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fast and furious 8Fast & Furious 8 is a 2017 USA / Japan / France / Canada / UK / American Samoa / Samoa action crime thriller by F Gary Gray.
Starring Dwayne Johnson, Charlize Theron and Vin Diesel. BBFC link IMDb

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game-and the rest of the crew has been exonerated-the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, the elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage… and to bring home the man who made them a family.

BBFC advised category cuts have been made for a 2017 12A rated cinema release.

The film was passed 12A for moderate violence, infrequent strong language after BBFC advised pre-cuts for 2017 cinema release.

The BBFC commented:

  • This film was originally seen for advice. The company was informed it was likely to be classified 15 uncut but that their preferred 12A classification could be achieved by reducing one scene of violence. When the film was submitted for formal classification, that moment of violence had been acceptably reduced and the film was classified 12A.
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Brotherhood of Blades Blu-ray Brotherhood of Blades (Xiu chun dao) is a 2014 China action film by Yang Lu.
Starring Chen Chang, Shih-Chieh Chin and Dong-xue Li. BBFC link IMDb UK: Passed 15 for strong bloody violence after 5s of BBFC compulsory cuts for:

  • 2017 Second Sight Films (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 10th April 2017
  • 2017 Second Sight Films R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 10th April 2017

The BBFC commented:

  • Compulsory cut required to remove a scene of animal cruelty (a horse being tripped) in accordance with BBFC Guidelines and policy.

Promotional Material

Described as one of the best martial arts films of the last 30 years (Blood Brothers). Brotherhood of Blades tells an epic tale of power struggles, betrayal and conspiracies during the final years of the Ming Dynasty. When three elite Assassins are tasked by the Emperor to eliminate a powerful enemy and his loyal followers, they find themselves pulled into in a treacherous conspiracy which can only lead to a bloody battle for the Empire.

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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.