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Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC...

Dear Evan Hansen, Malignant


Link Here9th October 2021
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BBFC decisions from 29 September 2021 to 30 September 2021

 

Chal Mera Putt 3

Chal Mera Putt 3 is a 2021 India comedy by Janjot Singh
Starring Simi Chahal, Amrinder Gill and Gurshabad BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

Chal Mera Putt 3 revolves around the lives of illegal immigrants in UK, their friendship and their constant struggle of finding a home away from home.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 130m
pal: 125m
12AUK: Passed 12A uncut for moderate bad language:
  • 2021 cinema release

Dear Evan Hansen

Dear Evan Hansen is a 2021 US music drama by Stephen Chbosky
Starring Ben Platt, Kaitlyn Dever and Amandla Stenberg BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The film was submitted to the BBFC twice in 2021 with both versions being rated 12A with the same trigger warning.

In the US: Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving suicide, brief strong language and some suggestive reference

Summary Notes

Film adaptation of the Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical about Evan Hansen, a high school senior with Social Anxiety disorder and his journey of self-discovery and acceptance following t...

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 138m
pal: 132m
12AUK: A long version was passed 12A uncut in September 2021 with a BBFC trigger warning for mental health theme, suicide references, sex and drug references, language:
  • 2021 cinema release

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 131m
pal: 126m
12AUK: A short version was passed 12A without BBFC cuts in July 2021 with a BBFC trigger warning for mental health theme, suicide references, sex and drug references, language:
  • 2021 cinema release

 

Moosa Jatt

Moosa Jatt is a 2021 India action film by Dilsher Singh, Khushpal Singh
Starring Sidhu Moose Wala, Sweetaj Brar and Pardeep Brar BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

Moosa finds out that his family died because of the Sangha, a group cheating the farmers of their farms where it follows his avenge for the family.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 132m
pal: 127m
15UK: Passed 15 uncut with a BBFC trigger warning for strong violence, bloody images, suicide:
  • 2021 cinema release

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BBFC decisions from 29 September 2021 to 30 September 2021

 

Crazy Thunder Road

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Crazy Thunder Road is a 1980 Japan action film by Gakuryû Ishii
Starring Tatsuo Yamada, Masamitsu Ohike and Kôji Nanjô BBFC link 2020 IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

When the leader of the once-notorious biker gang of Tokyo falls in love with a barmaid and quickly loses his rebellious ideals, the rest of the gang feels betrayed. Especially the reputedly troubled kid Ken revolts against his former friend.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 97m
pal: 93m
15UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong violence, drug misuse, language:
  • 2021 Third Window Films video

   

Malignant

Malignant is a 2021 USA horror by James Wan
Starring Annabelle Wallis, Maddie Hasson and George Young BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

In the US: Rated R for strong horror violence and gruesome images, and for language

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 107m
pal: 103m
18UK: Passed 18 uncut with a BBFC trigger warning for strong bloody violence, gore, domestic abuse:
  • 2021 Warner Bros Entertainment UK Ltd video

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BBFC decisions from 29 September 2021 to 30 September 2021

 

Dawn Raid

Dawn Raid is a 2021 New Zealand music biography by Oscar Kightley
Starring Demetrius C. Savelio, Mareko and Andy Murnane BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

The extraordinary untold story of acclaimed New Zealand music label Dawn Raid Entertainment and its two founders, Andy Murnane and Brotha D.

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language:
  • 2021 Universal Studios Limited video
 

Helmut Newton: The Bad And The Beautiful

Helmut Newton: The Bad And The Beautiful is a 2020 Germany biography by Gero von Boehm
Starring Charlotte Rampling, Isabella Rossellini and Catherine Deneuve BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

The trailblazing late photographer Helmut Newton had a defining impact on the worlds of fashion and art.

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong sex references, nudity:
  • 2021 Blue Finch Film Releasing video

 

 

Shopping: DEMENTIA 13...

1963 US thriller by Francis Ford Coppola just released on US Blu-ray/DVD Combo in the Director's Cut


Link Here9th October 2021

Dementia 13 is a 1963 US thriller by Francis Ford Coppola.
With William Campbell, Luana Anders and Bart Patton. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Two extra scenes shot by Jack Hill were added for the Theatrical Version. This version was cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1963. The uncut Theatrical Version was BBFC 15 rated for home video. The two Jack Hill scenes were removed in the Director's Cut which was also 15 rated by the BBFC.

There is also a gimmicky optional prologue running 6 or 7 minutes where a psychology doctor tests the audience to see if they are stable enough to watch the film.

Summary Notes

Shocked by the death of her spouse, a scheming widow hatches a bold plan to get her hands on the inheritance, unaware that she is targeted by an axe-wielding murderer who lurks in the family...

US: The Director's Cut is MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2021 Artisan / Lionsgate (RA) Blu-ray/R1 DVD Combo at US Amazon #ad released on 21st September 2021
  • 2021 Artisan / Lionsgate Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon #ad

Reviews

  • See review from hd-report.com : " We're not sure exactly how long Coppola's original cut was, but it was likely close to this new 69-minute version -- now available in a Director's Cut for the first time "

 

 

Shopping: The Dungeon Of Andy Milligan Collection...

A film set by Andy Milligan just released on US Blu-ray with plenty of example of historic cuts


Link Here9th October 2021

The Dungeon Of Andy Milligan Collection is a film set by Andy Milligan
Starring Various

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Promotional Material

''DURING THE '60S I WOULD GO TO SEE ONE OF MY DOUBLE BILLS ON 42ND STREET. IT WAS INTERESTING. YOU SEE GLOSSY MILLION-DOLLAR HOLLYWOOD PRODUCTIONS AND THEY'RE BORING. NONE OF MY FILMS ARE. THEY MAY BE TACKY OR CRUDELY MADE, BUT THEY'RE NEVER DULL!'' -- Andy Milligan

Severin Films proudly presents the cranium-cleaving collection devoted to writer/actor/director Andy Milligan on 8 Blu-rays featuring 14 surviving films from his NYC and London years, 10+ hours of trailers, outtakes, interviews & audio commentaries, a bonus CD and an all-new 128-page book by Stephen Thrower that explores the profane madness behind it all.

SPECIAL FEATURES / CONTENTS

DISC ONE: THE GHASTLY ONES
  • BRAND NEW MASTER OF THE FILM STRUCK FROM A 35MM RELEASE PRINT
  • Audio Commentary with Actor Hal Borske and Filmmaker Frank Henenlotter
  • Audio Commentary with CineFear.com's Keith Crocker
  • Partial Audio Commentary with Filmmaker Fred Olen Ray
  • Trailer
  • BLOOD RITES Alternate Title Sequence
  • Ghastly & Depraved -- Interview with Marketing Wiz Samuel M. Sherman
  • Trailer for Lost Milligan Film DEPRAVED!
  • Talk Of The Trade -- Interview with Early Milligan Actress Natalie Rogers
  • The Filthy Five -- One German Language Reel of Lost Milligan Film
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature
  • Runtime: 72 minutes/Aspect Ratio: 1.33.1
DISC TWO: THE BODY BENEATH
  • NEW 2K RESTORATION FROM THE 16MM CAMERA NEGATIVE
  • Audio Commentary with Film Scholars Vic Pratt and Will Fowler
  • Trailer
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature
  • Runtime: 82 minutes/Aspect Ratio: 1.33.1
DISC TWO: NIGHTBIRDS
  • NEW 2K RESTORATION FROM THE 16MM CAMERA NEGATIVE
  • Audio Commentary with Actor Berwick Kaler & Film Scholar Stephen Thrower
  • Trailer
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature
  • Runtime: 77 minutes/Aspect Ratio: 1.33.1
DISC THREE: TORTURE DUNGEON
  • NEVER-BEFORE RELEASED DIRECTOR'S CUT OF THE FILM
  • BRAND NEW RESTORATION FROM THE UNCENSORED 16MM CAMERA NEGATIVE
  • Audio Commentary with Milligan Historian Alex Disanto
  • Trailer
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature
  • Runtime: 80 minutes/Aspect Ratio: 1.33.1
DISC THREE: BLOODTHIRSTY BUTCHERS
  • BRAND NEW RESTORATION FROM THE UNCENSORED 16MM CAMERA NEGATIVE
  • Trailer
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature
  • Runtime: 79 minutes/Aspect Ratio: 1.33.1
DISC FOUR: THE CURSE OF THE FULL MOON/THE RATS ARE COMING! THE WEREWOLVES ARE HERE!
  • NEW RESTORATIONS FROM THE ORIGINAL 16MM CAMERA NEGATIVE
  • Two versions: the original unreleased director's cut, filmed in 1969 as Curse of the Full Moon , and the 1972 cinema release
  • The World of Andy Milligan -- Locations Featurette Narrated by Temple of Shlock's Chris Poggiali
  • Trailer
  • The Curse of the Full Moon Specs: Runtime 73 minutes/Aspect Ratio: 1.33.1
  • The Rats are Coming! The Werewolves are Here!: Runtime: 92 minutes
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature
DISC FIVE: MAN WITH TWO HEADS
  • NEVER-BEFORE RELEASED DIRECTOR'S CUT OF THE FILM
  • BRAND NEW RESTORATION FROM THE UNCENSORED 16MM CAMERA NEGATIVE
  • Party Sequence -- Alternate Version
  • Trailer
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature
  • Runtime: 89 minutes/Aspect Ratio: 1.33.1
DISC FIVE: GURU, THE MAD MONK
  • NEWLY RESTORED FROM A 35MM RELEASE PRINT HELD AT THE AMERICAN GENRE FILM ARCHIVE (AGFA)
  • Two presentations of the film: in 1.85.1 and 1.33.1 ratios
  • Audio Commentary with CineFear.com's Keith Crocker
  • Remembering Andy Milligan -- Interview with Set Photographer Tom Vozza
  • Trailer
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature
  • Runtime: 56 minutes
DISC SIX: LEGACY OF BLOOD
  • NEWLY RESTORED FROM A SURVIVING 35MM PRINT SUPPLIED BY PRODUCER JEN LANE
  • TWO VERSIONS : Legacy of Blood (Never Before Released Theatrical Cut) / Legacy of Horror (TV Cut)
  • Blood or Horror -- Interview with Executive Producer Ken Lane
  • Legacy of Chris -- Interview with Actor Chris Broderick
  • TV Spot
  • Legacy of Blood Specs: Runtime: 77 minutes/Aspect Ratio: 1.85.1
  • Legacy of Horror Specs: Runtime: 83 minutes/Aspect Ratio: 1.33.1
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature
DISC SEVEN: FLESHPOT ON 42ND STREET/SEEDS OF SIN
  • 4K RESTORATION OF FLESHPOT ON 42N STREET COMPLETED BY VINEGAR SYNDROME
  • 4K RESTORATION OF SEEDS OF SIN COMPLETED BY VINEGAR SYNDROME
  • 4K RESTORATION OF VAPORS COMPLETED BY VINEGAR SYNDROME (1965, 32 min)
  • Trailer
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature
DISC EIGHT: CARNAGE/BLOOD
  • NEW RESTORATION OF CARNAGE FROM THE ORIGINAL 35MM CAMERA NEGAITVE
  • NEW MASTER OF BLOOD FROM A 35MM RELEASE PRINT
  • Toga Party (1971) - The 70s were tough for William Mishkin Motion Pictures. The company would often try to reap as much profit from their tepid offerings by making titles available in R, X, and XXX versions. HOT TIMES became the hotter MY EROTIC FANTASIES while THE SLASHER did the rounds as PENETRATION. This practice is not unheard of in the exploitation world in an effort to squeeze every possible cent off films which failed to find an audience first time round.
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature
DISC NINE: CD DISC
  • The Bearded Lady's Wake CD -- Electronic Music by Frequent Milligan Collaborator Hal Borske
BONUS: BOOK
  • Andy Milligan's Venom - ALL NEW 128-page Book by Stephen Thrower

 

 

Weekly UK DVD and Blu-ray Releases...

Psycho Goreman, Monstrum, The Crocodile Collection


Link Here 9th October 2021

UK flagReleased on 4th October 2021

The Headless Horseman

Link Here

The Headless Horseman is a 2007 USA / Romania horror by Anthony C. Ferrante
Starring Billy Aaron Brown, Rebecca Mozo and Richard Moll IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release.
UK: BBFC details not yet published for:
  • 2021 Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment R2 DVD at UK Amazon #ad released on 4th October 2021

Promotional Material

On their way to a Halloween party, seven unsuspecting college kids find themselves stranded in the "lost" town of Wormwood after their van breaks down. Unfortunately, the residents of the town are preparing for their Hallows Eve event, the Headless Horseman Celebration... and this year, the spirit of the Headless Horseman is about to unleash his supernatural wrath.
The Crocodile Collection

Link Here

Crocodile 1+2 is a 2021 film set by Tobe Hooper
Starring Mark McLachlan, Caitlin Martin and Heidi Lenhart

There are no censorship issues with this release.
UK: Crocodile was passed 15 uncut for strong language, gory images:
UK: Crocodile 2 was passed 15 uncut for strong language, violence, injury detail, threat, sexual threat:
  • 2021 Kaleidoscope The Crocodile Collection R2 DVD at UK Amazon #ad released on 4th October 2021

Promotional Material

Gore, thrills and genuine scares - for the first time the ultimate Croc horror-fest in one jaw-some boxset!

Crocodile: From legendary horror Director Tobe Hooper (Poltergeist, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre); a group of teenage friends find themselves in deep waters after disturbing the nest of a giant, man-eating crocodile.

Crocodile 2: Death Swamp: A criminal carrying stolen money and gold hijacks a plane that crashes in a Mexican swamp where, you guessed it... the survivors are terrorized by a giant crocodile.

The Inheritance

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The Inheritance is a 2020 US/Ukraine horror mystery thriller by Chad Barager, Kevin Speckmaier
Starring Andrea Stefancikova, (voice), Nick Wittman and Natalia Ryumina BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

A woman's inheritance leads her to Eastern Europe to uncover a dark and disturbing family secret.

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong supernatural threat, violence:
Death in Texas

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Death in Texas is a 2020 US action drama by Scott Windhauser
Starring Bruce Dern, Ronnie Gene Blevins and Clark Harris BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

Just out of prison, Billy Walker comes home to El Paso to find his mom dying of liver failure but low on the transplant list. However, along the border there are other, darker options. The Juarez Cartel soon notices and a crescendo of violence offers redemption or damnation to all involved.

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language, violence, injury detail, drug misuse, sex references:

Promotional Material

Billy Walker (Blevins) is released from prison to find that his mother, Grace (Flynn Boyle), needs a liver transplant or will die within weeks. In the hospital she meets John (Lang) whom she shares some intimate moments with. In a last ditch effort to save her, Billy, descends into El Pasos' dark underbelly of drugs and sex trafficking, discovering unlikely allies and redemption along the way. Billy and his mother wrestle with a lifetime of bad choices, and in the end, only one decision can save them both.
A Clockwork Orange

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A Clockwork Orange is a 1971 UK/USA crime Sci-Fi drama by Stanley Kubrick.
Starring Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee and Michael Bates. Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020  IMDb

Never cut or officially banned by the BBFC but withdrawn from distribution in the UK by Kubrik. It appeared on home video after his death. The film was originally released MPAA X uncut in the US but was cut a year later for an MPAA R rating. The film was re-rated as R uncut for US home video releases.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong violence and sexual violence for:

Promotional Material

This 50th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition includes: A Clockwork Orange on 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray / Blu-ray Bonus Disc featuring Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures and O Lucky Malcolm! Documentaries / 32-page booklet / Double-sided Poster / Set of 3 Art Cards / Behind the scenes stills / Newspaper prop replica. Stomping, whomping, stealing, singing, tap dancing, violating. Derby-topped hooligan Alex (Malcolm McDowell) has a good time - at the tragic expense of others. His journey from amoral dynamic arc of Stanley Kubrick's future-shock vision of Anothony Burgess' novel. Controversial when first released, A Clockwork Orange won New York Film Critics Best Picture and Director awards and earned four Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. Its power still entices, shocks and holds us in its grasp.

Extra content: Commentary by Malcolm McDowell and Historian Nick Redman / Channel Four Documentary Still Tickin': The Return of Clockwork Orange / New Featurette Great Bolshy Yarblockos!: Making A Clockwork Orange / Career Profile O Lucky Malcolm! [in High Definition] / Theatrical Trailer.

Monstrum

Link Here

Monstrum is a 2018 South Korea action horror mystery by Jong-ho Huh.
Starring Myung-Min Kim and In-kwon Kim and Hyeri Lee. IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release.
UK: BBFC details not yet published:

Reviews

Promotional Material

A plague has taken over and fear runs rampant in the streets. When rumours of a vicious monster roaming Mount Inwangsan begin to spread, fear turns into panic.

In order to quell the rising hysteria, the King brings his most trusted general out of retirement. Joined by his daughter, his right-hand man, and a royal court officer, the general sets out to find and defeat the mysterious creature.

Psycho Goreman

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Psycho Goreman is a 2020 Canada comedy Sci-Fi horror by Steven Kostanski
Starring Nita-Josee Hanna, Owen Myre and Matthew Ninaber BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

Siblings Mimi and Luke unwittingly resurrect an ancient alien overlord. Using a magical amulet, they force the monster to obey their childish whims, and accidentally attract a rogues' gallery of intergalactic assassins to small-town suburbia.

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong bloody violence, gore, injury detail:

Promotional Material

Siblings Mimi and Luke unwittingly resurrect an ancient alien overlord who was entombed on Earth millions of years ago after a failed attempt to destroy the universe. They nickname the evil creature Psycho Goreman (or PG for short) and use the magical amulet they discovered to force him to obey their childish whims.

It isn't long before PG's reappearance draws the attention of intergalactic friends and foes from across the cosmos and a rogues' gallery of alien combatants converges in small-town suburbia to battle for the fate of the galaxy.

Over 2 hours of Special Features

  • Director Commentary
  • Interviews with Cast and Crew
  • Fight Choreography
  • The Music of PG
  • Behind the Scenes Featurette
  • Concept Art Gallery
  • PG: Psycho Goreman Trading Cards Gallery
  • Behind the Scenes Photo Gallery
Deerskin

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Deerskin is a 2019 France comedy by Quentin Dupieux.
Starring Jean Dujardin and Adèle Haenel and Albert Delpy. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release
UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language, violence, disturbing images:
  • 2021 Picture House Entertainment (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 4th October 2021
  • 2021 Picture House Entertainment R2 DVD at UK Amazon #ad released on 4th October 2021

Promotional Material

Georges (Jean Dujardin), is a man who has one ambition - to possess the finest jacket in the world at the expense of all others.

With the relationship with his wife in tatters, Georges retreats to a remote town where he purchases the deerskin jacket of his dreams. Along with the killer style couture he has just acquired, he also gets hold of an old video camera. This ignites a new interest as he moves from couture to auteur. Aided by aspiring editor Denise (Adèle Haenel), he sets out to create his masterwork. However, his ever closer relationship with his deerskin jacket starts to take him down a darker path that he continues to document on his camera and which Denise continues to sew together into a film.

The Gateway

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The Gateway is a 2021 USA crime thriller by Michele Civetta
Starring Frank Grillo, Olivia Munn and Zach Avery BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

In the US: Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, drug use, some sexual content and nudity

Summary Notes

A social worker assigned to the care of the daughter of a single mother intervenes when the dad returns from prison and lures them into a life of crime.

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong bloody violence, drug misuse, sex, very strong language:

Summary Notes

A social worker assigned to the care of the daughter of a single mother intervenes when the dad returns from prison and lures them into a life of crime.

He Came from the Swamp

He Came from the Swamp is a film set by William Grefe

  • Sting of Death (1966)
  • Death Curse of Tartu (1966)
  • The Hooked Generation (1968)
  • The Psychedelic Priest (1971)
  • The Naked Zoo (1971)
  • Mako: Jaws of Death (1976)
  • Whiskey Mountain (1977)
UK: Passed with an aggregate 18 rating:
  • 2021 Arrow William Grefe Collection Standard Edition (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 4th October 2021

The Naked Zoo is a 1970 USA drama by William Grefé.
Starring Rita Hayworth, Steve Oliver and Fay Spain. IMDb

There are two different cuts of the film: the original director's cut, and a later re-release with added nudity directed by Barry Mahon.

Promotional Material

Killer sharks and human jellyfish and living mummies, oh my! Arrow Video is proud to present the first ever collection of works by William Wild Bill Gref39, the maverick filmmaker who braved the deep, dark depths of the Florida everglades to deliver some of the most outrageous exploitation fare ever to go-go dance its way across drive-in screens.

Bringing together seven of Gref39's most outlandish features, all new to Blu-ray, He Came from the Swamp: The William Gref39 Collection packs in a macabre menagerie of demented jellyfish men (Sting of Death), zombified witch doctors (Death Curse of Tartu), homicidal hippies (The Hooked Generation) and seductive matrons (The Naked Zoo) 203 not to mention the ubiquitous go-go dancing college kids 203 to create one of the most wildly entertaining box-sets of all time!

 

 

 

Schools recommend...

Squid Games on Netflix


Link Here9th October 2021
Squid Game is a 2021 South Korea action mystery thriller
Starring Edward Hong, Yuuki Luna and Daniel C Kennedy BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Hundreds of cash-strapped players accept a strange invitation to compete in children's games. Inside, a tempting prize awaits with deadly high stakes...

A few schools have urged parents to stop their kids watching Netflix's Squid Game. The Netflix show has been a huge hit but schools are reportedly concerned about copycat actions. Youngsters are believed to be wanting to re-enact the games in school playgrounds.

According to the Mirror, one dad said his children's school in Ilford, east London, warned parents in a letter about kids playing their own version of Squid Game and that parents could be sanctioned over it.

One school in Belgium also raised concerns over kids mimicking the show's outcome - with children beating up eliminated players.

Sandown School in Deal, Kent, issued extra lessons on violence and online harm as a response to the show's popularity. According to the Mirror, a spokeswoman for the school said Key Stage 2 teachers gave their pupils extra lessons on online safety and the dangers of watching content that is not age appropriate.

Goodwin Academy, another school in Deal, reportedly confirmed its safeguarding team sent a letter to parents regarding age concerns over the content in the series.

Squid Game has been rated appropriate for viewers aged 15 and older and Netflix gives a series of content warnings including sex, violence and suicide.

 

 

Om my god...

ASA dismisses whinges about a Salesforce advert for offending spiritual meditators


Link Here9th October 2021

A Video on Demand ad for Salesforce, seen on All4 on 4 May 2021, began with a voiceover, stating, And now, a mini meditation. It then featured a woman working from home, trying to focus on her job despite her noisy home environment. The voiceover continued, Inhale serenity, exhale whatever's happening here. Now bring your focus back to your customer, Tom. The woman was then shown starting to levitate off her chair, in the lotus position, saying the name Tom in an extended fashion, with a long Om sound. The still-levitating woman then drifted out of the house, to a peaceful woodland setting, to carry on communicating with her customer online.

Three complainants, who believed that the ad mimicked a spiritual practice, in particular through the use of the elongated Om sound within the name Tom, challenged whether it was likely to cause serious or widespread offence.

Salesforce told us the ad was intended to be a humorous, non-religious portrayal of yoga and meditation, and was not intended to depict any specific religious group. They said they did not believe the ad would cause serious or widespread offence to viewers in general, or viewers of a particular faith.

In relation to the use of the elongated Om sound, Salesforce said that their research and understanding of the word indicated that it had been widely adopted as the unofficial symbol of yoga, and was increasingly associated with yoga, meditation and the wellbeing movement. They told us that they believed the use of the Om sound to be a common practice in non-religious yoga lessons. Salesforce said that they do not view the use of Om in their ad as depicting a sacred symbol or tenet of any faith, but rather as an aid to meditation, which they considered to be part of everyday usage of the word.

ASA Assessment: Complaints not upheld

The ASA noted that the ad was set in the context of a busy home-working environment, and considered viewers would understand that the character was attempting to relieve her stress and combat distraction by using techniques widely associated with yoga and meditation.

We acknowledged the complainants' concerns that some people might have objected to the depiction of meditation and the use of the Om sound in the context of the ad. However, we considered that viewers would be likely to interpret the ad as being a humorous representation of meditation practices which were widely associated with non-religious wellness or mindfulness techniques, used to help combat stress and maintain focus, and as a way of dealing with the pressures of working from home.

In that context, we considered that viewers were unlikely to find the use of the elongated Om sound in the name Tom to mimic or mock a specific spiritual practice, and we considered that the ad was unlikely to be seen as being derogatory to any specific religion. We therefore concluded that the ad was unlikely to cause serious or widespread offence, and did not breach the Code.

 

 

Liberte prevails...

France court decides not to order that ISPs block 9 major porn websites


Link Here9th October 2021
Full story: Age Verification in France...Macron gives websites 6 months to introduce age verification
A French court on Friday, has rejected a claim brought by two children's campaigns calling for the blocking of major porn websites in France.

The judge rejected the claim because the court facing time pressures had not been able to hear arguments from the sites' publishers.

The anti-porn campaigners had hoped for the blocking of nine top porn sites, including PornHub and Xvideos.

One of the ISPs being asked to censor the porn, Orange, noted that it already offered tools such as parental controls to limit children's access to online pornography.

Samuel Comblez of e-Enfance, one of the children's campaigners, said: It's not a completely lost battle, adding that it was now examining other ways to restrict access to the sites.

 

 

State paranoia...

The UK Ministry of Defence outlines plans to scan and analyse social media for rapid warning of changes in political sentiment


Link Here9th October 2021
The UK Ministry of defence has published a wide ranging paper about better ways for it to catalogue and analyse data from multiple sources, mostly for military purposes.

The document contains a brief section speaking of a capability to monitor social media with a view to analysing changes in political sentiment:

The below present example scenarios for Defence to drive battlespace advantage and business efficiency through exploiting its data in a multi-domain and integrated environment.

Political demonstration:

  • Sensors: Automated scanning of social media platforms (analysing key words and interactions) detects change in population sentiment.

  • Decision makers: Local authorities are quickly informed of change in sentiment. Decision making is enhanced by local surveillance of groups of interest.

  • Effectors: Escalated monitoring and intelligence gathering, with heightened readiness measures to respond in place.

Surely an incredibly short paragraph to describe such an enormous capability for state snooping.

 

 

Facebook's down is Pornhub's up...

Pornhub stepped up to the breach when Facebook was down


Link Here9th October 2021

Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp were offline for several hours on October 4th, 2021.

Starting at about 12pm Eastern Time, Pornhub's traffic increased by as much as +10.5%, which equals about half a million additional users during each hour that Facebook's services were down.

Pornhub's statisticians found similar traffic increases during another Facebook & Instagram Outage in March of 2019.


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