The list of video includes all videos
that have been cut by the BBFC or MPAA, or else have different version
for other reasons
Only cuts and bans since 1960 are included on the Melon
Farmers cuts lists.
See also the
which now lists all cut films and all home video (VHS, DVD, Blu-ray)
Running Times are for the cut video version running on a PAL TV
(25 frames per second).
Note that video runs 4% faster on PAL TV compared with either American
TV (NTSC) or cinema versions (24 frames per second). This means that the UK video running time
is generally 4% shorter than both the cinema release or US video.
Running times shown in maroon are 24
frames per second for cinema or US NTSC video. To
add to the complexity, it is possible to telecine from 24 to 25 frames a
second but retain the original running time, but this technique is
Versions submitted to the BBFC are noted in maroon. Versions that
are identical to previous classified versions, and have therefore not
been submitted to the BBFC are noted in standard text colour.
- Cuts Where
two cuts are specified in the Cuts column the 1st relates to BBFC cuts
and the 2nd to pre-cuts by distributors or MPAA cuts
- Pre-cuts are those made by the distributor prior to submission to
the BBFC and are only occasionally provided.
- Unofficial pre-cuts are estimated from comparison with uncut
versions obtained from more enlightened countries.
- Cut Versions Noted by the BBFC as Uncut:
The BBFC generally refer to uncut as meaning that
the BBFC hasn't made any cuts on this occasion. If a previously cut film
is submitted in its cut form, then the BBFC will make no further cuts
and note it, slightly misleadingly, as uncut.
- Cuts by Substitution. The BBFC
specifies material to be removed. However it is up the the distributor
to implement the required cuts. Sometimes this can be done by replacing
the censored material by something else more acceptable to the censors.
This is noted on the BBFC site as cuts by substitution. The BBFC record
the running time of the material that has to be cut out OR altered (not
the difference in running time before and after cuts). So a film could
be cut by substitution by eg 2minutes without actually changing the
running time of the film.
- Any leading 'a' or 'the' is ignored (foreign
language equivalents are used though)
- Numbers are spelt out in main list,
but numbers come before letters in adult video lists
- Abbreviations are sorted
according to their truncated letters. Eg Mr. is sorted as 'mr' not
- Hyphens, apostrophes, periods are ignored from within words, other punctuation marks are
treated as a space
- mnemonics are ordered as if single word eg F.I.S.T. is ordered as if
- aka also known as
- ASA Advertising Standards Authority
- BBC British Broadcasting Corporation
- BBFC British Board of Film Classification
- CBFC Central Board of Film Certification, Indian film censor
and also the Pakistani film censor
- CPS Crown Prosecution Service
- FSK Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle der Filmwirtschaft, German
- IMDb Internet Movie Database
- ITC Independent Television Commission,
UK TV regulator now replaced by Ofcom
- ITV Independent Television
- MPAA Motion Picture Association of America, US movie censor
- NTSC American TV System
- Ofcom Office of Communications, the TV regulator
- OFLC Office of Film and Literature Classification,
New Zealand censor but also a previous name for the Australian censor
- OPA Obscene Publications Act
- PAL European + Australian TV system
- Pre-Cert VHS videos released in the UK before BBFC
certification was required from 1985
- R0 region free R1 region 1 (US) DVD, R2 region
2 (Europe) DVD, RA region A (US) Blu-ray, RB region B
- Secam French TV Systemr
- VoD Video on Demand
- VRA Video Recording Act
BBFC Advice Viewings
A distributor may submit works for advice at any stage of the
production process. Advice given in such circumstances is not binding and
the BBFC reserves the right to reach a different decision when the work is
submitted for classification in finished form. If the version of the work
submitted for classification differs in any significant respect to that
seen for advice, and if the changes appear to reflect advice given by the
BBFC, then details of the changes will be noted on the main BBFC website.