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Shopping: Hammer Films - Ultimate Collection...

20 film set set for US Blu-ray release on 17th November 2020


Link Here25th October 2020

Hammer Films - Ultimate Collection is a 20 film set
Starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Guy Rolfe.

There are several films that once troubled film censors.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Hammer Films

US: MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2020 Mill Creek Hammer 20 Films Set (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 17th November 2020

The Revenge of Frankenstein is a 1958 UK horror by Terence Fisher.
With Peter Cushing, Francis Matthews and Eunice Gayson. BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release. Uncut on home video, 15 rated on VHS, but 12 rated on DVD. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
The Stranglers of Bombay is a 1959 UK action historical horror by Terence Fisher.
Starring Guy Rolfe, Allan Cuthbertson and Andrew Cruickshank. BBFC link IMDb
BBFC category cuts were required for an 'A" rated cinema release in 1959. These cuts have persisted to all releases since. Further animal cruelty cuts were required for a 15 rated VHS release in 1996, but these video cuts were waived for 15 rated Blu-ray in 2018.

The Two Faces of Dr Jekyll is a 1960 UK horror by Terence Fisher.
With Paul Massie, Dawn Addams and Christopher Lee. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1960 cinema release. Also cut for the original theatrical release. Uncut on home video in both the US and UK.
Never Take Candy From A Stranger (aka Never Take Sweets From a Stranger) is a 1960 UK horror mystery thriller by Cyril Frankel.
Starring Gwen Watford, Patrick Allen and Felix Aylmer. BBFC link IMDb
Uncut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1960. Later uncut and 12 rated on 2017 Blu-ray. The US Theatrical Version was cut for dialogue.

Stop Me Before I KIll (aka The Full Treatment) is a 1960 UK mystery drama by Val Guest.
Starring Claude Dauphin, Diane Cilento and Ronald Lewis. BBFC link IMDb

Passed X uncut for 1960 release but was cut for US release. A toned down TV version seems to have become the home video version but an extra scene was found for for 2018 Blu-ray
Cash on Demand is a 1961 UK crime thriller by Quentin Lawrence.
Starring Peter Cushing, André Morell and Richard Vernon. BBFC link IMDb

There are no indications of censorship but the film has been released with several different runtimes.

The Terror of the Tongs is a 1961 UK horror adventure thriller by Anthony Bushell.
With Christopher Lee, Yvonne Monlaur and Geoffrey Toone. BBFC link IMDb

Extensively cut for 1961 cinema release. Home video releases since have featured the same cut version
The Pirates of Blood River is a 1962 UK action romance by John Gilling.
Starring Kerwin Mathews, Glenn Corbett and Christopher Lee. BBFC link IMDb
Heavily cut from X to U for 1961 UK cinema release. An unknown cut version was passed 12 for 2020 Blu-ray.
These are the Damned (aka The Damned) is a 1963 UK Sci-Fi horror drama by Joseph Losey.
Starring Macdonald Carey, Shirley Anne Field and Viveca Lindfors. BBFC link IMDb
Cut prior to 1963 X rated cinema release over child concerns. It was further cut for US theatrical release. The cuts were restored in 2010 for 12 rated DVD and MPAA Unrated home video release in the US.
The Old Dark House is a 1963 UK / USA comedy horror mystery by William Castle.
Starring Tom Poston, Robert Morley and Janette Scott. BBFC link IMDb

Originally passed X uncut by the BBFC but the distributors decided to cut the film for an 'A' rated cinema release in 1966. The uncut version was passed PG for 1996 VHS. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

Maniac is a 1963 UK crime horror by Michael Carreras
With Kerwin Mathews, Nadia Gray and Donald Houston. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1963 cinema release. The BBFC reported that cuts were waived for 12 rated Blu-ray in 2017, but the running time still matches the cut version.

The Gorgon is a 1964 UK horror by Terrence Fisher.
With Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Richard Pasco. BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1964 cinema release. Hopefully uncut for 15 rated VHS in 1986 and 12 rated DVD in 2010.

The Devil-Ship Pirates is a 1964 UK action adventure thriller by Don Sharp.
Starring Christopher Lee, Andrew Keir and John Cairney. BBFC link IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for a U rated cinema release in 1964. UK home video releases are PG rated ad uncut. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

Die! Die! My Darling (aka Fanatic) is a 1965 UK horror thriller by Silvio Narizzano
With Tallulah Bankhead, Stefanie Powers and Peter Vaughan. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

The BBFC originally asked for cuts but these were waived on appeal. The 1965 cinema release was therefore uncut and X rated. Uncut home video releases were 15 rated in the UK and MPAA Unrated in the US.

Promotional Material

For more than four decades, Hammer Films' unique blend of horror, science fiction, thrills and comedy dominated countless drive-ins and movie theaters. Enjoy this massive collection from the darkest corners of the Hammer Imagination!

Featuring 20 Cult-Classics from the infamous Hammer Studios produced in the 50s, 60s and 70s available together for the first time in high-definition!

Featured films:

  • The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)
  • The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)
  • The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1963)
  • These Are The Damned (1962)
  • The Old Dark House (1963)
  • The Gorgon (1964)
  • The Snorkel (1958)
  • Maniac (1963)
  • Die! Die! My Darling (1965)
  • Scream of Fear (1961)
  • Stop Me Before I Kill! (1961)
  • Never Take Candy From A Stranger (1960)
  • Cash On Demand (1961)
  • The Stranglers of Bombay (1960)
  • The Terror of the Tongs (1961)
  • The Pirates of Blood River (1962)
  • The Devil-Ship Pirates (1964)
  • The Camp on Blood Island (1958)
  • Yesterday's Enemy (1959)
  • Creatures the World Forgot (1971)

 

 

Shopping: Mallrats...

1995 USA comedy romance by Kevin Smith just released on US Blu-ray with 3 versions


Link Here25th October 2020

Mallrats is a 1995 USA comedy romance by Kevin Smith.
Starring Shannen Doherty, Jeremy London and Jason Lee. YouTube iconBBFC link IMDb

Exists as Theatrical, Extended and TV versions.

US: The Extended Version is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
US: The Theatrical Version is uncut and MPAA R rated for:
US: The TV Version is cut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2020 Arrow Video 25th Anniversary Edition [Theatrical + Extended + TV versions] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 13th October 2020
  • 2020 Arrow Video Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon

Promotional Material

THEY RE NOT THERE TO SHOP. THEY RE NOT THERE THERE TO WORK. THEY RE JUST THERE.

Following the smash success of his first feature, Clerks , Kevin Smith returned with Mallrats . Spawning a raft of characters and in-jokes that Smith would carry throughout his career, the film continued the one-of-a-kind comedic world known as the View Askewniverse.

Simultaneously dumped by their girlfriends, comic book obsessive Brodie (Jason Lee) and best friend TS (Jeremy London) plan to ease the pain of their losses by taking take a trip to the local mall. Amongst shoppers, they discover the mall is being used as the venue for a dating show, in which TS s girlfriend Brandi is the star. Hatching a plan to win back their significant others, Brodie and TS enlist the help of professional delinquents Jay and Silent Bob to hijack the gameshow in a bid to win back Brandi. Meanwhile, Brodie carries out his own mission to make good his relationship with Rene (Shannen Doherty), who has attracted the attentions of his nemesis Shannon (Ben Affleck).

Featuring a cast including Joey Lauren Adams, Ben Affleck, who would go on to be recurring collaborators in Smith s movies, Mallrats celebrates its 25th Anniversary in this limited edition set boasting a brand new restoration and hours of bonus content.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • Brand new restoration by Arrow Films of both the Theatrical and Extended cuts of the film, approved by director Kevin Smith and cinematographer David Klein.
  • Newly assembled TV cut of the film featuring hilarious overdubbing to cover up profanity
  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentations
  • Collector s booklet featuring new writing by Philip Kemp
  • Fold out poster featuring replica blueprints for Operation Drive-by and Operation Dark Knight

    DISC ONE - THEATRICAL AND EXTENDED CUTS

  • Original DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary with director Kevin Smith, producer Scott Mosier, archivist Vincent Pereira, and actors Jason Lee, Ben Affleck, and Jason Mewes
  • Brand new introduction to the film by Kevin Smith
  • My Mallrat Memories - and all-new interview with Kevin Smith
  • A newly filmed tribute to producer Jim Jacks by Kevin Smith
  • Brand new interview with actor Jason Mewes
  • Brand new interview with Cinematographer David Klein
  • Hollywood of the North : A newly produced animated making-of documentary featuring Minnesota crew members who worked on the film
  • Deleted Scenes - Kevin Smith and Vincent Pereira discuss deleted scenes and sequences originally cut from the film
  • Outtakes and behind the scenes footage
  • Cast interviews from the original set
  • Erection of an Epic: The making of Mallrats - archival retrospective with cat and crew looking at the making and release of the film.
  • Q&A with Kevin Smith - archival Q&A filmed for the 10th anniversary
  • Build Me Up Buttercup music video
  • Stills galleries
  • Theatrical Trailer

    DISC TWO - TV CUT

  • Newly assembled TV cut of the film featuring hilarious overdubbing to cover up profanity
  • Original stereo audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new introduction to the TV cut by director Kevin Smith
  • Stills gallery of the comic books featured in the film s opening sequence
  • Easter eggs
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    Dragonfly Eyes...

    China demands cuts to translated Chinese novel being published in German


    Link Here25th October 2020
    Full story: China International Censors...China pressures other countries into censorship
    Dragonfly Eyes is a novel written by Cao Wenxuan, a well-known Chinese author of children's and young adult books. The book was licensed for translation into German, but the original Chinese publisher was not happy with the translation and is demanding small cuts and edits to show Chinese characters in the book in a better light.

    The Chinese publisher told Nora Frisch, the German publisher of the translation, to take the book off the market pending edits.

    Dragonfly Eyes tells the story of a French woman married to a Shanghai entrepreneur. During the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s, the woman - by then a grandmother -- is accused of being a spy. She is captured by the Red Guards paramilitary movement, who shave off her hair and parade her through the streets. When infighting breaks out between various factions, she is able to escape.

    The corrections which the Chinese publisher demanded from Frisch concerned a few passages in the last chapter. In the original version, the French woman asks one of the Red Guards, an 18-year-old girl, to lend her a scarf so she can cover her head. In the revised version, it's the girl who offers the scarf to the old woman.

    As Chinese authorities have begun paying more attention to how China is perceived abroad in recent years, censorship has increased. President Xi Jinping has repeatedly stressed that he expects Chinese media and publishers to contribute to the country's soft power by telling China's story well.

    The impact of this policy recently became apparent in Germany, when Thalia, a large chain of bookstores, suddenly designated an unusual amount of shelf space to Chinese literature in some of its stores. Clients quickly noticed that the shelves lacked any literature critical of the Communist Party. Instead, speeches by Xi Jinping were front and center.

    Thalia later admitted that the display had been curated by China Book Trading, a German subsidiary of China International Publishing Group, which is owned by the ruling Communist Party.


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