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Harming free speech...

The Law Commission proposes law to censor internet speech that is claimed to be 'harmful'


Link Here21st July 2021
Full story: Trivial Insults and Jokes...Authorities persecuting insulting comments on Facebook and Twitter

The Law Commission has published recommendations to address the harms arising from online abuse . The recommendations include a coherent set of communications offences to more effectively target harmful communications while increasing protection for freedom of expression.

More than 70% of UK adults have a social media profile and internet users spend over four hours online each day on average. Whilst the online world offers important opportunities to share ideas and engage with one another, it has also increased the scope for abuse and harm. A report by the Alan Turing institute estimates that approximately one third of people in the UK been exposed to online abuse.

The recommendations, which have been laid in Parliament, would reform the "communications offences" found in section 1 of the Malicious Communications Act 1988 ("MCA 1988") and section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 ("CA 2003"). These offences do not provide consistent protection from harm and in some instances disproportionately interfere with freedom of expression.

The reforms would address the harms arising from online abuse by modernising the existing communications offences, ensuring that the law is clearer and that it effectively targets serious harm and criminality. The recommendations aim to do this in a proportionate way in order to protect freedom of expression. They also seek to "future-proof" the law in this area as much as possible by not confining the offences to any particular mode or type of communication.

The need for reform

The laws that govern online abusive behaviour are not working as well as they should. The existing offences are ineffective at criminalising genuinely harmful behaviour and in some instances disproportionately interfere with freedom of expression.

Reliance on vague terms like "grossly offensive" and "indecent" sets the threshold for criminality too low and potentially criminalises some forms of free expression that ought to be protected. For example, consensual sexting between adults could be "indecent", but is not worthy of criminalisation.

Other behaviours such as taking part in pile-on harassment, which can be genuinely harmful and distressing are not adequately criminalised. Additionally, the law does not effectively deal with behaviours such as cyberflashing and encouraging serious self-harm.

The result is that the law as it currently stands over-criminalises in some situations and under-criminalises in others. This is what the Commission's recommendations aim to correct.

Recommendations in detail: The harm-based offence

The Commission is recommending a new offence based on likely psychological harm. This will shift the focus away from the content of a communication (and whether it is indecent or grossly offensive) toward its potentially significant harmful effects. The recommended new harm-based offence would criminalise behaviour if:

  • The defendant sends or posts a communication that is likely to cause harm to a likely audience

  • in sending or posting the communication, the defendant intends to cause harm to a likely audience

  • the defendant sends or posts the communication without reasonable excuse .

Within the offence, harm refers to serious distress. This threshold is one well-known to the criminal law, including in offences in the Protection from Harassment Act 1997. Reasonable excuse would include whether the communication was or was meant as a contribution to a matter of public interest. Media articles would be exempt from the offence.

This new offence could also capture pile-on harassment -- when a number of different individuals send harassing communications to a victim. The fact that the offence is context-specific means it could be applied where a person deliberately joins a pile-on intending to cause harm.

Recommendations in detail: new offences

To complement the harm-based offence, the Law Commission has made recommendations to ensure the law is clearer and protects against a variety of abusive online behaviour.

  • Cyberflashing: The Sexual Offences Act 2003 should be amended to include the sending of images or video recordings of genitals, for example, "dick pics" sent via AirDrop.

    • To recognise the violation of a victim's sexual autonomy without their consent, the offence would require either that the defendant intends to cause alarm, distress or humiliation, or if the defendant is acting for a sexual purpose, the defendant is reckless as to whether the victim is caused alarm, distress or humiliation.

  • Encouragement or glorification of serious self-harm: An offence to target intentional encouragement or assistance of self-harm at a high threshold (equivalent to grievous bodily harm).

    • The change would ensure that the offence targets the most serious encouragement or assistance of self-harm without unduly criminalising vulnerable people.

  • Sending flashing images with intent to induce a seizure : A specific offence for sending flashing images to people with epilepsy with the intention of inducing seizures.

  • Knowingly false communications : A defendant would be liable if they knowingly send or post a communication that they know to be false and they intend to cause non-trivial emotional, psychological, or physical harm to the likely audience, without a reasonable excuse.

    • This would raise the threshold for the offence currently in the Communications Act 2003, from knowingly causing "annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety" to causing harm.

  • Threatening communications : We recommend a specific offence targeting communications that contain threats of serious harm.

    • It would be an offence where the defendant intends the victim to fear the threat will be carried out or the defendant is reckless as to whether the victim fears that the threat will be carried out.

    • The offence defines "serious harm" as including serious injury (equivalent to grievous bodily harm in the Offences Against the Person Act 1861), rape and serious financial harm.

The reforms, if enacted, involve a shift away from prohibited categories of communication (eg "grossly offensive") to focus on the harmful consequences of particular communications. Our aim is to ensure harmful communications are appropriately addressed while providing robust protection for freedom of expression.

 

 

Classic Nudes...

Paris art galleries get wound up by Pornhub's guide to their nude art


Link Here21st July 2021
 
Recently Pornhub decided to have a little fun with classic nude art house in notable museums. Pornhub explained in a blog post:

After a year of being cooped up and isolated, it's no wonder there's talk of the emergence of a New Renaissance. Now that the world if finally starting to open up, we wanted to do our part to inspire and reintroduce people to some of the most famous cultural institutions with fresh eyes and realize how lascivious art can really be!

Introducing Classic Nudes, an interactive guide to some of the most provocative scenes in six renowned art museums around the world. And as for those of you who think art is boring, put your faith in us because even though porn may not be considered art, some art can definitely be considered porn.

We'll help you skip the SFW masterpieces and head straight to the erotic paintings and sculptures at The Louvre, The MET, The Museo del Prado, The Uffizi Gallery, The National Gallery in London, and The Musee d'Orsay. With the Classic Nudes mobile site, you can now take a sexy tour with audio commentary from our very own Brand Ambassador Asa Akira who gives an oral history of the curated collection of nudes, orgies, and bushes. And as if hearing what Asa has to say about these racy scenes isn't convincing enough, you can also expect a surprise happy ending with MySweetApple who helped bring these artworks to life.

Now thelocal.fr reports:

The Classic Nudes series has been ruffling some feathers since it was posted online earlier in July, with the Uffizi museum in Florence threatening to sue. Bosses at the Louvre have said only that they are dismayed, while the Musee d'Orsay has remained silent on the subject.

 

 

Updated - Lords comment: Censored comments...

Comments about the UK Government's new Internet Censorship Bill


Link Here21st July 2021
Full story: Online Safety Bill...UK Government legislates to censor social media

Offsite Comment: The Online Safety Bill won’t solve online abuse

 2nd July 2021. See article by Heather Burns

The Online Safety Bill contains threats to freedom of expression, privacy, and commerce which will do nothing to solve online abuse, deal with social media platforms, or make the web a better place to be.

 

Update: House of Lords Committee considers that social media companies are not the best 'arbiters of truth'

21st July 2021. See article from dailymail.co.uk , See report from committees.parliament.uk

A house of Lords committee has warned that the government's plans for new online censorship laws will diminish freedom of speech by making Facebook and Google the arbiters of truth.

The influential Lords Communications and Digital Committee cautioned that legitimate debate is at risk of being stifled by the way major platforms filter out misinformation. Committee chairman Lord Gilbert said:

The benefits of freedom of expression online mustn't be curtailed by companies such as Facebook and Google, too often guided their commercial and political interests than the rights and wellbeing of their users.

The report said:

We are concerned that platforms approaches to misinformation have stifled legitimate debate, including between experts.

Platforms should not seek to be arbiters of truth. Posts should only be removed in exceptional circumstances.

The peers said the government should switch to enforcing existing laws more robustly, and criminalising any serious harms that are not already illegal.

 

 

Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC...

Haunting Of The Mary Celeste, Spiral - From The Book Of Saw


Link Here21st July 2021
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BBFC decisions from 14 July 2021 to 15 July 2021

 

The Father

The Father is a 2020 UK drama by Florian Zeller.
Starring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman and Olivia Williams. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

A man refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 96m
pal: 92m
12UK: Passed 12A uncut with a BBFC trigger warning for upsetting scenes, domestic abuse, infrequent strong language:
  • 2021 Lionsgate UK Ltd / Lionsgate International (UK) Ltd - (HE) video

Haunting Of The Mary Celeste

  • Haunting of the Mary Celeste
Haunting Of The Mary Celeste is a 2020 US horror by Shana Betz
Starring Emily Swallow, Richard Roundtree and Alice Hunter BBFC link 2020 IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

Rachel, a concerned researcher, and her team have set out to sea to prove that the disappearance of a family and crew from a merchant ship was for reasons having to do with the supernatural. Her theory that those on the Mary Celeste vanished into a "rift" between dimensions proves true as the boat breaks down and her crew begins to vanish one by one.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 74m
pal: 71m
15UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language, threat, disturbing images:

 

Spiral - From The Book Of Saw

  • Spiral
Spiral - From The Book Of Saw is a 2020 USA crime horror mystery by Darren Lynn Bousman.
Starring Samuel L Jackson and Marisol Nichols and Chris Rock. BBFC link 2020 IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

Working in the shadow of an esteemed police veteran (Samuel L. Jackson), brash Detective Ezekiel "Zeke" Banks (Chris Rock) and his rookie partner (Max Minghella) take charge of a grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city's gruesome past. Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the center of the killer's morbid game.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 93m
pal: 89m
18UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence, gore:
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BBFC decisions from 14 July 2021 to 15 July 2021

 

Beastars

Beastars is a 2019 Japan animation crime drama fantasy mystery romance thriller by
Starring Chikahiro Kobayashi, Yuki Ono and Sayaka Senbongi BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

In a world of anthropomorphic animals, a reclusive wolf's complicated relationship with a kindly rabbit is tested by a classmate's murder, a charismatic deer's influence, and his own burgeon...

  • Episode 13: A Teen's Never-ending Alarm was passed 15 for sexual violence references, sexual images, sexual threat, violence
  • Episode 14: The Grey Police Hound Runs was passed 15 for sexual violence references, sexual images, sexual threat, violence
  • Episode 15: Changes was passed 15 for sexual violence references, sexual images, sexual threat, violence
  • Episode 16: Entangled was passed 15 for sexual violence references, sexual images, sexual threat, violence
  • Episode 17: Call It Like It Is was passed 15 for sexual violence references, sexual images, sexual threat, violence
  • Episode 18: Fly, O Corrupt One was passed 15 for sexual violence references, sexual images, sexual threat, violence
  • Episode 19: Unforgettable Sweetness was passed 15 for sexual violence references, sexual images, sexual threat, violence
  • Episode 20: Laughing At The Shadows We Cast was passed 15 for sexual violence references, sexual images, sexual threat, violence
  • Episode 21: A Busted Electric Fan was passed 15 for sexual violence references, sexual images, sexual threat, violence
  • Episode 22: The Chef's Suspense was passed 15 for sexual violence references, sexual images, sexual threat, violence
  • Episode 23: Scatter Your Scales was passed 15 for sexual violence references, sexual images, sexual threat, violence
  • Episode 24: The Taste Of Rebellion was passed 15 for sexual violence references, sexual images, sexual threat, violence
 

Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka is a 2021 US documentary biography sport by
Starring Naomi Osaka, Coco Gauff and Serena Williams BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

Featuring unprecedented access to Osaka, the documentary follows her pivotal year, from the U.S. Open in August 2019 and on tour, as she plays in each of the Grand Slams and prepares for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

  • Episode 1: Rise was passed 12 for language
  • Episode 2: Champion Mentality was passed 12 for language
  • Episode 3: New Blueprint was passed 12 for language
 

Never Have I Ever

Never Have I Ever is a 2020 US comedy by Lang Fisher, Mindy Kaling
Starring Christina Kartchner, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan and Darren Barnet BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

The complicated life of a modern-day first generation Indian American teenage girl, inspired by Mindy Kaling's own childhood.

  • Episode 1: ... Been A Playa was passed 12 for sex references, language
  • Episode 10: ... Been A Perfect Girl was passed 12 for sex references, language
  • Episode 2: ... Thrown A Rager was passed 12 for sex references, language
  • Episode 3: ... Opened A Textbook was passed 12 for sex references, language
  • Episode 4: ... Had An Indian Frenemy was passed 12 for sex references, language
  • Episode 5: ... Ruined Someone's Life was passed 12 for sex references, language
  • Episode 6: ... Betrayed A Friend was passed 12 for sex references, language
  • Episode 7: ... Begged For Forgiveness was passed 12 for sex references, language
  • Episode 8: ... Been Daisy Buchanan was passed 12 for sex references, language
  • Episode 9: ... Stalked My Own Mother was passed 12 for sex references, language
 

Van Helsing

Van Helsing is a 2016 US action drama fantasy horror by
Starring Kelly Overton, Jonathan Scarfe and Aleks Paunovic BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

Van Helsing centers on Vanessa Helsing, the daughter of famous vampire hunter and Dracula nemesis Abraham Van Helsing. She is resurrected five years in the future to find out that vampires have taken over the world and that she possesses unique power over them. She is humanity's last hope to lead an offensive to take back what has been lost.

  • Episode 1: Past Tense was passed 15 for injury detail, language, violence
  • Episode 10: E Pluribus Unum was passed 15 for injury detail, language, violence
  • Episode 11: Undercover Mother was passed 15 for injury detail, language, violence
  • Episode 12: The Voices was passed 15 for injury detail, language, violence
  • Episode 13: Novissima Solis was passed 15 for injury detail, language, violence
  • Episode 2: Old Friends was passed 15 for injury detail, language, violence
  • Episode 3: Lumina Intunecata was passed 15 for injury detail, language, violence
  • Episode 4: State Of The Union was passed 15 for injury detail, language, violence
  • Episode 5: Sisterhunt was passed 15 for injury detail, language, violence
  • Episode 6: Carpe Noctis was passed 15 for injury detail, language, violence
  • Episode 7: Graveyard Smash was passed 15 for injury detail, language, violence
  • Episode 8: Deep Trouble was passed 15 for injury detail, language, violence
  • Episode 9: The Doorway was passed 15 for injury detail, language, violence
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BBFC decisions from 14 July 2021 to 15 July 2021

 

2 Weeks In Lagos

  • 2 Weeks in Lagos
2 Weeks In Lagos is a 2019 Nigeria romance by Kathryn Fasegha
Starring Toyin Abraham, Shaffy Bello and Mawuli Gavor BBFC link 2020 IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

"2 Weeks in Lagos" is a turbulent and thrilling journey into the lives of Ejikeme and Lola. Their lives collide when Ejikeme an investment banker comes home from the United States with Lola'...

UK: Passed 12 uncut for violence:
  • 2021 NETFLIX, INC video
 

Deep

  • Humanoids From The Deep
Deep is a 2021 Thailand drama mystery sci-fi thriller by Sita Likitvanichkul, Jetarin Ratanaserikiat, Apirak Samudkidpisan
Starring Krit Jeerapattananuwong, Warisara Jitpreedasakul and Philaiwan Khamphirathat BBFC link 2020 IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

Four insomniac med school students are lured into a neuroscience experiment that spirals out of control and must find a way out before it's too late.

UK: Passed PG uncut for threat:
  • 2017 NETFLIX, INC video
 

Emicida: Amarelo - Live In Sao Paulo

  • Emicida: AmarElo - Ao Vivo
Emicida: Amarelo - Live In Sao Paulo is a 2021 Brazil music by Fred Ouro Preto
Starring Emicida BBFC link 2020 IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

Brazilian rapper Emicida brings his progressive rhymes and eclectic beats to São Paulo's Theatro Municipal as he performs hits from the album "AmarElo."

UK: Passed 15 uncut for language:
  • 2021 NETFLIX, INC video
 

Fear Street Part 3: 1666

  • Fear Street: 1666
  • Fear Street: Part Three - 1666
Fear Street Part 3: 1666 is a 2021 US horror mystery by Leigh Janiak
Starring Kiana Madeira, Ashley Zukerman and Gillian Jacobs BBFC link 2020 IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this release

In the US: Rated R for strong violence and gore, language, some sexuality and brief drug use

Summary Notes

The origins of Sarah Fier's curse are finally revealed as history comes full circle on a night that changes the lives of Shadysiders forever.

UK: Passed 18 uncut for injury detail:
  • 2021 NETFLIX, INC video
 

La Ley De Herodes

  • La ley de Herodes
  • Herod's Law
La Ley De Herodes is a 1999 Mexico comedy crime mystery by Luis Estrada
Starring Damián Alcázar, Pedro Armendáriz Jr. and Delia Casanova BBFC link 2020 IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this release

In the US: Rated R for violence, sexuality and language

Summary Notes

After the corrupt former Mayor is killed by the peasants, poor janitor Juan Vargas is appointed new Mayor of a desert town in central Mexico. Although he tries to bring the motto of the ruling party to town (modernity, peace and progress) he realizes soon that there's nothing to do against corruption... except to become corrupt. Step by step, helped by his pistol, Juan Vargas becomes the law and the worst Major in the town's history.

UK: Passed 15 uncut for language, sexual images:
  • 2021 NETFLIX, INC video
 

My Amanda

  • Amanda c@a tôi
My Amanda is a 2021 Philippines drama romance by Alessandra de Rossi
Starring Alessandra de Rossi and Piolo Pascual BBFC link 2020 IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

Jean de La Fontaine once said, Rare is true love, true friendship is rarer. The film is a love story about extremely close best friends TJ and Amanda, Fuffy (Pascual) and Fream (de Rossi). The two only meet when it's a must but when they do, they go through several misadventures that lead them to reevaluate their lives and discover the special meaning they hold for each other.

UK: Passed 12 uncut for sex references, language:
  • 2021 NETFLIX, INC video
 

The Parapod: A Very British Ghost Hunt

  • The Parapod: A Very British Ghost Hunt
  • The ParaPod Movie
The Parapod: A Very British Ghost Hunt is a UK by Ian Boldsworth.
Starring Ian Boldsworth and Barry Dodds. BBFC link 2020 IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this release
UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language:
  • 2021 Blue Finch Film Releasing video
 

A Perfect Fit

  • El par perfecto
A Perfect Fit is a 2021 Indonesia comedy drama romance by Hadrah Daeng Ratu
Starring Nadya Arina, Refal Hady and Giorgino Abraham BBFC link 2020 IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

Sparks fly when a fashion blogger in Bali meets a gifted shoemaker, leading her to question her commitment to her fiancé.

UK: Passed PG uncut for sex references, violence:
  • 2021 NETFLIX, INC video

 

 

Shopping: The Damned...

1963 UK Hammer Sci-Fi by Joseph Losey, once cut in the UK and US, just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here21st July 2021

The Damned is a 1963 UK Sci-Fi horror drama by Joseph Losey.
Starring Macdonald Carey, Shirley Anne Field and Viveca Lindfors. 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.
UK: The Director's Cut/Restored Version was previously passed 12 uncut for moderate violence for:
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Promotional Material

Having been exiled from Hollywood in the 1950s, American filmmaker Joseph Losey settled in Britain, where he made a series of remarkable and highly individual works.

A film about the horrors of the nuclear age, and the irresponsible science which spawned it, The Damned is one of Losey's - and Hammer's - most idiosyncratic films, and one which has grown in reputation through the years.

Extras INDICATOR BLU-RAY EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES

* 2K restoration
* Original mono audio
* Alternative presentations of the complete 96-minute version, playable as either The Damned or These Are the Damned
* Audio commentary with film historians Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan
* On the Brink: Inside 'The Damned' (2019, 27 mins): documentary, featuring Alan Barnes, Kevin Lyons, Nick Riddle and Jonathan Rigby, exploring aspects of the film production
* Hammer's Women: Viveca Lindfors (2019, 15 mins): profile of the renowned actor by film historian Lindsay Hallam
* Looking in the Right Place (2019, 10 mins): actor Shirley Anne Field recalls working with Oliver Reed and Joseph Losey
* Children of 'The Damned' (2019, 24 mins): former child actors David Palmer, Kit Williams and Christopher Witty discuss their experiences making The Damned
* Something Out of Nothing (2019, 7 mins): screenwriter Evan Jones reflects on this first feature-film credit
* Smoke Screen (2019, 12 mins): interview with camera operator Anthony Heller
* Beneath the Surface (2019, 26 mins): interview with filmmaker Gavrik Losey, son of director Joseph Losey
* Beyond Black Leather (2019, 15 mins): academic I Q Hunter discusses The Damned
* No Future (2019, 26 mins): appreciation by author and film historian Neil Sinyard
* The Lonely Shore (2019, 21 mins): appreciation of James Bernard's score by David Huckvale, author of James Bernard, Composer to Count Dracula: A Critical Biography
* Isolated music & effects track
* Original US theatrical trailer
* Joe Dante trailer commentary (2013, 4 mins): short critical appreciation
* Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials
* New and improved subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.

 

 

Weekly US DVD and Blu-ray Releases...

Dead and Buried, Siege, Jakob's Wife


Link Here 21st July 2021

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The Time Guardian

Link Here

The Time Guardian is a 1987 Australia action Sci-Fi romance by Brian Hannant.
Starring Tom Burlinson and Nikki Coghill and Dean Stockwell. IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release.
US: Uncut and MPAA PG rated for:

Promotional Material

In the year 4039, as the human race nears extinction under the rule of beast-like creatures, an entire city travels through time in hopes of evading capture and forever changing the future. Tom Burlinson (The Man From Snowy River), Carrie Fisher (Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, The Blues Brothers, Under the Rainbow), Dean Stockwell (Quantum Leap, Married to the Mob, The Dunwich Horror) and Nikki Coghill (Dark Age) star in this 1980's science-fiction epic! Now see it for the first time from a brand new HD master in widescreen!

Special Features:

  • -Brand New HD Master from a 2K Scan of the Interpositive
  • -Theatrical Trailer
Siege

Link Here

Siege is a 1983 Canada crime thriller by paul donovan, maura o'connell
Starring Tom Nardini, Brenda Bazinet and Daryl Haney BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for 1983 cinema relase. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

Promotional Material

From co-directors Paul Donovan and Maura O'Connell (DEFCON-4) comes one of the most disturbing - and rarely-seen - Canadian shockers of the '80s, inspired by the actual 42-day Halifax police strike: When a local group of right-wing vigilantes massacres the patrons of a gay bar, the sole survivor seeks refuge in a nearby apartment building whose residents must now defend themselves in a night of hate, terror and bloodshed. Doug Lennox (BREAKING POINT), Tom Nardini (CAT BALLOU), Jack Blum (HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME) and Keith Knight (MY BLOODY VALENTINE) star in this dark and intense thriller, still uncomfortably relevant 35 years after it was made (Blog Of Horror) - released in the U.S. as SELF DEFENSE - scanned in 2K from the original negative recently discovered in a Nova Scotia archive.

Bonus features include: Trailer

Born For Hell

Link Here

Born for Hell is a 1976 France/Italy/West Germany/Canada drama thriller by Denis Héroux
Starring Mathieu Carrière, Debra Berger and Christine Boisson IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release.
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Promotional Material

In 1976, Montreal filmmaker Denis Héroux - future director of THE UNCANNY and Oscar®-nominated producer of ATLANTIC CITY - adapted the true story of Chicago mass murderer Richard Speck to war-torn Belfast, where a disturbed Vietnam vet drifter (Mathieu Carrière of MALPERTUIS and BILITIS fame) brutalizes a dorm full of student nurses. Re-edited by its video distributor and released as NAKED MASSACRE, Héroux's harrowing director's cut has remained unseen in America until now. Debra Berger (THE INGLORIOUS BASTARDS), Leonora Fani (GIALLO IN VENICE), Christine Boisson (EMMANUELLE), Ely Galleani (BABA YAGA) and Carole Laure (SWEET MOVIE) co-star in this uncompromising and unfathomably grim work of art (Video Basement), scanned in 2K from an uncut 35mm print discovered in The National Archives of Canada.
Dead & Buried

Link Here

Dead and Buried is a 1981 US horror by Gary A Sherman.
With James Farentino, Melody Anderson and Jack Albertson. Melon Farmers link  YouTube icon  BBFC link 2020   IMDb

Uncut by the BBFC for the X rated 1981 cinema release. The same version was released on pre-cert video and banned as a video nasty. Cut by 10s for 1990 VHS. Uncut from 1999. Uncut and R rated in the US
US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
  • 2021 Blue Underground R0 4K Blu-ray/R0 Blu-ray Combo at US Amazon #ad released on 20th July 2021

Promotional Material

The Creators of ALIEN Bring A New Terror To Earth

Something very strange is happening in the quiet coastal village of Potters Bluff, where tourists and transients are warmly welcomed... then brutally murdered. But even more shocking is when these slain strangers suddenly reappear as normal, friendly citizens around town. Now the local sheriff ( James Farentino of THE FINAL COUNTDOWN) and an eccentric mortician (Academy Award® winner Jack Albertson of WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY) must uncover the horrific secret of a community where some terrifying traditions are alive and well... and no one is ever really DEAD & BURIED.

Melody Anderson (FLASH GORDON), Lisa Blount (PRINCE OF DARKNESS), and Robert Englund (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET) co-star in this genuinely chilling horror hit written by Ronald Shusett and Dan O'Bannon (ALIEN), directed by Gary A. Sherman (POLTERGEIST III), and featuring ultra-grisly gore effects by Oscar® winner Stan Winston (JURASSIC PARK). In honor of its 40th Anniversary, Blue Underground is proud to present DEAD & BURIED in an eye-popping new restoration approved by Director of Photography Steven Poster, ASC (DONNIE DARKO), scanned in 4K 16-bit from its 35mm IP , with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio, and packed with exclusive new and archival Extras!

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • WORLD PREMIERE! New 4K Restoration from the 35mm IP approved by Director of Photography Steven Poster, ASC (DONNIE DARKO, SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME)
  • Exclusive Limited Collector's Edition includes 4K UHD Blu-ray, Remastered Blu-ray, Soundtrack CD, collectible booklet, reversible sleeve, and moving lenticular slipcover
  • Ultra HD Blu-ray (2160p) and HD Blu-ray (1080p) Widescreen 1.85:1 Feature Presentation
  • Audio: English: Dolby Atmos; English: 5.1 DTS-HD; English: 1.0 DTS-HD; French: 1.0 DTS-HD
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
  • Audio Commentary #1 with Director Gary Sherman
  • Audio Commentary #2 with Co-Writer/Co-Producer Ronald Shusett and Actress Linda Turley
  • Audio Commentary #3 with Director of Photography Steven Poster, ASC
  • NEW! Audio Commentary #4 with Film Historians Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson
  • NEW! Behind the Scenes of Dead & Buried
  • NEW! Dead & Buried Locations: Now & Then
  • NEW! Murders, Mystery, and Music - Interviews with Director Gary Sherman and Composer Joe Renzetti
  • NEW! The Pages of Potters Bluff - Interview with Novelization Author Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
  • Stan Winston's Dead & Buried EFX
  • Robert Englund: An Early Work of Horror
  • Dan O'Bannon: Crafting Fear
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • NEW! Poster & Still Galleries
  • Seven Poster's Location Stills
  • BONUS! DEAD & BURIED Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Joe Renzetti (CHILD'S PLAY) on CD for the first time ever!
  • BONUS! Collectible Booklet with new essay by Michael Gingold
  • BONUS! Moving Lenticular Slipcover (First Pressing Only)
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The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films

The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films is a 2014 Israel documentary by Hilla Medalia
Starring Menahem Golan, Yoram Globus and Yehuda Barkan IMDb

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THE INCREDIBLY TRUE STORY ABOUT MENAHEM GOLAN & YORAM GLOBUS' CANNON FILMS AND THE MOVIE STUDIO THAT DEFINED THE 1980's

THE GO-GO BOYS: THE INSIDE STORY OF CANNON FILMS is a documentary about two Israeli-born cousins, Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, who in pursuit of the American Dream, turned the Hollywood power structure upside down, producing over 300 films and becoming the most powerful independent film company in the world. Directed by Sundance Grand Jury Prize nominee Hilla Medalia (After the Storm), The Go-Go Boys is an up close and personal documentary that examines the complex relationship between two contradictory personalities whose combined force fueled their success and eventual collapse. Featuring interviews with Jean-Claude Van Damme, Michael Dudikoff, Eli Roth, Boaz Davidson along with Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus themselves, as well as archive footage of Sylvester Stallone, Charles Bronson and Chuck Norris in the definitive documentary about Cannon Films.

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    Jakob's Wife is a 2021 US horror by Travis Stevens
    Starring Barbara Crampton, Larry Fessenden and Bonnie Aarons IMDb

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    Anne, married to a small-town Minister, feels her life has been shrinking over the past 30 years. Encountering "The Master" brings her a new sense of power and an appetite to live bolder. Ho...

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