In Bed With Madonna is a 1991 USA music documentary by Alek Keshishian. Starring Madonna, Donna DeLory and Niki Harris.
18 rated and uncut for 1991 cinema release and VHS however there was
also a specially edited 15 rated version for younger fans. Uncut and 15 rated for 2020 home video release.
From the rain of Japan, through threats of arrest for
'public indecency' in Canada, and a birthday tribute to her father in Detroit, this documentary follows Madonna on her 1990 'Blond Ambition' concert tour. Filmed in black and white, with the concert pieces in glittering MTV color, it is an intimate look
at the work of the music performer, from a prayer circle with the dancers before each performance to bed games with the dance troupe afterwards.
UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong sex references, sexual
violence references, language:
In My Father's Den is a 2004 New Zealand / UK mystery thriller by Brad McGann. Starring Matthew Macfadyen, Miranda Otto and Emily Barclay.
BBFC category cuts were required for 15 rated cinema and DVD releases in
Paul, a prize-winning war journalist, returns to his remote New Zealand hometown due to the death of his father, battle-scarred and world-weary. For the discontented
sixteen-year-old Celia he opens up a world she has only dreamed of. She actively pursues a friendship with him, fascinated by his cynicism and experience of the world beyond her small-town existence. But many, including the members of both their
families, frown upon the friendship and when Celia goes missing, Paul becomes the increasingly loathed and persecuted prime suspect in her disappearance. As the violent and urgent truth gradually emerges, Paul is forced to confront the family tragedy and
betrayal that he ran from as a youth, and to face the grievous consequences of silence and secrecy that has surrounded his entire adult life.
The missing scene is where Paul picks up a women in the bar and they return to his room for sex. The woman uses a belt to consensually suffocate Paul, but this eventually spooks the woman and she leaves
In Secret (aka Therese) is a 2013 USA crime thriller by Charlie Stratton. With Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Felton and Jessica Lange.
Set in the lower echelons of
1860s Paris, Therese Raquin, a sexually repressed beautiful young woman, is trapped into a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille, by her domineering aunt, Madame Raquin. Therese spends her days confined behind the counter of a small shop and
her evenings watching Madame play dominoes with an eclectic group. After she meets her husband's alluring friend, Laurent, she embarks on an illicit affair that leads to tragic consequences.
US: An edited version titled
In Secret was rated R for sexual content and brief violent images in December 2013.
US: The original version titled Therese was rated R for sexual content and brief violent images in September 2013.
In the Cold of the Night is a 1990 USA mystery thriller by Nico Mastorakis. Starring Jeff Lester, Adrianne Sachs and Marc Singer.
Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated VHS in 1971. These BBFC cuts were waived for
2003 DVD. Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating. The uncut version was released originally with an X rating and later with an MPAA NC-17 rating.
Scott is a fashion
photographer concerned about the sudden appearance of nightmares in his nightly dreams. In these, he seems to be involved in the murder of a beautiful young woman. When he actually meets this dreamwoman in reality, he begins to suspect that something
strange must be responsible. As he attempts to solve the enigma of his troubling dreams, he is falling deeply in love with the mysterious woman. In the end, he uncovers a diabolical and sinister plot....
UK: Passed 18 uncut after previous BBFC cuts were waived:
Two detectives who are up to their necks in trouble and in each other's face, as they try to shut down a drug-trafficking scheme that could be connected ti international organized
Director Yuen Woo-ping presents the viewer with a roller-coaster ride of top action set-pieces and amazing acrobatics that show off his stars' skills to great effect. Khan is easy on the eye, but deadly in a fight. Yen is
also on fine form, performing more than his fair share of life-threatening action.
Throw in some great motorcycle-fu, loads of energetic gun fights, a sword fight or two, and good support from both Yat Chor Yuen and Michael Won,
and the result is a hugely enjoyable masterpiece of the genre.
UK: The Cantonese language version was passed 18 after 36s of BBFC cuts for:
1990 Videosino VHS
UK: The English language version was passed 18 after 18s of BBFC cuts for:
In the Line of Fire is a 1993 USA action crime mystery by Wolfgang Petersen. With Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich and Rene Russo.
Cut by the BBFC for cinema release, VHS and DVD, then uncut for Blu-ray. Uncut in the US
Ever since he failed to save the life of President John F. Kennedy in the 1963 Dealey
Plaza assassination, secret service agent Frank Horrigan (Clint Eastwood) has had to live with the guilty feeling that maybe things would have been different if he had reacted more quickly. Thirty years after the event, when the U.S. President begins
receiving death threats, Horrigan investigates and finds the culprit to be master-of-disguise Mitch Leary (John Malkovich). However, a simple arrest is out of the question, for Leary knows about Horrigan's weakness and is determined to use it against him
in a lethal game of cat and mouse.
UK: Passed 15 after 8-10s of BBFC category cuts for:
2005 UCA R2 DVD
2002 Sony R2 DVD
1994 Columbia/Tri-Star VHS
Cuts of 8-10s apply to both 1993 cinema and 1994 Columbia/TriStar video versions. The same cuts spec was implemented slightly differently for different versions. From IMDb :
Removed close-ups of the plastic bag over Al's head during the opening sequence.
The bullet impact has been removed from Frank's 1st shooting of a bad guy.
Frank's shooting of the second bad guy on the boat is also cut - but only on widescreen prints - to remove the blood cloud. On the VHS pan and scan version, the blood impact happens off-screen.
The assault on the banker's housemate has been cut from the DVD as well, but remains in the VHS video with a toned-down impact sound. Shortly after this, the two neck breaks have been removed completely, despite the BBFC only requesting sound cuts.
Thanks to Martin, May 2008: Breaks Back
I noticed during Friday's late night TV showing (00:50) of the Clint Eastwood film In the Line of Fire on ITV 2 that the previously cut scene of John Malkovich
killing the bank teller and her room-mate at their home was uncut. This meant the fairly graphic depiction of 2 neck-breaks, sound effects included.
The film was first shown here at
the 1976 London Film Festival, where it won the critic's prize, before being acquired by the Gate Cinema in Notting Hill. At the time, the BBFC's Secretary, James Ferman, expressed the informal view that the film would require very heavy cuts to its more
explicit sexual details before it could be awarded an X certificate. Any such cuts were likely to be very damaging to what was already a critically acclaimed film, from an established director.
suggested that it would be preferable to show the film, without cuts, to members of private cinema clubs rather than approach the BBFC for a formal classification decision. Nonetheless, Ferman suggested that the film should not be opened, even
under club conditions, until after the Obscene Publications Act (OPA) had been extended to include films (by the Criminal Law Act in 1977).
This, he believed, would allow the film to benefit from the requirement in
the OPA that publications must be judged as a whole and that a defense of artistic merit was permitted.
Even then, one scene was edited before the film opened at the Gate Cinema Club in 1978, as a result of further
legal advice. The cut was to remove a scene in which an adult woman tugs a young boy's penis, which seemed likely to constitute an indecent image of a child under the terms of the newly introduced Protection of Children Act.
In this slightly censored version the film continued to be shown for a number of years, without a BBFC certificate, in cinema clubs.
Cut for BBFC approved 1991 cinema release
The first attempt at reframing was considered unacceptably crude and damaging to the film. Therefore the scene was reworked in a specialist lab, using a more gradual zoom into the characters' faces.
At the time, the BBFC was also asked whether it would consider granting an
18 certificate for video release. However, given the greater likelihood of the film falling into the hands of children, or being viewed in parts rather than as a whole, the BBFC was unconvinced that the film's immunity to prosecution would be as
strong on video. At the time, explicit sex was not permitted even at the R18 category and The Realm of the Senses was therefore regarded as better suited to cinema screenings where the circumstances of viewing were more able to be controlled
Cut for 2000 VHS
In 2000, the BBFC was again asked to look at the film for DVD release. By this time sexual portrayals at the 18 level had become gradually more explicit and
recent public surveys had shown that the public felt the BBFC could afford to be more relaxed about sex for adults. Therefore, following on from recent decisions on films like The Idiots and Romance, The Realm of the Senses was passed 18 uncut for
video and DVD release, subject once again to the optical reframing of one scene [showing a boy's penis being yanked].
Uncut for 2011 DVD/Blu-ray
The BBFC reconsidered the
scene in which an adult woman briefly tugs a young boy's penis. The Board concluded that the tugging of the penis does not occur in a sexual context and is in no way sexualised. This scene was optically reframed or deleted on previous releases but was
not considered to be indecent under the terms of the Protection of Children Act 1978 as currently applied. And so the scene was restored intact for this release.
UK: The Producers Cut was passed 18 uncut with all BBFC cuts waived for:
Contains strong real sex, bloody mutilation and sexual fetish theme.
In the Realm of the Senses contains... a scene in which an adult woman briefly tugs a young boy's penis.
However, the tugging of the penis does not occur in a sexual context and is in no way sexualised. This scene was optically reframed or deleted on previous releases but was not considered to be indecent under the terms of the Protection of Children Act
1978 as currently applied. And so has been restored intact for this release.
US: The Producers Cut is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
UK: The Uncut UK Theatrical version was passed 18 without BBFC cuts for:
2011 Channel 4 [Uncut theatrical + Extended] R2 DVD / RB Blu-ray Combo
at UK Amazon
15s advised cuts
UK: The Cut UK Theatrical version was passed 15 after 15s of BBFC suggested cuts for category which were implemented for:
2011 Channel 4 R2 DVD
2011 cinema release
The BBFC commented:
The Inbetweeners Movie was originally seen by the BBFC in an unfinished version. The company was informed that the film was likely to receive an 18 classification but the preferred
15 classification could be achieved by making cuts in four scenes. These were:
to remove an aggressive use of very strong language,
to remove a particularly crude verbal sex reference (to urolagnia)
and to reduce the explicitness
of two scenes of sexual activity (one of self-fellatio and one of masturbation).
When the completed version of the film was submitted, the aggressive use of very strong language had been redubbed, the crude verbal sex reference had been removed, and the strong scenes of sexual activity had been reduced, by a
mixture of cutting and reframing. The film was therefore classified 15 without further cuts.
A scene showing Neil pleasuring an elderly dancer partner has been reframed above the waist and the woman's moans have been muted.
A scene showing a male stripper self fellating and with a naked butt has been reframed to lose the detail.
You're not fucking all right anywhere, you scrawny little cunt, was substituted by You're not fucking all right anywhere, you scrawny little shit.
The following dialogue was deleted from a
conversation at a party: Richard: I was DJing at this techno club, right? And this mental emo bird comes over to me and says, I want you to piss on me and then fuck me. So I pissed all over her. Neil: And then fucked her? Richard: No, she was covered in piss!
The Inbetweeners 2 is a 2014 UK comedy by Damon Beesley and Iain Morris. Starring Simon Bird, James Buckley and Blake Harrison.
BBFC advised category cuts were made for a 15 rated cinema and home video release. The cuts have continued to all worldwide releases so far.
life is not all it's cracked up to be. Will is finding it difficult to make friends at Bristol and Simon is struggling to cope in his relationship with Lucy. When Neil and Simon visit Will for an uneventful weekend they make the decision to travel to
Australia to meet up with Jay who is having the time of his life on a mental gap year of sun, surf and sex. Or so he claims.
Once in Oz, the boys discover Jay's tales of wild times and super-stardom in Sydney aren't quite true. What a surprise! Will
convinces them to embark on a real travelling experience and then the holiday really begins. There's unintentional proposals, singing round the camp fire, disgrace at a water park and a trip into the outback... will they survive ?
advised category cuts
UK: Passed 15 for very strong nudity, sex references, very strong language after BBFC advised category cuts were implemented for:
This film was previously seen for advice. The company was advised the film was likely to be classified 18 but that their preferred 15 could be achieved by making reductions to two scenes involving
The BBFC further commented in the Annual Report covering 2014:
During postproduction, the distributor sought advice on how to secure their preferred 15 classification. The BBFC advised
changes should be made to two scenes featuring strong nudity in a crudely humorous context.
Maybe the cut scenes tried to find their way back on to the disk as Deleted Scenes. But the BBFC were having none of it. The DVD/Blu-ray extra
entitled Deleted Scenes was cut by 19m 54s. The BBFC explained:
Distributor chose to reduce the number of uses of very strong language and to reduce the detail in a scene in which one character
urinates on another. Cuts were made in line with BBFC Guidelines and policy in order to achieve a 15 rating. An uncut 18 was available.
The same cut version has been used for all worldwide release, though the cut material is available
as DVD extras and has made it on to Australian disks.
The Incident is a 1967 USA crime drama by Larry Peerce. Starring Victor Arnold, Robert Bannard and Beau Bridges.
Banned by the BBFC for 1968 cinema release. Passed 12 uncut for 2014 DVD.
Stark melodrama about two thrill seeking tough guys who terrorize late-night passengers on a
New York City train. The random victims are more concerned with their own problems than helping each other and pray that they won't be next. But it's going to take a lot more than prayer to end this nightmare of fear and violence. Film debut of both
Martin Sheen and Tony Musante as the hoodlums.
UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate threat, violence, discriminatory language, sex references for:
The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant is a 1971 USA Sci-Fi horror by Anthony
M Lanza. Starring Bruce Dern, Pat Priest and Casey Kasem.
Cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1971 release. Also originally cut in the US
for a GP rating. Later uncut in the US and MPAA R rated.
Dr. Roger Girard is a rich scientist conducting experiments on head transplantation. His caretaker has a son, Danny, who,
although fully grown, has the mind of child. One day an escaped psycho-killer invades Girard's home, killing Danny's father before being gunned down himself. With the maniac dying and Danny deeply unsettled by his father's death, Dr. Girard decides to
take the final step and transplant the killer's head onto Danny's body. Of course, things go horribly wrong and the two-headed creature escapes to terrorize the countryside.
Independence Day is a 1996 USA action Sci-Fi adventure by Roland Emmerich. Starring Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum.
The film exists as a Theatrical Version and an Extended Version.
Experience the original Oscar-Winning* sci-fi epic that launched a new era in blockbuster filmmaking with this newly restored edition. Director Roland Emmerich and producer
Dean Devlin join forces with an all-star cast that includes Will Smith, JeffGoldblum and Bill Pullman. When powerful aliens launch an all-out invasion, the world’s only hope lies in uniting for one last strike to save mankind.*1996, Independence
Day, Visual Effects (Volker Engel, Douglas Smith, Clay Pinney, Joseph Viskocil) This 2-disc Blu-ray Edition includes newly restored Extended and Theatrical Cuts of the film, as well as an all-new out-of-this-world retrospective that will have you
cheering for victory.
UK: Passed 12A uncut for sustained
moderate threat, violence for:
2016 cinema release
UK: The Extended Version/Special Edition was passed 12 uncut for:
2016 20th Century Fox [Theatrical + Extended Versions] Anniversary Edition RB Blu-ray at UK
2004 20th Century Fox R2 DVD
2001 20th Century Fox 2 Disc Special Edition (with Theatrical + Special Versions) R2 DVD
at UK Amazon
US: The US release features Theatrical + Special Versions and is MPAA PG-13 Rated for:
2016 20th Century Fox [Theatrical + Extended Versions] Anniversary Edition RA Blu-ray at US
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is a 1989 USA action adventure by
Steven Spielberg. With Harrison Ford, Sean Connery and Alison Doody.
The film suffered a trivial cut after the initial cinema release to remove the word 'jewish'.
When Dr. Henry Jones Sr. suddenly goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, eminent
archaeologist Indiana Jones must follow in his father's footsteps and stop the Nazis.
UK: Passed PG without BBFC cuts for:
2013 cinema release
1992 CIC VHS
1990 CIC VHS
See article from dvdcompare.net . In the initial theatrical release Walter
Donovan points to a Chest of Gold Items and says to the Sultan of Hatay: donated by the finest Jewish families in Germany. In all subsequent releases, the word Jewish has been edited out of the dialogue.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is a 1984 US action adventure
by Steven Spielberg. With Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw and Jonathan Ke Quan.
Cut for a PG rated UK cinema release and home video until 2008. An uncut 12 rated version was released in 2012. In the US, the film was controversially PG rated. A decision said to have spurred the introduction of the PG-13.
The American decision to rate the film PG caused huge controversy in the US at the time. In fact, the controversy over the PG rating (which was seen by many as the MPAA caving in to Spielberg and corporate pressure) was largely responsible for the
introduction of the PG-13 certificate.
UK: Passed PG after 1:06s of BBFC cuts for:
2008 Paramount R2 DVD
2003 Paramount Trilogy R2 DVD
1992 CIC VHS
1986 CIC VHS
1984 cinema release
The BBFC cuts list for the film reads:
In sacrificial Thuggee ceremony, remove entirely the tearing out of the young victim's heart, and reduce sight of it in High Priest's hand to one establishing shot only as he turns, having siezed it as if by magic
All later shots of the pulsating heart must be removed except the final one when it burst into flames
Greatly reduce terror of victim as he is lowered into fiery vortex, removing all
prolonged camera emphasis on his screams as cage slowly descends by cutting away as soon as he disappears through trap door, after which his death must be over as soon as possible
Reduce forced drinking of blood and
brutal whipping of Indiana, and remove entirely the flogging of Shortie
Reduce the line "leave him alone, you bastards!" to simply "leave him alone!"
Also remove from the
soundtrack Indiana's cries of agony as he writhes on ledge after drinking blood
Remove close shots of Willie screaming as she is locked in cage and lowered towards the fire and reduce her sobs on the soundtrack and
the sight of her suspended over flames.
Greatly reduce fight between Indiana and overseer, removing in particular heavy punches to back, chest, and head, and reduce bone-crunching sound effects of all impact blows so
they approximate to the sounds associated with old-fashioned fisticuffs
Reduce the sequence where Indiana's cries out as his voodoo doll is burned in flames
When Shortie burns
the guard's chest with the torch, remove the sound of flesh scalding
Also reduce to minimum sight of blood on roller after overseer's death.
Continue to reduce violence on
soundtrack, including screams of real pain as fight leads into final chase in the mine car
Also reduce sounds of punches to High Priest's head on banging end of rope bridge
Remove sight of High Priest's head cracking against rock face as he falls, and remove sounds of his body bouncing off the cliff twice more before he hits the water
Note, the Leave him alone you bastards line is heard in the 'behind the scenes' documentary on the recently re-released tape, although the line is still cut in the main film!
BBC broadcasts have also been the cut version. The BBC in fact
consulted with the BBFC to ensure that they showed the officially sanctioned cut version.
India: Banned in 1994
The film censors of the CBFC felt that the Thuggee villains showed Indian culture in a negative light.
Inferno is a 1980 Italy horror by Dario Argento. With Leigh McCloskey, Irene Miracle and Eleonora Giorgi.
Cut by the BBFC for cinema which was released on VHS and became a video
nasty. Cut on 1987 VHS but uncut on UK DVD since 2010. Uncut in the US
Summary Review: My own favourite
This is my own favourite Argento movie, but if you try and work out the plot it will drive
you nuts. It's best viewed as a dark and incredibly gory fairytale and companion-piece to Suspiria.
Irene Miracle becomes curious about the history of the old New York mansion block where she lives. Big mistake, but oh
forget the logic. Just lap up the marvellous set-pieces: a swim through an underwater apartment (why is it flooded? don't even ask!), a witchy teenager and a cat who materialise during a music tutorial, a slasher murder set to the Slave's Chorus from
Nabucco, a rat attack in Central Park.
The soundtrack is an audacious blend of Verdi and Keith Emerson. Sheer bliss.
UK: Passed 18 uncut with previous BBFC cuts waived for:
Innocent Blood is a 1992 USA action crime comedy by John Landis. Starring Anne Parillaud, Anthony LaPaglia and Robert Loggia.
The film was cut in the US for an MPAA R rating. This cut version was
released in UK cinemas but home video releases were the uncut Unrated Version. The uncut version was released in the US for 2017 Blu-ray.
Marie has two appetites, sex and blood. Her
career as a vampire is going along fine until two problems come up, she is interrupted while feeding on Sal (the shark) Macelli and she begins to develope a relationship with the policeman who has been trying to put Sal away. Sal wakes up in the morgue
very confused and very thirsty. He goes back to his old haunts and begins to create an organized crime family of vampires while Marie and her policeman lover hunt him.
UK: The US Theatrical Version was passed 15 without BBFC cuts for:
1992 cinema release
The film was cut in the US to avoid an NC-17 rating from the MPAA. The following cuts are reported in an article from cosmos.net.au
An early scene shows Marie biting a chunk of flesh out of Sallie's neck. This has been substituted for a more harmless bite.
The fact that LaPaglia hand-cuffs Parillaud before engaging in simulated sex with her was of primary concern to the
MPAA. Landis was most vocal that the MPAA made him cut the sex scene for domestic release in the US
Strippers dancing in front of Sallie have been dropped from the R Rated Version
One shot Landis had to trim featured LaPaglia jamming a
gun into a vampire gangster's mouth and pulling the trigger. The back of the vampire's head flipped up a little - no blood, no brains.
Innocent Prey is a 1984 Australia horror thriller by Colin Eggleston. Starring PJ Soles, Kit Taylor and Grigor Taylor.
Cut by the BBFC for 1990 18 rated VHS.
A woman living in Dallas discovers that her husband, from New Zealand, is actually a crazed serial killer who murders prostitutes. She helps the authorities arrest him, and he is sent to a hospital for the criminally
insane. Just when she's starting to get her life back together, she learns that he's escaped from the institution and is after her. She flees to Australia and winds up staying in a house owned by a wealthy young man, who turns out to have dark secrets of
compulsory cuts 17s
UK: Passed 18 after 17s of BBFC compulsory cuts for:
Inseminoid is a 1981 UK horror sci-fi thriller by Norman J. Warren. With Robin Clarke, Jennifer Ashley and Stephanie Beacham.
No censor cuts although a shortened version was released in UK cinemas.
The video was seized by police during the video nasties moral panic.
A group of scientists are working in a lab located on a distant planet. One of them, Sandy, is attacked, raped and
impregnated by a monstrous creature. She then begins to stalk her colleagues one by one, killing them and drinking their blood.
UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong, bloody violence for:
UK: A shortened Version was passed X (18) without BBFC cuts for:
1981 cinema release
The UK theatrical version ended with Mark being attacked by one of the alien babies, then cut straight to the end credits. Video and DVD releases feature the expanded ending, in which a rescue team discovers
the aftermath of the attack.
UK: Released on pre-cert VHS for:
1981 Brent Walker VHS
The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order. This is a legal gambit whereby victims admitted that the videos were 'obscene', and therefore
subject to seizure, in return for that being the end of the matter and so avoiding an obscenity trial with the possibility of jail time.
This is a documentary about Deep Throat, not the classic film itself. However t he UK release does contain a key 15 second hardcore sequence from the original oral sex scene in Deep Throat
Summary Review: Insightful
All I can say is wow, this was a great documentary. Because of the subject matter it isn't for everyone, and the fact that it has an actual X-rated scene in it doesn't help either. But if you can get past that, this is an
insightful, fascinating look at adult films and our society. And there is a lot of humor in it as well.
I wasn't surprised that several people in the audience walked out, since even I didn't realize how graphic the
language/visuals would be. Showing how Deep Throat brought the "BJ" into the mainstream of adult films was interesting, and the interviews with the people actually making porn were very insightful.
Trailers reveal that the film will be released with regional variations. Most notable is the scene in which the father's feelings take a break by thinking about sport. In the US, they watch a hockey game while the UK version features
a soccer game.
There's also a scene in which the daughter is confronted with vegetables she doesn't like. While most countries will see that scene with broccoli that is not received well by the girl, the Japanese viewers will get to
see that scene with green paprika which is probably liked even less by kids over there.
The Inspector is a 1962 UK / USA historical romance by Philip Dunne. Starring Stephen Boyd, Dolores Hart and Leo McKern.
BBFC cuts were required for an 'A' rated cinema release in 1962.
When the end came for World War II, many Jews were spread around the free world and desired to return to Palestine. Lisa Held has been promised to be returned to her native land.
Inspector Peter Jongman of the Dutch secret police compassionately makes the arrangements for her to be smuggled into her home land.
This Pakistani comedy seizes on the controversy where Muslims were wound up by Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses. Salman Rushdie is depicted in the film played by Afzaal Ahmad. He is portrayed as a criminal mastermind, working for an international organization devoted to destroying Islam.
The film was banned by the BBFC. The board cited the safety of Salman Rushdie as an argument for refusing the certificate, arguing that it could inflame some to violence.
Although the film portrayed Salman Rushdie very negatively, he opposed the
ruling of the BBFC, arguing that:
As a writer, I am opposed in principle to the use of the archaic criminal laws of blasphemy, sedition and criminal libel against creative works, even in the case of a film which quite
plainly vilifies me.
The ban was then overturned on appeal and the film was passed 18 uncut.
Rushdie later said:
If that film had been banned, it would have become the hottest video in town: everyone
would have seen it.
While the film was a great hit in Pakistan, it enjoyed only a limited release in the West, where it went virtually unnoticed.
The Internet's Own Boy: The Story
of Aaron Swartz is a 2014 USA crime biography by Brian Knappenberger. Starring Aaron Swartz, Tim Berners-Lee and Cory Doctorow.
Uncut and rated 12 by the BBFC for infrequent strong language, suicide
The decisions is notable as it s a rare example of the word 'motherfucker' being allowed in a 12 rated video.
The BBFCInsight reveals:
There are three uses of strong language. All are written, with
two appearing on banners at protest marches, reading fuck censorship and free speech motherfucker . Another use ('fuck up') is written on the subject of the documentary's t-shirt. All are seen only briefly.
The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron
Swartz is a 2014 USA crime biography by Brian Knappenberger.
Not cut by the BBFC but notable for the appearance of the word 'motherfucker' which is usually banned in a 12A rated film. The BBFC commented in the Annual Report covering 2014:
[The word 'motherfucker' is] briefly seen on a placard in the background of a shot showing street protests. The BBFC concluded that its occurrence in this context was less likely to cause offence than [when spoken].
The Internship is a 2013 USA comedy by Shawn Levy. With Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson and Rose Byrne.
A US comedy with the inevitable Theatrical and Extended Versions. In this case the extra material features lots of bare breast and strong language that were clearly deleted for the PG-13 version.
Two salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital age find their way into a coveted internship at Google, where they must compete with a group of young, tech-savvy geniuses for a shot at employment.
UK: The Extended Version was passed 15 uncut for strong language and sex references for:
Summary Review : Beautiful, sensitive erotic story
A failed London musician meets once a week with a woman for a series of intense sexual encounters to get away from the realities of life. But when he
begins inquiring about her, it puts their relationship at risk.
I think this is an extra-ordinary cameo of a brief sexual affair between two strangers. If the sex scenes are controversial then I think it's because they are natural
and realistic, contrasting with stylised sex in mainstream films. This is a beautiful, sensitive erotic story.
It is widely believed that the scenes of sexual intercourse between Rylance and Fox were unsimulated but they are in fact
fake (though they look pretty realistic). The unsimulated sex comes with shots of fellatio occurring between the pair, the blow jobs were not faked!
US: There is an extensively cut US R Rated version to avoid which is missing 6:11s from the sex scenes.
This is a very different type of Shaw Brothers martial arts film. It reminded me of Lady Snowblood, so if you liked that, then I would definitely recommend this.
Betty Tei Pei plays a brothel
owner, and she is a very evil woman. She could care less about men, and only loves women. When she gets in a new batch of prostitutes, she meets one that she likes. Lily Ho plays the prostitute, and she's a tough little woman, which is why the Madam
likes her so much. Yes, they do makeout, and it is awesome.
The story has Lily Ho taking revenge on all the men she had to sleep with when she first came to the brothel, and it's a pretty simple story.
The acting from Betty Tei Pei is AMAZING, and it is a good overall movie, and has an amazing ending. It's directed by Chor Yuen, and as expected, it is a beautiful film to look at. Chor Yuen worked very hard and put in a lot of
detail to make sure that his movies had a unique look.
The swordplay is quite good for 1972, and it gets pretty bloody.
Intimate Stranger is a 1991 US TV thriller by Alan Holzman. With Deborah Harry, James Russo and Paige French.
US: Uncut and MPAA R Rated for:
2012 Image Horror Collection Extravaganza: 6 Terrifying Movies R1 DVD at US Amazon
Summary Review: For Debbie Harry fans
A struggling bar singer takes a job as a phone-sex operator in order to make ends meet. One night she gets a call from a man who tricks her into listening while he murders a prostitute.
Then he tells her that he's going to kill her next.
The film is a must for Debbie fans. It's a rare lead role for her and she gets the chance to play a warm and sympathetic character.
It's just an average
or maybe slightly above average cable slasher thriller. However Debbie is good in this and the scenes where she sings in the bar are worthwhile. Tim Thomerson is also notable for being quite disturbing.
Invasion is a 1966 UK Sci-Fi film by Alan Bridges. Starring Edward Judd, Yôko Tani and Valerie Gearon.
BBFC category cuts were required for a U rated 1965 cinema release
Lawrence Blackburn, driving home in thick fog, brakes violently and swerves as a man of
strange appearance suddenly looms into view. The stranger is knocked down and, bundling the body into his car, Blackburn takes him to his local hospital. Medical tests discover something extraordinary: the victim's blood is unidentifiable, and he has a
radio-opaque disc in his brain. Upon regaining consciousness, he explains that he was escorting two prisoners from the planet Lystria when he crash-landed on Earth, and his prisoners escaped. But the terrifying truth is that he is a murderer, and his two
female guards are now on his trail...
UK: Presumably the cut cinema version
was passed PG without further BBFC cuts for:
A sexual assault of a woman in a car has been removed. Originally the woman was forcibly stripped, forced to give head and finally stabbed to death
A female corpse with blood on her breasts has been cut as per usual BBFC policy
The original video is available in the US on the EI Independent Cinema label #196. A review of this version in Flesh & Blood suggested that it contains an impressive count of male groin mutilations. I wonder if these have been lost at some stage
during the UK release.
The video was seized subject to an Obscene Publications Act Section 3 Seizure Order. This is a legal gambit whereby victims admitted that the videos were
'obscene', and therefore subject to seizure, in return for that being the end of the matter and so avoiding an obscenity trial with the possibility of jail time.
Invasion USA is a 1985 USA action thriller by Joseph Zito. Starring Chuck Norris, Richard Lynch and Melissa Prophet.
Cut by the BBFC for an 18 rated 1985 cinema release and 1986 VHS. Uncut on
DVD in 2003. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
Summary Review: Great actioner
A one-man army comes to the rescue of the United States when a spy attempts an invasion.
plot is insane. Random terrorists invade the USA; it is never explained who they are, what they are doing, or what they want. Scene after scene of terrorists attacking Americans playing baseball, celebrating Christmas, in a church follow.
However, wherever they appear, Norris appears son afterwards and guns them down with the famous double Macho 10's that Norris tots from a specially designed shoulder holster.
This is artful camp at
its most skilled but this really is one fun movie. Chuck says little, which is probably a good thing and lets his feet and guns do the talking. Great actioner!
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong violence and a vigilante theme with previous BBFC cuts waived for:
The Invincible Armour is a 1977 Hong Kong/Taiwan action by See-Yuen Ng. With John Liu, Jang Lee Hwang and Chiang Wang.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong violence with previous cuts waived for:
2005 DVD.com R2 DVD
Summary Review: Balls
Hwang Jang Lee is a corrupt Ming guard who frames John Liu for murder. A wanted fugitive, John hides out with a teen who is an expert in the infamous Iron Armor technique, a technique that means the
expert can withstand anything. However, Hwang is an expert in it as well as the Eagle Claw's.
Hwang Jang Lee and John Liu, two of the top three kickers in the business (the third being Delon Tam, Liu's instructor), tear up the
screen in this film and that's what counts. My only complaint about the fight scenes is that there were too many distracting, split-second shots of shattered eggs every time someone attacked what they thought was Hwang's vulnerable point (his testicles,
This is a fun, straightforward flick that you'll enjoy if Hong Kong kung fu cinema is your thing.
UK: Passed 18 after 6s of BBFC cuts for:
2005 DVD.com DVD [Not released, uncut version was released instead]
1986 VPD VHS
Cut when the video was submitted in 1986 by Video Programme Distributors.
A novelty of the film was to flash images of broken eggs when a guy gets hit in the balls. The BBFC weren't impressed and cut a couple of shots of Jang Lee Hwang being grabbed by the balls in the final fight.
The Invisible Man is a 2020 Australia / USA Sci-Fi horror thriller by Leigh Whannell. Starring Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge and Oliver Jackson-Cohen.
BBFC advised category cuts were required for a 15 rated cinema release in 2020. The Irish cinema releases looks to be uncut but 16 rated. The uncut version was later passed 18 by the BBFC for home video. Uncut and MPAA R rated
in the US.
The film follows Cecilia, who receives the news of her abusive ex-boyfriend's suicide. She begins to re-build her life for the better. However, her sense
of reality is put into question when she begins to suspect her deceased lover is not actually dead.
UK: The Extended Version was passed18 uncut for strong injury detail, bloody violence, domestic abuse:
Ireland : Passed 16 uncut for " Strong psychological threat and violence. Scene of self-harm "
2020 cinema release
The Irish cinema is 3s longer and references the cut scene in the consumer advice so it seems likely that this is the uncut version.
US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
2020 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment RA 4K Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 26th May
2020 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment RA Blu-ray/R1 DVD Combo at US Amazon released on 26th May 2020
2020 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon
advised category cuts
UK: Passed 15 for strong bloody violence, threat, language, domestic abuse after BBFC advised pre-cuts:
2020 cinema release
The BBFC commented:
This film was originally seen for advice. The company was advised it was likely to be classified 18 uncut but that their preferred 15 classification could be obtained by making small changes to one scene to remove bloody injury
detail during an attempted suicide. When the film was submitted for formal classification, the shots in question had been removed and the film was classified 15.
Pretty bizarre British schlock, wherein
a girl is lured to a farmhouse in the country to become an unwilling participant in a Satanic ritual. There are several people staying in the house, and a few end up dying gory deaths or being possessed by a demon.
shot, and the sound quality is occasionally muffled, but this has a surreal edge to it that got to me a bit (plus some moments of pretty strong gore). Also strange is the film's subtle gay-erotic undercurrent (a lengthy scene of two guys wrestling almost
looks as though it might segue into a man-on-man porn scene).
Overall I would recommend this one to people who enjoy quirky low-budget horror obscurities.
Iraivi is a 2016 drama by Karthik Subbaraj. Starring S J Surya, Vijay Sethupathi and Bobby Simha.
BBFC category cuts were required for a 12A rated 2016 cinema release
category cuts 2:23s
UK: Passed 12A for implied strong language, moderate violence, sex references, drug references after 2:23s of BBFC category cuts for:
2016 cinema release
The BBFC commented:
Company chose to remove a use of strong language ('motherf**ker'), moments of strong violence, and a scene of glamorised drug use in order to obtain a 12A classification. An uncut 15 classification was available.
Irma La Douce is a 1963 USA comedy romance by Billy Wilder. Starring Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine and Lou Jacobi.
Cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1963. Uncut and 15 rated
on home video. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
Naive, by the book French police officer Nester Patou, is transferred to the Red Light district. Upon witnessing what
must be a brothel, he calls the station and organizes a raid, transporting all the 'ladies' to the jail. This unfortunately disrupts the well organized system of the police and the Pimps union. Not to mention inadvertently netting his station superior at
the brothel. Fired, he goes to a bar to drink, is befriended by Irma, beats up her pimp, and finds he is now Irma's new pimp. Nester's doesn't like the thought of his girl seeing other men, so comes up with a plan.
Iron Angels is a 1987 Hong Kong / Taiwan action crime adventure by Kai-Ming Lai (as Ivan Lai), Pun-Hei Leung (as Raymond Leung)... Starring Hideki Saijô, Alex Fong and Moon Lee.
Cut by the BBFC for VHS. Banned in Australia put passed R on appeal.
The Government lays waste to Thailand's Golden Triangle poppyfields' production, and the Drug
Lord seeks vengeance on the police forces involved. For 10 million Swiss Francs, he even buys the services of Madame Sue, a ruthless killer, to dispose of the Iron Angels, a trio of highly trained agents in martial arts and gunfighting...
Hong Kong: There is a cut Hong Kong Mei Ah DVD that is just missing a flash of Madame Yeoung's left breast:
The Iron-fisted Monk is a 1977 Hong Kong action comedy drama by Sammo Kam-Bo Hung. Starring Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Sing Chen and James Tien.
Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated DVD in 2001. Uncut and 18 rated since 2019
Blu-ray. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
Summary Review: Good Addition
Here is yet another excellent kung fu movie done by Sammo Hung. The fighting is outstanding
consisting of multiple kung fu styles facing off against each other, all done with superior speed and precision. Also sword and other weapons battles round out the action. There are still a ton of fight scenes but not quite as many as some of his other
films, probably short by just a couple. The story is good and has decent acting. It is done well enough to keep your interest throughout and contains some scenes not normally seen in these type of films (nude, rape, a whore house). I was quite surprised
with the amount of nudity shown (female). This movie is definitely not for children.
The Iron Fisted Monk is definitely a good addition to any kung fu collection.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for sexual violence with previous BBFC
2019 Eureka [Three Films With Sammo Hung] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon
The Iron Giant is a 1999 USA family action animation by Brad Bird. Starring Eli Marienthal, Harry Connick Jr and Jennifer Aniston.
Available as a Theatrical Version and a Director's Cut.
This is the story of a nine-year-old boy named Hogarth Hughes who makes friends with an innocent alien giant
robot that came from outer space. Meanwhile, a paranoid U.S. Government agent named Kent Mansley arrives in town, determined to destroy the giant at all costs. It's up to Hogarth to protect him by keeping him at Dean McCoppin's place in the junkyard.
UK: The Director's Cut/Signature Edition was passed PG uncut for mild fantasy action violence, infrequent mild bad language
2016 Warner [Director's Cut + Theatrical Version] R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon
Bloggers appear united in their consternation of the deliberate product placement that sees new a character named Dr. Wu (played by mainland Chinese actor Wang Xueqi) consume a carton of a local drink product named Gu
Not that audiences outside mainland China will get a glimpse of this, though: This scene is part of the film's China release, a version which is four minutes longer than the normal cut seen everywhere else in the world.
All of these additional sequences revolve around Chinese characters. There's Dr. Wu having a telephone conversation -- from his office in Beijing, in Chinese -- with the television behind him showing a news bulletin of Iron Man
cheered by schoolchildren in one of the Chinese capital's landmarks.
And towards the end of the film, Dr. Wu is shown operating on Stark -- and then having a short conversation with his unnamed assistant about the task, which has been
interpreted as suggesting that Chinese medicine is still the best! .
Iron Monkey is a 1993 Hong Kong martial arts film by Woo-ping Yuen Starring Hark Tsui and Tai-Muk Lau.
Passed 12 uncut in the UK. Cut and MPAA PG-13 rated in the US.
UK: Passed 12 uncut for:
2011 Cine Asia Hong Kong Legends Ultimate Edition R2 DVD at UK Amazon
Kong Legends Platinum Edition R2 DVD
2001 Medusa/Hong Kong Legends R2 DVD
2001 Medusa/Hong Kong Legends VHS
1993 cinema release
US: Local releases are derided for providing a cut down version which reduces some of the fight scenes, mistranslates subtitles to delete
references to prostitutes and replaces the memorable original score. Apparently Miramax were trying to mould the film into something that would more resemble the commercial hit, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
A kung-fu fighting detective investigating the murder of the emperor's wife uncovers a high-ranking conspiracy.
This is a run of the mill Hong Kong Actioner. Donnie Yen is good, the action and fighting sequences are good, Yuen Wo Ping did design the fights. But the filming, editing, and overall quality are mediocre.
UK: Passed 18 after 8s of BBFC cuts for;
2001 Quantum Leap R0 DVD titled Iron Monkey Strikes Back
The BBFC commented:
Compulsory cut made to dangerous imitable technique (an ear clap)
Iron Sky is a 2012 Finland/Germany/Australia action comedy by Timo Vuorensola. With Julia Dietze, Christopher Kirby and Götz Otto.
Exists in a Theatrical Version and a Director's Cut
In 1945 the Nazis flew to the Dark Side of the Moon, and established a secret hideout, where they've been preparing for their
grand return. The year is 2018, and the Americans return to the Moon in search for powerful energy source, Helium-3. They end up landing too close to the secret Nazi fortress, and although the big Nazi weapon "Götterdämmerung" is not
yet ready to be deployed, soon the skies are full of iron, as the Nazi war machines take a pre-emptive move against threat from Earth.
UK: The Director's Cut was passed 15 uncut for strong language and occasional strong violence for:
Ironmaster is a 1983 Italy / France action adventure by Umberto Lenzi (as Humphrey Milestone). Starring Sam Pasco, Elvire Audray and George Eastman.
Cut by the BBFC in 1986 for 15 rated VHS and again in 2017 for DVD/Blu-ray.
Released 15 uncut in Denmark. Also released uncut in the US where it is MPA Unrated.
A tale that takes place at the dawn of history. The movie tells the story of a tribe that discovers
how to fashion weapons out of iron and use them for their own survival. However, the creation of iron also causes the tribe to battle for possession of the new weapons.
UK: Passed 15 for strong violence,
injury detail after 8s of BBFC compulsory cuts for:
2017 88 Films Limited [Dubbed] video
The BBFC commented:
Compulsory cuts were required to remove a depiction of animal cruelty, in the case the spearing of a boar.
See pictorial cuts from movie-censorship.com . In addition to the animal cruelty cuts there is a 22s scene missing perhaps through a mastering error.
There are also alternative takes of a few scenic shots, including a volcano eruption.
UK: A short version was passed 15 after 24s of
BBFC category cuts for:
Before being submitted to the BBFC for theatrical release in the UK, the film competed at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2002, where it was nominated for the
Palme D'Or. During the screening, over 200 audience members walked out in disgust, whilst a handful reportedly fainted and required medical attention 203 but those who stayed the course gave the film a five minute standing ovation.
Island of Death is a 1972 US/Greek horror by Nico Mastorakis. With Robert Behling, Jane Lyle and Jessica Dublin.
Heavily cut for 1976 X rated cinema release. Banned as a very famous video
nasty in 1983. Even a heavily cut version was banned for official BBFC approved release in 1987. Less cut for 2003 DVD and finally uncut for 2010 DVD.
Summary Review: Rough Diamond
Perversion is a rough diamond from the deep seas of sickness, another gem from 1970s - the golden age of Grindhouse and exploitation! A film where you can still smell the dirt from the backyard and railway station cinemas it was shown in! But it´' a
great one, I enjoyed every second of it!
The story is about two totally weird siblings who travel to Mykonos to free the peaceful Greek island from all those who are perverted scum in their eyes: gays, lesbians,
nymphomaniacs, hippies... Unfortunately, the version that I watched was cut, so I didn't have the chance to see the notorious goat-rape!
Even though the violence is not that graphic in this film, the director seemed to be
possessed by the ambition to make one of the most depraved movies ever! Loved the bad surprise ending!
UK: Passed 18 uncut after previous BBFC cuts waived for:
The urination sequence was cut showing Christopher urinating on the naked Patricia
Cut scene showing Christopher kicking Patricia and then banging her head on the floor
A bathroom rape is mostly deleted showing two hippies trying to
Significant amounts cut from Chris using a blazing spray can to burn the face of Lesley
Cut scene showing Chris trying to rape a naked woman in the shower and then killing her with a sickle into her back that protrudes from
Significant cuts to a shepherd raping Jane in a bar with Chris watching. And later the shepherd raping Chris
UK: A short version, presumably the cut UK cinema was banned by the BBFC for:
1987 Hologram VHS titled Psychic Killer 2
UK: Released uncut on pre-cert video for:
1982 AVI VHS titled Island of Death
Island of Death was released in November 1982 and briefly appeared on the video nasties list in November 1983 but was deleted by the next issue. There may have been a confusion with
another film with the same name by Narcisco Ibanez Serrador. The video returned to the list in October 1985 and remained on the list throughout so becoming one of the collectable DPP39s
Island of Death is a 1976 Spain horror mystery by Narciso Ibáñez Serrador. Starring Lewis Fiander, Prunella Ransome and Antonio Iranzo.
Passed X uncut for UK cinema release in 1976, and for 18 rated DVD in 2011.
Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
Not an official video nasty. But there is a theory that a briefly listed Island of Death was in fact this title rather than the 'officially' assumed Nico Mastorakis' Island of Death.
The title Island of Death appeared on the video nasty list in November 1983 but was dropped in the next issue. There is no way that the nastier Mastorakis Island of Death could ever have been dropped from the list.
A couple of English tourists rent a boat to visit the fictitious island of Almanzora, just off the southern Spanish coast. When they arrive, they find the town deserted of adults,
there's only children who don't speak but stare at them with eerie smiles. They soon discover that all the children of the island have been posessed by a mysterious force or madness which they can pass from one to another, and which makes them attack and
murder their elders, who can't defend themselves because nobody dares to kill a child...
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong violence and real footage
of atrocities against children for:
2011 Eureka Entertainment video titled ¿quién Puede Matar a Un Niño? - Who Can Kill a Child? at UK Amazon
UK: Passed X (18) uncut for:
1976 cinema release titled Death is Child's Play
1976 cinema release titled Would You Kill a Child?
US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
2018 Mondo Macabro [Uncut Version + Island of Death] RA Blu-ray at US Amazon
shortened Island of Death
UK: Released on pre-cert
1980 Hokushin VHS
Not an official video nasty. But there is a theory that a briefly listed Island of Death was in fact this title rather than the 'officially' assumed Nico Mastorakis' Island of Death
The shortened Island of Death Version is MPAA Unrated for:
2018 Mondo Macabro [Uncut Version + Island of Death] RA Blu-ray at US Amazon
This version is missing the opening documentary footage.
The film was originally rated R but it was cut to PG-13 for the theatrical version so as to catch a wider audience
The director's cut contains 4 extra minutes of footage including an expanded
intro in the Java sea, a more gruesome end for The Father, and other small enhancements
Summary Review: Sorting out the mess
Set in the year 2010, Dr. Moreau (Brando) has successfully combined human and animal DNA to
make a crossbreed animal. Inevitably something goes wrong and David Thewlis must step in to sort out the mess. Perhaps a bit like director John Frankenheimer being asked to step in to sort out the film after personality clashes got the previous director
The movie was well trashed by initial reviewers but more latterly reviewers have started to find the good things in amongst the mess.
UK: The Theatrical Version was passed 12 without BBFC cuts for:
The Island of Dr. Moreau is a 1977 USA Sci-Fi horror romance by Don Taylor. Starring Burt Lancaster, Michael York and Nigel Davenport.
Cut for a US PG rating and further cut by the BBFC for an A rated 1977 cinema release. The BBFC cuts were restored for 1987 15 rated VHS, and 2008 12 rated DVD. The rating was increased back to 15 for 2014 Blu-ray
A ship-wrecked man floats ashore on an island in the Pacific Ocean. The island is inhabited by a scientist, Dr. Moreau, who in an experiment has turned beasts into human beings.
Presumably this is rated 15 under a scheme whereby distributors can opt for an historic rating at a discount fee rather than submit the film for a more expensive full viewing that would have resulted in a 12 rating.
The cut US PG rated version was passed 12 for moderate violence and threat without BBFC cuts for:
US : The film was cut in the US for a PG rating on DVD
UK: The cut US PG rated version was passed A (PG) after BBFC category cuts for:
1977 cinema release
Thanks to Vincenzo. The BBFC cuts were:
Reel 6 - The killing by Andrew of the mutant who attacks him in the boat was reduced, in particular sight of him grinding pole in off-screen mutant's eye and subsequent sight of bloody end of pole were removed.
Island of Lost Souls is a 1932 US Sci-Fi horror by Erle C Kenton With Charles Laughton, Bela Lugosi and Richard Arlen.
Over 80 years of history the film hit the full range of BBFC milestones: banned (1933), X with cuts (1958) , 12 uncut (1996) and PG (2012)
Summary Review: Mad Doctor Doctoring Animal
The story sees Edward Parker (Richard Arlen) shipwrecked on an isolated South Seas island, where he discovers Dr Moreau (Charles Laughton) is conducting sadistic experiments to transform animals into humans
UK: Passed PG uncut for mild
violence and scary scenes for:
2012 Eureka Masters of Cinema Limited Edition Steelbook RB Blu-Ray/R2 DVD
at UK Amazon
The precise reasons for its rejection in 1933 were lost when BBFC records were destroyed during World War II.
There are themes to do with vivisection, animal experimentation and animal hybrids and it looks as though that was
regarded as completely beyond the pale in 1933. In 1932, an H for horror category had been introduced but Island of Lost Souls wasn't even regarded as suitable for that.
There was no one set of guidelines from the early
days . Some of them are very alien from the kind of things we would have now. Things like no mixed bathing, no lascivious dancing.
Island of Mutations is a 1979 Italy action horror by Sergio Martino. Starring Barbara Bach, Claudio Cassinelli and Richard Johnson.
Uncut for UK cinema release. Shortened for pre-cert video.
Aquatic creatures threaten the existence of a mysterious island.
UK: Passed AA (14) uncut for:
1979 cinema release
UK: Shortened for pre-cert video release:
1980 Vipco VHS
From IMDb. The tape is noticeably absent of:
Jose discovering the underground ship and being knocked out by Rackham's henchmen
Claude being beaten up, force-fed a Voodoo potion and suffering a nightmare.
After a poorly-received release in the US as Something Waits In The Dark , New World Pictures re-released it as Screamers , with a completely new (and mis-leading) marketing campaign promising You
will actually see someone turned inside out... while he's still alive! , with a newly-filmed trailer featuring just that. Though this scene was not in the actual film, New World were forced to splice the actual footage from the trailer into all
existing theatrical prints, after riots occurred by angry drive-in customers who were mis-lead.
filleting of a fish for sushi while the fish is still alive, as noted
a shot of a fish being jolted with electrodes
there is one short shot [about 1s] of a dog being hit
various shots of fish being hacked up whilst clearly
a few shots of fish swimming around with large chunks missing from them
a shot of a bird flapping about in a cage whilst underwater
some shots of a frog being hit with a stick and skinned
All in all, these shots are quite unnecessary, though some people like to think the pain the animals feel links quite poignantly with the pain the humans feel in the film and that though the pain the animals experience is quite temporary, the humans'
pain is ultimately more drawn out and prolonged. Not that this justifies the scenes in any real sense.
Review: Sadomasochistic Love Story
The Isle concerns a lonely,
beautiful young woman who works at a remote fishing area. People rent small houseboats on a large lake and spend the night. The woman travels out to the boats each day to do the housekeeping, bring them bait and other rations, and to give them sex if
they want it. One day a lonely young cop rents a boat...but he seems beyond despair and suicidal. When he tries to kill himself by ingesting 5 large fish hooks, the woman saves him. So begins the most bizarre sadomasochistic love story of all time. The
cop gets to return the favour when the woman, upset that all she is to men is a sex object, successfully inserts the same 5 hook arrangement into her vagina.
Review from Stuart: Pretty Good
I saw it back in March
at the Brussels International Fantasy Film Festival and whilst I can't remember any dogs being kicked there was definitely scenes of:
filleting fish to eat for sushi whilst the fish was still alive (the fillet is eaten as the fish flops around)
a guy eating fish hooks (lots of blood) and having them removed
the woman inserting hooks into her vagina (a LOT of blood)
the underwater shot of the guy taking a crap does happen
there's quite a violent sex scene
All in all, it's a pretty good film but rather slow (despite the above). Low budget (which shows) but nicely shot. Bloody bizarre ending though...
The cinema version has suffered 1:50s of cuts in 2003. The BBFC stated: Four compulsory cuts were required to the sight of animal cruelty in accordance with the Cinematograph (Animals) Act 1937.
Ismael's Ghosts is a 2017 France romance by Arnaud Desplechin. Starring Mathieu Amalric, Marion Cotillard and Charlotte Gainsbourg.
Exists as a Director's Cut and a French Theatrical Version both 15 rated by
the BBFC for DVD and Blu-ray in 2018.
Twenty-one years ago, she ran away. And twenty-one years later, Carlotta (Marion Cotillard) is back from the void. But Ismael (Mathieu Amalric) has
been busy rebuilding a life for himself with Sylvia (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and working on his next feature film. As Ismael's trials and tribulations unfurl, so too do those of his film's protagonist: the idle, funny and reckless diplomat Ivan Dédalus
(Louis Garrel). The character is a nod to the ghost of another of Desplechin's creations, the brother of Paul Dédalus, three-time hero of "My Sex Life - or How I Got Into an Argument," "A Christmas Tale" and "My Golden
Days." A film within a film - and then some, Desplechin layers narrative upon narrative. With ISMAEL'S GHOSTS, Desplechin returns once more to the past, creating film after film as his way of stepping back in time, and proving yet again that his
brand of genius lies in his ability to find light in the darkest of places.
UK: The Director's Cut and Theatrical Version were passed 15 uncut for infrequent very strong language, strong violence, nudity for
2018 Arrow Academy [Director's Cut + Theatrical Version] RB Blu-ray at UK
Amazon released on 24th September 2018
2018 Arrow Academy [Director's Cut only] RB Blu-ray
at UK Amazon released on 24th September 2018
2018 cinema release
The promotional material is a little ambiguous re the version on the DVD
French Theatrical Version
UK: The French Theatrical Version was
passed 15 uncut for infrequent very strong language, strong violence, nudity for:
2018 Arrow Academy [Director's Cut + Theatrical Version] RB Blu-ray at UK
Amazon released on 24th September 2018
It is a 2017 USA horror drama by Andrés Muschietti. Starring Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher and Finn Wolfhard.
Uncut by the BBFC and MPAA but cut in India for an adult only rating. The
film makers have announced that a Director's Cut will be produced for home video release.
In the Town of Derry, the local kids are disappearing one by one, leaving behind bloody
remains. In a place known as 'The Barrens', a group of seven kids are united by their horrifying and strange encounters with an evil clown and their determination to kill It.
US: A Director's Cut is
supposedly on the way
The film makers have announced that an IT director's cut is on the way for home media, and it's expected to include at least 15 minutes of extra footage. It will be released in 2018 but not in the first wave of video
Director Andrés Muschietti describes two scenes where the extra material will slot in: [ Spoilers! hover or click text ]
One of the main additions to the IT director's cut will be a longer version of the quarry scene. After the spitting contest it escalates into something that is completely weird and irrelevant to the scene but is so funny. Jack Grazer, who plays
Eddie, does something that is completely bonkers.
There's a great scene, it's a bit of a payoff of the Stanley Uris plot which is the bar mitzvah, where he delivers a speech against all expectations... it's basically blaming all the adults of
Derry [for the town's history of deadly accidents and child disappearances], and it has a great resolution...Maybe it will be in the director's cut!
UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong horror, violence, language for:
2018 WarnerBrothers 4k RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 9th January 2018
WarnerBrothers RA Blu-ray/R1 DVD Combo at US Amazon released on 9th January 2018
Warner Bros. VoD [US only]
at US Amazon released on 19th December 2017
India 'A' (18)
India: New film censor had hopes of the film being uncut in September 2017...but
India's outgoing and crazed film censor had originally identified 12 cuts for violence and strong language.
The new film censor initially suggested that the cuts could be dropped and the film passed uncut with the adults only 'A' rating.
But the idea proved a bit too much for Indians to bear. In a series of rapid developments, over the last week, the CBFC
had restored all the cuts ordered by the Examining Committee. Then they got cold feet and revised their decision within 24 hours, asking for three muted words, 'pussy', 'motherfucker' and 'cunt'. But then the CBFC has revised its stance on the matter
once again. The film has been ordered to censor just one word 'motherfucker'. Says a source, The CBFC agreed to restore all the cuts, except the profanity.
It Couldn't Happen Here is a 1987 UK musical music adventure by Jack Bond. Starring Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe and Joss Ackland.
A cut was required for a 15 rated cinema release in 1987. Passed 15 for
2020 with the BFI commenting that it will release the film uncut and in 16:9, and so it will be presented as it was originally meant to be shown.
Pet Shop Boys Chris
Lowe and Neil Tennant embark upon a journey across England - but which England? Is it the half-remembered England of their childhoods, or the brutal reality of Mrs Thatcher's late-eighties England? Along the way they come across many familiar (and
sinister) faces. The movie also features some of the Pet Shop Boys' most popular records.
15 uncut for strong sex references, nudity:
Thanks to Jon. The BFI has stated that it will release the film uncut and in 16:9, and so it will be presented as it was originally meant to be shown.
UK: Passed 15 after BBFC category cuts:
1992 VCI VHS
1988 EIV VHS
1988 cinema release
Thanks to Scott who obtained the cuts list from the BBFC:
Total footage cut: (substitution)
Reel 3 In dance number I Love You, You Pay My Rent, remove clear sight of chainsticks wielded by
girl in red hood (replacement shot with tighter framing and chainsticks mostly outside frame acceptable).
Zombie Abomination: The Italian Zombie Movie - Part 1 is a 2010 USA comedy Sci-Fi horror by Thomas Berdinski. Zombie Atrocity: The Italian Zombie Movie - Part 2 is a 2010 USA horror by Thomas Berdinski.
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is a 1963 USA action crime comedy by
Stanley Kramer. With Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle and Ethel Merman.
A Preview or Roadshow Version was premiered but soon shortened for Theatrical Release. There is an Extended Version on US Criterion Blu-ray that restores much of the material removed in the shortening process
After a long prison sentence Smiler Grogan is heading at high speed to a California park where he hid $350,000 from a job 15 years previously. He accidentally careens over a cliff in view of four cars whose
occupants go down to help. The dying Grogan gives details of where the money is buried and when the witnesses fail to agree on sharing the cash, a crazy chase develops across the state.
UK: The Preview/Roadshow Version was passed U uncut for:
1963 cinema release
Britain held the premiere, so presumably this was the long Roadshow Version. The BBFC noted a running time of 240:50s but this included music played before, after, and in an interrmission.
UK: BBFC details have not yet been published for the Restored Version for:
2017 Sony Special Edition [General Release Version + Restoration Version] RB Blu-ray at UK
US: A restored version is uncut and MPAA G rated for:
2017 Criterion Collection [General Release Version + Restoration Version] RA Blu-ray at
On the Blu-ray is a new high-definition digital transfer of a 202-minute extended version of the film, reconstructed and restored by Robert A. Harris using visual and audio material from the longer original road-show version-including some scenes that
have been returned to the film here for the first time. See article from movie-censorship.com
Kramer's Shorter Theatrical Version
US: Kramer produced his shorter Theatrical Version in response to studio demands, but it wasn't short enough.
General Release Version
UK: The Final Theatrical Version was passed U uncut for:
2017 Sony Special Edition [General Release Version + Restoration Version] RB Blu-ray at UK
2001 MGM R2 DVD
1988 Warner VHS
Ivansxtc is a 2000 UK / USA drama by Bernard Rose. Starring Danny Huston, Peter Weller and Lisa Enos.
Exists as a Director's Cut and an extended Producer's Cut
Ivan Beckman, Hollywood's most sought after talent agent, the darling and crown prince of La-La Land is dead. How and why did it happen? Was it drugs, murder or excess,
or perhaps something altogether more mundane? We begin with an ending and then catapult back a number of days to the apex of Ivan's brilliant career as he bags international megastar Don West onto his company's books, and then charts the highs, lows (and
they are so very low) and extreme excesses of his final days.
Extended Producer's Cut
UK: The Extended Producer's Cut was passed 15
uncut for drug misuse, strong language, sex, sex references:
2020 Arrow [Director's + Extended Producer's Cut] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon
US: The Extended Producer's Cut is MPAA Unrated:
2020 Arrow [Director's + Producer's Cut] (RB) Blu-ray at US Amazon