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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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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.


  • 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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A Bridge Too Far BBFC cuts A Bridge Too Far is a 1977 USA / UK war historical drama by Richard Attenborough.
Starring Sean Connery, Ryan O’Neal and Michael Caine. BBFC link IMDb BBFC category cuts were required for an ‘A’ rated cinema release in 1977. The cuts were waived for 15 rated home video but some of them hung around anyway.

See these cuts in Cutting Edge Quick Trims video on YouTube

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larsvontrier duckA letter to the Guardian responding to an article inspired by faked animal cruelty in Lars von Trier’s upcoming The House That Jack Built:

Anne Billson asserts that the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) still cuts non-faked animal abuse, although it is more lenient on arthouse than horror . The article goes on to cite Sátántangó (1994) and Oldboy (2003) as examples of our alleged leniency towards “arthouse” films, in contrast to our long history of intervention with The Mountain of the Cannibal God (1978) and Cannibal Ferox (1981). I am afraid this statement is incorrect and no preferential treatment is given to “arthouse” films.

Sátántangó was only classified uncut after we received detailed assurances from the film-makers regarding how the scenes with the cat were prepared and filmed in such a way as to avoid cruelty to the animal involved. Those assurances were consistent with the onscreen evidence. Oldboy was classified uncut because the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937, which is mentioned in the article, only applies to “protected animals” as defined by the Animal Welfare Act 2006. Currently invertebrates, such as octopuses, are not covered by the 2006 act and we therefore had no grounds on which to intervene.

By contrast, The Mountain of the Cannibal God and Cannibal Ferox both feature scenes of animal cruelty that are clearly real, that involve vertebrate animals and that certainly appear to have been deliberately orchestrated by the film-makers. Indeed, the makers of those films have confirmed that this is the case.

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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.

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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?

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  • 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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Spectre DVD Daniel Craig Spectre is a 2015 USA / UK action adventure thriller by Sam Mendes.
Starring Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz and Ralph Fiennes. Youtube link BBFC link IMDb

A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.

The BBFC has detailed cuts to Spectre in a new case study. The BBFC explains:

Columbia submitted Spectre to the BBFC in August 2015, for advice on whether it was likely to meet the BBFC Guidelines criteria for 12A. At this stage the film had no title sequence, end credits were missing and some special effects work was unfinished, but the Senior Compliance Officers (then Senior Examiners) who viewed it noted it was largely complete. The BBFC advised that a 15 rating seemed the most probable outcome, citing strong bloody detail during a scene of eye-gouging and further bloody detail in the aftermath of the suicide of a terminally ill man.

The distributor chose to reduce or remove elements of these scenes. BBFC staff viewed a re-edited version and advised that, now without strong bloody detail, the film was likely to be classified at 12A.

The eye-gouging in the version seen for advice showed a man embedding his thumbs in a victim’s eye-sockets, the withdrawal of the thumbs, and sight of the bloody injury aftermath. The 12A version of the film retained only an establishing shot of the thumbs being inserted, together with a reverse angle shot from behind the victim’s head, with thumbs emerging slightly bloody.

The original suicide scene in the version submitted for advice showed a man place a gun underneath his chin and fire, with a spray of bloody mist. Two subsequent shots showed what might have been interpreted as brain tissue hanging down from the back of his head. In the 12A version of the film, the suicide took place off-screen, and the injury detail was reduced.

Spectre also features a scene of torture in which Bond is strapped to a chair while a villain pierces his head with a micro-drill. The scene features no graphic sight of blood or injury detail, and instead uses sound and Bond’s facial expressions to suggest his pain. A broadly similar torture scene is present in a previous Bond film — Casino Royale , also rated 12A — and, given the lack of detail, and the audience’s expectation that Bond will survive such threats, the BBFC considered the scene to be within the 12A Guidelines for depictions of violence.

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Cutting Edge the spirit The Spirit is a 2008 US action film by Frank Miller.
With Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

Rookie cop Denny Colt returns from the beyond as The Spirit, a hero whose mission is to fight against the bad forces in Central City.

BBFC category cuts were required for a 12A rated 2008 cinema release. The film was released uncut on 15 rated home video.See these cuts in Cutting Edge Quick Trims video on YouTube