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Cannibal Ferox Blu-ray Cannibal Ferox is a 1981 Italian adventure by Umberto Lenzi.
With Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Lorraine De Selle and Danilo Mattei. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb UK: Passed 18 for strong bloody violence, gore after some previous cuts waived but still with 1:55s of BBFC compulsory animal cruelty cuts for:

  • 2018 Shameless Limited Edition RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 30th July 2018

UK Censorship History

Released cut and uncut on pre-cert videos that were destined to become video nasties. Extensively cut by the BBFC for 2001 DVD. The cuts for violence were waived for 2018 home video, but cuts for animal cruelty have persisted. Uncut and MPAA Unrated in the US.

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FEROX REDUX!

All previous cuts waived relating to staged scenes of violence by & against humans. There are some animal torture scenes removed and substituted.

A decade on from starting the cannibal genre, director Umberto Lenzi has the final word, pushing the vomit envelope beyond the sick with his utterly nasty, nihilistic apotheosis that is CANNIBAL FEROX. So unredeemable that its own makers denounced it as barbaric..!

An academic, Gloria (Lorraine De Selle), journeys to the Amazon jungle where things go awry when her party encounters sadistic druggy villain Mike (Giovanni Lombardo Radice aka John Morghen), as the travellers venture further into the heart of darkness, they soon discover what it means to be the hunted prey.

CANNIBAL FEROX aka ‘Make Them Die Slowly’, topped the official Video Nasty list for its raw graphic scenes of torture, mutilations, murder and cannibalism. This new 2K restoration additionally features new grading which revives, for the 1st time, the original edgy look of the 16mm film stock it was shot on – finally presenting the film as it was first created by director Umberto Lenzi, on location in the Amazonian green inferno.

BLU-RAY CONTENT:

  • Cannibal Ferox is presented restored and re-graded from a new 2K scan.
  • Exclusive, Limited Edition Serial-Numbered Sleeve
  • Unique custom-made, hand-finished Vomit Bag included with each disc: very limited edition
  • Collector s reversible inlay sleeve with original poster artwork
  • Extras:
  • Last ever Interview with Director Umberto Lenzi
  • New, really outspoken interview by Giovanni Lombardo Radice
  • Video piece comparison of before and after 2K Restoration
  • Exclusive Photos for Director Lenzi s own archives
  • Original English audio soundtrack in DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 LPCM
  • Region B
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Death Wish DVD Death Wish is a 2017 USA action crime thriller by Eli Roth.
Starring Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio and Elisabeth Shue. BBFC link IMDb UK: BBFC details not yet published for the promised Uncut Version for:

  • 2018 Universal Pictures UK R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 6th August 2018
  • 2018 Universal Pictures UK R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 6th August 2018

Ireland: Passed 15 uncut

Thanks to Ben who spotted that the same DVD and Blu-ray release shared with the UK has been rated 15 uncut by IFCO. The running time tallies with the uncut version and IFCO comments passed 15 uncut for Strong violence, threat and gory injury. See rating from ifco.ie

UK Censorship History

BBFC category cuts were required for a 15 rated cinema release in 2018. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US. The UK home video will be uncut and has been rated 15 by Ireland’s IFCO.

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Bruce Willis stars in Director Eli Roth’s reimagining of the 1974 revenge thriller Death Wish. Dr. Paul Kersey (Willis) is a surgeon who only sees the aftermath of his city’s violence as it’s rushed into his ER — until his wife (Elisabeth Shue) and college-age daughter (Camila Morrone) are viciously attacked in their suburban home. With the police overloaded with crimes, Paul, burning for revenge, hunts for his family’s assailants to deliver justice. As the anonymous slayings of criminals grab the media’s attention, the city wonders if this deadly avenger is a guardian angel…or a grim reaper.

Fury and fate collide in the intense action-thriller Death Wish.

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The Dam Busters Blu-ray The Dam Busters is a 1955 UK war historical drama by Michael Anderson.
Starring Richard Todd, Michael Redgrave and Ursula Jeans. BBFC link IMDb UK: Passed PG uncut for:

Censorship History

The US Version was shortened by about 15 minutes and was censored to overdub the dig named ‘Nigger’ with the new name ‘Trigger’.The UK Version has continued with the original name but a modern British remake opted for the dog to be renamed ‘Digger’.

The BBFC commented about te name ‘Nigger’ for 2017 cinema and home video release:

One of the main characters owns a dog called ‘Nigger’. The dog’s name is spoken a number of times, without any apparent racist intent, and reflects cultural attitudes of the time that would be unacceptable today. It also reflects the actual name of the real-life mascot of 617 Squadron during World War II.

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A BRAND NEW RESTORATION COMMEMORATING THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ORIGINAL WWII RAID

A much-loved British classic, Michael Anderson’s 1955 drama captures the tension and bravery of an audacious raid on the centre of Nazi Germany’s industrial complex and the quintessentially English combination of inventiveness and dogged determination.

Split into two distinct sections, the film deals first with the fraught, but the ultimately successful development of a new bomb, by Dr. Barnes N. Wallis(Michael Redgrave). The second deals with the mission itself during the British raid on the Ruhr Dams, and its associated costs for the enemy and for the British airmen.

Adapted by R.C. Sherriff from Paul Brickhill’s book “Enemy Coast Ahead” and featuring superlative special effects photography by Gilbert Taylor (to say nothing of Eric Coates’ stirring theme tune), The Dam Busters was Britain’s biggest box office success of 1955.

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Maze Runner - The Death Cure DVD Maze Runner: The Death Cure is a 2018 USA action Sci-Fi thriller by Wes Ball.
Starring Rosa Salazar, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Dylan O’Brien. BBFC link IMDb UK: The International Version was passed 12 uncut for moderate violence, threat, language for:

  • 2018 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment RB 4k Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 28th May 2018
  • 2018 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 28th May 2018
  • 2018 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 28th May 2018
  • 2018 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment VoD [UK only] at UK Amazon

UK Censorship History

BBFC advised category cuts were required for a 12A rated cinema release in 2018. The film was passed 12 uncut for home video. Uncut and MPAA PG-13 rated in the US.’

Somewhat unusually the home video release appears uncut at the same age rating as the cut cinema version. The cuts for the cinema version were not made for specific violent scenes, just for overall scariness. Perhaps the BBFC felt that the film is not so scary on the small screen and so the cinema cuts were not required.

Summary Notes

In the epic finale to The Maze Runner Saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary last city, a WCKD controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get the answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze. Will Thomas and the crew make it out alive? Or will Ava Paige get her way?

Additional Material:

  • Maze Runner: The Death Cure – Moving Menu [Additional Material, Menu]
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Red Sparrow 4k Blu-ray Red Sparrow is a 2018 USA mystery thriller by Francis Lawrence.
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton and Mary-Louise Parker. BBFC link IMDb UK: Passed 15 for strong bloody violence, gore, sexual violence, sex, very strong language after BBFC advised category cuts for:

  • 2018 20th Century Fox RB 4k Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 9th July 2018
  • 2018 20th Century Fox RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 9th July 2018
  • 2018 20th Century Fox R2 DVD at US Amazon released on 9th July 2018
  • 2018 20th Century Fox VoD [UK only] at UK Amazon

UK Censorship

The film was cut in the UK for 15 rated cinema release and home video.The BBFC commented:

  • This film was originally seen for advice. The company was advised the film was likely to be classified 18 but that their preferred 15 could be achieved by making reductions in one scene of strong sadistic violence (a garroting). When the film was submitted for formal classification appropriate reductions had been made in that scene and the film was classified 15.

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

  • 2018 20th Century Fox (RA) 4k Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 22nd May 2018
  • 2018 20th Century Fox RA Blu-ray/R1 DVD Combo at US Amazon released on 22nd May 2018
  • 2018 20th Century Fox R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 22nd May 2018
  • 2018 20th Century Fox VoD [US only] at US Amazon

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Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton star in this thriller based on the novel by Jason Matthews. Russian agent Dominika Egorova (Lawrence) was forced to enrol at Sparrow School, where she and many other agents were taught to use their bodies to seduce and deceive their enemy. Now one of the best in the business, Dominika is assigned her latest victim: CIA officer Nate Nash (Edgerton).

Additional Material:

  • Red Sparrow – a New Cold War: Origination & Adaptation [Additional Material]
  • Red Sparrow – Agents Provocateurs: The Ensemble Cast [Additional Material]
  • Red Sparrow – a Puzzle of Need: Post-production [Additional Material]
  • Red Sparrow [Additional Material, Audio Commentary With Director Francis Lawrence]
  • Red Sparrow – Deleted Scenes [Additional Material]
  • Red Sparrow – Heart of the Tempest: On Location [Additional Material]
  • Red Sparrow – Tradecraft: Visual Authenticity [Additional Material]
  • Red Sparrow – Deleted Scenes With Commentary [Additional Material, Audio Commentary]
  • Red Sparrow – Welcome To Sparrow School: Ballet & Stunts [Additional Material]
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Suspiria Blu-ray Suspiria is a 1977 Italian horror by Dario Argento.
With Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini and Flavio Bucci. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • 2018 Synapse Films Special Edition RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 13th March 2018
  • 2018 Synapse Films R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 13th March 2018

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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.

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SUSPIRIA – 2-DISC SPECIAL EDITION Blu-ray
Dario Argento’s Masterpiece in a Spectacular 4K Restoration!

Jessica Harper (PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE, PENNIES FROM HEAVEN) stars in this horrific tale of a young student who uncovers dark and horrific secrets within the walls of a famous German dance academy.
Dario Argento’s SUSPIRIA comes to home video from Synapse Films in an exclusive new 4K restoration from the original uncut, uncensored 35mm Italian camera negative with the original 4.0 English surround sound mix, for the first time EVER! Painstakingly restored over the past three years, Synapse Films has created the ultimate special edition of this horror classic with the supervision and approval of the film(s Director of Photography, Luciano Tovoli.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

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.
Original 4.0 1977 English language LCRS sound mix not heard since the theatrical release in 1977, presented in high-resolution DTS-HD MA 96kHz/24-bit audio, with newly-translated removable English SDH subtitles.
Italian 5.1 surround mix, with removable English subtitle translation.
Two audio commentaries by authors and Argento scholars, Derek Botelho, David Del Valle and 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.
“International Classics” English “Breathing Letters” opening credit sequence from U.S. release.
Alternate All-English opening and closing credits sequences, playable via seamless branching.
Reversible Cover Art created by Joel Robinson.

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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