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Shopping: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It...

2021 USA horror mystery thriller by Michael Chaves just released uncut on UK 4K Blu-ray but cut on DVD and BLu-ray


Link Here14th September 2021

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is a 2021 USA horror mystery thriller by Michael Chaves
Starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson and Julian Hilliard BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Uncut and MPA R rated in the US. This was initially rated 18 uncut, by the BBFC but the distributors preferred a cut 15 rated version for 2021 cinema release. For home video the 4K Blu-ray is uncut but all the other formats are cut. The film is rated 16 uncut by IFCO for Irish cinema release.

BBFC cuts

The BBFC commented about the cut UK Version:

The distributor chose to reduce bloody injury detail in a suicide scene in order to obtain a 15 classification. An uncut 18 classification was available.

Of course the BBFC is referring to vertical wrist slitting which is disallowed at 15.

See the uncut scene in video from streamable.com . Ben comments:

I've seen the uncut footage and 18 is absurdly harsh. It's demonic possession and *technically* self-harm, but not an attempted suicide at all as the BBFC called it. You see glass and blood on the man's wrist but no clear sign of process and injury

UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong injury detail, horror:

UK: The UK edit was passed 15 for strong threat, horror, violence after BBFC category cuts:

Uncut in the US

US: Uncut and MPA R rated for terror, violence and some disturbing images:

Promotional Material

One of the most sensational cases from Ed and Lorraine Warren's files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they'd ever seen before.

 

 

Shopping: The Tough Ones...

1976 Italy action crime thriller by umberto lenzi just released on UK Blu-ray with 2 versions


Link Here14th September 2021

The Tough Ones is a 1976 Italy action crime thriller by umberto lenzi
Starring Maurizio Merli, Arthur Kennedy and Giampiero Albertini BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The original Version/Director's Cut was significantly shortened and reworked for the US Version.

88 Films comments about the US Version: US Version of the Film, Brutal Justice (Presented in a Grindhouse Presentation from a Film Print supplied by AGFA)

UK: Passed 18 uncut for sexual violence:
  • 2021 88 Films [Director's Cut + US Version] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 6th September 2021

Promotional Material

Umberto Lenzi, the legendary director of Cannibal Ferox, kicked off the Italian police film craze with this hyper-kinetic, ultra-violent, brain-blasting action thriller. Maurizio Merli stars as an Italian Dirty Harry, punching and shooting his way through the sleazy drug, sex, and crime infested cesspool of mid-'70s Rome, on the trail of a sadistic, machine gun-toting hunchback, played by Tomas Milian (Brother's Till We Die).

Boasting a state-of-the-art 4K transfer of Lenzi's uncensored director's cut, the new edition of The Tough Ones includes an incredible slate of special features and a "Grindhouse Version" of the US Brutal Justice release.

 

 

Shopping: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It...

2021 USA horror mystery thriller by Michael Chaves just released uncut on UK 4K Blu-ray but cut on other formats


Link Here14th September 2021

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is a 2021 USA horror mystery thriller by Michael Chaves
Starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson and Julian Hilliard BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Uncut and MPA R rated in the US. This was initially rated 18 uncut, by the BBFC but the distributors preferred a cut 15 rated version for 2021 cinema release. For home video the 4K Blu-ray is uncut but all the other formats are cut. The film is rated 16 uncut by IFCO for Irish cinema release.

BBFC cuts

The BBFC commented about the cut UK Version:

The distributor chose to reduce bloody injury detail in a suicide scene in order to obtain a 15 classification. An uncut 18 classification was available.

Of course the BBFC is referring to vertical wrist slitting which is disallowed at 15.

See the uncut scene in video from streamable.com . Ben comments:

I've seen the uncut footage and 18 is absurdly harsh. It's demonic possession and *technically* self-harm, but not an attempted suicide at all as the BBFC called it. You see glass and blood on the man's wrist but no clear sign of process and injury

UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong injury detail, horror:

UK: The UK edit was passed 15 for strong threat, horror, violence after BBFC category cuts:

Uncut in the US

US: Uncut and MPA R rated for terror, violence and some disturbing images:

Promotional Material

One of the most sensational cases from Ed and Lorraine Warren's files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they'd ever seen before.

 

 

Shopping: The Tough Ones...

1976 Italy action crime thriller by umberto lenzi just released on UK Blu-ray with 2 versions


Link Here14th September 2021

The Tough Ones is a 1976 Italy action crime thriller by umberto lenzi
Starring Maurizio Merli, Arthur Kennedy and Giampiero Albertini BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The original Version/Director's Cut was significantly shortened and reworked for the US Version.

88 Films comments about the US Version: US Version of the Film, Brutal Justice (Presented in a Grindhouse Presentation from a Film Print supplied by AGFA)

UK: Passed 18 uncut for sexual violence:
  • 2021 88 Films [Director's Cut + US Version] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 6th September 2021

Promotional Material

Umberto Lenzi, the legendary director of Cannibal Ferox, kicked off the Italian police film craze with this hyper-kinetic, ultra-violent, brain-blasting action thriller. Maurizio Merli stars as an Italian Dirty Harry, punching and shooting his way through the sleazy drug, sex, and crime infested cesspool of mid-'70s Rome, on the trail of a sadistic, machine gun-toting hunchback, played by Tomas Milian (Brother's Till We Die).

Boasting a state-of-the-art 4K transfer of Lenzi's uncensored director's cut, the new edition of The Tough Ones includes an incredible slate of special features and a "Grindhouse Version" of the US Brutal Justice release.

 

 

Shopping: The Boys Next Door...

1985 USA crime thriller by Penelope Spheeris, once cut by the MPAA and BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here11th September 2021
The Boys Next Door is a 1985 USA crime thriller by Penelope Spheeris.
Starring Maxwell Caulfield, Charlie Sheen and Patti D'Arbanville. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating. This version became the standard release which was passed 18 for 1985 cinema release. In 1986 further cuts were required by the BBFC for VHS release. The standard version was passed 15 without BBFC cuts for 2021 Blu-ray.
UK: Passed 15 uncut with a BBFC trigger warning for strong violence, sex references, sex, discrimination, very strong language:
  • 2021 101 Films Limited Edition (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 6th September 2021

Promotional Material

101 Films presents The Boys Next Door (1985), a violent and disturbing crime thriller from director Penelope Spheeris (The Decline of Western Civilisation) and screenwriters Glen Morgan & James Wong (Final Destination, The X-Files).

Bo Richards (Charlie Sheen) has trouble talking to girls. Roy Alston (Maxwell Caulfield) is filled with an uncontrollable rage. On the weekend of their high-school graduation, the two suburban outcasts head for Los Angeles and embark on a violent murder spree that shocks the nation. But these young men are neither hardened criminals nor foaming-at-the-mouth maniacs. They are simply The Boys Next Door.

EXTRAS

  • Limited edition booklet: Includes Living with the Boys Next Door by John Towlson and AssassiNation: Cold-blooded Rebels and the Death of the American Dream by Rich Johnson
  • Audio commentary with director Penelope Spheeris and actor Maxwell Caulfield
  • Blind Rage: Interview with Stephen Thrower, author of Nightmare USA
  • Both Sides of the Law: Interview with actors Maxwell Caulfield and Christopher McDonald
  • Give Us Your Money: Interviews with street band performers Texacala Jones and Tequila Mockingbird
  • Caveman Day: Cinemaniacs interview with director Penelope Spheeris and actor Maxwell Caulfield
  • Tales from the End Zone: Interview with actor Kenneth Cortland
  • The Psychotronic Tourist -- The Boys Next Door
  • Alternate Opening Title Sequence & Extended Scenes (Silent)
  • Trailer

 

 

Shopping: Dune...

1984 USA action Sci-Fi adventure by David Lynch, once cut for a BBFC PG rating, just released on US 4K Blu-ray


Link Here9th September 2021

Dune is a 1984 USA action Sci-Fi adventure by David Lynch.
Starring Kyle MacLachlan and Virginia Madsen and Francesca Annis. IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for a PG rated 1984 cinema release. Uncut and 15 rated on UK home video until 2016 when the rating was dropped to 12. Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated in the US.

Summary Notes

In the far future, a duke and his family are sent by the Emperor to a sand world from which comes a spice that is essential for interstellar travel. The move is designed to destroy the duke and his family, but his son escapes and seeks revenge as he uses the world's ecology as one of his weapons.

US: Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated for:

Promotional Material

Following a notorious aborted attempt by Alejandro Jodorowsky in the 1970s, Frank Herbert's bestselling sci-fi epic Dune finally made it to the big screen as the third film by emerging surrealist wunderkind David Lynch, featuring an all-star cast that includes several of Lynch's regular collaborators.

The year is 10,191, and four planets are embroiled in a secret plot to wrest control of the Spice Melange, the most precious substance in the universe and found only on the planet Arrakis. A feud between two powerful dynasties, House Atreides and House Harkonnen, is manipulated from afar by ruling powers that conspire to keep their grip on the spice. As the two families clash on Arrakis, Duke Atreides' son Paul (Kyle MacLachlan, in his screen debut) finds himself at the center of an intergalactic war and an ancient prophecy that could change the galaxy forever.

Though its initial reception ensured that Lynch largely eschewed mainstream filmmaking for the rest of his career, Dune has since been rightly re-evaluated as one of the most startlingly original and visionary science fiction films of the 1980s. Its astonishing production design and visual effects can now be appreciated anew in this spellbinding 4K restoration, accompanied by hours of comprehensive bonus features.

LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY CONTENTS

  • Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative
  • 60-page perfect-bound book featuring new writing by Andrew Nette, Christian McCrea and Charlie Brigden, an interview with sound designer Alan Splet from 1984, excerpts from an interview with the director and a Dune Terminology glossary
  • Large fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dániel Taylor
  • Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproductions
  • Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Dániel Taylor

    DISC 1: FEATURE & EXTRAS
     

  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
  • Original uncompressed stereo and DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Brand new commentary by film historian Paul M. Sammon
  • Brand new commentary by Mike White of The Projection Booth podcast
  • Impressions of Dune , a 2003 documentary on the making of the film
  • Designing Dune , a 2005 featurette on the work of production designer Anthony Masters
  • Dune FX , a 2005 featurette on the film's effects
  • Dune Models & Miniatures , a 2005 featurette on the film's model effects
  • Dune Costumes , a 2005 featurette on the film's costume designs
  • 11 deleted scenes, with a 2005 introduction by Raffaella de Laurentiis
  • Destination Dune , a 1983 featurette
  • Theatrical trailers and TV spots
  • Image galleries

    DISC 2: BONUS DISC

  • Beyond Imagination: Merchandising Dune , a brand new featurette on the film's promotional merchandise
  • Prophecy Fulfilled: Scoring Dune , a brand new featurette on the film's music score, with interviews with members of Toto and film music historian Tim Greiving
  • Brand new interview with make-up effects artist Giannetto de Rossi
  • Archive interview with production coordinator Golda Offenheim
  • Archive interview with star Paul Smith
  • Archive interview with make-up effects artist Christopher Tucker

    *EXTRAS STILL IN PRODUCTION AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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    Shopping: The Comedy of Terrors...

    1963 USA comedy horror by Jacques Tourneur, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here7th September 2021

    The Comedy of Terrors is a 1963 USA comedy horror by Jacques Tourneur.
    Starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Cut by the BBFC for 1964 X rated cinema release. Uncut at 15 on VHS and 12 on DVD. Cut in the US.
    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    Promotional Material

    Your Favorite Creeps Together Again! Four masters of the macabre star in this sinister and screamingly funny scare-fest! Waldo Trumbull (Vincent Price, The Raven) is running his father-in-law's (Boris Karloff, Black Sabbath) funeral home business... straight into the ground! Hounded by his landlord (Basil Rathbone, The Magic Sword), Trumbull and his assistant (Peter Lorre, Tales of Terror) devise a way to make death pay: by increasing their customer base through murder and burying the secrets of their success... body by body! Jacques Tourneur, the diabolical director of Cat People, I Walked with a Zombie, Out of the Past and War-Gods of the Deep, blended humor and horror for The Comedy of Terrors, written by Richard Matheson (The Last Man on Earth) and co-starring Joyce Jameson (The Apartment) with special guest star Joe E. Brown (Some Like It Hot).

    Special Features:
    -NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
    -Richard Matheson Storyteller
    -Theatrical Trailer
    -Limited Edition O-Card Slipcase

     

     

    Malcolm X...

    Another bizarre BBFC rating from the Netflix Random Rating Generator


    Link Here5th September 2021
    Malcolm X is a 1992 US/Japan historical biography by Spike Lee
    Starring Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett and Delroy Lindo BBFC link 2020  IMDb
    There are no censorship issues with this release beyond noting that the BBFC thinks the film is 15 rated whilst Netflix bizarrely think it's an 18.

    In the US the film is rated PG-13 for a scene of violence, and for drugs and some language

    Summary Notes

    Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam.

    Versions

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    run: 201:41s
    pal: 193:37s
    18

    15 1980

    MPAA PG-13

    UK: Passed 18 uncut with a BBFC trigger warning for violence, discrimination theme:
    • 2021 Netflix video
    UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong violence, language and drug use:
    • 2012 Warner Home Video Ltd video
    UK: Passed 15 uncut:
    • 2001 Pathe Distribution Ltd video
    • 1993 Guild Home VHS
    • 1993 cinema release

    US: Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated for a scene of violence, and for drugs and some language

     

     

    Shopping: Satan's Slave...

    1976 UK horror by Norman J Warren, once cut by the BBFC, just released uncut on UK Blu-ray


    Link Here5th September 2021

    Satan's Slave is a 1976 UK horror by Norman J Warren.
    With Michael Gough, Martin Potter and Candace Glendenning. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Cut by the BBFC for X rated cinema release in 1976 and 18 rated VHS in 1997. The 2004 18 rated DVD is based on the extended International Version but was missing a scene of sexual violence, a decision backed by the director. The sexual violence cuts were waived by the BBFC for 2019 Blu-ray featuring the uncut International Version.

    The International Version is uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

    UK: The International Version was previously passed 18 for sexual threat, sexualised violence:
    UK: The Director's Cut was previously passed 18
    • 2021 Powerhouse Films Standard Edition [International Version + Director's Cut] R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 30th August 2021

    Promotional Material

    For his first foray into horror cinema -- the genre in which he would ensure his legacy -- Norman J Warren teamed up with critic-turned-screenwriter David McGillivray (House of Whipcord) and Hammer veteran Michael Gough (The Phantom of the Opera) for a tale of witchcraft and occultism.

    Candace Glendenning (Tower of Evil) plays a young woman who witnesses the death of her parents en route to visiting her uncle (played by Gough) and cousin (Martin Potter, Goodbye Gemini). While recovering from the trauma at his isolated estate, she begins to suspect all is not as it seems and that dark magic may be at work...

    Extras INDICATOR STANDARD EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES

    -2K restoration, supervised and approved by director Norman J Warren
    -Original mono audio
    -Two presentations of the film: the director's cut (89 mins); and the export version (90 mins)
    -Audio commentary with Warren and screenwriter David McGillivray (2004)
    -Audio commentary with Warren and composer John Scott (2019)
    -Before the Blood (2019, 29 mins): Warren recalls his earliest experiences in the film industry
    -All You Need Is Blood (1976, 13 mins): vintage 'making of' documentary, presented in High Definition for the first time
    -All You Need Is Blood Outtakes (1976, 33 mins): rare and previously unseen footage shot on location
    -Creating Satan (2004, 30 mins): archival documentary featuring interviews with Warren, McGillivray, actor Martin Potter, and others
    -Devilish Music (2004, 13 mins): archival interview with John Scott
    -Two deleted scenes with commentary by Warren
    -Censoring 'Satan's Slave' (2019, 16 mins): video demonstration of the cuts imposed by the British Board of Film Censors in 1976
    -Original 'U' certificate theatrical trailer
    -Original 'R'-rated theatrical trailer
    -Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
    -New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

     

     

    Shopping: Corruption...

    Notable 1968 UK horror by Robert Hartford-Davis, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray with the uncut continental version


    Link Here4th September 2021
    Corruption is a 1968 UK horror by Robert Hartford-Davis
    Starring Peter Cushing, Sue Lloyd and Noel Trevarthen Melon Farmers link  YouTube icon  BBFC link 2020  IMDb

    A toned down UK version was further cut by the BBFC for X rated cinema release in 1968. This was later passed 18 for 1990 VHS and 15 for 2021 Blu-ray. There is an uncut continental version featuring more nudity and violence titled Laser Killer. This was passed 18 uncut for UK Blu-ray release in 2021.

    UK: The Continental Version was passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence:
    UK: The UK Version was passed 15 uncut for strong violence, gory images:
    • 2021 Powerhouse Films [UK + Continental Versions] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 30th August 2021

    Promotional Material

    In the 1960s, director Robert Hartford-Davis (The Black Torment, The Fiend) teamed up with producer/cameraman Peter Newbrook (The Asphyx) to make a series of low-budget films capitalising on the cinematic crazes of the day. In 1968, the duo stridently ventured into the surgical horror subgenre with Corruption, a grim update of Eyes Without a Face, transposed into the scenic south-coast seaside town of Seaford, via Swinging Sixties London.

    In a surprising performance, Peter Cushing (Captain Clegg, The Revenge of Frankenstein) stars as a high-class plastic surgeon who is driven to murder as part of a demented quest to rebuild the decaying visage of his fashion model wife (Sue Lloyd, The Ipcress File), who has been severely scarred at a party.

    A film that pushed the envelope of gore and sleaze in its era, Corruption is presented on home video for the first time in the UK.

    Extras INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES

    -2K restoration from the original negative
    -Two feature presentations: the theatrical version (92 mins); and the more graphic international version (91 mins)
    -Original mono audio
    -Audio commentary with Peter Cushing biographer David Miller and English Gothic author Jonathan Rigby (2013)
    -The BEHP Interview with Peter Newbrook (1995): career-spanning audio interview with the producer and cameraman, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring Newbrook in conversation with Alan Lawson and Roy Fowler
    -The Guardian Lecture with Peter Cushing (1986): audio recording of an interview with the legendary actor recorded at the National Film Theatre, London
    -Interview with actor Phillip Manikum (2021)
    -Interview with actor Billy Murray (2012)
    -Interview with actor Jan Waters (2012)
    -Whatever Happened to Wendy Varnals? (2013): interview with the English actor
    -Stephen Laws Introduces 'Corruption' (2021): appreciation by the acclaimed horror author
    -The Unkindest Cuts (2021): critic and writer Michael Brooke on the history of surgical horror
    -Edgar Wright trailer commentary (2013): short critical appreciation
    -Original UK theatrical trailer
    -Original US theatrical trailer
    -TV spots
    -Radio spots
    -Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
    -Director's shooting script gallery
    -New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
    -Limited edition exclusive 80-page book with a new essay by Laura Mayne, archival articles and interviews, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
    -Limited edition exclusive set of five replica production stills
    -UK home video premiere
    -Limited edition of 5,000 copies

    Extras subject to change

     

     

    Shopping: Guyana: Cult of the Damned...

    1979 Mexico/Panama/Spain adventure thriller by René Cardona Jr just released on US Blu-ray and DVD in the shortened US Version


    Link Here2nd September 2021

    Guyana: Cult of the Damned is a 1979 Mexico/Panama/Spain adventure thriller by René Cardona Jr.
    Starring Stuart Whitman, Gene Barry and John Ireland BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    The original Mexican Version runs 115 minutes. The MPAA R rated US Version of the film was cut by Universal down to 90 minutes. There is also a DVD version that runs at 107 minutes. This latter version seems to correlate to the UK X rated cinema release in 1979.
    US: The cut US Version is MPAA R rated for:

    Promotional Material

    Guyana: Cult of the Damned (aka Guyana: Crime of the Century) is a 1970 Mexican-American exploitation drama written and directed by René Cardona Jr. (Tintorera, The Bermuda Triangle). The film was shot in Mexico, was based on the Jonestown Massacre. The names of the central characters are slightly tweaked from the historical ones, the film is set in "Johnsontown" rather than Jonestown, the cult is led by "Reverend James Johnson" (Stuart Whitman, Shadows in an Empty Room, Rio Conchos, Maniac!) rather than Rev. Jim Warren Jones, and the murdered Congressman is "Lee O'Brien" (Gene Barry, The War of the Worlds and TV's Burke's Law) instead of Leo Ryan. Guyana: Cult of the Damned features a stellar cast that includes John Ireland (Red River), Joseph Cotten (The Third Man), Yvonne De Carlo (TV's The Munsters), Bradford Dillman (Chosen Survivors), Nadiuska (Conan the Barbarian), Hugo Stiglitz (Tintorera) and Robert DoQui (The Devil's 8). Now see this cult classic thriller in HD, from a brand new 2K scan!

    Special Features:
    -Brand New 2K Master
    -Islolated Score and Effects
    -Theatrical Trailer

     

     

    The Guns of Navarone, another American intelligence failure...

    Sunday afternoon TV staple uprated to a BBFC 15 rating, albeit generated by the Netflix random rating generator


    Link Here 1st September 2021
    The Guns Of Navarone is a 1961 UK/US action adventure drama by J. Lee Thompson
    Starring David Niven, Gregory Peck and Anthony Quinn BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Passed U after BBFC cuts for 1961 cinema release. The same cuts persisted in 1986 and 1990 on PG rated VHS but have been waived since a 1994 restoration. Netflix uprated the rating to 15 in 2021.

    Summary Notes

    A team of allied saboteurs are assigned an impossible mission: infiltrate an impregnable Nazi-held island and destroy the two enormous long-range field guns that prevent the rescue of 2,000 ...

    Versions

    uncut
    uncut
    run: 156:24s
    pal: 150:09s
    15

    PG cert

     

    UK: Passed 15 uncut for violence:
    • 2021 Netflix video

    UK: A restored version with the original use of the word 'bloody' was passed PG uncut:

    BBFC cut
    cut
    cut:  
    run: 156:00s
    pal: 149:46s
    sub: 157:45s
    PG cert

    old cert U

    UK: The cut cinema version was passed PG without further BBFC cuts for:
    • 1990 VCI VHS
    • 1986 RCA Columbia VHS
    UK: Passed U after BBFC cuts for:
    • 1961 cinema release

    From IMDB:

    • Barnsby's uses of the word 'bloody' overdubbed with 'ruddy

    But this is not the only example amongst the latest ratings.

    Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay is a 2008 US comedy adventure by Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
    Starring John Cho, Kal Penn and Neil Patrick Harris BBFC link 2020 IMDb
    There are no UK censorship issues with this release beyond noting that the BBFC rated the film 18, whilst Netflix opted for 15.

    Summary Notes

    After being mistaken for terrorists and thrown into Guantánamo Bay, stoners Harold and Kumar escape and return to the U.S., where they proceed to flee across the country with federal agents ...

    Versions

    BBFC uncut

    mpaa cut
    cut 

    cut:  
    run: 100:22s
    pal: 96:21s
    15

    18

    MPAA R

    UK: The Theatrical Version was passed 15 uncut for crude humour, language, sexual images, drug misuse:
    • 2021 Netflix video

    UK: The Theatrical Version was passed 18 for strong sex references, nudity and drug use without BBFC cuts:

    • 2008 Entertainment in Video video
    • 2008 cinema release

    US: The Theatrical Version was rated R for strong crude and sexual content, graphic nudity, pervasive language and drug use

    The Spongebob Movie: Sponge On The Run is a 2020 South Korea / USA children's cartoon comedy by Tim Hill.
    Starring Keanu Reeves and Awkwafina and Clancy Brown. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    There are no censorship issues with this release beyond noticing that the film was rated PG by the BBFC but U by Netflix

    Summary Notes

    Set before the events of the television series, SpongeBob goes on a trip to Kamp Koral and meets some new friends. However, when his pet snail Gary gets kidnapped by Poseidon and taken to the Lost City of Atlantic City, he and his new best friend Patrick must go on a rescue mission to save him from the dastardly plan of Poseidon before it is too late. The movie will also reveal the first time our beloved characters (as kids) met at Camp...a magical moment that brings meaning to the power of true friendship.

    Versions

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    run: 92m
    pal: 88m
    PGUK: Passed PG uncut for mild bad language, scary scenes:
    • 2021 Paramount Pictures International Limited video

    BBFC uncut
    run: 92:00s
    pal: 88:19s
    UUK: Passed U uncut for rude humour, language, threat, dangerous behaviour, bullying, violence:
    • 2020 Netflix video

     

     

    Shopping: Robotrix...

    1991 Hong Kong Sci-Fi adult comedy by Jamie Luk set for UK Blu-ray release on 20th September 2021 with previous BBFC cuts just waived


    Link Here1st September 2021

    Robotrix is a 1991 Hong Kong Sci-Fi adult comedy by Jamie Luk.
    With Amy Yip, Chikako Aoyama and David Wu. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated 1987 VHS and again for 2013 DVD. The film was passed 18 uncut for 2021 Blu-ray. The Hong Kong release is Cat III uncut but IMDb notes that the Taiwanese release includes an extra comic plot scene.

    UK: Passed 18 uncut for sexual violence, strong bloody violence, sex, nudity:
    • 2021 88 Films Collector's Edition (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 20th September 2021

    Promotional Material

    From the heady days of early 90s Hong Kong exploitation cinema comes Robotrix, a hi-octane, fast and furious science fiction romp, packed with glorious action sequences and bonkers plotlines. When evil inventor Ryuichi Sakamato (Chung Lin) transfers his mind into that of a powerful cyborg, he becomes a murderer and rapist. But when one of his victims, Police officer Selena Lin (Chikako Aoyama) becomes super robot Eve-27, she teams up with android sidekick Ann (Amy Yip) and together they seek to bring the criminally insane scientist to justice.

    Like a crazy mix of The Terminator (1981), The Power Rangers and of course, Robocop (1987) Robotrix, combines the mad doctor movie with extreme martial arts to deliver a sexy, seductive, bionic tale of lust and violence given a uniquely Asian futuristic spin.

    LIMITED EDITION FEATURES

    Rigid slipcase with brand new artwork by R.P. "Kung Fu Bob" O'Brien
    Double-Sided Foldout Poster featuring new artwork and original HK poster
    6 Replica Lobby Cards
    80-page perfect-bound book including an interview with director Jamie Luk, an interview Robotrix actor Vincent Lyn, Robotrix versus censorship by Matthew Edwards, and VHS Cat III Cinema boom of the 90s by Tim Murray
    Video Introduction with Director Jamie Luk
    English LPCM Mono 2.0
    Cantonese LPCM Mono 2.0 with English Subtitles
    Cantonese LPCM Mono 2.0 with English SDH
    Audio Commentary with Mike Leeder and Arne Venema
    Scenes From the Alternative Version
    English Language Titles
    Hong Kong Trailer
    English Trailer
    Reversible sleeve with original Hong Kong poster art

     

     

    Shopping: Evil Dead Trap...

    1988 Japan horror by Toshiharu Ikeda, still cut in the UK, just released uncut on US Blu-ray and DVD


    Link Here1st September 2021
    Evil Dead Trap is a 1988 Japan horror by Toshiharu Ikeda
    Starring Miyuki Ono, Aya Katsuragi and Hitomi Kobayashi BBFC link 2020 IMDb
    Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated DVD in 2002. Uncut and MPA Unrated in the US.
    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    Promotional Material

    RAW HORROR KNOWS NO BOUNDARIES!

    A TV station employee takes a camera crew out to an abandoned factory to investigate a purported murder that was videotapes there, only to end up running for her life. Nami hosts a late night home video program. She receives a videotape which appears to contain an actual murder. She and her crew investigate the location where she meets a man looking for his brother who warns her to stay away. As she gets closer to the truth, she and her friends are subjected to a brutal nightmare.

    SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Audio Commentary with Director Toshiharu Ikeda and SPFX Manager Shinichi Wakasa
  • Audio Commentary by filmmaker Kurando Mitsutake (KARATE KILL, GUN WOMAN)
  • Audio Commentary with James Mudge of easternKicks
  • Trappings of the Dead - Reflecting on a Japanese Cult Classic
  • Storyboards
  • Behind the Scenes Stills
  • Promotional Artwork
  • Trailer
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    Shopping: Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers...

    1989 US horror thriller by Dominique Othenin-Girard set for US 4K Blu-ray release on 5th October 2021 with extras revealing cut material for a US R rating


    Link Here30th August 2021
    Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers is a 1989 US horror thriller by Dominique Othenin-Girard
    Starring Donald Pleasence, Danielle Harris and Ellie Cornell Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
    Cut in the US to obtain an MPAA R rating. The same cut version was passed 18 for all UK releases since.

    Note that extras on this release include the long-Lost Alternate Opening Sequence Featuring The Appearance Of Dr. Death and snippets Of Gore Cut To Obtain An R-Rating.

    Summary Notes

    It's one year later after the events of Halloween 4. Michael survives the shootings and on October 31st he returns with a vengeance. Lurking and stalking, Jamie, Rachel, and Rachel's friends, Michael forms a plan to lure Jamie out of the children's hospital where events lead up to the confrontation at the Myers house. Halloween 5 is a dark, thrill ride that will scare the heck out of you!

    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
    • 2021 SHOUT! FACTORY Collector's Edition R0 4K Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 5th October 2021

    Promotional Material

    After lying in a coma for a year, Michael Myers awakens and stalks his way back to his hometown with the intent again on killing his niece, Jamie (Danielle Harris), who has been confined to a mental institution since Michael's last attempt to slay her. Suspecting a psychic link between Michael and Jamie, psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence) attempts to stop Michael's latest rampage.

    Bonus Features DISC ONE (4K UHD):

    • NEW 2021 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative
    • NEW 2021 Dolby Atmos Track
    • Audio Commentary With Actor Don Shanks And Author Justin Beahm
    • Audio Commentary With Director Dominique Othenin-Girard And Actors Danielle Harris And Jeffrey Landman
    DISC TWO (BLU-RAY):
    • NEW 2021 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative
    • NEW 2021 Dolby Atmos Track
    • Audio Commentary With Don Shanks And Justin Beahm
    • Audio Commentary With Dominique Othenin-Girard, Danielle Harris, And Jeffrey Landman
    • NEW Long-Lost Alternate Opening Sequence Featuring The Appearance Of Dr. Death
    • NEW Extra Snippets Of Gore Cut To Obtain An R-Rating
    • NEW "Of Darkness And Shadows -- The Cinematography of Halloween 5 " -- An Interview With Cinematographer Robert Draper
    • "Inside Halloween 5 "
    • "Dead Man's Party -- The Making Of Halloween 5 " -- A Two-part Featurette
    • "On The Set: Behind-The-Scenes Footage"
    • Horror's Hallowed Grounds -- A Look At The Original Filming Locations
    • Halloween 5 Original Promo
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • TV Spots
    • NEW Newspaper Ad Still Gallery By Drive-In Asylum
    • Still Gallery

     

     

    Shopping: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It...

    2021 USA horror mystery thriller by Michael Chaves, cut for most UK formats, just released uncut for all US formats


    Link Here30th August 2021

    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is a 2021 USA horror mystery thriller by Michael Chaves
    Starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson and Julian Hilliard Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020  IMDb

    Uncut and MPA R rated in the US. This was initially rated 18 uncut, by the BBFC but the distributors preferred a cut 15 rated version for 2021 cinema release. Both versions are available for UK home video release. The film is rated 16 uncut by IFCO for Irish cinema release.

    Summary Notes

    A chilling story of terror, murder and unknown evil that shocked even experienced real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. One of the most sensational cases from their files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they'd ever seen before, to mark the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense.

    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

     

     

    Shopping: All About Eve...

    1950 US drama by Joseph L Mankiewicz just released on UK Blu-ray with a garbled BBFC database bizarrely suggesting the film is 12 rated for bleeped strong language


    Link Here30th August 2021

    All About Eve is a 1950 US drama by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
    Starring Bette Davis, Anne Baxter and George Sanders BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    There are no censorship issues with this release beyond noting probable misinformation in the BBFC's shoddy new database.

    The latest cinema certificate is U uncut but the latest video certificate listed in the BBFC database suggests that the film is 12 rated for bleeped strong language.

    I don't suppose there is any bleeped strong language in this classic movie from 1950 so presumably this rating actually applies to something like a commentary track. Of course there is absolutely no indication that this is the case in the BBFC's shoddy database. The package 12 rating for disk extras rather adds to the suggestion that the feature itself is 12 rated.

    Summary Notes

    Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) is waiting backstage to meet her idol, talented but aging Broadway star Margo Channing (Bette Davis). It seems innocent enough as Eve explains that she has seen Margo in EVERY performance of her current play. Margo and her friends take Eve under their wing but only theatre critic Addison DeWitt (George Sanders) sees through Eve's evil plan, which is to take Margo's parts and her fiancé, Bill Simpson (Gary Merrill) too.

    UK: Previously passed U uncut for:

     

     

    Shopping: One Dark Night...

    1982 USA horror by Tom McLoughlin just released on US Blu-ray and DVD with 2 versions on Blu-ray


    Link Here30th August 2021

    One Dark Night is a 1982 USA horror by Tom McLoughlin (as Thomas McLoughlin).
    Starring Meg Tilly and Melissa Newman and Robin Evans. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Exists as a Theatrical Version and a workprint.

    US: Uncut and MPAA PG rated for:

    Promotional Material

    A NIGHT TO REMEMBER UNTIL THE DAY YOU DIE.

    World renowned psychic Raymar is found dead after announcing that he had uncovered the secret of how to become even more powerful in death by the use of telekinetic powers. At the same time, two high school girls plan an initiation night for their friend Julie (Meg Tilly, The Big Chill), who is determined to shed her goody-goody image. Her test is to spend the night locked in the crypt -- the same one that Raymar has been buried in that very day.

    The crypt soon becomes a battlefield of horror involving unmated special effects with vaults cracking and exploding open, coffins sliding out and splintering open to release decayed corpses at Raymar's bidding.

    The climatic surprise ending will chill the audience and consume them with terror in this shocking tale of horror from writer/director Tom McLoughlin (Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives) that takes you beyond fear!

    SPECIAL FEATURES :

  • High Definition (1080p) presentation of the main feature in 1.78:1 aspect ratio
  • Audio: LPCM 2.0 Mono
  • English Subtitles
  • Audio commentary with Director & Co-Writer Tom McLoughlin and Producer Michael Schroeder
  • Audio commentary with Director & Co-Writer Tom McLoughlin and writer Michael Hawes
  • Interview with Director Tom McLoughlin
  • Interview with Actress E.G Daily
  • Interview with Actress Nancy Mott
  • Interview with Cinematographer Hal Trussell
  • Interview with Production Designer Craig Stearns
  • Interview with Producer Michael Schroeder
  • Interview with Special Effects crew member Paul Clemens
  • Alternate Director's Cut / Work Print Version of the film (SD, 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio)
  • Behind the scenes footage
  • Paul Clemens photo gallery
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Artwork
  • Collectible Mini-Poster
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    Shopping: The Cat O' Nine Tails...

    1971 Italy / France / West Germany mystery thriller by Dario Argento, once cut in the UK, just released on US 4K Blu-ray


    Link Here28th August 2021
    The Cat o'Nine Tails is a 1971 Italy / France / West Germany mystery thriller by Dario Argento.
    Starring James Franciscus, Karl Malden and Catherine Spaak. Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020  IMDb
    A presumably pre-cut version was passed by the BBFC for an AA rated 1971 cinema release, The 18 rated VHS was slightly shortened for video and 2002 DVD. The same versions was reduced to a 15 rating in 2005. The same version is unrated in the US but the PG rated version is heavily cut.
    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    Promotional Material

    Following the success of his debut feature, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, distributor Titanus tasked writer/director Dario Argento with delivering a follow-up in short order. The resulting film, granted a greatly enhanced budget and heralded in its US marketing campaign as nine times more suspenseful than its predecessor, was The Cat O Nine Tails.

    When a break-in occurs at a secretive genetics institute, blind puzzle-maker Franco Arnò (Karl Malden, Patton, One-Eyed Jacks), who overheard an attempt to blackmail one of the institutes scientists shortly before the robbery, teams up with intrepid reporter Carlo Giordani (James Franciscus, Beneath the Planet of the Apes) to crack the case. But before long the bodies begin to pile up and the two amateur sleuths find their own lives imperiled in their search for the truth. And worse still, Lori (Cinzia De Carolis, Cannibal Apocalypse), Francos young niece, may also be in killers sights

    This second entry in the so-called Animal Trilogy found Argento further refining his distinctive style and cementing his reputation as the master of the giallo thriller. Co-starring Catherine Spaak ( Il Sorpasso) and Rada Rassimov ( Baron Blood), and featuring another nerve-jangling score by the great Ennio Morricone ( The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly), The Cat O Nine Tails remains one of Argentos most suspenseful and underrated films.

    4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • New 4K restoration from the original negative by Arrow Films
  • 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
  • Restored original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks
  • English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • Audio commentary by critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman
  • Nine Lives, an interview with co-writer/director Dario Argento
  • The Writer O Many Tales, an interview with co-writer Dardano Sacchetti
  • Child Star, an interview with actress Cinzia De Carolis
  • Giallo in Turin, an interview with production manager Angelo Iacono
  • Script pages for the lost original ending, translated into English for the first time
  • Original Italian, international and US theatrical trailers
  • Illustrated collectors booklet featuring an original essay on the film by Dario Argento, and writing by Barry Forshaw, Troy Howarth and Howard Hughes
  • Fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative
  • Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards
  • Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring originally and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative
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    Early Spring and Funeral Parade of Roses...

    More bouncy ratings from the BBFC for a 1956 Japanese drama and a worthy trans drama


    Link Here27th August 2021
    Early Spring is a 1956 Japan drama by Yasujirô Ozu
    Starring Chikage Awashima, Ryô Ikebe and Teiji Takahashi BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    A young man and his wife struggle within the confines of their passionless relationship while he has an extramarital romance.

    There are no censorship issues with this release beyond noting that the BBFC rating has just been raised from U to PG. What were 'very mild' sex references in 2012 are now 'mild' sex references in 2021.

    Versions

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    run: 145m
    pal: 139m
    PGUK: Passed PG uncut for mild bad language, sex references:
    • 2021 cinema release

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    run: 144:39s
    pal: 138:52s
    U 1980UK: Passed U uncut for very mild references to infidelity:
    • 2012 BFI video

     

    Funeral Parade Of Roses is a 1969 Japan trans drama by Toshio Matsumoto.
    Starring Pîtâ and Osamu Ogasawara and Yoshimi Jô. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    While dealing drugs on the side, Gonda operates the Genet, a gay bar in Tokyo where he has hired a stable of transvestites to service the customers. The madame or lead "girl" of the bar is Leda, an older, old fashioned geisha-styled transvestite with who Gonda lives and is in a relationship. Arguably, the most popular of the girls working at the bar now is Eddie, a younger, modern transvestite. Like Leda, Eddie lives openly as a woman. Eddie's troubled life includes her father having deserted the family when she was a child, and having had a difficult relationship with her mother following, she who mocked Eddie's ability to be the man the of the family. Gonda enters into a sexual relationship with Eddie, who he promises to make madame of the bar, replacing Leda in both facets of his life, with Eddie having threatened to quit otherwise.

    There are no censorship issues with this release beyond noting that a 2006 18 rated has just been downrated to 15.
     

    Versions

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    run: 105m
    pal: 101m
    15UK: Passed 15 uncut with a BBFC trigger warning for strong injury detail, suicide, violence, sex references, drug misuse:
    • 2021 cinema release

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    run: 104:13s
    pal: 100:03s
    18 1980UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong violence and sex and drug references:
    • 2006 Eureka Entertainment Ltd video

     

    Exploits At West Poley is a 1985 UK TV drama by Diarmuid Lawrence
    Starring Brenda Fricker, Charlie Condou and Jonathan Adams BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    In the late 1800s, two boys decide to divert an underground river and this causes problems for everyone in two villages, who demand the water for themselves.

    There are no censorship issues with this release beyond noting that the BBFC rating has just been raised from a 1986 U to a 2021 PG.

    Versions

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    run: 51m
    pal: 49m
    PGUK: Passed PG uncut for mild violence, threat, injury detail:
    • 2021 BFI video

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    run: 63:15s
    pal: 60:43s
    U 1980UK: Passed U uncut:
    • 1986 cinema release

     

     

    Shopping: The Cannibal Man...

    1972 Spanish video nasty by Eloy de la Iglesia just released on US Blu-ray and DVD with 2 versions


    Link Here27th August 2021
    The Cannibal Man is a 1972 Spanish thriller by Eloy de la Iglesia.
    With Vicente Parra, Emma Cohen and Eusebio Poncela. Melon Farmers link  YouTube icon   BBFC link 2020  IMDb

    Banned as a video nasty in 1983. Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated VHS in 1993. The International Version is uncut and has also been released in Germany and the US. There is also an extended integral version assembled from unique footage from several other versions, such as the German Cinema Version.

    US: The International Version is uncut and MPAA R rated:
    US: The Extended Integral Version is uncut and MPAA Unrated:
    • 2021 Severin [International + Extended Integral Version] R0 Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 24th August 2021
    • 2021 Severin [International + Extended Integral Version] R0 DVD at US Amazon #ad released on 24th August 2021

    Promotional Material

    From subversive Spanish writer/director Eloy de la Iglesia comes the international hit and DPP 39 'Video Nasty' that remains among the most notorious and misunderstood shockers of the '70s: When a slaughterhouse worker (Vicente Parra of NO ONE HEARD THE SCREAM) accidentally kills a man during a fight, it will trigger a desperate descent into madness, mass murder and ''the most horrific use of a single apartment since Polanski's REPULSION'' (Mondo Digital). Emma Cohen (CUT-THROATS NINE) and Eusebio Poncela (LAW OF DESIRE) co-star in this ''unforgettable mix of Euro arthouse and exploitive sleaze'' (DVD Drive-In) - also known as THE APARTMENT ON THE 13TH FLOOR and WEEK OF THE KILLER - now featuring both the International and extended Spanish Version newly scanned from the original negatives for the first time for the best quality on DVD yet!

    Special Features:

    • Two Cuts of the Film:

    -- Extended version (Week of the Killer) -- 107min
    -- International version (The Cannibal Man) -- 98m

    • Cinema At The Margins: Stephen Thrower and Dr. Shelagh Rowan-Legg on Eloy de la Iglesia
    • The Sleazy And The Strange: Interview with Carlos Aguilar
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Trailer
    • Reversible Artwork
    Disc Specs:
    • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
    • Audio: Extended Version: English Mono w/Partial Spanish, International Version: Spanish mono w/Partial English
    • Subtitles: Extended Version: English (Forced over Spanish Audio), International Version: English
    • Closed Captions: English SDH for both versions
    • Region Free

     

     

    Shopping: The Cat O' Nine Tails...

    1971 Italy / France / West Germany mystery thriller by Dario Argento just released on UK 4K Blu-ray. Thanks to Tim for detailing cuts to the 1971 UK cinema release


    Link Here24th August 2021

    The Cat o'Nine Tails is a 1971 Italy / France / West Germany mystery thriller by Dario Argento.
    Starring James Franciscus, Karl Malden and Catherine Spaak. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    The BBFC AA rated 1971 cinema release was cut, but the BBFC database claims it to be uncut. The contradiction hasn't been fully explained but there may be a combination of pre-cuts and BBFC cuts. The 18 rated VHS was slightly shortened for video and 2002 DVD. The same versions was reduced to a 15 rating in 2005. The same version is unrated in the US but the PG rated version is heavily cut.

    UK: Previously passed 15 uncut for strong violence:

    Censorship History

    Thanks to Tim who has kindly provided new information about cuts for the 1971 AA rated cinema release.

    Despite what the BBFC website states the film does appear to have been cut for an AA rating in 1971 as a cuts list is recorded on the BBFC's Register of Exceptions. The MFB reported a running time of 104m for the UK theatrical release compared to 111m for the uncut version meaning there must have been additional distributor cuts as well (or else the distributor had an edited print). Here is the BBFC cuts list [with my annotations estimating cuts to be in the range 1m to 1.5m]:

    • Reel 2 - Reduce the scene in which the photographer is garrotted especially removing big close-ups of his contorted face. [~10s]
      - Shorten the opening shots in the transvestites' club so that some of the more obvious perverts are not seen. [~20s of shots of Carlo walking past homosexuals and men in drag]
    • Reel 3 - Considerably reduce the garrotting of Bianca, especially remove all shots of her face being banged against the carpet, spittle and blood coming from her mouth etc so that her face on the carpet is only seen after she is dead. [~20s]
    • Reel 4 - Remove the shots of Anna stripping to the waist. [~11s, two shots plus bridging shot of Carlo]
    • Reel 6 - Shorten both fights, removing close-ups of bloodstained faces and in the second fight also remove the knee kicks.

    Promotional Material

    Following the success of his debut feature, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage , distributor Titanus tasked writer/director Dario Argento with delivering a follow-up in short order. The resulting film, granted a greatly enhanced budget and heralded in its US marketing campaign as "nine times more suspenseful" than its predecessor, was The Cat O' Nine Tails .

    When a break-in occurs at a secretive genetics institute, blind puzzle-maker Franco Arnò (Karl Malden, Patton , One-Eyed Jacks ), who overheard an attempt to blackmail one of the institute's scientists shortly before the robbery, teams up with intrepid reporter Carlo Giordani (James Franciscus, Beneath the Planet of the Apes ) to crack the case. But before long the bodies begin to pile up and the two amateur sleuths find their own lives imperilled in their search for the truth. And worse still, Lori (Cinzia De Carolis, Cannibal Apocalypse ), Franco's young niece, may also be in killer's sights...

    This second entry in the so-called "Animal Trilogy" found Argento further refining his distinctive style and cementing his reputation as the master of the giallo thriller. Co-starring Catherine Spaak ( Il Sorpasso ) and Rada Rassimov ( Baron Blood ), and featuring another nerve-jangling score by the great Ennio Morricone ( The Bird with the Crystal Plumage , The Good, The Bad and the Ugly ), The Cat O' Nine Tails remains one of Argento's most suspenseful and underrated films.

    4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

    • New 4K restoration from the original negative by Arrow Films
    • 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
    • Restored original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks
    • English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
    • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
    • Audio commentary by critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman
    • Nine Lives, an interview with co-writer/director Dario Argento
    • The Writer O' Many Tales, an interview with co-writer Dardano Sacchetti
    • Child Star, an interview with actress Cinzia De Carolis
    • Giallo in Turin, an interview with production manager Angelo Iacono
    • Script pages for the lost original ending, translated into English for the first time
    • Original Italian, international and US theatrical trailers
    • Illustrated collector's booklet featuring an original essay on the film by Dario Argento, and writing by Barry Forshaw, Troy Howarth and Howard Hughes
    • Fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative
    • Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards
    • Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring originally and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative

     

     

    Shopping: The Pawnbroker...

    1964 USA drama by Sidney Lumet just released on UK Blu-ray/DVD Combo with its BBFC rating elevated from 12 to 15


    Link Here22nd August 2021

    The Pawnbroker is a 1964 USA drama by Sidney Lumet.
    Starring Rod Steiger and Geraldine Fitzgerald and Brock Peters. BBFC link 2020  IMDb

    Uncut by the BBFC but the censors seem unsure as to the rating. The cinema release in 1964 was X rated, for 1998 VHS it was 12 rated, but for 2021 Blu-ray release the rating had been elevated to 15.

    Noted as the first Hollywood film since the Hayes Code was introduced that featured a topless scene, a rather serious flashback to the Holocaust.

    After the filmmakers appealed to the MPAA's appeals board to oppose censoring the film, it became the first U.S. film to show a nude woman from the waist up and be granted a Production Code Seal.

    [Note that a year earlier the first modern day topless scene appeared in a Hollywood movie Promises! Promises! showing Jayne Mansfield's breasts. However this film did not get MPAA approval and had to be released unrated].

    UK: Passed Suitable for 15 years and over uncut for:

    Promotional Material

    Sol Nazerman (Rod Steiger), a survivor of the concentration camps, which took the lives of his wife and children. Managing a New York pawn shop, he is bereft of hope and takes refuge in condemnation of humanity while seemingly numb to the circumstances of the prostitutes, pimps and thieves that frequent his store. Yet there are those who strive to connect with him, even as their intrusion into his world threatens the protective cynicism within which he has wrapped himself for so long.

    Oscar®-nominated* for his performance, Steiger firmly established his credentials as an actor of international standing, wonderfully supported here by Geraldine Fitzgerald ( Wuthering Heights ) and Brock Peters ( To Kill a Mockingbird ). The film also boasts a score from the legendary Quincy Jones.

    Extras

    • Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
    • Newly recorded audio commentary by Maura Spiegel, author of Sidney Lumet: A Life and Annette Insdorf, author of Indelible Shadows: Film and Holocaust
    • Guardian Interview: Rod Steiger (1992, 113 mins, audio only): Rod Steiger discusses his career and talks candidly about his mental health issues in this interview with film critic Tom Hutchinson. Recorded at the BFI's National Film Theatre following a screening of The Pawnbroker
    • Now and Then: Quincy Jones (1968, 20 mins): the legendary producer, musician, songwriter and composer is interviewed by Bernard Braden for his never broadcast series Now and Then
    • Ten Bob in Winter (1963, 12 mins): Lloyd Reckford's Ten Bob in Winter is one of the most notable shorts to come out of the BFI Experimental Film Fund. An early classic of Black British cinema about the intriguing social dynamics that arise as a ten shilling note is passed around the Black community
    • Trailer
    • The Pawnbroker gallery
    • **FIRST PRESSING ONLY** Illustrated booklet including new writing on the film by filmmaker and film historian Jim Hemphill, an essay on Quincy Jones by Nicolas Pillai, and a Sidney Lumet biography by Maura Spiegel

     

     

    Offsite Article: BBFC podcast on the new movie, Censor...


    Link Here18th August 2021
    The BBFC's latest Podcast on the new film Censor is little rambling and giggly but is interesting as it covers video nasties and reminisces about James Ferman era film censorship.

    See article from bbfc.co.uk

     

     

    Shopping: Just A Gigolo...

    1978 West Germany drama by David Hemmings just released on UK Blu-ray in the US Version


    Link Here18th August 2021

    Just A Gigolo is a 1978 West Germany drama by David Hemmings
    Starring David Bowie, Sydne Rome and Kim Novak BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    The original European version ran a full 147 minutes. The U.S. version was cut to 105 minutes. Only this shorter version is available on video.
    UK: Passed 12 uncut with a BBFC trigger warning for moderate sex references, language, discriminatory references:
    • 2021 Fabulous Films Limited (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 16th August 2021

    Promotional Material

    THE FINAL ROLE OF FILM LEGEND MARLENE DIETRICH

    Paul von Przygodski (David Bowie), a young Prussian gentleman, arrives in the trenches in time to be caught in the final explosion of the Great War. After recuperating in a military hospital, where he is mistaken for a French hero, he returns to Berlin. His family home has been turned into a boarding house, his father (Rudolf Schu¨ndler) is paralyzed, and his mother (Maria Schell) is working in the Turkish baths.

    Attempting to find a new purpose, his childhood friend, Cilly (Sydne Rome), abandons him for fame and fortune; his former commanding officer, Captain Kraft (David Hemmings), tries to persuade him to join his right-wing movement and a widow, Helga von Kaiserling (Kim Novak), briefly seduces him with the finer things in life.

    In a society where the individual comes first and anyone can be bought, he is recruited by Baroness von Semering (Marlene Dietrich) as one in her regiment of gigolos. The cynical and decadent world of entertaining rich widows leads an increasingly disillusioned Paul to a poignant, chilling end.

    SPECIAL FEATURES

  • The Making Of Gigolo with Writer/Producer Joshua Sinclair and Assistant To The Director Rory MacLean
  • Audio Commentary with Rory MacLean
  • Original Trailer
  • Original Soundtrack CD
  • 54 Page Companion Booklet
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    Shopping: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It...

    2021 USA horror mystery thriller by Michael Chaves set for uncut UK 4K Blu-ray release on 6th September 2021 but all other formats feature the cut version


    Link Here17th August 2021

    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is a 2021 USA horror mystery thriller by Michael Chaves
    Starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson and Julian Hilliard BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Uncut and MPA R rated in the US. This was initially rated 18 uncut, by the BBFC but the distributors preferred a cut 15 rated version for 2021 cinema release. For home video the 4K Blu-ray is uncut but all the other formats are cut. The film is rated 16 uncut by IFCO for Irish cinema release.

    UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong injury detail, horror:

    UK: The UK edit was passed 15 for strong threat, horror, violence after BBFC category cuts:

    Uncut in the US

    US: Uncut and MPA R rated for terror, violence and some disturbing images:

    Promotional Material

    One of the most sensational cases from Ed and Lorraine Warren's files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they'd ever seen before.

     

     

    Shopping: Spiral: From The Book Of Saw...

    2020 USA crime horror mystery by Darren Lynn Bousman, cut for an MPAA R rating, just released on UK home video


    Link Here17th August 2021
    Spiral: From The Book Of Saw is a 2020 USA crime horror mystery by Darren Lynn Bousman.
    Starring Samuel L Jackson and Marisol Nichols and Chris Rock. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    In the US: Rated R for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture, pervasive language, some sexual references and brief drug use. It is reported that it took 11 submissions to the MPA to achieve an R rating. This cut R rated version has then been used for worldwide release.

    UK: Passed 18 for strong bloody violence, gore:
    • 2021 Lionsgate Home Entertainment R0 4K Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 16th August 2021
    • 2021 Lionsgate Home Entertainment (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 16th August 2021
    • 2021 Lionsgate Home Entertainment R2 DVD at UK Amazon #ad released on 16th August 2021
    • 2021 Lionsgate Home Entertainment Amazon Prime VoD [UK only] at UK Amazon #ad

    Promotional Material

    A sadistic mastermind unleashes a twisted form of justice in SPIRAL, the terrifying new chapter from the book of SAW. Working in the shadow of an esteemed police veteran (Samuel L. Jackson), brash Detective Ezekiel "Zeke" Banks (Chris Rock) and his rookie partner (Max Minghella) take charge of a grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city's gruesome past. Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the centre of the killer's morbid game.

     

     

    Shopping: All About Eve...

    Does a Criterion release of the classic 1950 US drama by Joseph L Mankiewicz really include 12 rated bleeped strong language?...or is it just the latest example of errors in the BBFC's shoddy new database?


    Link Here15th August 2021

    All About Eve is a 1950 US drama by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
    Starring Bette Davis, Anne Baxter and George Sanders BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    There are no censorship issues with this release beyond noting probable misinformation in the BBFC's shoddy new database.

    The latest cinema certificate is U uncut but the latest video certificate listed in the BBFC database suggests that the film is 12 rated for bleeped strong language.

    I don't suppose there is any bleeped strong language in this classic movie from 1950 so presumably this rating actually applies to something like a commentary track. Of course there is absolutely no indication that this is the case in the BBFC's shoddy database. The package 12 rating for disk extras rather adds to the suggestion that the feature itself is 12 rated.

    Summary Notes

    Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) is waiting backstage to meet her idol, talented but aging Broadway star Margo Channing (Bette Davis). It seems innocent enough as Eve explains that she has seen Margo in EVERY performance of her current play. Margo and her friends take Eve under their wing but only theatre critic Addison DeWitt (George Sanders) sees through Eve's evil plan, which is to take Margo's parts and her fiancé, Bill Simpson (Gary Merrill) too.

    UK: Previously passed U uncut for:

     

     

    Shopping: Angel Of Death...

    1987 France action thriller by Jess Franco and then Andrea Bianchi just released on US Blu-ray and DVD


    Link Here13th August 2021

    Angel Of Death is a 1987 France action thriller by Jesús Franco and then Andrea Bianchi (as A. Frank Drew White).
    Starring Christopher Mitchum and Suzanne Andrews and Fernando Rey. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

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

    Promotional Material

    The Blood of Millions is on his hands!

    From the fevered mind of the notorious Jess Franco (BARBED WIRE DOLLS) comes 1987's ANGEL OF DEATH (aka COMMANDO MENGELE), a deranged free-fall into ''Nazisploitaion'' that takes its cues from the blockbuster 1978 shocker THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL and delivers the sort of delirium that fans of French genre film studio Eurocine hunger for!

    When an attractive pair of young Nazi hunters exploring Uruguay accidentally stumble upon the lair of the maniacal war criminal Dr. Josef Mengele, they immediately live to regret it. There, deep in the sweltering jungles, Mengele has continued his hideous human experiments, torturing, murdering and mutilating nubile virgins in the name of creating some sort of master race. Soon, mercenaries, monstrosities, femme fatales and vengeful concentration camp survivors face off, with bullets and bodies flying everywhere and Mengele holding cretinous court.

    Written by (under the name D. Khunn) and co-directed by Franco and completed by Italian trash movie maverick Andrea Bianchi (BURIAL GROUND: NIGHTS OF TERROR), the pair signed off on the film as ''Frank Drew White'', apparently too nervous to take credit for making this truly daft piece of unsavory exploitation.

    ANGEL OF DEATH is a fast-paced slice of vintage Eurocine mayhem, with an international cast that includes Franco regulars Jack Taylor, Antonio Mayans and Howard Vernon (as Mengele) along with Robert Mitchum's son Christopher and Shirley Knight from Franco's equally insane WHITE CANNIBAL QUEEN. Jump into the jungle with Jess and get ready for some prime cinematic insanity! Get ready for ANGEL OF DEATH, presented here in a beautiful, uncut master culled from the original 35mm camera negative.

     

     

    Shopping: Evil Dead Trap...

    1988 Japan horror by Toshiharu Ikeda, cut in the UK, set for US Blu-ray and DVD release on 24th August 2021


    Link Here7th August 2021

    Evil Dead Trap is a 1988 Japan horror by Toshiharu Ikeda
    Starring Miyuki Ono, Aya Katsuragi and Hitomi Kobayashi BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated DVD in 2002. Uncut and MPA Unrated in the US.
    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    Promotional Material

    RAW HORROR KNOWS NO BOUNDARIES!

    A TV station employee takes a camera crew out to an abandoned factory to investigate a purported murder that was videotapes there, only to end up running for her life. Nami hosts a late night home video program. She receives a videotape which appears to contain an actual murder. She and her crew investigate the location where she meets a man looking for his brother who warns her to stay away. As she gets closer to the truth, she and her friends are subjected to a brutal nightmare.

    SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Audio Commentary with Director Toshiharu Ikeda and SPFX Manager Shinichi Wakasa
  • Audio Commentary by filmmaker Kurando Mitsutake (KARATE KILL, GUN WOMAN)
  • Audio Commentary with James Mudge of easternKicks
  • Trappings of the Dead - Reflecting on a Japanese Cult Classic
  • Storyboards
  • Behind the Scenes Stills
  • Promotional Artwork
  • Trailer
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    Shopping: Coogan's Bluff...

    1968 USA action crime western by Don Siegel, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here7th August 2021

    Coogan's Bluff is a 1968 USA action crime western by Don Siegel
    Starring Clint Eastwood, Lee J Cobb and Susan Clark. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Cut by the BBFC for an X (16) 1968 cinema release. Uncut and 15 rated for home video. Uncut in the US
    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

    Promotional Material

    Star Clint Eastwood and director Don Siegel (Two Mules for Sister Sara, The Beguiled, Dirty Harry, Escape from Alcatraz) began their legendary collaboration with the crackerjack crime thriller Coogan's Bluff. Eastwood commands the screen as Walt Coogan, an Arizona deputy sheriff who is sent to New York City to extradite captured murderer James Ringerman (Don Stroud, Joe Kidd). Coogan slips up, Ringerman escapes again, and the hunt is on! Coogan's unorthodox law enforcement techniques don't go over too well with frustrated NYC Police Lieutenant McElroy (Lee J. Cobb, On the Waterfront), who can't decide which is worse... the prisoner, or the lawman! Lalo Schifrin (Bullitt) provides the stirring score and Susan Clark (The Midnight Man), Tisha Sterling (The Whales of August), Betty Field (Birdman of Alcatraz) and Tom Tully (The Caine Mutiny) co-star in the film that cemented Eastwood's status as a strong, silent, no-nonsense icon.

    Special Features:
    -NEW Audio Commentary by Filmmaker Alex Cox
    -NEW Audio Commentary by Sledge Hammer! Creator Alan Spencer
    -NEW Interview with Actor Don Stroud
    -Radio Spot
    -Theatrical Teaser in HD
    -Theatrical Trailer in HD
    -Poster & Image Gallery
    -Reversible Art
    -Limited Edition O-Card Slipcase

     

     

    Now Voyager...

    Classic Bette Davis film with a BBFC rating that is up and down like a whore's draws


    Link Here5th August 2021
    Now Voyager is a 1942 US romance by Irving Rapper
    Starring Bette Davis, Paul Henreid and Claude Rains BBFC link 2020 IMDb
    There are no censorship issues with this release beyond noting that the film was rated PG until 1986, but was downrated to U in 2008, and was restored to PG in 2021.

    Summary Notes

    A frumpy spinster blossoms under therapy and becomes an elegant, independent woman.

    Versions

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    run: 117:13s
    pal: 112:32s
    PG

    U 1980

    PG 1980

    A pre 1970

    UK: Passed PG uncut for mild sex references:
    • 2021 cinema release titled Now, Voyager
    UK: Passed U uncut for very mild sex references:
    • 2008 cinema release titled Now, Voyager
    UK: Passed PG uncut for mild sex references:
    • 1986 Warner Home Video Ltd VHS
    UK: Passed A (PG) uncut:
    • 1942 cinema release

     

     

    Shopping: Baise-Moi...

    2000 France crime drama by Virginie Despentes and Coralie, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray and DVD


    Link Here5th August 2021

    Baise-moi is a 2000 France crime drama by Virginie Despentes and Coralie.
    With Raffaëla Anderson, Karen Lancaume, Céline Beugnot. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Cut by the BBFC for 2001 cinema release and 2002 DVD, but uncut on 2013 DVD. The BBFC notes that the film contains real sex. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US. Banned in Australia
    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    Promotional Material

    The shocking French thriller Baise-moi tells the story of two young women who go on a violent spree against a society in which they feel marginalized. One of them, Manu, is brutally raped by a group of savage thugs. The other, Nadine, sells her body but refuses to give up her soul. Chance unites them and together they decide to alter their destinies. Angry at the world, they embark on a twisted, rage-filled road trip, leaving a trail of mischief and dead bodies in their wake. Written and directed by Virginie Despentes (Bye Bye Blondie) and Coralie Trinh Thi from Despentes' novel, this raw, explosive film continues to stir controversy with its graphic mix of high-impact violence and explicit sex scenes.

    Special Features:
    -NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Kat Ellinger
    -The Making of Baise-Moi: A Forty Minute Documentary Featuring Interviews with Directors Virginie Despentes, Coralie Trinh Thi and Stars Karen Bach, Raffaëla Anderson
    -Q&A Recording with the Directors
    -Theatrical Trailer

     

     

    Shopping: Alien From L.A...

    1988 US/South Africa comedy Sci-Fi adventure by Albert Pyun, once cut by the BBFC for PG, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here5th August 2021

    Alien From L.A. is a 1988 US/South Africa comedy Sci-Fi adventure by Albert Pyun
    Starring Kathy Ireland, William R. Moses and Richard Haines BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    BBFC category cuts were required for PG rated VHS in 1986. Uncut and PG rated in the US.
    US: Uncut and MPAA PG rated for:

    Promotional Material

    Wanda's famed archeologist father has been missing for years. Out of the blue, she receives an unexpected letter from her father's colleague in Africa informing her that his disappearance is due to his presumed death after falling down a bottomless pit. Deciding to make the transcontinental journey in the hope of finding him alive, Wanda flies to Africa only to end up stumbling down the same pit as her father. Once at the bottom of the hole, she discovers that it's the gateway to a lost subterranean civilization - Atlantis! Unfortunately, the Atlanteans don't take too kindly to visitors from the Earth's surface...

    An intentionally absurd late 80s cable TV mainstay from Cannon Films, helmed by beloved cult filmmaker, Albert Pyun ( Radioactive Dreams , Nemesis ), ALIEN FROM L.A. stars actress and model, Kathy Ireland ( The Player ) in her breakout role, along with William R. Moses (TV's JAG ) and Linda Kerridge ( Fade to Black ). Vinegar Syndrome presents this wonderfully wacky sci-fi comedy on Blu-ray, newly restored in 2K.

    Bonus Features:
    1. Region A Blu-ray
    2. Newly scanned & restored in 2k from its 35mm interpositive
    3. "Making a Fairytale" - an interview with director Albert Pyun
    4. "Putting the Puzzle Together" - an interview with actor Thom Mathews
    5. Audio interview with actress Linda Kerridge
    6. Reversible cover artwork
    7. English SDH subtitles

     

     

    A hung jury...

    The BBFC 15 rated The Suicide Squad stirs a little press interest with some viewers suggesting an 18 rating would be preferable


    Link Here3rd August 2021
    The Suicide Squad is a 2021 USA action comedy adventure by james gunn...
    Starring Margot Robbie, Idris Elba and John Cena BBFC link 2020  IMDb

    Supervillains Harley Quinn, Bloodsport, Peacemaker and a collection of nutty cons at Belle Reve prison join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X as they are dropped off at the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.

    There are no cuts issues with this film.

    In Ireland IFCO rated the film 16 for strong violence and bloody action. It was also 16 rated in New Zealand and Germany.

    In the US it was rated R for strong violence and gore, language throughout, some sexual references, drug use and brief graphic nudity.

    In Australia the film was originally rated R18+ by the censor board, but this was reduced to MA15+ on appeal to the review board. The appeal was paid for by the distributor.

    In the UK the film was passed 15 uncut for strong bloody violence, gore, language, brief drug misuse. The BBFC described the violence in the film:

    Frequent scenes of violence include shootings, stabbings, slashings, decapitations, limbs being cut off, people being crushed, melted, torn apart and exploding. Much of the violence has a darkly comic tone, and results in bloody detail and gory images.

    The decision generated a little press coverage for viewers suggesting that they thought the film should be 18 rated. In response to The Independent's request for comment, the BBFC said:

    Whilst comparatively more violent than the last film, the violence is mitigated by the film's humour and the action-packed fantasy context. The violence and gore were sufficiently mitigated due to the focus on action within a comic, fantastic, superhero context. At 15, our Classification Guidelines state that 'violence may be strong but should not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury.

     

     

    Shopping: The Dead Zone -...

    1983 US/Canada Sci-Fi horror thriller by David Cronenberg, once cut for a 15 rating, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here3rd August 2021

    The Dead Zone is a 1983 US/Canada Sci-Fi horror thriller by David Cronenberg
    Starring Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams and Tom Skerritt Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Originally rated 18 uncut for UK cinema release but was cut by the distributors for the 15 rated VHS release in 1986. Home video releases were 18 uncut from 1993 and 15 uncut from 2009. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

    Promotional Material

    He can see the future. But can he escape it?

    School teacher Johnny Smith (Christopher Walken) had a beautiful fiancée, a rewarding career and a fortunate life...until one tragic accident changed everything. After slamming into an 18-wheeler, Johnny is plunged into a five-year coma. When he awakens, he finds his true collision was with destiny--he now has the remarkable gift (or curse) of seeing into the future. From horror master Stephen King and Director David Cronenberg (Scanners, Dead Ringers), this supernatural thriller turns an everyday guy into a reluctant hero...saving children in danger, helping the police and finding a serial killer. But Johnny's next vision may be his most terrifying yet...

     

     

    Shopping: Brotherhood of the Wolf...

    2001 France horror by Christophe Gans just released on US Blu-ray with 2 versions


    Link Here3rd August 2021

    Brotherhood of the Wolf is a 2001 France horror by Christophe Gans
    With Samuel Le Bihan and Mark Dacascos. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    There are 3 versions , The Director's Cut, the UK Version and the US Theatrical Version. The differences are uncontroversial and none of the versions particularly stand out from the others

    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
    • 2021 SHOUT! FACTORY [US + Extended Versions] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 27th July 2021

    Promotional material

    An action-packed extravaganza with kick-butt martial arts and spooky thrills! 203 USA Today

    When a mysterious beast ravages the countryside, two unlikely heroes are called in to fight the evil. And now, their battle against dark, unspeakable terror is even more gripping with a daring extended version of the film that showcases more of the breathtaking martial arts action and over four hours of in-depth bonus features. The incredible hit that took audiences and critics alike on a wild ride (Premiere) is back with more chilling adventure that's sure to have pulses racing all over again!

     

     

    Shopping: Deep Red...

    1975 Italian Giallo by Dario Argento set for UK 4K Blu-ray release on 25th October 2021


    Link Here1st August 2021

    Deep Red is a 1975 Italian Giallo by Dario Argento.
    With David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi and Gabriele Lavia. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    The pre-cert video was seized by police during the Video Nasties panic. BBFC VHS and DVD release up to 2011 were cut for animal cruelty. Uncut since 2011. The film exist as the uncut Directors Cut in Italian and a shortened Export Version in English.
    UK: Previously passed 18 uncut for:
    • 2021 Arrow [Italian + Export Versions] R0 4K Blu-ray/(RB) Blu-ray Combo at UK Amazon #ad released on 25th October 2021

    Promotional Material

    Description: From Dario Argento, maestro of the macabre and the man behind some of the greatest excursions in Italian horror (Suspiria, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage), comes Deep Red -- the ultimate giallo movie.

    One night, musician Marcus Daly (David Hemmings, Blow Up), looking up from the street below, witnesses the brutal axe murder of a woman in her apartment. Racing to the scene, Marcus just manages to miss the perpetrator... or does he? As he takes on the role of amateur sleuth, Marcus finds himself ensnared in a bizarre web of murder and mystery where nothing is what it seems...

    Aided by a throbbing score from regular Argento collaborators Goblin, Deep Red (aka Profondo Rosso and The Hatchet Murders) is a hallucinatory fever dream of a giallo punctuated by some of the most astonishing set-pieces the sub-genre has to offer.

    4K BLU-RAY LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

    • New 4K restoration of both the original 127-minute Italian version and the 105-minute export version from the original negative by Arrow Films
    • 4K (2160p) presentations of both versions in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
    • Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring originally and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative
    • Illustrated collector's booklet featuring writing on the film by Alan Jones and Mikel J. Koven, and a new essay by Rachael Nisbet
    • Fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative
    • Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards
    DISC ONE 4K BLU-RAY: DEEP RED ORIGINAL VERSION
    • Restored original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks*
    • Optional lossless 5.1 Italian soundtrack
    • English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
    • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
    • New audio commentary by critics Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson
    • Archival audio commentary by Argento expert Thomas Rostock
    • Almost three hours of new interviews with members of the cast and crew, including co-writer/director Dario Argento, actors Macha Méril, Gabriele Lavia, Jacopo Mariani and Lino Capolicchio (Argento's original choice for the role of Marcus Daly), production manager Angelo Iacono, composer Claudio Simonetti, and archival footage of actress Daria Nicolodi
    • Italian trailer
    • Arrow Video 2018 trailer
    • Image galleries
    DISC 2 4K BLU-RAY: DEEP RED EXPORT VERSION
    • Restored original lossless mono English soundtrack
    • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
    • Archival introduction to the film by Claudio Simonetti of Goblin
    • Profondo Giallo -- an archival visual essay by Michael Mackenzie featuring an in-depth appreciation of Deep Red, its themes and its legacy
    • Archival interviews with Dario Argento, Daria Nicolodi, Claudio Simonetti and long-time Argento collaborator Luigi Cozzi
    • US theatrical trailer

     

     

    Shopping: The Bird with the Crystal Plumage...

    1969 Italian/West German thriller by Dario Argento, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK 4K Blu-ray


    Link Here1st August 2021

    The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is a 1969 Italian/West German thriller by Dario Argento.
    With Tony Musante and Suzy Kendall. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    The cut US R Version was passed X for cinema release (and pre-cert VHS). Cut further by the BBFC for VHS and 2005 DVD. Uncut for the 2011 Arrow DVD. Originally cut in the US for a PG rating but recent US releases have been uncut.
    UK: Previously passed 15 uncut for one scene of sexualised violence and moderate horror:
    • 2021 Arrow Video Limited Edition R0 4K Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 26th July 2021

    Promotional Material

    In 1970, young first-time director Dario Argento (Deep Red, Suspiria) made his indelible mark on Italian cinema with The Bird with the Crystal Plumage a film which redefined the giallo genre of murder-mystery thrillers and catapulted him to international stardom. Sam Dalmas (Tony Musante, We Own the Night), an American writer living in Rome, inadvertently witnesses a brutal attack on a woman (Eva Renzi, Funeral in Berlin) in a modern art gallery. Powerless to help, he grows increasingly obsessed with the incident. Convinced that something he saw that night holds the key to identifying the maniac terrorizing Rome, he launches his own investigation parallel to that of the police, heedless of the danger to both himself and his girlfriend Giulia (Suzy Kendall, Spasmo)

    A staggeringly assured debut, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage establishes the key traits that would define Argentos filmography, including lavish visuals and a flare for wildly inventive, brutal scenes of violence. With sumptuous cinematography by Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now) and a seductive score by legendary composer Ennio Morricone (Once Upon a Time in the West), this landmark film has never looked or sounded better in this brand new 4K Ultra HD presentation from Arrow Video!

    4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS - New 4K restoration from the original negative by Arrow Films - 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible) - Restored original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks - English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack - Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack - Audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films - Black Gloves and Screaming Mimis, an interview with author and critic Kat Ellinger exploring the films themes and its relationship to both the giallo and Fredric Browns novel The Screaming Mimi - The Power of Perception, a visual essay on the cinema of Dario Argento by Alexanda Heller-Nicholas, author of Devils Advocates: Suspiria and The Giallo Canvas: Art, Excess and Horror Cinema, reflecting on the recurring theme of perception and the role of art in Argentos filmography - Crystal Nightmare, an interview with writer/director Dario Argento - An Argento Icon, an interview with actor Gildo Di Marco - Evas Talking, an archival interview with actor Eva Renzi - Original Italian and international theatrical trailers - 2017 Texas Frightmare trailer - Image galleries - Illustrated collectors booklet featuring writing on the film by Howard Hughes and Jack Seabrook, and a new essay by Rachael Nisbet - Fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative - Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards - Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring originally and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative

     

     

    Little Crumb...

    Crummy little BBFC cuts for a PG rated VoD release


    Link Here30th July 2021
    Little Crumb is a 2020 Netherlands children's film by Diede in 't Veld
    Starring Viggo Neijs, Sabijn Dunnewijk and Victor Löw BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    BBFC censor cuts were required for a PG Rated VoD release in 2021

    Summary Notes

    Reunited with his parents, Little Crumb is having trouble getting used to his new luxurious lifestyle. When he is abducted by an old enemy, he has to use the best of his new and his old life to escape and save his parents.

    Versions

    BBFC cut
    advised category cuts
    cut:  
    run: 78m
    pal: 75m
    PGUK: Passed PG  for mild threat, violence after BBFC advised category cuts:
    • 2021 Kaleidoscope VoD

    The BBFC commented:

    Cuts for publication: The distributor chose to remove a use of moderate bad language in order to receive a PG classification. A 12 uncut was available to the distributor.

     

     

    DeathTrap...

    The latest long time PG rating to be uprated to 12


    Link Here30th July 2021
    Deathtrap is a 1982 US crime comedy mystery by Sidney Lumet
    Starring Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve and Dyan Cannon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    A Broadway playwright puts murder in his plan to take credit for a student's play

    Deathtrap was originally rated 'A' for cinema release in 1982, then PG rated fro 1986 VHS. But now Deathtrap is the latest in a long line of films that have been uprated to 12. It seems that 12 has become the new PG.

    Versions

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    run: 116m
    pal: 111m
    12UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate violence, threat, sex references, sexual violence references:
    • 2021 Warner Bros Entertainment UK Ltd video

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    run: 115:51s
    pal: 111:13s
    PG 1980UK: Passed PG uncut with a BBFC trigger warning for moderate violence, infrequent discriminatory language, sex references:
    • 1986 Warner Home Video Ltd VHS
    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    run: 115:46s
    pal: 111:08s
    A 1970UK: Passed A (PG) uncut:
    • 1982 cinema release

     

     

    Shopping: The Bird With The Crystal Plumage...

    1969 Italian/West German thriller by Dario Argento, once cut in the US and UK, just released on US 4K Blu-ray


    Link Here30th July 2021

    The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is a 1969 Italian/West German thriller by Dario Argento.
    With Tony Musante and Suzy Kendall. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    The cut US R Version was passed X for cinema release (and pre-cert VHS). Cut further by the BBFC for VHS and 2005 DVD. Uncut for the 2011 Arrow DVD. Originally cut in the US for a PG rating but recent US releases have been uncut.
    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
    • 2021 Arrow Video Limited Edition R0 4K Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 27th July 2021

    Promotional Material

    In 1970, young first-time director Dario Argento (Deep Red, Suspiria) made his indelible mark on Italian cinema with The Bird with the Crystal Plumage - a film which redefined the 'giallo' genre of murder-mystery thrillers and catapulted him to international stardom. Sam Dalmas (Tony Musante, We Own the Night), an American writer living in Rome, inadvertently witnesses a brutal attack on a woman (Eva Renzi, Funeral in Berlin) in a modern art gallery. Powerless to help, he grows increasingly obsessed with the incident. Convinced that something he saw that night holds the key to identifying the maniac terrorizing Rome, he launches his own investigation parallel to that of the police, heedless of the danger to both himself and his girlfriend Giulia (Suzy Kendall, Spasmo)... 

    A staggeringly assured debut, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage establishes the key traits that would define Argento's filmography, including lavish visuals and a flare for wildly inventive, brutal scenes of violence. With sumptuous cinematography by Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now) and a seductive score by legendary composer Ennio Morricone (Once Upon a Time in the West), this landmark film has never looked or sounded better in this brand new 4K Ultra HD presentation from Arrow Video!

    Bonus features include: English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack, Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack, Audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films, Black Gloves and Screaming Mimis, an interview with author and critic Kat Ellinger exploring the films themes and its relationship to both the giallo and Fredric Browns novel The Screaming Mimi, Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring originally and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative, Image galleries, Illustrated collectors booklet featuring writing on the film by Howard Hughes and Jack Seabrook, and a new essay by Rachael Nisbet, Fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative, Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards, An Argento Icon, an interview with actor Gildo Di Marco, Evas Talking, an archival interview with actor Eva Renzi, Original Italian and international theatrical trailers, 2017 Texas Frightmare trailer, Crystal Nightmare, an interview with writer/director Dario Argento, The Power of Perception, a visual essay on the cinema of Dario Argento by Alexanda Heller-Nicholas, author of Devils Advocates: Suspiria, reflecting on the recurring theme of perception and the role of art in Argentos filmography, Restored original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks, New 4K restoration from the original negative by Arrow Films, 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible).

     

     

    Shopping: Siege...

    1983 Canada crime thriller by Paul Donovan, Maura O'Connell, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray and DVD


    Link Here28th July 2021

    Siege is a 1983 Canada crime thriller by Paul Donovan, Maura O'Connell
    Starring Tom Nardini, Brenda Bazinet and Daryl Haney BBFC link 2020 IMDb

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

    Promotional Material

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

    Bonus features include: Trailer

     

     

    Shopping: The Charge of The Light Brigade...

    1968 UK historical war drama by Tony Richardson, cut for horse falls, just released on UK Blu-ray and DVD


    Link Here27th July 2021

    The Charge of the Light Brigade is a 1968 UK historical war drama by Tony Richardson
    Starring Trevor Howard, Vanessa Redgrave and John Gielgud Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Although the cinema version was complete and 'A' rated, the PG rated 1993 UK video release was cut by 7s to edit footage of horse-falls. In the US the film was shortened and this US version was then released in the UK in 2008, again with cuts (this time 14s) to remove the horse falls, but was also uprated to 12.

    UK: The US Version was previously passed 12 uncut for moderate violence and racist references after 14s of BBFC cuts for animal cruelty:

    Promotional Material

    From director Tony Richardson comes this brilliant retelling of tragic events during the Crimean War between Britain and Russia in the 1850s.

    A British cavalry division, led by the overbearing Lord Cardigan (Trevor Howard), engages in an infamously reckless strategic debacle against a Russian artillery battery. An inept chain of command and the arrogance of the aristocratic officers nearly destroys the brigade.

    Interpersonal wars within the unit, including unfaithful wives and a rivalry between Lord Cardigan and Captain Nolan (David Hemmings), heighten the conflict.

     

     

    The Haunted Hotel...

    The latest cinema film suffering cuts for category


    Link Here25th July 2021

    The Haunted Hotel is a 2021 UK comedy drama horror romance by Jean Campbell Hogg, (segment Watching), Joshua Carver, (segment Forty Years), Adam Collier, (segment Room 27)
    Starring Hugh Fraser, Reece Ritchie and Rob Jarvis BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    BBFC category cuts were required for a 12A rated cinema release in 2021.

    Summary Notes

    Eight tales of ghostly encounters through the decades, manifesting amid the ruins of a once grand English hotel.

    Versions

    BBFC cut
    advised category cuts
    cut:
    run: 95m
    pal: 91m
    12AUK: Passed 12A uncut with a BBFC trigger warning for moderate horror, violence, bloody images, sexual threat, suicide references:
    • 2021 cinema release

    The BBFC commented:

    The distributor requested cuts to achieve their preferred category. Images of strong injury detail were removed in order to achieve a 12A. An uncut 18 classification was available.

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    run: 95m
    pal: 91m
    18UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong injury detail:
    • 2021 cinema release, not released in favour of a cut 12A version

     

     

    Shopping: The Boys Next Door...

    1985 USA crime thriller by Penelope Spheeris set for UK Blu-ray release on 6th September 2021, now presumably uncut and downrated to 15.


    Link Here25th July 2021
    The Boys Next Door is a 1985 USA crime thriller by Penelope Spheeris.
    Starring Maxwell Caulfield, Charlie Sheen and Patti D'Arbanville. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
    Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating. This version became the standard release which was passed 18 for 1985 cinema release In 1986 further cuts were required by the BBFC for VHS release. The standard version was passed 15 without BBFC cuts for 2021 Blu-ray.
    UK: Passed 15 uncut with a BBFC trigger warning for strong violence, sex references, sex, discrimination, very strong language:
    • 2021 101 Films Limited Edition (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 6th September 2021

    Promotional Material

    101 Films presents The Boys Next Door (1985), a violent and disturbing crime thriller from director Penelope Spheeris (The Decline of Western Civilisation) and screenwriters Glen Morgan & James Wong (Final Destination, The X-Files).

    Bo Richards (Charlie Sheen) has trouble talking to girls. Roy Alston (Maxwell Caulfield) is filled with an uncontrollable rage. On the weekend of their high-school graduation, the two suburban outcasts head for Los Angeles and embark on a violent murder spree that shocks the nation. But these young men are neither hardened criminals nor foaming-at-the-mouth maniacs. They are simply The Boys Next Door.

    EXTRAS

    • Limited edition booklet: Includes Living with the Boys Next Door by John Towlson and AssassiNation: Cold-blooded Rebels and the Death of the American Dream by Rich Johnson
    • Audio commentary with director Penelope Spheeris and actor Maxwell Caulfield
    • Blind Rage: Interview with Stephen Thrower, author of Nightmare USA
    • Both Sides of the Law: Interview with actors Maxwell Caulfield and Christopher McDonald
    • Give Us Your Money: Interviews with street band performers Texacala Jones and Tequila Mockingbird
    • Caveman Day: Cinemaniacs interview with director Penelope Spheeris and actor Maxwell Caulfield
    • Tales from the End Zone: Interview with actor Kenneth Cortland
    • The Psychotronic Tourist -- The Boys Next Door
    • Alternate Opening Title Sequence & Extended Scenes (Silent)
    • Trailer

    Versions

    best available
    best available
    run: 90:42s
    pal: 87:04s

    mpaa cut
    cut

    15

    18

    MPAA R

    UK: The cut R rated film was passed 15 uncut with a BBFC trigger warning for strong violence, sex references, sex, discrimination, very strong language:

    UK:  The cut R rated film was passed 18 without further BBFC cuts for:

    • 1985 cinema release
    US: Cut and MPAA R rated for: From IMDb. According to director Penelope Spheeris DVD commentary, movie had to be cut and submitted to the MPAA 10 times to get R rating. Scenes that were cut or changed include:
    • Scene where gas attendant is beat up was shortened to lessen the intensity and sound effects were toned down.
    • Murder of gay man in his apartment was cut down (mostly sound effects were heavily toned down).
    • Scene where Roy violently shakes the lady and kills her was heavily cut down
    • various other shots were removed to lessen the intensity.
    BBFC cut
    compulsory cuts
    cut: 19s
    run: 90:22s
    pal: 86:45s

    mpaa cut
    cut

    18UK: The cut R rated film was passed 18 after 19s of further BBFC compulsory cuts for:
    • 1986 CBS/Fox VHS

     

     

    Shopping: Suburbia...

    1983 USA thriller by Penelope Spheeris set for UK Blu-ray release on 6th September 2021, cut for animal cruelty and with a newly uprated 18 rating


    Link Here25th July 2021
    Suburbia is a 1983 USA thriller by Penelope Spheeris.
    Starring Chris Pedersen and Bill Coyne and Jennifer Clay. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
    Animal cruelty was cut by the BBFC for 18 rated VHS in 1985 and 15 rated DVD in 2003. The BBFC uprated the certificate for the still cut Blu-ray release in 2021 over its elevated concerns about sexual violence. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
    UK: Passed 18 for sexual assault after 10s of BBFC cuts for animal cruelty:
    • 2021 101 Films Limited Edition (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 6th September 2021

    Promotional Material

    101 Films presents Penelope Spheeris' searing drama Suburbia (1983), title 021 on the 101 Films Black Label. Starring real-life punks rather than trained actors, and featuring live performances from punk bands D.I., T.S.O.L. and the Vandals, Suburbia is an authentic and compassionate study of the Los Angeles punk rock scene in the early 1980s, and a bleak indictment of the American suburban experiment. Extras include a brand new, 30-minute interview with director Penelope Spheeris.

    Evan and his younger brother leave their broken home in an attempt to escape their alcoholic mother. They fall in with "The Rejected" (aka T.R.), a group of punks who live as squatters in an abandoned shack by the side of the highway. With the T.R.s, the boys find a new family. But their new family will be tested when they become the target of "Citizens Against Crime," a group of unhappy suburbanites.

    EXTRAS:

    • Interview with director Penelope Spheeris (NEW)
    • Limited edition booklet: Includes Punks in Suburbia by John Towlson and Before Suburbia: Gangs on Film by Barry Forshaw
    • Commentary with director Penelope Spheeris
    • Commentary with director Penelope Spheeris, producer Bert Dragin and actor Jennifer Clay
    • Still Gallery
    • TV Spots
    • Trailers

    Versions

    BBFC uncut
    uncut
    run: 94m
    pal: 90m
    MPAA RUS: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
    BBFC cut
    compulsory BBFC cuts
    cut: 10s
    run: 94:50s
    pal: 91:02s
    sub: 95:00s
    18

    15

    UK: Passed 18 for sexual assault after 10s of BBFC cuts for animal cruelty:
    • 2021 101 Films Limited Edition (RB) Blu-ray

    UK: Passed 15 for moderate nudity and violence, and drug use after 10s of compulsory BBFC cuts:

    • 2003 Prism Leisure Corp PLC video
    The BBFC commented:
    • Cuts required to remove sight of dogs being tripped by wires, in accordance with BBFC Policy on animal cruelty and the provisions of the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937.
    BBFC cut
    compulsory BBFC cuts
    cut: 28s
    run: 94:25s
    pal: 90:38s
    18UK: Passed 18 after 28s of compulsory BBFC cuts:
    • 1986 Vestron Video International VHS

     

     

    Shopping: Dead and Buried...

    1981 US video nasty by Gary A Sherman just released on US 4K Blu-ray


    Link Here25th July 2021
    Dead and Buried is a 1981 US horror by Gary A Sherman.
    With James Farentino, Melody Anderson and Jack Albertson. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb
    Uncut by the BBFC for the X rated 1981 cinema release. The same version was released on pre-cert video and banned as a video nasty. Cut by 10s for 1990 VHS. Uncut from 1999. Uncut and R rated in the US
    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
    • 2021 Blue Underground R0 4K Blu-ray/R0 Blu-ray Combo at US Amazon #ad released on 20th July 2021

    Promotional Material

    The Creators of ALIEN Bring A New Terror To Earth

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

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

    SPECIAL FEATURES:

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

     

     

    Shopping: The Damned...

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


    Link Here21st July 2021

    The Damned is a 1963 UK Sci-Fi horror drama by Joseph Losey.
    Starring Macdonald Carey, Shirley Anne Field and Viveca Lindfors. IMDb

    Cut prior to 1963 X rated cinema release over child concerns. It was further cut for US theatrical release. The cuts were restored in 2010 for 12 rated DVD and MPAA Unrated home video release in the US.
    UK: The Director's Cut/Restored Version was previously passed 12 uncut for moderate violence for:
    • 2021 Powerhouse Special Edition R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 19th July 2021

    Promotional Material

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

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

    Extras INDICATOR BLU-RAY EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES

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

     

     

    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It...

    Comments on the BBFC cuts


    Link Here19th July 2021
    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is a 2021 USA horror mystery thriller by Michael Chaves
    Starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson and Julian Hilliard BBFC link 2020 IMDb
    Uncut and MPA R rated in the US. This was initially rated 18 uncut, by the BBFC but the distributors preferred a cut 15 rated version for 2021 cinema release. Both versions are available for UK home video release. The film is rated 16 uncut  by IFCO for Irish cinema release.
    UK: The UK edit was passed 15 for strong threat, horror, violence after BBFC category cuts:
    • 2021 Warner Bros video
    • 2021 cinema release

    The BBFC commented:

    The distributor chose to reduce bloody injury detail in a suicide scene in order to obtain a 15 classification. An uncut 18 classification was available.

    Of course the BBFC is referring to vertical wrist slitting which is disallowed at 15.

    See the uncut scene in video from streamable.com . Ben comments:

    I've seen the uncut footage and 18 is absurdly harsh.  It's demonic possession and *technically* self-harm, but not an attempted suicide at all as the BBFC called it. You see glass and blood on the man's wrist but no clear sign of process and injury

     

     

    3 Ninjas...

    An extensive BBFC cuts list just added for PG rated 1993 VHS release


    Link Here19th July 2021
    3 Ninjas is a 1992 USA family action comedy by Jon Turteltaub.
    Starring Victor Wong, Michael Treanor and Max Elliott Slade. Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020  IMDb
    Cut in the US for a PG rating. Released uncut as an International Version. Cut in the UK for a PG rated cinema release in 1993 and further cut for the follow up PG rated VHS.

    A total of 1:44s of cuts (some substitution) were required for the VHS as described in the BBFC cuts list:

    • At start In opening titles, remove the dotting of the letter i twice with metal throwing stars.
    • At 2 mins After old man is pulled up hill, remove sequence of boy twirling chainsticks while old man throws apples at him and later sight of boy throwing stars at dart board.
    • At 3 mins After old man falls to ground, remove sight of boy in tree throwing stars.
    • At 18 mins After old man's line .... between victory and defeat, remove demonstration pinpointing vulnerable parts of the body (throat, groin, etc), resuming on old man telling them to practise for an hour.
    • At 47 mins After boy is tossed onto bed, remove sight of him kicking head of man in red cap.
    • At 48 mins After man in red cap is pulled through bannisters, remove all further sight of boy climbing up and tying him to bannister rail.
    • At 62½ mins Remove all sight of ninjas using chainsticks as follows:
      (1) After ninja wields sword, remove both sights of 3 ninjas with one of them twirling chainsticks.
      (2) After ninjas reel back after being struck by drum, remove sequence of making and displaying chainsticks, resuming on small boy in orange jacket laughing.
      (3) After ninja rushes towards camera, remove high angle shot of boys brandishing and using chainsticks and following shot of boy in blue shirt using them, resuming on ninja with raised sword threatening boy.
      (4) After this shot, remove part of following shot in which boy hits ninja with chainsticks and kicks him on head, resuming as he faces second ninja.
      (5) After ninja crashes into wire netting, remove two shots of boy in blue fighting with chainsticks.
    • At 65 mins Reduce fight between two ninjas and boy in white trousers by cutting away after he kicks them to ground and removing later punches to head, resuming on boy in orange.
    • At 66½ mins After ninja falls from wall, remove front of shot with punch to head by boy in green.
    • At 68 mins When small boy in orange punches large oriental in throat, trim end of punch so it looks as if he only punches him in jaw, and then, after boy in khaki kicks large oriental on head for first time and lights appear on doll, remove kicks to crotch and head, resuming on second large close-up of doll's face.
    • At 74 mins After shot of boy in green/blue jacket, remove sight of old man kicking man in red, resuming on long shot before punch to chin.

     

     

    Shopping: The Gestapo's Last Orgy...

    1977 video nasty by Cesare Canevari, banned by the BBFC this year, now set for US Blu-ray release on 5th October 2021


    Link Here19th July 2021
    The Gestapo's Last Orgy is a 1977 Italian prison film by Cesare Canevari.
    With Adriano Micantoni, Daniela Poggi and Maristella Greco. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Banned in the UK as a Video Nasty. Banned again by the BBFC for video release in 2021.

    Now the UK distributor is releasing the film in the US, complete and uncut.

    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    Promotional Material

    Still banned in the UK as one of the infamous Video Nasties, in the tradition of The Night Porter, Salon Kitty and Salo only far more depraved comes perhaps the most notorious Nazisploitation epic of them all! Daniela Levy (aka Italian TV presenter and future UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Daniela Poggi) stars as a beautiful young death camp prisoner forced into a nightmare of brutality, torment and sexual degradation. But will a Commandant\x27s vilest urge trigger her ultimate vengeance? Marc Loud (aka Adriano Micantoni of Tomb Of Torture) co\-stars in this fetid slice of filth\-strudel also known as Last Orgy Of The Third Reich And Caligula Reincarnated As Hitler now presented on Blu\-ray for the very first time and restored in 2K From the original negatives.

    Bonus features include: Audio Commentary by Italian Movie Specialists Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thomson, Complete and Uncut, Audio Commentary by Critic And Author Samm Deighan, Brand New 2K Restoration From the Original Camera Negatives, Restored English and Italian LPCM Soundtracks, Newly Translated English Subtitles

     

     

    Shopping: The Krays...

    1990 UK biography crime drama by Peter Medak just released on UK Blu-ray


    Link Here15th July 2021

    The Krays is a 1990 UK biography crime drama by Peter Medak
    Starring Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp and Billie Whitelaw BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated cinema release in 1990 and is seems likely that these cuts have persisted ever since. MPAA R rated in the US.
    UK: Passed Suitable for 18 years and over uncut for:

    Promotional Material

    From their humble East End beginnings, Ronnie and Reggie Kray became the most notorious figures in London's gangland underworld. From extortion to murder, their horrific brutality became legendary and, throughout the 50s and 60s, they ruled by fear, until life sentences in 1969 ended their bloody reign of terror.

    Special Features:

  • New interview with director Peter Medak
  • New interview with producer Ray Burdis
  • Writing 'The Krays': A new audio interview with screenwriter Philip Ridley
  • New audio commentary by film historian Scott Harrison
  • Archive audio commentary by Peter Medak, Gary Kemp, and Martin Kemp
  • BFI 2015 Q&A with Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp, Kate Hardie, Peter Medak, and Philip Ridley

    Limited Edition Contents:

  • Rigid slipcase
  • Perfect-bound booklet with new essays by Andrew Graves, Neil Mitchell, and Shelagh Rowan-Legg
  • 6 collector's art cards
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    Shopping: Demons 2...

    Demons 2 is a1986 Italy horror film by Lamberto Bava, once cut for the MPAA, just released on UK 4K Blu-ray


    Link Here10th July 2021
    Demons 2 is a1986 Italy horror film by Lamberto Bava.
    With David Edwin Knight, Nancy Brilli and Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni. YouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb
    Uncut by the BBFC, originally 18 rated then reduced to 15 from 2010. Cut in the US for an R rating but the uncut version is released MPAA unrated.
    UK: Passed Suitable for 15 years and over uncut for:
    • 2021 Arrow Video R0 4K Blu-ray/(RB) Blu-ray Combo at UK Amazon #ad released on 5th July 2021

    Promotional Material

    Unleashed through the TV and bringing Hell direct to your living room. Resurrected out of the dark forbidden zone, the worlds ugliest demons are causing carnage in an apartment block, eating the residents and spreading their deadly plague. Watch as a teenage birthday girl ruins the party by eating her guests, see bodybuilders torn to shreds and tremble in terror as possessed children run amok. Will anyone survive or will the demons rise once more and destroy us all?

    Arrow Video is proud to present this horror classic in a sumptuous 4K restoration, more vivid and terrifying than ever before, alongside a wealth of bonus features old and new, making this the ultimate experience in celluloid terror.

    SPECIAL DUAL FORMAT EDITION CONTENTS

    New 4K restoration by Arrow Films from the original camera negatives 4K (2160p) UHD Blu\-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible) and High Definition (1080p) Blu\-ray presentation Lossless English and Italian DTS\-HD Master Audio 5.1 mixes, derived from the original 4\-channel Dolby Stereo elements Original lossless English 1.0 mono track Original lossless Italian 2.0 stereo audio track English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack New audio commentary by critic Travis Crawford Archival audio commentary by director Lamberto Bava and special makeup effects artist Sergio Stivaletti, moderated by journalist Loris Curci Together and Apart, a new visual essay on space and technology in Demons and Demons 2 by author and critic Alexandra Heller\-Nicholas Creating Creature Carnage, an archival interview with Sergio Stivaletti Bava to Bava, an archival interview with Luigi Cozzi on the history of Italian horror Italian theatrical trailer English theatrical trailer Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais

     

     

    Shopping: The Crimes Of The Black Cat...

    1972 Italy mystery thriller by Sergio Pastore, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


    Link Here8th July 2021

    The Crimes of the Black Cat is a 1972 Italy mystery thriller by Sergio Pastore.
    Starring Anthony Steffen, Sylva Koscina and Giovanna Lenzi. IMDb

    Cut by the BBFC for an X rated cinema release in 1976.

    US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

    Promotional Material

    After a young model seemingly dies of a heart attack, her lover, Peter Oliver (Anthony Steffen, The Night Evelyn Came out of the Grave, Django the Bastard) and his butler begin their own investigation into the death and soon find an intertwined series of murders, all involving a cat and a yellow shawl. One step ahead of the police, but always right behind the killer, Peter manages to piece together clue after clue until the final, shocking showdown with the bloodthirsty killer. Released in the shadows of Dario Argento's wildly successful The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (and one of over 30 Italian giallo films produced in 1972), The Crimes of the Black Cat delivers the style of a classic giallo with sleazy, over the top violence that rivals Italian films from a decade later. Despite its pedigree of talent including Sylva Koscina (Lisa and the Devil), Renato De Carmine (Challenge to White Fang), Giacomo Rossi Stuart (Death Smiles at a Murderer, Shanghai Joe), Umberto Raho (Amuck, Summertime Killer), and Annabella Incontrera (The Case of the Blood Iris), an eerie score by Manuel De Sica (Dellamorte Dellamore), and behind the scenes work from Fabrizio De Angelis (producer of Zombie, The Beyond) The Crimes of the Black Cat has been largely ignored on home video. Previously unavailable in HD or in the proper aspect ratio, The Crimes of the Black Cat makes its worldwide Blu-Ray debut with an uncut 4K restoration via Cauldron Films.

    Bonus features include: Commentary track with Fragments of Fear - A Giallo Podcast with Peter Jilmstad and Rachael Nisbet, English SDH Subtitles , Image Gallery, Trailer, Commentary by Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson, Remembering Sergio Pastore - Interview with Sara Pastore , Sergio Pastore - Un Ammirevole Indipendente

     

     

    Shopping: The Chinese Boxer...

    1970 Hong Kong action crime film by Yu Wang, previously cut by the BBFC, set for UK Blu-ray release on 27th September 2021


    Link Here6th July 2021

    The Chinese Boxer is a 1970 Hong Kong action crime film by Yu Wang.
    Starring Yu Wang and Lieh Lo and Ping Wang. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated VHS in 1986. Presumably uncut for 18 rated Blu-ray in 2021.
    UK: Presumably passed 18 uncut for sexual violence:

    Promotional Material

    From the golden age of Kung Fu movies, the legendary Shaw Brothers bring you an action-packed tale of revenge, mayhem and flying fists. When his martial arts school is viciously attacked by a rival gang of Japanese thugs, Lei Ming swears to bring them down with violent justice. Written, starring and directed by Jimmy Wang Yu, The Chinese Boxer (1970) is a fabulously fast-paced feature full of exquisite set-pieces and mind-blowing fight choreography.

    A huge influence on the likes of Tarantino's Kill Bill (2003) and Bruce Lee's Fist of Fury (1972) this entertainingly savage story of resilience, skill and a battle against the odds, is one of the first true modern classics of the genre, focussing as it does on physical prowess and athletic proficiency over the more mythical elements of the wuxia era. An undoubted cult classic, this is a must for any serious collector of extreme Asian cinema and martial arts madness.

    Extras:

    Interview with David West

     

     

    Shopping: Just a Gigolo...

    1978 West Germany drama by David Hemmings just released on US Blu-ray and DVD


    Link Here6th July 2021

    Just A Gigolo is a 1978 West Germany drama by David Hemmings
    Starring David Bowie, Sydne Rome and Kim Novak BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    The original European version ran a full 147 minutes. The U.S. version was cut to 105 minutes. Only this shorter version is available on video.
    US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

    Promotional Material

    After World War I, a war hero returns to Berlin to find that there's no place for him--he has no skills other than what he learned in the army, and can only find menial, low-paying jobs. He decides to become a gigolo to lonely rich women.

    Bonus Content:
     
  • The Making of Gigolo with Producer/Writer Joshua Sinclair and Assistant to the Director Rory Maclean
  • Audio Commentary with Rory Maclean
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    Shopping: Major Dundee...

    1965 US western by Sam Peckinpah just released on US Blu-ray with 2 versions


    Link Here5th July 2021

    Major Dundee is a 1965 US western by Sam Peckinpah.
    With Charlton Heston, Richard Harris and Jim Hutton. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    The original theatrical release was shortened by the studio without the Director's agreement. An extended restored version was released in 2005. Peckinpah's original ran around the 150m mark but has never been released. The Extended Version is uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated in the US.

    US: The Restored Version/Extended Version is MPAA PG-13 rated for violence and some sensuality:
    • 2021 Arrow Limited Edition [Theatrical + Extended Versions] RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 29th June 2021

    Promotional Material

    THE SCREEN STRETCHES TO NEW HORIZONS TO TELL THE EPIC STORY OF THE SOUTHWEST!

    After making his first bonafide classic in Ride the High Country, director Sam Peckinpah took a step towards the epic with Major Dundee. The film would, in many ways, define the rest of his career both on screen and off, as the drama behind the camera matched the action in front of

    Charlton Heston stars as Major Amos Dundee, a vainglorious Union Cavalry officer, who mounts an expedition to hunt down Apache war chief Sierra Charriba. Building his own army of criminals, ex-slaves and Confederate POWs - among them one Captain Ben Tyreen (Richard Harris), whose intense former friendship with Dundee is tainted with a sense of betrayal on both sides - Dundee heads into Mexico, his eye fixed firmly on a last shot at greatness.

    Legendarily acerbic, Major Dundee would be the first time that Peckinpah had a movie taken away from him. While a director's cut may be lost to us, this Limited Edition shows us the thrilling, morally complex epic that Peckinpah was aiming for. Beautifully shot and with a stellar supporting cast including James Coburn, Warren Oates, and L.Q. Jones, it remains a stunning achievement and an essential experience for anyone interested in the life and cinema of Bloody Sam.

    TWO-DISC LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY CONTENTS

    • The 136-minute Extended Version of the film from a 4K scan, as well as the original 122-minute Theatrical Version
    • 60-page perfect bound booklet featuring new writing by Farran Nehme, Roderick Heath and Jeremy Carr plus select archive material
    • Limited edition packaging featuring newly commissioned artwork by Tony Stella
    • Fold out poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tony Stella

    DISC ONE - EXTENDED VERSION

    • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation from a 4K scan by Sony Pictures
    • DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround audio with new score by Christopher Caliendo
    • Lossless original mono audio with original score by Daniele Amfitheatrof
    • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
    • Audio commentary with Nick Redman, David Weddle, Garner Simmons, Paul Seydor
    • Audio commentary by historian and critics Glenn Erickson & Alan K. Rode
    • Audio commentary by historian and critic Glenn Erickson
    • Moby Dick on Horseback, a brand new visual essay by David Cairns
    • Passion & Poetry: The Dundee Odyssey, a feature length documentary about the making of Major Dundee by Mike Siegel, featuring James Coburn, Senta Berger, Mario Adorf, L.Q. Jones, R.G. Armstrong, Gordon Dawson
    • Passion & Poetry: Peckinpah Anecdotes, nine actors talk about working with legendary director Sam Peckinpah, featuring Kris Kristofferson, Ernest Borgnine, James Coburn, David Warner, Ali MacGraw, L.Q. Jones, Bo Hopkins, R.G. Armstrong, Isela Vega
    • Mike Siegel: About the Passion & Poetry Project, in which filmmaker Mike Siegel talks about his beginnings and his ongoing historical project about director Sam Peckinpah
    • Extensive stills galleries, featuring rare on set, behind the scenes, and marketing materials
    • 2005 re-release trailer

    DISC TWO - THEATRICAL VERSION (LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE)

    • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation from a 2K scan
    • Lossless original mono audio
    • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
    • Riding for a Fall, a vintage behind the scenes featurette
    • Extended/deleted scenes
    • Silent Outtakes
    • Select extended/deleted scenes and outtakes with commentary by historian and critic Glenn Erickson giving context on how they were intended to appear in Peckinpah's vision of the film
    • Original US, UK and German theatrical trailers
    • Stills gallery

     

     

    Shopping: Eye of the Cat...

    1969 USA horror by David Lowell Rich, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray


    Link Here2nd July 2021

    Eye of the Cat is a 1969 USA horror by David Lowell Rich
    Starring Michael Sarrazin, Gayle Hunnicutt and Eleanor Parker BBFC link 2020 IMDb

    Cut by the BBFC for X rated 1969 cinema release. Uncut and 15 rated for 2017 VoD. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US. There is also a heavily cut US TV version but with additional material.
    UK: The Original Version was previously passed 15 uncut for moderate violence, drug misuse:
    • 2021 Powerhouse Films Limited Edition [Original Version + TV Version] RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 28th June 2021

    Promotional Material

    Penned by Psycho screenwriter Joseph Stefano and directed by film and TV movie veteran David Lowell Rich (The Horror at 37,000 Feet), Eye of the Cat is a skilfully crafted, San Francisco-set chiller starring Michael Sarrazin (They Shoot Horses, Don't They?) and Gayle Hunnicutt (Voices) as Wylie and Kassia - a couple whose scheme to rob wealthy, cat-loving Aunt Danny (Eleanor Parker, The Sound of Music) goes awry when Wyle's compulsive feline phobia comes up against the many cats defending Aunt Danny's mansion.

    David Lowell Rich's film benefits from suspenseful cat-attack set-pieces, a menacing Lalo Schifrin (Dirty Harry) score, and a seductive sixties wardrobe courtesy of legendary costume designer Edith Head (Sweet Charity).

    Extras INDICATOR LIMITED BLU-RAY EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES

    • High Definition remaster
    • Two presentations of the film: the theatrical version (102 mins), presented in High Definition; the TV version (102 mins), presented in Standard Definition
    • Original mono audio
    • Audio commentary with The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Film and Television editor Kevin Lyons (2021)
    • Pussies Galore (2021): writer and critic Kim Newman on Eye of the Cat and the feline horror subgenre
    • Original theatrical trailer
    • Radio spot
    • Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
    • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
    • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Kasandra O'Connell, archival articles and interviews, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits.
    • UK premiere on Blu-ray
    • Limited edition of 3,000 copies
    • Extras subject to change

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