Naanum Rowdydhaan is a 2015 romance by Vignesh Shivan. Starring
Vijay Sethupathi, Nayantara and Parthiban.
BBFC category cuts
were required for a 12A rated 2015 cinema releas
category cuts 1:02s
Shaandaar is a 2015 musical comedy romance by Vikas Bahl. Starring Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Kumud Pant.
UK: Passed 12A for moderate sex references, comic threat, rude gestures
after 1:02s of BBFC category cuts for:
2015 cinema release
The BBFC commented:
Distributor chose to remove drug use and references in order to achieve a 12A classification (in this instance, verbal and visual detail indicating pleasure in drug use). A 15 without cuts was available.
Shadow Warriors is a 1995 USA action Sci-Fi thriller by Lamar Card. Starring Terry O'Quinn, Timothy Patrick Cavanaugh and Evan Lurie.
Heavily cut for a US MPAA R rating. Not released in the UK.
It began as an experiment. The ultimate bodyguard - half man, half machine - programmed to do anything.
Anything! Global Cybernetics, Inc. is making technological history. They can create a bio-mechanical, plasma-driven, Techno-Sapien - the best security system money can buy. But building one requires a human corpse. And when GCI's bodyguard, Taylor is
mysteriously gunned down, he becomes the company's 7.4 million dollar prototype, the "TS-4." At the "TS-4's" unveiling, worldwide demand is immediate. Driven by greed, company chairman, Dr. Connors secretly programs a new model to
hunt down other superior humans for Techno-Sapien mass production. His sinister plan is revealed when Security Council head, Barkeley, discovers a missing and dead, well-known athlete in an activation unit. Chairman Connors frantically sends his
Techno-Sapien on a killing spree to destroy the entire company. Barkeley and top programmer, Natalie, team up with the "TS-4" to find and terminate the doctor's ...
US: Shortened by 11:02s and then released with an MPAA R rating
Shaft in Africa is a 1973 USA action crime adventure by John Guillermin. Starring Richard Roundtree, Frank Finlay and Vonetta McGee.
Cut by the BBFC for X rated 1972 cinema release. Uncut on home video. Uncut
and MPAA R rated in the US.
John Shaft is persuaded by threats of physical force, the promise of money, and the lure of a pretty tutor, to assume the identity of a native-speaking
itinerant worker in Africa. His job is to help break a racket that is smuggling immigrants into Europe then exploiting them. But the villains have heard that he is on his way.
Shanghai 13 is a 1984 Taiwan / Hong Kong action film by Cheh Chang. Starring Kuan Tai Chen, Sheng Chiang and Feng Lu.
Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated 1987 VHS. Uncut for 15 rated 2015 DVD.
During the Sino-Japanese war, a Chinese patriot steals damning evidence that exposes traitorous intentions within the government. Planning to bring the evidence from Shanghai
to Hong Kong and break it to the public he becomes an assassination target.
UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong violence, injury detail after previous BBFC cuts waived:
Massive cuts in 1986 as the BBFC totally banned the chain sticks of the title. The BBFC had relented on their chain sticks ban by 2003 but the previously cut version was re-submitted. One of the fight scenes ended up as a DVD extra though. See
pictorial cuts details from movie-censorship.com
Watch closely as this
white-haired villain goes from school to school challenging and destroying anyone who knows stick fighting. This guy is really good with his stick/pole and it's very difficult for others to beat him. What is kind of bizarre about this one is that anyone
who knows stick fighting is his enemy. I like this flick so much that I transferred it to my PDA and watch it sometimes at work. Some of the stick fighting scenes will have you seriously cracking up. You will surely play a few of these scenes over and
The plot keeps you awake throughout! Definitely in my top 5%. You wont go wrong with this one at all.
Shaolin Soccer is a 2001 Hong Kong / China action comedy by Stephen Chow. Starring Stephen Chow, Wei Zhao and Yat-Fei Wong.
After a fateful mistake costing his career, an ex-soccer player bum meets a shaolin kung fu student trying to spread the word of kung fu. The ex-soccer player helps reconcile with his five
brothers, and teaches them soccer, adding shaolin kung fu as a twist.
UK: The Director's Cut was passed 12 uncut for:
2009 Studiocanal [Director's Cut + International Version] RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon
2005 Studiocanal [Director's Cut + International Version] R2 DVD at UK
version was shortened by 9 min 37 secs. Film starts off with a shot taken from the credits with a wooden man in the background and Shaolin Wooden Men is displayed in English. We now see the film begin from the monks walk towards the camera,
everything before this including the opening sequence is missing -- possibly cut due to the condition of the English dub.
Shareek is a 2015 musical music drama by Navaniat Singh. Starring Jimmy Shergill, Mahie Gill and Mukul Dev.
BBFC category cuts were required for a 2015 12A rated cinema release
category cuts 2:44s
UK: Passed 12A for moderate violence after 2:44s of BBFC category cuts for:
2015 cinema release
The BBFC commented:
The company chose to reduce scenes of strong violence (removing sight of injury detail and blood spurts as characters are shot, stabbed and crushed) in order to obtain a 12A classification. An uncut 15 was available to the company.
Sharky's Machine is a 1981 USA action crime thriller by Burt Reynolds. Starring Burt Reynolds, Rachel Ward and Vittorio Gassman.
Cut by the BBFC for cinema and home video. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
Tom Sharky is a narcotics cop in Atlanta who's demoted to vice after a botched bust. In
the depths of this lowly division, while investigating a high-dollar prostitution ring, Sharky stumbles across a mob murder with government ties, and responds by assembling his downtrodden fellow investigators (Sharky's "machine") to find the
leaders and bring them to justice before they kill off all his partners and witnesses, including Sharky himself.
Footage of two assassins killing an informant using nunchucks has been removed.
Some sights of the weapons has been left in along with the use of a butterfly knife. In particularly a butterfly knife was shown being given a twirl before a
finger severing. This submission predated the BBFC policy to cut all sights of such weapons.
Saying that, Lee reports:
In the UK video you can see the nunchucks in a few scenes plus the use of a butterfly knife left intact
Shatter is a 1974 UK / Hong Kong action drama by Michael Carreras and Monte Hellman (uncredited). Starring Stuart Whitman, Lung Ti and Lily Li.
A co-production between Hammer and the Hong Kong Shaw Brothers was cut
by the BBFC for X rated cinema release in 1975. A uncut version is set for 2020 Blu-ray.
Shatter, an international hitman, is hiding out in Hong Kong after he
has completed a contract out on an African leader. Shatter soon finds out that everyone wants him dead, including the crime syndicate, the cops and the brother of the African leader he killed. Shatter teams up with a kung fu expert to try to get the
money that is owed to him. Various double crosses and fight scenes ensue.
Depressing tale about a world of the undead and a woman's trek to get home to her boyfriend's house.
The story is about a girl trying to get back to her apartment, that's it.
There was some crappy gore and a xxx scene involving the female lead, her boyfriend and a pistol (a pellet handgun in reality). I threw away the DVD, just as I threw away my money when I bought it.
UK: Passed 18
after 40s of BBFC cuts for very strong language and bloody violence for:
2005 Odeon R2 DVD
The BBFC commented:
Cuts required to remove the sight of vaginal penetration with a hand gun
UK: Passed 18 after 26s of BBFC cuts for:
1996 Visionary VHS
The BBFC cuts were:
Cuts have been made to a sex scene where a girl is explicitly penetrated with a gun barrel
She is a 1984 Italy action Sci-Fi fantasy by Avi Nesher. Starring Sandahl Bergman, David Goss and Quin Kessler.
Cut by the BBFC for a 18 rated cinema release in 1984. The film was released on 18 rated VHS the next year but it is not clear whether the cut version was used for video release. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in teh US
In a backward post-apocalyptic world, She aids two brothers' quest to rescue their kidnapped sister. Along the way, they battle orgiastic werewolves, a psychic communist, a
tutu-wearing giant, a mad scientist, and gladiators before standing against the odds to defeat the evil Norks.
Sheba, Baby is a 1975 USA action crime thriller by William Girdler. Starring Pam Grier, Austin Stoker and D'Urville Martin.
BBFC category cuts were required for AA 1975 rated cinema release. Uncut for 15 rated 2016 Blu-ray/DVD. Unuct and MPAA PG rated in the US.
Sheba Shayne (Pam Grier)
returns to her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky to help her father. A proud businessman, he refuses to be intimidated by thugs attempting to run him out of business. While Sheba looks for the men (and the organization) supporting the thugs, she also
finds a sinister motive behind their actions. Sheba's former flame Brick (Austin Stoker) adds some muscle to her mission.
UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong violence, racist language for:
Sheena is a 1984 UK / USA fantasy adventure by John Guillermin. Starring Tanya Roberts, Ted Wass and Donovan Scott.
BBFC category cuts were required for a PG rated cinema release in 1983. The
cut were reversed for a 15 rated VHS release in 1986 but the BBFC still required a cut for a horse trip. Uncut and PG rated in the US.
Sheena's white parents are killed
while on Safari. She is raised by the mystical witch woman of an African tribe. When her foster mother is framed for the murder of a political leader, Sheena and a newsman, Vic Casey are forced to flee while pursued by the mercenaries hired by the real
killer, who hopes to assume power. Sheena's ability to talk to the animals and knowledge of jungle lore give them a chance against the high tech weapons of the mercenaries.
She'll Have To Go is a 1962 UK comedy by Robert Asher. Starring Bob Monkhouse, Alfred Marks and Hattie Jacques.
BBFC category cuts required for a 1962 cinema release. Probably the same
cut version has been released ever since
Brothers Francis and Douglas Oberon, find themselves cut off from the family fortune by their late grandmother's will. Their distant cousin
(once removed), maidservant Antoinette "Toni" Oberon, is the benefactor of the entire estate fortune and is arriving to view her new property. Facing being homeless, broke, and actually working for a living, the boys devise a plot to either marry Toni
(and share the fortune), or kill her off and claim the estate for themselves.
cinema submitted 89:33s =85:58s
UK: Probably the cut
cinema version was passed PG uncut for mild bad language, sexual innuendo, comic violence for:
Shelley is a 2016 Denmark / Sweden horror drama by Ali Abbasi. Starring Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Cosmina Stratan and Björn Andrésen.
Not cut by the BBFC cut the film raised issues. The BBFC commented:
Shelley, is a Danish horror film about a couple who are unable to have children and ask their maid to act as a surrogate. The Board viewed a
scene in which the husband uses his fist to penetrate his wife. The scene depicts a consensual sex act within a dramatic work. It is darkly lit and the fisting is achieved using special effects.
The Board considered the
distinction between sex works whose primary purpose is to sexually arouse and works which contain strong sex scenes as part of a wider narrative. Shelley is an example of the latter and the Board considered that in this context, fisting would not be
considered contrary to the Obscene Publications Act and therefore an 18 uncut rating was appropriate.
BBFC cut the 2009 cinema release and 2009 DVD/Blu-ray: Distributor chose to remove some aggressive and directed uses of very strong language ('cunt') in order to achieve a '15' classification. An '18' uncut was available to the
The BBFC explained further:
Shifty is an urban thriller set in the outskirts of London. After an absence of four years a young man returns to the area in which he was raised. He is alarmed to
discover that his best friend has become a drug dealer. The film was passed 15 for very strong language and hard drug use.
The BBFC Guidelines at 15 state that there may be frequent use of strong language
(e.g. fuck') but the strongest terms (e.g. 'cunt') will be acceptable only where justified by context. The former term is used extensively throughout the film and the latter on four occasions. The four uses of very strong language were considered to
be contextually justified and allowable at '15 in this case.
The Guidelines at 15 also allow drug taking to be shown but the film as a whole must not promote or encourage drug misuse. This film includes many
scenes of hard drug use and we see characters snorting cocaine and smoking crack pipes. There is also see a scene of implied heroin injection and several instances of reefer smoking. However, all the drug users in the film are depicted as wastrels and
the dangers of using Class A drugs are clearly spelt out.
Shifty also includes infrequent scenes of violence. These fall fairly and squarely within 15 classification category parameters, in which
violence may be strong but may not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury.
Shiner is a 2000 UK crime thriller by John Irvin. Starring Michael Caine, Martin Landau and Frances Barber.
Passed 18 uncut by the BBFC and IFCO for cinema and DVD release in 2001.
There was also a cut 15 rated version for distribution with the Daily Mail.
Billy Simpson is a shady boxing promoter in South London banned from legitimate fights.
It's the biggest day of his life, though, because he has a champion on his hands, his twenty-year-old son, Eddie. Billy's put all of his money on a victory, as have his quarrelling daughters. But Eddie is nervous, an odd guy in a cap is hanging around,
the licensed promoter Billy has hired to arrange the evening's other fights has hired dogs, the manager of Eddie's opponent looks down scornfully on Billy and on south London, and Scotland Yard wants to put Billy in jail for the death of a club brawler.
When the night goes disastrously wrong, Billy tries to find out who double-crossed him.
UK: Passed 15 for very strong language and strong violence after 30s of BBFC category cuts:
2007 The Communications Practice video
Thanks to Ben. The distributors seem to specialise in promotional material rather than retail. In fact the 15 version restricted to a Daily Mail giveaway in the UK and Ireland
The BBFC commented:
Distributor chose to make cuts to violence, man having arm broken and man shot in the head, to achieve a 15 category. An uncut 18 category was available to the distributor.
Ireland: The cut UK version was also passed 15 for distribution with the Daily Mail in Ireland
UK: Passed 18 uncut for coarse
language and strong bloody violence:
The Shining is a 1980 UK/US horror film by Stanley Kubrick. With Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall and Danny Lloyd.
Exists in a longer US version and a tighter International Version. The film
and follow up VHS were 18 rated but the rating ws reduced to 15 for DVD,
Signing a contract, Jack Torrance, a normal writer and former teacher agrees to take care of a hotel which has a
long, violent past that puts everyone in the hotel in a nervous situation. While Jack slowly gets more violent and angry of his life, his son, Danny, tries to use a special talent, the "Shining", to inform the people outside about whatever that is going
on in the hotel.
UK: The longer US Version/Extended Version was
passed 15 uncut for strong violence, strong language for:
2020 Warner Bros 40th Anniversary Limited Edition [Extended US + International Versions] R0 4K Blu-ray/R0 Blu-ray Combo
at UK Amazon
When The Shining was ready for the export, Kubrick used the chance to change the movie a bit. The whole plot around Jack's alcohol problems and his physical brawl with Danny was deleted as well as the takeover of Danny's
imaginary friend. Kubrick said that Europeans were more smart than Americans and would not need the additional stuff to get used to the background of the story.
One of the most provocative films of writer/director Jess Franco's career has been virtually impossible to experience in its complete and uncut form… until now. Lina Romay is at her
most explicitly seductive as an exotic dancer whose body is inhabited by a being from another dimension to explore desire, depravity and death, while Uncle Jess himself portrays a wheelchair-bound psychic obsessed with the paranormal. Shot on location in
the seaside resort of La Grande Motte, Evelyne Scott (DEVIL'S KISS), Monica Swinn (BARBED WIRE DOLLS) and Olivier Mathot (THE SADIST OF NOTRE DAME) co-star in this 1975 Eurociné production.
The Shiver of the Vampires is a 1971 France horror film by Jean Rollin. With Sandra Julien, Jean-Marie Durand and Jacques Robiolles.
A short version was released at UK cinemas but uncut on VHS and DVD. Uncut
and MPAA R rated in the US.
Summary Review: Visionary vampire film
A young honeymooning couple stop for the night at an ancient castle. Unbeknownst to them, the castle is home to a horde of
vampires, who have their own plans for the couple.
No one makes movies like Jean Rollin, and this is his masterpiece. Like most of his visions it seems to be about innocence and corruption, the attraction Evil has to Good, (and
vice versa,) and the discovery of beauty in the unlikeliest of places.
This movie is very sexy, very slow, very weird. The music, lighting, absurd dialogue, and slow pacing help create a more poetic and imagistic type of film than
we're used to here in the go-go States.
Shivers is a 1975 Canada Sci-Fi horror by David Cronenberg. Starring Paul Hampton, Joe Silver and Lynn Lowry.
Not cut by the BBFC but there is an R rated cut version knocking around
that last ended up on Arrow 2014 DVD and Blu-ray. This was later replaced with an uncut version
Initially reviled in its native land (some critics took exception to the fact
the film was largely funded by the Canadian taxpayer), Shivers is an intensely claustrophobic, subversive masterpiece and an essential entry in the oeuvre of one of the horror genre s most gifted auteurs. Some 40 years after its release, it still retains
its power to shock.
Starliner Island is an idyllic community. Cut off from the rest of the world, the luxury apartment block affords its occupants the chance to escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city. But this isolation is to prove fatal
when a new breed of parasite a combination of aphrodisiac and venereal disease which arouses sexual aggression in its hosts is let loose in the building, resulting in an orgy terror and mayhem.
We are currently looking into this issue and hope to have an update very soon. Just to clarify, our release of Shivers contains a new restoration personally supervised and approved by Director David Cronenberg and which was
produced by Tiff Cinematheque Quebec at Technicolor in 2013.
We are unsure as to the reasons why part of Shivers appears to have been shortened except that it doesn't appear to be the results of any conscious act of censorship, as
many similar scenes would have been removed as well if that were the case. It may have been Cronenberg's decision to excise this material due to damage to the original materials used, but at this point that's only speculation on our part.
Unlike Zombie Flesh Eaters, this isn't the result of an authoring or encoding error, as there is nothing technically wrong with our disc. Unlike many of our releases, we weren't in any way involved with the restoration of this film,
so we're having to direct our questions to those who oversaw it. Just to reiterate, we are making enquiries to all the parties involved and hope to have a definitive answer to this very soon.
Shock Corridor is a 1963 USA mystery drama by Samuel Fuller. Starring Peter Breck, Constance Towers and Gene Evans.
Banned by the BBFC for 1963 and 1966 cinema release. Passed X by the GLC
for London screenings in 1969. Passed 15 uncut for VHS and DVD. Uncut in the US
Johnny Barrett, an ambitious journalist, is determined to win a Pulitzer Prize by solving a murder
committed in a lunatic asylum and witnessed only by three inmates, from whom the police have been unable to extract the information. With the connivance of a psychiatrist, and the reluctant help of his girlfriend, he succeeds in having himself declared
insane and sent to the asylum. There he slowly tracks down and interviews the witnesses - but things are stranger than they seem ...
In his autobiography What the Censor Saw , former BBFC Secretary John Trevelyan stated that
If mental illness is treated seriously, it can be entirely acceptable as material for a film, but if treated sensationally I would find it totally unacceptable.
On 2 October 1963, writer-director-producer Samuel Fuller's
black and white crime thriller Shock Corridor was submitted to the BBFC for classification, and presented some familiar problems.
The BBFC Examiners notes described the film as a sensationalised picture of life in an American
asylum , and one examiner noted that Shock Corridor shocked us . Their concerns included Cathy's profession and appearance as a stripper (although the latter aspect is described as being rather tame'); the incest references; the murder
motive; a scene where Barrett encounters a ward full of 'nymphomaniacs ; a scene of electro-shock treatment; a nightmare sequence and a fight scene. Their report concluded We are satisfied that cutting would be impracticable and that a certificate
should be refused.
The film was then referred to the BBFC's Secretary, John Trevelyan. He viewed the film with two Examiners and the BBFC's President, and they agreed that this film should not be passed . As well as the
issues previously noted, they believed that the film presents a mental hospital in a light that would be considered objectionable in this country and that the film could not be cut to make it acceptable.
Trevelyan also had
concerns about Cathy's strip-tease, the suggestion that a sane person could fake insanity to get committed to a mental hospital, the suggestion that committal to a mental hospital could turn a sane person insane and its potentially harmful effect on mentally disturbed viewers
Trevelyan sent a rejection letter to the film's UK distributor, stating that The film portrays a picture of mental hospital life which is far removed from that in mental hospitals in this country, and which could well
cause grave concern to people who have friends and relatives with mental illness.
This Shocking World is a 1963 Italy documentary by Gianni Proia. Starring George Sanders, Alexander and Maria Ansaldi.
Cut by the BBFC for 1964 X rated cinema release. There is an MPAA Unrated
US release but teh version details are not clear.
A documentary highlighting some of the oddest, strangest and more grotesque examples of human behavior. Included are a
tour of the Grand Guignol theater in Paris, a man who sticks long needles through his body, footage of reindeer being castrated, and more footage of lesbians and strippers.
US: MPAA Unrated
2018 Severin/Something Weird [Ecco + The Forbidden] (RA) Blu-ray
2006 Image/Something Weird [Ecco + The Forbidden] R1 DVD
at US Amazon
The US version was re-edited with a new commentary, and with an Italian word for title, Ecco. To compensate in running time for deleted scenes, this release version incorporates scenes taken from, namely:
Reno (Nevada) housewives enjoying a male body-builders' stage competition with live music from an all-women music band; San Francisco (California) body-builder showgirl singing a cheesy song and ripping up a phone book; Los Angeles (California) Roller
Derby's women teams; Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) Mardi Gras Carnival; Nyeri (Kenya) photographic safari at the Nyeri Game Reserve; Nairobi (Kenya) Samburu people perform a traditional dance, and then join with tourists dancing the twist; Okayama (Japan)
young men Saidachi Festival.
Shogun Assassin is a 1980 Japan/US action film by Robert Houston. With Tomisaburo Wakayama, Kayo Matsuo and Minoru Oki.
Cut by the BBFC for 1981 cinema release. The pre-cert video was seized by the police during the video nasties moral panic but did not get listed as a video nasty. Passed 18 uncut by the BBFC since 1999. Uncut in the US.
Assassin is actually an amalgam of two 1972 films titled Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance and Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx . The producer decided to join the best bits of these two films (using around 10 minutes of
the first film as a pre-credits flashback sequence to introduce the characters).
Summary Review : A great film
A great samurai warrior served his Shogun honorably. The Shogun
however grew paranoid and sought to destroy all those who might stand to oppose his rule. He sent his ninja spies to the samurai's home. The ninjas failed to kill the samurai, but did kill his beloved wife. From then on, the samurai swore to seek out the
Shogun and avenge the death of his love. The samurai roams the countryside with his toddler son taking on mercenary work for money until the final battle with the Shogun's three Masters of Death.
Shogun Assassin is a great
film. Much "controversy" has arisen over the years regarding this film having been cobbled together from two other films in the Lone Wolf series. I think that what has been achieved is an extremely entertaining, fast-paced piece of action. By
eliminating non-essential story lines and including a voice over narration, the action moves at break neck speed. The amount of blood spilled is so over the top as to be cartoonish, which only adds to the uniqueness of the movie.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence for:
The Vipco release is missing a short sequence early on just before the initial decapitation. In the US version, The Shogun lowers his head to reveal the baby wearing a circular mirror like a headlamp around his head (he is carrying the baby
piggy-back), the mirror blinds his enemy allowing the Shogun to whack his head off.
Also the scene on the boat with the eye gouging is there in both versions, but is a second or so shorter in the Vipco release.
UK: Released on pre-cert video for:
1981 Vipco VHS
The video got caught up in the video nasties panic . Copies were seized and the distributors were prosecuted. But the prosecution failed and the videos were returned. Shogun Assassin
was never officially listed as a video nasty by the DPP.
Sholay means embers in Hindi.
In this particular movie, a Police Officer, who's family was killed by a bandit named Gabbar Singh, decides to fight fire with fire and recruits two convicts, Jai and Veeru to capture Gabbar. He approaches them in jail, puts the proposal in front of
them, and they agree to bring in Gabbar Singh alive - for a hefty price. After their discharge from jail, they travel by train to the village where the Police Officer lives - now with only his widowed daughter-in-law. The three band together to fight one
of the most elusive and dreaded bandits of all time. Will the two ex-cons be able to bring Gabbar alive to the Police Officer?
This is a great martial
arts film. The main setting is the underground world of shootfigting, brutal cage fights with weapons where opponents fight to the death.
Entering this dangerous world are two good guys who are fighting for the money to
keep their karate school from closing down. These guys have been trained by the world undefeated champion bolo yeung who is hard as nails. The two guys get in over their heads and one quits while the other chooses to carry on. The scene is set for a show
down as bolo yeung and his disciple come to the rescue and fight with the bad guy from the karate kid movies.
This film takes all the good bits from your favourite martial arts films and turns them into a fresh faced
exciting new film. It has light hearted moments and some supriseingly good acting. No martial arts film collection is complete without it my copy sit between Fist of fury and Out for justice. Five stars...
Short Circuit 2 is a 1988 USA family comedy drama by Kenneth Johnson. Starring Fisher Stevens, Michael McKean and Tim Blaney.
Cut by the BBFC for PG rated cinema release in 1988. Further cut for PG rated VHS in 1985 and 1989. Less cut for PG rated DVD in 2002. Uncut and MPAA PG rated in the US.
When Number Five is sent from Newton and Stephanie's ranch to the big city to help Ben with his electronics business, he finds that his robotic talents are wanted by city low-life who want to turn Number Five into profits.
UK: Passed PG after 2s of compulsory BBFC cuts: with one previous cut waived:
2002 Columbia/Tri-Star R2 DVD
The BBFC commented:
Cuts required to remove two uses of strong language for PG in accordance with the BBFC policy of not classifying two video versions of the same work in different categories. The work was previously classified PG in 1995.
The nunchaku shot was restored for the 2002 DVD release though the swearing remained cut.
By this time the prohibition on the sight of nunchuka had been deleted and the film would usually have been allowed to be uncut at a higher rating. However
the BBFC had a shot lived policy in place at the time to not allow different versions to be released with different ratings. (The argument being that younger viewers may have decided to watch on the basis of marketing for a PG and may be shocked by the
inclusion of unexpected material at a higher rating). So for this reason a category cut became compulsory..
UK: The cut cinema version passed PG after a further is BBFC cuts for:
1995 VCI VHS
1989 RCA/Columbia VHS
It seems that a second use of the word 'fucking' was identified though there is some debate as to whether the swearing may actually have been misheard or mistaken
The total BBFC for VHS were:
to remove a shot of man holding nunchakus
to edit 2 uses of the word 'fucking' for a PG certificate
UK: Passed PG after 5s of BBFC cuts for:
1988 cinema release
The BBFC cuts were:
to remove a shot of man holding nunchakus
to edit 1 use of the word 'fucking' for a PG certificate
Shout at the Devil is a 1976 UK action adventure by Peter R Hunt. With Lee Marvin, Roger Moore and Barbara Parkins.
The Original 143 minute version suffered BBFC category cuts for an A rated
1976 cinema release. Several shortened variants were released on home video shorn by about 30 minutes. The Original Version was released uncut in the US in 2013 and in the UK in 2015. Now 15 rated.
Set in East Africa in 1913 this big budget production depicts the world of colonial intrigues between Germany and England before the First World War. A British aristocrat (Roger Moore) and a whiskey guzzling American entrepreneur
(Lee Marvin) team up together in East Africa for action and intrigue under the watchful eyes of a German Commissioner. As they set off to destroy a German battle-cruiser awaiting repairs just off Zanzibar, the two adventurers encounter man-eating
crocodiles, air and sea battles, big game hunting, natives on the rampage and a ticking time-bomb for good measure. A true full-blooded Boy s Own adventuring starring two great actors at the top of their form and with screenplay by the great Wilbur Smith
plus an acclaimed soundtrack by Maurice Jarre, and directed by Bond veteran Peter R. Hunt, (Goldfinger, Dr No).
Rude humour includes a dog breaking wind underwater, and a recurring joke about a dog's discomfort at having its private parts inspected by competition judges.
The BBFC further
commented in its annual report covering 2018:
A police Rottweiler goes undercover at a dog show. As part of the operation he is required to let the judges inspect his genitals in a manner that is not uncommon in dog shows.
The character is reluctant but is encouraged to go to his happy place to get through the experience.
Thirty-one people wrote in to us echoing claims made in blogs that the scene might lower children's resistance to predators who
wish to inappropriately touch them.
However, the scene is comic, innocent and non-sexual in nature and occurs within the fantastical context of a film about anthropomorphised canines.
In a similar vein to
Peter Rabbit the complaints regarding Show Dogs predominantly stopped once the film had been released in cinemas.
Ireland: Passed PG uncut for Mild violence, language and rude humour.
IFCO received 8 viewer
complaints about its PG rating (a third of the total for 2018).
The complaints related to a scene cut from the film in the US but retained in the version in Irish cinemas. A talking rottweiler called Max is advised to go to his happy place while
having his genitals examined.
Assistant film classifier David Power responded that IFCO's classifiers didn't ascribe any hidden meaning or subtext to the scenes.
US: Originally uncut and rated PG for suggestive and rude
humor, language and some action but was eventually cut shortly before release.
US: Cut and MPAA PG rated for suggestive and rude humor, language and some action. for
2018 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment R Blu-ray
2018 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment R1 DVD
International: Netflix opted to stream the cut US version.
The film was cut for US theatrical release after complaints about a scene where the undercover dog has to get used to his privates being prodded by show judges
The film tells the story of a police dog going undercover at a dog show. There are reportedly several scenes in which the dog, Max, has to have his genitals inspected. When he is uncomfortable and wants to stop he is told to go to a
zen place. When he submits and allows his genitals to be touched, he is rewarded by advancing to the next level of the show.
In response to the global backlash, the production company withdrew the film, promising to re-cut it to
remove the scenes in question. The film has been re-released, however the scenes remain, with only the encouragement to go to a zen place (essentially, to dissociate) being removed. The meaning remains intact, that unwanted sexual touching is to be
endured and may be rewarded.
Showdown is a 1993 USA action film by Robert Radler. Starring Billy Blanks, Kenn Scott and Christine Taylor.
Originally released uncut and MPAA R rated but this was cut in the UK for
an 18 rating for 1994 VHS. There is also a cut PG-13 rated version in the US.
Ken has just moved from Kansas with his mother. He talks to a girl named Julie, not knowing
that her boyfriend Tom is very possessive of her. Tom is learning karate from Lee, a sensei whose brother was killed by a rookie cop named Billy. Billy has since then become the janitor of the school that Ken, Julie and Tom go to. When Ken gets beaten up
by Tom for talking to Julie again, Billy helps Ken by teaching him how to defend himself, which eventually leads to a battle between student vs. student, and sensei vs. sensei.
Showdown in Little Tokyo is a 1991 USA action crime comedy by Mark L Lester.
Starring Dolph Lundgren, Brandon Lee and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa.
Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated 1982 VHS and 2001 DVD. In the US the R rated version is cut. Mainland European versions are uncut.
Detective Chris Kenner was orphaned as
a child as his father was in the service and was killed and lived in Japan. Now he is on the trail of ruthless Yakuza leader named Yoshido, who helped establish a small Japanese area in Los Angeles and is now running a drug ring disguised as a brewery.
However, Kenner must team up with a Japanese-American detective named Johnny Murata, and he also must protect a witness named Minako who would testify against Yoshido. But what Kenner will soon discover that he will be in a lot more than what he
Firstly Sato's thug twirls a Butterfly Knife menacing the staff.
Secondly the knife is seen as Kenner (Dolph Lundgren) disarms the thug and twirls the knife himself.
Thirdly Kenner refuses to put the knife away whilst speaking with
US: The R rated version (released on VHS, Laserdisc and DVD) is cut by 13s for an MPAA R rating.
The US cuts were:
The party in the pool lost a shot of an Oriental man walking with a topless woman
Several shots of Yoshida caressing Angel before chopping her head are deleted
The exact chopping of Angel's head is shown in two different angles, but
only one in the R version.
When the coroner opens the body bag, in the unrated version we get to enjoy two shots completely of Angel's separated head, but the R has only one intact.
When Kenner stabs the fat guy under water, one brief
shot of Kenner twisting the knife in the stomach while blood pours out, is removed. The cut FI-version is based on the full, unrated uncut version, so it features almost all material cut from it!
Showgirls is a 1995 France/USA drama by Paul Verhoeven. With Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan and Gina Gershon.
The US NC-17 rated version is uncut. The BBFC cut the cinema release and
made further cuts for VHS and DVD. The BBFC waived the cuts for 2017 DVD and Blu-ray. There is also a cut US R rated version.
Summary Review : A Cult Classic
Showgirls is an
excellent cult film. Its filled with terrible dialogue delivered by actors in performances that they'd surely rather forget. Paul Verhoeven - usually a top notch director - fails spectacularly with his fourteenth film and the script by Joe Eszterhas is
It stars Elizabeth Berkley as Nomi Malone (She's alone in the world, get the joke?), an ambitious young woman who has dreams of becoming a famous dancer in Las Vegas. Berkley's performance is something else. She smiles, she pouts, she
shouts, she screams, she gyrates, she vomits, and often all of the above in the same scene.
But you will never be more entertained in your life. It is hilarious, outrageous, ridiculous, completely unrealistic, shallow, stupid and ultimately a
misunderstood masterpiece of everyone involved in the production doing everything wrong in perfect synchronicity.
A great piece of trash.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong sex, sexual violence with previous BBFC cuts waived for:
UK: Passed 18 after a further 4s of BBFC cuts now totalling 17s for:
2003 Pathe R2 DVD
2000 Pathe VHS
1997 Guild VHS
Cuts justified by the BBFC as follows:
More problematic was Showgirls, an expose of the seamy side of Las Vegas, with a prurient emphasis on exploitative nudity, which was not only the subject of the film but its main
selling point. In such a context, the sadistic gang rape of the only wholly sympathetic character in the film seemed unnecessarily extended and sensationalised. The rape was trimmed for cinema, and trimmed further for video, since the price of the rape
could be adequately conveyed by the sight of the battered and bleeding victim.
Shrek 2 is a 2004 USA children's animation comedy by Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury... Starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz.
BBFC category cuts were required for a U rated release for cinema and home
video. Uncut in the US with an MPAA PG rating.
Shrek has rescued Princess Fiona, got married, and now is time to meet the parents. Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey set off to Far, Far Away to
meet Fiona's mother and father. But not everyone is happy. Shrek and the King find it hard to get along, and there's tension in the marriage. It's not just the family who are unhappy. Prince Charming returns from a failed attempt at rescuing Fiona, and
works alongside his mother, the Fairy Godmother, to try and find a way to get Shrek away from Fiona.
UK: Passed U for mild language and comic fight scenes after BBFC advised category cuts were implemented for:
2013 cinema release
2010 Universal Blu-ray
2004 Universal DVD
2004 cinema release
The BBFC suggested the cut for the 2004 cinema release and 2004 Universal DVD/Blu-ray:
During post-production, the distributor sought and was given advice on how to secure a U classification. As a result of this advice, sight of a headbutt by Princess Fiona was removed prior to submission. The submitted
work was passed U without cuts.
From the BBFC Annual Report 2004:
On BBFC advice the distributors removed a vigorous headbutt delivered by Princess Fiona to the smarmy Prince Charming as a reward for a plot to make her fall for him and desert Shrek. This was no mild bump, but a
fighting technique in full close-up, arguably made worse by the fact that the recipient is the focus of all eyes as Prince Charming and the audience are expecting a romantic kiss.
It has also been reported that the UK customised soundtrack featuring UK actors also dropped a reference to the crusades over religious sensitivity. A line of dialogue from John Cleese's King about his old crusade wound playing up was replaced with a
reference to an old hunting wound
Israel: Briefly banned in 2004
The film was banned briefly in
2004. The Hebrew dub featured a joke about Israeli singer David D'Or's high voice. in which one character threatens to castrate another by saying Let's do a David D'or on him. This remark prompted the artist to take legal action, saying: This film
intends to present me, in perpetuity, as a eunuch, a man with no testicles. It turns me into a laughing stock. The Tel Aviv District Court ordered Shrek 2 to be withdrawn until the remark could be edited out.
If I deeply analysed
this film I could probably highlight more flaws than good points but at its heart Shrooms is enjoyable, deserves credit for endeavouring to put a new(ish) slant on a well trodden genre, locations and acting are good and it has a very good ending.
This is one of those films that may well be viewed more favourably the second time around as I did spend some of the film wondering whether or not I liked it which is never a good thing; but it gets better as it goes on,
intensifies in the second half of the film and for me ended on a strong note.
The violent scenes are almost solely viewed via the hazy drug induced hallucinations of one of the cast, not always effectively it must be added
and in a lot of ways it is difficult to see why this was rated as an 18 cert. Presumably this was on the basis of the drug taking premise of the film. Not an awful amount of gore is seen, it is quite understated maybe a tad too much; there are some
incidences of misplaced humour inserted as well and it has to be said Shrooms is not especially scary.
The BBFC passed the Theatrical Version 18 uncut for the 2007 cinema release and subsequent Buena