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Toxic Avenger Part III Blu ray The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie is a 1989 USA action comedy horror by Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman.
Starring Ron Fazio, Phoebe Legere and John Altamura. Youtube link IMDb UK: A version based on the Director’s Cut and pre-cut by 1:08s was released for:

Censorship History

Cut for an MPAA R rating but the Director’s Cutis unrated and uncut. This UK Blu-ray release from Arrowis based on the Director’s Cut but is missing 1:08s for reasons unknown.It has been reported that about 1:08s of violent footage is missing from the opening sequence of the Director’s Cut. There’s no recent update of the BBFC rating to reflect this shorter version though.

Thanks to Jon Dracup:

88 Films have said that they got the HD print from Troma in the USA, and that the version they and 88 Films released on Blu-Ray, is Lloyd Kaufman’s preferred Director’s Cut of the film, and it is alleged, Kaufman says that the missing gore was never meant to be included ! (Hmmmmm! Really?)

Sadly, it’s missing a fair bit of violence, mostly from the opening, 10 minute sequence set inside a Tromaville Video Rental store. The cuts noted are:

  • someone having a broom handle, shoved through their head, and once through the head, the head is then forcibly separated from the body
  • someone having their intestines removed, and being strangled with them
  • a scene featuring someone having their hand and fingers squashed in a videocassette-deck

All these scenes appear in previous (non-UK) DVD versions. A shame, as the cuts are really noticeable in the UK Blu-Ray! And according to someone else, the UK audio commentary goes off-kilter and out-of-sync with what’s on-screen, for about 20 seconds too.

Promotional Material

Times are hard for Toxie. What s a hideously deformed creature of superhuman size and strength to do after he s eliminated crime from his hometown? Desperate to raise money for the experimental surgery that could restore his blind fiancées eyesight, Toxie accepts a lucrative job with the evil multinational conglomerate Apocalypse Inc. Now, Toxies transforming into an even more monstrous creature: a yuppie. And all of Tromaville is paying the price of Toxies Faustian bargain. The Toxic Avenger must defeat his own inner demons before taking on the Devil himself in a battle royale, while the fate of Tromaville hangs in the balance.

Extras:

  • Region Free
  • Biohazardous introduction by Lloyd Kaufman
  • Radioactive commentary with director Lloyd Kaufman and Troma Superstar Joe Fleishaker
  • Interviews with Satan himself and other cast members
  • Never-before-seen uncut scenes from the Japanese release of the film
  • A Troma-rific slide show of the Toxic Avenger memorabilia
  • Trailers
  • Booklet Notes by Calum Waddell
  • More TBC
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Shivers Steelbook Dual Format Blu ray Shivers is a 1975 Canada Sci-Fi horror by David Cronenberg.
Starring Paul Hampton, Joe Silver and Lynn Lowry. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb UK: A pre-cut version was passed 18 without BBFC cuts for:

  • 2014 Arrow Video Steelbook RB Blu-ray/R2 DVD Combo at UK Amazon released on 13th October 2014
  • 2014 Arrow Video RB Blu-ray/R2 DVD Combo at UK Amazon released on 13th October 2014

Cuts warning

Thanks to GrindhouseDave and Jon who reported that the Arrow release is cut to violence in pivotal scenes. This seems to be a version pre-cut for violence to the tune of about 17s. The cuts are detailed in an article from movie-censorship.com .

thanks to GrindhouseDave. See example cut scene 1 and cut scene 2 from vine.co

Furthermore the cuts are made obvious by jolts on the soundtrack.

It seems that Cronenberg himself signed-off the pre-cut print without noticing the cuts. And Arrow didn’t notice either at least before producing all the discs.

Arrow have made a statement on Facebook :

We are currently looking into this issue and hope to have an update very soon. Just to clarify, our release of Shivers contains a new restoration personally supervised and approved by Director David Cronenberg and which was produced by Tiff Cinematheque Quebec at Technicolor in 2013.

We are unsure as to the reasons why part of Shivers appears to have been shortened except that it doesn’t appear to be the results of any conscious act of censorship, as many similar scenes would have been removed as well if that were the case. It may have been Cronenberg’s decision to excise this material due to damage to the original materials used, but at this point that’s only speculation on our part.

Unlike Zombie Flesh Eaters, this isn’t the result of an authoring or encoding error, as there is nothing technically wrong with our disc. Unlike many of our releases, we weren’t in any way involved with the restoration of this film, so we’re having to direct our questions to those who oversaw it. Just to reiterate, we are making enquiries to all the parties involved and hope to have a definitive answer to this very soon.

Reviews

Promotional Material

Initially reviled in its native land (some critics took exception to the fact the film was largely funded by the Canadian taxpayer), Shivers is an intensely claustrophobic, subversive masterpiece and an essential entry in the oeuvre of one of the horror genre s most gifted auteurs. Some 40 years after its release, it still retains its power to shock.

Starliner Island is an idyllic community. Cut off from the rest of the world, the luxury apartment block affords its occupants the chance to escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city. But this isolation is to prove fatal when a new breed of parasite a combination of aphrodisiac and venereal disease which arouses sexual aggression in its hosts is let loose in the building, resulting in an orgy terror and mayhem.

Known under a host of alternate titles such as The Parasite Murdersand They Came From Within!, Shivers is the startling debut full-length feature from director David Cronenberg which anticipates the body-horror concerns of his later films such as The Fly and Videodrome.

Special Edition Contents:

  • High definition digital transfer
  • Newly created and exclusive content
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork to be revealed!
  • Collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film and more!
  • More to be revealed closer to the release date
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Nightbreed Directors Bluray Combo Blu ray Nightbreed is a 1990 USA horror fantasy by Clive Barker.
With Craig Sheffer, Anne Bobby and David Cronenberg. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb US: The Director’s Cut is MPAA Unrated for:

  • 2014 Shout! Factory (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 28th October 2014

Version History

Cut by the producers for theatrical release and home video. Clive Barker’s Cut was considered too long and too violent.

The Cabal cut was put together following a fan based campaign restoring all available footage.

Clive Barker then created the Director’s Cut from the material available for the Cabal Cut.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Nightbreed

Promotional Material

For the first time on home video, you can experience Clive Barker’s original director’s cut of Nightbreed with over 40 minutes of new footage, all mastered in high definition from the original camera negative!

Boone (Craig Sheffer) may be a troubled young man, but his troubles are just beginning. Set up as the fall guy in a string of slasher murders, he decides he’ll hide by crossing the threshold that separates ’us’from ’them’and sneak into the forbidden subterranean realm of Midian. Boone will live among the monsters.

Hellraiser creator Clive Barker writes (adapting his novel Cabal) and directs this vivid leap into horror that asks: in the battle of man vs. monster, who’s really the monster? The answer supplies flesh-crawling suspense, sudden fear, a colorful Danny Elfman score and a creepy array of shape-shifting beings. They are the Nightbreed, denizens of a world beyond death, beyond the imagination, perhaps beyond anything you’ve seen.

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12th February 2013. See article from bbfc.co.uk

A Good Day Die Hard DVD A Good Day To Die Hard is a 2013 USA action thriller by John Moore.
With Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch. YouTube icon IMDb

UK: Passed 12A for strong language and violence after advised category cuts were implemented for:

  • UK 2013 cinema release

The film will be shown uncut in the US with an R rating (would be called 17A in Britain).  No doubt most of the western world will see this uncut version too.

The BBFC commented:

During post-production, the distributor sought and was given advice on how to secure the desired classification. Following this advice, certain changes were made prior to submission

This work was originally seen for advice in an unfinished form. The company was advised that the film was likely to receive a 15 certificate but that their preferred 12A classification could be achieved by making a number of cuts to both language and visuals. When the finished version of the film was submitted for formal classification, edits had been made:

  • to reduce the number of uses of strong language (both fuck and motherfucker) and
  • to reduce sequences of bloody violence, including blood sprays when characters are shot in the head, and punches to restrained individuals.

The formal submission was consequently rated ’12A’.

Comment: So 20th Century

14th February 2013. See article from bleedingcool.com

Bleeding Cooll website asked 20th Century Fox why they censored the upcoming cinema release of A Good Day to Die Hard . This was studio’s response:

Everyone at Fox is excited that John McClane is back on the big screen in the latest installment of the Die Hard franchise, this time with his son and on foreign soil in Russia.

We can confirm that working with the BBFC some minor cuts were made in order to achieve a 12A certificate.

We believe the movie will delight the Die Hard fans and the 12A certificate, similar to Dark Knight Rises and Skyfall , will allow both adults and teenagers to enjoy the latest movie in the franchise.

Comment: Proper Censorship

14th February 2013. From David

Ah, fuck. The director’s so proud of making sure it’s a proper R-rated movie this time, so naturally in the UK it gets cut down to be a 12A instead of a 15. I guess I’ll be waiting for the inevitable harder cut DVD to see A Good Day To Die Hard.

And they better fucking not pull that 12 DVD, uncut 15 Blu-Ray shit.

Comment: Proper Censorship

14th February 2013. From Andrew

There’s a lot of heat over this disgraceful decision to give us a butchered Die Hard 5 , and a lot of talk as to why the UK seems to get lumped with snipped versions STILL.

It seems to me that the BBFC’s choice to offer a cuts advice service is to blame (as well as, of course, the studio for being happy to give UK audiences a neutered product). Do other censorship bodies from other countries offer to coordinate with the studio during the editing phase over exactly what cuts are needed to achieve a desired rating?

Do other countries not end up with so many butchered films because they don’t offer this service, or to the same degree?

Well Germany, which tends to be the other European country most likely to cut films has decided that the will screen the uncut R Rated version. So maybe this Doe Hard fiasco will be just us.

Comment: A Good Day to Die Soft

15th February 2013. From MichaelG

This current trend for cutting films for the cinema (to make them available to a wider audience, naturally) is something of a paradox when you look at the situation once the film hits DVD and the film companies can’t wait to get Extended Harder Cut or Uncut Version screaming at you from the cover of the box (‘Taken 2’ and Savages are the two latest examples I can recall). Anyone else think this is odd? They seem to be alienating the audience the film was intended for at its cinema release, but then clamouring to get them back for the DVD release, probably knowing full well (even though the BBFC don’t seem to) that a younger audience are still going to watch an uncut version on DVD. Times have certainly changed since a cut cinema release would be further cut again for home viewing…

Comment: A Good Day to Blame Fox

15th February 2013. From Andrew N

Ok, first up, let me stress that i am in no way condoning any previous (Ferman era especially) BBFC decisions. HOWEVER, the current net trend of slating them, everytime something gets watered down, is pretty dumb. Seeing as the they are simply ADVISING distributors of what would need TO BE done, to get an inappropriate film, into an appropriate rating. I (like you) don’t rate censorship in any way, shape, or form. HOWEVER, this is not about censorship. It’s about the almighty Dollar.

Read the answer Fox gave to Bleedingcool.com, they completely dodged the question, and went straight for the sale. Familiar character, you all watched the last one yadda yadda yadda.

The thing is, John McClane has now become a caricature of the original character. He’s not the dude from Die hard, he’s an all American hero who can’t be killed. And just to prove that, they put him in more and more ludicrous situations. Sadly, these situations are very appealing to young boys. Ticket buying, money spending young boys. And Fox knows this. Because despite the flood of net nerds digitally bashing the 4th movie, it did amazing business. Which means somewhere in the U.S. (the UK played at 15, regardless of the cut ) 10’s of millions of people flocked to the local multiplex to see it.

And Fox knows this. Why wouldn’t they?

So why the 12? Or to be more exact the 12A . Well it’s the A that’s Fox’s ace in the hole. You see in the UK, ANYONE can see any film 12A or below. Providing they’re with an adequate guardian. However, in the U.S. ANYONE can see an R rated film (again, providing they’re with an adequate guardian). The only difference being that the R rating carries an age restriction of 17, not 12. So anyone under 17 can go and see McClane jumping out of windows into a questionable CGI drop. And here’s where the line blurs, and the bean counters take notice.

Because that 5 year gap (12 – 17) is the EXACT demographic of today’s Die hard fan. And while a BBFC 15 falls right in the middle, no parent in the UK can legally take a nagging 11 year old to see it. And those nagging 11 year olds spend a shit load of money, on tickets, concessions, and more to point, they always travel in groups.

Die hard is an adult film, would anyone really have objected to ANOTHER 15 rated Die hard movie in the UK (baring in mind, 3 out of the first 4 now carry this rating, and it’s only a case of time before Die hard 2 is dropped to it)?

Yes they would’ve. But all of those people work for Fox, and couldn’t give two shits about your viewing pleasure, as long as you (and more importantly your kids) keep paying.

Oh and as a final note, watch out for the (guaranteed) HARDER CUT on home video. As once again, Fox try to sell you something you should’ve already been privvy too.

Chances are, you’ll buy it too.

In these cases of cutting adult films for kids, lay of the BBFC, and go for the money hungry distributors. They’re the ones cutting your films. No one else.

Offsite: Do Newspaper film critics reckon Die Hard 5 is best left to the 12 year olds?

15th February 2013. See article from bbc.co.uk

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A Good Day Die Hard DVD A Good Day To Die Hard is a 2013 USA action thriller by John Moore.
With Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch. YouTube icon IMDb

UK: Passed 12A for strong language and violence after advised category cuts were implemented for:

  • UK 2013 cinema release

The film will be shown uncut in the US with an R rating (would be called 17A in Britain).  No doubt most of the western world will see this uncut version too.

The BBFC commented:

During post-production, the distributor sought and was given advice on how to secure the desired classification. Following this advice, certain changes were made prior to submission

This work was originally seen for advice in an unfinished form. The company was advised that the film was likely to receive a 15 certificate but that their preferred 12A classification could be achieved by making a number of cuts to both language and visuals. When the finished version of the film was submitted for formal classification, edits had been made:

  • to reduce the number of uses of strong language (both fuck and motherfucker) and
  • to reduce sequences of bloody violence, including blood sprays when characters are shot in the head, and punches to restrained individuals.

The formal submission was consequently rated ’12A’.

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See  article from  movie-censorship.com

The Raid Blu ray Iko Uwais The Raid is a 2011 Indonesia/US crime thriller by Gareth Evans.
With Iko Uwais, Ananda George and Ray Sahetapy. YouTube icon IMDb

The always excellent movie-censorship.com has revealed the Theatrical Version cuts to The Raid.

The US and UK Theatrical version was cut by 10s:

  • A close up of a gangster being shot in the head was deleted
  • A gangster being lingeringly stabbed in the neck has been deleted

The UK Blu-ray release includes the uncut Original Version, but the DVD buyers only get to see the cut version. In the US the uncut version is included on both DVD and Blu-ray.

…See  the pictorial cuts at  movie-censorship.com

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Thanks to irish bloke
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Savages Blake Lively Savages is a 2012 US crime thriller by Oliver Stone.
With Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitsch and Blake Lively. See IMDb

UK: Passed 15 for strong language, violence, drug use and sex after BBFC advised category cuts were implemented for:

  • UK 2012 cinema release

The BBFC commented:

This work was originally seen for advice. The company was advised that the film was likely to receive an 18 rating but that their preferred 15 rating could be achieved by making changes to a number of scenes. These were to reduce:

  • various moments of strong bloody violence,
  • sadistic violence,
  • strong sex and
  • some focus on drug use.

When an edited version of the film was submitted for formal rating, changes had been made to satisfactorily address these issues and the film was consequently rated 15.