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Romeo Must Die

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Romeo Must Die is a 2000 US action thriller by Andrzej Bartkowiak.
With Jet Li, Aaliyah and Isaiah Washington. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

In this modern day Romeo and Juliet, kung fu action star Jet Li plays Romeo to hip-hop singer, Aaliyah Haughton’s Juliet. Li is an ex-cop investigating the murder of his brother, who had ties with the Chinese mafia in America. Aaliyah plays the daughter of the American mob boss. Neither side approves of their romance, so, obviously, kung fu action ensues, with a soundtrack by Aaliyah.

BBFC Category cuts for 15 rated cinema and home video releases. Uncut and R rated in the US.

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Found Gavin Brown Found is a 2012 USA horror thriller by Scott Schirmer.
Starring Gavin Brown, Ethan Philbeck and Phyllis Munro. YouTube icon IMDb US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

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

There is also a UK release scheduled for 23rd October

Censorship Issues

The film was notably banned twice by Australia’s film censor. A heavily cut version missing about 7 minutes was given an R18+ rating on the 3rd submission.

No word from the BBFC yet about the UK release.

Promotional Material

Marty is the ideal fifth grader. He gets good grades, listens to his teachers, and doesn’t start trouble in class. But a darkness is beginning to fall over Marty’s life. The kids at school won’t stop picking on him, his parents just don’t seem to understand him, and now Marty must grapple with a terrible secret that threatens to destroy life as he knows it — his big brother is a serial killer! Brotherly love is put to the ultimate test in this emotional coming-of-age story that descends into full-blown horror.

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Red Dawn DVD Patrick Swayze A member of Russia’a culture committee recently recommended a ban on foreign films that demonize Russia.

While the idea of stricter control over the image of Russia and Russians in foreign films has been floated by top officials time and again over the last few years, the first concrete proposal aimed at banning foreign films that demonize Russia was recently made by Batu Khasikov, a member of the culture committee at Russia’s Federation Council, the upper chamber of Parliament. He proposed:

Specific requirements should be introduced for film exhibition in the country, and movies where everything related to Russia is overtly demonized or shown in a primitive and silly way should be banned from theatrical distribution.

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Found DVD Gavin Brown Found is a 2012 USA horror by Scott Schirmer.
Starring Gavin Brown, Ethan Philbeck and Phyllis Munro. YouTube icon IMDb Banned

The uncut version of the movie was banned by the the Australian film censors earlier this year in May.

Re-banned

The distributor, Monster Pictures,  has just resubmitted a cut version, approximately 6 minutes shorter than the previous submission.

However the film censors did not relent and the film is still banned, even in its cut form.

Unbanned

The Australian film censors relented after the film was submit for the third time, this time with about 7 minutes being cut.

The heavily cut film is now rated R18+ for high impact sexualised violence, violence and themes

The extended classification information reads,:

  • High impact: themes, violence
  • Moderate impact: language, nudity

Still no word how the film is faring at the BBFC. It is due for UK release on 13th October 2014.

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betdaq brazil advert A website for a betting service, http://www.betdaq.com, featured an image of the statue of Christ the Redeemer with the surrounding city of Rio de Janeiro visible behind. The statue had been digitally altered so that the figure’s robe was purple, and the word BETDAQ had been superimposed onto it. The image was headed WORLD CUP 2014 – BET WITH BETDAQ .

A complainant objected that the use of an image of Jesus Christ to promote gambling would be offensive to Christians.

ASA Assessment: Complaint upheld

The ASA acknowledged that the statute of Christ the Redeemer was a well-known landmark for the city of Rio de Janeiro and was therefore likely to be understood as a reference to the city and the location of the 2014 World Cup, particularly as the city was visible in the background of the image and the tournament was clearly referenced in the ad. However, we also understood that any image of Jesus was likely to hold religious connotations for believers, and that despite its secular use as a landmark this was still the case for the statue in question. We noted that, although the figure was not seen taking an active part in gambling, it was emblazoned with the logo and colour scheme of a betting company and was featured in a prominent role in an ad for a gambling service. We considered that this created an association between the figure of Christ and gambling and commercial activities. We therefore concluded that the ad was likely to cause serious offence to some visitors to the website.

The ad must not appear again in its current form. We told Ladbrokes to take care in future when using religious imagery.

 

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Hands Ripper Blu ray Eric Porter Hands of the Ripper is a 1971 UK horror thriller by Peter Sasdy.
With Eric Porter, Angharad Rees and Jane Merrow. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb UK: Previously passed 15 uncut for:

  • 2014 Network RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 18th August 2014

Reviews

UK Censorship History

Passed X (18) afterBBFC cuts for:

  • UK 1971 cinema release

TheBBFC cuts were:

  • Remove horror shots of Liz’s eye gouged with pins – as she lies on the ground’
  • It is also reported that a throat slashing was also removed

Passed 15 uncut since the 1986 MIA VHS

Promotional Material

A quintessential Hammer Horror from director Peter Sasdy ( Taste the Blood of Dracula, Countess Dracula ), Hands of the Ripper is a fascinating and terrifying spin on the Jack the Ripper legend, featuring outstanding performances from both Eric Porter, as a doctor investigating a series of grisly murders, and Angharad Rees as the pretty, frail murder suspect. Hands of the Ripper is featured here in a High Definition transfer made from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

When a fake psychic is gorily murdered, Dr. John Pritchard cannot bring himself to believe that the only suspect – a girl called Anna – is capable of such an awful act. Pritchard takes her into his care but, as further horrific murders take place, can he act in time to stop the trail of slaughter?

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Audio commentary with Angharad Rees and horror historians Kim Newman and Stephen Jones
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery including promotional material
  • Commemorative Booklet PDF by Stephen Jones