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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.

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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

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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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    Shopping: The Evil Dead...

    1981 USA video nasty by Sam Raimi set for UK 4K Blu-ray release on 17th November 2020


    Link Here24th October 2020

    The Evil Dead is a 1981 USA horror by Sam Raimi.
    With Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss and Richard DeManincor. YouTube iconBBFC link IMDb

    Cut by the BBFC for cinema release. This cut cinema version was then banned as one of the iconic video nasties. Further cut for a BBFC approved VHS release in 1990. Passed uncut for DVD in 2001. Uncut in the US

    Summary Review: Raimi is already a legend

    Raimi is already a legend, because he created 'The Evil Dead', without a doubt one of the greatest horror movies of all time. Made on a shoe string budget as a labour of love, it still remains Raimi's best movie. He has subsequently worked on bigger projects with bigger names but it is arguable whether he has ever surpassed the invention, thrills, energy and sheer fun of this. And why Bruce Campbell never became a genuine movie star after his debut here, and not just a much loved cult figure, is a complete mystery to me.

    'The Evil Dead' is a modern horror classic and absolutely ESSENTIAL viewing for any self-respecting movie buff! It doesn't get much better than this!

    UK: Passed Suitable for 18 years and over uncut for:

     

     

    Shopping: I, Monster...

    1971 UK horror by Stephen Weeks just released on UK Blu-ray with 2 versions


    Link Here23rd October 2020
    I, Monster is a 1971 UK horror by Stephen Weeks.
    Starring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Mike Raven. BBFC link IMDb

    Exists as a 1971 Theatrical Version which was X rated by the BBFC and a 12 rated Extended Version released on home video.

    UK: The Extended Version was previously passed 12 uncut:
    UK: BBFC details not yet published for the Theatrical Version:
    • 2020 Powerhouse [Theatrical + Extended Versions] RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 19th October 2020

    Promotional Material

    Horror icons Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing team up once again for an Amicus take on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novella Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, with Lee occupying the role of the scientist and his deadly alter ego. Directed by Stephen Weeks, making his first feature aged twenty-two, I, Monster presents an inventive take on an iconic tale.

    Extras INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES

    • * New 2K restoration by Powerhouse Films from original film materials

    • * Two presentations of the film: the original 75-minute theatrical cut; and the extended 80-minute version

    • * Original mono audio

    • * Audio commentary with director Stephen Weeks (2020)

    • * The BEHP Interview with Peter Tanner - Part One, 1914-1939 (1987): an archival audio recording, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring the celebrated editor in conversation with Roy Fowler and Taffy Haines

    • * Introduction by Stephen Laws (2020): appreciation by the acclaimed horror author

    • * Stephen Weeks at the Manchester Festival of Fantastic Films (1998): archival video recording of the director in conversation

    • * Interview with Milton Subotsky (1985): archival audio recording of the famed producer

    • * Interview with Carl Davis (2020): the renowned composer discusses his score

    • * Image gallery: publicity and promotional material

    • * Original theatrical trailer

    • * Kim Newman and David Flint trailer commentary (2017): short critical appreciation by the genre-film experts

    • * New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

    • * Limited edition exclusive 36-page booklet with a new essay by Josephine Botting, Milton Subotsky on I, Monster, an archival interview with Stephen Weeks, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits

    • * World premiere on Blu-ray

    • * Limited edition of 3,000 copies

     

     

    The e-Commerce Directive...

    The EU's next round of strangulation of European internet businesses via red tape and censorship


    Link Here23rd October 2020
    Full story: Internet Censorship in EU...EU introduces swathes of internet censorship law

    The European Union has made the first step towards a significant overhaul of its core platform regulation, the e-Commerce Directive .

    In order to inspire the European Commission, which is currently preparing a proposal for a Digital Services Act Package , the EU Parliament has voted on three related Reports ( IMCO , JURI , and LIBE reports), which address the legal responsibilities of platforms regarding user content, include measures to keep users safe online, and set out special rules for very large platforms that dominate users' lives.

    Clear EFF's Footprint

    Ahead of the votes, together with our allies , we argued to preserve what works for a free Internet and innovation, such as to retain the E-Commerce directive's approach of limiting platforms' liability over user content and banning Member States from imposing obligations to track and monitor users' content. We also stressed that it is time to fix what is broken: to imagine a version of the Internet where users have a right to remain anonymous, enjoy substantial procedural rights in the context of content moderation, can have more control over how they interact with content, and have a true choice over the services they use through interoperability obligations .

    It's a great first step in the right direction that all three EU Parliament reports have considered EFF suggestions. There is an overall agreement that platform intermediaries have a pivotal role to play in ensuring the availability of content and the development of the Internet. Platforms should not be held responsible for ideas, images, videos, or speech that users post or share online. They should not be forced to monitor and censor users' content and communication--for example, using upload filters. The Reports also makes a strong call to preserve users' privacy online and to address the problem of targeted advertising. Another important aspect of what made the E-Commerce Directive a success is the "country or origin" principle. It states that within the European Union, companies must adhere to the law of their domicile rather than that of the recipient of the service. There is no appetite from the side of the Parliament to change this principle.

    Even better, the reports echo EFF's call to stop ignoring the walled gardens big platforms have become. Large Internet companies should no longer nudge users to stay on a platform that disregards their privacy or jeopardizes their security, but enable users to communicate with friends across platform boundaries. Unfair trading, preferential display of platforms' own downstream services and transparency of how users' data are collected and shared: the EU Parliament seeks to tackle these and other issues that have become the new "normal" for users when browsing the Internet and communicating with their friends. The reports also echo EFF's concerns about automated content moderation, which is incapable of understanding context. In the future, users should receive meaningful information about algorithmic decision-making and learn if terms of service change. Also, the EU Parliament supports procedural justice for users who see their content removed or their accounts disabled.

    Concerns Remain

    The focus on fundamental rights protection and user control is a good starting point for the ongoing reform of Internet legislation in Europe. However, there are also a number of pitfalls and risks. There is a suggestion that platforms should report illegal content to enforcement authorities and there are open questions about public electronic identity systems. Also, the general focus of consumer shopping issues, such as liability provision for online marketplaces, may clash with digital rights principles: the Commission itself acknowledged in a recent internal document that "speech can also be reflected in goods, such as books, clothing items or symbols, and restrictive measures on the sale of such artefacts can affect freedom of expression." Then, the general idea to also include digital services providers established outside the EU could turn out to be a problem to the extent that platforms are held responsible to remove illegal content. Recent cases ( Glawischnig-Piesczek v Facebook ) have demonstrated the perils of worldwide content takedown orders.

    It's Your Turn Now @EU_Commission

    The EU Commission is expected to present a legislative package on 2 December. During the public consultation process, we urged the Commission to protect freedom of expression and to give control to users rather than the big platforms. We are hopeful that the EU will work on a free and interoperable Internet and not follow the footsteps of harmful Internet bills such as the German law NetzDG or the French Avia Bill, which EFF helped to strike down . It's time to make it right. To preserve what works and to fix what is broken.

     

     

    Shopping: 976-EVIL...

    1988 USA comedy horror by Robert Englund, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray


    Link Here22nd October 2020

    976-EVIL is a 1988 USA comedy horror by Robert Englund.
    Starring Stephen Geoffreys, Patrick O'Bryan and Sandy Dennis. BBFC link IMDb

    A UK version was cut by the BBFC for 1988 18 rated cinema release and the follow up 1989 VHS. The 1991 VHS and 2002 were pre-cut for an 18 rating. A shorter version was released in the US with an R rating but is generally noted as uncut. There is also a longer TV version but the extra material doesn't add anything.
    UK: BBFC details not yet published for:
    • 2020 Eureka [US Version + TV Version] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 19th October 2020

    Reviews

    Promotional Material

    Director Robert Englund (the iconic Freddy Krueger from the Nightmare on Elm Street series) dials up a gothic tale of high-tech horror in 976-EVIL .

    High school underdog Hoax ( Stephen Geoffreys - Fright Night ) fills up the idle hours in his seedy little hometown fending off the local leather-jacketed thugs, avoiding his overbearing mother ( Sandy Dennis ) and dreaming of a date with trailer park temptress Suzie ( Lezlie Deane ), But his quietly desperate life takes a terrifying turn when his cousin introduces him to an unusual new hobby – phoning in for his "horrorscope". Hoax is hooked up with a compellingly hideous demonic force that slowly begins to overtake his entire life and now there's more than just a phone bill to pay for anyone who ever dared cross "the neighbourhood nerd".

    Co-written by Brian Helgeland ( L.A. Confidential, Mystic River ) and featuring incredibly practical effects work from Robert Kurtzman and Howard Berger , Eureka Classics is proud to present 976-EVIL on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK.

    BLU-RAY EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES:

    • Limited Edition O-Card slipcase [First Print Run of 2000 copies ONLY]
    • 1080p presentation on Blu-ray
    • DTS-HD MA 5.1 and LPCM 2.0 audio options
    • English subtitles (SDH)
    • Audio commentary with director Robert Englund and set decorate Nancy Booth Englund
    • 976-EVIL: home video version [105 mins, SD] : An extended version of the film from its original home video release on VHS
    • New interview with producer Lisa M. Hansen
    • New interview with special make-up effects artist Howard Berger ( The Walking Dead )
    • New interview with special effects technician Kevin Yagher ( Nightmare on Elm Street )
    • Limited Edition Collector's Booklet [2000 copies ONLY] featuring new writing by Craig Ian Mann

     

     

    Drawing up new censorship rules...

    Japanese retailer ends adult anime orders to Australia due to a new customs ban


    Link Here22nd October 2020
    Full story: Australian Customs Porn Imports...Censoring imports of adult material
    Australia has banned the import of adult anime media and products, including hentai, into the country.

    This new ban was first reported by popular Japan-based online anime retailer J-List, who informed their customers on October 14th that Australia is killing off any chance of adult anime entering the county so he shop has had to stop shipping there. The retailer explained:

    DHL Japan called us last week, informing us that Australian customs have started rejecting packages containing any adult product. They then advised us to stop sending adult products to the country. Following that, current Australian orders with adult items in them were returned to us this week.

    J-List then stated that adult items banned by Australian customs include onaholes, hentai manga, doujinshi, cast-off figures, JAV DVDs, and any product marked with a +18 symbol on the product's thumbnail.

     

     

    Verified as unsafe...

    Australia's eSafety Commissioner notes that strict identity verification for social media users would be impractical


    Link Here22nd October 2020
    Full story: Age Verification for Porn...Endangering porn users for the sake of the children

    Australia's eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman-Grant has rejected the practicality of a know your customer-type ID verification requirement for social media companies to ensure the age of their users.

    Addressing Senate Inman-Grant said such a regime works in the banking industry as it has been heavily regulated for many years, particularly around anti-money laundering:

    It would be very challenging, I would think, for Facebook for example to re-identify -- or identify -- its 2.7 billion users, she said. How do they practically go back and do that and part of this has to do with how the internet is architected.

    While she admitted it was not impossible, she said it would create a range of other issues and that removing the ability for anonymity or to use a pseudonym is unlikely to deter cyberbullying and the like. Similarly, she said, if the social media sites were to implement a real names policy, it wouldn't be effective given the way the systems are set up. She added:

    I would also suspect there would be huge civil libertarian pushback in the US.

    I think there are incremental steps we could make, I think totally getting rid of anonymity or even [the use of] pseudonyms on the internet is going to be a very hard thing to achieve.

    I want to be pragmatic here about what's in the realm of the possible, it would be great if everyone had a name tag online so they couldn't do things without [consequence].

     

     

    Shopping: 10 to Midnight...

    1983 USA crime thriller by J Lee Thompson, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray and DVD


    Link Here21st October 2020

    10 to Midnight is a 1983 USA crime thriller by J Lee Thompson.
    Starring Charles Bronson, Lisa Eilbacher and Andrew Stevens. BBFC link IMDb

    Uncut for 18 rated UK cinema release and pre-cert video. Cut by the BBFC for an 18 rated VHS release in 1987. The BBFC video cuts were waived for 18 rated DVD in 2004. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
    UK: Previously passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence and nudity:
    • 2020 88 Films (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 19th October 2020
    • 2020 88 Films R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 19th October 2020

    Promotional Material

    Charles Bronson is a hero all the way as a rogue cop pursuing a deranged killer in this action-packed suspense thriller. Serving up vigilante justice as only he can. Bronson delivers one of his most riveting performances in this exceedingly well-made film. Bronson plays Leo Kessler, a cynical Los Angeles cop on the trail of Warren Stacey (Gene Davis), a homicidal maniac who turns rejection frombeautiful women into the ultimate revenge. When the legal system sets Stacey free, Kessler plants evidence to put him behind bars for good. But Kessler's plan backfires, leaving him with only one option: to hunt down Stacey on his own... before the crazedkiller strikes again!

    Extras:

    Producing Bronson" interview with producer Lance Hool (12:41)
    "Remember Bronson" interview with actor Robert F. Lyons (6:00)
    "Knife and Death" interview with actress Jeana Tomasina (6:55)
    "Charlie's Partner" interview with actor Andrew Stevens (10:46)

     

     

    Shared burdens...

    Ofcom publishes its censorship guidelines to be applied to UK based video sharing platforms


    Link Here21st October 2020
    Full story: Online Harms White Paper...UK Government seeks to censor social media
    Ofcom has published its burdensome censorship rules that will apply to video sharing platforms that are stupid enough to be based in the UK. In particular the rules are quite vague about age verification requirements for the two adult video sharing sites that remain in the UK. Maybe Ofcom is a bit shy about requiring onerous and unviable red tape of British companies trying to compete with large numbers of foreign companies that operate with a massive commercial advantage of not having age verification.

    Ofcom do however note that these censorship rules are a stop gap until a wider scoped 'online harms' censorship regime which will start up in the next couple of years.

    Ofcom writes:

    Video-sharing platforms (VSPs) are a type of online video service which allows users to upload and share videos with members of the public.

    From 1 November 2020, UK-established VSPs will be required to comply with new rules around protecting users from harmful content.

    The main purpose of the new regulatory regime is to protect consumers who engage with VSPs from the risk of viewing harmful content. Providers must have appropriate measures in place to protect minors from content which might impair their physical, mental or moral development; and to protect the general public from criminal content and material likely to incite violence or hatred.

    Ofcom has published a short guide outlining the new statutory requirements on providers. The guide is intended to assist platforms to determine whether they fall in scope of the new regime and to understand what providers need to do to ensure their services are compliant.

    The guide also explains how Ofcom expects to approach its new duties in the period leading up to the publication of further guidance on the risk of harms and appropriate measures, which we will consult on in early 2021.

    Ofcom will also be consulting on guidance on scope and jurisdiction later in 2020. VSP providers will be required to notify their services to Ofcom from 6 April 2021 and we expect to have the final guidance in place ahead of this time.

     

     

    Shopping: Rawhead Rex...

    1986 Ireland / UK / USA horror mystery fantasy by George Pavlou just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here20th October 2020

    Rawhead Rex is a 1986 Ireland / UK / USA horror mystery fantasy by George Pavlou.
    Starring David Dukes, Kelly Piper and Hugh O'Conor. BBFC link IMDb

    Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating. The Unrated US release is uncut. Both version have been released in the UK initially 18 uncut for 1987 VHS and then 15 uncut for 2018 Blu-ray. In the interim the R cut version was passed 15 for 2002 DVD.
    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
    • 2020 KL Studio Classics Limited Edition Steelbook (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 13th October 2020
    • 2020 KL Studio Classics Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon

    Promotional Material

    He's pure evil... pure power... pure terror! RawHead Rex is a demon, alive for millennia, trapped in the depths of hell, and waiting for release. He is held by an ancient seal, imprisoned for centuries in a barren field near the hamlet of Rathmore, Ireland. In time, this gruesome legacy has been forgotten, dismissed as an odd pre-Christian myth until Tom Garron (Donal McCann, December Bride) decides to plow the field his ancestors knew better than to disturb. The seal is broken and an unspeakable evil is unleashed - on a rampage of blood and lust. Howard Hallenbeck (David Dukes, Gods and Monsters), an American historian on a working vacation with his family, discovers on the stained glass windows of a local church a series of scenes illustrating the reign of terror of RawHead Rex, but the one piece of glass depicting the defeat of the monster is missing. RawHead Rex is on the loose, and he is insatiable as Howard is desperately races against time for a way to stop the vicious monster. Directed by George Pavlou (Transmutations) with a screenplay by horror legend Clive Barker (Hellraiser, Candyman, Nightbreed, Lord of Illusions).

    Special Features:
    -Limited Edition (4000)
    -4K Restoration
    -Audio Commentary with Director George Pavlou, Moderated by Author Stephen Thrower
    -Call Me Rawhead -- Interview with Actor Heinrich von Bünau (Rawhead Rex)
    -Growing Pains: The Children of Rawhead -- Interview with Actors Hugh O'Conor and Cora Venus Lunny
    -What the Devil Hath Wrought -- Interview with Actor Ronan Wilmot
    -Rawk 'n' Roll: The Rex Session -- Interview with Composer Colin Towns
    -Rawhead FX: A Cock and Bull Story -- Interview with Crew Members Peter Mackenzie Litten, Gerry Johnston, Rosie Blackmore, John Schoonraad & Sean Corcoran
    -Rawhead Rising -- Interview with Artist Stephen R. Bissette
    -Behind-the-Scenes and Original Art Image Gallery
    -Theatrical Trailer
    -I Don't Believe in the Devil: RAWHEAD REX; A FOLK HORROR? -- Booklet Essay by Film Historian Kat Ellinger
    -5.1 Surround and 2.0 Lossless Audio
    -Dual-Layered BD50 Disc
    -Optional English Subtitles

     

     

    Shopping: Herschell Gordon Lewis Collection...

    Film set just released on UK Blu-ray in a cheaper edition with just 2 of the films having once troubled censors


    Link Here19th October 2020

    Herschell Gordon Lewis Collection is a film set

    There are several censorship issues with this set.
    UK: Passed with an aggregate 18 rating for:
    • 2020 Arrow Herschell Gordon Lewis Collection Special Edition (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 12th October 2020
    Blood Feast is a 1963 US horror by Herschell Gordon Lewis.
    With William Kerwin, Mal Arnold and Connie Mason. YouTube iconBBFC link IMDb
    Banned as a video nasty in 1983. Cut by the BBFC for 2001 DVD and uncut since 2005 DVD. Uncut and unrated in the US.

    See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Blood Feast

    Two Thousand Maniacs! is a 1964 USA horror by Herschell Gordon Lewis.
    Starring Connie Mason, William Kerwin and Jeffrey Allen. YouTube iconBBFC link IMDb
    Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated VHS in 1986. Uncut since 2002 18 rated DVD.

    Promotional Material

    In 1963, director Herschell Gordon Lewis pulled a cow s tongue out of an actress mouth on camera, and in doing so, changed the landscape of horror cinema forever. That sequence was just one of numerous gruesome gags featured in Blood Feast, the film credited as being the world s first gore movie. It s no exaggeration to say that the modern gross-out movies of today owe their very existence to the pioneering efforts of H.G. Lewis.

    But whilst Lewis is most widely celebrated for his blood-and-guts epics (Two Thousand Maniacs!, The Wizard of Gore et al.), there s more to the prolific director than splatter. From tales of sordid photographers (Scum of the Earth) to sex robots (How to Make a Doll), from biker girl-gangs (She-Devils on Wheels) to youths-run-amok (Just for the Hell of It), and from psychic witches (Something Weird) to hard liquor-loving hillbillies (Moonshine Mountain), the filmography of H.G. Lewis reads like a veritable wish-list of exploitation movie madness.

    Now, for the first time ever, Arrow Video is proud to present fourteen of the Godfather of Gore s most essential films (including nine Blu-ray world debuts), collected together at last and packed full of eye-popping bonus content. So put your feet up, pour yourself a glass of good ol moonshine, and prepare yourself for a feast H.G. Lewis style!

    SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • Fourteen of the Godfather of Gore s finest attractions, restored from original and best surviving vault materials
  • High Definition Blu-rayTM (1080p) presentation of the features and extras on 7 Blu-ray discs
  • DISC ONE: BLOOD FEAST (1963) & SCUM OF THE EARTH (1963)
  • Introduction to the films by director Herschell Gordon Lewis
  • Audio Commentary on Blood Feast with Lewis and producer David F. Friedman
  • Blood Feast Outtakes
  • Blood Perceptions filmmakers Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact) and Rodney Ascher (Room 237) offer their insight on Blood Feast and the importance of Herschell Gordon Lewis
  • Herschell s History archival interview in which Lewis discusses his entry into the film industry including Scum of the Earth
  • How Herschell Found His Niche Lewis discusses more of his early work in nudie cuties and the making of The Adventures of Lucky Pierre Archival interview with Herschell Gordon Lewis and David F. Friedman from 1987
  • Carving Magic (1959) vintage short featuring Blood Feast s Bill Kerwin
  • Blood Feast Radio Spot and Trailer
  • DISC TWO: TWO THOUSAND MANIACS! (1964) & MOONSHINE MOUNTAIN (1964)
  • Introduction to the films by director Herschell Gordon Lewis
  • Audio Commentary on Two Thousand Maniacs! with Lewis and producer David F. Friedman
  • Two Thousand Maniacs! Outtakes
  • Two Thousand Maniacs Can t Be Wrong Tim Sullivan (director, 2001 Maniacs) on Two Thousand Maniacs!
  • Hicksploitation: Confidential visual essay on the history of the American South s representation in cinema
  • David Friedman: The Gentlemen s Smut Peddler a tribute to the legendary producer featuring Herschell Gordon Lewis, filmmakers Fred Olen Ray, Tim Sullivan and Bob Murawski
  • Herschell s Art of Advertising Lewis shares his expert opinion on the art of selling movies and how to hook an audience.
  • Trailers for Two Thousands Maniacs! and Moonshine Mountain
  • DISC THREE: COLOR ME BLOOD RED (1965) & SOMETHING WEIRD (1967)
  • DISC FOUR: THE GRUESOME TWOSOME (1967) & A TASTE OF BLOOD (1967)
  • DISC FIVE: SHE-DEVILS ON WHEELS (1968) & JUST FOR THE HELL OF IT (1968)
  • DISC SIX: HOW TO MAKE A DOLL (1968) & THE WIZARD OF GORE (1970)
  • DISC SEVEN: THIS STUFF LL KILL YA! (1971) & THE GORE GORE GIRLS (1972)
  • And many more special features!
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    Shopping: Delirious...

    2006 USA comedy romance by Tom DiCillo just released on US Blu-ray and DVD with 2 versions


    Link Here19th October 2020

    Delirious is a 2006 USA comedy romance by Tom DiCillo.
    Starring Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt and Alison Lohman. BBFC link IMDb

    Exists as a Theatrical Version and a Director's Cut

    US: The Theatrical Version is MPAA R rated for:
    US: The Director's Cut is MPAA Unrated for:
    • 2020 Mvd Visual [Theatrical Version + Director's Cut] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 13th October 2020
    • 2020 Mvd Visual [Director's Cut only ] R1 DVD at US Amazon #ad released on 13th October 2020
    • 2020 Mvd Visual Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon #ad

    Promotional Material

    EVERYBODY DESERVES THEIR SHOT

    Les (Steve Buscemi, Fargo) is a small-time paparazzi with dreams of getting his embarrassingly funny photos on the front page. His luck seems to take a turn for the better when he befriends a clueless young homeless man, Toby (Michael Pitt, Funny Games), and makes him his unlikely assistant. But when Toby falls for a pop diva and becomes a reality TV star, Les has a tough time being pushed out of the frame and creates a devilish scheme to take down his former apprentice.

    Alison Lohman (Drag Me to Hell), Gina Gershon (Face/Off), Callie Thorne (''Rescue Me''), Kevin Corrigan (Pineapple Express), Melissa Rauch (''The Big Bang Theory'') Kristen Schaal (Bill & Ted Face the Music) and Richard Short (Public Enemies) also star in this wickedly fun comedy (along with appearances by Elvis Costello and David Wain) about the high stakes world of celebrity scandal from acclaimed filmmaker Tom DiCillo, the writer/director of ''Living in Oblivion'', presented for the first time in this never before seen Director's Cut.

    SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • NEW! Director's Cut Commentary from Director Tom DiCillo
  • NEW! Introduction to the new Director's Cut by Tom DiCillo (HD)
  • Original Theatrical Cut of ''Delirious'' with Optional Director's Commentary (SD, 107 mins)
  • 'Stalking Delirious' making of featurette (SD)
  • 3 Promotional Shorts: ''Casting Michael Pitt'', ''Steve Buscemi is Pissed'' and ''The Gina Gershon Sex Tape'' (SD)
  • Alison Lohman Music Video: 'Shove It' (SD)
  • Original Theatrical Trailer (SD)
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    A Nightmare on Elm Street...

    The 2020 A Nightmare on Elm Street Collection Blu-ray includes the uncut version of the original


    Link Here19th October 2020
    A Nightmare on Elm Street is a 1984 US horror film by Wes Craven.
    With Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp and Robert Englund. YouTube iconBBFC link IMDb

    The film was uncut for UK cinema release and VHS but the cut US Theatrical version is the only one available on UK/US DVD.

    Now Jon reports that the 2020 HMV Exclusive R0 Blu-ray 7 Film Collection includes the uncut version of the original film. Jon comments:

    The scene where Tina's corpse is seen hitting the bed, and the resultant splash of blood all over her boyfriend Rod, is shown intact and complete.

    And, during Glen's death (Johnny Depp), the huge geyser of blood spurting up and hitting the ceiling, is also shown in full.

    The BBFC database does not contain any submissions for a Blu-ray so presumably the Blu-ray release re-uses the 18 rating of the uncut VHS releases.

    Nightmare on Elm Street 5 is a 1989 US horror by Stephen Hopkins.
    With Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox and Kelly Jo Minter. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

    The Theatrical Version was cut for an R rating. Europe got the uncut version for cinema and VHS but all DVDs and Blu-rays have been the cut Theatrical Version.

    Jon comments about the 2020 HMV Exclusive Blu-ray Collection:

    Some of the previously cut material has been reinstated (the death of the motorcyclist at the 38m as Freddy consumes his bike and body), but other stuff is still the R-rated version (Greta being force-fed is still cut heavily).

     

     

    Shopping: Circus of Horrors...

    1960 UK horror drama by Sidney Hayers, BBFC cuts from 1960 still persist, just released on UK DVD


    Link Here18th October 2020

    Circus of Horrors is a 1960 UK horror drama by Sidney Hayers.
    Starring Anton Diffring, Erika Remberg and Yvonne Monlaur. Youtube linkBBFC link IMDb

    Cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1960. The same cut version has been distributed ever since and was 15 rated for UK home video.

    From IMDb:

    • A shot of the thrown knife hitting Magda in the neck was filmed but cut by the distributors in post-production upon BBFC request.
    • Despite the film's brutal theme the only UK censor cuts to the finished print was the removal of visible topless female nudity during two of the sideshow scenes.
    Cut footage has never resurfaced in any print of the film and may no longer exist
    UK: Previously passed 15 uncut for strong violence:
    • 2020 Studiocanal R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 12th October 2020

    Promotional Material

    In 1947 England, a plastic surgeon must beat a hasty retreat to France when one of his patients has ghastly problems with her surgery. Once there, he operates on a circus owner's daughter, deformed by bombs from the war. Later he becomes the owner of the circus, and continues transforming disfigured women into the beautiful stars of his show.




     

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