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NBA 2K20 with Amazon Exclusive DLC The basketball game NBA 2K20 has made the news as the European games rating group PEGI and the US equivalent, ESRB, have been considering how to rate content depicting gambling.Neither of the two rating organisations flagged NBA 2K20 for gambling, simulated or otherwise. PEGI explained its reasoning saying that the gambling content descriptor doesn’t apply because the mini-games involved in NBA 2K’s MyTeam mode don’t actually encourage and/or teach the use of games of chance that are played/carried out as a traditional means of gambling.

The reply from PEGI acknowledges that the agency had seen the announcement trailer of NBA 2K20 and noticed the controversy it has caused. However, the board’s representative noted that the controversial imagery played a central role in the trailer, but it may not necessarily do so in the game, which has not yet been released.

PEGI notes that this isn’t gambling, per se, in that nothing is really wagered in the slot machine, wheel of fortune and pachinko mini-games, and whatever is won has value only as game content. Wheel/slot spins and ball drops are earned through gameplay and can’t be bought, so nothing is really wagered.

For the ESRB, these mini-games aren’t even simulated gambling. In its rating summary for NBA 2K20 , the game’s only content descriptor is mild language, as apparently the words hell and damn are in some dialogue.

PEGI says that the controversy over the game’s trailer is part of an internal discussion that PEGI is having for the moment:

The games industry is evolving constantly (and rapidly in recent years). As a rating organization, we need to ensure that these developments are reflected in our classification criteria. We do not base our decisions on the content of a single trailer, but we will properly assess how the rating system (and the video games industry in general) should address these concerns.

Interestingly enough, the trailer posted by 2K Games’ United Kingdom YouTube account has since been taken down . It’s still live on the main NBA 2K YouTube channel.

NBA 2K20 launches Friday, Sept. 6 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

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Serbian Film UNCUT Srdjan Todorovic It is reported that the US distributor,  Invincible Pictures, will be releasing an uncut Limited Edition DVD of A Serbian Film. This will be the first uncut release featuring an English language friendly version.

Some reports suggest that the release will be DVD only but the Invincible Pictures website also lists a Blu-ray version.

US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • US 2012 Invincible Pictures R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 22nd May 2012 but only just in stock
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Immortals Henry CavillImmortals is a 2011 US fantasy by Tarsem Singh. With Luke Evans and Henry Cavill. See IMDb

US: Uncut and MPAA R Rated for:

  • US 2012 20th century Fox 2D/3D RA Blu-ray just released on 6th March 2012 at US Amazon
  • US 2012 Universal RA Blu-ray just released on 6th March 2012 at US Amazon
  • US 2012 Universal R1 DVD just released on 6th March 2012 at US Amazon

Cut in the UK

UK:Passed 15 after BBFC cuts for category for:

  • UK 2012 Universal R0 Blu-ray/DVD
  • UK 2012 Universal Steelbook 2D/3D R0 blu-ray
  • UK 2012 Universal R2 DVD
  • UK 2011 cinema release

The BBFC consumer advice reads:

  • Contains strong bloody violence

The BBFC commented on their cuts:

Company chose to make cuts to reduce violence in order to achieve a 15 classification. Cuts included:

  • removal of the bloody focus on a throat being cut
  • reducing the focus on young women dying, having been burnt
  • reducing the focus on eye gouging
  • removing the shot of a beheading, and
  • ‘reducing some focus on large splashes of blood resulting from characters being killed.

An uncut 18 classification was available.

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Maniac 30th Anniversary Region NTSCManiac is a 1980 US serial killer horror by William Lustig. See IMDb

The US release is the uncut Theatrical Version and is MPAA Unrated for:

Previously the Theatrical Version was passed 18 after 58s of BBFC cuts for:

  • UK 2006 Anchor Bay R0 DVD
  • UK 2002 Anchor Bay R0 DVD

The BBFC commented:

  • Cuts required to reduce length of sexualised strangulation sequence by half
  • and to remove shots of a knife played over and stabbing into female flesh with sexual connotations.

The BBFC banned the 1998 Exploited video.

The BBFC banned the 1981 cinema release.

Review from US Amazon: Shocking

I’m not easily shocked or impressed with most horror films. This is definitely a film that will leave you thinking. The main reason being the main character Frank Zito aka Joe Spinell plays the most realistic psycho/deranged person I’ve ever seen on film. The whole time I was thinking is this guy really insane? Either this guy is a genius actor or he’s really nuts. That’s how real he is in this role. His presence will creep you out. He’s the biggest weirdo I’ve ever seen on film.

The story focuses on frank the serial killer and his killings and insanity. He calmly stalks his pray through the streets of NYC. I don’t know how he manages to fool some of the people in this film but he does. They treat him like a normal guy until he tries to kill them when they least expect it.

Some of the scenes are gruesome, but they will keep you on the edge of your seat. You will be able to put yourself in both franks shoes and feel the victims terror as she is stalked and hides from Frank… Especially the subway bathroom scene. That’s an intense scene. Frank keeps on killing till the end when his own demons finally come back to haunt him.

Any horror fan should have this in their collection. I can see why it was banned in Germany and England. They were probably scared of it, considering how realistic it was.

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hatchet 2For a brief moment this past weekend, the impossible happened – the unrated Hatchet 2 opened in over 60 theaters and became a cause for celebration among horror film fans, who viewed the release as a possible way to break the seemingly arbitrary MPAA chokehold that they see as part of the decline of the horror genre.

Hatchet 2 is one of the few times in the last twenty-five years that an unrated film has gotten any sort of theatrical release and the horror launched a Twitter and Facebook campaign to support it.

Leading horror website had even asked fans to buy tickets for Hatchet 2 online even if they aren’t near a theater showing it as a way to send a message to Hollywood that there’s a market for unrated horror.

That dream barely made it through the weekend; the theater chains that were carrying Hatchet 2 pulled it without explanation by Monday morning. It’s tough to really know the specific box office numbers since several theaters – in Canada, specifically — wound up pulling the film right away due to fear of being fined for showing an unrated film, says Green. We’re hearing that others decided to only show Hatchet 2 at specific times due to the hassle of having to have someone guard the cinema door to check IDs. When I saw the film in Los Angeles there was a guard at the door for the entire movie checking ticket stubs and IDs where necessary. It was kind of crazy.

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US 2010 Blue Underground R0 Blu-ray at US Amazon for release on 23rd November 2010

Salon Kitty Blu ray Helmut BergerSalon Kitty is a 1976 Italian/German/French erotic Nazi drama by Tinto Brass. See IMDb

Full Length version passed 18 uncut with all cuts waived for:

The US release is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

  • US 2010 Blue Underground R0 Blu-ray at US Amazon for release on 23rd November 2010

Previously an Abridged Version was passed 18 without BBFC cuts for:

  • UK 1993 Redemption VHS

And before that, the film was passed X with BBFC cuts for:

  • UK 1977 cinema release

Press information re the uncut UK DVD from The Associates:

Depraved, decadent, damned and uncut for the first time ever!

The most shocking and controversial of Italian director Tinto Brass’ films presents a serious, unflinching depiction of moral decay within the Nazi Party at the time of World War II, and of how power ultimately leads to corruption.

The fully restored Director’s Cut of this notorious film is now available on DVD, presented in its original widescreen format, completely uncensored and featuring 21 minutes of never-seen-before footage. Finally, the extremely disturbing, bordering-on-the-hardcore content can be seen as originally intended by the film’s director, Tinto Brass.

SS Officer Helmut Wallenburg (Helmut Berger) is instructed by his superiors to set up an elite brothel, the eponymous Salon Kitty, especially designed to serve high-ranking Nazi officials and foreign diplomats. In order to cater to the clients’ darkest perversions and desires sufficiently, Wallenburg is also charged with finding and rigorously training twenty beautiful and intelligent women, who are not only dedicated to the ideals of National Socialism but are also prepared to perform the most extreme acts of debauchery imaginable. What these prostitutes and their customers don’t know is that the brothel is bugged and is being used to collect intelligence and to monitor the clients’ loyalty to the Nazi Party.

As well as boasting superb performances by Helmut Berger  and Ingrid Thulin, Salon Kitty also features beautiful cinematography and sumptuous sets that provide a stunning showcase for the work of twice Oscar winning production designer Ken Adam.