Ping Kuei. After learning about the seven golden vampires of the village, Hsi Ching (David Chiang), Vanessa Buren (Julie Ege) and Mai Kwei (Szu Shih) offer to guide Van Helsing and his son to Ping Kuei to free it from the curse of Count Dracula.

Throughout their journey, the group encounters several unwanted attackers until they arrive at the golden vampires' derelict temple, inhabited by Count Dracula. In the temple, Van Helsing and the count begin a fearsome battle to the death 203 an ultimate clash between good and evil!

Presented here for the first time in high definition is Hammer's original uncut version. It was released in the US in an edited version called The 7 Brothers Meet Dracula, which is also included here in high definition as a bonus feature.

 

 

Hands off The Golden Glove...

Director puts his case for artistic freedom when accosted by #MeToo criticism of his new serial killer movie


Link Here 10th February 2019
The Golden Glove (Der goldene Handschuh) is a 2019 Germany / France crime horror thriller by Fatih Akin.
Starring Marc Hosemann, Jonas Dassler and Adam Bousdoukos. IMDb

A serial killer strikes fear in the hearts of residents of Hamburg during the early 1970s.

One of Germany's most acclaimed directors, Fatih Akin, hit back at criticism of his new film about a real-life serial killer, The Golden Glove. Critics claimed that it exploits the female victims.

Akin insisted the ultra-violent new picture aimed to grant dignity to both the killer and the slain women. He commented:

We are living in a time in which the discussion about sexual violence is everywhere and that is justified. But when you make a film about sexual violence, you have to show it.

Akin said he had no desire to glorify violence against women with the film's scenes graphically depicting sexual torture, murder and dismemberment which many viewers said left them feeling queasy. He said for all the heightened sensitivity around sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry, it should not be used to stifle artistic freedom.

 

 

Offsite Article: Angelic language...


Link Here 8th February 2019
Full story: PG13ification...Hollywood cramming R rated movies into PG-13
F-Bomb added to Alita: Battle Angel just to avoid a PG rating in the US

See article from bleedingcool.com

 

 

Offsite Article: Banned in 1964 and again in 2019...


Link Here 7th February 2019
Full story: Facebook Censorship...Facebook quick to censor
An article on US censorship history about the 1964 obscenity case against the avant garde movie Flaming Creatures has stills banned by Facebook in 2019

See article from indiewire.com

 


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