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poster bumblebee Bumblebee is a 2018 USA action Sci-Fi adventure by Travis Knight.
Starring Hailee Steinfeld, Justin Theroux and Angela Bassett. BBFC link IMDb

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.

The film was originally passed 12A uncut for moderate fantasy violence for UK cinema release.However the distributors preferred a cut PG version and the film was resubmitted shorn by about 6 secnds. The BBFC duly passed the film PG for moderate fantasy violence, mild sex references, injury detail, language.

In the US the film was Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action violence.

Update: Australia too

16th December 2018. See article from refused-classification.com

With echoes of the UK situation the Australian distributors of BumbleBee submitted the film uncut to the film censor and received an uncut M rating for moderate impact violence, mild impact themes, language Very mild drug use, sex. The M rating is an advisory 15 that would be labelled PG-15 in the US. It is the usual rating for films rated PG-13 in the US and 12A in the UK.

Like Britain the distributors preferred a local PG and resubmitted a cut version, presumably the same as the cut UK PG rated version . However it didn’t cut any ice with the censor and was again M rated.

The distributors are now appealing the decision with the Review Board hoping to achieve the desired PG.

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poster bumblebee Bumblebee is a 2018 USA action Sci-Fi adventure by Travis Knight.
Starring Hailee Steinfeld, Justin Theroux and Angela Bassett. BBFC link IMDb

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.

The film was originally passed 12A uncut for moderate fantasy violence for UK cinema release.However the distributors preferred a cut PG version and the film was resubmitted shorn by about 6 secnds. The BBFC duly passed the film PG for moderate fantasy violence, mild sex references, injury detail, language.

In the US the film was Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action violence.

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Slender Man Blu-ray Slender Man is a 2018 USA horror by Sylvain White.
Starring Joey King, Javier Botet and Annalise Basso. BBFC link IMDb

Slender Man tells the story of a tall, thin, horrifying figure with unnaturally long arms and a featureless face, who is reputed to be responsible for the haunting and disappearance of countless children and teens.

Slender Man, as released in US theaters this week, is not a complete movie. While originally the producers developed a much darker take on the character, bloody-disgusting.com were told that the producer Screen Gems’ mandate was that it should be PG-13. The target was and always has been for teenagers.

However insiders told bloody-disgusting that Sony/Screen Gems were succumbing to fear of a PC backlash that started when the father of the girl who stabbed her classmate called it distasteful. 2018 isn’t exactly the year of reason, and the studio was scared into back peddling their horror film.

The father of the victim whose life was nearly claimed by two girls that worshipped the Slender Man had spoken out against the film, citing how they feel disgraced by Hollywood making a film about events that led to tragedy.

This also caused Sony and Screen Gems to release the film with very little promotional materials to it and it did not screen for critics.

bloody-disgusting’s sources confirm that several major scenes from the film were completely removed by the studio leading up to this past weekend’s release. Slender Man, as presented to audiences, isn’t a complete film; many of the striking scenes that were teased in the first trailer, like one of the characters stabbing her eyes out, or another ripping her tongue out after encountering Slender Man in the woods, are completely missing from the film.

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edge moonwalker   Moonwalker is a 1988 USA music crime fantasy by Jerry Kramer, Jim Blashfield…
Starring Michael Jackson, Joe Pesci and Sean Lennon. BBFC link IMDb Uncut for UK cinema release and VHS but for UK Blu-ray release.

See these cuts in Cutting Edge Quick Trims video on YouTube

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Poster Access All Areas 2017 Bryn Higgins Access All Areas is a 2017 UK comedy music drama by Bryn Higgins.
Starring Ella Purnell, Georgie Henley and Nigel Lindsay. BBFC link IMDb

An unlikely gang of teens go on the run to an island music festival, leaving behind their dysfunctional parents and the rules of the real world.

The film was originally for cinema and VoD and was passed 15 uncut for strong sex references, nudity, drug misuse.

A few days later the film was cut and resubmitted by the distributor. This time the film was passed 15 for strong sex references, drug misuse.

So presumably the nudity was cut so to avoid it being mentioned in the BBFC aconsumer dvice.

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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