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Children's cartoon Ballerina exists in 2 versions due to the word 'bitch' in a soundtrack song


Link Here 26th June 2017
Ballerina DVD Ballerina (aka Leap!) is a 2016 France / Canada children's musical cartoon by Eric Summer and Éric Warin.
Starring Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan and Maddie Ziegler. BBFC link IMDb

Set in 1879 Paris. An orphan girl dreams of becoming a ballerina and flees her rural Brittany for Paris, where she passes for someone else and accedes to the position of pupil at the Grand Opera house.

UK:  A cut Edited Version was passed U uncut for mild threat for:

UK:  The Uncut Version was passed PG for infrequent mild bad language for:

  • 2017 Entertainment One video

The BBFC Insight includes the following comment about the PG rated version that is not in the U rated version.

There is a single use of mild bad language ('bitch') in the lyrics of a song playing in the background of one scene.

Localised versions have been released for the UK and US and this may explain the different U and PG rated versions.

 

 Shopping: Zombie Creeping Flesh...

1980 Italy/Spain video nasty by Bruno Mattei set for UK DVD and Blu-ray release on 28th August 2017


Link Here 23rd June 2017
Zombie Creeping Flesh Blu-ray Zombie Creeping Flesh is a 1980 Italy/Spain horror by Bruno Mattei.
With Margit Evelyn Newton, Franco Garofalo and Selan Karay. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 18 uncut for:

  • 2017 88 Films RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 28th August 2017
  • 2017 88 Films R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 28th August 2017
UK Censorship History

Pre-cut for violence and further shortened for brevity for 1982 cinema release. Banned as a video nasty in 1983. Unbanned and uncut in 2002. Uncut in the US

Promotional Material

A tough female reporter and her cameraman boyfriend team up with a four-man commando unit in the New Guinea jungle whom are fighting flesh-eating zombies.

 

  Cleaning up at the expense of film makers' integrity...

Sony makes the children's versions of its films available as home video extras


Link Here 19th June 2017
sony clean versionSony have been regularly 'sanitizing' their movies but cutting down the violence and strong language so as to make them suitable for children. These versions are targeted at airlines and daytime TV but earlier this month Sony decided to make these sanitised versions available to download at home, choosing 24 titles:

50 First Dates, Battle Of The Year, Big Daddy, Captain Phillips, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Easy A, Elysium, Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, Goosebumps, Grown Ups, Grown Ups 2Hancock, Inferno, Moneyball, Pixels, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 2Step Brothers, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, White House Down

The censorship cuts are typically very extreme. For example, the clean version of Will Ferrell comedy Step Brothers - originally given an R rating for crude and sexual content according to Sony - has had 23 instances of violence taken out, 152 of bad language and 91 of sexual content.

The Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler romcom 50 First Dates had a PG13 for crude sexual humour and drug references. Its clean version has 10 violent moments taken out, 34 uses of bad language and 34 instances of sexual content.

Matt Damon sci-fi film Elysium , which also had an R rating for bloody violence, had 18 of those violent moments taken out, 63 uses of bad language and one instance of sexual content.

Horror comedy Goosebumps was a PG when it came out - so could be described as family-friendly already. But its clean version had four fewer incidences of violence, with five uses of bad language and five examples of nudity taken out too.

But now they've had to backtrack after filmmakers complained about the vandalisation of their works. After an outcry, the president of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Man Jit Singh, said their directors were of paramount importance to us and they wanted to respect those relationships to the utmost:

We believed we had obtained approvals from the film-makers involved, for use of their previously supervised television versions as a value-added extra on sales of the full version. But if any of them are unhappy or have reconsidered, we will discontinue it for their films.

Seth Rogen was one of the first to react when news of Clean Version emerged. He pleaded, adding a swear word for emphasis, please don't do this to our movies.

The Directors Guild of America (DGA) has said the hard-fought-for rights that protect a director's work and vision are at the very heart of our craft and a thriving film industry.

 

 Shopping: Don't Look in the Basement/Don't Look in the Basement 2...

1973 US video nasty by SF Brownrigg set for US Blu-ray release on 11th July 2017


Link Here 15th June 2017
Don't Look in the Basement/Don't Look in the Basement 2 Don't Look in the Basement is a 1973 US horror video by SF Brownrigg.
With Bill McGhee, Jessie Lee Fulton and Robert Dracup.
YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for 1977 cinema release. Banned on VHS as a video nasty. Passed 15 uncut on DVD in 2005.
Don't Look in the Basement 2 is a 2015 USA horror thriller by Tony Brownrigg.
Starring Chester Rushing, Frank Mosley and Andrew Sensenig. IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

  • 2017 Brink [Don't Look in the Basement 1+2] (RA) Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 11th July 2017

Summary Review: A must-see for B horror fans

A young psychiatric nurse goes to work at a lonesome asylum following a murder. There, she experiences varying degrees of torment from the patients.

Take an ensemble cast of good B grade actors, give them a good script, a somewhat original premise, and unobtrusive directing, and you may end up with a film that over-achieves as much as Don't Look in the Basement did.

The film takes place in a large house which is home to several psychotic individuals. The film starts with the head of the hospital being chopped up with an axe. The rest of the film builds tension and successfully develops the individual psychoses of the in-mates. After a while it becomes very unclear who is a patient and who is a doctor.

In the end, Don't Look in the Basement is a cleverly plotted film which benefits from generally good acting and directing and not-overly-ambitious camera work.