Vaanam Kottattum is a 2020 India drama by Dhana Sekaran. Starring Sarath
Kumar, Vikram Prabhu and Radhika Sarathkumar.
BBFC category cuts were required fora 12A rated cinema release in 2020.
A simple father's life whose one mistake breaks him away from his dear family. Even
after many years, when he finally meets his family, the same mistake haunts him back in a different form which unfolds into an emotionally gripping climax.
UK: Passed 12A for moderate violence, bloody images after 7:12s of BBFC category cuts:
2020 cinema release
The BBFC commented:
Company chose to remove scenes of strong violence in order to obtain a 12A rating. An uncut 15 was available.
Valdez is Coming is a 1971 USA / Spain western by Edwin Sherin. Starring Burt Lancaster, Susan Clark and Frank Silvera.
Uncut by the BBFC for 'AA' rated 1971 cinema release but UK home video
releases are 15 rated and have been cut for animal cruelty. Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated in the US.
The town constable, Bob Valdez, is forced to kill someone accused by Frank Tanner of
being a murderer. Valdez asks Tanner for monetary help for the man's wife, but he is ridiculed and almost killed by Tanner's henchmen. Valdez recovers and summons up his days in the U.S. Cavalry in order to fight them. Valdez wounds one of the henchmen
and sends him back to Tanner with the message, "Valdez is coming."
From IMDb. According to director Jamie Blanks a lot of the violent scenes were trimmed down. This was not done to satisfy the MPAA (the original cut was rated R ). Instead Warner Bros. thought that due to the political climate the amount of
violence as shown in the original version was not tolerable at the time. The cuts were:
There is a scene in a TV spot where Kate and Adam are in the bar and she says: why am I surrounded by all this craziness ; then Adam says it's Valentine's day people get lonely and start acting strange ; then she
says you're not acting strange .
A scene where Dorothy is attacked by the killer and dressed as the Cherub was cut.
Shelley's death was trimmed heavily. Originally, her
neck actually split open and spewed blood. Now it is only implied.
Ruthie's death originally contained blood flowing out into the shape of a heart. This was digitally cleaned up later on to decrease impact.
The death of Kate's neighbor Gary, was trimmed. He was originally hit with the iron 11 times, instead of the 2 shown in the film.
Dorothy's stepmother, Kim Wheeler (Benita Ha),
is murdered by the cherub. After Paige is electrocuted in the jacuzzi, her skin begins to melt.
Deleted scene: After Kate finds the mask in the elevator, and talks to Gary, she goes back inside her apartment. Then,
she looks inside her closet and realizes that most of her outfits are missing.
Another deleted scene was right after Shelly's funeral. All the girl's are on top of a building having drinks and talking about their
childhood with Shelly.
Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid [Season 1, Episodes 1 -12]
is a Japanese anime series submitted for DVD classification with an 18 request.
Two of the main characters are described as being 15-years-old and 16-years-old respectively. They are shown engaging in sexual activity, both
with each other and with other characters. They are also sexualised.
Sections of the submission were viewed by the Chief Executive, the Head of DEA, the Head of Compliance and the Compliance Manager. It was concluded that the
submission is not in violation of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 but that the scenes showing the children engaged in sexual activity, or otherwise being sexualised, are in violation of the harm provisions of the Video Recordings Act 1984 and the
BBFC's Guidelines which prohibit portrayals of children in sexualised or abusive contexts. Accordingly, a general cuts list has been issued instructing the distributor to remove all such material throughout.
Vampire Circus is a 1972 UK horror by Robert Young. With Adrienne Corri, Thorley Walters and Anthony Higgins.
Cut by the BBFC for 1972 cinema release. Some cuts were subsequently restored for home video but most have been permanently lost
Summary Review: One of the much better Hammer movies
A village in Nineteenth Century Europe is at first relieved when a circus breaks through the quarantine to take the local's minds off the plague. But their troubles are only beginning as children begin to disappear and the legacy of a
long-ago massacre is brought to light.
One of the much better Hammer movies, with much blood and nudity, to say nothing of an even more startling child abduction/murder.
The visiting circus theme gives the
film a tremendous boost. People and animals turn into each other and a dance by the tiger/lady is, as they say, worth the price of admission alone.
Super, well paced, sexy, bloody, horror.
UK: Passed 15 with some cinema cuts restored for for:
2012 Strawberry Media/Spirit [Great British Movies triple bill] R2 DVD
at UK Amazon
Vampire Cop is a 1990 USA action horror by Donald Farmer. Starring Ed Cannon, Melissa Moore and Mal Arnold.
Exists as a Director's Cut and an Original Version
It's not easy being a cop. Especially when you're a VAMPIRE COP like Officer Lucas (Ed Cannon). But with
the city in the grip of a psycho drug kingpin, it's time to pull out all the stops and TAKE A BITE OUT OF CRIME! But now beautiful reporter Melanie Roberts ( Melissa Moore) is onto Lucas' little secret. Will she expose him. . . or help him crack the
biggest crime caper since Al Capone? Soon the streets are running red with stone dead hookers and bone dry mobsters -all with two little bites on their neck. Will Melanie be next? Or is Lucas ready to make the ultimate vampire's sacrifice to save her.
US: The Director's Cut is MPAA Unrated for:
2017 Srs Cinema [Original Version + Director's Cut] R0 DVD at US Amazon released on 11th
US: The Original Version is uncut and MPAA R rated for:
2017 Srs Cinema [Original Version + Director's Cut] R0 DVD at US Amazon released on 11th
Vampire Journals is a 1997 Romania / USA horror fantasy by Ted Nicolaou. Starring Jonathon Morris, David Gunn and Kirsten Cerre.
Cut by the BBFC for 1997 18 rated VHS. The BBFC cuts were waived for 18 rated Blu-ray in 2016.
A 19th century vampire stalks a more powerful vampire lord in his quest
to gain revenge over the death of his mistress. In his search for the vampire lord in Eastern Europe he kills many of his servants and fellow vampires while cursing another to vampirism as well.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for sexualised nudity, bloody images with previous BBFC cuts waived for:
Vampire Lovers is a 1970 UK horror film by Roy Ward Baker. With Ingrid Pitt, George Cole and Kate O'Mara.
Cut by the BBFC for the UK cinema release. Cuts gradually restored until fully uncut by 2008. Also originally cut in the US for nudity that was not allowed in an R rated film, but again cuts were later mostly restored.
The Countess is called away to tend a sick friend and imposes on the General to accept her daughter Marcilla as a houseguest. Some of the villagers begin dying, however, and the General's daughter Laura soon
gets weak and pale, but Marcilla is there to comfort her.
Vampire Lovers is a particularly fine example and a cultural milestone that heralded the arrival of vampires as being romantic, charismatic and seductive.
Essentially defining the vampire for the generation of films that would follow Ingrid Pitt carries the cast and production effortlessly on a tide of charisma, charm, grace and almost preternatural beauty.
film's much vaunted eroticism, through solely projections of male fantasy, are undoubtedly stirring. Ingrid's seduction of Madeline Smith when she chases her round the room before falling onto the bed alongside her is as erotic as anything I have seen
Vampire Lovers is a gem which deserves to be savoured and relished.
UK: Passed 15 uncut with the brief nude shots of
Ingrid Pitt restored for:
2003 MGM Double Feature [with Countess Dracula] R1 DVD
It has been pointed out that the MGM restoration of MPAA censor cuts has missed a 1s shot in the opening scene of a vampire's severed head bouncing on the ground Nothing to get too concerned about though. See
article from movie-censorship.com
UK: The US 1998 Restoration was passed 15 with BBFC cuts waived for:
2002 ILC Prime R0 DVD
BBFC Cuts were waived, but the Ingrid Pitt nude shot was not included in this version.
US: Cuts partially restored and still MPAA R rated for:
2000 MGM VHS
The existing material cut from the opening and closing beheadings was restored in 1998. The alternate angle extending the opening beheading was either not found, or doesn't exist. The Ingrid Pitt nude scene remained cut. See
article from dvdtalk.com
UK: The cut UK cinema version was passed 15 without further BBFC cuts for:
1987 Rank VHS
UK: Passed X (18) after 4s of BBFC cuts for:
1970 cinema release
Cuts during the opening decapitation scene.
Cut to remove a brief 1 sec full-frontal nude shot of Ingrid Pitt getting out of a bath tub.
Cuts to the sword beheading at the finale.
There are 2 further points that have been discussed:
An extended opening decapitation, showing it from another angle. This cut was never restored, maybe lost, or maybe never made it into the final cut anyway.
There's also a rumour that there was a final shot with a female vampire biting into a
bloody breast. Nothing has been found to support the rumour.
US: The US Theatrical Version suffered cuts beyond the UK cuts and was MPAA R Rated for:
US Embassy VHS
US cinema release
The US censors hacked out the nudity, but the film still qualified for an R rating for violence. The end result pleased nobody as it didn't end up widening the distribution and annoyed adults who were expecting the much talked about sexy version.
The US Theatrical Version was passed 15 without BBFC cuts for:
2011 20th Century Fox video
The US Theatrical Version was
further cut on BBFC suggestions for a 12/12A rating for:
2011 20th Century Fox Blu-ray
2011 20th Century Fox R2 DVD
2010 cinema release
The BBFC commented:
This film was originally shown to the BBFC in an unfinished version. The BBFC advised the company that the film was likely to receive a 15 classification but that the requested 12A certificate could be achieved by
making cuts in five sequences in order to remove sight of a flick knife being opened and to remove or reduce a number of crude visual and verbal sex references. When the finished version of the film was submitted, all five scenes had been reduced
acceptably and the film was classified 12A .
The Vampires' Night Orgy is a 1973 Spain / Italy horror by León Klimovsky. Starring Jack Taylor, Dyanik Zurakowska and José Guardiola.
Exists as a censored Clothed Version and an uncut Unclothed Version. Only the censored version has been released in the UK, with a 15 rating.
A group of workers is
traveling by bus to the town of Bojoni to work for an aristocratic family. The driver has a fulminating heart attack, and the group decides to drive to the near village of Tolnio instead, to spend the night and follow to Bojoni on the next morning. They
find nobody in the apparently ghost city, but in the next morning, they meet the hospitable dwellers. Their bus has a problem in the engine, and they have to stay in Tolnio. Sooner they find that they are trapped in a vampire village.
US: The Code Red release is the uncut Unclothed Version.
UK: A censored clothed version was passed 15 without further BBFC cuts for:
Vampyres is a 1974 UK horror film by Joseph Larraz. With Marianne Morris, Anulka Dziubinska and Murray Brown.
Cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1975 and further cut for
18 rated VHS. Later the film was released uncut on 2003 DVD with an 18 rating. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
Summary Review: Quality-looking film
A pair of bisexual women living in a dark,
decaying mansion have a craving for blood and sex. Hitchhiking in long black cloaks, they lure men home and then take them to bed, slash them with knives, and dump the bodies, making it look like a car wreck. They like one guy so much they keep him
around for days and he knows something bad is happening, but he's not sure what. Some people camping nearby also suspect that the women are up to strange things....
The violence is strong even though there's more blood
than gore, plenty of sex and nudity, and some very lyrical, beautiful scenes. The ending throws a whole new, darker twist on the proceedings and ties it all together nicely. It has kind of a "Hammer Films" look to it, but the storyline is more
along the lines of Jean Rollin. Even though the budget was small, this is a quality-looking film.
Vanishing Point is a 1971 USA / UK action thriller by Richard C Sarafian. Starring
Barry Newman, Cleavon Little and Dean Jagger.
Uncut by censors but exists in two versions, a complete UK version and a shortened US version.
Kowalski works for a car delivery service. He takes delivery of a 1970
Dodge Challenger to take from Colorado to San Francisco, California. Shortly after pickup, he takes a bet to get the car there in less than 15 hours. After a few run-ins with motorcycle cops and highway patrol they start a chase to bring him into
custody. Along the way, Kowalski is guided by Supersoul - a blind DJ with a police radio scanner. Throw in lots of chase scenes, gay hitchhikers, a naked woman riding a motorbike, lots of Mopar and you've got a great cult hit from the early 70's.
The US Version omits the part of Charlotte Rampling playing a pot smoking hitchhiker. She appears in two scenes towards the end of film where she meets Barry Newman and the morning after. Reviewers have noted that the scenes slow down the action just
as it is reaching a climax, and have criticised the scene for gay stereotyping.
The Vault of Horror is a 1973 UK / USA horror anthology by Roy Ward Baker. Starring Terry-Thomas, Tom Baker and Daniel Massey.
Uncut by the BBFC for 1973 X rated cinema release, 15 rated 1993 VHS and DVDs in 2003 and 2016. The 1988 VHS was the cut US PG rated version.
Initially the film was rated R uncut for theatrical release in the US, but was cut for PG
rated home video. Later it was released uncut for 2014 US Blu-ray.
Five men trapped in the basement vault of an office building share visions with each other of their demise. Stories
revolve around vampires, bodily dismemberment, east Indian mysticism, an insurance scam, and an artist who kills by painting his victims' deaths.
The 2003 DVD release from Vipco was uncut but unfortunately it was in 4:3 but it was a bit of a tatty print. However the cuts were so extensive on the US version that the Vipco one was the one to
see even though the US Midnite Movies disc was lovely quality and 16:9.
When Shout initially announced the US Blu-ray double bill they seemed unaware of the cuts to VOH and after a while announced they were unable to obtain the complete version. I like to think it was
my post clearly stating the wording at the end of the Film 4 version regarding the BFI that encouraged Shout to return to the correct department at the BFI having only had negative results with an earlier enquiry. Apparently the uncut version was
preserved somewhere they didn't look the first time. At any rate they got the uncut version and managed to put together a marvellous set with 3 versions of the movie, the uncut version in 16:6 & 4:3, and the cut PG version in 16:9.
The UK 2016 release contains a documentary not on the US release.
UK: The cut US Version was passed 15 without BBFC cuts for:
1988 CBS/Fox VHS
Thanks to Braintree:
TV screenings in the 2000`s by Sky Movies , C4 and even Film 4 were of the cut version much to the dismay of collectors. Somebody alerted Film 4 to the cuts and after quite a long wait Film 4
proudly announced the uncut version of the movie but despite the BFI byline at the end the presentation was no better quality than the Vipco DVD although it was at least finally uncut.
US: Cut for an MPAA PG rating for:
East West [with Frightmare] R0 DVD
From IMDB. The cuts for an MPAA PG rating were:
Tale 1: Full-motion scene of Daniel Massey hung upside down with a tap in his neck, shuddering as the waiter pours glasses of blood and hands them out. In the cut version, entire section replaced by a still frame of same.
Tale 2: After Glynnis Johns hits Terry-Thomas on the head with a hammer, blood spurts out, and he falls backward out of frame. The cut version becomes a still frame when the hammer makes contact with the head. The ending
shows four shelves of her husband's body parts neatly preserved in jars, including one labeled Odds and Ends . The cut version shows only the first two shelves.
Tale 5: When the publisher gets his hands
chopped off by the paper cutter, the camera dollies in as he continues screaming, holding out his bleeding stumps
Vedalam is a 2015 action drama by Siva. Starring Ajith Kumar, Ashwin Kakumanu and Shruti Haasan.
Significant BBFC category cuts were required for a 12A rated 2015 cinema
category cuts 7:45s
UK: Passed 12A for moderate violence, occasional bloody images, suicide scene after 7:45s of BBFC category cuts for:
2015 cinema release
The BBFC commented:
The distributor chose to remove shots of strong violence and bloodshed (in this instance, beatings, stabbings, shootings, sight of blood spurts and sight of bloody injury detail), as well as detailed images of hard drug use, in order
to achieve a 12A rating. A 15 without cuts was available.
Veeram is a 2014 India family film by Siva. With Ajith Kumar, Tamannaah Bhatia and Vidharth.
BBFC category cuts for the 12A rated cinema release in 2014
category cuts 50s
UK: Passed 12A for moderate violence and innuendo after 50s of BBFC category cuts for:
2014 cinema release
The BBFC commented:
The distributor chose to cut scenes of strong violence (a blood spurt from a cut throat, blood dripping from a man suspended upside down, a heaving beating and the bloody tip of a spear emerging from a man's chest) in order to
achieve a 12A rating. An uncut 15 was available.
2006 Indian drama by Vsanatha Balan
Cinema release cut in 2006 with the following BBFC comment: Distributor chose to remove sight of suicide attempt whereby man draws razor blade across his wrist with accompanying blood spurt in order to
achieve a 12A classification. A 15 classification was available.
Venom is a 2018 USA action Sci-Fi horror by Ruben Fleischer. Starring Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams and Woody Harrelson.
Venom started out hyped as an R rated standalone super hero movie along the lines of Logan or Deadpool. However, as the production continued, it has become a PG-13 rated movie with just the possibility of a harder cut on home video.
Remove all sight of woman's tearful screams turning to pleasure as man continues to rape her (this pleasure being indicated by her making moaning sounds and winding her arms around his neck). Intervening shots of other people
From the 2007 BBFC Annual Report:
The 1993 cuts were to a long scene of a rape and a scene where a preteen boy watches a couple having sex through a keyhole. As the boy was never present in the same place as the scene of sex, this material could be restored. But
the rape scene was felt to endorse 'rape myth' attitudes and cuts were still required to remove this material.
UK: Passed 18 after 2:32s of BBFC cuts for:
1993 Redemption VHS
From the 2007 BBFC Annual Report:
The 1993 cuts were to a long scene of a rape and a scene where a preteen boy watches a couple having sex through a keyhole.
Versus is a 2000 Japan action comedy horror by Ryűhei Kitamura. Starring Tak Sakaguchi, Hideo Sakaki and Chieko Misaka.
The Theatrical Version was cut in the US for an R rating and was also
released uncut and MPAA Unrated. This uncut version seems to have been tagged as the Director's Cut in the US. 3 years after the original, a new version was created with additional material and improved CGI. This is titled Ultimate Versus.
Summary Notes: A Cult Hit
Set in the present where a group of ruthless gangsters, an unknown woman and an escaped convict have met, unwittingly, in The Forest of Resurrection, the 444th
portal to the other side. Their troubles start when those once killed and buried in the forest come back from the dead, with the assistance of the evil Sprit that has also come back, come back from ages past, to claim his prize. The final standoff
between Light and Dark has never been so cunning, so brutal and so deadly. This is where old Japanese Samurai mysticism meets the new world of the gangster and the gun. Gruesome, bloody and positively bold.
Versus is a cult hit from the beginning. Ryuhei Kitamura's film has all the ingredients for stylish mayhem: Zombies, Guns & Gangsters, Samurai Swordplay, Slick humor, a cute chick, anime-like fantasy and mystery. The story revolves around
prisoner escapee KSC2-303(Tak Sakaguchi, from Shinobi, Death Trance, Azumi) stuck in the Forest of Resurrection to seek safe haven. Unfortunately, the crime lord supposed to grant him this has his own motives and he finds himself against a
mysterious supernatural opponent to whom he is linked. This flick is a stylish relentless, rampaging zombie action-noir-horror hybrid that Hollywood probably wishes it thought of it first.
The CIC video release was cut
when submitted in 1997.
From newsgroup discussions
Well I have some basic training with their use (and I know some good martial artists who are proficient) and I can absolutely guarantee that without extensive training (many months at least) the
only person you'll hurt with nunchaku is yourself. They are a difficult weapon at best.
Which is exactly the point made by A Very Brady Sequel - and I repeat my allegation that the BBFC-snipped version is actually more dangerous than
the uncut version, because while the nunchakas are still visible, the repeated scenes of the user knocking himself out with them have largely been removed.
V/H/S/2 is a 2013 USA/Canada/Indonesia horror thriller by Simon Barrett, Jason Eisener... With Lawrence Michael Levine, Kelsy Abbott and Adam Wingard.
Searching for a missing student, two private investigators break into his house and find collection of VHS tapes. Viewing the horrific contents of each cassette, they realize there may be
dark motives behind the student's disappearance.
UK: The Theatrical Version was passed 18 uncut for very strong bloody violence and gory images for:
Vice Squad is a 1982 UK / USA action crime thriller by Gary Sherman (as Gary A Sherman). Starring Season Hubley, Gary Swanson and Wings Hauser.
Heavily cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1981. A heavily
cut US TV version was released on 18 rated VHS in 1987. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
A Los Angeles businesswoman, known only by her street name of Princess, turns
to prostitution to support herself and her young daughter when she's forced by Detective Tom Walsh and his vice squad to help them arrest a brutal pimp named Ramrod for the murder of a prostitute named Ginger. But when Ramrod learns that he was set up,
he escapes from police custody and begins a long night of tracking down Princess while Walsh and his vice squad are always one step behind him.
US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
2019 Cinedigm RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 13th August 2019
Victim is a 1961 UK crime drama by Basil Dearden. Starring Dirk Bogarde, Sylvia Syms and Dennis Price.
An important landmark in censorship history as it was the first UK film to
mention the word 'homosexual'. The BBFC cut 1 line of dialogue for an X rated cinema release, albeit after an appeal which cancelled 3 other cuts to dialogue. The age classification tumbled from 16 in 1961, 15 in 1986, 12 in 2004 and PG in 2005. The US
release was also controversial with an initial refusal in 1961 for a rating under the Hayes Code. Times were a changing and the film was released the following year.
UK: The Theatrical Version was passed 15 without BBFC cuts for:
1986 VCI VHS
UK: Passed X (16) after BBFC cuts for:
1961 cinema release
UK: From IMDb .
This was the first English language film to use the word homosexual. Due to the film's subject matter the BBFC studied the script before official submission and
several lines of anti-homosexual dialogue were removed. There were also several suggestions relating to adolescents. This was felt to be something that would complicate the issue and the script writer was told to keep to adult issues. An example line of
dialogue dropped was: There's a moment of choice for almost every adolescent boy.
Eventually John Trevelyan agreed to pass the film after cuts to 4 lines of dialogue including Melville Farr's confession to his wife of his
homosexual urges ( Because I wanted him. I WANTED him! ).
Surprisingly 3 of these were rescinded upon appeal, including Farr's legendary admission, and the only cut made to the film was the removal of a line of dialogue
referring to an adolescent boy making the wrong choice.
The film Victim was deemed to be too frank and liberal in its treatment of homosexuality, and, thus, was initially not given
approval by the censorship code.
However, in 1962, the Hollywood Production Code had agreed to lift the ban on films using homosexuality as a plot device. A few years later the code itself would be replaced by the Motion Picture
Association of America, which introduced age-appropriate classification for films. Initially, Victim was generally classified as an adult film, often with the X classification that was initially given to pornographic films.
When Victim was released on VHS in America (1986), it was given the PG-13 rating.
Video Nasties: the
Definitive Guide 2: Draconian Days is a horror documentary video by Marc Morris and Jake West. Starring Various.
There exists and Original Version and an Extended Cut of the documentary.
The Trailer Reel was cut by the BBFC
Released to tie in with the 30th Anniversary of the Video Recordings Act, July 1984 and
limited to 6,666 individually numbered sets, each comes with postcards featuring the DPP Section 3 cover art and Graham Humphrey’s original cover art.
The Video Nasties continue to be a major source of interest to this day, and
after the crtical and sales success of Video Nasties 1, comes the return! Video Nasties 2 is released to tie-in with the establishment of the Video Recordings Act.
UK: The Documentary was passed 18 uncut for strong violence, gore, sexual violence,
UK: The Trailer Reel was passed 18 for strong violence, sexual violence, gore, sexual images after 4s of BBFC compulsory cuts for:
2014 Nucleus Films R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 14th July 2014
The BBFC commented:
Compulsory cuts were required to remove sight of real animal cruelty (a live animal being cut open with a knife, during a trailer for 'Last Cannibal World'). Cut required in accordance with BBFC Guidelines and policy.
The BBFC further commented in the Annual Report covering 2014:
Cuts were required to the documentary Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide 2 to remove a scene of a live crocodile being cut open with a knife. The footage
featured in a trailer for Last Cannibal World; the film itself was also cut before its original X classification in 1977.
Videodrome is a 1983 Canada action Sci-Fi horror by David Cronenberg. Starring James Woods, Deborah Harry and Sonja Smits.
Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating. This cut Theatrical Version was
released in the UK for 1983 cinema, 1990 VHS and DVD but the 1987 VHS was heavily pre-cut. The Uncut Unrated Version was released in the UK on Laserdisc, but wasn't available on mainstream home video until 2015. The US Criterion home video releases
are uncut and MPAA Unrated.
Max Renn runs a TV channel, and when looking for new material to show--he discovers "Videodrome." His girlfriend, Nicki Brand, goes to audition for
the show, and Max gets drawn into the underlying plot that uses the show as its front for a global conspiracy.
In Videodrome, James Woods plays a Canadian television entrepreneur, a man who provides material
- usually suspect, often porn - for cable TV. In the course of his seedy research he finds a pirate broadcast of a strange, compelling programme. The torture and masochism he glimpses as the programme hisses and breaks up is ... well, it looks real. Or
is it just incredibly well made, with the interference and fluctuating picture quality just an example of good engineering and clever directing, simulating clandestine status to give the show a bit of edge?
A disturbing, thought-provoking, hugely entertaining film. If you enjoy the unusual, if you appreciate the surreal, if you like to be challenged and explore irony, this may be a movie you'll love.
UK: The Unrated Version was passed 18 uncut for strong sex, bloody violence, gore for:
UK: The cut R Rated Version was passed 18
without BBFC cuts for:
2011 Universal R0 Blu-ray
2002 Universal R2 DVD
1990 CIC VHS
1983 cinema release
The US cuts for an R Rating were:
During the screening of Max's (James Wood) Samurai Dreams video a shot of a dildo is very much shortened
The first appearance of the Videodrome programme is slighter shorter as it loses a glimpse of pubic hair and a female victim being
The sequence in Harlan's (Peter Dvorsky) lab after the Rea King Show uses a toned down take of a woman being whipped.
Nickie's (Debbie Harry) ear piercing loses several shots; Max moving the needle across Nicki's body, Nicki's
cry of 'God', the needle being pulled out of the ear, a close up of the other ear being pierced and a pan to reveal Max & Nicki making love afterwards.
The scene of Max shooting his second partner is slightly shortened.
The death of
Convex (Les Carlson) does not show his innards briefly erupting.
The 1990 CIC VHS video carries the following statement on the cover: Includes Footage not previously available on video in the UK. This refers to the previous pre-cuts to the R rated version being restored from the 1987 VHS release. This
statement does not mean that it is the uncut Unrated Version.
UK: The cut R Rated Version was passed 18 after 3 minutes of distributor pre-cuts cuts for:
The film was originally viewed by the BBFC in an incomplete form, with the music score unfinished and the opening and closing credits missing.
During this advice screening,
the BBFC requested that a heavy crotch kick and a double neck chop, both given by Bond, be removed from the film to get a PG rating. These cuts occur during the fight in the hidden room under Zoran's stable. If you watch the scene closely, or even frame
by frame, the scene is somewhat sloppy in a couple of places. When the film was edited, the pre-cut version was submitted for a formal rating.
During this stage of classification, the Board asked for an alteration to the
opening titles on a shot of an almost nude woman. Its hard to speculate which woman this refers to, but viewing the titles it seems likely that it could be the woman seen through a scope near the beginning, who becomes defocused and blurry whenever she
turns the front of body towards the camera, or the mirrored image of the dancing women at the end as Michael Wilson's name appears. She too, goes out of focus on a profile shot where her nipples almost become clearly visible.
this last change made, the PG rating was awarded.
Viking Adventures From the British
Museum is a 2014 documentary drama by John Rooney.
BBFC category cuts for a U rated version
category cuts 1:37s
UK: Passed U for very mild violence, references to violence after 1:37s of BBFC category cuts for:
2014 cinema release
The BBFC commented:
Company chose to reduce scenes of mild violence and threat, and to remove more detailed verbal references to violence, in order to obtain a U classification. Cuts made in accordance with BBFC Guidelines and policy. An uncut PG
classification was available.
The BBFC further commented in the 2014 Annual Report:
Viking Adventures from the British Museum is a documentary about that museum's exhibition and is specifically aimed at children at Key Stage 2 level in primary
education. It features new artefact discoveries and dramatic reconstructions of Viking life hosted by young presenters.
A number of scenes included images of historical weapons, often within dramatic reconstructions or being used
to show how certain strikes or blows could injure a human.
Although clearly in an educational context, the frequency and focus on realistic violence was more in line with PG Guidelines, and the distributor chose to make
significant cuts to reduce the intensity and sense of violent threat to achieve a U classification.
UK: Passed PG for mild
violence, references to violence :
2014 cinema release Unreleased as the distributors opted for a U rated version
Vikings is a 2013 Ireland/Canada TV historical war drama created by Michael Hirst. With Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick and Clive Standen.
The series is filmed with 3 options for nudity. The French release shows full nudity, the German release has nudity hidden by optical blurring, and the US version has fully clothed alternative takes of nude scenes.
Villa Rides is a 1968 USA war western by Buzz Kulik. Starring Yul Brynner, Robert Mitchum and Maria Grazia Buccella.
Category cuts were required for an 'A' rated 1968 cinema release but uncut
and 15 rated for 1988 VHS. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
Pulled into the Mexican Revolution by his own greed, Texas gunrunner & pilot Lee Arnold joins bandit-turned-patriot Pancho
Villa & his band of dedicated men in a march across Mexico battling the Colorados & stealing women's hearts as they go. But each has a nemesis among his friends: Arnold is tormented by Fierro, Villa's right-hand-man; and Villa must face possible betrayal
by his own president's naiveté.
Village of the Damned is a 1960 UK Sci-Fi horror by Wolf Rilla. Starring George Sanders, Barbara Shelley and Michael Gwynn.
BBFC category cuts were required for an 'A' rated cinema release in 1960.
Uncut and 12 rated for 2005 DVD.
In the small English village of Midwich everybody and everything falls into a deep, mysterious sleep for several hours in the middle of the day. Some
months later every woman capable of child-bearing is pregnant and the children that are born out of these pregnancies seem to grow very fast and they all have the same blond hair and strange, penetrating eyes that make people do things they don't want to
UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate violence and horror for:
The BBFC Guidelines at 12 state that Violence must not dwell on detail. There should be no emphasis on injuries or blood . In this version of the film, there is some focus on sprays of blood
when people are shot, and on the hero defeating his opponents by breaking their bones, making it too strong for a 12 classification and placing it at 15 instead. This version is longer than the version which was passed 12A on film
and contains stronger violence.
VILLU also contains some mild bad language, including uses of shit , bloody and bugger .
A short version was passed 12A without BBFC cuts for:
Will You Cross the Skies for Me? is a 2010 India romance by Gautham Menon. With TR Silambarasan, Trisha Krishnan and Ganesh.
Seems to have passed PG when the bleeping completely obscures 4 uses of th2 word 'fuck' but 12 when the bleeping is only partial
An aspiring filmmaker goes through the ups and downs of
romance when he falls for a Christian woman who says she only wants to be friends.
UK: Passed 12 uncut for bleeped strong language for:
2012 Seyons DVD
The BBFC noted:
The BBFC's Guidelines at 12A'/'12 state The use of strong language (for example, 'fuck') must be infrequent . This film includes four bleeped uses of that particular term, uttered in each
case by the hero. Although an attempt has been made to disguise the strong language through the use of the audio bleeps, the original words are still clearly identifiable, particularly if the film is watched with the optional English subtitles. The film
also contains mild bad language that includes the terms shit , hell and God .
UK: Passed PG uncut for mild language and violence
2010 cinema release
The BBFC noted:
The film contains several uses of mild bad language including shit . It also includes bleeped words that are not identifiable. BBFC Guidelines at PG state that there may be Mild bad
language only .
Violation of Justine is a 1972 France / Italy / Canada drama by Claude Pierson. Starring Alice Arno, Yves Arcanel and Michel Bertay.
Cut several times by the BBFC for X and then 18 ratings. The Director's Cut
uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.
Therese, a beautiful but naive young girl, who finds herself being passed around from depraved pervert to depraved pervert, enduring just about every
kind of sexual degradation there is while still believing that some kind stranger will eventually help her.
US: The Director's Cut is MPAA Unrated for:
2013 Blue Underground [Fifty Shades of de Sade 4 films collection] R0 DVD at UK Amazon
compulsory BBFC cuts 4:34s
submitted 81:16s =78:01s
UK: Passed 18 after 4:34s of BBFC compulsory BBFC cuts for:
1993 cinema release
UK: A short version was passed 18 after 4:34s of BBFC cuts for:
1993 Atlantic VHS
compulsory BBFC cuts
UK: Passed X (18) after compulsory BBFC
1978 cinema release
UK: The 1978 cut cinema version was released on pre-cert video for:
The Violation of the Bitch is a 1978 Spain thriller by José Ramón Larraz. Starring Patricia Granada, Lidia Zuazo and Rafael Machado.
Shortened and cut by the BBFC for a notable run as the X rated second
feature to the sex comedy Playbirds. This shortened version was released on pre-cert VHS and later on 18 rated VHS but with further BBFC cuts. In 1999 the full version was submitted for 18 rated VHS and subsequent DVDs, but this was again subjected to
BBFC cuts. The film was passed 18 uncut in 2019 for a Blu-Ray release. There is also a European version with hardcore inserts.
A superstitious, illiterate young gypsy
servant girl comes to live with a solitary female artist at her country chateau. The girl has recurring nightmares of a naked man on horseback assaulting and abusing her. As the artist takes the girl under her wing, an sensuous relationship develops
between them. At the same time, the naked horseman begins to appear in reality. The girl, convinced that he represents her doom, resists him; but the artist is intrigued and a bizarre erotic triangle is established.
Sex Maniacs Sodomia
Netherlands: The Dutch version titled Sex Maniac and Italian version titled Sodomia feature added hardcore
UK: Dubbed and subtitled versions of the original were passed 18 uncut for sexual violence, strong sex, nudity:
UK: The Director's Preferred original ersion was passed 18 after 1:15s of BBFC cuts for:
2010 Hb R2 DVD
2004 Hanzibar R0 DVD
1999 Pagan VHS titled The Coming of Sin
The BBFC cuts were to:
an attempted rape scene
a bondage scene
Shortened International Version
UK: The cut cinema version was passed 18 without further BBFC cuts for:
1987 Eaglecrest/Krypton VHS titled Secrets of the Bitch
It is not clear whether the BBFC video cuts apply to this release
UK: The cut cinema version was further cut by 28s
1986 Mighty Fair VHS titled Violation of the Bitch
UK: The cut cinema version was released on pre-cert video:
1981 Hokushin VHS titled Violation of the Bitch
UK: A shortened International Version was passed X (18) after BBFC cuts for:
1979 cinema release titled Violation of the Bitch
The International Version eliminates several crucial scenes in their entirety and alters the opening credits to play out over a later scene. The shortened version seems related to it being selected as the second feature to the heavily promoted British
sex comedy Playbirds
The US Anchor Bay/Blue Underground DVD version restores eight minutes of footage originally cut by United Artists for the U.S. release. Because these scenes were never dubbed into English, they are presented in their original Italian language with
submitted 99:59s =95:59s
UK: The English Version was passed X (18) after BBFC cuts for:
A Virgin Among the Living Dead is a 1971 French/Italian film by Jess Franco. With Christina von Blanc, Britt Nichols and Rosa Palomar.
Exists as a Director's Cut and a Producer's Cut. The Director's Cut
suffered BBFC cuts for 18 rated VHS and 2002 DVD but the 2017 DVD is uncut. The Director' Cut is MPAA Unrated in the US.
Summary Notes: Visually stunning
A girl arrives from London to visit her
estranged relatives in a remote castle for the reading of her father's will. After a while she discovers that they are all in fact dead and her decision to live with them turns into a nightmare. Unable to leave she's drawn into a macabre underworld
through visions of nude satanic rituals and her own impending sacrifice.
The movie is very stylish as is typical with Franco's work, but also rather visually stunning, with the shots of the lush forest surrounding the chateau.
UK: The Director's Cut was passed 18 uncut for strong sexualised violence for:
The Virgin and the Gypsy is a 1970 UK romance by Christopher Miles. With
Joanna Shimkus, Franco Nero and Honor Blackman.
Cut by the BBFC for 1970 cinema release. Unconfirmed but the cuts probably persisted into home video
Film adaptation from the novel by D.H. Lawrence, discovered after the celebrated
author's death in 1930, a romantic love story tells of a prim young English girl who is sexually attracted to a seductively virile gypsy. The climatic dam burst is linked with the consummation of her desire.
UK: Presumably the cinema version was passed 15 without further BBFC cuts for moderate sex and sexualised nudity for:
Virgin Spring is a 1960 Sweden drama by Ingmar Bergman. Starring Max von Sydow, Birgitta Valberg and Gunnel Lindblom.
Cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1960. Uncut and X rated
for 1980 VHS, then 15 rated since 1994 VHS and a 1998 cinema re-release.
Set in beautiful 14th century Sweden, it is the sombre, powerful fable of wealthy land-owning parents whose
daughter, a young virgin, is brutally raped and murdered by goat herders after her half sister has invoked a pagan curse. By a bizarre twist of fate, the murderers ask for food and shelter from the dead girl's parents, who, discovering the truth about
their erstwhile lodgers, exact a chilling revenge.
UK: Passed 15 uncut for one scene of sexual violence and sexual assault for:
1998 cinema release
UK: Passed 15 uncut for:
1994 Tartan VHS titled The Virgin Spring
UK: Passed X (18) uncut for:
1980 cinema release titled Virgin Spring (subtitled)
Christine gets her big chance at modelling when she applies at Sybil Waite's agency. Together with Christine's sister Betty they go to a castle for the weekend for a photo shoot
On one hand critics criticised: yeah there's this coven of witches, and a couple of cute girls are being lured into it, but that doesn't prevent this film from being only so-so at best. One of the girls becomes the plaything of
the head female witch, but any potential eroticism is wasted as they never actually do anything together. Aside from a couple of brief moments when the girls are without their clothes, this film was just plain boring.
On the other hand some critics have lightened up on the film seeing it in its 2012 pristine transfer. Perhaps because it makes for even more appreciation of the beautiful Ann and Vicki Michelle.
submitted 88:31s =84:59s
UK: Presumably the cut cinema version
was released for:
1979 Intervision VHS
Passed X (18) after BBFC cuts for:
1972 cinema release
The cuts were to sex scenes
UK: Passed GLC X (18) by the Greater London Council for:
Visions of Ecstasy is a 1989 UK short film by Nigel Wingrove. Starring Louise Downie, Elisha Scott and Dan Fox.
Banned by the BBFC for 1989 video release on grounds of blasphemy. the ban was challenged and upheld by the Video Appeals Committee and then the European Court of Human Rights. The blasphemy law was repealed in 2008 and the BBFC ban
was revoked for an uncut 18 rated DVD release in 2012.
Visions of Ecstasy, an innocuous (if rather silly) short film depicting 'the ecstatic and erotic visions of St Teresa of Avila. In the film, St Teresa is first seduced by her own sexual psyche, and then mounts and caresses the crucified body of Christ. Technical shortcomings notwithstanding (hands which seem to move freely despite apparently being nailed down).
UK: Passed 18 uncut for nudity and sex
involving religious images for:
2012 4Digital/Redemption [Visions of Ecstasy + Sacred Flesh] R0 DVD
at UK Amazon
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
2012 Sacrament [Visions of Ecstasy + Sacred Flesh] R1 DVD at US Amazon
The BBFC explained its decision in a press release:
Visions of Ecstasy is a 19 minute short film, featuring a sequence in which a figure representing St Teresa of Avila interacts sexually with a figure
representing the crucified Christ. When the film was originally submitted to the BBFC in 1989, for video classification only, the Board refused to issue a classification certificate. This decision was taken on the grounds that the publication of the
film, which the issue of a BBFC certificate would permit, might constitute an offence under the common law test of blasphemous libel.
The Board is required, as part of the terms of its designation under the Video Recordings Act
1984, to seek to avoid classifying any work that might infringe the criminal law. Therefore, the Board had no alternative at the time but to refuse a classification. The Board's decision to refuse a classification to the film was subsequently upheld by
the independent Video Appeals Committee.
In 2008, section 79 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act abolished the common law offences of blasphemy and blasphemous libel. This means that the BBFC is no longer entitled to
consider whether the publication of the film might comprise a blasphemous libel.
The BBFC has carefully considered Visions of Ecstasy in terms of its current classification Guidelines. These reflect both the requirements of
UK law and the wishes of the UK public, as expressed through regular large scale consultation exercises. With the abolition of the offence of blasphemy, the Board does not consider that the film is in breach of any other UK law that is currently in
force. Nor does the Board regard the film as likely to cause harm to viewers in the terms envisioned by the Video Recordings Act.
The Board recognises that the content of the film may be deeply offensive to some viewers. However,
the Board's Guidelines reflect the clear view of the public that adults should have the right to choose their own viewing, provided that the material in question is neither illegal nor harmful. In the absence of any breach of UK law and the lack of any
credible risk of harm, as opposed to mere offensiveness, the Board has no sustainable grounds on which to refuse a classification to Visions of Ecstasy in 2012. Therefore the film has been classified for video release at 18 without cuts.
UK: Banned by the BBFC for:
1989 Axel VHS
The BBFC decision was subsequently appealed to the Video Appeals Committee who upheld the ban.
Director Nigel Wingrove then took his case to the European Court of Human Rights, but again lost his case. Mark Kermode explained:
Visions of Ecstasy, an innocuous (if rather silly) short film depicting 'the ecstatic and erotic visions of St Teresa of Avila was banned in the UK in 1989. In the film, St Teresa is first seduced by her own sexual psyche, and then
mounts and caresses the crucified body of Christ. Technical shortcomings notwithstanding (hands which seem to move freely despite apparently being nailed down) the film raised a problem for the BBFC, which is forbidden from classifying material which may
infringe the laws of the land.
Despite support from the likes of Derek Jarman, the BBFC concluded that, if prosecuted, a 'reasonable jury' was likely to convict Visions of Ecstasy as blasphemous. Not to be defeated, director Nigel Wingrove took
his case to the European Court of Human Rights, arguing that the very existence of a blasphemy law contravened the freedoms of expression enshrined in the European Convention of Human Rights.
In a mealy-mouthed ruling, the Court
agreed that Freedom of expression constitutes one of the essential foundations of a democratic society , but with the caveat that freedom carries with it duties and responsibilities including a duty to avoid as far as possible an
expression that is, in regard to objects of veneration [i.e. religion], gratuitously offensive to others and profanatory . Which effectively meant that Wingrove was allowed his freedom of expression unless such freedom offended his Christian peers.
In which case, he wasn't...
Visiting Hours is a 1982 Canada horror thriller by Jean-Claude Lord. With Michael Ironside, Lee Grant and Linda Purl.
Cut by the BBFC for 1982 cinema release. The same cut version was briefly banned as Video Nasty in 1984. Released again in the same cut form on VHS in 1986. The BBFC cuts were waived for 2017 18 rated DVD and Blu-ray. Uncut and MPAA R
rated in the US.
Summary Review: Not your everyday slasher
A crazed, women-hating killer (Ironside) attacks journalist Deborah Ballin (Grant). When he discovers that his attack didn't kill Deborah,
he comes to the hospital to finish what he started.
The movie is really quite tense at times. The attack at Deborah's home is frightening, especially the dumb waiter scene. And the climactic chase is amazingly
pulled off. The acting is alright and the music is also to note, and adds a lot of atmosphere.
This is much different from what you'd probably expect, and is worth a look. Definitely not your everyday slasher.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong threat, violence with previous film cuts waived for:
2017 Media Sales/Final Cut Entertainment RB Blu-ray/R2 Combo at UK Amazon
Von Ryan's Express is a 1965 USA action war adventure by Mark Robson. Starring Frank Sinatra, Trevor Howard and Raffaella Carrŕ.
BBFC category cuts were required for a 'U' rated cinema release in 1965.
Later uncut and PG rated for all home video releases. Uncut and MPAA PG rated in teh US.
Ryan, an American POW, leads his fellow prisoners on a dangerous escape from the Germans in
Italy. Having seemingly made errors of judgment, Ryan has to win the support of the mainly British soldiers he is commanding.
UK: Passed PG uncut for mild violence, language for:
The Voyeur is a 1994 Italy drama by Tinto Brass. With Katarina Vasilissa, Francesco Casale and Cristina Garavaglia.
Cut by the BBFC for an 18 rated softcore release. Uncut in the US
Summary Review: Close to hardcore
At a college in Rome, a professor, nicknamed Dodo is in a deep depression. His stunningly beautiful wife has just left him for another man. Dodo wants her
back very badly and has erotic daydreams about her. A beautiful young student in his class asks him for a ride home and seduces the lucky man, but still he wonders about his wife and her lover.
What is so unique about Brass' films
of this decade (and to a slightly lesser degree his 1980s films as well) is how they manage to combine eroticism with an explicitness that is close to hardcore porn, and that without ever looking seedy or overly stylish. Greatly supporting this effect
are the music of Riz Ortolani and the excellent cinematography by Massimo Di Venanzo.
With L'Uomo che guarda Brass seems to be telling the porno makers: this is how a sex film can and should look like.
US: The Director's Cut is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
UK: The Director's Cut was passed 18 for strong sex and nudity after 35s of BBFC cuts for:
2016 Argent R2 DVD
2012 Argent Re-mastered R2 DVD
2012 Argent Online
The cuts were made by the substitution of reframed or alternative shots
The BBFC commented:
Distributor chose to remove clear and explicit sexual detail (in this case vaginal penetration with a cigar) in order to achieve an 18 classification. An uncut R18 was available. R18s can only be sold in licensed sex shops.
Producer's Cut 8s
UK: The shorter Producer's Cut was passed 18 after 8s of BBFC cuts for: