Ratings We Don’t Trust…BBFC 15 rating for the 12 rated 1977 version of the Island of Dr. Moureau

Posted: 3 September, 2014 in BBFC, New Releases
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Island Moreau Blu Ray Burt Lancaster The Island of Dr. Moreau is a 1977 USA Sci-Fi horror romance by Don Taylor.
Starring Burt Lancaster, Michael York and Nigel Davenport. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Dr. Moreau Braddock (Michael York) a decent young Englishman is miraculously saved by the mysterious Dr. Montgomery (Nigel Davenport) after being thrown overboard a ship sailing in a remote area of the Pacific. Dr. Montgomery is accompanying a cargo of animals destined for a tropical island. At first an ‘honoured guest’ on the island he finds his contact with the natives increasingly disturbing for they are unlike any men he has ever seen. After it transpires that these “men” are the result of experiments of the sinister scientist Dr. Moreau (Burt Lancaster) Braddock feels that he is in grave danger: from both these strange creatures and from Dr. Moreau himself. Unable to escape the confines of the island on his own Braddock knows not what to do or whom to turn to…

The Blu-ray has just been passed 15 uncut for:

  • 2014 101 Films RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 6th October 2014

The BBFC seem a bit confused over the rating for this film. The current BBFC rating is actually 12 for moderate violence. But this submission as been rated 15 (without consumer advice).

Presumably this is rated 15 under a scheme whereby distributors can opt for an historic rating at a discount fee rather than submit the film for a more expensive full viewing that would have resulted in a 12 rating.

But what are customers meant to make of the seemingly yoyo BBFC ratings of 12 and 15?

Censorship History

Cut fora US PG ratingFurther cut by the BBFC for an A rated 1977 cinema release.

Thanks to Vincenzo. TheBBFC cuts were:

  • Reel 6 – The killing by Andrew of the mutant who attacks him in the boat was reduced, in particular sight of him grinding pole in off-screen mutant’s eye and subsequent sight of bloody end of pole were removed.

The BBFC cuts were restored for 1987 15 rated VHS.

The BBFC rating was reduced to 12 for 2008 DVD.

The BBFC rating was increased to 15 for 2014 Blu-ray.


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