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23rd January

 Shopping: The Beast Within...

1982 USA horror by Philippe Mora just released on UK DVD and Blu-ray
Link Here
The Beast Within DVD The Beast Within is a 1982 USA horror by Philippe Mora.
With Ronny Cox, Bibi Besch and Paul Clemens. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 18 uncut for:

  • 2017 Arrow Video RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 16th January 2017
  • 2017 Arrow Video R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 16th January 2017
UK Censorship History
Cut by the BBFC for VHS, then uncut on DVD. Uncut in the US

Promotional Material

KILL ME, PLEASE KILL ME... BEFORE IT S TOO LATE

Late one full moonlit night, a woman stands alone on the roadside waiting for her husband to return to their broken-down car. All of a sudden she s pounced upon, dragged into the dark woods and savaged by a barely-glimpsed assailant. But this is only the beginning of the terror in The Beast Within...

Seventeen years on, and the devoted parents of teenager Michael are at their wits end. Their son lies in a hospital bed, his body wracked by a mysterious illness. With doctors unable to offer any diagnosis, Michael s desperate parents are forced to seek out the answer themselves by digging up traumatic past events and confronting the true nature of their son s conception.

The Beast Within stands apart from other creature features due to its decidedly grim tone the scenes in which the monster violates his victims proved too strong for some critics and standout transformation sequence to rival the likes of An American Werewolf in London and The Howling. Add to that strong lead performances from Paul Clemens and Ronny Cox (Deliverance, RoboCop), alongside a stunning score by the late, great Les Baxter, and you have yourself one absolute beast of a monster movie!

 

19th January

 Offsite Article: BBFC Podcast Episode 63...

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The Goonies Blu-ray The BBFC discusses issues from the Netflix Stranger Things series, E.T., cuts to The Goonies and Stand by Me

See article from bbfc.co.uk

 

13th January

 Update: Low self esteem...

Fearing that the feminist movie Embrace will be unattractive to young people, distributors commission a little BBFC cosmetic surgery to improve its appeal
Link Here  full story: Embrace...Feminist movie subject of a ratings review in Australia
Poster Embrace 2016 Taryn Brumfitt Embrace is a 2016 Australia / Canada / Dominican Republic / Germany / USA / UK feminist documentary by Taryn Brumfitt.
Starring Renee Airya, Jade Beall and Taryn Brumfitt. BBFC link IMDb

When Body Image Activist Taryn Brumfitt posted an unconventional before-and-after photo in 2013 it was seen by more than 100 million people worldwide and sparked an international media frenzy. EMBRACE follows Taryn's crusade as she explores the global issue of body loathing, inspiring us to change the way we feel about ourselves and think about our bodies.

The BBFC rating for Embrace has been changed. The film has now been passed 12A for infrequent strong language, nudity, brief surgical detail after 9s of BBFC category cuts for 2017 cinema release.
The BBFC commented:
  • Company chose to reduce the number of uses of strong language (by bleeping spoken uses and blurring written uses) in order to obtain a 12A classification. An uncut 15 classification was available.

The BBFC Insight reveals a few more details about the content after cuts:

Infrequent strong language ('fuck') is seen on a website page. There is also milder bad language, including uses of shit , arse and God , and some bleeped and visually obscured additional uses of stronger language.

There is brief sexualised nudity, including a shot of pole dancing. Several scenes feature non sexual nudity, including female genital nudity.

Images of cosmetic surgery feature brief sight of scalpels cutting into flesh and brief bloody detail during Botox injections.

The BBFC originally passed the film 15 uncut for strong language, nudity, brief surgical detail for cinema release. A few days later the consumer advice was changed to remove the reference to nudity and surgical images. The original advice was restored after the rating was reduced to 12A.

Never cut by Australian and New Zealand censors but the film made the news after the director successfully appealed against an Australian MA 15+ rating and won an M rating instead. In New Zealand the film censor exceptionally overruled the Australian decision.

 

21st December

  Psychomaniacs at the BBFC...

1972 BBFC cinema cuts to Don Sharp's biker horror, Psychomania
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Psychomania DVD Blu ray George SandersPsychomania is a1972 UK biker horror film by Don Sharp.
With Nicky Henson, Mary Larkin and Ann Michelle. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for 1972 X rated UK cinema release. Passed 15 uncut for 2016 DVD/Blu-ray. Cut and uncut versions exist is the US.

Summary notes

A gang of young people call themselves the Living Dead. They terrorize the population from their small town. After an agreement with the devil, if they kill themselves firmly believing in it, they will survive and gain eternal life. Following their leader, they commit suicide one after the other, but things don't necessarily turn out as expected.

From Gary (see Blu-ray review from film.thedigitalfix.com ). The BBFC 1972 cinema cuts were:

  • Reel 1 - Remove the sequence showing the cyclists wrenching a car's wing mirrors off and breaking a car's windows.
  • Reel 2 - Remove sequence where cyclists kick down a row of warning cones.
  • Reel 4 - Shorten the sequence where a girl motor-cyclist runs down a pram in a super-market.

I presume these cuts were for antisocial behaviour the BBFC didn't want to encourage, even in a film passed for eighteens and over. In the last scene, the woman who is knocked over's knickers are visible, but I doubt the BBFC considered that sexualised violence.

 

21st December

 Update: 15 rated body images...

Feminist documentary gets advisory 15/16 ratings in Australia and New Zealand but gets a hard 15 in the UK
Link Here  full story: Embrace...Feminist movie subject of a ratings review in Australia
Poster Embrace 2016 Taryn BrumfittEmbrace is a 2016 Australia / Canada / Dominican Republic / Germany / USA / UK feminsit documentary by Taryn Brumfitt.
Starring Renee Airya, Jade Beall and Taryn Brumfitt. BBFC link IMDb

When Body Image Activist Taryn Brumfitt posted an unconventional before-and-after photo in 2013 it was seen by more than 100 million people worldwide and sparked an international media frenzy. EMBRACE follows Taryn's crusade as she explores the global issue of body loathing, inspiring us to change the way we feel about ourselves and think about our bodies.

Never cut by censors but the film made the news in Australia after the director successfully appealed against a MA 15+ rating and won an M rating instead.

In Australia, the original MA15+ (15A) rating was downrated to M (PG-15) for nudity   on appeal. The Review board explained:

A three-member panel of the Classification Review Board has unanimously determined that the film Embrace is classified M (Mature) with the consumer advice Nudity .

The National Classification Code and Classification Guidelines allows for nudity to occur at the M level if it is justified by context. In the Classification Review Board's opinion Embrace warrants an M classification because the scenes of nudity and of women's breasts and genitals in the film are justified by the context of the documentary approach to women's body image and their impact is no higher than moderate.

Now the BBFC have passed the film 15 uncut for cinema for strong language, nudity, brief surgical detail.