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 Shopping: Crimson...

1976 Spain/France horror by Juan Fortuny just released on UK DVD in the uncut and longer French version


Link Here 26th April 2017
Crimson DVD Crimson is a 1976 Spain/France horror by Juan Fortuny.
With Paul Naschy, Silvia Solar and Olivier Mathot. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 18 uncut for sexual violence, strong sex for:

  • 2017 Screenbound/Black House Films R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 17th April 2017
Censorship History
The English Version was cut in the US and was further cut by the BBFC for 1985 18 rated VHS. The BBFC cuts were later waived for 2004 DVD. The French uncut version was passed 18 by the BBFC for 2017 DVD

Promotional Material

When a robbery goes horribly wrong and their leader, Jack is shot in the head, a group of criminals go to extreme measures to save their friends life. With the help of a local doctor the gang devise a uniquely plan - to kill their worst enemy, throw his body in front of a train and use the brain from the severed head as a transplant! The operation is a success, all seems well...that is until the brains former owner starts living out his murderous past.

 

  But does it include censorship by political correctness?...

Reporters Without Borders reports on the latest international rankings of press freedom


Link Here 26th April 2017

Reporters without Borders logoThe 2017 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reflects a world in which attacks on the media have become commonplace and strongmen are on the rise. We have reached the age of post-truth, propaganda, and suppression of freedoms 203 especially in democracies.

RSF's latest World Press Freedom Index highlights the danger of a tipping point in the state of media freedom, especially in leading democratic countries. (Read our analysis entitled Journalism weakened by democracy's erosion.) Democracies began falling in the Index in preceding years and now, more than ever, nothing seems to be checking that fall.

The obsession with surveillance and violations of the right to the confidentiality of sources have contributed to the continuing decline of many countries previously regarded as virtuous. This includes the United States (down 2 places at 43rd), the United Kingdom (down 2 at 40th), Chile (down 2 at 33rd), and New Zealand (down 8 at 13th).

Donald Trump's rise to power in the United States and the Brexit campaign in the United Kingdom were marked by high-profile media bashing, a highly toxic anti-media discourse that drove the world into a new era of post-truth, disinformation, and fake news.

rank - country - improvement in rank since 2016

1 Norway 2
2 Sweden 6
3 Finland -2
4 Denmark 0
5 Netherlands -3
6 Costa Rica 0
7 Switzerland 0
8 Jamaica 2
9 Belgium 4
10 Iceland 9
11 Austria 0
12 Estonia 2
13 New Zealand -8
14 Ireland -5
15 Luxembourg 0
16 Germany 0
17 Slovakia -5
18 Portugal 5
19 Australia 6
20 Surinam 2
21 Samoa 8
22 Canada -4
23 Czech Republic -2
24 Namibia -7
25 Uruguay -5
26 Ghana 0
27 Cabo Verde 5
28 Latvia -4
29 Spain 5
30 Cyprus -3
31 South Africa 8
32 Liechtenstein -4
33 Chile -2
34 Trinidad and Tobago 10
35 Andorra -2
36 Lithuania -1
37 Slovenia 3
38 OECS -8
39 France 6
40 United Kingdom -2
41 Belize -5
42 Burkina Faso 0
43 United States -2
44 Comores 6
45 Taiwan 6
46 Romania 3
47 Malta -1
48 Botswana -5
49 Tonga -12
50 Argentina 4
51 Papua New Guinea 4
52 Italy 25
53 Haiti 0
54 Poland -7
55 Mauritania -7
56 Mauritius 5
57 Madagascar -1
58 Senegal 7
59 Dominican Republic 3
60 Guyana -3
61 Niger -9
62 El Salvador -4
63 South Korea 7
64 Georgia 0
65 Bosnia-Herzegovina 3
66 Serbia -7
67 Fiji 13
68 Lesotho 5
69 Mongolia -9
70 Malawi -4
71 Hungary -4
72 Japan 0
73 Hong Kong -4
74 Croatia -11
75 Northern Cyprus 6
76 Albania 6
77 Guinea Bissau 2
78 Benin 0
79 Armenia -5
80 Moldova -4
81 Cote d'Ivoire 5
82 Kosovo 8
83 Tanzania -12
84 Bhutan 10
85 Sierra Leone -2
86 Togo 2
87 Seychelles 5
88 Greece 1
89 Kyrgyzstan -4
90 Peru -6
91 Israel 10
92 Nicaragua -17
93 Mozambique -6
94 Liberia -1
95 Kenya 0
96 Panama -5
97 Tunisia -1
98 East Timor 1
99 Lebanon -1
100 Nepal 5
101 Guinea 7
102 Ukraine 5
103 Brazil 1
104 Kuwait -1
105 Ecuador 4
106 Montenegro 0
107 Bolivia -10
108 Gabon -8
109 Bulgaria 4
110 Paraguay 1
111 Macedonia 7
112 Uganda -10
113 Central African Republic -3
114 Zambia 0
115 Congo-Brazzaville 0
116 Mali 6
117 Maldives -5
118 Guatemala 3
119 United Arab Emirates 0
120 Afghanistan 0
121 Chad 6
122 Nigeria -6
123 Qatar -6
124 Indonesia 6
125 Angola -2
126 Oman -1
127 Philippines 11
128 Zimbabwe -4
129 Colombia 5
130 Cameroon -4
131 Burma 12
132 Cambodia -4
133 Morocco / Western Sahara -2
134 Algeria -5
135 Palestine -3
136 India -3
137 Venezuela 2
138 Jordan -3
139 Pakistan 8
140 Honduras -3
141 Sri Lanka 0
142 Thailand -6
143 Gambia 2
144 Malaysia 2
145 South Sudan -5
146 Bangladesh -2
147 Mexico 2
148 Russia 0
149 Tajikistan 1
150 Ethiopia -8
151 Singapore 3
152 Swaziland 1
153 Belarus 4
154 Democratic Republic of Congo -2
155 Turkey -4
156 Brunei -1
157 Kazakhstan 3
158 Iraq 0
159 Rwanda 2
160 Burundi -4
161 Egypt -2
162 Azerbaijan 1
163 Libya 1
164 Bahrain -2
165 Iran 4
166 Yemen 4
167 Somalia 0
168 Saudi Arabia -3
169 Uzbekistan -3
170 Laos 3
171 Equatorial Guinea -3
172 Djibouti 0
173 Cuba -2
174 Sudan 0
175 Vietnam 0
176 China 0
177 Syria 0
178 Turkmenistan 0
179 Eritrea 1
180 North Korea -1

 

 Shopping: Nekromantik 2...

1991 Germany horror by Jörg Buttgereit set for UK DVD/Blu-ray Combo release on 3rd July 2017


Link Here 23rd April 2017
Nekromantik 2 Blu-ray Nekromantik 2 is a 1991 Germany horror by Jörg Buttgereit.
Starring Monika M, Mark Reeder and Lena Braun. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 18 uncut for:

  • 2017 Arrow Video (RB) Blu-ray/R2 DVD Combo at UK Amazon released on 3rd July 2017
UK Censorship History
Not released in the UK for fear of censorship from 1991-2015. Passed 18 uncut for DVD in August 2015. There exists a n extended version in Germany.

Promotional Material

THE RETURN OF THE LOVING DEAD

Monika isn t like other young women. She shares her small flat with Rob, a recently disinterred corpse which serves as the object of her affections. But then she meets good-natured Mark, and soon finds herself torn between the prospect of a normal life with a living, breathing partner and her overwhelming desire for her rotting bed-fellow.

Once prosecuted in its native Germany for glorifying violence , Jörg Buttgereit s follow-up to his ground-breaking Nekromantik is just as shocking as its reputation would suggest. But it s also a profoundly moving (if decidedly twisted) love story, and a thought provoking meditation on the nature of life and death.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • High Definition transfer approved by director Jörg Buttgereit
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original Stereo 2.0 audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio commentary with Buttgereit, co-writer Franz Rodenkirchen and actors Monika M. and Mark Reeder
  • Introduction to the film with Buttgereit, Reeder, Monika M. and producer Manfred Jelinski
  • Masters of Life and Death a brand new documentary looking at the film s production and release history, featuring interviews with Buttgereit, Reeder, Monika M. and Jelinski
  • City of the Loving Dead a walking tour of some of the original Berlin locations with Reeder and Jelinski
  • Necropolis: Jörg Buttgereit s Berlin film scholar Dr. Marcus Stiglegger on the significance of the German capital as the backdrop for Nekromantik 2
  • The Making of Nekromantik 2 vintage documentary viewable with two different audio tracks: an English track comprising audio interviews with Buttgereit, Rodenkirchen and Monika M., and a German track featuring radio interviews with Buttgereit and Rodenkirchen, with optional English subtitles
  • Nekro Waltz: The Music of Nekromantik 2 Reeder discusses his work on the film s score
  • Outtakes Reel
  • Nekromantik 2 Livekonzert footage from the 20th anniversary Nekromantik 2 concert, with Monika M. and friends performing the live score
  • Nekromantik 2 Livekonzert the complete 20-track audio recording of the concert [BD/DVD-ROM content]
  • Two Buttgereit short films: Bloody Excess in the Leader s Bunker (Blutige Exzesse im Führerbunker, 1982) and A Moment of Silence at the Grave of Ed Gein (2012)
  • Two Buttgereit-directed music videos: Rise Up by Die Krupps (1997), starring Monika M., and Die Frau in der Musik by Stereo Total (2007)
  • Complete collection of Buttgereit feature film trailers
  • Extensive image gallery
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     Shopping: The Night Evelyn Came Out Of The Grave...

    1971 Italy horror mystery by Emilio Miraglia, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK DVD and Blu-ray


    Link Here 23rd April 2017
    The Night Evelyn Came Out Of The Grave Blu-ray The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave is a 1971 Italy horror mystery by Emilio Miraglia.
    With Anthony Steffen, Marina Malfatti and Erika Blanc. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

    UK: Passed 18 uncut for:

    • 2017 Arrow Special Edition (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 17th April 2017
    • 2017 Arrow Special Edition (R2) DVD at UK Amazon released on 17th April 2017
    UK Censorship History
    Cut by the BBFC for X rated 1972 cinema release. Uncut and 18 rated for 2016 home video. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US

    Promotional Material

    At the height of the Italian giallo boom of the early 1970s, scores of filmmakers turned their hand to crafting their own unique takes on these lurid murder-mystery thrillers. In The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave, director Emilio P. Miraglia (The Red Queen Kills Seven Times) melds the giallo s trademark twisty whodunit storytelling with gothic chills, concocting a gripping horror/thriller hybrid. Troubled aristocrat Alan Cunningham (Anthony Steffen, Django the B*stard), haunted by the death of his first wife Evelyn, tries to move on by marrying the seductive Gladys (Marina Malfatti, All the Colours of the Dark). Marital bliss is short-lived, however, as various relatives meet untimely and gruesome deaths, prompting speculation that a vengeful Evelyn has risen from the grave... Populated by an array of Euro cult stars, including Giacomo Rossi Stuart (Caltiki the Immortal Monster) and the unforgettable Erika Blank (Kill, Baby... Kill!), and featuring a lush lounge score by giallo maestro Bruno Nicolai, The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave offers up a beguiling, unique and downright insane twist on a familiar formula.

    SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS: Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations Original mono Italian and English soundtracks (lossless DTS-HD Master Audio) Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack New audio commentary by Troy Howarth Exclusive introduction by Erika Blanc New interview with critic Stephen Thrower The Night Erika Came Out of the Grave exclusive interview with Erika Blanc The Whip and the Body archival interview with Erika Blanc Still Rising from the Grave archival interview with production designer Lorenzo Baraldi Original Italian theatrical trailer Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx

     

      A year of worthy protection from fraud and worthless PC easy offence...

    ASA and CAP publish their joint annual report


    Link Here 21st April 2017
    asa 2017 The Annual Report 2016 reveals how our work has changed and how ASA adapted to a fast changing advertising landscape where nearly half of the work now involves regulating online ‘advertiser-owned’ ads , material that just five years ago wasn’t covered by the rules. 

    2016 marked the five year anniversary of the ASA and CAP extending the advertising rules to cover companies’ and other organisations’ own ad claims on their own websites and social media spaces, for example on You Tube, Facebook and Twitter.  The Annual Report reveals the impact of that change.  In the last five years:

    • The ASA has resolved 41,383 complaints about 36,872 online ‘advertiser-owned’ ads
    • Those ads accounted for 1 in 3 complained about to the ASA
    • 88% of complaints about online ‘advertiser-owned’ ads were about misleadingness, compared to 73% for complaints across all media.

    The report highlights the regulatory challenges the changing advertising landscape poses, with the lines between offline and online and between paid-for, ‘owned’ and ‘earned’ advertising becoming increasingly blurred.  And the report shows how technological change has influenced the ASA’s strategy to have more impact and be more proactive.  

    Key figures for 2016 included: 

    • The ASA resolved 28,521 complaints about 16,999 ads
    • 4,824 ads were changed or withdrawn as a result of ASA and CAP action (a record year and a 5% increase on 2015)
    • CAP delivered 281,061 pieces of training and advice to industry to help companies and organisations get their ads right (another record year and a 10% increase on 2015)
    • The ASA and CAP delivered strong enforcement, with 8 websites taken down, one successful prosecution of an alternative therapy provider following referral to our legal backstop, Trading Standards, and two arrests pending prosecution

     

      New owners on the prowl...

    Prowler stores in Soho and Brighton have changed hands


    Link Here 21st April 2017
    prowler logoThe Prowler Group including several sex shops and the Gay Times went into administration in March 2017.

    The ABS Holdings, who run the Simply Pleasure chain of sex shops has just purchased the Prowler shops in Soho and Brighton and will keep these shops open.

    The Birmingham store has closed though, as has Expectations in Hoxton, London which closed at the end of last year.

    The Gay Times has been bought by a management group and will continue to publish.

     

     Shopping: Ironmaster...

    1983 Italy / France action adventure by Umberto Lenzi just released on UK DVD/Blu-ray Combo with BBFC cuts for animal cruelty


    Link Here 21st April 2017
    Ironmaster Blu-ray Ironmaster is a 1983 Italy / France action adventure by Umberto Lenzi (as Humphrey Milestone).
    Starring Sam Pasco, Elvire Audray and George Eastman. BBFC link IMDb

    UK: Passed 15 for strong violence, injury detail after 8s of BBFC compulsory cuts for:

    • 2017 88 Films RB Blu-ray/r2 DVD Combo at UK Amazon released on 10th April 2017
    The BBFC commented:
    • Compulsory cuts were required to remove a depiction of animal cruelty, in the case the killing of a boar.

    UK Censorship History

    Cut by the BBFC in 1986 for 15 rated VHS and again in 2017 for DVD/Blu-ray.. Released 15 uncut in Denmark.

    Promotional Material

    At the dawn of time, the discovery of the world s first weapon unleashes primitive man s violent and cruel nature. After being exiled from his village, Ela (bodybuilder Sam Pasco in his only film role), teams up with a group of fellow barbarians to help stop his power-hungry brother, Vood (George Eastman, Absurd), from his brutal quest for world domination. Experience the brutal evolution of mankind through the eyes of the notorious Umberto Lenzi, under the supervision of legendary producer Luciano Martino (Blastfighter), as he delivers a shocking, yet thoroughly entertaining, slice of B-movie fantasy. Ironmaster is presented in glorious HD for the first time in the UK thanks to loin-clothed freaks at 88 Films!

    Extras:
    Antonello & Ginacarlo Interview
    George Eastman Interview
    Umberto Lenzi Interview

     

     Shopping: 2019: After the Fall of New York...

    1983 Italy / France action Sci-Fi horror by Sergio Martino, previously cut, now just released uncut on UK DVD and Blu-ray


    Link Here 20th April 2017
    2019: After the Fall of New York Blu-ray 2019: After the Fall of New York is a 1983 Italy / France action Sci-Fi horror by Sergio Martino (as Martin Dolman).
    Starring Michael Sopkiw, Valentine Monnier and George Eastman. BBFC link IMDb

    UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence, injury detail with all previous BBFC cuts waived for:

    UK Censorship History
    Cut by the BBFC for 1987 18 rated VHS. The BBFC cuts were waived for 2017 DVD and Blu-ray. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

    Promotional Material

    After the nuclear holocaust, society breaks down into two groups, the evil Euraks and the rebel Federation. A mercenary named Parsifal ( Michael Sopkiw) is hired by the Federation to infiltrate New York City and rescue the only fertile woman left on Earth. But with all the obstacles ahead, he will need to count on Big Ape (George Eastman), and the mysterious Ratchet (Puppo) to accomplish the mission, and save the human race from extinction. Released for the first ever time on disc, Sergio Martino's seminal, post-apocalyptic classic comes home, transferred from the original negative and presented in its original scope aspect ratio for the first time ever. Starring Michael Sopkiw (Blastfighter), George Eastman (Anthropophagous), Al Yamanouchi (Endgame), and Romano Puppo (Escape from the Bronx), and benefiting from an amazing synth score by Guido and Maurizio De Angelis (Oliver Onions), revel in what is often considered a neglected genre, the post nuke film. From the explosions & the Rat King to the cardboard cutout New York skyline, sit back and don't jaw with anyone who won't identify themselves.....

    Extras:
    Interview with Director Sergio Martino
    Interview with Massimo Anotello Galeng
    Joint interview with Massimo Anotnello Galeng and Ginacarlo Marin
    Reversible Sleeve with Alternate Artwork

     

     Shopping: Brotherhood of Blades...

    2014 China action film by Yang Lu just released on UK DVD and Blu-ray with BBFC cuts for animal cruelty


    Link Here 20th April 2017
    Brotherhood of Blades Blu-ray Brotherhood of Blades (Xiu chun dao) is a 2014 China action film by Yang Lu.
    Starring Chen Chang, Shih-Chieh Chin and Dong-xue Li. BBFC link IMDb

    UK: Passed 15 for strong bloody violence after 5s of BBFC compulsory cuts for:

    • 2017 Second Sight Films (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 10th April 2017
    • 2017 Second Sight Films R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 10th April 2017
    The BBFC commented:
    • Compulsory cut required to remove a scene of animal cruelty (a horse being tripped) in accordance with BBFC Guidelines and policy.

    Promotional Material

    Described as one of the best martial arts films of the last 30 years (Blood Brothers). Brotherhood of Blades tells an epic tale of power struggles, betrayal and conspiracies during the final years of the Ming Dynasty. When three elite Assassins are tasked by the Emperor to eliminate a powerful enemy and his loyal followers, they find themselves pulled into in a treacherous conspiracy which can only lead to a bloody battle for the Empire.