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edge universal soldier the return Universal Soldier: The Return is a 1999 USA action Sci-Fi film by Mic Rodgers.
Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bill Goldberg and Heidi Schanz. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated 1999 cinema release. Further cut for 18 rated 1999 VHS. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

See these cuts in Cutting Edge Quick Trims video on YouTube

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Poster John Wick Chapter 2 2017 Chad Stahelski John Wick: Chapter 2 is a 2017 USA action crime thriller by Chad Stahelski.
Starring Ruby Rose, Keanu Reeves and Bridget Moynahan. BBFC link IMDb

The continuing adventures of former hitman, John Wick.

John Wick: Chapter 2 has been passed 15 for strong violence, gory images, suicide scene, language after 23s of BBFC category cuts for: 2017 cinema release.The BBFC commented:

  • Company chose to reduce bloody injury detail in a suicide scene in order to obtain a 15 classification.An uncut 18 classification was available.

For comparison in the US the film is uncut and MPAA R Rated for strong violence throughout, some language and brief nudity.

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Poster Embrace 2016 Taryn BrumfittEmbrace is a 2016 Australia / Canada / Dominican Republic / Germany / USA / UK feminist documentary by Taryn Brumfitt.
Starring Renee Airya, Jade Beall and Taryn Brumfitt. BBFC link IMDb

When Body Image Activist Taryn Brumfitt posted an unconventional before-and-after photo in 2013 it was seen by more than 100 million people worldwide and sparked an international media frenzy. EMBRACE follows Taryn’s crusade as she explores the global issue of body loathing, inspiring us to change the way we feel about ourselves and think about our bodies.

The BBFC rating for Embrace has been changed. The film has now been passed 12A for infrequent strong language, nudity, brief surgical detail after 9s of BBFC category cuts for 2017 cinema release.

The BBFC commented:

  • Company chose to reduce the number of uses of strong language (by bleeping spoken uses and blurring written uses) in order to obtain a 12A classification. An uncut 15 classification was available.

The BBFC Insight reveals a few more details about the content after cuts:

Infrequent strong language (‘fuck’) is seen on a website page. There is also milder bad language, including uses of shit , arse and God , and some bleeped and visually obscured additional uses of stronger language.

There is brief sexualised nudity, including a shot of pole dancing. Several scenes feature non sexual nudity, including female genital nudity.

Images of cosmetic surgery feature brief sight of scalpels cutting into flesh and brief bloody detail during Botox injections.

The BBFC originally passed the film 15 uncut for strong language, nudity, brief surgical detail for cinema release. A few days later the consumer advice was changed to remove the reference to nudity and surgical images. The original advice was restored after the rating was reduced to 12A.

Never cut by Australian and New Zealand censors but the film made the news after the director successfully appealed against an Australian MA 15+ rating and won an M rating instead. In New Zealand the film censor exceptionally overruled the Australian decision.

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multiple maniacsMultiple Maniacs is a 1970 USA crime comedy horror by John Waters.
Starring Divine, David Lochary and Mary Vivian Pearce. BBFC link IMDbUK: Passed 18 uncut for strong sex references, sexual violence with previous BBFC cuts waived for:

  • 2016 cinema release

UK Censorship History

Heavily cut by the BBFC on grounds of blasphemy for 1990 18 rated VHS. A restored version was passed 18 uncut with previous cuts waived for 2016 cinema release.

The previous BBFC cuts were:

  • Cut to remove an entire supposedly blasphemous sequence set in a church in which a male transvestite buggered himself with a rosary. The shots of the transvestite were intercut with footage of Christ moving through the Stations of the Cross.

Summary Notes

The travelling sideshow ‘Lady Divine’s Cavalcade of Perversions’ is actually a front for a group of psychotic kidnappers, with Lady Divine herself the most vicious and depraved of all – but her life changes after she gets raped by a fifteen-foot lobster…

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Henry Portrait Serial Killer AnniversaryHenry Portrait of a Serial Killer is a 1986 USA crime horror biography by John McNaughton.
Starring Michael Rooker, Tracy Arnold and Tom Towles. IMDbUS: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • 2016 MPI 30th Anniversary Edition RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 6th December 2016

UK Censorship History

Heavily cut by the BBFC in varying ways until 2003 when the Director’s Cut was passed 18 uncut. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US. Cutting Edge header 1 Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

Gavin Salkeld’s Cutting Edge Episode 17:
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

Promotional Material

Undeniably one of the most harrowing American films of the 20th century, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer hits Blu-ray with a restoration that cements its reputation as a shocking, thought-provoking nightmare-plunge into the depths of the human soul.

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Get Weird Little Mix Little Mix: Get Weird Tour is a filmed music performance by Paul Caslin.
Starring Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson and Leigh-Anne Pinnock. BBFC link UK: Passed PG for mild innuendo after 5:10s of BBFC category cuts for:

  • 2016 Sony Music Entertainment video

The BBFC commented:

  • Company chose to remove a routine featuring moderate sex references and innuendo in song lyrics, accompanied by suggestive dancing, in order to achieve a PG classification. An uncut 12 was available.
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Christmas Story DVD Jacob Ley A Christmas Story is a 2016 Denmark children’s cartoon by Jacob Ley.
Starring Bodil Jørgensen, Rasmus Bjerg and Albert Rudbeck Lindhardt. BBFC link IMDb UK: Passed U for very mild fantasy violence, threat after 15s of BBFC category cuts for:

  • 2016 Signature Entertainment R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 21st November 2016

The BBFC commented:

  • Company chose to remove a use of discriminatory language in order to achieve a U rating. An uncut 12 was available.

Promotional Material

Eight-year old Julius lives in an orphanage. Every year the headmaster recounts the story of how Santa Claus brought Julius to the orphanage on Christmas Eve many years ago. But when the other boys at the orphanage confront Julius on the very existence of Father christmas, Julius embarks on a magical journey to find the real Santa!