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The UK 4K Blu-ray release of the Abyss has been cancelled as the BBFC are still insisting on censor cuts

Link Here28th December 2023

The Abyss is 1989 US adventure film by James Cameron.
With Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Michael Biehn. Melon Farmers link  BBFC link 2020  IMDb

Formerly married petroleum engineers who still have some issues to work out. They are drafted to assist a gung-ho Navy SEAL with a top-secret recovery operation: a nuclear sub has been ambushed and sunk, under mysterious circumstances, in some of the deepest waters on Earth.

The Digital Bits reports that the 4K digital release of The Abyss has been cancelled in the UK because the BBFC is still insisting on censor cuts to the rat scene on grounds of animal cruelty.

The scene has been cut by 45s by the BBFC for all releases to date.

The Digital Bits reported:

We've learned from industry sources that the 4K Ultra HD release of James Cameron's The Abyss (1989) in the UK has been cancelled, and for exactly the reason you think204the scene in which the rat is made to breath underwater. UK censors asked for the scene to be cut, Disney apparently wanted to comply, but [producers] Lightstorm vetoed it. So if you want this title in 4K and you live in the UK, you'll have to import it from elsewhere. On the bright side, 4K discs are region free.

The BBFC still want the scene to be cut despite the fact that the rats involved in the shooting of the scene weren't harmed. As noted on Wikipedia:

The idea for The Abyss came to James Cameron when, at age 17 and in high school, he attended a science lecture about deep sea diving by a man, Francis J. Falejczyk, who was the first human to breathe liquid through his lungs in experiments conducted by Johannes A. Kylstra at Duke University. The breathing fluid used in the film actually exists but has only been thoroughly investigated in animals. Over the previous 20 years it had been tested on several animals, who survived. The rat shown in the film was actually breathing liquid and survived unharmed. Production consulted with Dr. Kylstra on the proper use of the breathing fluid for the film.



Renaissance: A Film By Beyoncé...

Pre-cut for UK cinema release

Link Here22nd December 2023

Renaissance: A Film By Beyoncé is a 2023 US music documentary by Beyoncé, Ed Burke
Starring Beyoncé, Blue Ivy Carter and Diana Ross BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Pre-cut for a BBFC 15 rated cinema release.

Summary Notes

Beyoncé in performance at her record-breaking RENAISSANCE World Tour and the creative mastermind behind it.


MPAA UnratedUS: Uncut and MPA Unrated:

From IMDb:

Several uses of 'cunt' during the song PURE/HONEY as well as 57 frequent uses of fuck, 42 shit, 40 bitch and 30 nigga.
run: 169:28s
pal: 162:41s
15UK: A cut pre-cut version was BBFC 15 rated for strong language:
  • 2023 Trafalgar Releasing cinema release (rated 27/11/2023)

The BBFC commented:

There is strong language ('fuck', 'motherfucker'), as well as milder terms such as 'bitch', 'whore', 'shit', 'ass' and 'God'. There are also uses of reclaimed racial language ('nigga', 'negro').

Thanks to Scott:

This concert film apparently contains use of the c-word in its original form, hence the Aus OFLC rating it MA15+ for Strong coarse language, however it seems the word has been removed from the UK release as the BBFC have given it a 15 for just strong language rather than very strong. Listed as uncut on the website, so presumably it was pre-cut by the distributor in a failed attempt to get a 12A.



Next Goal Wins...

Cinema release cut in the US and Australia

Link Here16th December 2023

Next Goal Wins is a 2023 UK/US comedy drama by Taika Waititi
Starring Michael Fassbender, Oscar Kightley and Kaimana BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Originally rated PG-13 by the MPA for strong language and some crude material. It was then cut and resubmitted prior to release to achieve a PG-13 rating for some strong language and crude material. Presumably it was some strong language that had been removed. The Australian PG rated cinema release was also cut so presumably the cut US version was used.

Summary Notes

The story of the infamously terrible American Samoa soccer team, known for a brutal 2001 FIFA match they lost 31-0.


BBFC uncut
run: 103:46s
pal: 99:37s

IFCO cinema 12A




UK: Uncut and BBFC 12A rated with a trigger warning for injury detail, discrimination, sex references, infrequent strong language:
  • 2023 Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures UK cinema release (rated 17/11/2023)
Thanks to Scott. The short insight has been altered to change the original wording of 'transphobia' to simply 'discrimination'. I can only assume this was done at the request of the distributor who didn't want transphobia associated with their film.
Ireland: Uncut and IFCO 12A rated with a trigger warning for very infrequent strong language, some discriminatory language:
  • 2023 Disney cinema release (rated 14/11/2023)

US: Uncut and PG-13 by the MPA for strong language and some crude material. Unreleased as a cut version was preferred for theatrical release

Australia: Uncut and ACB M rated for occasional coarse language:
  • 2023 Walt Disney Studios Motion cinema release (rated 27/10/2023) Unreleased as a cut version was preferred for theatrical release
mpaa cut
run: 104m
pal: 100m


US: Cut and PG-13 by the MPA for some strong language and some crude material.

A little strong language has been removed, the word 'fuck'.

Australia: Cut and ACB PG rated for mild themes and coarse language:

  • 2023 Walt Disney Studios Motion cinema release (rated 23/11/2023)

Presumably this was based on the cut US version.



The Holdovers...

BBFC censors object to a retro MPAA R rating card

Link Here8th December 2023

The Holdovers is a 2023 US comedy drama by Alexander Payne
Starring Paul Giamatti, Da'Vine Joy Randolph and Dominic Sessa BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for cinema release in 2024.

Summary Notes

A cranky history teacher at a remote prep school is forced to remain on campus over the holidays with a troubled student who has no place to go.


BBFC uncut
MPA RUS: Uncut and MPA R rated for language, some drug use and brief sexual material:
  • 2023 release (rated 26/04/2023)
BBFC cut
run: 133:16s
pal: 127:56s
15UK: BBFC 15 rated for strong language, brief nudity for strong language, brief nudity after BBFC cuts:
  • 2024 Universal Pictures cinema release (rated 20/11/2023)

The BBFC commented:

This work had a compulsory cut made. A cut was required to remove a misleading category symbol.

Scott commented:

This 1970s-set Christmas comedy has been cut to remove what the BBFC refer to as a misleading category symbol. The film is styled like the films of the 70s, including opening with the era's Universal logo, and as part of this has an old MPAA R rating card at the start. This is clearly a creative decision made by the filmmakers to play up the retro tone, yet the BBFC think audiences are too stupid to realise and have cut it. They claim that even old BBFC cards are no longer allowed to be included in resubmissions of older films due to this unfounded misleading belief, yet the recent reissue of the 1960 Powell and Pressburger film Peeping Tom has the original X card at the start - did the distributor not include that upon submission?

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