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Tom Jones The Criterion Collection DVD Tom Jones is a 1963 UK comedy adventure by Tony Richardson.
Starring Albert Finney, Susannah York and George Devine. BBFC link IMDb The BBFC has just made the unusual decision to waive animal cruelty cuts. In this case the cuts were to a cockfight.

The BBFC does seem more likely these days to waive cuts to animal cruelty shown to be staged, but maybe this case is different in that the BBFC commented in 2003 that cuts to Tom Jones were r equired to sight of real animal cruelty (cockfighting).

The BBFC has also uprated the age classification from the previous PG rating to a 12 rating this time.

An upcoming BFI release will feature the Theatrical Version and shorter Director’s Cut and have both just been rated 12 for moderate sex references, violence, language

Censorship History

Passed X uncut by the BBFC for 1963 cinema release. BBFC have required animal cruelty cuts for all releases from  1971 until 2018 when the cuts were waived for home video release. The film exists in a longer original version and a shortened Director’s Cut. Both versions are available MPAA Unrated and so without censor cuts in the US.

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In the early 1960s, at the height of the British New Wave, a movement whose gritty realism they had helped establish, director Tony Richardson and playwright John Osborne set out for more fanciful narrative territory. Tom Jones brings a theatrical flair to Henry Fielding s canonical eighteenth-century novel, boisterously chronicling the misadventures of the foundling of the title (Albert Finney, in a career-defining turn), whose easy charm seems to lead him astray at every turn from his beloved, the wellborn Sophie Western (Susannah York). This spirited picaresque, evocatively shot in England s rambling countryside and featuring an extraordinary ensemble cast, went on to become a worldwide sensation, winning the Oscar for best picture on the way to securing its status as a classic of irreverent wit and playful cinematic expression.

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The Last House On The Left Limited Edition Blu-ray The Last House on the Left is a 1972 USA horror by Wes Craven.
Starring Sandra Peabody, Lucy Grantham and David Hess. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb UK: Passed 18 uncut for:

  • 2018 Arrow Limited Edition [Unrated Version + Krugg & Co + R rated Version] RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 28th May 2018

Censorship History

In the US the Original Theatrical Version was uncut and X rated but was soon heavily cut for local censorship requirements and then for a series of attempts made in attaining an R rating. Much of the material cut for an R rating has now been declared lost. In 1986 director Wes Craven assembled his best remaining material previously cut from the film and declared that this version was his Director’s Cut. It was released in the US Unrated by the MPAA.The R rated version was banned from 1974 UK cinema release by the BBFC and the Greater London Council. The film, presumably still in the R rated version was released in the UK when BBFC certificates were not required but it was soon banned as a ‘video nasty’. The BBFC continued its ban with the Unrated version being banned from cinema release in 2000.

In 2001 the DVD was resubmitted and was again banned, but this time cuts were being discussed. A resubmission in 2002 resulted in a BBFC offer of an 18 rating after cuts. The distributors appealed against the cuts but lost their case, and ended up with even more cuts than requested by the BBFC. The film was released in the following year with the same BBFC cuts but in two versions, including an alternative cut called Krug & Co.

By 2008 the BBFC had relented and the film was released without BBFC cuts in both the Unrated Version and the alternative Krug & Company.

See also Cutting Edge Episode 48: Last House on the Left Gavin Salkeld investigates the appeal of Wes Craven’s much censored classic

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MARI, SEVENTEEN, IS DYING. EVEN FOR HER THE WORST IS YET TO COME!

The directorial debut of Wes Craven, the man behind such horror favourites as A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Hills Have Eyes and Scream, The Last House on the Left justly retains its reputation as one of the most harrowing cinematic experiences of all time, nearly half a century on from its original release.

On the eve of her 17th birthday, Mari and friend Phyllis set off from her family home to the big city to attend a concert by shock-rockers Bloodlust. Attempting to pick up some marijuana on the way, the pair run afoul of a group of vicious crooks, headed up by the sadistic and depraved Krug (David Hess). Gagged and bound, the young women are bundled into a car trunk and driven to the woods, where the gang subject them to a terrifying ordeal of sexual humiliation, torture and murder.

Unleashed on an unsuspecting public in 1972, The Last House on the Left shocked audiences with its graphic and unflinching portrayal of interpersonal violence, paving the way for a whole host of cheap imitators looking to capitalise on its success. It is Wes Craven s original alone, however, that remains one of the true watershed moments in horror (and indeed, film) history.

LIMITED 2 X BLU-RAY EDITION CONTENTS

  • Three cuts of the film newly restored in 2K from original film elements
  • Original Uncompressed Mono Audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork
  • 6 x lobby card reproductions
  • Limited edition perfect-bound book featuring new writing on the film by author Stephen Thrower
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Paul ShipperDISC ONE THE UNCUT VERSION
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the Uncut Version
  • Brand new audio commentary by podcasters Bill Ackerman and Amanda Reyes
  • Archival audio commentary with writer/director Wes Craven and producer Sean S. Cunningham
  • Archival audio commentary with stars David Hess, Marc Sheffler and Fred Lincoln
  • Junior s Story a brand new interview with actor Marc Sheffler
  • Marc Sheffler in Conversation at the American Cinematheque
  • Brand new interview with wardrobe and make-up artist Anne Paul
  • Songs in the Key of Krug never-before-seen archive interview with David Hess
  • Celluloid Crime of the Century archival documentary featuring interviews with Wes Craven, Sean S. Cunningham, actors David Hess, Fred Lincoln, Jeramie Rain, Marc Sheffler and Martin Kove
  • Still Standing: The Legacy of The Last House on The Left archival interview with Wes Craven
  • Scoring Last House on the Left archival interview with actor/composer David Hess
  • It’s Only a Movie: The Making of The Last House on the Left archival documentary
  • Forbidden Footage the cast and crew of Last House on the film s most controversial sequences
  • Deleted Scene
  • Outtakes and Dailies
  • Trailers, TV Spot & Radio Spots
  • Image GalleryDISC TWO THE KRUG & COMPANY & R-RATED CUTS
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the Krug and Company and R-rated cuts of the film
  • The Craven Touch brand new featurette bringing together interviews with a number of Wes Craven s collaborators, including Sean S. Cunningham, composer Charles Bernstein, producer Peter Locke, cinematographer Mark Irwin and actress Amanda Wyss
  • Early Days and Night of Vengeance filmmaker Roy Frumkes remembers Wes Craven and Last House on the Left
  • Tales That’ll Tear Your Heart Out excerpts from an unfinished Wes Craven short
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Slaughterhouse Rock Blu-ray Slaughterhouse Rock is a 1988 USA horror by Dimitri Logothetis.
Starring Toni Basil, Nicholas Celozzi and Tom Reilly. BBFC link IMDb UK: Passed 18 for strong bloody violence, sexual violence with previous BBFC cuts waived for:

  • 2018 88 Films RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 22nd January 2018
  • 2018 88 Films R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 22nd January 2018

Censorship History

Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating. Further cut in the UK by the BBFC for 18 rated VHS in 1988. The BBFC cuts were waived for 2018 DVD and Blu-ray.It is not yet clear whether the UK release is the uncut version or the US R rated version. However the promotional material states that this is a re-master from the original negative so hopefully this the uncut version

Promotional Material

Alcatraz once housed some of America’s most infamous criminals but nothing ever inhabited the island like the force of evil encountered by some unprepared youngsters in 1988’s fever-dream surrealist horror SLAUGHTERHOUSE ROCK! Starring rock star Tony Basil and Playboy Playmate Hope Marie Carlton, this mainstay of VHS horror highlights plenty of plastic fantastic frights and plasma-spilling practical special effects galore. Clearly influenced by the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET series with its story of a supernatural stalker, SLAUGHTERHOUSE ROCK built up a well-deserved fan base of its own thanks to its marriage of eighties rock with esoteric horror and big haired babes screaming their lungs out! Finally gaining an HD bow from 88 Films – SLAUGHTERHOUSE ROCK is a terrifying trip into slasher movie history and a thrill ride of crazed and lurid images that no self respecting fear fan can afford to miss!!promotional mat

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • 4K Re-master from the Original Camera Negative
  • Uncompressed Stereo Soundtrack featuring music by Devo
  • Rock ‘n’ Shock – Back to the Slaughterhouse (An Interview with Jim Harper, author of Legacy of Blood)
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Optional English Subtitles
  • Booklet by Film journalists Dave Wain and Matty Budrewicz (First pressing only)
  • Reversible Sleeve with alternate Non-Slasher Collection Artwork
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Suspiria Blu-ray Suspiria is a 1977 Italy horror by Dario Argento.
Starring Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini and Flavio Bucci. IMDb US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • 2017 Synapse Films Limited Edition Steelbook (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 19th December 2017

Notes

Limited collector’s edition containing a new 4K restoration of the original uncut, uncensored Italian 35mm camera negative exclusively done by Synapse Films, with color correction supervised and approved by SUSPIRIA Director of Photography, Luciano Tovoli

Censorship History

Cut by the BBFC for X rated 1977 cinema release. Less cut for 1990 18 rated VHS and uncut since 1998. Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating but unrated releases are uncut.

Promotional Material

Dario Argento s masterpiece of horror comes to home video from Synapse Films in an exclusive new 4K restoration from the original uncut, uncensored 35mm Italian camera negative and with the original 4.0 English surround sound, for the first time EVER! Painstakingly restored over the past three years, Synapse Films has created the ultimate special edition of SUSPIRIA with the supervision and approval of the film s Director of Photography, Luciano Tovoli, and loaded with a separate Blu-ray disc of amazing extras! SUSPIRIA is presented in its original glory for its 40th Anniversary!

Special Features:

Three disc (Two Blu-rays + One CD) limited collector s edition containing a new 4K restoration of the original uncut, uncensored Italian 35mm camera negative exclusively done by Synapse Films, with color correction supervised and approved by SUSPIRIA Director of Photography, Luciano TovoliExclusive.
Steelbook packaging and collector’s o-card sleeve, featuring artwork from Malleus, Van Orton Design, Juan José Saldarriaga & Chris MacGibbon.
Original 4.0 1977 English language LCRS sound mix not heard since the theatrical release in 1977, presented in high-resolution DTS-HD MA 96 Khzቴ-bit audio.
Italian 5.1 surround sound mix.
Two audio commentaries by authors and Argento scholars, Derek Botelho, David Del Valle & Troy Howarth.
Do You Know Anything About Witches? – 30 minute SUSPIRIA visual essay written, edited and narrated by Michael Mackenzie.
Suzy in Nazi Germany Featurette on the German locations from SUSPIRIA.
A Sigh from the Depths: 40 Years of SUSPIRIA All-new anniversary retrospective on the making of the film and its influence on cinema.
Olga s Story Interview with star Barbara Magnolfi.
Original theatrical trailers, TV spots and radio spots.
Special Collector Edition Booklet containing an American Cinematographer interview with Luciano Tovoli, liner notes by Derek Botelho and restoration notes by Vincent Pereira & Don May, Jr. Cover artwork by Matthew Therrien Illustration.
“International Classics” English “Breathing Letters” opening credit sequence from U.S. release version.
Alternate All-English opening and closing credits sequences, playable via seamless branching.
Newly translated, removable English SDH subtitles for the English language version.
Newly translated, removable English subtitles for the Italian language version.
Exclusive CD remaster of Goblin s SUSPIRIA motion picture soundtrack, containing additional tracks not included on the original 1977 soundtrack release.

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Showgirls Blu-ray Showgirls is a 1995 France/USA drama by Paul Verhoeven(as Jan Jansen).
Starring Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan and Gina Gershon. Youtube link IMDb UK: BBFC details not yet published for:

  • 2017 Pathe Distribution RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 11th December 2017
  • 2017 Pathe Distribution R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 11th December 2017

Censorship History

The US NC-17 rated version is uncut. The BBFC cut the cinema release and made further cuts for VHS and DVD. The BBFC waived the cuts for 2017 DVD and Blu-ray.

There is also a cut US R rated version.

The film was submitted to the Irish film censors at IFCO in October 2017 and it was passed 18 without cuts.

The 1999 cuts were justified by the BBFC as follows:

More problematic was Showgirls, an expose of the seamy side of Las Vegas, with a prurient emphasis on exploitative nudity, which was not only the subject of the film but its main selling point. In such a context, the sadistic gang rape of the only wholly sympathetic character in the film seemed unnecessarily extended and sensati onalised. The rape was trimmed for cinema, and trimmed further for video, since the price of the rape could be adequately conveyed by the sight of the battered and bleeding victim.

See pictorial cuts details from movie-censorship.com. The cuts are all in the scene where Carver and friends rape Molly as mentioned above:

  1. Carver slapping and punching Molly just before we see Molly being pushed back on the bed.
  2. Carver slapping Molly’s rear, then a second man starting to rape her
  3. Then shots of Carver and 2 friends abusing Molly
  4. A final shot of Molly grimacing from the continuing torment.

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Paul Verhoeven’s attempt to couple the softcore sex film with the Hollywood musical stars Elizabeth Berkley as a Las Vegas stripper who lap-dances her way to the city’s most prestigious chorus line. Vying with the show’s established star for the leading role in a new erotic spectacular, Berkley gives the director (Kyle MacLachlan) a close-up demonstration of what she can do. Dave Stewart of Eurythmics provides the music for the steamy dance routines.

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Demoniac DVD Demoniac/Exorcism is a 1981 Spanish/French horror by Jess Franco.
With Lina Romay, Catherine Lafferière and Jesus Franco.
YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong sexualised violence, sex, nudity, with all previous BBFC cuts waived for:

  • 2017 Screenbound/Black House Films R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 6th November 2017

UK Censorship History

Banned by the BBFC from 1985 until 2003 when it was passed 18 after 2:25s of cuts. The BBFC cuts were waived for 2017 DVD. There are multiple versions with different mixes of sex and violence including a hardcore version.

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A former Catholic priest, who was tossed from the priesthood for his way-too-liberal beliefs, now writes S&M articles for a French magazine. Having been a witness to Black Masses complete with phony sacrifices, he deems himself judge and sets out to kill those people he feels are destined to spend eternity in Hell. ENGLISH DUBBED (also French w/ English Subtitles)

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Cable Guy Full Screen The Cable Guy is a 1996 USA comedy thriller by Ben Stiller.
Starring Jim Carrey, Matthew Broderick and Leslie Mann. BBFC link IMDb An upcoming video release has just been passed 12 uncut for moderate sex references, violence with previous BBFC cuts waived.

UK Censorship History

BBFC category cuts were required for a 12 rated 1996 cinema release and the subsequent VHS releases. The BBFC cuts were waived for 12 rated 2017 home video. The film is uncut and PG-13 rated in the US.

From IMDb. Previously a single 4 sec cut was made to this black comedy, in order to secure a required 12 cert.

  • The cut occurs towards the end, when Jim Carrey and Matthew Broderick, are fighting on top of the TV satellite. A couple of shots of Carrey headbutting Broderick and an ear clap have been removed.