Deadato Cinema of Death Box-Set…Cut versions of 2 Ruggero Deodato video nasties just released on UK DVD

Posted: 18 June, 2014 in BBFC cuts, New Releases, video nasty
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Deadato Cinema Death Box Set Discs Deadato’s Cinema of Death Box-Setcontains:

  • Cannibal Holocaust
  • House on the Edge of the Park
  • Phantom of Death

UK: Passed 18 uncut for:

Cannibal Holocaust is a 1979 Italian adventure by Ruggero Deodato.
With Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi and Perry Pirkanen. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Famously banned in the UK as a Video Nasty in 1983. Unbanned for the heavily cut 2001 DVD. The cuts were reduced to animal violence only for 2011 DVD. Deodato produced a new edit in 2011 to more tidily remove the animal violence.

House on the Edge of the Park is a 1980 Italian horror thriller by Ruggero Deodato
With David Hess and Annie Belle. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Banned by the BBFC for 1981 cinema release. Banned as a video nasty in 1983. Unbanned after 12 minutes of cuts in 2002. Cuts reduced to 43s in 2011.

Phantom of Death is a 1988 Italy horror thriller by Ruggero Deodato.
Starring Michael York, Edwige Fenech and Donald Pleasence. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for 1989 release on VHS. Uncut since 2007 DVD.

Promotional Material

Shameless proudly presents the 1st ever CINEMA-OF-DEATH anthology of Ruggero Deodato, “Mr Cannibal” himself, the director of possibly the nastiest Video Nasties which have since become cult must-see and now subject of top academic research, public debates and high-brow critical acclaim.

The artwork of this limited numbered edition Boxset has been exclusively created for Shameless by top British film poster artist Graham Humphreys.

CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST on its 1st release, director Deodato was charged with killing his own cast and jailed! In UK, it incarnated THE Video Nasty. Banned and then cut by several minutes, it took a full 30 years for the censors to relax their grip!

We present two versions of this, the most controversial film ever made: A unique Director’s re-edit (shown 1st in London s West-End) which tones down the animal cruelty (to fit better with 21st Century sensibilities) without shortening the film. The other is the full strength 80s dish! Very strong stuff – especially because of its unsurpassed, documentary-like, extremely realistic depiction of gory violence. With this landmark film Deodato single-handedly invented the ‘found-footage’ genre (imitated by Blair Witch et al). Often imitated, this is The Original and unequaled best.

THE HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK also a Video Nasty, this claustrophobic staging of a vicious home-invasion scenario explodes into slasher torture hell, with star David Hess giving one of the strongest performances of his career and Deodato a master-class in directing, proving again that under the blood and guts there is a brilliant film maker formed by Neo-realism.

[Extras: Deodato & star Giovanni Lombardo Radice in a public debate with senior BBFC examiner. Plus a last in-depth interview with the late David Hess].

In THE PHANTOM OF DEAT H Deodato’s unwavering directing meets a barnstorming performance from Michael York (Cabaret, Austin Powers) as the pianist virtuoso who suddenly starts aging at alarming speed – progeria, a devastating real-life affliction. With death closing in fast, the pianist looses his mind in a murderous frenzy of brutal hackings.. Edwige Fenech and Donald Pleasence co-star.

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