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27th August

 Offsite Article: BBFC Podcast Episode 56: Clockwork Orange...

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Clockwork Orange DVD Malcolm McDowell Uncut by the BBFC but generated enough censorship material to form most of a Stanley Kubrick archive

See article from bbfc.co.uk

 

22nd August

 Shopping: The Driller Killer...

1979 famed video nasty by Abel Ferrara set for UK DVD/Blu-ray Combo release on 28th November 2016
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Driller Killer Steelbook Blu ray The Driller Killer Steelbook is a 2016 film by Abel Ferrara.
Starring Abel Ferrara.

UK: Passed 18 uncut for:

  • 2016 Arrow Limited Edition Steelbook (RB) Blu-ray/R2 DVD Combo at UK Amazon released on 28th November 2016
  • 2016 Arrow Limited Edition Steelbook (RB) Blu-ray/R2 DVD Combo at UK Amazon released on 28th November 2016
UK Censorship History
Shortened for 1982 pre-cert VHS which was then famously banned as a video nasty. A pre-cut version was released on 1999 18 rated VHS. Uncut and 18 rated since 2002. Unrated and uncut in the US.

There is also a UK release

Promotional Material

In career that has encompassed such controversial classics as Ms. 45, Bad Lieutenant and Welcome to New York, none of Abel Ferrara s films have quite managed to match the shock, extremity and downright notorious nature of The Driller Killer.

Ferrara plays struggling artist Reno, a man pushed to the edge by the economic realities of New York living in the late seventies and the No Wave band practising in the apartment below. His grip on reality soon begins to slip and he takes to stalking the streets with his power tool in search of prey...

One of the most infamous video nasties , in part thanks to its drill-in-head sleeve, The Driller Killer has lost none of its power to unnerve and is presented here fully uncut.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • Limited Edition SteelBook featuring original artwork (2500 copies)
  • Brand new restoration from original film elements
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original Uncompressed Mono PCM audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary by director and star Abel Ferrara, moderated by Brad Stevens (author of Abel Ferrara: The Moral Vision) and recorded exclusively for this release
  • Brand new interview with Ferrara
  • Willing and Abel: Ferraraology 101, a new visual essay guide to the films and career of Ferrara by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, author of Cultographies: Ms. 45
  • Mulberry St. (2010), Ferrara s feature-length documentary portrait of the New York location that has played a key role in his life and work, available on home video in the UK for the first time ever
  • Trailer
  • Collector s booklet featuring new writing by Michael Pattison and Brad Stevens
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    21st August

     Shopping: Empresses in the Palace...

    2012 China historical TV series by Hao Ning just released on UK DVD
    Link Here
    Empresses Palace DVD Sun Li Empresses in the Palace (Zhen Huan Zhuan) is a 2012 China historical TV series by Hao Ning.
    Starring Li Sun, Jianbin Chen and Qian Sun. BBFC link IMDb

    UK: Passed 12 for moderate violence, suicide scenes, sex references, miscarriage references after 2s of BBFC compulsory cuts for:

    • 2016 Simply Media R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 15th August 2016
    The BBFC commented:
    • Cuts required to remove animal cruelty (two live pigeons impaled on an arrow).

    Promotional Material

    Grand story of the inner workings of the harem of classic China.

     

    20th August

     Shopping: The Martian...

    2015 USA action Sci-Fi adventure by Ridley Scott set for UK DVD and Blu-ray release on 3rd October 2016 in an Extended Edition
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    Martian Extended Blu ray Matt Damon The Martian is a 2015 USA action Sci-Fi adventure by Ridley Scott.
    Starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain and Kristen Wiig. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb

    UK: The Extended Edition was passed 12 uncut for infrequent strong language, injury detail for:

    • 2016 20th Century Fox Home Ent. RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 3rd October 2016
    • 2016 20th Century Fox Home Ent. R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 3rd October 2016
    Versions
    Exists as a Theatrical Version and an Extended version, both 12 rated by the BBFC.

    Note though that a commentary track for the Extended Version was passed 15 so this would make the DVD/Blu-ray release 15 rated if included)

    Promotional Material

    Matt Damon stars in this award-winning sci-fi comedy drama directed by Ridley Scott. During a mission to Mars, a crew of NASA astronauts are caught in a storm that leaves Mark Watney (Damon) missing and presumed dead. As the rest of the crew return to Earth, Watney awakens to find himself surrounded by the desolate landscape of the red planet. With no way to communicate the news of his survival back to Earth, Watney must figure out a way to prolong his life expectancy until the next NASA mission visits the planet in approximately four years. The all-star cast includes Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Jessica Chastain and Chiwetel Ejiofor. The film won Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture - Musical Or Comedy and Best Actor - Musical Or Comedy (Damon) and was nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Visual Effects and Best Actor (Damon).

     

    17th August

     Shopping: Hammer Horror 8-Film Collection...

    Set for US Region Free Blu-ray release on 13th September 2016
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    Hammer Horror 8 Film Collection Blu ray Hammer Horror 8-Film Collection consists of:
    • Brides of Dracula
    • The Curse of the Werewolf
    • The Phantom of the Opera
    • The Kiss of the Vampire
    • Paranoiac
    • Nightmare
    • Night Creatures
    • The Evil of Dr. Frankenstein,

    US: MPAA Unrated for:

    • 2016 Universal Hammer Horror 8 Film Collection R0 Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 13th September 2016 
    Brides of Dracula is a 1960 UK horror by Terence Fisher.
    With Peter Cushing, Martita Hunt and Yvonne Monlaur. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
    Cut by the BBFC for cinema release but uncut thereafter. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
    Curse of the Werewolf is a 1961 UK horror film by Terence Fisher.
    With Clifford Evans, Oliver Reed and Yvonne Romain. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
    Heavily cut by the BBFC for 1961 cinema release. A less cut BBC version turned up in 1995. Cuts waived for DVD. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
    The Phantom of the Opera is a 1962 UK horror by Terence Fisher.
    With Herbert Lom, Heather Sears and Edward de Souza. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
    Cut for an A rating on cinema release but uncut for home video
    Kiss of the Vampire is a 1963 UK horror by Don Sharp.
    With Clifford Evans, Edward de Souza and Noel Willman. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
    Cut by the BBFC or 1963 cinema release. Uncut for home video in the US and UK. A longer version was shown at the Barbican cinema but this hasn't appeared on Home Video
    Paranoic is a 1963 UK horror by Freddie Francis.
    With Janette Scott, Oliver Reed and Sheila Burrell. BBFC link IMDb
    Cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1963. The same cut version has been released since
    Nightmare is a 1964 UK horror thriller by Freddie Francis.
    With David Knight, Moira Redmond and Jennie Linden. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
    Cut by the BBFC for its 1964 cinema release. The consensus is that US and European DVD releases are uncut
    Night Creatures (aka Captain Clegg) is a 1962 UK horror mystery adventure by Peter Graham Scott.
    Starring Peter Cushing, Yvonne Romain and Patrick Allen. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

    Uncut in the UK and US. Home videos are noted as running around 80m but the BBFC noted an unlikely running time of 105 minutes for 1962 cinema release

    The Evil of Frankenstein is a 1964 UK horror film by Freddie Francis
    With Peter Cushing and Peter Woodthorpe. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

    The BBFC cut the cinema release but waived the cuts for DVD. There also exists a cut US TV version.

    Promotional Material

    The chilling movies from the Hammer Films studio during the 1940s and 1950s have been scaring audiences worldwide with their use of ominous and supernatural elements which foretold the coming of doom. Relive the chilling fear with some of their best classic stories in the Hammer Horror 8-Film Collection showcasing monsters that helped shape the modern day characters we love to be frightened by today. Featuring Brides of Dracula, The Curse of the Werewolf, The Phantom of the Opera, The Kiss of the Vampire, Paranoiac, Nightmare, Night Creatures and The Evil of Dr. Frankenstein, it's absolutely a must have for the house of Hammer horror collector!

     

    17th August

     Offsite Article: Absolute Beginners...

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    Absolute Beginners 30th Anniversary DVD Latest BBFC case study speaks of the 1986 gap between the PG and the 15 rating

    See article from bbfc.co.uk

     

    12th August

     Shopping: Psychomania...

    1973 UK horror by Don Sharp set for UK DVD and Blu-ray release on 19th September 2016 with previous BBFC cuts waived
    Link Here
    Psychomania DVD Blu ray George Sanders Psychomania is a 1973 UK horror by Don Sharp.
    Starring George Sanders, Beryl Reid and Nicky Henson. BBFC link IMDb

    UK: Passed 15 uncut for moderate violence, imitable behaviour, suicide references with previous BBFC cinema cuts waived for:

    • 2016 Bfi R2 DVD/RB Blu-ray Combo at UK Amazon released on 19th September 2016
    Censorship History
    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.

    Promotional Material

    Psychomania (Flipside 033) (DVD + Blu-ray)
    A film by Don Sharp

    Upon discovering a dark family secret Tom Latam (Nick Henson), the leader of hell-raising teen motorcycle gang 'The Living Dead', decides to take drastic measures to ensure his gang's superiority.

    Through his devil-worshipping mother (Beryl Reid), Tom makes a pact with Satan to ascertain the secret of immortality. Using this information he encourages his fellow riders to end their lives, safe in the knowledge that they'll soon return from the dead to invulnerably terrorise the locals.

    Packed with gothic tropes, black humour and eccentric performances (including George Sanders final screen role), Psychomania is a cult horror classic brimming with exciting action and fantastical mayhem.

    Special features

    • Newly remastered in 2K from preservation negatives and presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
    • Return of the Living Dead (2010, 25 mins): featuring interviews with stars Nicky Henson, Mary Larkin, Denis Gilmore, Roy Holder and Rocky Taylor
    • Sound of Psychomania (2010, 9 mins): interview with soundtrack composer John Cameron
    • Riding Free (2010, 7 mins): interview with Riding Free singer Harvey Andrews
    • An interview with Nicky Henson (2016, 14 mins): the star of Psychomania recalls his time on the film
    • Hell for Leather (2016, 8 mins): documentary about the company who supplied the film's costumes
    • Remastering Psychomania (2016, 2 mins)
    • Discovering Britain with John Betjeman: Avebury, Wiltshire (1955, 3 mins): the celebrated British poet narrates this travelogue about the Avebury stone circle and nearby burial grounds
    • Roger Wonders Why (1965, 19 mins): a church-made amateur film which sees two Christian biker youths visit the legendary 59 Club, where they meet its founder, Reverend Bill Shergold
    • Original theatrical trailer
    • Wilson Bros Trivia Track (2016, onscreen text): a newly-produced subtitle trivia-track by the horror aficionado siblings
    • Fully illustrated booklet with new writing by Vic Pratt, William Fowler and Andrew Roberts; and full film credits

     

    10th August

     Shopping: Sahara...

    1983 UK / USA adventure drama by Andrew V McLaglen just released on UK DVD and Blu-ray with BBFC cuts
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    Sahara Blu ray Brooke Shields Sahara is a 1983 UK / USA adventure drama by Andrew V McLaglen.
    Starring Brooke Shields, Lambert Wilson and Horst Buchholz. BBFC link IMDb

    UK: Passed 12 for moderate threat, violence after 4s of BBFC compulsory cuts for:

    The BBFC commented:
    • Cut required to remove cruel and dangerous horse falls (horses being tripped and falling forwards) in accordance with BBFC policy.

    Previous Cuts History

    Unspecified cut were made by the BBFC for PG rated 1983 cinema release and 1986 VHS. Cut for horse falls for 12 rated DVD/Blu-ray in 2016.

    Uncut and MPAA PG rated in the US.

    Promotional Material

    "Set in 1927 and starring the international sex symbol Brooke Shields (THE BLUE LAGOON), SAHARA has gained a cult audience who appreciate its jetsetting locales and bizarre story of a woman disguising herself as a man to compete in a hair raising car racing contest. With more peddle to the metal, edge of the seat madness than anyone could possibly ask for, SAHARA is finally back -in glorious HD- for a brand new audience to cheer to the finish line."

     

    4th August

     Shopping: Monique...

    1970 UK sex comedy by John Bown, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK DVD
    Link Here
    Monique DVD Joan Alcorn Monique is a 1970 UK sex comedy by John Bown.
    Starring David Sumner, Joan Alcorn and Sibylla Kay. BBFC link IMDb

    UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong sex for:

    • 2016 Screenbound Pictures R0 DVD at UK Amazon released on 1st August 2016
    UK Censorship History
    Cut by the BBFC for 1970 cinema release. No BBFC cuts were required for 18 rated 1994 VHS and then 15 rated 2016 DVD.

    Promotional Material

    When Bill and Jean engage Monique as an au pair for their children they have no idea what a shattering effect she will have on their lives-especially their sex lives. Bill is strongly attracted to the uninhibited, thoroughly desirable French girl, and succumbs to temptation. Jean, now sexually awakened, proves an exciting challenge to her and eventually achieves a lesbian fulfilment. Her new, intense sexual desire is a revelation to Bill, and the complex situation is uniquely resolved by an unusually satisfying `ménage à trois` relationship.

     

    3rd August

     Shopping: Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice...

    2016 USA action Sci-Fi fantasy by Zack Snyder just released on UK DVD and Blu-ray with an extended cut on Blu-ray only
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    Batman Superman Justice Ultimate Blu ray Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice [2D] is a 2016 USA action Sci-Fi fantasy by Zack Snyder.
    Starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb

    UK: The Ultimate Edition Extended Cut was passed 12 for moderate violence, threat, infrequent strong language for:

    • 2016 Warner [2D Extended Cut + 4k Theatrical Version] 4k R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 1st August 2016
    • 2016 Warner [2D Extended Cut] R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 1st August 2016

    UK: The 2D and 3D Theatrical Versions were passed 12 uncut for moderate violence, threat for:

    • 2016 Warner [3D Theatrical + 2D Extended Cut] R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 1st August 2016
    • 2016 Warner [Theatrical only] R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 1st August 2016

    Reviews

    • See review from fansided.com : " The extra footage included in the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition makes it a slightly different movie, but not enough to likely change anyone's mind "

    Versions

    A cut version was rated PG-13 in the US for Theatrical Release. There also exists an R rated Ultimate Edition Extended Cut for home video. Both versions were 12 rated by the BBFC.

    See pictorial version details from movie-censorship.com

    Promotional Material

    The Battle Intensifies in the Ultimate Edition

    In this no-holds-barred Ultimate Edition, with 30 minutes of additional footage not seen in cinemas, titans of justice Batman/Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and Superman/ Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) face off in the most anticipated showdown of our time. But while Gotham City’s formidable vigilante takes on Metropolis’ revered saviour, the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs... and a new danger arises to threaten all of humanity.

    Includes over 2 hours of extras:

    - Uniting the World's Finest - Glimpse the future of DC’s bold new cinematic superheroes
    - Gods and Men: A Meeting of Giants - Become a witness to history as you discover how everything in Batman and Superman’s pasts have been leading up to this ultimate, epic showdown
    - The Warrior, The Myth, The Wonder - Explore the origin, evolution and powerful impact on popular culture by the legendary Amazonian Wonder Woman
    - Accelerating Design: The New Batmobile - Batman’s newest ride is sleek, tough, loud, and fast as hell. Host Sal Masekela goes under the hood of the celebrated vehicle, then puts rubber to the road
    - Superman: Complexity & Truth - Experience the transformation as Henry Cavill goes from earnest journalist in glasses and tweeds to a powerful godlike being in a streamlined caped costume
    - Batman: Austerity & Rage - From cape to cowl and from rugged body armor to carefully-tailored suits, Batman’s outer gear perfectly camouflages and expresses the fury that simmers within
    - Wonder Woman: Grace & Power - From her gladiator-influenced costume to her shield and sword, she is the mortal incarnation of a warrior goddess
    - Batcave: Legacy of the Lair - Nature and technology exist side by side in Batman’s breath-taking and modernistic subterranean digs
    - The Might and the Power of a Punch - A dynamic and illustrative look at the power, physics and fascinating details that make the battle between Batman and Superman so formidable
    - The Empire of Luthor - Dive deeper into the inception of an entirely new interpretation of Lex Luthor, including an examination of his storied history in the comics
    - Save the Bats - Learn how the cast and crew gave back to the environment and brought awareness to a very real ecological problem

     

    2nd August

     Shopping: Doctor Butcher M.D. / Zombie Holocaust...

    1980 Italian horror by Marino Girolami just released on US Blu-ray in 2 versions
    Link Here
    Doctor Butcher Zombie Holocaust Blu rays Doctor Butcher M.D. / Zombie Holocaust is a 2016 film by Frank Martin.
    Starring Ian McCulloch, Alexandra Delli Colli and Sherry Buchanan.

    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

    • 2016 Severin Films [|Zombie Holocaust + Doctor Butcher versions] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 26th July 2016

    Reviews

    • See review from comingsoon.net : " No other film in horror history fully completely captures the skeezy, splicy, fluid-soaked energy of New York's famous 42nd Street 'grindhouse' experience "
    • See review from screenanarchy.com : " There are some significant differences [between the versions] , but nothing that would be enough for me to ever declare an outright winner "
    Censorship History
    Uncut by the BBFC since 2000 18 rated VHS. Previously self censored for pre-cert VHS during the video nasties panic. It was seized by the police but never became an official video nasty.

    There is cut US version named Dr Butcher MD, but it is uncut under the title Zombi Holocaust.

    See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Zombie Holocaust

    Promotional Material

    It sparked riots on 42nd Street, spawned a generation of gorehounds on VHS, and forever set an insane standard for Italian mad doctor/zombie/cannibal carnage worldwide: Ian McCulloch (ZOMBIE), Alexandra Delli Colli (THE NEW YORK RIPPER), Sherry Buchanan (TENTACLES) and Donald O'Brien (EMANUELLE AND THE LAST CANNIBALS) star in this blood orgy of gut-munching, eyeball-gouging and face-chopping originally known as ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST , which a notorious American distributor would then re-edit, re-title and re-release as a certified grindhouse masterpiece.

    Severin Films now presents both films fully restored for the first time ever from original vault elements discovered in Manhattan and Rome, and loaded with all-new Bonus Features that finally reveal the unbelievable truth behind its bizarre history, infamous marketing and still-deviant legacy.

    DISC 1 DOCTOR BUTCHER MD
    • Featurette: Butchery & Ballyhoo: Interview with Aquarius Releasing's Terry Levine
    • Featurette: Down On The Deuce: Nostalgic Tour Of 42nd Street With Temple Of Shock's Chris Poggiali and Filmmaker Roy Frumkes
    • Roy Frumkes' Segment Of Unfinished Anthology Film 'Tales That Will Tear Your Heart Out'
    • Featurette: The Butcher Mobile: Interview with Gore Gazette Editor & Butcher Mobile Barker Rick Sullivan
    • Featurette: Cutting Doctor Butcher: Interview with Editor Jim Markovic
    • Illustrated Essay: Experiments With A Male Caucasian Brain (...and other memories of 42nd Street) by Gary Hertz
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Video Release Trailer 1
    • Video Release Trailer 2
    DISC 2 ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST
    • Featurette: Voodoo Man: Interview With Star Ian McCulloch
    • Featurette: Blood Of The Zombies: Interview With FX Master Rosario Prestopino
    • Featurette: Filmmaker Enzo Castellari Remembers His Father Director Marino Girolami
    • Featurette: Sherry Holocaust: Interview With Actress Sherryl Buchanan
    • Featurette: Neurosurgery Italian Style -Interview With FX Artist Maurizio Trani
    • Featurette: New York Filming Locations Then Vs. Now. A look at the Big Apple locales as they are today
    • Audio Bonus: Ian McCulloch Sings Down By The River
    • International Trailer
    • German Trailer

     

    2nd August

      Pants vs Pants...

    Version and cuts details for Batman v Superman
    Link Here
    Batman Superman Justice Ultimate Blu ray

     

    1st August

     Shopping: The Deadly Trackers...

    1973 USA western by Barry Shear and Samuel Fuller, cut by the BBFC, just released uncut on US Blu-ray
    Link Here
    Trackers Blu ray Richard Lettieri Benjamin The Deadly Trackers is a 1973 USA western drama by Barry Shear and Samuel Fuller (uncredited).
    Starring Richard Harris, Rod Taylor and Al Lettieri. BBFC link IMDb

    US: Uncut and MPAA PG rated for:

    • 2016 Warner Archive Collection R0 Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 26th July 2016
    UK Censorship History
    BBFC cuts violence for X rated 1974 cinema release and 1988 15 rated VHS. Uncut and MPAA PG rated in the US.

    Summary Notes

    Sheriff Sean Kilpatrick is a pacifist. Frank Brand is the leader of a band of killers. When their paths cross Kilpatrick is compelled to go against everything he has stood for to bring death to Brand and his gang. Through his hunt into Mexico he is challenged by a noble Mexican Sheriff interested only in carrying out the law - not vengeance.

     

    31st July

     Shopping: Dementia 13...

    1963 US thriller by Francis Ford Coppola, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray
    Link Here
    Dementia Detective Restored Version Blu ray Dementia 13 is a 1963 US thriller by Francis Ford Coppola.
    With William Campbell, Luana Anders and Bart Patton. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    • 2016 The Film Detective (RA) Blu-ray-R at US Amazon released on 26th July 2016

    Reviews

    UK Censorship History
    Cut by the BBFC for X 1964 cinema release. The BBFC cuts were restored for 15 rated home video.

    Promotional Material

    Written and directed by a 24-year-old Francis Coppola, Dementia 13 centers on the dysfunctional Haloran family, who have converged at Haloran Castle to enact a morbid ritual in remembrance of Lady Haloran’s (Ethne Dunn) deceased daughter, Kathleen (Barbara Dowling). Secrets shroud Kathleen’s demise, and soon there is a mysterious interloper prowling the grounds with a big axe to grind… Genuinely engaging and well-photographed, Dementia 13 is a bone-chilling horror classic sure to thrill horror enthusiasts and Coppolla fans alike.

    Commented film industry veteran Phil Hopkins, owner of The Film Detective, As a huge enthusiast of Dementia 13, I'm very proud to be releasing the film on Blu-ray for the first time in its correct aspect ratio. The Film Detective team took great care improving the picture and sound quality and the restored 35mm HD transfer looks incredible. I hope fans old and new will appreciate it!

     

    31st July

     Offsite Article: Cherry Falls...

    Link Here
    Cherry Falls DVD Brittany Murphy A detailed article about US cuts to avoid an NC-17 rating for Geoffrey Wright's 2000 slasher

    See article from bloody-disgusting.com

     

    29th July

     Shopping: Death Wish II...

    1982 USA action crime thriller by Michael Winner, still censored in the UK, just released uncut on US Blu-ray
    Link Here
    Death Wish II Special Blu ray Death Wish II is a 1982 USA action crime thriller by Michael Winner.
    Starring Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland and Vincent Gardenia. IMDb

    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated/R rated for:

    • 2016 Shout! Factory [Unrated + Theatrical Versions] RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 26th July 2016
    Censorship History
    Similarly and extensively cut by both the BBFC and for an MPAA R rating. There is an uncut US Unrated version. Generally uncut in Europe.

    See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Death Wish II

    Promotional Material

    Bronson’s Loose Again!

    Paul Kersey is not your ordinary victim: He fights back: with a vengeance! Legendary tough guy Charles Bronson resumes his trademark role as the hard-as-nails urban avenger in DEATH WISH II.

    With the murder of his wife and the revenge against her killers now behind him, Kersey begins a new life in LA. But tragedy is never far from his door, and when a group of local hoods viciously assault his daughter, they unleash a wrath unlike anything the city has ever seen. Kersey has the face of each of them branded in his memory, and he will not rest until he tracks every one of them down... and puts them all in the ground! This hard-hitting, action-packed sequel also stars Jill Ireland (Breakheart Pass), Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix) and Vincent Gardenia reprises his role as Detective Frank Ochoa. The film features a rocking score by Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin.

    Includes both the theatrical cut and the unrated cut of the film!

     

    28th July

     Shopping: The Candy Tangerine Man / Lady Cocoa...

    1975 USA action adventure by Matt Cimber just released on US Blu-ray
    Link Here
    Candy Tangerine Cocoa Blu ray Combo Double Bill by Matt Cimber consisting of:
    • The Candy Tangerine Man
    • Lady Cocoa

    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

    • 2016 Vinegar Syndrome (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 26th July 2016
    The Candy Tangerine Man is a 1975 USA action adventure by Matt Cimber.
    Starring John Daniels, Eli Haines and Tom Hankason. BBFC link IMDb
    Cut by the BBFC for 1986 VHS. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
    Lady Cocoa is a 1975 USA crime drama by Matt Cimber.
    Starring Lola Falana, Gene Washington and Alex Dreier. IMDb
    There are no censorship issues with this film

    Promotional Material

    Vinegar Syndrome presents two of Matt Cimber's most important blaxploitation classics on Blu-ray for the very first time.

    The Candy Tangerine Man
    John Daniels is 'The Baron,' a no-nonsense pimp who cruises the streets in his signature tangerine Rolls Royce. Taking on rival pimps, pushers, and the man, Baron uses his cunning intelligence to elude the authorities in Matt Cimber's grim and subversive look at the violent underbelly of Los Angeles crime and corruption. A favorite film of Quentin Tarantino and Samuel L. Jackson, Vinegar Syndrome proudly presents The Candy Tangerine Man in its Blu-ray debut.

    Lady Cocoa
    Lola Falana is Lady Cocoa, in Matt Cimber's classic 1975 crime thriller. After being given a 24-hour leave from prison, in exchange for which she'll agree to testify against her mobster boyfriend, Cocoa hits the streets, but quickly discovers that violence lurks around every corner. Co-starring Millie Perkins and George Flower, Lady Cocoa is a non-stop thrill ride of revenge.

    Bonus Features:
    1. Scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm archival prints
    2. Director's video introduction for The Candy Tangerine Man
    3. Commentary track for Lady Cocoa with Director Matt Cimber and Director's Assistant / Actor John Goff
    4. Reversible cover for Lady Cocoa
    5. English SDH Subtitles
    6. Closed Captioning

     

    28th July

     Offsite Article: BBFC Podcast Episode 55: Victim (1961)...

    Link Here
    Victim Blu ray Dirk Bogarde Victim was an early film exploring gay issues at a time when homosexuality was illegal

    See article from bbfc.co.uk

     

    27th July

     Shopping: Killer Thrillers Collection...

    All 3 films once cut by the BBFC, just released on US DVD and Blu-ray
    Link Here
    Killer Thrillers Collection Blu ray Carroll Killer Thrillers Collection consists of:
    • Baba Yaga (1973)
    • Night Train Murders
    • Strip Nude for your Killer

    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

    • 2016 Blue Underground Killer Thrillers Collection (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 26th July 2016
    There are no censorship issues with this release

    Baba Yaga is a 1973 Italy Giiallo by Corrado Farina.
    With Carroll Baker, George Eastman and Isabelle De Funès. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

    Cut for cinema by the BBFC and by the MPAA. The Director restored cut footage for 2008 DVD.

    Unconfirmed but Blue Underground seem to be going with the cut 'original version', with the deleted and cut material includes as extras.

    Night Train Murders is a 1975 Italian horror by Aldo Lado.
    With Flavio Bucci, Macha Méril and Gianfranco De Grassi.
    YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
    Banned by the BBFC for 1976 cinema release. Banned as a video nasty in 1983. Unbanned for 2008 DVD. Uncut and R rated in the US.
    Strip Nude for your Killer is a 1975 Italy mystery thriller by Andrea Bianchi.
    Starring Edwige Fenech, Nino Castelnuovo and Femi Benussi. BBFC link IMDb
    Cut by the BBFC for X rated 1979 cinema release. Later uncut and 18 rated on 2008 DVD. Unuct and MPAA Unrated in the US.

    Promotional Material

    BABA YAGA: Legendary sex symbol Carroll Baker stars as a mysterious sorceress with an undying hunger for sensual ecstasy and unspeakable torture. But when she casts a spell over a beautiful young fashion photographer (the gorgeous Isabelle De Funes ), Milan's most luscious models are sucked into a nightmare world of lesbian seduction and shocking sadism. Are these carnal crimes the result of one woman's forbidden fantasies or is this the depraved curse of the devil witch known as BABA YAGA?

    EXTRAS: * 'Farina & Valentina' - Interview with Co-Writer/Director Corrado Farina * 'Freud in Color' - Guido Crepax Documentary * Deleted and Censored Scenes * Theatrical Trailer * Poster & Still Gallery * Comic Book-to-Film Comparison

    NIGHT TRAIN MURDERS: It was released as SECOND HOUSE ON THE LEFT, NEW HOUSE ON THE LEFT, and TORTURE TRAIN. The ads screamed, 'Most movies last less than two hours! This is one of everlasting torment!' It remains one of the most graphically fiendish films in exploitation history, the story of two teenage girls traveling through Europe, forced into a nightmare of sexual assault and sadistic violence.

    EXTRAS: * 'Riding the Night Train' - Interview with Co-Writer/Director Aldo Lado * U.S. Trailer * International Trailer * Radio Spots * Poster & Still Gallery

    STRIP NUDE FOR YOUR KILLER: The stunning Edwige Fenech stars in this infamous shocker that packs more grisly violence and sexual depravity into each frame than most any other film in the entire giallo genre. There's succulent flesh aplenty as a mysterious killer dressed in black leather and wearing a motorcycle helmet begins butchering beautiful young fashion models with no mercy and one deranged request: STRIP NUDE FOR YOUR KILLER!

    EXTRAS: * 'Strip Nude For Your Giallo' - Interviews with Actress Solvi Stubing and Co-Writer Massimo Felisatti * International Trailer * Italian Trailer * Poster & Still Gallery

     

    26th July

     Shopping: The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast...

    1963 US horror by Herschell Gordon Lewis set for UK Blu-ray/DVD Combo release on 24th October 2016
    Link Here
    Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast Blu ray The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast is collection of films by Herschell Gordon Lewis consisting of:
    • Blood Feast
    • Scum of the Earth
    • Two Thousand Maniacs!
    • Moonshine Mountain
    • Color Me Blood Red
    • Something Weird
    • The Gruesome Twosome
    • A Taste of Blood
    • She-Devils on Wheels
    • Just for the Hell of It
    • How to Make a Doll
    • The Wizard of Gore
    • The Gore Gore Girls
    • This Stuff'll Kill Ya!

    UK: BBFC details not yet published for:

    • 2016 Arrow The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast (RB) Blu-ray/(R2) DVD Combo at UK Amazon released on 24th October 2016
    Blood Feast is a 1963 US horror by Herschell Gordon Lewis.
    With William Kerwin, Mal Arnold and Connie Mason. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
    Banned as a video nasty in 1983. Cut by the BBFC for 2001 DVD and uncut for 2005 DVD. Uncut and unrated in the US

    See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Blood Feast

    Promotional Material

    In 1963, director Herschell Gordon Lewis pulled a cow s tongue out of an actress mouth on camera, and in doing so, changed the landscape of horror cinema forever. That sequence was just one of numerous gruesome gags featured in Blood Feast, the film credited as being the world s first gore movie. It s no exaggeration to say that the modern gross-out movies of today owe their very existence to the pioneering efforts of H.G. Lewis.

    But whilst Lewis is most widely celebrated for his blood-and-guts epics (Two Thousand Maniacs!, The Wizard of Gore et al.), there s more to the prolific director than splatter. From tales of sordid photographers (Scum of the Earth) to sex robots (How to Make a Doll), from biker girl-gangs (She-Devils on Wheels) to youths-run-amok (Just for the Hell of It), and from psychic witches (Something Weird) to hard liquor-loving hillbillies (Moonshine Mountain), the filmography of H.G. Lewis reads like a veritable wish-list of exploitation movie madness.

    Now, for the first time ever, Arrow Video is proud to present fourteen of the Godfather of Gore s most essential films (including nine Blu-ray world debuts), collected together at last and packed full of eye-popping bonus content. So put your feet up, pour yourself a glass of good ol moonshine, and prepare yourself for a feast H.G. Lewis style!

    LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS:

  • Fourteen of the Godfather of Gore s finest attractions, newly restored from original and best surviving vault materials: Blood Feast, Scum of the Earth, Two Thousand Maniacs!, Moonshine Mountain, Color Me Blood Red, Something Weird, The Gruesome Twosome, A Taste of Blood, She-Devils on Wheels, Just for the Hell of It, How to Make a Doll, The Wizard of Gore, The Gore Gore Girls, This Stuff ll Kill Ya!
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the features and extras on 7 Blu-ray and 7 DVD discs
  • Brand new introductions to the films by Lewis
  • Hours of extras including newly-produced interviews and featurettes, commentaries, short films and much more
  • Additional 2 bonus Blu-rays featuring 1.33:1 versions of Blood Feast, Scum of the Earth, Color Me Blood Red, A Taste of Blood and The Wizard of Gore [limited editions exclusive]
  • Additional bonus DVD: Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore documentary [limited editions exclusive]
  • 28-page H.G. Lewis annual stuffed full with Lewis-themed activities plus archive promotional material [limited editions exclusive]
  • Newly illustrated packaging by The Twins of Evil [Feast edition exclusive]
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    23rd July

     Shopping: Bad Moon...

    1996 USA horror by Eric Red, cut for an R rating, just released on US Blu-ray
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    Bad Moon Blu ray Mariel Hemingway Bad Moon is a 1996 USA horror by Eric Red.
    Starring Mariel Hemingway, Michael Paré and Mason Gamble. Youtube link IMDb

    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

    • 2016 Shout! Factory RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 19th July 2016

    Reviews

    US Censorship History
    Cut in the US to achieve an R rating. In the UK the same cut version was rated 18 for 1997 VHS.

    The movie was originally given an NC-17, mostly for the opening sex scene and for violent content. A few seconds of sex and gore were cut from the opening scene and the movie was given an R rating.

    Summary Notes

    One man's struggle to contain the curse he hides within... and his last-ditch attempt to free himself with the love of family. But when it looks as if he is losing his battle, and endangering all he holds most dear, the family dog, Thor, is the last hope for his family's survival... and the end to his Werewolf curse.

     

    22nd July

     Shopping: Cocoon...

    1985 USA Sci-Fi film by Ron Howard just released uncut on UK Blu-ray
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    Cocoon 30th Anniversary Special Blu ray Cocoon is a 1985 USA Sci-Fi film by Ron Howard.
    Starring Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley and Hume Cronyn. BBFC link IMDb

    UK: BBFC details not yet published for:

    • 2016 Eureka Entertainment Ltd RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 18th July 2016
    UK Censorship History
    BBFC category cuts were required for PG rated versions. The BBFC category cut was a sound cut to remove the word 'fucking'.

    Uncut and PG-13 rated in the US.

    The UK Blu-ray releases are 12 rated but this seems likely to be due to a 12 rated commentary track. The 2014 Blu-ray and 2016 Eureka Blu-rays are uncut according to both reviewers and Eureka Entertainment, so perhaps the BBFC details of this version will turn up later.

    Promotional Material

    Beyond the innocence of youth and the wisdom of age lies the wonder of... COCOON

    Director Ron Howard followed up the huge success of Splash with this light-hearted science-fiction tale about a group of elderly friends who find their youth returning after encountering a benevolent Alien species living next door to their retirement home.

    Bucking the trend of extravagant special effects targeted at a teenage audience, Cocoon with its senior cast and more personal focus was a huge success, picking up two Academy Awards (Best Supporting Actor & Best Visual Effects), and remains one of the most memorable and heart-warming films of the Eighties. Eureka Entertainment are proud to present Cocoon in this Special Thirtieth Anniversary Edition Blu-ray.

    SPECIAL FEATURES:

    • New high definition transfer of the film
    • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
    • Feature-length audio commentary with Director Ron Howard
    • Five featurettes: Behind the scenes, Ron Howard profile, Underwater training, Actors, Creating Antareans
    • Three TV spots
    • Original theatrical trailer
    • Teaser trailer
    • Cocoon: The Return theatrical trailer
    • Collectors booklet featuring a new article on the film by critic James Oliver, and archival imagery

     

    21st July

     Shopping: Empresses in the Palace...

    2012 China historical TV series by Hao Ning, cut by the BBFC for animal cruelty, set for UK DVD release on 15th August 2016
    Link Here
    Empresses Palace DVD Sun Li Zhen Huan Zhuan is a 2012 China historical TV series by Hao Ning.
    Starring Li Sun, Jianbin Chen and Qian Sun. BBFC link IMDb

    UK: Passed 12 for moderate violence, suicide scenes, sex references, miscarriage references after 2s of BBFC compulsory cuts for:

    • 2016 Simply Media R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 15th August 2016
    The BBFC commented:
    • Cuts required to remove animal cruelty (two live pigeons impaled on an arrow).

    Promotional Material

    Grand story of the inner workings of the harem of classic China.

     

    21st July

     Shopping: William Castle Double Feature: Homicidal and Mr. Sardonicus...

    1961 USA horror mystery thriller by William Castle, both once censored by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray
    Link Here
    William Castle Double Feature Sardonicus William Castle Double Feature consists of:
    • Homicidal
    • Mr. Sardonicuss.

    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    • 2016 Mill Creek Double Feature [Homicidal + Mr Sardonicus] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 19th July 2016
    Homicidal is a 1961 USA horror mystery thriller by William Castle.
    Starring Joan Marshall, Glenn Corbett and Patricia Breslin. BBFC link IMDb
    Cut by the BBFC for X rated 1961 cinema release. Uncut and 12 rated on VHS and DVD.
    Sardonicus is a 1961 USA horror mystery drama by William Castle.
    With Ronald Lewis, Audrey Dalton and Guy Rolfe. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
    Briefly banned by the BBFC for 1961 cinema release before being cut and X rated. Uncut and 12 rated on VHS and DVD. Uncut and MPAA PG rated in the US.

    Promotional Material

    Two Films from the Master of Fright!

    Homicidal (1961) B&W 88 minutes Not Rated Glenn Corbett, Patricia Breslin, Eugenie Leontovich, Alan Bunce, Richard Rust, James Westerfield

    In the small town of Solvang, there's a killer on the loose and the nurse taking care of a wheelchair bound stroke victim has a bedside manner is to die for. As the truth is uncovered, a town's most chilling mystery will be revealed... and a family's darkest secret.

    Mr. Sardonicus (1961) B&W 90 minutes Not Rated Ronald Lewis, Audrey Dalton, Guy Rolfe, Oskar Homolka, Vladimir Sokoloff, Erika Peters

    Desperate to retrieve a winning lottery ticket, a greedy man unearths his father's corpse. An enormous jackpot is his reward, but not without a price: his face is frozen permanently into a hideous grin. He enlists his one-eyed servant to help him lift the curse.

     

    20th July

      Taboo words...

    Suicide Squad gets a BBFC 15 rating in the UK, a higher rating than most countries
    Link Here
    Poster Suicide Squad 2016 David Ayer Suicide Squad is a 2016 USA action crime fantasy by David Ayer.
    Starring Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne and Will Smith. BBFC link IMDb

    A secret government agency run by Amanda Waller, named A.R.G.U.S creates a task force comprising super villains, the "Suicide Squad". They are assigned to execute dangerous tasks in exchange for shorter prison sentences.

    Even the word 'suicide' is a bit much for our film censors. Having a belief that viewers are affected by the films they see, then 'suicide' in films appealing to children, conjures up the need to be ultra sensitive and cautious. It's probably not possible to edit it out of the title, so perhaps it was always inevitable that the film would be at least 15 rated in the UK.

    And indeed that is the case, the BBFC have passed Suicide Squad as 15 uncut for sustained threat, moderate violence for 2016 cinema release in 2D and 3D versions.

    The US MPAA had previously rated the film PG-13 for s equences of violence and action throughout, disturbing behavior, suggestive content and language.

    And the world censors seem to have mostly sided with the American film censor. Australia (M=PG-15), Netherlands (12), Norway (12) , Singapore (PG-13) and Ireland (15A) all being lower than the UK. Russia opted for a higher 16 rating though.

     

    20th July

     Shopping: Star Trek 2 - The Wrath Of Khan...

    1982 US Sci-Fi film by Nicholas Meyer, once cut for a PG, just released on UK Blu-ray
    Link Here
    Star Trek Wrath Directors Blu ray July Star Trek II is a 1982 US Sci-Fi film by Nicholas Meyer.
    With William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley.
    YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

    UK: The Director's Cut was passed 12 uncut for moderate horror and threat for:

    • 2016 Paramount Steelbook RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 18th July 2016
    • 2016 Paramount RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 18th July 2016
    UK Censorship History
    The Theatrical Version was cut by the BBFC by 6s in 1982 and 1987. The Director's Cut was rated 15, later reduced to 12.

    Promotional Material

    To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the first broadcast of a Star Trek episode in 1966, this Steelbook features art based on the original theatrical poster, plus commemorative 50th Anniverary logo. One of the most celebrated and essential chapters in Star Trek lore, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is now presented in this spectacular Director’s Cut from legendary filmmaker Nicholas Meyer. On routine training maneuvers, Admiral James T. Kirk seems resigned that this may be the last space mission of his career. But Khan is back, with a vengeance. Aided by his exiled band of genetic supermen, Khan (Ricardo Montalban)–brilliant renegade of 20th century Earth–has raided Space Station Regula One, stolen a top secret device called Project Genesis, wrested control of another Federation starship, and now schemes to set a most deadly trap for his old enemy Kirk...with the threat of a universal Armageddon!

     

    19th July

     Shopping: Highlander...

    1986 UK action fantasy adventure by Russell Mulcahy just released on UK DVD and Blu-ray
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    Highlander Blu ray Christopher Lambert Highlander is a 1986 UK action fantasy adventure by Russell Mulcahy.
    Starring Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery and Clancy Brown. BBFC link IMDb

    UK: The European Version was previously passed 15 uncut for:

    • 2016 Studiocanal 30th Anniversary Edition RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 11th July 2016
    • 2016 Studiocanal 30th Anniversary Edition R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 11th July 2016
    Versions
    Exists in various shortened versions but the European Version and Director's Cut are equivalent and uncut.

    Promotional Material

    Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery star in 1986 cult classic HIGHLANDER, stunningly restored to celebrate the films 30th anniversary.

    He fought his first battle on the Scottish Highlands in 1536. He will fight his greatest battle on the streets of New York city in 1986. His name is Connor MacLeod. He is immortal.

    After surviving a wound that should have killed him during a clan battle in the Scottish Highlands in 1536, Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) is banished from his village. Years later, he is met by Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez (Sean Connery), a swordsman who teaches MacLeod the truth about himself; he is immortal, one of a race of many who can only die when the head is cut from the body. He must fight his way through the centuries until the time of the gathering, when the few immortals who have survived the ages will come together to fight until only one remains. In New York City the final fight is about to begin, and in the end there can be only one

    BD (on one disc)
    New interview with Russell Mulcahy
    New interview with Christopher Lambert
    ‘ Making of’ documentary in 4 parts
    Deleted scenes
    Audio commentary with Russell Mulcahy
    HD trailer