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Shopping: Slave of the Cannibal God...

1978 Italian video nasty by Sergio Martino, cut in the UK for animal cruelty, just released uncut on US Blu-ray with 2 versions,


Link Here5th August 2020
Slave of the Cannibal God is a 1978 Italian adventure by Sergio Martino
With Ursula Andress and Stacey Keach. YouTube iconBBFC link IMDb  

All UK releases have been cut for animal cruelty. The film was banned as a video nasty in 1983. There is an uncut extended version released in the US. This Extended Version was passed 18 for 2018 UK video but was still cut for animal cruelty.
US: The Extended International Version was uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2020 Code Red [Extended International Version + US Version] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon

Promotional Material

When her anthropologist husband disappears in New Guinea, Susan Stevenson (Ursula Andress, Dr. No, She, The Sensuous Nurse) convinces her husband's colleague Professor Edward Foster (Stacy Keach, The Traveling Executioner, The Squeeze, The Gravy Train) to lead her and her brother (Antonio Marsina, Keoma) into the dark heart of the deadly jungle. But while exploring the forbidden mountain of Ra-Rami with the help of their guide Manolo (Claudio Cassinelli, Hands of Steel, Murder Rock, Screamers), the expedition is attacked and captured by a tribe of primitive and cannibalistic natives. Even if they can escape the barbaric tortures of these flesh-eating savages, can Susan survive the depraved lust of their Cannibal God? Sergio Martino (Hands of Steel, Screamers, After The Fall Of New York) directed this notorious shocker! This special edition includes both the unrated and uncut version, Mountain of the Cannibal God and the R rated U.S. cut.

Special Features:
-Includes Both the Uncut International Version and Alternate U.S. Cut
-Interview with Star Stacy Keach
-Trailers
-Dual-Layered BD50 Disc

 

 

Offsite Article: Depraved And Corrupting...


Link Here31st July 2020
The Complete Video Nasties

See article from reprobatepress.com

 

 

Shopping: Zombie...

Italy video nasty by Lucio Fulci just released on US 4K Blu-ray


Link Here27th May 2020
Zombie (aka Zombie Flesh Eaters) is a Italy Sci-Fi horror by Lucio Fulci.
Starring Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch and Richard Johnson. IMDb
Heavily cut by the BBFC for 1979 cinema release. Banned as a video nasty in 1983. Cut by the BBFC from 1992 to 1999. BBFC uncut since 2005. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Zombie Flesh Eaters

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2020 Blue Underground R0 4K Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 26th May 2020
  • 2020 Blue Underground Amazon Prime VoD [US only] at US Amazon

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Promotional Material

The Dead Are Among Us on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray!

In Italy, it was considered the 'unofficial sequel' to DAWN OF THE DEAD. In England, it was known as ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS and banned as obscene. In America, it was called ZOMBIE and advertised with the depraved tag line ''WE ARE GOING TO EAT YOU!'' Tisa Farrow (THE GRIM REAPER), Ian McCulloch (CONTAMINATION), Al Cliver (CANNIBALS), and Richard Johnson (THE HAUNTING) star in this worldwide splatter sensation directed by 'Maestro Of Gore' Lucio Fulci (CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY) that remains one of the most eye-skewering, skin-ripping, gore-gushingly graphic horror hits of all time!

Blue Underground's critically acclaimed restoration of ZOMBIE, scanned in 4K 16-bit from the original 35mm 2-perf camera negative , is now presented with Dolby Vision HDR and a new Dolby Atmos audio mix, bursting at the seams with hours of Extras!

SPECIAL FEATURES:
* Ultra HD Blu-ray (2160p) Widescreen 2.40:1 Feature Presentation and Bonus Extras Blu-ray
* Audio: English: Dolby Atmos; English: 5.1 DTS-HD; English: 1.0 DTS-HD; Italian: 7.1 DTS-HD; Italian: 1.0 DTS-HD; French: Dolby Digital 1.0
* Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, Danish, Finnish, Dutch, Swedish, Russian, Korean, Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Thai, English for Italian Audio
* Audio Commentary #1 with Troy Howarth , Author of Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and His Films
* Audio Commentary #2 with Star Ian McCulloch and Diabolik Magazine Editor Jason J. Slater
* When The Earth Spits Out The Dead - Interview with Stephen Thrower , Author of Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci
* Zombie Wasteland Interviews with Stars Ian McCulloch , Richard Johnson & Al Cliver , and Actor/Stuntman OttavianoDell'Acqua
* Flesh Eaters on Film Interview with Co-Producer Fabrizio De Angelis
* Deadtime Stories Interviews with Co-Writers Elisa Briganti and (Uncredited) DardanoSacchetti
* World of the Dead Interviews with Cinematographer Sergio Salvati and Production & Costume Designer Walter Patriarca
* ZombiItaliano Interviews with Special Make-Up Effects Artists Gianetto De Rossi & Maurizio Trani and Special Effects Artist Gino De Rossi
* Notes on a Headstone Interview with Composer Fabio Frizzi
* All in the Family Interview with Antonella Fulci
* Zombie Lover Award-Winning Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro talks about one of his favorite films
* Theatrical Trailers
* TV Spots
* Radio Spots
* Poster & Still Gallery
* Guillermo del Toro Intro
* BONUS! Embossed Slipcover (First Pressing Only)

 

 

Shopping: Macabre...

1980 Italy horror thriller by Lamberto Bava with a bit part in the video nastes panic, just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here22nd May 2020
Macabre is a 1980 Italy horror thriller by Lamberto Bava.
Starring Bernice Stegers, Stanko Molnar and Veronica Zinny. BBFC link IMDb
Never censored but played a small part in British censorship history when the VHS was held up at the 1983 Conservative Party conference during the video nasties panic as an example of everything rotten in the video industry and proof that censorship was urgently needed.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong horror, sexualised nudity and necrophilia theme:
  • 2020 88 Films R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 18th May 2020

Promotional Material

Synopsis Don't open the fridge! Lamberto Bava was taught his trade by his father, horror legend Mario Bava. Macabre, his first film as director, showed how well he'd learnt his lessons. Still recovering from a pair of tragic and traumatic bereavements, Jane Baker (Bernice Steggers; Xtro, Sky Pilots) moves into a new apartment in New Orleans. The owner's son, Robert, is blind -- but that doesn't stop him hearing what Jane gets up to. It sounds like she's resumed her passionate affair with her lover, Fred. Except that Fred died a year ago... Not quite a giallo, not quite a ghost story and with a final twist that will make you re-think everything you've already seen, Macabre showed that Bava Jr. -- who'd go on to make the horror classic Demons -- was a chip off the old block.

Special Features and Technical Specs:

  • NEW 2K RESTORATION FROM THE ORIGINAL CAMERA NEGATIVE
  • NEW Don't Lose Your Head - Interview with Director Lamberto Bava
  • Audio Commentary by Giallo Experts, Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson
  • Alternate Italian Opening and End Credit Titles
  • Original Trailer
  • Reversible Sleeve featuring Original Poster and VHS artwork
  • Limited Edition "Soft Touch" Slipcase
  • Limited Edition Booklet Essay by Rachael Nisbet
  • Audio:
    • DTS-HD MA Dual Mono English Audio
    • DTS-HD MA Dual-Mono Italian Audio with newly translated English Subtitles
  • REGION-FREE

 

 

Shopping: Cannibal Ferox...

1981 video nasty by Umberto Lenzi just released on UK Blu-ray, still with BBFC cuts for animal cruelty


Link Here23rd April 2020
Cannibal Ferox is a 1981 Italian adventure by Umberto Lenzi.
With Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Lorraine De Selle and Danilo Mattei. YouTube iconBBFC link IMDb
Released cut and uncut on pre-cert videos that were destined to become video nasties. Extensively cut by the BBFC for 2001 DVD.

The cuts for violence were waived for 2018 home video, but cuts for animal cruelty have persisted. Note that the running time of this cut release has been maintained by slowing down the footage of the remainder of the animal scenes that have been allowed to remain.

The promotional material would like to mention that old cuts for sex and violence no longer apply, but cannot use the description uncut so notes that the film is presented in full duration. Unfortunately for them, it is a convention of the English language that unnatural or unexpected phrasing ends up emphasising the phrase, and invites readers to interpret it with irony, sarcasm or cynicism as appropriate.

See further details at Melon Farmers Video Hits: Cannibal Ferox

UK: Passed 18 for strong bloody violence, gore after some previous cuts waived but still with 1:55s of BBFC compulsory cuts for:
  • 2020 Shameless Fan Edition (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 20th April 2020
  • 2020 Shameless Amazon Prime VoD [UK only] at UK Amazon

Promotional Material

A decade on from starting the cannibal genre, director Umberto Lenzi has the final word, pushing the vomit envelope beyond the sick with his utterly nasty, nihilistic apotheosis that is CANNIBAL FEROX . So unredeemable that its own makers denounced it as barbaric...!

An academic, Gloria (Lorraine De Selle), journeys to the Amazon jungle where things go awry when her party encounters sadistic druggy villain Mike ( Giovanni Lombardo Radice aka John Morghen ), as the travellers venture further into the heart of darkness, they soon discover what it means to be the hunted prey.

CANNIBAL FEROX aka ' Make Them Die Slowly ' , topped the official Video Nasty list for its raw graphic scenes of torture, mutilations, murder and cannibalism . This new 2K restoration of the film in full duration additionally features new grading which revives, for the 1st time, the original edgy look of the 16mm film stock it was shot on - finally presenting the film as it was first created by director Umberto Lenzi, on location in the Amazonian green inferno.

 

 

Commented: Love Camp 7...

The British Board of Film Censors bans 1969 video nasty for the second time


Link Here14th April 2020
Love Camp 7 is a 1969 USA war horror thriller by Lee Frost.
With Bob Cresse, Maria Lease and Kathy Williams. YouTube iconBBFC link IMDb

The film was banned as a video nasty in 1985, then banned from DVD by the BBFC in 2002. The film was banned again by the BBFC for 2020 VoD. Uncut elsewhere but there have only been a few obscure releases until the 2017 US DVD/Blu-ray Combo.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Bans: Love Camp 7

The film has just been banned by the BBFC after being submitted for Video on Demand by Screenbound. Note that this is not quite an official ban as BBFC decisions for internet video carry no legal weight. But no doubt the major online sources will take heed anyway.

The BBFC commented on its website:

Love Camp 7 is a US film, from 1969, in which female agents are sent undercover into a Nazi prison camp where female prisoners are sexually abused, raped and tortured by soldiers. It was previously refused a classification for DVD release in 2002. The present submission is for distribution on VOD.

The BBFC's Classification Guidelines state that We may refuse to classify content which makes rape or other non-consensual sexually violent behaviour look appealing or acceptable, reinforces the suggestion that victims enjoy such behaviour, or invites viewer complicity in such behaviour. They also state that As a last resort, the BBFC may refuse to classify a work, in line with the objective of preventing non-trivial harm risks to potential viewers and, through their behaviour, to society. We may do so, for example, where a central concept of the work is unacceptable, such as a sustained focus on sexual rape, other non-consensual sexually violent behaviour or sadistic violence.

Because LOVE CAMP 7 is largely comprised of scenes of non consensual sexual activity, including rape, presented in a manner that is intended to arouse viewers, its central concept is unacceptable and the sexually abusive material it contains too pervasive for cuts to be an effective solution.

Accordingly, the BBFC has refused classification to this work.

The BBFC further commented at a board meeting [pdf] :

The film was recently submitted for classification for VOD release. Given its status as a previously rejected work it was viewed by the entire Compliance team and certain members of the Policy team before referral to the Board.

The Board noted that there are a number of prolonged scenes of non-consensual sexual activity, including rape, in Love Camp 7 , in many cases featuring a focus on female nudity. Such scenes are frequently gratuitous, both in terms of length and detail, going some way beyond what is required by the narrative, and in some cases perpetuating harmful rape myths. These issues were considered in relation to the BBFC's 2019 Guidelines consultation, which found depictions of sexual violence to be of particular concern to the public.

The Board discussed the extent to which the film's datedness and risibility limits its impact, and considered the film's likely appeal and audience. It was observed that, while aspects of the film are dated, the sequences of sexual violence and abuse are not. It was also noted that while the film is different in many respects to modern pornography, its close and repeated focus on nudity means the sequences of sexual violence and abuse still have the potential to arouse.

The Board concluded that because that as Love Camp 7 is largely comprised non-consensual sexual activity, including rape, presented in a manner that is intended to arouse viewers, its central concept is unacceptable and the sexually abusive material too pervasive for cuts to be an effective solution. Accordingly, the Board agreed that the BBFC should refuse to classify Love Camp 7.

Update: Love Camp 7 Remains The Benchmark For Unacceptable Cinema in 2020

14th April 2020. See article from reprobatepress.com

It's good to know that in these unique times, our moral superiors are still hard at work protecting us from problematic imagery. The British Board of Film Classification might seem a more liberal body these days than they once did, but rest assured -- they will still step forward to protect the nation from corruption.

See full article from reprobatepress.com

 

 

Bad taste fun...

Cannibal Holocaust: The Game set for November release


Link Here11th April 2020
Ruggero Deodato's notable video nasty, Cannibal Holocaust , is set to turned into a video game for PC and consoles. It is set for release in November 2020.

Developers Fantastico Studio claims that it will put the raw graphic content in its interactive graphic adventure for gamers and fans alike to enjoy.

 

 

Shopping: Cannibal Apocalypse...

1980 Italian/Spanish video nasty by Anthony M Dawson just released on US Blu-ray and DVD


Link Here21st March 2020
Cannibal Apocalypse is a 1980 Italian/Spanish horror by Anthony M Dawson. With John Saxon, Elizabeth Turner and Giovanni Lombardo Radice. YouTube iconBBFC link IMDb
Banned as a video nasty in 1982. Passed 18 after animal cruelty cuts for UK DVD. There is a cut US MPAA R rated version and an uncut MPAA Unrated version.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Canniball Apocalypse

See also Video Nasties from melonfarmers.co.uk

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
  • 2020 KL Studio Classics RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 17th March 2020
  • 2020 KL Studio Classics R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 17th March 2020

Promotional Material

The horrors of war take on a whole new meaning for Vietnam vet Norman Hopper (John Saxon, Nightmare Beach, Evil Eye, Queen of Blood), whose quiet domestic life in Atlanta is shattered by the return of Charlie Bukowski, a combat buddy who dredges up terrifying flashbacks of flesh eating and bloodshed in the war-torn jungles. Now on the run from the law after taking a bite out of an unwilling victim, Charlie begs Norman to help him get out of town with another fellow veteran, Tom (Tony King, Report to the Commissioner, The Raiders of Atlantis). Soon the ragtag team of cannibals are fighting for their lives, spreading a deadly contagion through the city before heading into the sewers for a gut-wrenching climax no one will soon forget! One of the most infamous Italian horror films of all time, Cannibal Apocalypse was heavily censored in many countries where it played under such titles as Cannibals in the Streets and Invasion of the Flesh Hunters. Now you can finally experience this thrilling collision of action-packed combat and monstrous horror from cult director Antonio Margheriti (The Long Hair of Death, Castle of Blood, Take a Hard Ride, Killer Fish) in its original gory splendor for the first time in fully restored HD! Not for the faint of heart or those with full stomachs!

Special Features:
-BRAND NEW 4K RESTORATION
-NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas
-CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE REDUX: Documentary Featuring John Saxon, John Morghen (Giovanni Lombardo Radice) and director Antonio Margheriti
-CANNIBAL KING: NEW Interview with Actor Tony King
-APOCALYPSE IN THE STREETS: A Video Tour of Filming Locations
-European Theatrical Trailer
-Japanese Teaser
-Alternate U.S. Opening Sequence
-Optional English Subtitles



 


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