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Shopping: Risky Business...

1983 USA crime comedy romance by Paul Brickman set for UK Blu-ray release on 29th July 2024 with the Director's Cut


Link Here13th June 2024
Risky Business is a 1983 USA crime comedy romance by Paul Brickman
Starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay and Joe Pantoliano BBFC link 2020 IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this release beyond noting that the film was previously BBFC 18 rated. Exists as a Theatrical Version and a Director's Cut with a variant ending.

Summary Notes

A suburban Chicago teenager's parents leave on vacation, and he cuts loose. An unauthorised trip in his father's Porsche means a sudden need for lots of money, which he raises in a creative way.

UK: Uncut and BBFC 15 rated for strong sex, sex references, nudity, language:
  • 2024 Spirit Entertainment/Criterion Collection [Theatrical Version + Director's Cut] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 29th July 2024

Promotional Material

A sly piece of pop subversion, this irresistible satire of Reagan-era materialism features Tom Cruise in his star-is-born breakthrough as a Chicago suburban prepster whose college-bound life spirals out of control when his parents go out of town for the week and an enterprising call girl (Rebecca De Mornay) invites him to walk on the wild side. While Cruise boogying in his briefs yielded one of the most iconic pop-cultural moments of the 1980s, it is the film's unexpected mix of tender romance (enhanced by a moody synth score by Tangerine Dream) and sharp-witted capitalist critique that remains fresh and daring.

DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restorations of the director's cut and the original theatrical release, supervised and approved by director Paul Brickman and producer Jon Avnet, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks
  • Audio commentary for the original theatrical release featuring Brickman, Avnet, and actor Tom Cruise
  • New interviews with Avnet and casting director Nancy Klopper
  • New conversation between editor Richard Chew and film historian Bobbie O'Steen
  • The Dream Is Always the Same: The Story of "Risky Business," a program featuring interviews with Brickman, Avnet, cast members, and others
  • Screen tests with Cruise and actor Rebecca De Mornay
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by film curator and critic Dave Kehr
  • New cover illustration by Jeremy Enecio

 

 

Shopping: Private Lessons...

1981 USA comedy by Alan Myerson, cut by the BBFC, set for a cut UK Blu-ray release


Link Here28th May 2024

Private Lessons is a 1981 USA comedy by Alan Myerson.
With Sylvia Kristel, Howard Hesseman and Eric Brown. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for child protection issues. Some, but not all, nudity of Sylvia Krystal features a body double.

Summary Notes

An immigrant housemaid seduces a 15-year-old boy and later fakes her own death as part of his chauffeur's blackmail plot. Troubles arise when the two start to fall in love.

Private Lessons is one of the top grossing independent films of all time pre-Miramax. Private Lessons was released in 1981, starring Sylvia Kristal, Eric Brown, and Howard Hessman. Private Lessons was the first in a genre of soft core, teenage, wet dream, pictures.

Versions

BBFC cut
cut
cut: 3:20s
run: 82:59s
pal: 79:40s
18

18

UK: BBFC 18 rated with a trigger warning for child sexual abuse after compulsory BBFC cuts:
  • 2024 Media Sales UK Blu-ray (rated 22/05/2024) titled PRIVATE LESSONS

Presumably the cuts are along the lines of the previously cut UK releases.

The BBFC commented:

This work required compulsory cuts to indecent images of children.

The plot centres on a ruse in which an older woman working as a housekeeper seduces a 15-year-old boy in an attempt to steal his father's money. There are scenes in which the woman takes advantage of the boy's sexual curiosity and manipulates the feelings that he develops for her, leading to the two being intimate and eventually sleeping together. In one sequence, a woman feigns death during sex with the teenager, which includes bloody detail. The latter and other sexual scenes place emphasis on female breast and buttock nudity. Other sexually abusive and sexist behaviour involves teenage boys leering at women, sometimes in states of undress, through bedroom windows, binoculars and from photographs. Although the treatment of these issues can be considered as a reflection of the time period in which the film is set, the behaviour is not clearly condemned.

UK: Passed 18 after 3:20s of previous BBFC cuts were repeated prior to submission for:

  • 2006 Cinema Club Video

No further BBFC cuts were made when re-submitted in 2006. However the version submitted was pre-cut to eliminate the same material as the previous version. The increased running time is additional, uncontentious footage.

UK: Passed 18 after 3:20s of BBFC cuts for:

  • 1992 Braveworld VHS
  • 1987 CIC VHS
  • 1982 cinema release

The BBFC cuts were:

  • Cuts were made in several scenes under the Protection of Children Act. Basically every shot where you could see Kristel's nudity and the boy in the same shot was removed. The scenes affected were the striptease, the bath scene and the two sex scenes. In the storyline the boy was meant to be 15 years old
cut
cut
cut:
run: 83:00s
pal: 79:41s
pre-cert VHSUK : The 1983 Pre-cert CIC VHS has been reported as less cut but the 1982 release is the same running time as the cut cinema version.
uncut
uncut
run: 87:03s
pal: 83:34s
MPAA RUS: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
cut
pre-cut
MPAA Unrated US: Some DVD releases are reported to feature a version with Sylvia Krystal nudity replaced with a body double others have pixellated the nudity.

Summary Notes

But just to let you know, it has been altered from the version, which is on VHS tape. It has also been revealed that Silvia Kristal had a body double, her name is Judy Helden. However, Ms. Helden only appears in two scenes in the movie, and they are not the famous scenes which those of us in the 35 to 40 age group, who love the movie all know. Miss Helden's scenes appear towards the end of the movie, where we see aroused nipples on a breast, in one shot of the backside that does not match up with Sylvia Kristal's.

 

 

Shopping: The Pleasure...

1985 Italy erotic drama by Joe D'Amato set for UK Blu-ray and DVD release on 29th July 2024


Link Here22nd May 2024

The Pleasure is a 1985 Italy erotic drama by Joe D'Amato
Starring Andrea Guzon, Gabriele Tinti and Marco Mattioli BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Previously released in cut versions but uncut for 18 rated video in 2024.

Summary Notes

Leonora's children Ursula and Edmund inherit her erotic recordings. Ursula uses the recordings to forge a relationship with Gerard, Leonora's late lover. Meanwhile, Gerard's mistress attends to Edmund.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 93:28s
pal: 89:44s
18UK: Uncut and BBFC 18 rated for sexual violence, nudity, strong sex, sex references:
BBFC cut
cut
cut: 9s
run: 93:31s
pal: 89:47s
BBFC 18 1982UK: BBFC 18 rated after 9s of BBFC cuts:
  • 1995 Jezebel Films VHS (rated 25/01/1995)

BBFC cut
cut
cut:  
run: 90:15s 
pal: 86:38s
BBFC 18 1982UK: A short and presumably cut version was BBFC 18 rated:
  • 1986 Elephant VHS (rated 04/09/1986)
  • 1985 Eagle Films cinema release (rated 19/11/1985)

Promotional Material

Prolific Italian director Joe D'Amato is back in the softcore zone with a sordid tale about Gerard (Gabriele Tinti) who pines for his dead lover, Leonora (Andrea Guzon) whilst listening to old audio tapes of them having sex sparking memories of their erotic encounters. Back in the present his daughter, who is the mirror image of her mother finds the tapes which leads to questionable trysts and sordid couplings. With plenty of exposed flesh and the bonus of starring Laura "Emmanuelle" Gemser this is one of D'Amato's most stylish and accomplished bump and grind efforts. Fans of Tinto Brass will want to get their hands on this one.

 

 

Shopping: The Guyver...

1991 US/Japan action comedy by Screaming Mad George, Steve Wang set for US 4K Blu-ray release on 25th June 2024


Link Here11th May 2024
The Guyver is a 1991 US/Japan action comedy by Screaming Mad George, Steve Wang
Starring Greg Joung Paik, Jimmie 'JJ' Walker and Peter Spellos Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Originally MPAA R rated the film was cut for an MPAA PG-13 rated theatrical release. This theatrical version was later dubbed a Director's Cut, maybe to contrast with the shortened VHS Version. The Original R rated version was released on US Blu-ray in 2024.

The VHS Version was cut by the BBFC for 15 rated 1992 VHS. The cuts were waived in 2016 for the 12 rated Director's Cut DVD/Blu-ray.

Summary Notes

Young man merges with mechanical device, becoming cyborg superhero. Strange creatures emerge, seeking to reclaim device. He uncovers plot to genetically engineer monstrous creatures.

US: The Original Version is uncut and MPAA R rated for:
  • 2024 Unearthed Classics Limited Collector's Edition R0 4K Blu-ray at US Amazon #ad released on 25th June 2024

Promotional Material

PART HUMAN. PART ALIEN. PURE SUPERPOWER. In this thrill-a-minute action adventure, Sean Barker (Jack Armstrong) is a college student who discovers the "Guyver", an alien mechanical device that merges with his own body, turning him into a super-powerful cyborg fighting machine. The device belongs to Chronos, an evil corporation run by human mutants that metamorphize into monstrous soldiers called "Zoanoids". Chronos badly wants the Guyver back and sends a gang of Zoanoids to kidnap Sean's girlfriend, Mizuki (Vivian Wu). Sean rescues Mizuki with the help of Max Reed (Mark Hamill), a CIA agent determined to keep the device from falling into the hands of Chronos. However, the rescue attempt is not completely successful, thereby triggering a series of epic battles between the forces of good and evil.

LIMITED COLLECTOR'S EDITION CONTENTS:

  • NEW 4K restoration of the original R-rated 35mm camera negative by Unearthed Films
  • Blu-ray of the feature film and all new extras
  • The Guyver Soundtrack composed by Matthew Morse
  • Booklet

DISC ONE -- FEATURE (4K ULTRA HD):

  • NEW 4K restoration of the original R-rated 35mm camera negative by Unearthed Films presented in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio in HDR
  • NEW Commentary with co-directors Screaming Mad George and Steve Wang, moderated by Dom O'Brien, the author of Budget Biomorphs: The Making of The Guyver Films
  • DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles

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

  • NEW 4K restoration of the original R-rated 35mm camera negative by Unearthed Films presented in 1080p HD in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio
  • DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
  • Optional English SDH Subtitles
  • NEW Commentary with co-directors Screaming Mad George and Steve Wang, moderated by Dom O'Brien, the author of Budget Biomorphs: The Making of The Guyver Films
  • NEW Interview with producer Brian Yuzna
  • NEW Interview with co-director Screaming Mad George
  • NEW Suit Tests with commentary by co-directors Screaming Mad George and Steve Wang
  • NEW Outtakes with commentary by co-directors Screaming Mad George and Steve Wang
  • NEW Gag Reel with commentary by co-directors Screaming Mad George and Steve Wang
  • NEW Production & Artwork Gallery
  • Alternate Title Sequence
  • Trailers

DISC THREE -- SOUNDTRACK (CD / COMPACT DISC):

  • The Guyver Original Motion Picture Soundtrack composed by Matthew Morse

 

 

Shopping: Action Jackson...

1988 US action comedy by Craig R Baxley, previously cut by the BBFC, set for UK Blu-ray release on 17th June 2024


Link Here30th April 2024

Action Jackson is a 1988 US action comedy by Craig R. Baxley
Starring Carl Weathers, Craig T. Nelson and Vanity BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for 1988 cinema release and VHS. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 9 secs to remove shots of a butterfly knife being twirled and a topless woman's stabbed body due to the BBFC's strict guidelines on knife violence at that time. Only in 2024 was the uncut version granted a 15 rating from the BBFC.

Summary Notes

Vengeance drives a tough Detroit cop to stay on the trail of a power-hungry auto magnate who is systematically eliminating his competition.

UK: Uncut and BBFC 15 rated for strong violence, injury detail, nudity, language, drug misuse:

Promotional Material

Like a blast from a .44 magnum, Carl Weathers (Predator, Rocky) makes Action Jackson a hero who delivers the goods with charisma and excitement. He plays Detroit police Sergeant Jericho Jackson, pitted against the brutal thugs of ruthless auto tycoon Peter Dellaplane (Craig T. Nelson), who's out to murder his way to political power. Jackson's also involved with Dellaplane's beautiful wife, Patrice (Sharon Stone) -- and his mistress, Sydney (singer Vanity). Framed and hunted by his fellow officers, Jackson sets up a desperate showdown that hurls Action Jackson toward a heart-stopping climax.

 

 

Shopping: Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker...

1981 video nasty by William Asher set for UK 4K Blu-ray release on 13th May 2024


Link Here22nd April 2024
Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker is a 1981 US horror mystery thriller by William Asher
Starring Jimmy McNichol, Susan Tyrrell and Bo Svenson BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Banned as Video Nasty in 1983. Banned again by the BBFC for video in 1987. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

Summary Notes

An orphaned teenager finds himself being dominated by his aunt who's hell-bent on keeping him with her...at all costs.

UK: Butcher: Uncut and BBFC 18 rated with a trigger warning for strong bloody violence, domestic abuse, sexual violence references:

Promotional Material

It remains the most joltingly violent, psychosexual grindhouse shocker of the '80s, directed by a veteran of I Love Lucy and starring a frequently shirtless former teen idol with an epically demented performance by an Oscar® nominee. And now it can be experienced for the first time ever in UHD : Jimmy McNichol stars as an orphaned high-school student raised by his strangely overprotective aunt ( Susan Tyrrell of FAT CITY fame) who becomes implicated in a grisly murder investigated by a psychotic police detective (an equally unhinged Bo Svenson of INGLORIOUS BASTARDS). 7x Emmy® nominee Julia Duffy ( Newhart ) and Bill Paxton (in one of his first film roles) co-star in this "jaw-dropping hunk of genre insanity" ( Pop Culture Beast ) and former DPP 39 Video Nasty -- also known as NIGHT WARNING -- now scanned in 4K from the original camera negative with 6 hours of new and archival Special Features.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Audio Commentary With Star Jimmy McNichol
  • Audio Commentary With Co-Writer/Producer Steve Breimer And Co-Writer Alan Jay Glueckman, Moderated By Mondo Digital's Nathaniel Thompson
  • Audio Commentary With Co-Producer And Unit Production Manager Eugene Mazzola
  • Extreme Prejudice - Interview With Actor Bo Svenson
  • Point And Shoot - Interview With Director Of Photography Robbie Greenberg
  • Family Dynamics - Interview With Editor Ted Nicolaou
  • Cast And Crew Interviews With Actors Jimmy McNichol, Susan Tyrrell And Steve Eastin, Make-Up Artist Allan A. Apone And Producer Steve Breimer
  • Trailer
  • TV Spot

 

 

Shopping: Black Mask...

1996 Hong Kong action comedy by Daniel Lee set for UK Blu-ray release on 22nd April 2024 with 3 versions


Link Here6th April 2024
Black Mask is a 1996 Hong Kong action comedy by Daniel Lee.
With Jet Li, Ching Wan Lau and Karen Mok. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Cut in Hong Kong for its theatrical release. This was then shortened for the export version which was passed 18 by the BBFC for UK home video. The uncut Hong Kong version was later released. The restored Hong Kong cuts were also restored to the Export Version resulting in the Extended Export Version. The longest version is the Taiwan Version which restores deleted scenes from a Workprint.

Summary Notes

A survivor of a supersoldier project must fight his former comrades as a masked hero.

UK: The US Export Version is BBFC 18 rated:
  • 2024 Eureka Entertainment Limited Edition [Uncut Hong Kong + US Export + Taiwan Versions] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 22nd April 2024

Promotional Material

Jet Li stars in an action-packed superhero spectacle produced by the legendary Tsui Hark !

Tsui Chik (Li) is a librarian who leads a quiet, unassuming life -- or, at least, that's what he wants people to believe. In truth, he was once a member of the 701 Squad, a group of elite combatants produced by a failed super-soldier project. In kind with his former comrades, his central nervous system has been altered to render him impervious to pain. When several of his fellow test subjects resurface and embark on a crimewave under the leadership of their former commander Hung Kuk ( Patrick Lung ), Tsui is forced to use his extraordinary abilities once more. Donning a costume, he sets out to face his past -- as the vigilante known as the Black Mask.

Adapted from the manhua by Pang Chi-ming and Li Chi-tak and heavily influenced by Bruce Lee's turn as Kato in The Green Hornet , Black Mask is one of the most entertaining movies in Jet Li's filmography and boasts action orchestrated by Yuen Woo-ping, who would later win an Academy Award for his work on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon . Eureka Classics is proud to present the film in its rarely seen uncut version on Blu-ray from a 2K restoration!

LIMITED EDITION TWO-DISC BLU-RAY SET FEATURES:

Limited Edition of 2000 copies only | O-card slipcase featuring new artwork by Grégory Sacré (Gokaiju) | Limited Edition bonus disc featuring two alternate versions of the film | PLUS: A Limited- edition collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by James Oliver

DISC ONE

Fully uncut Hong Kong version presented in 1080p from a 2K restoration | Original US version presented in 1080p from a 2K restoration | Original Cantonese Stereo and optional DTS-HD MA 5.1 (Hong Kong Version) | Optional English subtitles, newly translated for this release | Brand new audio commentary on the Hong Kong version by Asian film expert Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival) | Brand new audio commentary on the US export version by action cinema experts Mike Leeder and Arne Venema | Brand new interview with stuntman Mike Lambert | Brand new interview with film critic Andrew Heskins (easternKicks.com) | Brand new interview with Leon Hunt, author of Kung Fu Cult Masters: From Bruce Lee to Crouching Tiger | Reversible sleeve featuring original poster artwork | Archival Making of featurette | Trailers

DISC TWO (LIMITED EDITION BONUS DISC)

Alternate Taiwanese cut of the film | Extended version of Black Mask featuring all the unique footage from the various releases of the film re-inserted

 

 

Shopping: The Demoniacs...

1973 French/Belgian horror by Jean Rollin, previously cut by the BBFC, set for UK 4K Blu-ray release on 22nd April 2024 now uncut with a long extended version


Link Here20th March 2024

The Demoniacs is a 1973 French/Belgian horror by Jean Rollin.
With Joëlle Coeur, Willy Braque and Paul Bisciglia. Melon Farmers link BBFC link 2020 IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated UK DVD releases. Later the Extended Version was passed 18 uncut for Blu-ray. There are 2 cut variants in the US with one that claims that it is Director Approved.

Summary Notes

A gang of pirates rape the two sole survivors of a ship wreck. The violated girls are rescued by the strange inhabitants of a supposedly haunted island, where they are granted supernatural powers to strike revenge against the pirates.

UK: Uncut and BBFC 18 rated for sexual violence, strong sex, nudity:
  • 2024 Powerhouse Films Limited Edition (Theatrical + Extended Version + Curse of the Living Dead) R0 4K Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 22nd April 2024
  • 2024 Powerhouse Films Limited Edition (Theatrical + Extended Version + Curse of the Living Dead) R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 22nd April 2024

Promotional Material

"The Demoniacs (Les Démoniaques) sees director Jean Rollin eschew his regular subject of vampirism for a brutal nautical tale of ritual horror and supernatural vengeance.

A gang of ruthless pirates, known as 'the wreckers', rape two survivors of a shipwreck. The women, now mute, are guided by a mysterious clown to a ruined castle, where they receive magical powers with which to exact their revenge on the gang.

Starring Joëlle Coeur (Schoolgirl Hitchhikers), John Rico (Blood Orgy of the She-Devils), Willy Braque (Lips of Blood), and Mireille Dargent (The Iron Rose), The Demoniacs is one of its director's most shocking and violent tales of the fantastique."

Extras "INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION 4K UHD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Brand-new 4K HDR restoration from the original negative by Powerhouse Films
  • 4K (2160p) UHD presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
  • Three presentations of the film: the original theatrical version; the longer, explicit export version; and Curse of the Living Dead, the alternative English-language cut
  • Original mono audio
  • Audio commentary with film expert Tim Lucas (2024)
  • Selected scenes commentary with Jean Rollin (2005)
  • Jean Rollin Introduces 'The Demoniacs' (1998)
  • One of the Demoniacs (2024): new presentation of an interview with regular Rollin collaborator Jean-Pierre Bouyxou
  • Newly edited archival interview with actor Willy Braque (2024)
  • Critical appreciation by author and musician Stephen Thrower (2024)
  • Outtake footage
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: promotional and publicity material, and behind the scenes
  • New and improved English translation subtitles
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for Curse of the Living Dead
  • Limited edition exclusive 80-page book with a new essay by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, an archival piece on the making of the film by Jean Rollin, an archival interview with Rollin, an archival interview with actor Monica Swinn, and full film credits.
  • World premiere on 4K UHD

Limited edition of 10,000 individually numbered units (6,000 4K UHDs and 4,000 Blu-rays) for the UK and US

All extras subject to change"




 


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