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crime scene knickers Lingerie brand Tezenis has removed a pair of knickers from a range on sale in its London store after receiving a few ‘outraged’ tweets whingeing about the the phrase crime scene printed across them.The ludicrous tweeters claimed rape connotations over the phrase on the knickers, which were on display at the brand’s Oxford Street store. Example tweets were:

  • Nothing celebrates the female body like having female sexuality equated with a ‘crime’.

  • I think the implication is rape, isn’t it?

A spokesperson for Tezenis said the underwear has been removed from the store and is not available to buy online.

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censorship for dummies One of the biggest web censorship services in the world has announced they are scrapping blocks on gay and lesbian content.Symantec, the online security firm behind Norton, has routinely been censorsing out LGBTI websites offering news, charity and support. The lifestyle-sexual orientation category will now be removed from its databases. Fran Rosch, executive vice president for Norton products said:

Making this change was not only the right thing to do, it was a good business decision. Having a category in place that could be used to filter out all LGBT-oriented sites was inconsistent with Symantec’s values and the mission of our software.

While Symantec will allow customers to set their search to block adult oriented websites, there will no longer be an option to block websites just because they have LGBTI content.

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European court buildings The European court of human rights (ECHR) is to investigate British laws that allowGCHQ and police to secretly snoop on journalists.The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has gone to Strasbourg in a bid to get a finding that domestic law is incompatible with provisions in European law which give journalists right to keep sources confidential from police and others.

The application has been accepted by the ECHR, which has indicated in the past it will expedite cases on surveillance through its legal system.

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House of Commons logo The first scraps of information about the government’s upcoming internet censorship lawshave been reported in the Sunday Times.The Government seems to be drafting a law to apply the BBFC/Crown Prosecution Service censorship R18 rules to Bristish adult websites.

The Sunday Times writes:

FILMS that glamorise sexual violence and abuse are to be banned from British-based websites as the government prepares to impose the same standards on the internet as on cinemas and shops selling DVDs.

Under legislation due later this autumn, British services will be prohibited from showing material that would be refused an age rating by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).

However it is yet clear how this can be implemented, as some of the BBFC prohibited content is very vague as what is to be banned with such material as squirting, breath constriction and narrative allusions to under 18s sex. Is a couple of seconds of cuts enough to make a film totally illegal to show on a British website? It seems so, the article notes:

Currently films with scenes removed by the BBFC for consumption in cinemas or on DVD can be shown online in their original form without penalty.

Speaking to the Sunday Times, Video on Demand censor, Peter Johnson said there would be significant fines for websites breaching the new rules that will be imposed by Ofcom. Adding that if necessary services would be removed.

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bad art RoyGreenslade in the Guardian has written of a fascinating example of the ‘rightto be forgotten’ being clearly abused.The Worcester News was told by Google that it was removing from its search archive an innocuous article in praise of a young artist.

Although Google does not say who complained, the paper’s editor, Peter John, is confident that Roach himself made the request because he had previously approached the News to remove the piece from its website. Apparently, Roach is now a professional artist and, in the belief that he is now a much better painter than he was in 2009, he thinks the painting of a Walnut Whip which accompanies the article might damage his artistic reputation.

The Worcester News editor notes:

An artist wanting to remove part of his back catalogue did not strike us as the sort of principle that the European court of justice had in mind when it came up with the right to be forgotten ruling.

We are trying to appeal, but have not yet been able to find out if Google have an appeals procedure.

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Texas Chain Saw Massacre Anniversary The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a 1974 US horror film by Tobe Hooper.
With Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal and Allen Danziger. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb UK: The 40th Anniversary Restoration was passed 18 uncut for:

  • 2014 Second Sight 40th Anniversary Steelbook (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 17th November 2014
  • 2014 Second Sight 40th Anniversary (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 17th November 2014

Censorship History

In the US the film was initially rated X, but attained an R rating after cuts. This was the last X certificate granted by the MPAA prior to the introduction of NC-17. The R rated version has been used for all releases worldwide. In the UK, the 1975 cinema release was famously banned by the BBFC. Some local councils overrode the BBFC ban and passed it X with a local certificate. The ban continued well into the home video era until unbanned (and released uncut) in 1999.

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Promotional Material

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre not only changed the face of horror in 1974 but still remains one of the most shocking, powerful and terrifying films ever made. Widely banned on its release it’s notoriety has not diminished and this harrowing tale of a depraved Texan clan and its’ chain saw wielding icon of horror Leatherface continues to stun and disturb audiences like no other film.

This new director supervised restoration brings new life and detail to the film and immerses the viewer as never before.

New stunning 4K restoration and 7.1 DTS-HD MA audio mix supervised by director Tobe Hooper. Also features restored DTS-HD MA 5.1, PCM Stereo 2.0 and PCM original mono 1.0

Features:

  • New audio commentary with Director Tobe Hooper
  • New audio commentary with Cinematographer Daniel Pearl, Sound Recordist Ted Nicolaou and Editor J. Larry Carroll
  • Cutting Chain Saw with Editor J. Larry Carroll
  • Grandpa s Tales with actor John Dugan
  • Horror s Hallowed Grounds
  • New deleted scenes / outtakes
  • Additional bonus features:
  • Audio commentary with Tobe Hooper, Actor Gunnar Hansen, Cinematographer Daniel Pearl
  • Audio commentary with Actors Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, and Paul A. Partain and Production Designer Robert Burns
  • The Shocking Truth documentary plus outtakes
  • Flesh Wounds – Seven Stories of The Saw
  • Off The Hook with Teri McMinn
  • The Business of Chain Saw with Production Manager Ron Bozman
  • A Tour of The TCSM House with Gunnar Hansen
  • Tobe Hooper interview
  • Kim Henkel interview
  • Deleted scenes and outtakes, trailers, TV and Radio spots
  • English SDH Subtitles for Hard of Hearing
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Found DVD Gavin Brown Found is a 2012 USA horror thriller by Scott Schirmer.
Starring Gavin Brown, Ethan Philbeck and Phyllis Munro. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb UK: Passed 18 for strong bloody violence, sexualised violence, gory images after 4s of BBFC compulsory cuts for:

  • 2014 Monster Pictures R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 13th October 2014

TheBBFC commented:

  • A cut was required to remove sight of a murderer’s erect penis, during a scene of sadistic sexualised violence and threat.

Alternatives

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • 2014 Xlrator R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 23rd September 2014

Australia : Banned but later passed R18+ after 7 minutes of cuts

The full 103m version was banned in May 2014. A version was later passed R18+ but had to be cut by around 7 minutes.

Reviews

Promotional Material

FOUND is a unique and supremely disturbing coming-of-age story of a boy whose big brother is a serial-killer.

Growing up is tough for Marty. His parents don’t understand him and he is bullied at school. He has only his big brother to look up to…that is until he discovers his brother’s chilling secret and a severed head in a sports bag at home.

FOUND unravels a gripping and gruesome story that captures what it’s like to grow up in the time of VHS tapes and video nasties, as the American dream and everyday suburbia descends into a home-grown hell that will leave even the most hardened horror fan shocked by its disturbing finale.

“One of the most gut-wrenching experiences I’ve had in a long time” (Dark Media)
“A compelling, unique and, yes, totally sick portrait of a serial killer” (Twitch Film)
“The horror film that true genre fans have been waiting for” (HorrorNews)