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Shopping: Ebola Syndrome...

1996 Hong Kong crime horror by Herman Yau, unavailable for a long time in UK but just released on Blu-ray


Link Here31st December 2022

Ebola Syndrome is a 1996 Hong Kong crime horror by Herman Yau
Starring Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Yeung-Ming Wan and Fui-On Shing Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by Hong Kong censors when it was released and this is the version that was widely distributed thereafter. A nearly uncut extended version was released in Austria but the film was finally released fully uncut on US Blu-ray in 2021. Likely it was this uncut version that was remarkably passed 18 uncut by the BBFC in 2022.

UK: Likely it was the Uncut Version that was passed 18 uncut with a BBFC trigger warning for sexual violence, strong bloody violence, gore, sex, racism:

Summary review: Sicko Gore

A Chinese restaurant worker wanted for murder in Hong Kong contracts Ebola in South Africa, becomes immune to it, and unknowingly spreads the virus there, then comes back to Hong Kong and continues to infect people with it.

A kind of sicko gore film that will never be equalled in Western cinema. The whole film is as twisted as possible as we are shown acts of murder, masturbation, rape and cannibalism in safe Hongkong style! There is no point in trying to review this as some kind of a serious film because this is pure trash and b-level horror/gore film.

Promotional Material

After killing his boss, wanted convict Ah Kai flees Hong Kong and winds up in South Africa. Once there, he attacks and rapes a woman infected by the Ebola virus. However, when he learns he is immune but can pass on the virus to others, he begins to spread the disease to more and more people. Ebola Syndrome is a typically wild Category III exploitation horror, replete with ghastly overtones and heaps of bad taste. A must for lovers of Hong Kong cult cinema everywhere.

 

 

Shrek 2...

2004 USA children's cartoon comedy is passed PG uncut by the BBFC, previously it was cut for a U rating


Link Here28th December 2022

Shrek 2 is a 2004 USA family animation comedy by Andrew Adamson and Kelly Asbury
Starring Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for a U rated release for cinema and home video. Later the film was passed PG uncut for 4K Blu-ray in 2022. Uncut in the US with an MPAA PG rating.

The previous BBFC category cuts for a U rating was to remove a surprise headbutt.

UK: Passed PG uncut for mild bad language:

Promotional Material

Everyone's favourite larger-than-life hero returns in the Oscar-nominated Shrek 2, which has been hailed by critics and audiences alike as even better than its Oscar-winning predecessor! "There are so many jokes and jests, not even a jelly bellied ogre could consume them all in one sitting," proclaims USA Today. Happily ever after never seemed o far far away when a trip to meet the in-laws turns into another hilariously twisted adventure for Shrek and Fiona. With the help of his faithful steed Donkey, Shrek takes on a potion-brewing Fairy Godmother, the pompous Prince Charming, and the famed ogre-killer, Puss In Boots, a ferocious feline foe who's really just a pussycat at heart!

Extra Content: SECRETS OF SHREK 2 - SPOTLIGHT ON PUSS IN BOOTS FILMMAKERS' COMMENTARIES - FAR FAR AWAY IDOL - MUSIC VIDEOS Blu-ray Exclusives: The Animators' Corner - Shrek's Interactive Journey II

 

 

Shopping: Contraband...

1980 Italy crime action drama thriller by Lucio Fulci, one cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here28th December 2022

Contraband (aka The Smuggler) is a 1980 Italy crime action drama thriller by Lucio Fulci.
With Fabio Testi, Ivana Monti and Guido Alberti. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Uncut for pre-cert video. Cut by the BBFC for 1987 VHS. Cuts waived for 2014 DVD. Uncut in the US

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Promotional Material

Naples, Italy: An idealistic cigarette smuggler, Luca, runs into problems when a sadistic drug dealing gangster from France decides to muscle his way into operations. As he tries to wipe out the competition, all hell breaks loose and the bodies start piling up ! Luca joins forces with rival smugglers and the local mafia to counteract the power play, which only increases the body count until the explosive gun powder and gut bursting conclusion ! Directed by Lucio Fulci (The Beyond), Contraband stars Fabio Testi (The Big Racket), Marcel Bozzuffi (The French Connection), Ivana Monti (Five Days in Milan), and Saverio Marconi (Padre Padrone). Featuring gruesome practical special effects by Germano Natali (Deep Red) and Roberto Pace (Body Count), with music by legendary composer Fabio Frizzi, Contraband is a hard hitting mafia story filmed through the eye of an unrelenting horror master - you have been warned ! Contraband makes it's worldwide Blu-ray debut via Cauldron Films, restored from a 4K scan of the negative. WARNING: Contraband contains scenes of graphic violence. It is Lucio Fulci... UNFILTERED

 

 

Shopping: Mystery Men...

1999 USA action comedy fantasy by Kinka Usher, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US 4K Blu-ray


Link Here28th December 2022

Mystery Men is a 1999 USA action comedy fantasy by Kinka Usher.
Starring Ben Stiller, Janeane Garofalo and William H Macy. Melon Farmers linkYoutube link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Uncut and PG rated for 1999 cinema release but cut and PG rated for all UK home video releases until a 12 rated uncut Blu-ray in 2020. Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated in the US.
US: Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated for:
  • 2022 KL Studio Classics R0 4K Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 22nd November 2022

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Promotional Material

They're not your classic heroes. They're the other guys. The hippest cast in history has united for this hilarious and thoroughly original misadventure! When Captain Amazing (Greg Kinnear), Champion City's legendary superhero, falls into the hands of the evil madman Casanova Frankenstein (Geoffrey Rush) and his disco-dancing henchmen, there's suddenly a chance for the Mystery Men to show what they can do. They're a ragtag team of superhero wannabes featuring: Mr. Furious (Ben Stiller), whose power comes from his boundless rage; The Shoveler (William H. Macy), a father who shovels "better than anyone"; The Blue Raja (Hank Azaria), a fork-flinging mama's boy; The Bowler (Janeane Garofalo), who fights crime with the help of her father's skull; The Spleen (Paul Reubens), whose power is pure flatulence; Invisible Boy (Kel Mitchell), who's only invisible when no one's watching; and The Sphinx (Wes Studi), a cliché-spewing philosopher. They become the funniest team of villain-vanquishers ever assembled in this wild and witty superhero spoof!

Special Features:

DISC 1 (4KUHD)
-Brand New HDR/Dolby Vision Master -- From a 4K Scan of the Original Camera Negative
-Audio Commentary by Director Kinka Usher
-5.1 Surround and Lossless 2.0 Stereo
-Triple-Layered UHD100 Disc
-Optional English Subtitles

DISC 2 (Blu-ray):
-Brand New HD Master -- From a 4K Scan of the Original Camera Negative
-Audio Commentary by Director Kinka Usher
-WE'RE THE OTHER GUYS!: The Making of MYSTERY MEN with Director Kinka Usher -- Extended Version (30:00)
-I'M A SUPERHERO, MOTHER!: The Costumes of MYSTERY MEN with Designer Marilyn Vance (12:00)
-INSIDE CHAMPION CITY!: The Effects of MYSTERY MEN with VFX Supervisor Todd Tucker (10:00)
-DISCO IS LIFE!: The Score(s) of MYSTERY MEN with Film Music Historian Daniel Schweiger -- Extended Version (12:00)
-SPOTLIGHT ON LOCATION: THE ORIGINAL MAKING OF MYSTERY MEN (17:40)
-Deleted Scenes (19:22)
-Theatrical Trailer
-Dual-Layered BD50 Disc
-Optional English Subtitles

 

 

Shopping: High Plains Drifter...

1973 USA western by Clint Eastwood, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US 4K Blu-ray


Link Here23rd December 2022

High Plains Drifter is a 1973 USA western by Clint Eastwood.
With Clint Eastwood, Verna Bloom and Marianna Hill. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for 1973 X rated cinema release but uncut on 18 rated home video. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.
US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
  • 2022 KL Studio Classics R0 4K Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 22nd November 2022

Promotional Material

THEY'D NEVER FORGET THE DAY HE DRIFTED INTO TOWN! From Clint Eastwood, the acclaimed director/star of The Outlaw Josey Wales, Pale Rider, Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino and The Mule, comes this western masterpiece and homage to his "The Man with No Name" legend. Eastwood portrays a mysterious stranger who emerges out of the heat waves of the desert and rides into the guilt-ridden town of Lago. After committing three murders in the first 20 minutes, The Stranger is hired by the town's citizens to protect them from the three vengeful gunmen about to be released from jail. Eastwood's second film as a director is a tribute to his three spaghetti western classics with the great Sergio Leone, and features a strong supporting cast that includes Verna Bloom (Medium Cool), Marianna Hill (The Baby), Mitchell Ryan (The Hunting Party), Jack Ging (Play Misty for Me), Geoffrey Lewis (Every Which Way but Loose), Anthony James (In the Heat of the Night), John Hillerman (Blazing Saddles), John Quade (Breakheart Pass) and Billy Curtis (The Terror of Tiny Town). Beautifully shot in CinemaScope by Bruce Surtees (Dirty Harry) with a great screenplay by Ernest Tidyman (The French Connection) and a memorable score by Dee Barton (Thunderbolt and Lightfoot).

Special Features:

DISC 1 (4KUHD):
-Brand New HDR/Dolby Vision Master -- From a 4K Scan of the Original Camera Negative
-NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historians Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson
-Audio Commentary by Filmmaker Alex Cox
-5.1 Surround and Lossless 2.0 Audio
-Triple-Layered UHD100 Disc
-Optional English Subtitles

DISC 2 (BLU-RAY):
-Brand New HD Master -- From a 4K Scan of the Original Camera Negative
-NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historians Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson
-Audio Commentary by Filmmaker Alex Cox
-LADY VENGEANCE: Interview with Actress Marianna Hill
-HELL TO PAY: Interview with Actor Mitchell Ryan
-THE BARBER OF LAGO: Interview with Actor William O'Connell
-A MAN NAMED EASTWOOD: Vintage Promo in HD
-TRAILERS FROM HELL Episodes with Josh Olson & Edgar Wright
-Poster and Image Gallery
-TV & Radio Spot
-2 Theatrical Trailers
-5.1 Surround and Lossless 2.0 Audio
-Dual-Layered BD50 Disc
-Optional English Subtitles

 

 

Shopping: Vampire Circus...

1972 UK horror by Robert Young, cut by the BBFC in 1972, just released on UK Blu-ray.


Link Here19th December 2022

Vampire Circus is a 1972 UK horror by Robert Young.
With Adrienne Corri, Thorley Walters and Anthony Higgins. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for 1972 cinema release and subsequent UK releases. The film was cut in the US for an MPAA PG rating but the best available version has been released MPAA Unrated.
UK: The cut cinema version was previously passed 15 for:
  • 2022 Strawberry Media 50th Anniversary (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 21st November 2022

Cuts status

This is the best available version with the material cut by the BBFC assumed to be lost. UK censor Stephen Murphy requested many cuts to the film in 1972 though Hammer succeeded in shortening his original demands. The BBFC edits finally made were to:

  • the whipping scene toned down
  • a dagger in the face deleted from the opening scene
  • the forest attack by the panther
  • footage of the mutilated remains of the family.
Thanks to Tim:

Some confusion exists because a list of proposed huge BBFC cuts list was in circulation. Wayne Kinsey's Elstree Studios book explained that this list was the examiners' first strike and most of these proposed cuts, which removed whole scenes and probably added up to about 5m, were never made following an appeal to Stephen Murphy who had proposed less drastic cuts at an advanced screening before his more censorious examiners had seen the film. The cuts generally aren't noticeable apart from the scene in which Lynn Frederick finds the dead bodies in the woods when a few shots have clearly been reduced or reduced to a flash.

Promotional Material

Out of the entire Hammer canon "Vampire Circus" has got to be one of the strangest things they ever did and it's coming to Blu-Ray for the first time in the UK to celebrate its 50th Anniversary!

It is an offbeat, highly surreal number with oodles of blood and gore thrown in. A Transylvanian village is sealed off from the outside world due to an outbreak of the plague. Anyone who tries to get in or out is shot dead by the police. Nevertheless a travelling circus somehow breaks through the lines, and boy, are all its bloodless-looking performers a wee bit strange!

There is a gypsy male who seems to be able to turn himself into a panther, and a pair of very creepy acrobatic twins, who seem impervious to pain and can transform themselves into birds. All of it is presided over by Adrienne Corri, who makes a suitably vampy Ring-Mistress.

Added to all this the village itself is living under a curse imposed on them by an aristocrat they killed several years before for being a vampire, all of which is related in the violent and blood-splattered opening sequence to the film. A Creepy Hammer horror with bite!

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • 12 PAGE BOOKLET INCLUDING A NEW ESSAY by The Evolution Of Horror's Mike Muncer
  • REVERSIBLE SLEEVE ARTWORK
  • 'THE BLOODIEST SHOW ON EARTH' documentary featuring interviews from renowned director Joe Dante and actor Dave Prowse
  • VISITING THE HOUSE OF HAMMER - an insight into Britain's legendary horror magazine
  • GALLERY OF GROTESQUES - A brief history of Circus Horrors
  • VAMPIRE CIRUCS interactive comic book
  • STILLS GALLERY

 

 

Shopping: Reservoir Dogs...

1992 USA crime thriller by Quentin Tarantino, once informally banned in the UK, just released on UK 4K Blu-ray


Link Here14th December 2022

Reservoir Dogs is a 1992 USA crime thriller by Quentin Tarantino.
Starring Harvey Keitel and Tim Roth and Michael Madsen. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Never cut by censors but the film was briefly informally banned in the UK from 1993 until 1995 due to a controversy about video violence at the time.

See BBFC Case Study from bbfc.co.uk

See Reservoir Dogs, and how it was 'banned' in the UK on video from filmstories.co.uk

Summary Notes

Six criminals, who are strangers to each other, are hired by a crime boss, Joe Cabot, to carry out a diamond robbery. Right at the outset, they are given false names with the intention that they won't get too close and will concentrate on the job instead. They are completely sure that the robbery is going to be a success. But, when the police show up right at the time and the site of the robbery, panic spreads amongst the group members, and two of them are killed in the subsequent shootout, along with a few policemen and civilians. When the remaining people assemble at the premeditated rendezvous point (a warehouse), they begin to suspect that one of them is an undercover cop.

UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence:

Promotional Material

Quentin Tarantino came out of nowhere (i.e., a video store in Manhattan Beach, California) and turned Hollywood on its ear in 1992 with his explosive first feature, Reservoir Dogs. Like Tarantino's mainstream breakthrough Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs has an unconventional structure, cleverly shuffling back and forth in time to reveal details about the characters, experienced criminals who know next to nothing about each other. Joe (Lawrence Tierney) has assembled them to pull off a simple heist, and has gruffly assigned them color-coded aliases (Mr. Orange, Mr. Pink, Mr. White) to conceal their identities from being known even to each other. But something has gone wrong, and the plan has blown up in their faces. One by one, the surviving robbers find their way back to their prearranged warehouse hideout. There, they try to piece together the chronology of this bloody fiasco--and to identify the traitor among them who tipped off the police. Pressure mounts, blood flows, accusations and bullets fly. In the combustible atmosphere these men are forced to confront life-and-death questions of trust, loyalty, professionalism, deception, and betrayal. As many critics have observed, it is a movie about "honor among thieves" (just as Pulp Fiction is about redemption, and Jackie Brown is about survival). Along with everything else, the movie provides a showcase for a terrific ensemble of actors: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, Michael Madsen, Christopher Penn, and Tarantino himself, offering a fervent dissection of Madonna's "Like a Virgin" over breakfast. Reservoir Dogs is violent (though the violence is implied rather than explicit), clever, gabby, harrowing, funny, suspenseful, and even--in the end--unexpectedly moving. (Don't forget that "Super Sounds of the Seventies" soundtrack, either.)

 

 

Shopping: The Valachi Papers...

1972 Italy / France crime drama by Terence Young, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here12th December 2022

The Valachi Papers is a 1972 Italy / France crime drama by Terence Young
Starring Charles Bronson, Lino Ventura and Jill Ireland BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for X rated cinema release, but uncut on 18 rated home video. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US but there is also a cut PG rated version

Summary Notes

When Joe Valachi (Charles Bronson) has a price put on his head by Don Vito Genovese (Lino Ventura), he must take desperate steps to protect himself while in prison. An unsuccessful attempt to slit his throat puts him over the edge to break the sacred code of silence.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

Promotional Material

Scr een legends Charles Bronson (Violent City, Breakout) and Lino Ventura (The Sicilian Clan, Illustrious Corpses) star in The Valachi Papers, a hard-hitting docudrama of the criminal underworld. Sentenced to 15 years in prison, former mob "button man" Joe Valachi (Bronson) turns informant when he learns top Mafia capo Vito Genovese (Ventura) has put a $100,000 contract out on his life. From thievery and extortion to vengeance and murder, Valachi spills the innermost workings of the Cosa Nostra, culminating in his riveting testimony before a Senate subcommittee on organized crime. Directed by action-thriller ace Terence Young (From Russia with Love, Cold Sweat) from Peter Maas' best-selling book, The Valachi Papers is gripping, shocking...and absolutely true. Also starring Jill Ireland (The Valdez Horses) and Joseph Wiseman (Dr. No), and featuring a marvelous score by Riz Ortolani (The 7th Dawn).

Special Features:
-Audio Commentary by Film Historian Paul Talbot, the Author of the BRONSON'S LOOSE! Books
-U.S. Theatrical Trailer
-German Theatrical Trailer
-TV Spot
-Radio Spot
-Optional English Subtitles

 

 

Shopping: Walking the Edge...

1985 US action drama by Norbert Meisel, previously cut by the BBFC, set for uncut UK Blu-ray release on 6th March 2023 updated with BBFC cuts list


Link Here9th December 2022
Walking the Edge is a 1985 US action drama by Norbert Meisel
Starring Nancy Kwan, Robert Forster and Joe Spinell BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated VHS in 1986. Later uncut and 15 rated for 2023 Blu-ray

Summary Notes

A Los Angeles taxi driver picks up a woman in his cab, not knowing that she's on a suicidal revenge mission. He manages to escape with her before getting killed, but deranged gangsters are searching for them.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 93:49s
pal: 90:04s
15UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language, violence, sexualised nudity, racist language:
  • 2023 Radiance Films/Fun City Editions UK (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 6th March 2023

BBFC cut
cut: 2:24s
run: 90:38s
pal: 87:00s
18 1980UK: Passed 18 after BBFC cuts:
  • 1986 CBS/Fox Video Ltd VHS

Thanks to Tim for the BBFC cuts list:

  • At 67m29s-67m45s - Love making of couple, immediately following cutting of Indian's ear by gang
  • At 68m01s-69m13s - Torturing and killing of Indian with electric drill intercut by continued love-making of couple
  • At 79m07s - Shot of close-up arm with knife at victim's crotch, with dripping blood
The timings don't quite add up to the specified total. Possibly the distributor overcut to have scenes run more smoothly.

Promotional Material

Cult movie icons Robert Forster (Medium Cool) and Joe Spinell (Maniac) star with Nancy Kwan (Flower Drum Song) in Norbert Meisel's gritty action drama Walking the Edge. Jason Walk (Forster), a down on his luck cabbie and numbers runner, has a chance at redemption when he crosses paths with revenge-seeking Christine Holloway (Kwan). She's after the gang of violent criminals, led by Brusstar (Spinell), who her murdered her husband and son. Jason unwittingly drives Christine to their lair and when she is unable to finish the job, a hellbent Brusstar and his goons hunt the pair with a vengeance.

Jason Walk's cab prowls the seedier, grimier locales of early '80s Los Angeles and picks up passengers--gamblers, prostitutes and addicts--who match this environment. As such, Walking the Edge is both a sleazy urban thriller and a valuable visual record of an L.A. that has long since been scrubbed clean and redeveloped. And like Max Cherry in Jackie Brown, Jason Walk is the kind of everyman-turned hero that Forster excelled at playing throughout his career.

With Edge, director Meisel (Mafia Girls) teamed with his wife Kwan for the first time. Screenwriter Curt Allen's subsequent credits include Forster's cult favourite Hollywood Harry. Genre veteran Jay Chattaway (Maniac and Vigilante) provides the film with a driving and catchy score. The leads are supported by a diverse cast that includes A Martinez (Powwow Highway), Luis Contreras (Repo Man), Aarika Wells (Sharky's Machine) and Frankie Hill (Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter).

Walking the Edge has been restored in 4K from its original camera negative and now makes it UK Blu-ray debut.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

New 4K restoration from its 35mm original camera negative
"Scoring the Edge," a new video interview with composer Jay Chattaway
"Det Jurgensen Remembers Forster and Spinell," a new video interview with "French Connection Cop" Randy Jurgensen
"Breaking Point," a new video essay by filmmaker Chris O'Neill
Theatrical trailer
Image gallery
Booklet with new essay by filmmaker and writer Jim Hemphill
Newly recorded audio commentary by film historian Chris Poggiali and film producer Matt Verboys
Archival audio commentary by director Norbert Meisel and stars Robert Forster and Nancy Kwan

 

 

Shopping: Reservoir Dogs...

1992 USA crime thriller by Quentin Tarantino, once held back by the BBFC, just released on US 4K Blu-ray


Link Here9th December 2022

Reservoir Dogs is a 1992 USA crime thriller by Quentin Tarantino.
Starring Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth and Michael Madsen. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Never cut by censors but the film was briefly informally banned in the UK from 1993 until 1995 due to a controversy about video violence at the time.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

Promotional Material

They were perfect strangers, assembled to pull off the perfect crime. Then their simple robbery explodes into bloody ambush, and the ruthless killers realize one of them is a police informer. But which one?

 

 

Shopping: The Nun and The Devil...

1973 Italy / France drama by Domenico Paolella, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here7th December 2022

The Nun And The Devil is a 1973 Italy / France drama by Domenico Paolella (as Paolo Dominici)
Starring Anne Heywood, Luc Merenda and Ornella Muti Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for X rated 1973 cinema release. Later uncut on home video.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Promotional Material

Religious orthodoxy, human desire and institutional corruption all rise to a mesmerizing boil in multi-genre Italian director Domenico Paolella's The Nun and the Devil/Le Monache di Sant'Arcangelo (1973), a cinematic fever dream about power plays within - and brought to bear outwardly upon - a 16th-century Neopolitan nunnery. Inspired by authentic period records and a novella by Stendhal, the film casts Anne Heywood as a senior sister scheming to become Mother Abbess, Ornella Muti as a defiant aristocrat sequestered into religious service, and policier star Luc Merenda as a righteous cleric investigating the convent's sexual and heretical improprieties. It stands out as one of the more noteworthy cinematic successors of Ken Russell's notorious The Devils (1971). Package design by Jim Titus

 

 

Shopping: The Wolf of Wall Street...

2013 USA crime comedy biography by Martin Scorsese, reportedly once cut for an MPAA R rating, just released on UK 4K Blu-ray


Link Here30th November 2022
The Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 USA crime comedy biography by Martin Scorsese.
With Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Reportedly cut for an R rating in the US

UK: Previously passed 18 uncut for very strong language, strong sex, hard drug use for:

Promotional Material

F ew filmmakers depict greed and amorality on screen like Martin Scorsese. Thrilling, glamourous, seductive: his unflinching eye sees all and refuses to look away. Nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor, The Wolf of Wall Street is a monstrous masterpiece, equal parts hilarious and horrifying.

Leonardo DiCaprio is on dazzling form in the frenetic true life tale of New York stock-broker Jordan Belfort and his rise from boiler room brokerage firm to a decadent life of obscene wealth, stratospheric drug-use, and rampant corruption. Spiralling out of control as government investigators close in, Belfort's fall is as spectacular as his meteoric rise.

Arrow Video is proud to present a director-approved 4K transfer (making its UK premiere) of this extraordinary ode to American excess, in a special edition as sleek and sharp as the Wolf himself.

BLU-RAY LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • Fully illustrated 60-page collectors book containing new writing by film critics Sean Hogan, Will Menaker, and Jourdain Searles
  • Limited Edition packaging featuring The Wolf of Wall Street luxury 'wallet', American Excess Credit Card, Business Card, and Stratton Oakmont Banknote
  • Reversible sleeve featuring two choices of artwork

DISC ONE: FEATURE & EXTRAS (BLU--RAY)

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of a director-approved 4K transfer
  • Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new audio commentary by film critics Glenn Kenny and Nick Pinkerton
  • Brand new introduction by film historian Ian Christie, editor of Scorsese on Scorsese
  • Theatrical trailer

DISC TWO: EXTRAS (BLU-RAY)

  • Brand new interview with screenwriter Terence Winter
  • Brand new interview with production designer Bob Shaw
  • Wall Street After Hours, a brand new visual essay by film critic Simon Ward on the dark humour of Martin Scorsese
  • Planet Hollywolf, a brand new visual essay by film critics Matty Budrewicz and Dave Wain on Jordan Belfort's lesser known career as a low budget movie producer
  • The Wolf Pack, an archival featurette exploring Martin Scorsese's take on the story and the characters involved
  • Running Wild, an archival featurette taking a closer look at the filmmaking process and key creative team
  • The Wolf of Wall Street Roundtable, an archival featurette with director Martin Scorsese, writer Terence Winter and stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill in conversation
  • Behind the Scenes, documentary footage shot during filming
  • TV spots
  • Image gallery

 

 

Shopping: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation...

1989 US comedy by Jeremiah S Chechik, once cut for BBFC PG rating, just released on UK 4K Blu-ray


Link Here30th November 2022

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is a 1989 US comedy by Jeremiah S. Chechik.
With Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo and Juliette Lewis Melon Farmers link YouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for PG rated cinema and VHS releases. It was released uncut on UK Blu-ray in 2003 bearing a 12 rating, seemingly without being resubmitted to the BBFC. The uncut version was eventually passed 12 uncut for video in 2014, presumably belatedly in retrospect of the previous releases. As of 2020, all UK DVD releases still feature the cut UK version. It was later passed 12A Uncut for 2020 cinema release. Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated in the US.
UK: Passed 12 uncut for one use of strong language and mild sex references

Promotional Material

Make merry as Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Randy Quaid and an ensemble of comedy favourites strive to gift-wrap the "perfect Christmas" for the Griswold family. The most successful of the three vacations. Special Feature Commentary by Jeremiah Checkik, Randy Quaid, Beverly D'Angelo, Johnny Galecki, Miriam Flynn and Matty Simmons

 

 

Shopping: Saturday Night Fever...

1977 USA music drama by John Badham just released on US 4K Blu-ray with 2 versions


Link Here28th November 2022

Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 USA music drama by John Badham.
With John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney and Barry Miller. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Uncut and 18 rated for the original version, but its popularity with youngsters resulted in a children's PG Version. A Director's Cut was released in 2017 and was 18 rated by the BBFC.
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2022 PARAMOUNT [Theatrical Version + Director's Cut] R0 4K Blu-ray/(RA) Blu-ray Combo at US Amazon #ad released on 8th November 2022
  • 2022 PARAMOUNT Amazon VoD [US] at US Amazon #ad

Promotional Material

From John Travolta's electrifying Oscar®-nominated performance to the unforgettable dancing, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER is nothing less than a movie sensation. Featuring a bonus Blu-ray with the Director's Cut, as well as hours of extensive special features. Travolta catapulted to fame as Tony Manero, a restless Brooklyn rebel who escapes problems at home and an uncertain future every Saturday night when he shines as king of the disco dance floor. Pulsing with the beat of its timeless, best-selling soundtrack, and looking better than ever on 4K UHD with HDR-10 and Dolby Vision, this is essential cinema.

 

 

Shopping: Videodrome...

1983 Canada action Sci-Fi horror by David Cronenberg just released on UK 4K Blu-ray with 2 versions


Link Here26th November 2022

Videodrome is a 1983 Canada action Sci-Fi horror by David Cronenberg.
Starring James Woods, Deborah Harry and Sonja Smits. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating. This cut Theatrical Version was released in the UK for 1983 cinema, 1990 VHS and DVD but the 1987 VHS was heavily pre-cut. The Uncut Unrated Version was released in the UK on Laserdisc, but wasn't available on mainstream home video until 2015. The US Criterion home video releases are uncut and MPAA Unrated.
UK: Passed Suitable for 18 years and over uncut for:
  • 2022 Arrow Video Limited Edition [Director's Cut + US Version] R0 4K Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 24th October 2022
  • 2022 Arrow Video Amazon VoD [UK] at UK Amazon #ad

Promotional Material

Combining the bio-horror elements of his earlier films whilst anticipating the technological themes of his later work, Videodrome exemplifies David Cronenberg's extraordinary talent for making both visceral and cerebral cinema. Max Renn (James Woods) is looking for fresh new content for his TV channel when he happens across some illegal S&M style broadcasts called "Videodrome". Embroiling his girlfriend Nick (Deborah Harry) in his search for the source, his journey begins to blur the lines between reality and fantasy as he works his way through sadomasochistic games, shady organisations and body transformations stunningly realised by Oscar-winning makeup effects artist Rick Baker. Hailed by his contemporaries John Carpenter ("he's better than all of us combined!") and Martin Scorsese ("no one makes films like he does") as a genius, Videodrome was Cronenberg's most mature work to date and still stands as one of his greatest.

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS - Brand new 4K restorations from the original camera negative by Arrow Films of both the full-length director's cut and the US theatrical cut, approved by director David Cronenberg - 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible) - Original lossless mono soundtrack - Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing - Audio commentary by Tim Lucas, the on-set correspondent for Cinefantastique Magazine and author of Videodrome: Studies in the Horror Film - David Cronenberg and the Cinema of the Extreme, a documentary featuring interviews with Cronenberg, George A. Romero and Alex Cox on Cronenberg's cinema, censorship and the horror genre - Forging the New Flesh, a documentary by filmmaker Michael Lennick on Videodrome's video and prosthetic make up effects - Fear on Film, a round table discussion from 1982 with Cronenberg, John Carpenter, John Landis and Mick Garris - The complete, uncensored Samurai Dreams footage with commentary by Michael Lennick - Helmet-Cam Test and Why Betamax?, two featurettes by Michael Lennick on the film's effects - The Making of David Cronenberg's Videodrome, a 1982 featurette by Mick Garris, with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Cronenberg, James Woods, Deborah Harry and Rick Baker - Videoblivion, an interview with cinematographer Mark Irwin - Pierre David on... Videodrome, an interview with executive producer Pierre David - AKA Jack Martin, an interview with Dennis Etchison, author of novelisations of Videodrome and The Fog, discussing Videodrome and his observations of Cronenberg's script - Camera, Cronenberg's short film starring Videodrome's Les Carlson - Pirated Signals: The Lost Broadcast, deleted and alternate scenes from the TV version - Original trailers - Image gallery - Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx - Illustrated 60-page collector's booklet featuring writing on the film by Justin Humphreys, Brad Stevens and Tim Lucas, extracts from Cronenberg on Cronenberg, and a brand new roundtable retrospective with critics Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Cerise Howard, Josh Nelson and Emma Westwood - Foldout double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx - Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards

 

 

Shopping: Righting Wrongs...

1986 Hong Kong action comedy by Corey Yuen just released on UK Blu-ray with 4 versions


Link Here22nd November 2022
Righting Wrongs is a 1986 Hong Kong action comedy by Corey Yuen
Starring Biao Yuen, Cynthia Rothrock and Melvin Wong BBFC link 2020 IMDb
The film exists in 4 versions. The original Hong Kong cut, Righting Wrongs, an English language version called Above the aw. A Singapore cut and an Integral version including all existing material. There are 4 alternative endings. The BBFC cut the English language version for 18 rated VHS but the 2022 Bu-ray release is uncut.
UK: BBFC details not yet published for:
  • 2022 88 Films Collector's Edition [English + Hong Kong + Singapore + Integral versions] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 24th October 2022

Promotional Material

Lawyer Ha Ling-Ching (Yuen Biao), fed up with the failings of the justice system and the way it allows criminals off the hook, vows to take the law into his own hands after a key witness and his entire family are murdered. However, his plans are soon complicated when he finds hotshot detective Cindy Sze (Cynthia Rothrock) on his tail.

Shot throughout with intrigue and action, this slick Hong Kong thriller rattles along magically in a satisfyingly explosive manner. In this DELUXE presentation, Righting Wrongs is a must for all serious collectors of martial arts mayhem.

INCLUDES
  • Slipcase with brand-new artwork from Sean Longmore
  • Double-sided foldout Poster
  • 6 Replica Lobby Cards
  • 80-page perfect-bound book featuring exclusive interview with Karen Sheperd and new writing on the film by Matthew Edwards + selected archive materials
  • Reversible sleeve with original Hong Kong poster artwork
DISC 1
  • New 2K Remaster of the Hong Kong Cut [96 minutes]
  • Cantonese-language Hong Kong Theatrical Mix with English subtitles* and SDH
  • Cantonese-language Japan Theatrical Mix with English subtitles* and SDH [features rare ending Cantonese narration]
  • Cantonese Home Video Remix with English subtitles* and SDH
  • English 5.1
DISC 2
  • New 2K Remaster of the English "ABOVE THE LAW" Cut - English with SDH [92 mins]
  • New 2K Remaster of the Singapore Cut - Mandarin with English subtitles* and SDH [100 mins]
  • ULTIMATE CUT a newly produced ULTIMATE CUT, a version of the film prepared exclusively for this release that combines footage from the Hong Kong and Singapore cuts to present a hypothetical "complete" version with four possible endings. [105 mins - 106 mins approx] with English subtitles*
  • Ultimate Cut Ending Randomiser
  • Newly-translated English Subtitles

Extras

  • [New] Frank Djeng Commentary [HK cut]
  • [Archive] Cynthia Rothrock Tai Seng Commentary [HK cut]
  • [New] Cynthia Rothrock Interview
  • [New] Cynthia Rothrock Scene-specific Commentary
  • [New] Peter Cunningham Interview
  • [New] Peter Cunningham Scene-specific Commentary
  • [New] Mike Leeder and Arne Venema Commentary
  • [Archive] The Vigilante: An Interview with Yuen Biao
  • [Archive] Action Overload: An Interview with Cynthia Rothrock
  • [Archive] From the Ring to the Silver Screen: An Interview with Peter Cunningham
  • Rare alternate "Ladies Man" ending
  • Hong Kong Trailer
  • English Trailer
  • Tai Seng Reconstruction Trailer

 

 

Shopping: Dressed to Kill...

1980 USA mystery thriller by Brian De Palma just released on US 4K Blu-ray in the uncut version


Link Here20th November 2022
Dressed to Kill is a 1980 USA mystery thriller by Brian De Palma.
Starring Michael Caine and Angie Dickinson and Nancy Allen. IMDb
The Theatrical Version was cut for an R rating. There is also an uncut Director's Cut. No BBFC Cuts to either version.

Summary Notes

A mysterious, tall blonde woman murders one of a psychiatrist's patients, and then goes after the high class call girl who witnessed the murder.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Promotional Material

A disturbed woman, adrift in steamy sexual fantasies. A New York psychiatrist who seems to have taken on one patient too many. A beautiful call girl caught between the cops and a vicious razor-wielding killer...and the killer herself: a tall, blonde, elusive psycho named Bobbi. Dressed to Kill contains all the heart-stopping elements of a classic suspense thriller. But writer-director Brian De Palma (Carrie, The Fury, Blow Out, Scarface, The Untouchables) turns up the heat and takes them one step further to create a masterpiece. Screen legend Michael Caine (The Ipcress File, The Italian Job) stars as a fashionable Manhattan therapist faced with a murderous puzzle: the sudden, hideous slaying of one of his patients--with a straight razor stolen from his office. Desperate to find the slasher before anyone else is hurt, the doctor soon finds himself lost in a provocative and deadly maze of obsession, deviance and deceit. Stunningly scored by Pino Donaggio (Body Double) with terrific turns by Angie Dickinson (Pretty Maids All in a Row), Nancy Allen (RoboCop), Dennis Franz (American Buffalo) and Keith Gordon (Christine), Dressed to Kill is a psychosexual tour de force from the modern master of the macabre.

Special Features:

DISC 1 (4KUHD):
-Brand NEW HDR/Dolby Vision Master From a 16bit 4K Scan of the Original Camera Negative
-NEW Audio Commentary by Film Critic and Author Maitland McDonagh
-5.1 Surround and Original Lossless 2.0 Mono
-Triple-Layered UHD100 Disc
-Optional English Subtitles

SPECIAL FEATURES DISC 2 (Blu-ray):
-STRICTLY BUSINESS: NEW Interview with Actress Nancy Allen
-KILLER FRAMES: NEW Interview with Associate Producer and Production Manager Fred C. Caruso
-AN IMITATION OF LIFE: NEW Interview with Actor Keith Gordon
-SYMPHONY OF FEAR: 2012 Interview with Producer George Litto
-DRESSED IN WHITE: 2012 Interview with Actress Angie Dickinson
-DRESSED IN PURPLE: 2012 Interview with Actress Nancy Allen
-LESSONS IN FILMMAKING: 2012 Interview with Actor Keith Gordon
-The Making of DRESSED TO KILL: 2001 Documentary
-Slashing DRESSED TO KILL: 2001 Featurette
-Unrated/R-Rated/TV Rated Comparison: 2001 Featurette
-An Appreciation by Keith Gordon: 2001 Featurette
-1980 Archival Audio Interviews with Actors Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson and Nancy Allen
-Theatrical Trailer
-7 Radio Spots

 

 

Shopping: The Kindred...

1987 USA Sci-Fi horror thriller by Stephen Carpenter and Jeffrey Obrow just released on US Blu-ray in the uncut version


Link Here20th November 2022

The Kindred is a 1987 USA Sci-Fi horror thriller by Stephen Carpenter and Jeffrey Obrow.
Starring Rod Steiger, Kim Hunter and David Allen Brooks. Melon Farmers linkYoutube link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Exists as an uncut MPAA Unrated version and a cut R rated version
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2022 Synapse Films Special Edition (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 25th October 2022

Promotional Material

ANTHONY DIDN'T ASK TO BE BROUGHT INTO THIS WORLD... Academy Award®-winning screen legends Rod Steiger (In the Heat of the Night; Duck, You Sucker) and Kim Hunter (A Streetcar Named Desire; Planet of the Apes) star in The Kindred, a chilling tale of a genetic experiment gone wrong... very wrong! Kim Hunter is Dr. Amanda Hollins, a molecular scientist who calls on her son John (David Allen Brooks) to eliminate all evidence of her genetic experiments... most specifically her "Anthony Journals." Dr. Philip Lloyd (Steiger), an acquaintance of Hollins who is familiar with her experiments, wants to continue her studies no matter the cost! John heads to his isolated childhood home with a group of friends to uncover his mother's research and destroy it all. There's something else in the house, however... something watching and waiting... a tentacled creature born from the desire to alter human evolution. It's evil. It's mad. It's ready to kill! One of the best "creature features" of the 1980s, utilizing all practical special effects, The Kindred also stars Amanda Pays (TV's The Flash, Leviathan) and Talia Balsam (TV's Mad Men, Homeland).

SPECIAL FEATURES: All-new 4K high-definition remaster of the unrated version of the film New 5.1 English stereo surround remix (Original 2.0 mono theatrical mix also included) Audio commentary with directors Jeffrey Obrow and Stephen Carpenter, moderated by horror journalist Steve Barton Inhuman Experiments -- The Making of "The Kindred," an all-new documentary (52 mins.) A special compilation of creature effects artist Michael McCracken, Jr.'s never-before-seen on-set footage (18 mins.) Still gallery and original storyboards Original theatrical trailer Original video promotional trailer TV spots Optional English subtitles

 

 

 

Shopping: Quiet Days in Clichy...

1970 Denmark film by Jens Jørgen Thorsen, once banned by the BBFC, just released on US 4K Blu-ray


Link Here15th November 2022

Quiet Days in Clichy is a 1970 Denmark film by Jens Jørgen Thorsen
Starring Paul Valjean, Wayne Rodda and Ulla Koppel BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Banned by the BBFC for 1970 cinema release. Rated 18 uncut since 2003. The film saw legal trouble in the US and had a very limited theatrical release.

Summary Notes

Not so quiet, Joey and Carl's days in Clichy... The two men, living in a small apartment, are penniless writers, with not enough to eat, which does not prevent them from enjoying life. One of their main interests is to get laid with women of various ages, physical appearances and...

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2022 Blue Underground Special Edition R0 4K Blu-ray/R0 Blu-ray Combo at US Amazon #ad released on 25th October 2022

Promotional Material

BASED ON THE CONTROVERSIAL NOVEL BY HENRY MILLER & FEATURING ORIGINAL MUSIC BY COUNTRY JOE MCDONALD!

Joey is a struggling writer with no money. His roommate Carl is a charming stud with a taste for young girls. Together, these two insatiable dreamers will laugh, love and screw their way through a decadent Paris paved with wanton women, wild orgies and outrageous erotic adventures. Based upon the long-banned novel by Henry Miller and featuring a hit soundtrack by rock legend Country Joe McDonald, QUIET DAYS IN CLICHY is considered to be the most daring film adaptation ever of one of the most controversial authors in history.

In May of 1970, the United States Government seized the only English-language prints of QUIET DAYS IN CLICHY on charges of obscenity. And while it was ultimately cleared in Federal Court, the film mysteriously disappeared shortly after its release. Now more than 50 years later, this landmark 'adults only' classic can be seen in a brand-new restoration, scanned in 4K 16-bit from its recently discovered uncut & uncensored original fine-grain negative, with Dolby Vision HDR and DTS-HD Master Audio!

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Ultra HD Blu-ray (2160p) and HD Blu-ray (1080p) Widescreen 1.66:1 feature presentations
  • Audio: 1.0 DTS-HD (English)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Francais, Espanol
  • Songs of Clichy -- Interview with Country Joe McDonald
  • Dirty Books, Dirty Movies: Barney Rosset on Henry Miller -- Interview with Henry Miller's editor and publisher Barney Rosset
  • 'Midnight Blue' Interview with Barney Rosset
  • NEW! Deleted Scene
  • NEW! Theatrical Trailer
  • NEW! Poster & Still Gallery
  • NEW! Book Cover Gallery
  • NEW! Court Documents

 

 

Shopping: Maniac...

1980 US serial killer horror by William Lustig just released on UK Blu-ray uncut for the first time (but not yet confirmed by the BBFC)


Link Here13th November 2022

Maniac is a 1980 US serial killer horror by William Lustig.
With Joe Spinell, Caroline Munro and Abigail Clayton. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The Uncut Unrated Theatrical Version is preferred over the shortened Director's Cut. Once Banned by the BBFC, then released later with cuts in 2002 and then uncut in 2022. The film was also cut in the US for an R Rating.
UK: BBFC details not yet published for:

Promotional Material

Following the disturbing story of blue-collar serial killer Frank (Joe Spinell), William Lustig's violent slasher movie has become a cult classic in the ranks of the horror film fandom. In a plot which weaves in elements of Peeping Tom and Taxi Driver this early 80s horror fully delivers both a chilling character study and a gory exploitation piece.

Dark, grimy and oppressively claustrophobic Maniac remains a firm favourite and an unmissable shocker. Presented here fully uncut for the first time ever from a stunning new 4K Restoration.

Extras:

Limited Edition Slipcase
Limited Edition Booklet
4K Restoration in 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
DTS-HD MA 7.1 Re-mix
DTS-HD MA 2.0 Original Audio
Optional English SDH
Audio Commentary with Producer/Director William Lustig and Producer Andrew Garroni
Audio Commentary with Producer/Director William Lustig, Special Make-Up Effects Artist Tom
Savini, Editor Lorenzo Marinelli, and Joe Spinell's Assistant Luke Walter
Audio Commentary by the Hysteria Continues
MANIAC Outtakes
Returning to the Scene of the Crime with William Lustig
Anna and the Killer -- Interview with Star Caroline Munro
The Death Dealer -- Interview with Special Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Savini
Dark Notes -- Interview with Composer Jay Chattaway
Maniac Men -- Interview with Songwriters Michael Sembello and Dennis Matkosky
The Joe Spinell Story
Mr. Robbie: Maniac 2 Promo Reel
MANIAC Publicity
MANIAC Controversy
Theatrical Trailers
TV Spots
Radio Spots
Reversible Sleeve with new artwork by Joel Robinson and Original Poster Artwork

 

 

Shopping: The Other Side of the Mirror...

1973 Spain / France / Portugal horror drama by Jesús Franco just released on US Blu-ray in the Original Version


Link Here11th November 2022

The Other Side of the Mirror is a 1973 Spain / France / Portugal horror drama by Jesús Franco
Starring Emma Cohen, Robert Woods and Françoise Brion IMDb

Exists as the original version and a hardcore version that was released in France in 1975 under the title Le Miroir Obscene. The porn scenes featured Lina Romay and her then husband Ramon Ardid.

US: Presumably it is the original version that is MPAA Unrated for this release:

Reviews

Promotional Material

Mondo Macabro presents THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR - The first US release of this gripping, dream-like thriller from horror maestro Jess Franco.

Ana, a young songwriter and piano player, lives alone with her father in a large house on the island of Madeira. She meets a boy and they plan to marry. However when she tells her father of their intentions he tries to persuade her to call off the wedding.

With the help of her aunt, Ana continues with her plans and one day her expensive wedding dress is delivered. Ana puts on the dress and runs happily through the house to find her father. Entering his study she sees, reflected in a mirror, her father hanging by a rope. He has killed himself.

Ana leaves the island for the mainland and gets a job playing with a jazz band. However, she is haunted by visions of her dead father calling to her from beyond the mirror, summoning her to murder any man who gets close to her. Gradually the mirror world takes over Ana's life until she can no longer separate fantasy from reality.

With a stunning performance by Emma Cohen as Ana, this was one of Jess Franco's most unusual and personal films. This is its first ever US release and a world premiere on Blu-ray.

Specs:
Anamorphic Widescreen 1.66:1.
DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono.
Region code: All.

Special Features:
Brand new 4k transfer from film negative, digitally restored.
56 minute interview with writer Stephen Thrower.
Interview with actor Robert Woods.
Audio commentary from Robert Monell and Rod Barnett.
New art work by Justin Coffee.
Optional subtitles.
Mondo Macabro previews.

 

 

Shopping: Tropic Thunder...

2008 USA / UK / Germany action war comedy by Ben Stiller just released on US 4K Blu-ray with 2 versions


Link Here8th November 2022

Tropic Thunder is a 2008 USA / UK / Germany action war comedy by Ben Stiller
Starring Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr. BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Exists as an MPAA R rated Theatrical Version and a Director's Cut. This Director's Cut was initially MPAA Unrated but seems to have been MPA R rated in 2021. Both versions were 15 rated by the BBFC.

Summary Notes

Through a series of freak occurrences, a group of actors shooting a big-budget war movie are forced to become the soldiers they are portraying.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
  • 2022 KL Studio Classics [Theatrical Version + Director's Cut] R0 4K Blu-ray/(RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 18th October 2022
  • 2022 KL Studio Classics Amazon VoD [US] at US Amazon #ad

Promotional Material

Ben Stiller is action juggernaut Tugg Speedman. Jack Black is comedy legend Jeff Portnoy. Robert Downey Jr. is acclaimed method actor Kirk Lazarus. When these huge Hollywood stars head into the jungles of Vietnam to shoot a war movie, they have no idea how real things can get. With biting satire, plenty of subversive humor and an unforgettable, Oscar-nominated turn by Robert Downey Jr., co-writer/director/all-around-genius Ben Stiller's Tropic Thunder is the outrageous action-comedy classic that'll "blow your mind" (Rolling Stone). The insane cast also features Steve Coogan, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Brandon T. Jackson, Bill Hader, Nick Nolte, Matthew McConaughey and Tom Cruise as volcanic studio executive Les Grossman. This 2-disc special-edition includes both the theatrical cut and the director's cut.

Special Features:

Disc One: Theatrical Cut (4KUHD)

  • HDR/Dolby Vision Remastered by Paramount Pictures,Supervised and Approved by Director Ben Stiller
  • Audio Commentary by Stars Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr.
  • 5.1 Surround and Lossless 2.0 Stereo
  • Triple-Layered UHD100 Disc
  • Optional English Subtitles

Disc Two: Director's Cut (Blu-ray)

  • Remastered in 4K by Paramount Pictures,Supervised and Approved by Director Ben Stiller
  • Audio Commentary by Ben Stiller, Co-Producer Stuart Cornfeld, Production Designer Jeff Mann, Co-Writer Justin Theroux, Cinematographer John Toll and Editor Greg Hayden
  • BEFORE THE THUNDER : Featurette
  • THE HOT LZ : Featurette
  • BLOWING SHIT UP : Featurette
  • DESIGNING THE THUNDER : Featurette
  • THE CAST OF TROPIC THUNDER : Interviews with Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Brandon T. Jackson, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride and Nick Nolte
  • Make-Up Test with Tom Cruise with Intro by Ben Stiller and Editor Greg Hayden
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes & Alternate Ending with Intro & Optional Audio Commentaries by Ben Stiller & Editor Greg Hayden
  • FULL MAGS : Improv Footage Featurette with Intro by Ben Stiller & Editor Greg Hayden
  • MTV MOVIE AWARDS -- TROPIC THUNDER
  • Rain of Madness : Documentary (30:00)
  • Rain of Madness : Trailer (2:41)
  • Two Theatrical Trailers
  • 5.1 Surround and Lossless 2.0 Stereo
  • Dual-Layered BD50 Disc
  • Optional English Subtitles

 

 

Shopping: THE POLICE STORY TRILOGY...

film set by Jackie CHAN, Stanley TONG just released on UK 4K Blu-ray


Link Here5th November 2022

THE POLICE STORY TRILOGY is a film set by Jackie CHAN, Stanley TONG

All 3 films exists in several versions
UK: Passed aggregate BBFC 15 rating:
  • 2022 Eureka Police Story Trilogy Limited Edition R0 4K Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 26th September 2022
Police Story is a 1985 Hong Kong crime action comedy thriller by Jackie Chan.
With Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung and Brigitte Lin. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
No BBFC or MPAA cuts but the film exists in several versions.
Police Story 2 is a 1988 Hong Kong police comedy by Jackie Chan.
With Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung and Kwok-Hung Lam. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
No BBFC or MPAA cuts but the film exists in several versions. A trailer was cut by the BBFC
Police Story 3: Supercop is a 1992 Hong Kong action comedy by Stanley Tong
Starring Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh and Maggie Cheung Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Exists as the Hong Kong Version and a shortened US Version.

Promotional Material

DISC ONE -- POLICE STORY (1985)
  • 4K (2160p) UHD presentation of the original Hong Kong theatrical cut
  • 1080p HD presentation of the alternate Police Force export cut of the film
  • Hong Kong Version-- Original Cantonese mono audio, as well as optional restored 5.1 DTS-HD MA
  • Hong Kong Theatrical Version-- Classic English dub (original mono)

Hong Kong Theatrical Version-- Brand new audio commentary with Asian film experts Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival) and F.J. DeSanto | Hong Kong Theatrical Version-- Brand new audio commentary with action cinema experts Mike Leeder & Arne Venema | Police Force Version-- Option of either the classic English dub track or a rare alternate audio track featuring the original Cantonese audio mixed with the Kevin Bassinson score | Newly revised English subtitles | Archival interview with Jackie Chan | Alternate and Deleted Scenes | Archival Jackie Chan Stunts promo | Trailers, including the films' original theatrical and export trailers

DISC TWO -- POLICE STORY 2 (1988)
  • 4K (2160p) UHD presentation of the Extended cut of the film
  • 1080p HD presentation of the original Hong Kong theatrical version
  • 1080p HD presentation of the alternate export version
  • Extended Version-- Original Cantonese mono audio, as well as optional restored 5.1 DTS-HD MA
  • Extended Version-- English dub presented in restored 5.1 DTS-HD MA

Extended Version-- Brand new audio commentary with Asian film experts Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival) and F.J. DeSanto | Extended Version-- Brand new audio commentary with action cinema experts Mike Leeder & Arne Venema | Hong Kong Theatrical Version-- Original Cantonese mono audio | Hong Kong Theatrical Version-- Archival audio commentary with Miles Wood and Jude Poyer | Export Version-- Classic English dub track | Newly revised English subtitles | Jackie Chan episode ofSon of the Incredibly Strange Film Show-- documentary on Jackie Chan's early career from cult film documentary series, presented by Jonathan Ross | Archival interview with actor and stuntman Benny Lai | Outtakes |Trailers, including the films' original theatrical and export trailers

DISC THREE -- POLICE STORY 3: SUPERCOP (1992)
  • 4K (2160p) UHD presentation of the original Hong Kong theatrical cut from a brand new restoration of the original film elements
  • 1080p HD presentation of the alternate US version
  • Hong Kong Theatrical Version-- Original Cantonese mono audio, as well as an optional alternate Cantonese audio track featuring original, unaltered, sound effects
  • Hong Kong Theatrical Version-- Brand new Cantonese Dolby Atmos Surround Sound Audio
  • Hong Kong Theatrical Version-- Classic English dub track

Hong Kong Theatrical Version-- Brand new audio commentary with Asian film experts Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival) and F.J. DeSanto | Hong Kong Theatrical Version-- Brand new audio commentary with action cinema experts Mike Leeder & Arne Venema | US Version-- American English dub track, including Jackie Chan and Michelle Yeoh voicing their own characters | US Version-- Original Cantonese audio | Newly translated English subtitles | Brand new interview with Stunt Coordinator and Action Film Historian John Kreng | New featurette on rarely seen Jackie Chan video games,Kung Fu Master&Fists of Fireby Arne Venema | New featurette on the filming locations of thePolice Storytrilogy | Archival interview with Jackie Chan | Archival interview with Michelle Yeoh | Archival interview with director Stanley Tong | Archival interview with Jackie Chan's long-time bodyguard and co-star Ken Lo | Outtakes from the film | Trailers |

 

 

Shopping: Blind Fury...

Updated: 1989 USA action crime comedy by Phillip Noyce, once cut by the BBFC for a 15 rating, just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here2nd November 2022

Blind Fury is a 1989 USA action crime comedy by Phillip Noyce.
Starring Rutger Hauer and Terry O'Quinn and Brandon Call. IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for a 15 rated cinema release in 1990. The cuts were restored for the subsequent 18 rated video release but a further cut was ordered re bomb making instructions. The film is uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

Updated: Thanks to Tim:

The 22s of 1990 BBFC cinema cuts were:

  • Reel 5 - During fight in corridor between swordsman and two gunmen, reduce sight of sword held across man's mouth.
  • Reel 5 - Near end of fight in darkened room between swordsman and two gunmen, reduce sword slashes to held man to one only, and remove all sight of sword placed under man's crotch and then moved upwards.

The 4s of 1990 video cuts were:

  • At 61m - In scene in cable car, remove blond man's phrase Gasoline mixed with detergent.

Summary Notes

Nick Parker was a Vietnam vet who was blinded during the war. He was found by one of the local tribes, who taught him to enhance his remaining senses and to expertly wield a sword. On his return to the United States, he goes to visit an old Army buddy, Frank Devereaux, but discovers that he and his wife are divorced, and Frank no longer lives there. What they don't know is that Devereaux was playing in a crooked casino in Reno and accumulated a large debt. The casino boss is willing to forgive his debt if he does something for him: Devereaux is a chemist, and they want him to make designer drugs. In order to make sure he does it, they try to kidnap his son. But Nick is there, and Nick saves the boy. Thus begins a road trip to Vegas to protect the boy and save his friend, with the boss' henchmen in pursuit.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

Promotional Material

Screen icon Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner, Wanted: Dead or Alive) stars as blind Vietnam vet Nick Parker, who, with the calm of a Zen master and the precision of a sharpshooter, takes on a gang of ruthless Mafia killers in this action-packed odyssey from director Phillip Noyce (Dead Calm, Patriot Games). Armed with a razor-sharp sword and a cutting wit, Parker is one blind man who doesn't bluff when the going gets tough. Caught in the crossfire of a gangland vendetta against his best friend (Terry O'Quinn, The Stepfather), Parker and his buddy's young son are pursued across country by a barbaric band of homicidal thugs (led by hulking ex-boxer Randall "Tex" Cobb, Raising Arizona). Using superhuman senses and a hidden samurai sword, Parker slices his way through a slam-bang adventure and a drop-dead finale that's every bit as funny as it is ferocious. Featuring Noble Willingham (Career Opportunities), Lisa Blount (Prince of Darkness), Meg Foster (They Live) and martial arts legend Shô Kosugi (Revenge of the Ninja).

Special Features: -NEW Audio Commentary by Screenwriter Charles Robert Carner, Moderated by Filmmaker Douglas Hosdale -Theatrical Trailer (Newly Remastered in 2K) -Optional English Subtitles

 

 

Shopping: A Candle For The Devil...

1973 Spain horror by Eugenio Martín, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here2nd November 2022

A Candle For The Devil is a 1973 Spain horror by Eugenio Martín
Starring Judy Geeson, Aurora Bautista and Esperanza Roy BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The film was cut by the BBFC for an X rated 1974 cinema release but was passed 18 uncut for 2008 DVD. The film was premiered in a much longer version. There is also a heavily cut US version.

Summary Notes

Two sisters running a small hotel in Spain kill female tourists whose morals do not meet their strict religious standards.

UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence:

Promotional Material

In a Psycho (1960) inspired thriller from Spanish director Eugenio Martino (Horror Express), Laura Barkley (Judy Geeson) is dragged into a mystery when she arrives at a remote hotel to find her sister missing. Pretty soon more guests, who fall foul of the hoteliers and their draconian religious judgements, find themselves on the missing persons list and the plot moves quickly into a horror of murderous design.

A Candle for the Devil AKA It Happened at Nightmare Inn, is a gruesomely satisfying early 70s piece of exploitation cinema, bristling with dark tension and Giallo-style overtones.

Extras:

Limited Edition Slipcase
Limited Edition Picture Booklet
HD Transfer in 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
2.0 English LPCM Mono
Optional English SDH
Audio Commentary with Kim Newman and Sean Hogan
Audio Commentary with Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson
The Devil Makes Two - An Interview with Director Eugenio Martin
Theatrical Trailer
Stills Gallery
Reversible sleeve featuring new artwork by Simon Pritchard and alternative original artworkTBC

 

 

Shopping: Fall...

2022 UK/US thriller by Scott Mann set for UK Blu-ray release on 28th November 2022 with 2 versions


Link Here27th October 2022
Fall is a 2022 UK/US thriller by Scott Mann
Starring Grace Caroline Currey, Virginia Gardner and Jeffrey Dean Morgan BBFC link 2020 IMDb
The film was originally set for an MPA R rating for strong language but the distributors overdubbed the strong language to make an MPA PG-13 rated Theatrical Version. This cut version was then passed 15 by the BBFC for cinema and home video. The Uncut Version was also passed 15 for home video.

Versions

BBFC uncut
Uncut Version
run: 106:49s
pal: 102:33s
15UK: The Uncut Version was passed 15 for strong injury detail, brief violence, sustained threat, language:
  • 2022 Signature [Theatrical + Uncut Version] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 28th November 2022
mpaa cut
cut
Theatrical Version
cut:  
run: 106:43s
pal: 102:27s
15

MPAA PG-13

UK: The cut Theatrical Version was passed 15 for strong injury detail, brief violence, sustained threat:
  • 2022 Signature [Theatrical + Uncut Version] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 28th November 2022
  • 2022 cinema release

US: Cut for an MPA PG-13 rating for bloody images, intense peril and strong language.

See article from variety.com :

Over 30 uses of the word 'fuck' were overdubbed using AI software so as to achieve an MPA PG-13 rating rather than an R rating.

Promotional Material

Experience a heart-pounding tale of survival from the producers of 47 Meters Down where sacrifice may just be the only way out.

A fast drop and a sudden stop awaits Becky ( Grace Fulton , Shazam! ) and Hunter ( Virginia Gardner , Halloween ) as they find themselves trapped 2,000 feet up an abandoned radio tower in the desert. Highly trained and resourceful, these climbers were still not ready for every eventuality. A series of unfortunate events see their gear and supplies taken from them and as temperatures rise and vultures begin to circle, the chance of survival begins to fall rapidly.

Also starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan ( Watchmen ), Fall is produced & directed by Scott Mann ( Final Score ) and written by Mann and Jonathan Frank ( Final Score ).

Blu Ray Extras:

Making Of, Audio Commentary with Producer-Co-writer-Director Scott Mann and Producer James Harris, Madison Beer " I Have Never Felt More Alive" Music Video

 

 

Shopping: THE POLICE STORY TRILOGY...

film set by Jackie CHAN, Stanley TONG just released on UK 4K Blu-ray


Link Here27th October 2022
THE POLICE STORY TRILOGY is a film set by Jackie CHAN, Stanley TONG
All 3 films exists in several versions
UK: Passed aggregate BBFC 15 rating:
  • 2022 Eureka Police Story Trilogy Limited Edition R0 4K Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 26th September 2022
Police Story is a 1985 Hong Kong crime action comedy thriller by Jackie Chan.
With Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung and Brigitte Lin. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
No BBFC or MPAA cuts but the film exists in several versions.
Police Story 2 is a 1988 Hong Kong police comedy by Jackie Chan.
With Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung and Kwok-Hung Lam. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
No BBFC or MPAA cuts but the film exists in several versions. A trailer was cut by the BBFC
Police Story 3: Supercop is a 1992 Hong Kong action comedy by Stanley Tong
Starring Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh and Maggie Cheung Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Exists as the Hong Kong Version and a shortened US Version.

Promotional Material

DISC ONE -- POLICE STORY (1985)
  • 4K (2160p) UHD presentation of the original Hong Kong theatrical cut
  • 1080p HD presentation of the alternate Police Force export cut of the film
  • Hong Kong Version-- Original Cantonese mono audio, as well as optional restored 5.1 DTS-HD MA
  • Hong Kong Theatrical Version-- Classic English dub (original mono)

Hong Kong Theatrical Version-- Brand new audio commentary with Asian film experts Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival) and F.J. DeSanto | Hong Kong Theatrical Version-- Brand new audio commentary with action cinema experts Mike Leeder & Arne Venema | Police Force Version-- Option of either the classic English dub track or a rare alternate audio track featuring the original Cantonese audio mixed with the Kevin Bassinson score | Newly revised English subtitles | Archival interview with Jackie Chan | Alternate and Deleted Scenes | Archival Jackie Chan Stunts promo | Trailers, including the films' original theatrical and export trailers

DISC TWO -- POLICE STORY 2 (1988)
  • 4K (2160p) UHD presentation of the Extended cut of the film
  • 1080p HD presentation of the original Hong Kong theatrical version
  • 1080p HD presentation of the alternate export version
  • Extended Version-- Original Cantonese mono audio, as well as optional restored 5.1 DTS-HD MA
  • Extended Version-- English dub presented in restored 5.1 DTS-HD MA

Extended Version-- Brand new audio commentary with Asian film experts Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival) and F.J. DeSanto | Extended Version-- Brand new audio commentary with action cinema experts Mike Leeder & Arne Venema | Hong Kong Theatrical Version-- Original Cantonese mono audio | Hong Kong Theatrical Version-- Archival audio commentary with Miles Wood and Jude Poyer | Export Version-- Classic English dub track | Newly revised English subtitles | Jackie Chan episode ofSon of the Incredibly Strange Film Show-- documentary on Jackie Chan's early career from cult film documentary series, presented by Jonathan Ross | Archival interview with actor and stuntman Benny Lai | Outtakes |Trailers, including the films' original theatrical and export trailers

DISC THREE -- POLICE STORY 3: SUPERCOP (1992)
  • 4K (2160p) UHD presentation of the original Hong Kong theatrical cut from a brand new restoration of the original film elements
  • 1080p HD presentation of the alternate US version
  • Hong Kong Theatrical Version-- Original Cantonese mono audio, as well as an optional alternate Cantonese audio track featuring original, unaltered, sound effects
  • Hong Kong Theatrical Version-- Brand new Cantonese Dolby Atmos Surround Sound Audio
  • Hong Kong Theatrical Version-- Classic English dub track

Hong Kong Theatrical Version-- Brand new audio commentary with Asian film experts Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival) and F.J. DeSanto | Hong Kong Theatrical Version-- Brand new audio commentary with action cinema experts Mike Leeder & Arne Venema | US Version-- American English dub track, including Jackie Chan and Michelle Yeoh voicing their own characters | US Version-- Original Cantonese audio | Newly translated English subtitles | Brand new interview with Stunt Coordinator and Action Film Historian John Kreng | New featurette on rarely seen Jackie Chan video games,Kung Fu Master&Fists of Fireby Arne Venema | New featurette on the filming locations of thePolice Storytrilogy | Archival interview with Jackie Chan | Archival interview with Michelle Yeoh | Archival interview with director Stanley Tong | Archival interview with Jackie Chan's long-time bodyguard and co-star Ken Lo | Outtakes from the film | Trailers |

 

 

Shopping: Everything at Once...

2021 Chile/Spain gay documentary by Alberto Fuguet, with real sex at 18, just released on UK DVD


Link Here25th October 2022

Everything at Once is a 2021 Chile/Spain gay documentary by Alberto Fuguet
Starring Paco Moyano, Manolo Rodríguez and Francesc Mulet BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

Summary Notes

A film essay about a singular couple, Paco and Manolo, two Catalan photographers from the outskirts of Barcelona, who have been together for thirty years. Both have managed to work as a single photographer and have captured their imagery in Kink magazine, a very personal photogra...

UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong real sex, nudity:

The BBFC commented:

Full front male nudity occurs throughout, including images of erections.

During photoshoots and in still images, subjects are seen masturbating. One man ejactulates onto his stomach, and there is a still image of a man with liquid resembling semen on his face. In some scenes, couples engage in unsimulated fellatio during photoshoots.

Promotional Material

A film essay about a singular couple, Paco and Manolo, two Catalan photographers from the outskirts of Barcelona, who have been together for thirty years. Both have managed to work as a single photographer and have captured their imagery in Kink magazine, a very personal photography fanzine with an essentially Mediterranean homoerotic aesthetic.

 

 

Shopping: Army of Darkness -...

1992 USA comedy horror fantasy by Sam Raimi, once cut in the US, just released on US 4K Blu-ray


Link Here23rd October 2022

Army of Darkness is a 1992 USA comedy horror fantasy by Sam Raimi.
Starring Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz and Marcus Gilbert. Melon Farmers linkYoutube link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut in the US for an R rating but not in Europe. The European Version also features a downbeat ending compared with the upbeat US ending. Later issued with extra material for a Director's Cut. There also exists a TV version.
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2022 SHOUT! FACTORY Collector's Edition [US/European/Directors/TV versions] R0 4K Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 4th October 2022

Promotional Material

Bound in human flesh and inked in blood, the ancient ""Necronomicon""the Book of the Deadunleashes unspeakable evil upon mankind in director Sam Raimi's (Darkman, Drag Me to Hell) outrageously hilarious third chapter in his Evil Dead Trilogy. Bruce Campbell returns as Ash, the handsome, shotgun-toting, chainsaw-armed department store clerk who is time warped backwards into England's Dark Ages, where he romances a beauty and faces legions of the undead. Can Ash save the living from the evil dead, rescue his girlfriend, and get back to his own time?

Bonus Content:

  • 2022 4K Scan of the Original Camera Negative Approved by Director Sam Raimi, Director of Photography Bill Pope, and Editor Bob Murawski
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Medieval Times: The Making of Army Of Darkness A Feature-length Documentary with Over 20 people Interviewed Including Star & Co-Producer Bruce Campbell, Actors Ted Raimi, Bill Moseley, and Patricia Tallman
  • Original Ending
  • Alternate Opening with Optional Commentary by Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell
  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell
  • TV Spots
  • U.S. Video Promo
  • Audio Commentary with Director Sam Raimi, Actor Bruce Campbell, and Co-Writer Ivan Raimi
  • Creating the Deadites Vintage Featurette
  • Additional Behind-the-Scenes Footage from KNB Effects
  • Vintage ""Making of"" Featurette
  • Extended Interview Clips with Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, and Robert Tapert
  • 4K Scan from the Interpositive
  • Television Version with Additional Footage (Standard Definition)
  • International Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Galleries with Rare Behind-the-Scenes Photos from Production Designer Anthony Tremblay, Visual Effects Supervisor William Mesa and Special Make-Up Effects Artists Tony Gardner and KNB EFX, Inc. (Over 200 Stills)
  • Still Gallery of Props and Rare Photos from the Collection of Super Fan Dennis Carter Jr.
  • Storyboards for Deleted or Alternate Scenes
  • The Men Behind The Army Vintage Featurette

 

 

Shopping: Night of the Living Dead...

1968 US horror film by George A Romero, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Criterion Collection 4K Blu-ray


Link Here21st October 2022

Night of the Living Dead is a 1968 US horror film by George A Romero.
With Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea and Karl Hardman. YouTube icon IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for 1969 cinema release. Uncut by the BBFC afterwards but there are several variant versions. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US. A shortened workprint was found and restored for 2018 Criterion Blu-ray release.
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2022 Criterion Collection [Restored Version + Work Print] R0 4K Blu-ray/RA Blu-ray Combo at US Amazon #ad released on 4th October 2022
  • 2022 The Criterion Collection Amazon VoD [US] at US Amazon #ad

Promotional Material

Shot outside Pittsburgh on a shoestring budget, by a band of filmmakers determined to make their mark, Night of the Living Dead , directed by horror master George A. Romero, is a great story of independent cinema: a midnight hit turned box-office smash that became one of the most influential films of all time. A deceptively simple tale of a group of strangers trapped in a farmhouse who find themselves fending off a horde of recently dead, flesh-eating ghouls, Romero's claustrophobic vision of a late-1960s America literally tearing itself apart rewrote the rules of the horror genre, combining gruesome gore with acute social commentary and quietly breaking ground by casting a Black actor (Duane Jones) in its lead role.

4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES 4K digital restoration, supervised by director George A. Romero, coscreenwriter John A. Russo, sound engineer Gary R. Streiner, and producer Russell W. Streiner, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack One 4K UHD disc of the film and two Blu-rays with the film and special features Night of Anubis , a work-print edit of the film Program featuring filmmakers Frank Darabont, Guillermo del Toro, and Robert Rodriguez Sixteen-millimeter dailies reel Program featuring Russo on the commercial and industrial-film production company where key Night of the Living Dead participants got their starts Two audio commentaries from 1994 featuring Romero, Russo, producer Karl Hardman, actor Judith O'Dea, and others Archival interviews with Romero and actors Duane Jones and Judith Ridley Programs about the film's style and score Interview program about the direction of the film's ghouls, featuring members of the cast and crew Interviews with Gary Streiner and Russell Streiner Newsreels from 1967 Trailer, radio spots, and TV spots English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing PLUS: An essay by critic Stuart Klawans

 

 

Shopping: Dr No...

1962 UK James Bond film by Terence Young, with BBFC category cuts persisting since 1963, just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here18th October 2022
Dr. No is a 1962 UK James Bond film by Terence Young.
With Sean Connery, Ursula Andress and Bernard Lee. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb
BBFC category cuts were required for an 'A' rated cinema release in 1962. These cuts have persisted to all worldwide releases since.
UK: Passed PG for mild action violence still with the previous 1962 BBFC cuts :
  • 2022 MGM 60th Anniversary Steelbook R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 3rd October 2022

The BBFC cuts were presumably to the negative as was often the norm in the 60s, so cuts now persist to all prints worldwide.

  • Bond's fight with the chauffeur has been trimmed, including the removals of blows to the chauffeur when he is unable to defend himself. A knee kick in this fight was also removed.
  • The killing of Dent has been trimmed to so Bond only fires one fatal shot. Footage was removed of Bond shooting extra shots into Dent's back as he lies on the floor dying.
  • Dr. No's line I'm sure she will amuse the guards was considered too sexually suggestive, and has been redubbed instead to The guards will amuse her
  • Shortly after, Dr. No's henchmen beating up Bond as he is sat at the table has been trimmed, introducing a dissolve to the next scene much earlier to cover the removal of violent footage.

Promotional Material

Terence Young directs this action feature based on the novels by Ian Fleming. Secret Service agent James Bond (Sean Connery) is sent to Jamaica to investigate the murder of one of his colleagues. It transpires that the island is being used as a base for the terrorist organisation SPECTRE who, under the guidance of the despotic Dr. No (Joseph Wiseman), have developed technology to divert rockets launched from Cape Canaveral.

Premium Extras

Rigid Slipcase Steelbook of Film on Blu-ray Theatrical Poster New 32-Page Booklet Dragon Tank Buildable Board Figure 4 Lobby Card Reproductions and Envelope On-Disc Bonus Content Audio commentary with Director Terence Young and members of the cast and crew 007: Licence to restore - featurette The Guns of James Bond - featurette Premiere Bond: Opening night - featurette 007 Mission Control: Interactive guide into the world of Dr. No Inside Dr. No - Documentary Terence Young: Bond Vivant - featurette Dr. No 1963 - featurette Image Database Theatrical Trailers, TV and Radio Spots

 

 

Shopping: Cloak and Dagger...

1984 US action adventure by Richard Franklin, once cut by the BBFC for category, just released on US 4K Blu-ray


Link Here18th October 2022

Cloak & Dagger is a 1984 US action adventure by Richard Franklin
Starring Henry Thomas, Dabney Coleman and Michael Murphy BBFC link 2020 IMDb

BBFC category cuts were required for a PG rated cinema release in 1984. Uncut and MPAA PG rated in the US.

BBFC cuts update

Thanks to Tim who obtained the BBFC cinema  cuts list:

Reel 4 - Remove dialogue: I'm going to blow both your knee-caps off. It won't kill you, but it'll hurt real terrible. Then I'm going to shoot you in the stomach and watch you die slowly.

The same cuts were required for 1986 VHS but these were timed at 14s

US: Uncut and MPAA PG rated for:

Promotional Material

Young computer wizard Davey (Henry Thomas) copes with his mother's death and the lack of attention he gets from his father (Dabney Coleman) by immersing himself in the world of his favorite video game and his imaginary friend, secret agent Jack Flack (also played by Coleman). When the boy gets mixed up in a real-life spy plot, his devotion to make-believe causes adults to doubt him... leaving Davey to face the danger all by himself! Entertaining thriller co-stars Michael Murphy, William Forsythe.

102 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English DTS HD stereo Master Audio; Subtitles: English (SDH); audio commentary; making-of documentary; TV spots; image gallery; more. Two-disc set.

 

 

Shopping: Evil Dead...

2013 USA horror by Fede Alvarez just released on US 4K Blu-ray with 2 versions


Link Here16th October 2022
Evil Dead is a 2013 USA horror by Fede Alvarez.
Starring Jane Levy and Shiloh Fernandez and Jessica Lucas. IMDb
Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating. Released uncut and MPAA Unrated on US Blu-ray in 2018.

An extended version was aired by Channel 4 in January 2015. It didn't seem to be a US TV version as none of the violent material was missing. It was reported to be about 4 minutes longer than the home video version.

Summary Notes

Five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.

US: The Extended Version is uncut and MPAA Unrated:
US: The Theatrical Version is cut and MPAA R rated:
  • 2022 SHOUT! FACTORY [Extended Version + Theatrical Version] R0 4K Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 27th September 2022

Promotional Material

A secluded cabin. An ancient curse. An unrelenting evil. The original producers of the Evil Dead reunite to present a genuinely terrifying re-imagining of their horror masterpiece. Five young friends have found the mysterious and fiercely powerful Book of the Dead. Unable to resist its temptation, they release a violent demon on a bloodthirsty quest to possess them all. Who will be left to fight for their survival and defeat this unearthly force of murderous carnage?

Bonus Content: 4K Restoration by Sony Audio Commentary with Actors Jane Levy, Lou Taylor Pucci, and Jessica Lucas, Director Fede Alvarez, and Writer Rodo Sayagues Directing the Dead Featurette Evil Dead The Reboot Featurette Making Life Difficult Featurette Unleashing The Evil Force Featurette Being Mia Featurette Theatrical Trailer TV Spots

 

 

Shopping: On The Run...

1988 Hong Kong action thriller by Alfred Cheung, once cut by the BBFC, just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here12th October 2022

On The Run is a 1988 Hong Kong action thriller by Alfred Cheung
Starring Biao Yuen, Pat Ha and Charlie Chin BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated cinema release in 1989. Uncut on home video. MPAA R rated in the US.

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

Promotional Material

Wrongly accused of killing his own wife, struggling police officer Hsiang Ming is forced to go into hiding. His only ally is the deadly female assassin Miss Pai. Together they form an unlikely alliance as they each try to avoid death or arrest. Directed by Alfred Cheung and starring Pat Ha and the legendary Biao Yuen (Game of Death, Spiritual Kung Fu, The Young Master), who brings his custom brand of acrobatic Kung Fu to the proceedings, On the Run (1988) ticks all the right boxes providing a highly engaging martial arts action thriller, a must for the discerning cult film collector.

 

 

Mad Monkey Kung Fu...

Just cut by the BBFC for animal cruelty


Link Here8th October 2022

Mad Monkey Kung Fu is a 1979 Hong Kong action comedy by Chia-Liang Liu
Starring Chia-Liang Liu, Hou Hsiao and Kara Wai Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020  IMDb

Always cut by the BBFC for animal cruelty.

Summary Notes

A disgraced former Kung Fu expert makes a living as a merchant with the help of a hot headed friend. When the men are harassed by gangsters, the merchant decided to teach his friend monkey boxing so they can defend their business.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
MPAA RUS: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
BBFC cut
cut: 28s
run: 115m
pal: 110m
15

15 1980

UK: Passed 15 for strong violence, injury detail afterBBFC cuts:
  • 2022 Arrow Film Distributors Ltd video

The BBFC commented:

This work had compulsory cuts made, removing a scene of animal cruelty in which a monkey was harmed. Cuts were made in accordance with BBFC Guidelines, policy, and the Video Recordings Act 1984, which applies the standards of the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937.

UK: Passed 15 after 28s of BBFC cuts:
  • 1995 Made In Hong Kong VHS

 

 

Shopping: I Spit on Your Grave...

1978 US horror thriller by Meir Zarchi, still cut by the BBFC, just released on UK 4K Blu-ray


Link Here8th October 2022

I Spit on Your Grave is a 1978 US horror thriller by Meir Zarchi
Starring Camille Keaton, Eron Tabor and Richard Pace Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The film was banned as one of the most notable video nasties in 1983. It was unbanned after massive 7m:02s of BBFC cuts for 2001 and 2006 DVD. These cuts were reduced to 2m:54s in 2010, and to 1m:41s for 2020 Blu-ray. Cut again by the BBFC for 4K Blu-ray in 2022. Cut in the US for an R rating but MPAA Unrated releases are uncut.

See full BBFC cuts history in article from melonfarmers.co.uk

Summary Notes

Oozing with confidence and the air of a big-city girl, the talented short-story author, Jennifer Hills, arrives in verdant Kent, Connecticut, to take a break from the hustle and bustle of New York City, and write her first novel. But, there, holed up in her secluded riverside cabin, Jennifer is utterly unaware that she has already caught the eye of violent Johnny and his misogynistic jackals, who are hell-bent on having their way with the unsuspecting visitor. And before long, poor Jennifer is sexually assaulted over and over again and left for dead. But, Jennifer is a hard nut to crack, and her fierce will to survive will pave the way for a relentless mission of vengeance. Now, no one is safe. Who can stop Jennifer from tasting the ambrosial nectar of revenge?

Versions

BBFC cut
advised cuts
cut:  
run: 98m
pal: 94m
18UK: Passed 18 for sexual violence, sadistic violence, nudity after unspecified BBFC advised cuts:
  • 2022 Kaleidoscope Collector's Edition R0 4K Blu-ray/(RB) Blu-ray Combo at UK Amazon released on 26th September 2022

The BBFC commented:

This submission of the film was originally seen for advice. The company was advised that compulsory cuts to reduce scenes of sexual violence would be necessary, in order to achieve an 18 rating. When the film was submitted for formal classification, the shots in question had been removed and the film was classified 18.

uncut
uncut
run: 101:05s
pal: 97:02s
MPAA Unrated

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Germany

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for: Germany: Uncut for:

 

 

Unbelievable sexual violence...

The BBFC discusses an uncut 18 rating for the film Dirty Dolls


Link Here4th October 2022
The Dirty Dolls is a 1973 US crime drama by Stu Segall
Starring John Alderman, Denise Drake and Esther Abbott Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020  IMDb

Exists as a cut Smut Without Smut version and an an uncut version titled The Dirty Dolls.

Summary Notes

Johnny, a psychopath, puts together a gang made up of young teenage girls to commit crimes for him. Everything is going well until one day, during a diamond robbery, the girls are forced to take two hostages and bring them back to the hideout along with the loot. Furious, Johnny ...

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 72:56s
pal: 70:01s
18UK: Passed 18 uncut for sexual violence, strong sex, nudity, very strong language
  • 2022 101 Films Smut Without Smut Vol. 1 [The Dirty Dolls + Smut Without Smut] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad

See BBFC board meeting minutes from July 2022 [pdf] from darkroom.bbfc.co.uk :

Re a scene of sexual violence from 1973 exploitation film THE DIRTY DOLLS. In the clip, a kidnapped woman is sexually assaulted by two other women, with sexualised nudity and a focus on the attackers' pleasure.

BBFC Classification Guidelines state that intervention may be required at the adult category where material presents a credible harm risk to individuals or, through their behaviour, to society. This may include portrayals of rape or other non-consensual sexually violent behaviour which make the violence look appealing; reinforce the suggestion that victims enjoy rape or other non-consensual sexually violent behaviour; or which invite viewer complicity in rape, other non-consensual sexually violent behaviour or other harmful violent activities.

The Board considered whether the THE DIRTY DOLLS was in breach of the guidelines, and ultimately concluded that the film's depiction of sexual violence was so lacking in believability and credibility that it did not represent a genuine harm risk requiring compulsory cuts to the film. Accordingly, in line with the BBFC's guiding principle that adults should be able to choose their own entertainment provided the content is not illegal or harmful, the Board agreed that THE DIRTY DOLLS could be classified 18 uncut.

 

 

Shopping: Land of Doom...

1986 USA Sci-Fi adventure thriller by Peter Maris, once cut by the BBFC, just released on US Blu-ray


Link Here2nd October 2022

Land of Doom is a 1986 USA Sci-Fi adventure thriller by Peter Maris.
Starring Deborah Rennard and Garrick Dowhen and Daniel Radell. Melon Farmers link IMDb

BBFC cuts were required for 18 rated VHS in 1985. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

Summary Notes

Earth has been ravaged by a nuclear war, and a feminist warrior is forced to join up with a soldier of fortune in her journey to find a rumored "paradise" as they battle gangs of rampaging bandits.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Promotional Material

Deborah Rennard (Dallas, Lionheart) stars in this postnuke classic. Much of the planet's population and environment has been destroyed in a nuclear holocaust. Those who are still alive live in caves, and many roam the wasteland in marauding gangs. But some survivors, like Harmony (Deborah Rennard) and Anderson (Garrick Dowhen), want a better life and go in search of rumored paradise, a city called Blue Lake, where no rape, murder and pillaging are said to exist. However, the maniacal metal-faced Slater (Daniel Radell), Anderson's rival, wants them dead as they all head to the final climax where only the strongest will survive!

 

 

Shopping: Monty Python's The Meaning of Life...

1983 UK comedy by Terry Jones, once banned in Ireland, just released on UK 4K Blu-ray


Link Here2nd October 2022
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life is a 1983 UK comedy by Terry Jones.
With John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Eric Idle. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
The Theatrical Version is uncut in the UK, originally 18 rated and then 15 rated from 2000. The film is uncut and MPAA R rated in the US. A longer Director's Cut is available in Germany. The film was once banned in Ireland.
UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language and sex references:

Promotional Material

Those six pandemonium-mad Pythons are back with their craziest adventure ever! Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin have returned to explain The Meaning of Life. The gang offers the usual tasteful sketches involving favourite body parts and bodily functions, the wonders of war, the miracle of birth and a special preview of what's waiting for us in Heaven. You'll never look at life in quite the same way again! Hailed as "an exhilarating experience" (Time) and pronounced "the best movie from England's satirical sextet." (Newsweek)

Extra Content:

THE MEANING OF MONTY PYTHON: 30TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION - SING-ALONG VERSION PROLOGUE WITH ERIC IDLE - THE MEANING OF MAKING THE MEANING OF LIFE FEATURE COMMENTARY WITH TERRY JONES AND TERRY GILLIAM SOUNDTRACK FOR THE LONELY - SNIPPED BITS - UN FILM DE JOHN CLEESE - EDUCATION TIPS SONG AND DANCE - SONGS UNSUNG - AND MUCH MORE!

 

 

Shopping: Star Trek: The Motion Picture...

1979 US Sci-Fi by Robert Wise just released on UK 4K Blu-ray with 3 versions


Link Here2nd October 2022

Star Trek: The Motion Picture is a 1979 US Sci-Fi by Robert Wise.
With William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release beyond noting that the film was always U rated until the PG rated release of 2022. There exists a Theatrical Version, a Director's Cut and a Super Long Version/Extended TV Version.

Summary Notes

Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise explore the Galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets.

UK: The Director's Cut was passed PG uncut for brief mild horror, sex references:
UK: The Extended TV Version was passed PG uncut for brief mild horror, sex references:
  • 2022 Paramount Director's Edition [Theatrical Version + Director's Cut + TV Version] R0 4K Blu-ray/R0 Blu-ray Combo at UK Amazon #ad released on 5th September 2022

Promotional Material

The U.S.S. Enterprise boldly debuted on the big screen with the cast of the original STAR TREK series, including William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, and James Doohan. When an unidentified alien intruder destroys three powerful Klingon cruisers, Captain James T. Kirk returns to the helm of a newly transformed U.S.S. Enterprise to take command. This 5-disc set includes the new Director's Edition, the theatrical cut, and a special longer cut all on 4K Ultra HD along with the newly remastered director's cut on Blu-ray®, the previously released theatrical cut on Blu-ray® and special features on Blu-ray®. The set is presented in deluxe packaging along with exclusive collectibles, including reproductions of original promotional material, a booklet with behind-the-scenes images, stickers, and more.

4K Ultra HD® Disc bonus features:
Audio Commentary with David C. Fein, Mike Matessino, and Daren R. Dochterman--NEW!
Audio Commentary by Robert Wise, Douglas Trumbull, John Dykstra, Jerry Goldsmith, and Stephen Collins
Text Commentary by Michael and Denise Okuda

Blu-ray® Disc® bonus features:
The Human Adventure--An all-new 8-part documentary detailing how the Director's Edition came to life--NEW!
Preparing the Future -- How the remastering began
A Wise Choice -- The storied history of Robert Wise
Refitting the Enterprise -- How the Enterprise design shaped future federation starships
Sounding Off -- Exploring new dimensions of sound in Dolby Atmos
V'ger - The conception and restoration of an iconic alien antagonist
Return to Tomorrow -- Reaching an already high bar with new CGI effects
A Grand Theme -- Behind the iconic, influential music score that shaped the franchise's future
The Grand Vision -- The legacy and evolving reputation of this classic movie
Deleted Scenes--NEW!
Effects Tests--NEW!
Costume Tests--NEW!
Computer Display Graphics--NEW!
Additional legacy bonus content


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