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21st January

 Shopping: Love Camp 7...

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1969 US video nasty by Lee Frost set for US DVD/Blu-ray Combo release on 31st January 2017
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Love Camp 7 Blu-rayCombo Love Camp 7 is a 1969 USA war horror thriller by Lee Frost.
With Bob Cresse, Maria Lease and Kathy Williams. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • 2017 Blue Underground R0 Blu-ray/R0 DVD Combo at US Amazon released on 31st January 2017

Reviews

UK Censorship History
Banned as a video nasty in 1985, then banned by the BBFC in 2002. Uncut elsewhere, but there have only been a few obscure releases until the 2017 US DVD/Blu-ray Combo.

Promotional Material

The story of LOVE CAMP 7 is based on fact! During the darkest days of World War II, two young American WAC officers volunteer to infiltrate a Nazi Love Camp on a desperate rescue mission. Once inside, they are subjected to horrid humiliations at the hands of their captors. Can they survive long enough to complete their objective and escape with their lives intact?

 

5th November

 Shopping: The Driller Killer...

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1979 USA video nasty by Abel Ferrara set for UK Blu-ray release on 28th November 2016 with a new never seen before pre-release version
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Driller Killer Steelbook Blu rayThe Driller Killer is a 1979 USA horror thriller by Abel Ferrara.
Starring Abel Ferrara, Carolyn Marz and Baybi Day. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong violence, gore for:

  • 2016 Arrow [Theatrical + Pre-release version] Limited Edition Steelbook (RB) Blu-ray/R2 DVD Combo at UK Amazon released on 28th November 2016
  • 2016 Arrow [Theatrical + Pre-release version] (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.

The 2016 Blu-ray includes for the first time a pre-release version.

There is also a US 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 4K restoration from the original camera negative of the never-before-seen pre-release version and the theatrical cut
  • 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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    28th October

     Shopping: The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast...

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    1963 US horror by Herschell Gordon Lewis just released on UK DVD/Blu-ray Combo including a video nasty
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    Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast Blu rayThe 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: Passed 18 uncut for:

    • 2016 Arrow The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast (RB) Blu-ray/(R2) DVD Combo at UK Amazon released on 24th October 2016

    There is also a US release.

    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]
  •  

    28th September

     Shopping: The Burning...

    1981 US/Canada video nasty by Tony Maylam set for UK DVD/Blu-ray Combo release on 19th December 2016
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    Burning Dual Format Blu ray The Burning is a 1981 US/Canada slasher by Tony Maylam
    With Brian Matthews and Leah Ayres. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

    UK: Passed 18 uncut for:

    • 2016 Arrow Video RB Blu-ray/R2 DVD Combo at UK Amazon released on 19th December 2016
    Censorship History
    Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1981 cinema release. Released uncut on pre-cert video but this then got banned as a video nasty. BBFC required further cuts for 18 rated 1992 VHS. Later uncut for DVD and Blu-ray. In the US the Unrated Version is uncut but the R rated version is cut.

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    Promotional Material

    IT WILL TAKE YOU FURTHER THAN FEAR.

    Of all the many slice-and-dice films that emerged in the early 80s, few remain as gruesomely effective as The Burning the notorious video nasty now finally unleashed on Blu-ray!

    When an ill-advised prank misfires, summer camp caretaker Cropsy is committed to hospital with hideous burns. Released after five years, hospital officials warn him not to blame the young campers who caused his disfigurement. But no sooner is Cropsy back on the streets than he s headed back to camp with a rusty pair of shears in hand, determined to exact his bloody revenge.

    With standout gore effects courtesy of FX legend Tom Savini, The Burning proved too shocking for UK censors upon its original video release. Now, fully uncut and in High Definition, The Burning is ready to reclaim its place as the ultimate summer camp nightmare.

    SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary with director Tony Maylam and critic Alan Jones
  • Audio commentary with stars Shelley Bruce and Bonnie Deroski
  • Brand new audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues
  • Blood n Fire Memories a look at the creation of the film's make-up effects with FX artist Tom Savini
  • Slash & Cut an interview with editor Jack Sholder
  • Cropsy Speaks an interview with actor Lou David
  • Summer Camp Nightmare an interview with actress Leah Ayres
  • Synthly the Best a brand new interview with composer Rick Wakeman
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Image Galleries
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and new artwork by Justin Erickson

    FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Justin Kerswell

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    27th September

     Obituary: Herschel Gordon Lewis...

    Gore film innovator has partaken in his last feast
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    blood feast original Horror film director Herschel Gordon Lewis has died at his home in Florida. The cause of death was not immediately disclosed. He was 87 years of age.

    By 1961, Lewis had made the acquaintance of softcore film producer/director David Friedman, and the pair collaborated on a series of so-called nudie cuties the first of which was Living Venus (1961), a send-up of Hugh Hefner and the founding of Playboy magazine. Several more nudie-cuties followed over the next two years, including the first nudie musical, Goldilocks and the Three Bares .

    In 1963, Lewis directed his first (and most famous) horror movie, Blood Feast , considered the first splatter film and described by film critic Roger Ebert as a terrible film, and a historically important one, too --n part because Lewis could sell his horror fare to drive-in movie theaters that wouldn't (or legally weren't allowed) to play his nudie-cuties.

    Blood Feast gave Lewis the great accolade of being banned as a Video Nasty during the great moral panic of the early 80's.

    His filmography from 1963 reads

    1963 Bell, Bare and Beautiful credited as Lewis H. Gordon
    Boin-n-g! credited as Lewis H. Gordon
    Blood Feast  
    Goldilocks and the Three Bares credited as Lewis H. Gordon
    Scum of the Earth! credited as Lewis H. Gordon
    1964 Two Thousand Maniacs!  
    Moonshine Mountain  
    1965 Monster A Go-Go uncredited as director
    Color Me Blood Red  
    1967 A Taste of Blood  
    The Gruesome Twosome  
    Something Weird  
    The Girl, the Body, and the Pill  
    Blast-Off Girls  
    1968 She-Devils on Wheels  
    The Alley Tramp credited as Armand Parys
    Just for the Hell of It  
    How to Make a Doll  
    Suburban Roulette  
    1969 The Ecstasies of Women credited as Mark Hansen
    Linda and Abilene credited as Mark Hansen
    1970 Miss Nymphet's Zap-In credited as Sheldon Seymour
    The Wizard of Gore  
    1971 This Stuff'll Kill Ya!  
    1972 Black Love porn film; credited as R.L. Smith
    Year of the Yahoo!  
    The Gore Gore Girls  
    2002 Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat  
    2009 The Uh-Oh! Show  

    Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast Blu ray Coincidently Arrow Films are just about to release a Blu-ray/DVD Combo set of 14 major films from Lewis' career. 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!

    See the Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast (RB) Blu-ray/(R2) DVD Combo at UK Amazon released on 24th October 2016

     

    14th September

     Shopping: Tenebrae...

    1982 Italian video nasty by Dario Argento just released on US DVD and Blu-ray
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    Tenebrae Anthony Franciosa Tenebrae is a 1982 Italy horror mystery thriller by Dario Argento.
    Starring Anthony Franciosa, Giuliano Gemma and Christian Borromeo. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb

    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    • 2016 Synapse Films RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 13th September 2016
    • 2016 Synapse Films R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 13th September 2016

    Reviews

    • See article from dvdtalk.com : " Weirdness on-top of weirdness, this is the kind of stuff you will only find in these Italian whodunits, love it "
    Censorship History
    Cut by the BBFC by 4s for cinema release. This cut version was then banned on VHS as a video nasty. The film was cut for 2000 VHS. BBFC cuts were waived in 2003 by but the release suffered print damage. However a fully uncut version was released on UK DVD and Blu-ray in 2003.

    Promotional Material

    American mystery author Peter Neal ( Anthony Franciosa ) comes to Italy to promote his newest novel, TENEBRAE . Unfortunately, a razor-wielding serial killer is on the loose, taunting Neal and murdering those around him in gruesome fashion just like the character in his novel. As the mystery surrounding the killings spirals out of control, Neal investigates the crimes on his own, leading to a mind-bending, genre-twisting conclusion that will leave you breathless! Featuring an amazing synth-music score from Claudio Simonetti, Fabio Pignatelli and Massimo Morante (formerly of Italian progressive-rock band, Goblin ), this all-new TENEBRAE release was created from the original uncut camera negative. Also stars John Saxon (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET), Daria Nicolodi (Dario Argento's PHENOMENA) and John Steiner (CALIGULA).

    Special Features :
    • English and Italian language tracks with new removable subtitle tracks for both
    • International theatrical trailer
    • Audio Commentary Track from film critic and Argento Scholar, Maitland McDonagh

     

    1st September

      Absurd news...

    Joe D'amato video nasty passed 18 uncut with previous BBFC cuts waived
    Link Here
    absurd Absurd is a 1981 Italy horror by Joe D'Amato (as Peter Newton).
    Starring George Eastman, Annie Belle and Charles Borromel. BBFC link IMDb

    UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong gore, violence after previous BBFC cuts waived for:

    • 2016 88 Films video

    UK Censorship History

    BBFC cuts were required for an 18 rated 1983 cinema release. Later banned as a video nasty in 1983. The BBFC waived their cuts for an uncut 18 rated home video release in 2016. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

    See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Absurd

    Summary Notes

    A priest comes to a small town to help get rid of a monster whose blood coagulates very fast. This creates problems as the monster is very hard to kill and then decides to go on a killing spree of its own.

     

    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
    Link Here
    Driller Killer Steelbook Blu rayThe 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
  •  

    17th August

      One of the few remaining video nasties still banned by the BBFC...

    Blue Underground to release Love Camp 7 in 2017
    Link Here

    love camp 7Love Camp 7 is a 1969 USA war horror thriller by Lee Frost.
    With Bob Cresse, Maria Lease and Kathy Williams. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

    Banned as a video nasty in 1985, then banned by the BBFC in 2002. Uncut elsewhere but there have only been a few obscure releases until the promised 2017 US DVD and Blu-ray.

    The US distributor Bue Underground has announced that it is releasing the pioneering Naziploitation classic Love Camp 7 to Blu-ray & DVD early next year in its complete Uncensored Version.

    It is one of the original video nasties banned in the UK and will feature a brand-new 4K scan from the recently discovered original camera negative!

    The BBFC were gushing with praise for the film when it was banned in 2002. The BBFC explained the ban saying:

    The film contains numerous scenes of women prisoners being abused, tortured and humiliated by their Nazi captors. Indeed the whole purpose of the work is to invite male viewers to relish the spectacle of naked women being humiliated for their titillation. LOVE CAMP 7 contains both eroticised depictions of sexual violence and repeated association of sex with restraint, pain, and humiliation. These sequences were in clear contravention of the Board's strict policy on depictions of sexual violence, which prohibits scenes that eroticise or endorse sexual assault. The possibility of cuts was considered. However, because the sexual violence runs throughout the work cutting was not considered to be a viable option.

     

    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 CarrollKiller 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 rayThe 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]
  • Video Nasties

    Shock Horror

    Prior to the establishment of UK state censorship implemented in the Video Recordings Act of 1984, censorship was in the realms of the courts and the Obscene Publications Act.

    This required the courts to apply the test of whether videos were likely to "deprave and corrupt" the viewer.

    The Director Of Public Prosecutions (DPP) maintained a list of those videos that were felt likely to be found obscene by the courts and hence worthwhile prosecuting.

    Of course, the real drivers behind the moral panic were the UK press led by the ever obnoxious Daily Mail. Not to mention a few politicians who felt they could make a name for themselves.

    Several versions of the video nasty list were published with videos added and removed  over the period 1983-1985.

    72 videos were listed at least for a while.  Another couple of films can stake a claim via a shared name with listed films.

    39 made it through to the end, and these became known as the DPP39s.

     These 39 titles became the most sought after collectibles.

    Some videos were seized under an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order. This is a legal gambit whereby victims admitted that the videos were 'obscene', and therefore subject to seizure in return for the confiscation being the end of the matter. Victims were therefore able to avoid the possibility of fines and jail under a full obscenity trial. The authorities benefited from being able to continue imposing their 'not very obscene' definitions of obscenity without worrying about them being challenged in court. This arrangement has allowed the OPA to persist for many years even where the material targeted has absolutely no chance of 'depraving' or 'corrupting' anyone.

    Melon Farmers Pages
    Video Nasties News
    Video Nasties List
    Section 3 Seizures List

    Cinema Bans: BBFC
    Videos Bans: BBFC
    Videos Bans: Self Censored
    Recent Bans: BBFC

    Offsite Links
    The 'Video Nasty' Moral Panic by Julian Petley