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 Shopping: Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III...

1990 USA horror, once banned by the BBFC, by Jeff Burr just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here 17th February 2018
Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III 1990 Blu-ray Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III is a 1990 USA horror thriller by Jeff Burr.
Starring Kate Hodge, Ken Foree and RA Mihailoff. IMDb

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • 2018 Warner R0 Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 13th February 2018
Censorship History
Banned by the BBFC for cinema release in 1990. Uncut by 2004. In the US cut for an R Rating but the Unrated version is uncut.

Promotional Material

Two college students driving coast to coast are lured off the main highway and onto a deserted Texas road. Here they are stalked by the menacing Leatherface and his demented family...a bizarre cannibalistic clan with blood on their hands and a feast on their minds. The studentsâ? only chance for escape is a survivalist with enough firepower to blast Leatherface and the rest of the grisly predators to hell. A depraved shocker of intense terror from the gruesome beginning to the bloody finish.

 

 Shopping: The Blood Spattered Bride...

1972 Spain horror by Vicente Aranda, cut in the UK, just released on US DVD and Blu-ray


Link Here 17th February 2018
The Blood Spattered Bride Blu-ray The Blood Spattered Bride is a 1972 Spain horror by Vicente Aranda.
Starring Simón Andreu, Maribel Martín and Alexandra Bastedo. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • 2018 Mondo Macabro (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 13th February 2018
Censorship History
Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1979 cinema release and further cut for 18 rated 1988 VHS. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US since 2008 DVD but there was previously a shortened US version.

Promotional Material

Susan, a young bride, travels with her husband to his family' ancient manor house in the far north of Spain. Susan is a virgin and is very hesitant about her husband's sexual demands. She is also disturbed by her unfamiliar surroundings and wonders if she will ever come to terms with her new married life. She is shocked to discover that all the old portraits of female members of her husband's family have been locked away in the basement. When she finds them, she discovers that one of the portraits shows a woman holding a strange dagger. The woman's face has been cut out of the painting. Her name is Mircala Karstein.

This atmospheric, gothic horror story is widely regarded as one of the very best vampire films ever made. Controversial in its day for sexual content and for extreme scenes of violence and gore, it was widely cut on original release. This brand new version restores the film to its intended length and includes alternate scenes that have never been made available before. This is the first Blu- release of an acknowledged classic, one of Quentin Tarantino's favourite films and an influence on his own Kill Bill.

SPECIAL FEATURES
Brand new 4k transfer from film negative
English/ audio choice
Newly created English subtitles
Audio commentary by Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger
Interview with cinematographer Fernando Arribas
Two part interview with actor Simón Andreu
Interview with Euro Gothic author Jonathan Rigby
Original trailers and radio spots
Deleted and alternate scenes
Mondo Macabro previews

 

 Shopping: Chaos/Don't Look in the Basement...

Nasty video and video nasty just released on US DVD and Blu-ray


Link Here 16th February 2018
Chaos / Don't Look in the Basement - Double Feature DVD Chaos is a 2005 USA horror thriller by David DeFalco.
Starring Kevin Gage, Sage Stallone and Kelly KC Quann. IMDb
Initially cut for an MPAA R rating but later the uncut Director's Cut was released on US home video. The film has never released in the UK, this is exactly the sort of nastiness that the BBFC would never allow.

This release features the cut R rated version.

See further cuts details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Chaos

Don't Look in the Basement is a 1973 US horror video by SF Brownrigg.
With Bill McGhee, Jessie Lee Fulton and Robert Dracup.
YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for 1977 cinema release. Banned on VHS as a video nasty. Passed 15 uncut on DVD in 2005. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

US: Chaos is cut and MPAA R rated for:
US: Don't Look in the Basement is uncut and MPAA R rated for:

  • 2018 Kino Lorber [Chaos + Don't Look in the Basement] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 13th February 2018
  • 2018 Kino Lorber [Chaos + Don't Look in the Basement] R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 13th February 2018

Promotional Material

In retrospect of the 70s drive-in era comes 2 Houses of Hell Double Feature. The box office opens at 7PM and the first feature DON'T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT (1973) starts at dusk (Unrated).

In the end, Don't Look in the Basement is a cleverly plotted film which benefits from generally good acting and directing and not-overly-ambitious camera work.

Following the nostalgic 10-minute drive-in intermission clock comes our main feature CHAOS (2005), the most brutal film ever released, starring Kevin Gage (Heat, Blow) and Sage Stallone (Daylight, Rocky V) (Rated R). Play Drive-In Mode to experience the entire show!

Emily and her friend Angelica go to a rave in the woods, and when they arrive, they meet a stranger called Swan that promises some Exstasy for the girls. They follow him to a cabin into the forest where they meet the sadistic gang leaded by the psychotic Chaos. The girls are abused, tortured and raped in a night of nightmare and murder.

 

  Red Sparrow...

BBFC advised category cuts have been made for a 15 rated cinema release


Link Here 16th February 2018
Poster Red Sparrow 2018 Francis Lawrence Red Sparrow is a 2018 USA mystery thriller by Francis Lawrence.
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton and Mary-Louise Parker. BBFC link IMDb

A young Russian intelligence officer is assigned to seduce a first-tour CIA agent who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young officers collide in a charged atmosphere of trade-craft, deception, and inevitably forbidden passion that threatens not just their lives but the lives of others as well.

UK: Passed 15 for strong bloody violence, gore, sexual violence, sex, very strong language after BBFC advised pre-cuts for:

  • 2018 cinema release
The BBFC commented:
  • This film was originally seen for advice. The company was advised the film was likely to be classified 18 but that their preferred 15 could be achieved by making reductions in one scene of strong sadistic violence (a garroting). When the film was submitted for formal classification appropriate reductions had been made in that scene and the film was classified 15.

Uncut in the US.

Uncut and MPAA R rated for strong violence, torture, sexual content, language and some graphic nudity.

 

 Shopping: Night Of The Seagulls...

1975 Spain horror by Amando de Ossorio, once seized by the police during the video nasties panic, just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here 15th February 2018
Night Of The Seagulls Blu-ray Night Of The Seagulls (La noche de las gaviotas) is a 1975 Spain horror by Amando de Ossorio.
Starring Víctor Petit, María Kosty and Sandra Mozarowsky. IMDb

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

  • 2018 Shout! Factory RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 13th February 2018
Censorship History.
Seized by the police during the Video Nasties panic. Cut by the BBFC for 1987 VHS. Uncut for 2005 DVD. Uncut in the US. The Spanish language version is missing nudity added for the dubbed English version

Summary Notes

The Knight Templars return in this fourth installment of the Blind Dead seris. On this outing, the Templars haunt a fishing village, where they rise seven nights every seven years to claim their sacrificial offerings in return for the safety of the townspeople.

 

 Shopping: Sweet Sixteen...

1983 USA horror thriller by Jim Sotos just released on UK DVD and Blu-ray


Link Here 15th February 2018
Sweet Sixteen Blu-ray Sweet Sixteen is a 1983 USA horror thriller by Jim Sotos.
Starring Bo Hopkins, Susan Strasberg and Patrick Macnee. BBFC link IMDb

UK: The Director's Cut was passed 15 uncut for strong bloody violence, language, racist terms, nudity for:

  • 2018 88 Films RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 12th February 2018
  • 2018 88 Films R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 12th February 2018

Versions

Not cut by BBFC or MPAA. There are slight variations in the opening between the Theatrical Version and Director's Cut.

The running time indicates that this release is the Director's Cut

Promotional Material

The year of 1983 was a fine time to be a slasher fan - with the genre creeping out classics from SLEEPAWAY CAMP through to HOUSE ON SORORITY ROW. And for those who embrace that golden age few knife-play flicks are as beloved as SWEET 16. With a top notch cast that includes Susan Strasberg (THE TRIP), Bo Hopkins (THE WILD BUNCH) and Scream Queen sensation Dana Kimmell (FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3D), this tale of childhood trauma crafts a compelling whodunit mystery around some small town disappearances and a stack of dead bodies. Is the perpetrator male or female? And just what is going on with the boy-baiting Melissa... A mysterious and alluring presence who turns a tiny Texas community upside down with her sudden appearance. A tightly directed terror title SWEET 16 is a perfect addition to the 88 Films library and a slasher classic that will still spawn a few bad dream

 

 Shopping: A Pistol for Ringo/The Return of Ringo...

Spaghetti western dramas by Duccio Tessari set for UK Blu-ray release on 19th March 2018 both with previous BBFC cuts waived


Link Here 14th February 2018
A Pistol for Ringo & The Return of Ringo: Two Films by Duccio Tessari Blu-ray A Pistol for Ringo is a 1965 Spain/Italy action western drama by Duccio Tessari.
With Giuliano Gemma, Fernando Sancho and Lorella De Luca. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for 'U' rated 1966 cinema release. Uncut for 12 rated Blu-ray in 2018.

The Return of Ringo is a 1965 Italy / Spain action western romance by Duccio Tessari.
Starring Giuliano Gemma, Fernando Sancho and Lorella De Luca. BBFC link IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for an 'AA' rated cinema release in 1970. Uncut for 12 rated Blu-ray in 2018.

UK: A Pistol for Ringo was passed 12 uncut for moderate violence, brief sexual threat with previous BBFC cuts waived:
UK:
The Return of Ringo was passed 12 uncut for moderate violence with previous BBFC cuts waived for:

  • 2018 Arrow [A Pistol for Ringo + The Return of Ringo] RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 19th March 2018

Promotional Material

The original Ringo films introduced another iconic hero to the spaghetti western; a clean-cut sharp shooter who was markedly different to Clint Eastwood's Man With No Name.

In A Pistol For Ringo, the eponymous hero, played by Giuliano Gemma (Day of Anger, Tenebrae), infiltrates a ranch of Mexican bandits to save a beautiful hostage (Nieves Navarro, Death Walks on High Heels). In The Return Of Ringo, the gunslinger, now a veteran of war, disguises himself as a Mexican in order to take revenge on outlaws who have stolen his property and taken his wife.

Hugely successful upon their original release, thanks in part to the skilled direction of Duccio Tessari (The Bloodstained Butterfly, Death Occurred Last Night), the Ringo films proved influential on the Italian western, spawning numerous unofficial sequels, due to their gripping set-pieces and unforgettable musical scoring by Ennio Morricone. Arrow Video is proud to present both films in sumptuous new restorations that truly brings their stylish cinematography to life.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • Brand new 2K restorations of both films from the original negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original Italian and English soundtracks
  • Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM audio
  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • Audio commentaries for both films by Spaghetti Western experts C. Courtney Joyner and Henry Parke
  • They Called Him Ringo, an archival featurette with star Giuliano Gemma
  • A Western Greek Tragedy, an archival featurette with Lorella de Luca and camera operator Sergio D Offizi
  • Revisiting Ringo, a new video interview with critic and Ringo fan Tony Rayns
  • Gallery of original promotional images from the Mike Siegal Archive
  • Original trailers
  • Gallery of original promotional images
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the films by Howard Hughes and a newly-translated interview with Duccio Tessari
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     Shopping: The Last Hunter...

    1980 Italy war thriller by Antonio Margheriti, once caught up in the video nasties panic, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 14th February 2018
    The Last Hunter Blu-ray The Last Hunter is a 1980 Italy war thriller by Antonio Margheriti (as Anthony M Dawson).
    Starring David Warbeck, Tisa Farrow and Tony King. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb

    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    • 2018 Kino Lorber (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 13th February 2018
    UK Censorship History
    Passed X uncut for a 1981 cinema release. Videos were seized by police during the Video Nasties moral panic. The BBFC subsequently cut the VHS for an 18 rated 1988 release. Later uncut on 18 rated 2002 DVD. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

    Promotional Material

    A Code Red Release War is Hell... and to carry out his top-secret mission, one soldier will make a deal with the Devil. Italian fright-master Antonio Margheriti (Cannibal Apocalypse) turned to the horrors of war for this explosive action film set near the end of the Vietnam conflict. Following the grisly suicide of his shell-shocked friend, Captain Harry Morris (David Warbeck, Tiger Joe, Hunters Of The Golden Cobra, The Ark Of The Sun God) accepts one final mission: to go behind enemy lines and destroy a Viet Cong radio tower broadcasting anti-American propaganda to US troops. Aided by a ragtag squadron of commandos and shadowed by a beautiful photojournalist (Tisa Farrow, Zombie, Some Call it Loving, Search and Destroy), Morris carries out his search and destroy mission with extreme prejudice, straight into the heart of darkness. Also starring genre vets John Steiner (The Ark Of The Sun God, Hunters Of The Golden Cobra, Cut And Run), Tony King (Cannibal Apocalypse, Tiger Joe, Raiders Of Atlantis). Made in the wake of the success of The Deer Hunter and shot on Philippine locations left over from Apocalypse Now, The Last Hunter is an over-the-top example of Italian exploitation filmmaking at its most shameless...and unforgettable.

     

     Offsite Article: BBFC Podcast: 79...


    Link Here 13th February 2018
    Preacher - Season 2 Blu-ray Age ratings for Preacher and Supernatural US TV series

    See article from bbfc.co.uk

     

     Shopping: Dreamgirls...

    2006 USA musical music drama by Bill Condon, The Director's Cut just released on UK Blu-ray


    Link Here 11th February 2018
    Dreamgirls: Director's Cut Blu-ray Dreamgirls is a 2006 USA musical music drama by Bill Condon.
    Starring Beyoncé Knowles, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy. BBFC link IMDb

    UK: The Director's Cut was passed 12 uncut for infrequent strong language, drug references for:

    • 2018 Paramount RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 5th February 2018
    Versions
    Exists as a Theatrical Version and a Director's Cut. Presumably this release includes both versions.

    Promotional Material

    DIRECTOR'S EXTENDED EDITION Grammy winner Beyonce Knowles, Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx* and Golden Glober winner Eddie Murphy shine in unforgettable roles that display their matchless talents. And Jennifer Hudson is a revelation, in the breakthrough performance that earned her the 2006 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit and directed by Academy Award winner Bill Condon** (Beauty and the Beast), the Oscar-winning Dreamgirls is 'a triumph' of movie entertainment that will dazzle you again and again.

     

     Shopping: Sinbad of the Seven Seas...

    1989 Italy / USA fantasy adventure by Enzo G Castellari and Luigi Cozzi, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US DVD and Blu-ray


    Link Here 10th February 2018
    Sinbad of the Seven Seas Blu-ray Sinbad of the Seven Seas is a 1989 Italy / USA fantasy adventure by Enzo G Castellari and Luigi Cozzi (uncredited).
    Starring Lou Ferrigno, John Steiner and Roland Wybenga. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb

    US: Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated for:

    • 2018 Kino Classics (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 6th February 2018
    UK Censorship History
    BBFC category cuts were required for U rated 1990 VHS. Uncut and 12 rated for 2016 DVD/Blu-ray. Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated in the US.

    Promotional Material

    He must conquer evil on land and at sea! A dazzling adventure of faraway lands and heroic spectacles, this heart-soaring epic follows the brave Sinbad the Sailor (Lou Ferrigno, TV's The Incredible Hulk, Hercules) in a rousing tale based on Edgar Allan Poe's short story The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade. When an evil wizard named Jaffar (John Steiner, Caligula) casts a cruel spell, a good king and his happy kingdom face darkness for the first time ever. And when Jaffar demands marriage to the king's beautiful daughter (Alessandra Martines, The Cave of the Golden Rose), who is already engaged to a prince, it will be up to Sinbad and his loyal companions to save the princess and the people of the kingdom. But first, he must retrieve the palace gems Jaffar has stolen and hidden away--and face the Amazon Queen, the Ghost King and the most vicious beast imaginable along the way! Wonderfully directed by cult filmmaker Enzo G. Castellari (The Inglorious Bastards, Street Law, 1990: The Bronx Warriors).

     

      Moonwalker...

    Gavin Salkeld's Quick Trims investigate mysterious cuts for UK Blu-ray


    Link Here 9th February 2018
    edge moonwalker Moonwalker is a 1988 USA music crime fantasy by Jerry Kramer, Jim Blashfield...
    Starring Michael Jackson, Joe Pesci and Sean Lennon. BBFC link IMDb

    Uncut for UK cinema release and VHS but for UK Blu-ray release.

    See these cuts in Cutting Edge Quick Trims video on YouTube

     

     Shopping: Grizzly...

    1976 USA horror thriller by William Girdler, cut by the MPAA and BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 9th February 2018
    Grizzly Blu-ray Grizzly is a 1976 USA horror thriller by William Girdler.
    Starring Christopher George, Andrew Prine and Richard Jaeckel. IMDb

    US: Cut and MPAA PG rated for:

    • 2018 Scorpion Releasing (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 6th February 2018
    Censorship History
    Cut for an MPAA PG rating. Further BBFC category cuts for an 'A' rated 1976 cinema release. The BBFC cuts were waived for for 15 rated VHS and DVD. There is said to be an elusive uncut R rated version in the US.

    Promotional Material

    A Scopion Releasing Release - When an eighteen-foot, two-thousand-pound grizzly bear starts mauling campers and hikers at a state park, a park ranger (Christopher George, Day of the Animals, Enter the Ninja) springs into action. But the job is too big to tackle alone, so he enlists the aid of a naturalist (Richard Jaeckel, The Dirty Dozen) and a helicopter pilot (Andrew Prine, They're Playing with Fire) to take this freak of nature down. Meanwhile, the giant grizzly, not content with picnic baskets, continues to kill indiscriminately, leaving pools of blood and piles of body parts in his wake. Can the ranger and his cronies end the grizzly's reign of terror without resorting to excessively extreme measures? This post-Jaws, nature-runs-rampant thriller was directed by William Girdler (The Manitou), and was a box office hit and the top-grossing independent film of 1976.

     

     Shopping: Blood Harvest...

    1987 USA horror by Bill Rebane set for UK DVD and Blu-ray release on 12th March 2018 with all previous cuts just restored


    Link Here 8th February 2018
    Blood Harvest Blu-ray Blood Harvest is a 1987 USA horror by Bill Rebane.
    Starring Tiny Tim, Itonia Salchek and Dean West. BBFC link IMDb

    UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence, sexualised violence with All previous BBFC cuts waived and material originally pre-cut by company restored for:

    Censorship History
    Pre-cut for 1989 and further cut by the BBFC for 18 rated VHS. All these cuts were restored for 18 rated DVD and Blu-ray.

    Cut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

    See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Blood Harvest

    Promotional Material

    "Prolific B-movie maverick Bill Rebane (THE GIANT SPIDER INVASION) opted for some contemporary 'real world' horror carnage and caught wind of the slice and dice craze with his classic BLOOD HARVEST (1987). Unleashed at a time when the slasher movie was awash with sequels, BLOOD HARVEST stood out thanks to a lunatic performance from Tiny Tim (the legendary American television personality who offers up a creepy and instantly-cult sing-song scene as well). Featuring a masked man on the rampage, twists and turns that will keep you glued to the gore and a final reel that packs in plenty of sadism and shocks, BLOOD HARVEST gets its HD worldwide premiere from the celluloid plasma-addicts at 88 Films!!! The harvest has begun... Dare you watch?"

     

      Mountain of the Cannibal God...

    1978 Italian video nasty by Sergio Martino again cut by the BBFC for animal cruelty


    Link Here 8th February 2018
    Mountain of the Cannibal God DVD Mountain of the Cannibal God is a 1978 Italian adventure by Sergio Martino
    With Ursula Andress and Stacey Keach. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

    UK: The Extended Version was assed 18 for strong violence, gore, sex after 2:01s of BBFC compulsory cuts for:

    • 2018 Argent Films/Shameless video
    The BBFC commented:
    • Compulsory cuts required to remove six sequences of animal cruelty in accordance with BBFC Guidelines and policy.
    Censorship History and versions

    All UK releases have been cut for animal cruelty. The film was banned as a video nasty in 1983. There is an uncut extended version released in the US. This Extended Version was passed 18 for 2018 video but was still cut for animal cruelty.

    The Extended Version features 4 minutes of previously unseen rape, bestiality and masturbation scenes. It also restores the explicit castration scene to the movie. This extra material is said to have been taken from the director's private collection.

    See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: The Mountain of the Cannibal God

     

     Shopping: The Demoniacs...

    1974 France / Belgium horror by Jean Rollin just released on UK Blu-ray still with BBFC cuts


    Link Here 8th February 2018
    The Demoniacs Blu-ray The Demoniacs is a 1974 France / Belgium horror by Jean Rollin.
    Starring Joëlle Coeur, John Rico and Willy Braque. Youtube link IMDb

    UK: BBFC details not yet published, previously Passed 18 after 54s of BBFC cuts:

    • 2018 Black House Films (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 5th February 2018
    Censorship History
    Cut by the BBFC for UK DVD releases. Uncut in the Netherlands. There are 2 cut variants in the US with one that claims that it is Director Approved.

    The promotional material statement: "Contains footage not included in the original theatrical release" sounds like it is trying to avoid admitting that it is cut. Presumably this is the version that was released in the US on the Redemption label that is indeed an extended version but the rape scene has in fact been toned down.

    See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: The Demoniacs

    Promotional Material

    A group of shipwrecked sailors brutally rape two young women who accidentally stumble across them. After they escape, the women ultimately make a deal with the devil in exchange for the power to exact their bloody revenge. Contains footage not included in the original theatrical release.

     

     Shopping: The Diabolical Dr Z...

    1966 France / Spain Sci-Fi horror by Jesus Franco just released on US DVD and Blu-ray


    Link Here 7th February 2018
    Diabolical Dr Z DVD The Diabolical Dr Z (Miss Muerte) is a 1966 France / Spain Sci-Fi horror by Jesús Franco (as J Franco).
    Starring Estella Blain, Mabel Karr and Howard Vernon. BBFC link IMDb

    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    • 2018 Redemption (RB) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 6th February 2018
    • 2018 Redemption (R1) DVD at US Amazon released on 6th February 2018
    UK Censorship History
    Cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1967. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

    Summary Notes

    Woman seeks to avenge her father's death by using a local dancer, with long poisonous fingernails, to do her bidding.

     

     Shopping: Garibaldi...

    1961 Italy / France historical drama by Roberto Rossellini just released on UK DVD and Blu-ray with 2 versions


    Link Here 5th February 2018
    Viva L'Italia Blu-ray Viva L'Italia (aka Garibaldi) is a 1961 Italy / France historical drama by Roberto Rossellini.
    Starring Renzo Ricci, Paolo Stoppa and Franco Interlenghi. BBFC link IMDb

    UK: The Original Subtitled Italian Version was passed 12 uncut for moderate violence, injury detail
    UK: The shortened US English language version was passed 12 uncut for moderate violence, injury detail

    • 2017 Arrow [Original + US Version] Special Edition (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon
    • 2017 Arrow [Original + US Version] Special Edition R2 DVD at UK Amazon

    Versions

    Exists as an Original Italian Version titled Viva L'Italia and a shortened US Version titled Garibaldi.

    Promotional Material

    Viva l Italia is a documentary made after the event, trying to figure out what happened. I tried to place myself in front of the events of a century ago, the way a documentarist would have done who had the good fortune to follow Garibaldi s campaign with his camera. Roberto Rossellini

    To celebrate the centenary of Italy, the Italian government commissioned Rossellini to make a biopic of Giuseppe Garibaldi, one that would follow his exploits with the Thousand and their role in the country s unification. Rossellini approached the film as he had Francesco, giullare di Dio, presenting the main character in neo-realist mode, as though making a documentary.

    Restored by Arrow Films from the original negative, this disc marks the first UK home video release of Viva l Italia in any format, allowing English-speaking audience to discover another Rossellini classic.

    SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • Brand new 2K restoration from the original negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original Italian mono soundtracks with optional English subtitles
  • Garibaldi, an alternate shorter cut of the film originally prepared for the US market
  • Brand-new interview with Roberto Rossellini s assistant on the film, Ruggero Deodato, recorded exclusively for this release
  • "I Am Garibaldi", a brand-new visual essay by Tag Gallagher, author of The Adventures of Roberto Rossellini: His Life and Films
  • Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet containing new writing on the film by filmmaker and critic Michael Pattison
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     Shopping: The Cat O' Nine Tails...

    1971 Italy / France / West Germany mystery thriller by Dario Argento just released on UK Blu-ray


    Link Here 4th February 2018
    The Cat O' Nine Tails Limited Edition Blu-ray The Cat o' Nine Tails is a 1971 Italy / France / West Germany mystery thriller by Dario Argento.
    Starring James Franciscus, Karl Malden and Catherine Spaak. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

    UK: A shortened version was previously passed 15 uncut for:

    • 2018 Arrow Limited Edition RAB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 29th January 2018

    There is also a US release.

    Reviews

    Censorship History
    A presumably pre-cut version was passed by the BBFC for an AA rated 1971 cinema release, The 18 rated VHS was slightly shortened for video and 2002 DVD. The same versions was reduced to a 15 rating in 2005. The same version is unrated in the US but the PG rated version is heavily cut.

    The film has been passed 15 uncut for some time, but UK releases have been missing a bit of dialogue. So far there has not been a resubmission to the BBFC for this release. I don't think the missing dialogue matters much anyway.

    Promotional Material

    Following the success of his debut feature, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, distributor Titanus tasked writer/director Dario Argento with delivering a follow-up in short order. The resulting film, granted a greatly enhanced budget and heralded in its US marketing campaign as nine times more suspenseful than its predecessor, was The Cat O Nine Tails.

    When a break-in occurs at a secretive genetics institute, blind puzzle-maker Franco Arnò (Karl Malden, Patton, One-Eyed Jacks), who overheard an attempt to blackmail one of the institute s scientists shortly before the robbery, teams up with intrepid reporter Carlo Giordani (James Franciscus, Beneath the Planet of the Apes) to crack the case. But before long the bodies begin to pile up and the two amateur sleuths find their own lives imperilled in their search for the truth. And worse still, Lori (Cinzia De Carolis, Cannibal Apocalypse), Franco s young niece, may also be in the killer s sights...

    This second entry in the so-called Animal Trilogy found Argento further refining his distinctive style and cementing his reputation as the master of the giallo thriller. Co-starring Catherine Spaak (Il Sorpasso) and Rada Rassimov (Baron Blood), and featuring another nerve-jangling score by the great Ennio Morricone (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly), The Cat O Nine Tails remains one of Argento s most suspenseful and underrated films.

    LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • Brand new 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original mono Italian and English soundtracks (lossless on the Blu-ray Disc)
  • 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 critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman
  • New interviews with co-writer/director Dario Argento, co-writer Dardano Sacchetti, actress Cinzia De Carolis and production manager Angelo Iacono
  • Script pages for the lost original ending, translated into English for the first time
  • Original Italian and international theatrical trailers
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Candice Tripp
  • Double-sided fold-out poster
  • 4 lobby card reproductions
  • Limited edition booklet illustrated by Matt Griffin, featuring an essay on the film by Dario Argento, and new writing by Barry Forshaw, Troy Howarth and Howard Hughes
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     Shopping: Horror Of Frankenstein...

    1970 UK Hammer horror by Jimmy Sangster just released on UK DVD/Blu-ray Combo


    Link Here 4th February 2018
    Horror Of Frankenstein Blu-ray Horror Of Frankenstein is a 1970 UK Sci-Fi horror drama by Jimmy Sangster.
    Starring Ralph Bates, Kate O'Mara and Veronica Carlson. IMDb

    UK: Passed 12 uncut for:

    • 2018 Studiocanal RB Blu-ray/R2 DVD Combo at UK Amazon released on 29th January 2018
    Classification History
    Uncut and X rated for 1970 cinema release, then 15 rated for VHS and 12 rated for DVD. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

    Promotional Material

    Teenage prodigy Victor Frankenstein tells his father of his ambition to go to university in Vienna. The Baron objects, so Victor coldly sabotages his shooting rifle. The gun explodes in the Baron's face, killing him. Victor uses his inheritance to decamp to Vienna. Six years pass, and Victor leaves after getting the Dean's daughter pregnant; returning home with fellow student Wilhelm, he rescues his friend Elizabeth and her father, an eminent professor, from two highwaymen. He kills one, and covertly beheads him. Hidden away from housekeeper and bedwarmer Alys, he and Wilhelm set about researches into the revival of dead tissue. The grisly career of the notorious Victor Frankenstein has begun. This bold experiment in horror comedy was directed by Jimmy Sangster in 1970, and is one of the most unusual of all the Hammer horrors. Ralph Bates stars as the young Victor Frankenstein and Dave Prowse (later to embody Darth Vader in Star Wars) plays his monster.

    Extras:

  • New Featurette - Gallows Humour: Inside The Horror of Frankenstein
  •  

     Shopping: Straight On Till Morning...

    1972 UK Hammer horror by Peter Collinson, cut by the BBFC, just released on UK DVD and Blu-ray


    Link Here 2nd February 2018
    Straight On Till Morning Blu-ray Straight On Till Morning is a 1972 UK horror by Peter Collinson.
    With Rita Tushingham, Shane Briant and James Bolam. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

    UK: Passed 18 uncut for:

    • 2018 Studiocanal RB Blu-ray/r2 DVD Combo at UK Amazon released on 29th January 2018

    Reviews

    Censorship History
    Cut by the BBFC for X rated cinema release in 1972. It is unknown if these cuts persist to 18 rated home video. MPAA R rated in the US.

    Promotional Material

    British thriller directed by Peter Collinson. Brenda (Rita Tushingham) is a lonely young woman who occupies her time writing children's stories. Feeling that her native Liverpool is holding her back, she moves to London and tries to join the scene there. After finding work at a trendy boutique, Brenda spots handsome stranger Peter (Shane Briant) and kidnaps his dog as an excuse to go and meet him. The pair get on well and Brenda moves in, but it's not long before she finds herself in danger as a number of Peter's dark secrets are revealed. The cast also includes James Bolam, Katya Wyeth and Annie Ross.

     

      Fifty Shades Freed...

    Passed 18 uncut by the BBFC, but few other western countries consider that it is needs an adults only rating


    Link Here 1st February 2018
    fifty shades freed 2018Fifty Shades Freed is a 2018 USA drama by James Foley.
    Starring Arielle Kebbel, Tyler Hoechlin and Dakota Johnson. BBFC link IMDb

    UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong sex for:

    • 2018 cinema release
    Summary Notes

    The third installment of the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' trilogy.

    Believing they have left behind shadowy figures from their past, newlyweds Christian and Ana fully embrace an inextricable connection and shared life of luxury. But just as she steps into her role as Mrs. Grey and he relaxes into an unfamiliar stability, new threats could jeopardize their happy ending before it even begins.

    International ratings

    And as always few other western countries think that the films needs an adults only rating.

    • Australia: MA15+
    • Canada: 18A (Alberta & British Columbia)
    • Finland: K-16
    • France: U
    • Germany:16
    • Netherlands:16
    • New Zealand:R16
    • Norway:15
    • Portugal:M/16
    • Switzerland:16
    • United States: R

     

     Shopping: Dr. Jekyll And Sister Hyde...

    1971 UK Hammer horror by Roy Ward Baker, cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray


    Link Here 31st January 2018
    Dr. Jekyll And Sister Hyde Blu-ray Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde is a 1971 UK horror by Roy Ward Baker.
    With Ralph Bates, Martine Beswick, Gerald Sim. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

    UK: The cut cinema version was passed 15 without further BBFC cuts for:

    • 2018 Studiocanal RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 29th January 2018

    Reviews

    UK Censorship History
    Cut by the BBFC for cinema release. The cuts have persisted ever since. The same cut version is MPAA PG rated in the US.

    Promotional Material

    When Dr. Henry Jekyll attempts to find an elixir of life he accidentally stumbles upon a formula which transforms him into a gorgeous but evil woman who calls herself the widowed Mrs Hyde. Somewhat disdained by the female transformation but aroused by the power it brings, Jekyll can't but help to continue his experiments. As the evil Hyde starts brutally murdering women to get the female hormones she needs Jekyll's alter ego soon grows too powerful. As the fight is on to discover who is behind the Whitechapel murders which of Jekyll's alter-egos will end up on top?

    Extras:

  • New Featurette - Ladykiller: Inside Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde
  •  

     Offsite Article: BBFC Podcast Episode 78...


    Link Here 28th January 2018
    Buffy Vampire Slayer: Season 3 DVD Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel

    See article from bbfc.co.uk

     

     Shopping: Let Sleeping Corpses Lie...

    1974 Italy / Spain video nasty by Jorge Grau just released on US DVD


    Link Here 28th January 2018
    Let Sleeping Corpses Lie DVD Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (aka The Living Dead at the Manchester Rue Morgue) is a 1974 Italy / Spain Sci-Fi horror by Jorge Grau.
    Starring Cristina Galbó, Ray Lovelock and Arthur Kennedy. Youtube link IMDb

    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    • 2018 Cheezy Movies R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 23rd January 2018
    Censorship History
    Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating where there is also an uncut Unrated version. In the UK the BBFC cut the 1975 cinema release. Cut and uncut versions were released on pre-cert VHS which went onto be banned as video nasties. The VHS was passed 18 by the BBFC in 1985 but only after the original cinema cuts were replied along with additional cuts for video. The BBFC relented in 2002 and the film was passed 18 uncut on DVD.

    Promotional Material

    A young couple in love is travelling along the English countryside. While they plan their next stop, a man who has been dead for several days attacks, to be followed shortly thereafter by a full-scale zombie invasion which could very well be a result of the agriculturist's distribution of ultrasonic radiation. In the end, a cop figures out the countless murders are not the work of the young couple, but the living dead.

     

     Updated: Opening show...

    Padmavat is cleared for national release by India's Supreme Court and by the BBFC


    Link Here 27th January 2018  full story: Padmavati...Indian movie causes trouble in India, Pakistan and the UK
    padmavatPadmavat is a 2017 India historical romance by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
    Starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor. BBFC link IMDb

    Rani Padmavati (aka Padmini) is said to be one of the most beautiful women to ever exist. This real life story is epitome of Love and sacrifice between Rajput Queen Padmavati and Rana Rawal Ratan Singh, the Rajput ruler of Mewar. Their perfect life took unfortunate turn when Allauddin Khilji's lustful eyes gazed upon Queen Padmavati. Alauddin Khilji is known as one of the most brutal rulers of the Khilji dynasty, who ascended the throne by killing his father-in-law, his brother-in-laws and their uncles. He was known for attacking states, only for their land and women. And, the motive behind the attack on Mewar was none other than royal Rani Padmavati. Chittorgarh fort, today, stands as an epitome of the true Rajputana spirit, loyalty, fidelity and bravery and a symbol of women power.

    Court cases abound whenever there's a controversy about an Indian that should be banned or not banned. There are often several people who are willing to spend their cash on advocating for banning or not banning, often in different courts in different states.

    However, in the case of Padmavat these cases have rapidly moved to India's Supreme Court which has just passed two judgements about the film. Firstly the Court found that individual states should not be able to overrode the national film censor and so bans in the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana have been overturned.

    india supreme courtThe film's producers had approached the Supreme Court to challenge the states' ban, and Chief Justice Dipak Misra concurred with the producers. He stated:

    Cinemas are an inseparable part of right to free speech and expression. States... cannot issue notifications prohibiting the screening of a film.

    The second judgement refused the case made by an advocate who wanted the court to overturn the CBFC decision and ban the film. The same judge refused to entertain a plea to cancel the Censor Board certificate given to the movie Padmaavat. Advocate M.L. Sharma had contended that exhibiting the movie in certain States would be an open invitation for violence.

    And of course that violence could yet overrule the Supreme Court and force cinemas to not show the film.

    Cut version resubmitted to the BBFC

    20th January 2018. See article from bbfc.co.uk

    BBFC logo UK: A version cut by the Indian film censors was passed 12A for moderate violence, injury detail without BBFC cuts for:

    • 2018 cinema release

    The film is 5s shorter than the uncut version submitted a few weeks earlier. There is no change to the rating or consumer advice.

    There were 5 CBFC cuts adding up to 5s to downplay the historical accuracy of the film:

    • The title was changed from Padmavati, an historical character, to the fictional name Padmavat.
    • Disclaimers were added with one regarding not glorifying the practice of Sati, and another noting that the film is fictional.
    • There were cuts to the Ghoomar song to 'befit' the character portrayed.

    Update: 125 cinemas decide not to screen the movie

    21st January 2018. See  article from dailypioneer.com

    Even after the Supreme Court asking four States including Gujarat to allow screening of controversial Hindi movie Padmaavat, nearly 125 multiplexes across Gujarat will not show the movie which is set to release on the eve of Republic Day.

    Gujarat Multiplex Owners Association, the apex body of multiplexes in the state has voluntarily decided not to show the movie. Core committee member of the association Rakesh Patel said that multiplex owners in Gujarat didn't want to take any risk as there was no guarantee pertaining to safety of the properties.

    Update: Inevitably banned by violent religious mobs

    23rd January 2018. See  article from bbc.com

    Protesters in India's Gujarat have blocked roads and caused local bus services to be suspended, after the Supreme Court cleared the release of controversial Bollywood film Padmavat.

    Extremist Hindu groups torched buses and vandalised a theatre in the western state of Gujarat on Sunday.

    Despite the court ruling and tightened security, theatre owners in the state have decided against screening the film as they fear further violence.

    Update: Worldwide release today

    25th January 2018. See  article from metro.co.uk

    Padmavat has been released for worldwide screenings, including the UK, today on 25th January. Early reports suggest that cinemas in religious hotspots have decided not to screen the film rather than face violent protest.

    Update: Opening show

    27th January 2018. See  article from livemint.com

    Padmaavat opened in 3,100 screens across the country with an estimated occupancy of 50-55%. It's a very good number given the situation. It clearly shows audiences have come out and supported the film despite all odds, said Atul Mohan, editor of trade magazine Complete Cinema .

    Under normal circumstances, a big-ticket film like Padmaavat would have been screened in more than 4,000 screens. States like Rajasthan, Gujarat and parts of Madhya Pradesh and Haryana refrained from screening the period saga. Protests by the Rajput Karni Sena and consequent violence in parts of the country led to several theatres refusing to showcase the movie..

    The film was also pirated and streamed online on a Facebook page, showing interest but not revenue for the filmmakers.

    Update: Rajputs who saw Padmaavat angry for opposing it earlier

    28th January 2018. See  article from citytoday.news

     

     Shopping: Slaughterhouse Rock...

    1988 USA horror by Dimitri Logothetis just released on UK DVD and Blu-ray with previous BBFC cuts waived


    Link Here 26th January 2018
    Slaughterhouse Rock Blu-ray Slaughterhouse Rock is a 1988 USA horror by Dimitri Logothetis.
    Starring Toni Basil, Nicholas Celozzi and Tom Reilly. BBFC link IMDb

    UK: Passed 18 for strong bloody violence, sexual violence with previous BBFC cuts waived for:

    • 2018 88 Films RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 22nd January 2018
    • 2018 88 Films R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 22nd January 2018
    Censorship History
    Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating. Further cut in the UK by the BBFC for 18 rated VHS in 1988. The BBFC cuts were waived for 2018 DVD and Blu-ray.

    It is not yet clear whether the UK release is the uncut version or the US R rated version. However the promotional material states that this is a re-master from the original negative so hopefully this the uncut version

    Promotional Material

    Alcatraz once housed some of America's most infamous criminals but nothing ever inhabited the island like the force of evil encountered by some unprepared youngsters in 1988's fever-dream surrealist horror SLAUGHTERHOUSE ROCK! Starring rock star Tony Basil and Playboy Playmate Hope Marie Carlton, this mainstay of VHS horror highlights plenty of plastic fantastic frights and plasma-spilling practical special effects galore. Clearly influenced by the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET series with its story of a supernatural stalker, SLAUGHTERHOUSE ROCK built up a well-deserved fan base of its own thanks to its marriage of eighties rock with esoteric horror and big haired babes screaming their lungs out! Finally gaining an HD bow from 88 Films - SLAUGHTERHOUSE ROCK is a terrifying trip into slasher movie history and a thrill ride of crazed and lurid images that no self respecting fear fan can afford to miss!!promotional mat

    SPECIAL FEATURES

    • 4K Re-master from the Original Camera Negative
    • Uncompressed Stereo Soundtrack featuring music by Devo
    • Rock 'n' Shock - Back to the Slaughterhouse (An Interview with Jim Harper, author of Legacy of Blood)
    • Original Theatrical Trailer
    • Optional English Subtitles
    • Booklet by Film journalists Dave Wain and Matty Budrewicz (First pressing only)
    • Reversible Sleeve with alternate Non-Slasher Collection Artwork

     

     Shopping: Dario Argento's Opera...

    1987 Italy horror mystery thriller by Dario Argento just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 25th January 2018
    Dario Argento's Opera Blu-ray Opera is a 1987 Italy horror mystery thriller by Dario Argento.
    Starring Cristina Marsillach, Ian Charleson and Urbano Barberini. BBFC link IMDb

    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    • 2018 Scorpion Releasing (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 23rd January 2018
    Censorship History
    The film was cut in the US for an R rating and further cut by the BBFC for 1990 18 rated cinema and 1991 VHS release. The uncut International Version was passed 18 by the BBFC for 2002 DVD and is MPAA Unrated in the US.

    Amazon suggests that this the cut R rated version, but the run time quoted suggests that this is in fact the uncut MPAA Unrated International Version.

    See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Opera

    Summary Review

    A young opera singer (Betty) gets her big chance when the previous star of a production of Verdi's Macbeth is run over by a car. Convinced the opera is bad luck she accepts, and becomes the target (in Argento's unmistakable style) of a psychopath - a man she has been dreaming of since childhood.

    One of Argento's most dizzying works but also one of his most enjoyable. This being Argento's ninth giallo, he knew all the conventions inside out, so he plays with them mercilessly, using flashbacks, jump cuts, juxtapositions in a captivating way.

     

     Shopping: The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein...

    1972 Spain/France horror by Jesus Franco just released on UK DVD/Blu-ray Combo now with the Unclothed Version


    Link Here 24th January 2018
    The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein DVDBlu-rayCombo The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein (aka Curse of Frankenstein) is a 1972 Spain/France horror by Jesus Franco.
    With Alberto Dalbés, Dennis Price and Howard Vernon. BBFC link IMDb

    UK: The Unclothed Version was passed 18 uncut for sexualised violence, nudity for:
    UK: The Clothed Version BBFC was passed 15 without cuts for:

    • 2017 Nucleus Films [Nude + Clothed Versions] (RB) Blu-ray/(R2) DVD Combo at UK Amazon released on 22nd January 2018
    Censorship History
    A clothed version was passed 15 uncut for 2006 DVD. The Unclothed Version was passed 18 uncut for 2017 DVD and Blu-ray. Previously the film was seized by the police during the video nasties panic.

    Promotional Material

    Cagliostro, an immortal magician with fearsome hypnotic powers, sends his murderous assistant Melissa (half woman, half bird) to kill Dr. Frankenstein and steal his Monster. He commands the creature to abduct young women whose bodies will provide material for a female counterpart: the two monsters will then copulate, creating a master race of slaves under Cagliostro's mesmeric control! Bending man, woman and monster to his terrifying will, Cagliostro rules an empire of passion in his castle by the sea, a place where lust and cruelty meet strange supernatural forces. As the police question the deceased Dr. Frankenstein by reviving him with his monster apparatus, his scientist daughter Vera falls under Cagliostro's spell and agrees to build the female monster: can anything now stop the wicked mesmerist from ruling the world?
    • Original 74 minute French "nude" version with choice of French or English audio and optional English subtitles
    • Alternate 87 minute Spanish language "clothed" version with additional Lina Romay inserts and optional English subtitles
    • The Rites of Franco - Featurette with "Murderous Passions" author Stephen Thrower
    • Original French trailer
    • Original French poster art sleeve
    • Sleeve notes by "Murderous Passions" author Stephen Thrower

     

     Offsite Article: BBFC Podcast Episode 77...


    Link Here 22nd January 2018
    GET OUT DVD + digital download DVD A straightforward 15 rating for the worthy horror film Get Out

    See article from bbfc.co.uk

     

     Shopping: Blood Harvest...

    1987 USA horror by Bill Rebane, previously cut by the BBFC, set for UK DVD and Blu-ray release on 12th March 2018


    Link Here 20th January 2018
    Blood Harvest Blu-ray Blood Harvest is a 1987 USA horror by Bill Rebane.
    Starring Tiny Tim, Itonia Salchek and Dean West. BBFC link IMDb

    UK: BBFC details not yet published for:

    Censorship History

    Pre-cut for 1989 and further cut by the BBFC for 18 rated VHS. Cut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

    There are no details yet about the version being released by 88 Films

    Promotional Material

    "Prolific B-movie maverick Bill Rebane (THE GIANT SPIDER INVASION) opted for some contemporary 'real world' horror carnage and caught wind of the slice and dice craze with his classic BLOOD HARVEST (1987). Unleashed at a time when the slasher movie was awash with sequels, BLOOD HARVEST stood out thanks to a lunatic performance from Tiny Tim (the legendary American television personality who offers up a creepy and instantly-cult sing-song scene as well). Featuring a masked man on the rampage, twists and turns that will keep you glued to the gore and a final reel that packs in plenty of sadism and shocks, BLOOD HARVEST gets its HD worldwide premiere from the celluloid plasma-addicts at 88 Films!!! The harvest has begun... Dare you watch?"

     

     Shopping: Eye Of The Cat...

    1969 USA horror by David Lowell Rich, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 19th January 2018
    Eye Of The Cat Blu-ray Eye Of The Cat is a 1969 USA horror by David Lowell Rich.
    Starring Michael Sarrazin, Gayle Hunnicutt and Eleanor Parker. BBFC link IMDb

    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    • 2018 Shout! Factory RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 16th January 2018
    UK Censorship History
    Cut by the BBFC for X rated 1969 cinema release. Uncut and 15 rated for 2017 VoD. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

    Summary Notes

    A man and his girlfriend plan to rob the mansion of the man's eccentric but wealthy aunt. However, the aunt keeps dozens of cats in her home, and the man is deathly afraid of cats.

     

     Shopping: The Amicus Collection...

    UK horror set just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 18th January 2018
    The Amicus Collection Blu-ray The Amicus Collection consists of:
    • ASYLUM
    • AND NOW THE SCREAMING STARTS
    • THE BEAST MUST DIE

    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    • 2017 Severin Films Amicus Collection (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 16th January 2018
    And Now the Screaming Starts! is a 1973 UK horror by Roy Ward Baker.
    Starring Peter Cushing, Herbert Lom and Patrick Magee. BBFC link IMDb
    Originally passed X uncut for 1974 cinema release and Vipco 15 rated VHS in 1993. The US version was cut however, and it may have been that that was released in the UK on 1998 VHS with a 15 rating and 2004 DVD with a 12 rating. Uncut and MPAA Unrated for 2017 release in the US.

    Promotional Material

    Known as The Studio That Dripped Blood , the British film company Amicus Productions founded by American writer/producers Max J. Rosenberg and Milton Subotsky built a legacy of horror anthologies and twisted thrillers that remains among the very best genre movies of the 70s. In this trio of Amicus classics featuring stars that include Peter Cushing, Herbert Lom, Britt Ekland, Patrick Magee, Stephanie Beacham, Calvin Lockhart, Michael Gambon and Charlotte Rampling you ll discover the studio s legendary portmanteau ASYLUM, their insane gothic shocker AND NOW THE SCREAMING STARTS, and exclusive to this set the infamous werewolf whodunit THE BEAST MUST DIE, as well as a Bonus Disc of Amicus trailers, TV commercials, rare interviews and more all in this 4 disc box set.

    Special Features

    Disc 1:

    Two's A Company : 1972 On-set report from BBC featuring Interviews With Producer Milton Subotsky, Director Roy Ward Baker, Actors Charlotte Rampling, James Villiers, Megs Jenkins, Art Director Tony Curtis and Production Manager Teresa Bolland
    David J. Schow on Robert Bloch - Featurette
    Fiona Subotsky Remembers Milton Subotsky - Featurette
    Inside The Fear Factory Featurette with Directors Roy Ward Baker, Freddie Francis and Producer Max J. Rosenberg
    Audio Commentary with Director Roy Ward Baker and Camera Operator Neil Binney Theatrical Trailer

    Disc 2:

    The Haunting Of Oakley Court - Featurette with Allan Bryce, Author of Amicus: The Friendly Face Of Fear, and David Flint, Author of Ten Years Of Terror, visit the classic horror film location
    Audio Commentary with Director Roy Ward Baker and Actress Stephanie Beacham
    Audio Commentary with Star Ian Ogilvy
    Archive Audio Interview with Actor Peter Cushing By Denis Meikle
    Horror Journalist Denis Meikle Recalls And Now The Screaming Starts - Featurette
    Theatrical Trailer
    Radio Spot

    Disc 3:

    And Then There Were Werewolves - Audio Essay By Horror Historian Troy Howarth
    Audio Commentary with Director Paul Annett
    Directing the Beast : Featurette with Director Paul Annett
    Theatrical Trailer
    Disc 4:
    Audio Commentary With British Horror Film Writers Kim Newman & David Flint
    Phil Nutman Audio Interview with Milton Subotsky - Audio Interview With Accompanying Stills / Posters
    Jonathan Sothcott Audio Interview with Max Rosenberg - Audio Interview With Accompanying Stills / Posters
    Bonus Amicus TV spots

     

     Shopping: Phenomena...

    1985 Italy crime Sci-Fi horror by Dario Argento just released on UK DVD and Blu-ray


    Link Here 17th January 2018
    Phenomena Blu-ray Phenomena is a 1985 Italy crime Sci-Fi horror by Dario Argento.
    Starring Jennifer Connelly, Donald Pleasence and Daria Nicolodi. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb

    UK: The Italian/Integral Version was previously passed 18 uncut for:

    • 2018 Arrow Video Special Edition RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 15th January 2018
    • 2018 Arrow Video Special Edition R2 DVD via UK Amazon released on 15th January 2018
    Cuts and Versions
    Exists in three versions, a shortened version, a Director's Cut and an Integral Version. Furthermore the shortened version was further cut by the BBFC for 18 rated cinema and VHS releases. The cuts were waived for DVD releases of the Director's Cut and Integral Version.

    Promotional Material

    From master of horror Dario Argento (Suspiria, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage) comes Phenomena one of his most eccentric and unique thrillers, featuring telepathic insects, maggots galore, and even a razor-wielding chimp!

    Jennifer Corvino (Jennifer Connelly, Labyrinth), daughter of a world-renowned movie star, arrives in the so-called Swiss Transylvania to attend an exclusive girls school. However, a vicious killer is targeting the pupils, and sleepwalker Jennifer finds herself in the assassin s headlights when her nocturnal wanderings cause her to witness the death of a fellow pupil. Aided by paraplegic entomologist John McGregor (Donald Pleasence, Halloween) and her own uncanny ability to communicate telepathically with insects, Jennifer sets out to track down the killer before she herself becomes the latest victim...

    Released in 1985, towards the end of Argento s decade-long golden age as a director, Phenomena co-stars Dalila Di Lazarro (Andy Warhol s Frankenstein), Patrick Bauchau (Clear and Present Danger) and Daria Nicolodi (Tenebrae), and features lush cinematography by Romano Albani (Inferno) and a pounding prog rock score by Goblin (Deep Red, Suspiria). Presented here in a sumptuous new 4K restoration of the film and with a newly created hybrid English/Italian audio track, this is the definitive release of Argento s creepy classic.

    SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

  • Brand new 4K restoration of the full-length 116-minute Italian cut of the film from the original camera negative
  • New 5.1 surround mix of the Italian soundtrack, derived from the original 4-channel Dolby Stereo elements
  • New hybrid English/Italian soundtrack in lossless 5.1 and 2.0 stereo*
  • Italian soundtrack in PCM 2.0 stereo
  • 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, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
  • Of Flies and Maggots, a new feature-length documentary including interviews with co-writer/producer/director Dario Argento, actors Fiore Argento, Davide Marotta, Daria Nicolodi and Fiorenza Tessari, co-writer Franco Ferrini, cinematographer Romano Albani, production manager Angelo Jacono, special optical effects artist Luigi Cozzi, special makeup effects artist Sergio Stivaletti, makeup artist Pier Antonio Mecacci, underwater camera operator Gianlorenzo Battaglia, and composers Claudio Simonetti and Simon Boswell
  • Original Italian and English theatrical trailers
  • Jennifer music video, directed by Dario Argento
  • Rare Japanese vintage pressbook
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Candice Tripp

    * The 116-minute Italian cut features approximately six minutes of footage for which English audio does not exist. In these instances, the hybrid track reverts to Italian audio with English subtitles.

  •  

      Maze Runner: The Death Cure...

    Advised BBFC category cuts have been implemented for a 12A rated cinema release


    Link Here 16th January 2018
    maze runner death cureMaze Runner: The Death Cure is a 2018 USA action Sci-Fi thriller by Wes Ball.
    Starring Rosa Salazar, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Dylan O'Brien. BBFC link IMDb

    In the epic finale to The Maze Runner Saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary last city, a WCKD controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get the answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze. Will Thomas and the crew make it out alive? Or will Ava Paige get her way?

    BBFC advised category cuts were required for a 12A rated cinema release in 2018. 2D and 3D version were then passed 12A for moderate violence, threat, language.

    The BBFC commented:

    • This work was originally seen for advice. The company was advised that the film was likely to receive a 15 certificate but that their preferred 12A classification could be achieved by making some changes. The company was advised to reduce moments of threat and 'horror' involving zombie-like characters. When the film was formally submitted, changes had been made and, consequently, the film was passed 12A

     

      News from the cryofreeze...

    The Daily Mail digs out an amusing BBFC examiner's report from recently revealed files which slags off Austin Powers


    Link Here 14th January 2018
    Austin Powers International Mystery Blu ray Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery is a 1997 USA / Germany crime comedy by Jay Roach.
    Starring Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley and Michael York. BBFC link IMDb

    A 1960s hipster secret agent is brought out of cryofreeze to oppose his greatest enemy in the 1990s, where his social attitudes are glaringly out of place.

    A princess Di joke was cut by the distributors for 15 rated 1997 cinema release. Later uncut on UK home video. Cut for a PG-13 rating in the US.

    The Daily Mail has been perusing new only opened files at the BBFC and come u with a colourful examiner's report about Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.  The examiner wrote:

    O dear, this really has to qualify as the worst new film for theatrical release.

    I am not acquainted with Mr Mike Myers -- the star and writer of this product -- and cannot fathom how he can have been given this showcase for his talent.

    It really is embarrassingly unfunny. The film is a spoof on a Bond movie but is so crass and asinine that one cannot even begin to warm to it. It really is embarrassingly unfunny. The film is a spoof on a Bond movie but is so crass and asinine that one cannot even begin to warm to it.

    The report went on to say that the movie had an aggressive edge and commented on its tacky and lavatorial humour. The examiner then launched a waspish tirade against some of the stars involved before concluding that the film was fit only for undiscerning teenagers.

    The writer said the use of the word 'fuck' and repetition of terms such as 'shit' and 'shag' set the tone of the whole piece, crude, distasteful and unredeemed by intelligence, irony or wit.

    But Myers had the last laugh, the film on a budget of just £12million took £50million at the international box office and combined with its two sequels, it brought in a total of £500million+.

    A spokesman for the BBFC accepted the comments were more colourful then normal.

     

     Shopping: Emmanuelle and the Deadly Black Cobra...

    1976 Italy drama by Joe D'Amato, cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here 11th January 2018
    Emmanuelle and the Deadly Black Cobra aka Black Cobra Woman Blu-ray Emmanuelle and the Deadly Black Cobra (Eva nera) is a 1976 Italy drama by Joe D'Amato.
    Starring Jack Palance, Laura Gemser and Gabriele Tinti. IMDb

    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

    • 2018 Kino Lorber (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 9th January 2018
    UK Censorship History
    Cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1977. A pre-cut version was passed 18 for 1986 VHS. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

    Promotional Material

    A Code Red Release Judas (Jack Palance, One Man Jury, Without Warning, Alone In The Dark), a wealthy playboy living in Hong Kong, is obsessed with snakes. His apartment is full of them, and he treats them as if they were his children. One night Judas brother (Gabriele Tinti, Eerie Midnight Horror Show) persuades him to accompany him to see a dance act at a nightclub. Judas is astounded to see that the act consists of a beautiful Asian woman (Laura Gemser, Black Emmanuelle, Erotic Nights Of The Living Dead) who dances nude while holding a python. He is immediately smitten, and winds up hiring her to take care of his snakes while he s away on business. However, things start to take a sinister turn, in this Gemser classic, now first time out legit and in HD from a brand new 2017 HD scan!

     

     Shopping: The Mercenary...

    1968 Italy / Spain / USA comedy western by Sergio Corbucci, once cut for an AA rating, just released on UK DVD and Blu-ray


    Link Here 10th January 2018
    The Mercenary Blu-ray The Mercenary is a 1968 Italy / Spain / USA comedy western by Sergio Corbucci.
    Starring Franco Nero, Tony Musante and Eduardo Fajardo. BBFC link IMDb

    UK: Passed 18 uncut for:

    • 2018 88 Films RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 8th January 2018
    • 2018 88 Films R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 8th January 2018
    There is also a US release.

    UK Censorship History

    BBFC category cuts were required for an AA cinema release in 1970. Passed 15 uncut for 2017 DVD and Blu-ray. Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated in the US.

    Promotional Material

    Western directed by Sergio Corbucci and starring Franco Nero and Tony Musante. A Polish mercenary named Sergei Kowalski (Nero) lends a hand to a ragtag group of revolutionaries in their fight against the Mexican government and their military. But he is himself being pursued by an American rival driven by revenge. But will Kowalski's mercenary ways sway the leader of the revolution from his righteous path and into sheer banditry?

     

     Shopping: Night Of The Living Dead...

    1968 USA horror by George A Romero gets the Criterion treatment for UK Blu-ray release on 19th February 2018 with a new workprint version


    Link Here 9th January 2018
    Night Of The Living Dead Blu-ray Night Of The Living Dead is a 1968 USA horror by George A Romero.
    Starring Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea and Karl Hardman. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb

    UK: Previously passed 15 uncut for moderate horror and violence for:

    • 2018 Sony/Criterion [Restored Version + Workprint] RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 19th February 2018
    Censorship and variants
    Cut by the BBFC for 1969 cinema release. Uncut by the BBFC afterwards but there are several variant versions. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

    Promotional Material

    Judith O'Dea and Russell Streiner star in this classic horror by George A. Romero. When brother and sister Johnny and Barbra (Streiner and O'Dea) go to visit their father's grave, Barbra is terrified for her life when Johnny is killed by a flesh-eating zombie. As she escapes to a nearby farmhouse Barbra discovers other desperate individuals who are preparing to do battle with the undead.

    George A. Romero's terrifying classic, the movie that invented the zombie genre, in a stunning new 4K restoration.

    Shot outside Pittsburgh on a shoestring budget by a band of filmmakers determined to make their mark, Night of the Living Dead, directed by horror master GEORGE A. ROMERO, is one of the great stories of independent cinema: a midnight hit turned box-office smash that became one of the most influential films of all time. A deceptively simple tale of a group of strangers trapped in a farmhouse who find themselves fending off a horde of recently dead, flesh-eating ghouls, Romero's claustrophobic vision of a late-1960s America literally tearing itself apart rewrote the rules of the horror genre, combined gruesome gore with acute social commentary, and quietly broke ground by casting a black actor (DUANE JONES) in its lead role. Stark, haunting, and more relevant than ever, Night of the Living Dead is back, in a new 4K restoration.

    SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:

    • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director George A. Romero, co-screenwriter John A. Russo, sound engineer Gary R. Streiner, and producer Russell W. Streiner
    • New restoration of the monaural soundtrack, supervised by Romero and Gary R. Streiner, and presented uncompressed
    • Night of Anubis, a never-before-presented work-print edit of the film
    • New program featuring filmmakers Frank Darabont, Guillermo del Toro, and Robert Rodriguez
    • Never-before-seen 16 mm dailies reel
    • New program featuring Russo about the commercial and industrial-film production company where key Night of the Living Dead filmmakers got their start
    • Two audio commentaries from 1994, featuring Romero, Russo, producer Karl Hardman, actor Judith O'Dea, and more
    • Archival interviews with Romero and actors Duane Jones and Judith Ridley
    • New programs about the editing, the score, and directing ghouls
    • New interviews with Gary R. Streiner and Russel W. Streiner
    • Trailer, radio spots, and TV spots
    • PLUS: An essay by critic Stuart Klawans

     

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