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Thundercrack!...

Remarkable cult movie with bizarre real sex passed 18 uncut by the BBFC


Link Here31st March 2024

Thundercrack! is a 1975 US adult comedy by Curt McDowell
Starring Marion Eaton, George Kuchar and Melinda McDowell BBFC link 2020 IMDb

A cult film that was notably unreleased in the UK for many years except on the cinema club circuit. The film was finally BBFC 18 rated without cuts for 2024 release. The BBFC noted that it contains strong real sex. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

Summary Review

With a killer gorilla on the loose, a group of strangers find themselves stranded at a remote mansion of a grieving madwoman one dark and stormy night. They indulge in swapping bizarre personal backstories - and bodily fluids.

Imagine yourself a typical low-budget horror opening, in which random people gather around an old dark mansion during a nightly thunderstorm. They're all slightly eccentric characters with unusual backgrounds and/or odd personalities and, naturally, the female owner of the mansion is the queen of all madness.

Her guests soon begin to physically experiment with themselves and each other and these sexual outbursts become gradually odder. Masturbation and ordinary hetero-sex at first, but before you properly realize it; you're up to your neck in gay sex, voyeurism, sex with peculiar attributes and even bestiality.

This movie is available in two versions, but I can safely say already that even the cut Theatrical Version (120 minutes instead of 150) is more than weird enough for every avid fan of offbeat cinema on this planet.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 159:27s
pal: 153:04s
18

MPAA Unrated

UK: Uncut and BBFC 18 rated for strong real sex, nudity:
  • 2024 BFI VoD (rated 05/02/2024) titled Thundercrack!

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • 2015 Synapse Films 40th Anniversary Edition R0 Blu-ray at US Amazon
  • 2015 Synapse Films 40th Anniversary Edition R0 DVD at US Amazon
cut
cut
cut:  
run: 125:30s
pal: 120:29s
  Sweden: There is a cut version running about 120m

 

 

Robot Dreams...

Children's cartoon cut for a BBFC PG rated cinema release


Link Here28th March 2024
Robot Dreams is a 2023 Spain/France animation drama by Pablo Berger
Starring Ivan Labanda, Tito Trifol and Rafa Calvo BBFC link 2020 IMDb
BBFC category cuts were required for a BBFC PG rated cinema release in 2024.

Summary Notes

Based on the popular graphic novel by the North American writer Sara Varon, ROBOT DREAMS tells the adventures and misfortunes of Dog and Robot in NYC during the '80s.

Versions

BBFC cut
cut:
run: 102:29s
pal: 98:23s
PGUK: BBFC PG rated for mild rude humour for mild rude humour after BBFC cuts:
  • 2024 Artificial Eye Film Co. cinema release (rated 30/01/2024)

The BBFC commented:

The company obscured rude gestures in order to achieve their preferred category of PG. An uncut 12A classification was available.

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 102:46s
pal: 98:39s
IFCO cinema GIreland: Uncut and IFCO G rated for consumer advice: explores themes of friendship and loss with positive resolution:
  • 2024 Curzon cinema release (rated 16/01/2024)

 

 

The New Boy...

The BBFC caught hearing things with a mistaken 15 rating for strong language


Link Here20th March 2024

The New Boy is a 2023 Australia historical fantasy drama by Warwick Thornton
Starring Cate Blanchett, Aswan Reid and Deborah Mailman BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues beyond noting that the BBFC made a mistake in noting the occurrence of the word 'cunt' requiring a 15 rating. When asked to listen again the BBFC changed its mind and noted just moderate language for a 12A rating.

Summary Notes

A nine-year-old Aboriginal Australian orphan boy arrives in the dead of night at a remote monastery run by a renegade nun.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 96:03s
pal: 92:12s
12A

15

IFCO cinema 12A

UK: Uncut and BBFC 12A rated with a trigger warning for moderate violence, language, bloody images, discrimination:
  • 2024 Signature Entertainment cinema release (rated 23/02/2024)

UK: Uncut and BBFC 15 rated for infrequent very strong language:

  • 2024 Signature Entertainment cinema release (rated 23/02/2024)

Thanks to Scott:

This Australian film originally appeared on the BBFC's website last month as a 15 for infrequent very strong language. I noticed that it was only a 12A in Ireland and an M (completely unrestricted) in Aus, with no mention of anything higher than moderate language from either, so emailed the BBFC to let them know they'd probably misheard a c-word. Sure enough, a week or two later, the cert was revised to 12A for moderate violence, language, bloody images, discrimination. They subsequently replied to my email: With regard to New Boy, we have already been in conversation with the producers and have since revised the age rating to 12A.

Ireland: Uncut and IFCO 12A rated for an aboriginal boy is taken to a christian monastery in 1940`s australia - contains moderate violence with brief injury detail, moderate language:
  • 2024 Signature cinema release (rated 14/02/2024)

 

 

BBFC Guidelines 2024...

The BBFC announces it will increase age ratings for sex, violence and strong language


Link Here19th March 2024
The BBFC press release reads:

BBFC launches new Classification Guidelines reflecting shifts in public opinion towards violence, drug use, sex and use of language

Today, the BBFC publishes its new Classification Guidelines, informed by its largest-ever public consultation. Throughout 2023, the BBFC spoke to 12,000 people across the UK to explore what matters most to audiences when it comes to classification.

The research found people are now more concerned about depictions of violence on screen in content across all age ratings. The findings demonstrated broad support for how the BBFC currently classifies violence, but audiences expressed concerns about how distressing or disturbing some forms of violence can be. Going forward, a higher rating may be required for violence across all age-rating categories, especially when particularly intense or impactful scenes occur.

The last time the BBFC conducted this research was in 2019. Then, as now, sexual violence was the biggest area of concern for UK audiences. Since 2019, however, suicide and self-harm has risen to the second biggest area of concern - ahead of sex, violence and drugs. People expressed a clear desire to be warned about this type of content, and the BBFC will continue to highlight suicide and self-harm in its content advice.

Although people are largely in agreement with the BBFC's current approach towards classifying drug content across all age categories, audiences have become more relaxed about cannabis use and solvent misuse than they were in 2019.

The research revealed that people are now slightly more accepting of cannabis misuse at 12A/12, so long as it is not detailed, glamorised or frequent. The BBFC will therefore take a less restrictive approach to such material, but maintain its current standards on other drugs. People also felt the BBFC's current policy towards classifying solvent misuse was overly cautious, and this finding has been supported by expert advice. Such content will now be treated less restrictively.

People are calling for a more cautious approach to classifying sex scenes at the border of 12A/12 and 15. Participants were concerned by the level of sexual detail, nudity and the duration of the sex scenes rated 12A/12 under the 2019 guidelines. Similar content is now more likely to be rated 15. However, the research also indicates that audiences are happy for classification to be more lenient towards some sex references at the 15/18 borderline, especially in comic contexts.

The new research also offers valuable insights into the evolving perspectives and expectations of parents and caregivers, grandparents, educators, and young people.

Parents are concerned about the normalisation of bad language, especially terms with sexual or misogynistic connotations. For example, terms such as son of a bitch, bitch, dick. The worry is that young viewers may hear and repeat such language. Language such as this may now require a higher age rating.

Audiences are comfortable with the relaxation of standards across most areas when it comes to trailers, especially in the junior categories (U, PG and 12A/12). For example, in some cases, this may include isolated use of strong language in trailers at 12A/12.

More than eight in ten (81%) people want a consistent age rating system across cinema, physical media and Video on Demand (VoD)/streaming services. Netflix, which carries BBFC age ratings across its entire UK platform, is now the third most popular source of recognition for BBFC age rating symbols (behind cinema and physical media) and the second most recognised source for content advice (behind cinema).

The findings support that the BBFC and its iconic age rating symbols are highly trusted, well recognised and valued by audiences across the UK.

99% of respondents recognise at least one BBFC age rating symbol, with 78% recognising them all 97% of people see a benefit to age ratings for some or all audiences 90% of parents/caregivers (a 7% increase in the last five years), 91% of teachers, and 88% of teens aged 16-19 trust BBFC age ratings all or most of the time 87% of parents/caregivers agree with BBFC age ratings all or most of the time 85% of respondents trust BBFC age ratings to accurately reflect the nature of the content they consume

To help parents facilitate important conversations and help increase awareness, the BBFC has created a collection of BBFC Guides that focus on various classification areas such as discrimination, drugs, and sex. Each bite-sized guide provides an overview of how the BBFC classifies different issues, what they mean at each age rating, and a collection of film case studies.

President, Natasha Kaplinsky OBE stated:

At the BBFC, we're dedicated to ensuring what we do is responsive to the ever evolving world around us. Since we last asked people across the country what they thought about our standards, society has changed, and opinions have followed 203 it's fascinating how this vast body of new research reflects this.

This is the first Classification Guidelines update I have overseen as President. Not only am I proud and thrilled to launch these findings, but as someone who has always looked to the BBFC for guidance for myself and my family, seeing first-hand the level of dedication and insight that went into this process has been eye-opening and inspiring. Without a doubt, we are truly shaped by you.

Chief Executive, David Austin OBE stated:

The effectiveness of what we do relies entirely on trust. To ensure we have that trust, and to get to the heart of what audiences think and feel, we go directly to them. Only by doing this can we ensure we are classifying content in line with the expectations of families across the UK. This is essential to maintaining the extraordinarily high levels of public trust that the BBFC is privileged to enjoy.

 

 

Cinema premiere...

The BBFC prepares to present its new guidelines to cinema licensing staff on 15th March


Link Here22nd February 2024
The BBFC will present its new guidelines to cinema authorities on 15th March 2024. The BBFC writes:

The BBFC provides age ratings and content advice for cinema films on behalf of licensing authorities. In 2024, the BBFC will publish its new Classification Guidelines. These set out how it arrives at its age-rating decisions for all the films and other content submitted to it. The guidelines, revised every 4-5 years, are the result of a large-scale consultation, which this time has involved over 12,000 people in the UK. This pre-publication briefing for those working in cinema licensing will provide an overview of the research findings and the changes to the BBFC's classification standards.

Who should attend: Cinema licensing officers, elected members and all involved in permitting UK cinemas to show films.

What will be covered:

  • How the BBFC carried out the guidelines research -- the key topics it covered and how it ensured a diversity of responses

  • Key changes to BBFC classification standards under the new guidelines

  • New topics of concern to UK audiences

 

 

Any guesses?...

The BBFC agrees changes to its censorship rules that will be introduced in Q1 2024


Link Here28th January 2024
BBFC board meeting minutes from December 2023 reveal that changes to its censorship rules will be introduced in the first quarter of 2024:

Researchers from We Are Family joined the meeting to share the findings of the guidelines consultation, which has run throughout 2023. The qualitative stage of the research involved 31 focus groups in locations across the UK, six teen parties to seek views from young people, four film screenings, and an online community, while the qualitative survey reached over 11,000 respondents. A combined total of 12,001 people took part in this research, the highest number of participants the BBFC has ever consulted on its guidelines, providing a very robust set of findings to help ensure that our standards continue to reflect the views of UK audiences.

The proposed changes to the guidelines based on the findings were agreed by the Classifiers. The updated guidelines will be introduced in Q1 2024.

 

 

Poor Things...

The BBFC require cuts for UK cinema release


Link Here7th January 2024
Poor Things is a 2023 Ireland/UK/US comedy romance by Yorgos Lanthimos
Starring Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo and Willem Dafoe BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The BBFC required cuts under its interpretation of child protection law for a BBFC 18 rating and these cuts have been applied to all worldwide versions.

Summary Notes

The incredible tale about the fantastical evolution of Bella Baxter; a young woman brought back to life by the brilliant and unorthodox scientist, Dr. Godwin Baxter.

Versions

BBFC cut
cut:  
run: 141:38s
pal: 135:58s
18

IFCO cinema 18

UK: BBFC 18 rated for strong sex, nudity, very strong language for strong sex, nudity, very strong language after BBFC cuts:
  • 2024 Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures UK cinema release (rated 01/01/2024)

The BBFC commented:

We originally saw this film for advice. We informed the distributor we would be likely to classify the film 18 on condition that changes be made to one short sequence depicting sexual activity in the presence of children. This is in accordance with the Protection of Children Act 1978. When the distributor submitted the film for formal classification, the scene had been re-edited, and we were able to classify the film 18.

Thanks to Scott:

An employee of Disney's UK arm confirmed that the cuts were made months ago to an unfinished version of the film, with Lanthimos' consent, and the cut version is the definitive, being released worldwide.

Ireland: IFCO 18 rated with a trigger warning for frequent strong scenes of a sexual nature including male and female nudity, very strong and sexually explicit language throughout, some gory scenes of dead and dismembered bodies, references to drug use and suicide:

  • 2024 Disney cinema release (rated 22/11/2023)
 

 

 

BBFC cuts of 2023...

End of year review


Link Here1st January 2024

Agilan

Agilan is a 2023 India action thriller by N. Kalyanakrishnan
Starring Tarun Arora, Boxer Dheena and Rachit Jadoun BBFC link 2020 IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for a 12A rated cinema release in 2023.

Summary Notes

A Crane operator doubles up as the leader of illegal trades happening in the harbour. What happens when he clashes with a fellow gangster, Gokul?

Versions

BBFC cut
cut:
run: 128:49s
pal: 123:40s
12AUK: Passed 12A for moderate violence, injury detail, drug references, threat, language after BBFC cuts:
  • 2023 cinema release

The BBFC commented:

The distributor chose to make cuts to strong violence in order to receive their preferred 12A classification. An uncut 15 rating was available.

Bandra

Bandra is a 2023 India action thriller by Arun Gopy
Starring Tamannaah Bhatia, Dileep and Mamta Mohandas BBFC link 2020 IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for a 12A cinema release in 2023.

Summary Notes

Director Sakshi stumbles upon a tragedy: the suicide of a Bollywood icon. As she unravels the past, it unveils the tale of a man with a mysterious past whose life took a dramatic turn when the queen of Bollywood entered his world.

Versions

BBFC cut
category cuts
cut:
run: 154:36s
pal: 148:25s
12AUK: BBFC 12A rated with a trigger warning for moderate violence, injury detail, suicide references with a trigger warning for moderate violence, injury detail, suicide references after BBFC cuts:
  • 2023 RFT FILMS cinema release (rated 09/11/2023)

The BBFC commented:

The distributor chose to make cuts to scenes of strong violence in order to achieve a 12A rating. An uncut 15 rating was available.

Bhagavanth Kesari

  • I Don't Care

Bhagavanth Kesari is a 2023 India action thriller by Anil Ravipudi
Starring Nandamuri Balakrishna, Arjun Rampal and Kajal Aggarwal  BBFC link 2020  IMDb

The UK 2023 cinema release was extensively cut for a BBFC 12A rating.

Summary Notes

Nelakonda Bhagavanth Kesari is adamant about getting even with a powerful businessman who cost him money. He is prepared to square off against the formidable foe and resolve their issues amicably.

Versions

BBFC cut
distributor and BBFC category cuts
cut: ~28:26s
run: 135:24s
pal: 129:59s
12AUK: A massively pre-cut version was BBFC 12A rated for moderate violence, bloody images, sexual violence references for moderate violence, bloody images, sexual violence references after further BBFC category cuts:
  • 2023 BTS Entertainments cinema release (rated 23/10/2023)

The BBFC commented:

The BBFC initially classified this film 15 uncut. The distributor requested a cuts list for 12A, but the BBFC refused to offer cuts because the changes would be extensive and could damage the integrity of the film. However, the distributor chose to make their own cuts, removing a number of scenes of strong violence, and submitted a new version of the film for classification. This edit also received a 15 classification. The distributor chose to make cuts to this version, removing further scenes of violence in order to achieve their preferred category of 12A.

Thanks to Scott who commented:

It's already been released as an uncut 15, so clearly now the distributor is trying to cash in and get the lucrative family crowd to see it. Cinema going is a family activity in Indian culture, hence distros regularly being happy to inflict gargantuan cuts on their films to get the 12A. I should add though that it's incredibly unusual for one to be cut by more than 10 or so mins - half an hour is unprecedented. I can't even begin to imagine the mess they've made of this. Apparently fellow Indian actioners Beast and Jailer were incomprehensible in their heavily cut forms, and they were only missing 6 or 7 mins.
BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 163:50s
pal: 157:17s
15

IFCO cinema 15A

ACB MA 15+

UK: Uncut and BBFC 15 rated for strong bloody violence:
  • 2023 2G Entertainments cinema release (rated 13/10/2023)

Ireland: Uncut and IFCO 15A rated with a trigger warning for strong bloody violence, scenes of sexual threat and references to child abuse:

  • 2023 2G Entertainment cinema release (rated 12/10/2023)
Australia: I Don't Care: Uncut and ACB MA 15+ rated for strong violence:
  • 2023 Tollymovies cinema release (rated 18/10/2023) titled Bhagavanth Kesari: I Don't Car

Billie Eilish Live At The O2

  • Billie Eilish Live At The 02 (Extended Cut)
Billie Eilish Live At The O2 is a 2023 US music film by Sam Wrench
Starring Billie Eilish BBFC link 2020 IMDb
The film was originally 15 rated by the BBFC for 2023 cinema release, but was then quickly cut by the distributors for a 12A rating

Summary Notes

Join fans around the world in experiencing the never-before-seen extended cut version of Billie's Grammy-nominated concert film.

Versions

cut
pre-cut
cut: ~12s
run: 98:43s
pal: 94:46s
12AUK: A pre-cut version was passed 12A for infrequent strong language, moderate sex references:
  • 2023 cinema release titled Billie Eilish Live At The 02 (Extended Cut)

BBFC ratings info reveals that:

  • the use of the word 'motherfucker' was removed by the distributor
  • that one or more references to pornography were reduced to a single reference
BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 98:55s
pal: 94:58s
15UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language:
  • 2023 cinema release titled Billie Eilish Live At The O2 (Extended Cut)

 

DD Returns

DD Returns is a 2023 India comedy horror by S. Prem Anand
Starring Santhanam, Deepa Shankar and Motta Rajendran BBFC link 2020   IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for a 12A rated cinema release in 2023.

BBFC Notes

Rival criminal gangs search for a stash of stolen money in a haunted mansion in this Tamil language horror film, which combines riotous comedy with moderate violence and scenes of both supernatural and more realistic threat.

Versions

BBFC cut
cut:
run: 121:54s
pal: 117:01s
12AUK: BBFC 12A rated for moderate horror, violence, injury detail, drug references for moderate horror, violence, injury detail, drug references after BBFC cuts:
  • 2023 TGS ENTERTAINMENT cinema release (rated 27/07/2023)

The BBFC commented:

The distributor chose to make cuts to scenes of violence and use of strong language in order to achieve their preferred category of 12A. Cuts were made in accordance with BBFC Guidelines and policy. An uncut 15 classification was available.

Gandeevadhari Arjuna

Gandeevadhari Arjuna is a 2023 India Action, Thriller Film by Praveen Sattaru
Starring Manish Chaudhari, Nassar and Vimala Raman BBFC link 2020 IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for a 12A rated cinema release in 2023.

BBFC Notes

A ruthless executive attempts to prevent evidence of his company's deadly waste dumping activities from coming out in this action-packed Telugu language thriller, which contains scenes of moderate and impactful violence.

Versions

BBFC cut
category cuts
cut:
run: 136:32s
pal: 131:04s
12AUK: BBFC 12A rated with a trigger warning for moderate violence, injury detail, threat, domestic abuse, strong language after BBFC category cuts:
  • 2023 Dreamz Entertainment cinema release (rated 22/08/2023)

The BBFC commented:

The distributor chose to make cuts to scenes of violence and drug misuse in order to achieve their preferred category of 12A. Cuts were made in accordance with BBFC Guidelines and policy. An uncut 15 classification was available.

The Holdovers

The Holdovers is a 2023 US comedy drama by Alexander Payne
Starring Paul Giamatti, Da'Vine Joy Randolph and Dominic Sessa BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for cinema release in 2024.

Summary Notes

A cranky history teacher at a remote prep school is forced to remain on campus over the holidays with a troubled student who has no place to go.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
MPA RUS: Uncut and MPA R rated for language, some drug use and brief sexual material:
  • 2023 release (rated 26/04/2023)
BBFC cut
cut:  
run: 133:16s
pal: 127:56s
15UK: BBFC 15 rated for strong language, brief nudity for strong language, brief nudity after BBFC cuts:
  • 2024 Universal Pictures cinema release (rated 20/11/2023)

The BBFC commented:

This work had a compulsory cut made. A cut was required to remove a misleading category symbol.

Scott commented:

This 1970s-set Christmas comedy has been cut to remove what the BBFC refer to as a misleading category symbol. The film is styled like the films of the 70s, including opening with the era's Universal logo, and as part of this has an old MPAA R rating card at the start. This is clearly a creative decision made by the filmmakers to play up the retro tone, yet the BBFC think audiences are too stupid to realise and have cut it. They claim that even old BBFC cards are no longer allowed to be included in resubmissions of older films due to this unfounded misleading belief, yet the recent reissue of the 1960 Powell and Pressburger film Peeping Tom has the original X card at the start - did the distributor not include that upon submission?

Iraivan

Iraivan is a 2023 India action drama by I. Ahmed
Starring Rahul Bose, Lachu and Narain BBFC link 2020 IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for a 15 rated cinema release.

Versions

BBFC cut
cut:
run: 151:46s
pal: 145:42s
15UK: BBFC 15 rated with a trigger warning for strong violence, disturbing scenes, injury detail, threat, suicide after BBFC cuts:
  • 2023 TGS ENTERTAINMENT cinema release (rated 27/09/2023)

The BBFC commented:

The distributor chose to make cuts to violence and injury detail in order to achieve their preferred category of 15. An uncut 18 classification was available.

Jailer

Jailer is a 2023 India action comedy by Nelson Dilipkumar
Starring Rajinikanth, Mohanlal and Shivarajkumar BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The film was extensively cut for a 12A cinema rating in 2023.

Messy cuts history

Thanks to Scott

Jailer is one of the year's biggest South Asian films. The Tamil blockbuster was very heavily cut by 7-10 minutes for a BBFC 12A cinema rating.

The release of this film has been a real debacle. The distributor left it incredibly late to cut for 12A, so the BBFC were still watching various trial cut versions 24 hours before it was supposed to be playing in cinemas.

The film ended up being classified four times - Tamil uncut (15), Telugu cut (15, failed to get the desired 12A), Hindi cut (15, again a failed attempt at a 12A) and finally Tamil cut (12A).

Based on the running times the cut 12A version is missing around 6/7 mins. The uncut version, or maybe one of the cut 15s, was sent out to cinemas while the cut 12A was prepared, however none of these had been formally classified at the time so the first screenings on opening day had to be cancelled.

There were photos and videos on Twitter showing disgruntled audiences, some of whom had already taken their seats, being told to leave by cinema staff. At least one screening was stopped mid-film. This has to be the most mishandled release I've ever seen, by quite some margin.

The BBFC commented:

The BBFC initially refused to offer cuts because the changes would have been extensive and potentially damaging to the film. However, the distributor chose to re-edit the film themselves and submitted this new version for classification. As the distributor's edits had been unsuccessful in reducing the film's violence to 12A levels, it was also classified 15. The distributor requested a cuts list for 12A, which the BBFC provided. However, the distributor did not make the cuts as required and therefore the re-edited version of the film also received a 15 classification.

Summary Notes

A retired jailer goes on a manhunt to find his son's killers. But the road leads him to a familiar, albeit a bit darker place. Can he emerge from this complex situation successfully?

Versions

BBFC cut
cut:  
run: 156:31s
pal: 150:15s
12AUK: The Tamil Language Version is BBFC 12A rated with a trigger warning for moderate violence, threat, brief sexual threat, suicide, language with a trigger warning for moderate violence, threat, brief sexual threat, suicide, language after extensive BBFC cuts:
  • 2023 Big Films cinema release (rated 11/08/2023)

The BBFC commented:

The BBFC initially refused to offer cuts because the changes would have been extensive and potentially damaging to the film. However, the distributor chose to re-edit the film themselves and submitted this new version for classification. As the distributor's edits had been unsuccessful in reducing the film's violence to 12A levels, the distributor requested a cuts list for 12A, which the BBFC provided. {on the 2nd attempt] cuts were made in accordance with BBFC Guidelines and policy.

BBFC cut
cut:  
run: 157:40s
pal: 151:22s
15UK: The Telegu Language Version is BBFC 15 rated for strong bloody violence, language for strong bloody violence, language after extensive BBFC cuts weren't fully implemented:
  • 2023 Big Films cinema release (rated 10/08/2023)

The BBFC commented:

The distributor requested a cuts list for 12A, which the BBFC provided. However, the distributor did not make the cuts as required and therefore the re-edited version of the film also received a 15 classification.

cut
pre-cut
cut:  
run: 157:48s
pal: 151:29s
15UK: The Hindi Language Version is  BBFC 15 rated for strong bloody violence, language for strong bloody violence, language after extensive distributor pre-cuts:
  • 2023 Big Films cinema release (rated 10/08/2023)

The BBFC commented:

The BBFC initially refused to offer cuts because the changes would have been extensive and potentially damaging to the film. However, the distributor chose to re-edit the film themselves and submitted this new version for classification. As the distributor's edits had been unsuccessful in reducing the film's violence to 12A levels, it was also classified 15.

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 163:02s
pal: 156:31s
15

IFCO cinema 15A

ACB MA 15+

UK: The Tamil Language Version was originally uncut and BBFC 15 rated with a trigger warning for strong bloody violence, injury detail, suicide:
  • 2023 Big Films cinema release (rated 10/08/2023) Unreleased as the distributors decided to cut the film for a 12A rating

The BBFC initially refused to offer cuts because the changes would have been extensive and potentially damaging to the film. However, the distributor chose to re-edit the film themselves and submitted this new version for classification.

Ireland: Uncut and IFCO 15A rated for strong violence and injury detail:
  • 2023 Big Films cinema release (rated 09/08/2023)
Australia: The Tamil Language Version is uncut and ACB MA 15+ rated for strong violence:
  • 2023 Mks Retail Group cinema release (rated 07/08/2023)

Katharbasha Endra Muthuramalingam

  • Kather Basha Endra Muthuramalingam

Katharbasha Endra Muthuramalingam is a 2023 India Action, Drama Film by M. Muthaiya
Starring Siddhi Idnani, Arya and Prabhu BBFC link 2020 IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for a 12A rated cinema release in 2023.

BBFC Notes

A vengeful man battles against local gangsters in this brooding Tamil language action thriller which features a scene of suicide and includes intense and impactful threat and violence that is presented in a stylised fashion.

Versions

BBFC cut
cut:
run: 143:13s
pal: 137:29s
12AUK: BBFC 12A rated with a trigger warning for moderate violence, injury detail, threat, domestic abuse, suicide with a trigger warning for moderate violence, injury detail, threat, domestic abuse, suicide after BBFC cuts:
  • 2023 TGS ENTERTAINMENT LIMITED cinema release (rated 08/06/2023)

The BBFC commented:

The distributor chose to make cuts to scenes of strong violence, injury detail and uses of strong language in order to achieve their preferred category of 12A. Cuts were made in accordance with BBFC Guidelines and policy. An uncut 15 classification was available.

Kick

Kick is a 2023 India action comedy drama by Prashanth Raj
Starring Anthony, Brahmanandam and Ragini Dwivedi BBFC link 2020 IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for a 12A rated cinema release in 2023.

BBFC Notes

Two rival advertising executives compete in this madcap Tamil-language romantic comedy, featuring larger than life characters, slapstick violence and broadly comic sex references, along with some discriminatory behaviour.

Versions

BBFC cut
cut:
run: 120:57s
pal: 116:07s
12AUK: BBFC 12A rated with a trigger warning for violence, discrimination, sex, sexual violence references, rude gestures after BBFC category cuts:
  • 2023 TGS ENTERTAINMENT cinema release (rated 31/08/2023)

The BBFC commented:

The distributor chose to make cuts to sexual violence references and scenes of sexual threat in order to achieve their preferred category of 12A. An uncut 15 classification was available.

   

Leo

Leo is a 2023 India action drama by Lokesh Kanagaraj
Starring Joseph Vijay, Kamal Haasan and Trisha Krishnan BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The UK 15 rated cinema release was cut, the distributor chose to make cuts to scenes of strong bloody violence in order to obtain a 15 classification. There are also two BBFC 18 rated versions but UK cinema release are mostly or all 15 rated.

Summary Notes

Parthiban is a mild mannered cafe owner in Kashmir, who fends off a gang of murderous thugs and gains attention from a drug cartel claiming he was once a part of them.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 162:32s
pal: 156:02s
18

ACB MA 15+

UK: Uncut and BBFC 18 rated for strong bloody violence:
  • 2023 Ahimsa Entertainment cinema release (rated 30/10/2023)

The BBFC commented:

There is infrequent use of strong language ('f**k') and implied strong language ('eff you'). Milder terms include shit, ass, crap, bloody, son of a bitch, freakin, hell and damn.

Australia: Uncut and ACB MA 15+ rated for strong violence:
  • 2023 The Trustee For the Cyber System Family Trust cinema release (rated 13/10/2023)
BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 161:32s
pal: 155:04s
18UK: Uncut and BBFC 18 rated for strong bloody violence:
  • 2023 Ahimsa Entertainment cinema release (rated 19/10/2023)
The BBFC commented:

There is mild bad language, including shit, ass, crap, bloody, son of a bitch, freakin, hell and damn.

BBFC cut
cut
run: 163:19s
pal: 156:47s
15UK: Uncut and BBFC 15 rated for strong bloody violence, gore, threat, sexual threat:
  • 2023 Ahimsa Entertainment cinema release (rated 18/10/2023)
The BBFC commented:

There is implied strong language ('eff you') and milder terms including shit, ass, crap, bloody, son of a bitch, freakin, hell and damn.

BBFC cut
cut:  
run: 159:50s
pal: 153:26s
15UK: BBFC 15 rated for strong bloody violence, gore, threat, sexual threat after BBFC category cuts:
  • 2023 Ahimsa Entertainment cinema release (rated 12/10/2023)

The BBFC commented:

The distributor chose to make cuts to scenes of strong bloody violence in order to achieve a 15 rating. An uncut 18 rating was available.

There is infrequent strong language ('f**k') and milder terms including shit, ass, bloody, son of a bitch and damn.

 

Mafia Mamma

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Mafia Mamma is a 2023 UK/Italy/US action comedy by Catherine Hardwicke
Starring Toni Collette, Monica Bellucci and Sophia Nomvete BBFC link 2020 IMDb
BBFC category cuts were required for a 15 rated VoD release in 2023.

Summary Notes

An American mom inherits her grandfather's mafia empire in Italy. Guided by the firm's consigliere, she hilariously defies everyone's expectations as the new head of the family business.

Versions

uncut
uncut
run: 101m
pal: 97m
MPAA RUS: Uncut and MPAA R rated for bloody violence, sexual content and language:
BBFC cut
category cuts
cut:  
run: 100:55s
pal: 96:53s
15UK: BBFC 15 rated for strong violence, gore, language, brief sexual threat for strong violence, gore, language, brief sexual threat after BBFC cuts:
  • 2023 Signature Entertainment VoD (rated 29/06/2023)

The BBFC commented:

The distributor chose to make cuts to a scene of strong gory violence to achieve their requested 15. An uncut 18 classification was available.

Mark Antony

Mark Antony is a 2023 India action comedy drama by Adhik Ravichandran
Starring Vishal, Sunil and S.J. Suryah BBFC link 2020 IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for a 12A rated cinema release in 2023.

Summary Notes

Two gangsters, Mark and Antony acquire a mobile phone that has the ability to time travel.

Versions

BBFC cut
cut:
run: 149:24s
pal: 143:25s
12AUK: BBFC 12A rated for moderate violence, injury detail, threat, sexual threat, drug references for moderate violence, injury detail, threat, sexual threat, drug references after BBFC cuts:
  • 2023 Big Films cinema release (rated 11/09/2023)

The BBFC commented:

The distributor chose to make cuts to violence in order to achieve their preferred category of 12A. An uncut 15 classification was available.

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 149:24s
pal: 143:25s
IFCO cinema 15AIreland: Uncut and IFCO 15A rated for strong violence and bloody injury:
  • 2023 2G Entertainment cinema release (rated 13/09/2023)

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 149m
pal: 143m
ACB MA 15+Australia: Uncut and ACB MA 15+ rated for strong violence:
  • 2023 Mks Retail Group cinema release (rated 12/09/2023)

 

Monica

Monica is a 2022 Italy/US drama by Andrea Pallaoro
Starring Emily Browning, Patricia Clarkson and Trace Lysette BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

The intimate portrait of a woman who returns home to care for her dying mother. A delicate and nuanced story of a fractured family, the story explores universal themes of abandonment, aging, acceptance, and redemption.

Versions

BBFC cut
cut:
run: 113:09s
pal: 108:37s
15UK: BBFC 15 rated for strong sex, sex references, language for strong sex, sex references, language after BBFC cuts:
  • 2023 606 cinema release (rated 06/11/2023)

The BBFC commented:

The distributor chose to make a cut to a reference to erotic asphyxiation in order to achieve a 15 rating. An uncut 18 rating was available.

Thanks to Scott who noted that the "reference to erotic asphyxiation" was just in fact just someone saying "Choke me" during sex 

Moonamghattam

Moonamghattam is a 2023 India drama by Ranji Vijayan
Starring Ranji Vijayan, Sijo Mangalasseril and Simi Jose  BBFC link 2020   IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for a 12A rated cinema release in 2023.

Summary Notes

The protagonist identifies two phases in his present life after meeting his soul. Unknowingly, he is living his present life to fulfill the karma from his past life. This mystery later unfolds the truth behind the case of a missing person.

Versions

BBFC cut
cut:
run: 151:22s
pal: 145:19s
12AUK: BBFC 12A rated for moderate violence, injury detail, threat, language, sexual harassment for moderate violence, injury detail, threat, language, sexual harassment after BBFC cuts:
  • 2023 YAVANIKA TALKIES cinema release (rated 04/10/2023)

The BBFC commented:

The distributor chose to make cuts to scenes of implied sexual violence, suicide references and drug misuse in order to achieve their preferred 12A rating. An uncut 15 rating was available.

Murders In The Zoo

Murders In The Zoo is a 1933 US crime horror by A. Edward Sutherland
Starring Charles Ruggles, Lionel Atwill and Gail Patrick BBFC link 2020 IMDb

BBFC animal cruelty cuts were required for a PG rated video release in 2023.

Summary Notes

A monomaniacal zoologist is pathologically jealous of his beautiful but unfaithful wife Evelyn and will not stop short of murder to keep her.

Versions

BBFC cut
cut:
run: 62:08s
pal: 59:39s
12UK: Passed 12 for sexual threat, moderate horror, threat after BBFC cuts:
  • 2023 Eureka Entertainment Ltd video

The BBFC commented:

The distributor chose to make cuts to a sequence of animal cruelty.

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 60:00s
pal: 57:36s
A pre 1970UK: 3D version passed A (PG) uncut:
  • 1933 cinema release

Pathaan

Pathaan is a 2023 India action thriller by Siddharth Anand
Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and John Abraham BBFC link 2020 IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for a 12A rated cinema release in 2023.

Summary Notes

An Indian spy takes on the leader of a group of mercenaries who have nefarious plans to target his homeland.

Versions

BBFC cut
cut:
run: 145:36s
pal: 139:47s
12AUK: Passed 12A for moderate violence, threat, injury detail, sex references after BBFC cuts:
  • 2023 cinema release

The BBFC commented:

The distributor chose to make cuts to scenes of strong violence in order to receive their preferred 12A classification. An uncut 15 rating was available.

RDX

RDX is a 2023 India action adventure by Nahas Hidayath
Starring Antony Varghese, Shane Nigam and Neeraj Madhav BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

The life of three mysterious individuals take a turn as their faces gets exposed.

Versions

BBFC cut
cut:
run: 146:17s
pal: 140:26s
12AUK: BBFC 12A rated for moderate violence, injury detail, threat, implied strong language for moderate violence, injury detail, threat, implied strong language after BBFC cuts:
  • 2023 RFT FILMS cinema release (rated 30/08/2023)

The BBFC commented:

The distributor chose to make cuts to scenes of strong violence and threat in order to achieve their preferred category of 12A. An uncut 15 classification was available.

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 150m
pal: 144m
ACB MAustralia: Robert Dony Xavier: Uncut and ACB M rated for mature themes, violence and coarse humour:
  • 2023 The Trustee For the Cyber System Family Trust cinema release (rated 30/08/2023) titled Rdx: Robert Dony Xavier

Sentinelle

Sentinelle is a 2023 France action comedy by Hugo Benamozig, David Caviglioli
Starring Jonathan Cohen, Emmanuelle Bercot and RaphaŰl Quenard BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut for animal cruelty for 2023 15 rated VoD release.

Summary Notes

Franšois Sentinelle has two lives. By day he is the most famous police officer on Reunion Island, known for his harsh methods and flowery shirts, who chases criminals in his 4x4. But the rest of the time, he is also a charismatic singer.

UK: BBFC 15 rated for strong violence, bloody images, language, sex references, drug misuse for strong violence, bloody images, language, sex references, drug misuse after BBFC cuts:
  • 2023 Amazon Media EU S.Ó r.l. VoD (rated 26/09/2023)

The BBFC commented:

The company removed a sequence in which cocks are caused to fight in a cruel manner.

Shaakuntalam

Shaakuntalam is a 2023 India romance by Gunasekhar
Starring Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Dev Mohan and Mohan Babu BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

The love story of King Dushyantha and Shakuntala, daughter of sage Vishwamitra and nymph Menaka. Due to a sage's curse, Dushyant forgets all about Shakuntala, until destiny brings them together again.

Versions

BBFC cut
cut:
run: 142:10s
pal: 136:29s
12AUK: Passed 12A for moderate violence, injury detail, threat after BBFC cuts:
  • 2023 cinema release

The BBFC commented:

The distributor chose to make cuts to scenes of strong violence to achieve their requested 12A. An uncut 15 classification was available.

Soppana Sundari

Soppana Sundari is a 2023 India comedy thriller by S.G. Charles
Starring Aishwarya Rajesh, Redin Kingsley and Mime Gopi BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

When a simple middle-class girl's family wins a car in a raffle, chaos ensues as various parties claim ownership, forcing her to navigate a darkly comedic web of financial crisis and unexpected events.

Versions

BBFC cut
cut:
run: 110:27s
pal: 106:02s
12AUK: Passed 12A for brief sexual threat, moderate violence, injury detail after BBFC cuts:
  • 2023 cinema release

The BBFC commented:

The distributor chose to make a cut to a scene of sexual threat in order to receive their preferred 12A classification. An uncut 15 rating was available.

The Sword and the Claw

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The Sword and the Claw is a 1975 Turkey / UK action war adventure by Natuk Baytan (as Natuch Baitan) and Natuk Baytan.
Starring CŘneyt Arkin, Bahar Erdeniz and Barbara Lake. BBFC link 2020   IMDb
The US Blu-ray is missing a few inconsequential seconds from fight sequences. The BBFC cut horse falls from 15 rated 2023 video releases.

Summary Notes

When the king is murdered, his baby son and heir is hidden in the forest where he is abducted and raised by a pride of lions. As an adult he uses his beastly strength and claw-like hands to take revenge against the new king and his armies.

Versions

BBFC cut
cut:
run: 87:34s
pal: 84:04s
15UK: Passed 15 for strong violence, injury detail, brief sexual threat after BBFC cuts:
  • 2023 101 Films Limited video

The BBFC commented:

The work required a compulsory cut to a sequence of animal cruelty in which horses were made to fall in a dangerous manner.

  cut
Shortened
cut:  
run: 87:38s
pal: 84:08s

 

MPAA UnratedUS: Shortened and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2018 AGFA (American Genre Film Archive) RA Blu-ray at US Amazon

See  pictorial version details from movie-censorship.com . A few inconsequential seconds are missing from fight sequences. The decent video quality makes this release easily the best available.

  uncut
uncut
run: 87:46s
pal: 84:15s
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Germany
Germany: Uncut on MIracle VHS

Takkar

Takkar is a 2023 India action romance by Karthik G. Krish
Starring Abhimanyu Singh, Siddharth and Yogi Babu BBFC link 2020 IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for a 12A rated cinema release in 2023.

Summary Notes

A young and dynamic boy has the urge to mint money meets a girl, who believes Money is the cause of all distress to life. How does their life transform together?

Versions

BBFC cut
category cuts
cut:
run: 138:11s
pal: 132:39s
12AUK: BBFC 12A rated with a trigger warning for language, violence, suicide references, sex, sexual threat, drug misuse with a trigger warning for language, violence, suicide references, sex, sexual threat, drug misuse after BBFC cuts:
  • 2023 TGS ENTERTAINMENT LIMITED cinema release (rated 07/06/2023)

The BBFC commented:

The distributor chose to make cuts to scenes of drug misuse, as well as strong sex references, in order to achieve their preferred category of 12A.. An uncut 15 classification was available.

Thunivu

Thunivu is a 2023 India action adventure thriller by H. Vinoth
Starring Amir, Cibi Bhuvana Chandran and Darshan BBFC link 2020 IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for a 12A rated cinema release in 2023.

Summary Notes

A mysterious mastermind and his team forms a plan and commits bank heists across Chennai, but their motive of the heists remains mysterious.

Versions

BBFC cut
cut:
run: 143:48s
pal: 138:03s
12AUK: Passed 12A for moderate violence, threat, injury detail, sex references, strong language after BBFC cuts:
  • 2023 cinema release

The BBFC commented:

The distributor chose to make cuts to scenes of strong violence in order to receive their preferred 12A classification. An uncut 15 rating was available.

Ukryta Siec

Ukryta Siec is a 2023 Poland thriller by Piotr Adamski
Starring Magdalena Kolesnik, Andrzej Seweryn and Piotr Trojan BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

Young journalist Julita Wˇjcicka is investigating the mysterious death of a television celebrity. He believes that what the services classify as an unfortunate accident was in fact a precisely planned crime. Every step that brings Julita closer to discovering the truth puts her i...

Versions

BBFC cut
cut:
run: 101:01s
pal: 96:59s
18UK: BBFC 18 rated with a trigger warning for sexual violence, child sex abuse with a trigger warning for sexual violence, child sex abuse after BBFC cuts:
  • 2023 Magnetes Pictures cinema release (rated 30/08/2023)

The BBFC commented:

This work required compulsory cuts to potentially indecent images of children. Cuts were made in accordance with BBFC Guidelines, policy, and the Protection of Children Act 1978.

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 101:01s
pal: 96:59s
IFCO cinema 16Ireland: Uncut and IFCO 16 rated with a trigger warning for strong language, strong violence, strong sex scenes, references to suicide and child pornography:
  • 2023 Magnetes Pictures cinema release (rated 25/08/2023)

Violent Streets

Violent Streets is a 1974 Japan action drama by Hideo Gosha
Starring Noboru And˘, Akira Kobayashi and Isao Natsuyagi BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Animal cruelty cuts were required of the 18 rated Blu-ray in 2023.

Summary Notes

A retired yakuza is caught in the middle of a growing conflict between two rival clans.

Versions

BBFC cut
cut:
run: 99:03s
pal: 95:05s
18UK: Passed 18 for strong bloody violence, sex after BBFC cuts:

The BBFC commented:

This work had compulsory cuts made to remove scenes of animal cruelty involving chickens.


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