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1988 USA comedy horror by Robert Englund set for US Blu-ray release on 3rd October 2017 with 2 versions


Link Here 21st August 2017
976-Evil Blu-ray 76-EVIL is a 1988 USA comedy horror by Robert Englund.
Starring Stephen Geoffreys, Patrick O'Bryan and Sandy Dennis. BBFC link IMDb

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:

  • 2017 Sony [US Version + TV version] R0 Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 3rd October 2017
Versions and censorship

A long version was cut by the BBFC for 1988 18 rated cinema release and the follow up 1989 VHS. The 1991 VHS and 2002 were pre-cut for an 18 rating. A shorter version was released in the US with an R rating but is generally noted as uncut. There is also a longer TV version but the extra material doesn't add anything.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: 976-Evil

Promotional Material

Director Robert “Freddy Krueger” Englund dials up a gothic tale of high-tech horror in 976-EVIL. High school underdog Hoax Wilmoth (Stephen Geoffreys, Fright Night ) fills up the idle hours in his seedy little hometown fending off the local leather-jacketed thugs, avoiding his overbearing mother (Sandy Dennis ) and dreaming of a date with trailer park temptress Suzie ( Lezlie Deane). But his quietly desperate life takes a terrifying turn when his cousin introduces him to an unusual new hobby - phoning in for his Horrorscope. Hoax is hooked up with a compellingly hideous demonic force that slowly begins to overtake his entire life and now there’s more than just a phone bill to pay for anyone who ever dared cross “the neighborhood nerd”.

 

 Update: Russia's relationship czar...

Government film censors clear the movie Matilda for release disappointing the religious leaders calling for a ban


Link Here 19th August 2017  full story: Blasphemy in Russia...Offending religious beliefs or desecration of holy objects or symbols
Poster Matilda 2017 Aleksey Uchitel Matilda is a 2017 Russia historical biography by Aleksey Uchitel.
Starring Michalina Olszanska, Lars Eidinger and Luise Wolfram. IMDb

In the twilight of Imperial Russia, prima ballerina Matilda Kshesinskaya becomes the mistress of three Grand Dukes.

A historical film about the last Russian czar's affair with a ballerina has been cleared for release by film censors at the Russian Culture Ministry. Vyasheslav Telnov, the head of the ministry's film department, said it checked Matilda and found it in full compliance with legal norms.

Matilda, which describes Nicholas II's relationship with Matilda Kshesinskaya has drawn virulent criticism from some Orthodox christians and hard-line nationalists, who see it as blasphemy against the emperor, glorified as a saint by the Russian Orthodox Church. 

Russian lawmaker Natalya Poklonskaya spearheaded the campaign for banning the film. She even asked the Prosecutor General's office to carry out an inquiry into Matilda, which is set to be released on the centennial of the 1917 Bolshevik revolution.

Matilda opponents have gathered signatures against the film, and earlier this month several hundred people gathered to pray outside a Moscow church for the movie to be banned. Ramzan Kadyrov, the Kremlin-backed regional leader of Chechnya has supported the calls for a ban, as have authorities in the neighboring province of Dagestan.

 

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1994 UK comedy horror by Simon Sprackling, previously cut by the BBFC, set for UK DVD and Blu-ray release on 4th September 2017


Link Here 17th August 2017
Funnyman Blu-ray Funny Man (aka Funnyman) is a 1994 UK comedy horror by Simon Sprackling.
Starring Tim James, Christopher Lee and Benny Young. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong bloody violence, gory scenes, language, drug misuse for:

  • 2017 Screenbound Pictures (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 4th September 2017
  • 2017 Screenbound Pictures R2 DVD at US Amazon released on 4th September 2017
Censorship History

18 rated and uncut for 1994 cinema release but the 1995 follow up VHS suffered BBFC advised cuts. The uncut version was passed 15 for 2017 DVD. Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating, however the Unrated Version is uncut.

Promotional Material

When a mysterious Englishman loses his ancestral home in a poker hand, the lucky winner, Max Taylor, has no idea that, far Irom ending - the game has just begun. For the house is an ancient shrine to the Gods of Fortune, a Temple to chance and fate, and in the depths of its soul a spirit waits. In the modern deck he is the Wild Card, The Joker. In the eyes of a child, nothing more than a Jester and Clown. But to you, Ladies and Gentlemen - he is The Funny Man.

 

  Euston, we have a problem...

ASA bans trailers for Alien Covenant as shown at railway stations


Link Here 17th August 2017

alien covenenant advert video Two digital outdoor ads displayed on large screens in two stations in central London, for the film Alien: Covenant, seen in early May 2017:

a. The first ad began with a spacecraft approaching a planet followed by scenes on the planet. In one scene a man in a dark room shined a torch on an alien egg, the top of which began to slowly open. A close-up showed an alien-like mouth suddenly exploding from it, towards the camera. A woman in distress was then shown running down a corridor, being chase by an arachnid-like alien, followed by a close-up of her screaming. An arachnid-like alien was then shown running towards the camera. The final shot showed a woman hiding from an alien which was just on the other side of a door frame.

b. The second ad featured large on-screen text which stated in turn: RUN, HIDE, SCREAM and PRAY. The text appeared next to brief clips from the film, including the scene with the woman in distress running down a corridor being chased by an alien, the alien egg slowly opening, the close-up of the woman screaming, a woman looking panicked and shouting through the glass window in a closed door, the close-up of the alien-like mouth suddenly exploding towards the camera, and the final shot of a woman hiding from an alien which was just on the other side of a door frame.

Three complainants, one of whose children had seen the ads, challenged whether the ads were likely to cause fear or distress, and whether they were suitable to be shown in an untargeted medium.

ASA Assessment: Complaints upheld

The ASA understood the film was rated as a 15 by the BBFC and considered that the advertiser should therefore have taken particular care to ensure that scenes included in the ads would be suitable to be shown in a public space where children were likely to be present.

The ads contained scenes of characters who were clearly in distress, as well as images of an alien mouth suddenly exploding from an egg out towards the viewer, and a woman being chased by an alien. We considered those scenes were likely to frighten and cause distress to some children and that the ads were likely to catch their attention, particularly as they were shown on large screens. We concluded the ads were not suitable to be shown in an untargeted public medium and therefore breached the Code.

The ads must not appear again in their current form. We told Twentieth Century Fox Film Company Ltd to target their ads more carefully in future to avoid the risk of causing undue fear and distress to children.

 

 Update: No refuge from censorship...

Malaysian film censors target films at refugee festival


Link Here 17th August 2017  full story: Censored Films in Malaysia...Film censors and censorship
kakuma can dance video Several films about refugees have been censored for showing at a festival in Malaysia.

Activists say the Film Censorship Board (LPF) officials came to the Refugee Festival in Kuala Lumpur late last week, subsequently demanding the partial censorship of Bou , a film about trafficked brides from Burma (Myanmar), and total ban on Kakuma Can Dance about refugee hip hop dancers in Kenya.

Refugee Festival organiser Mahi Ramakrishnan, who directed Bou (bride in the Rohingya language) said Malaysian authorities turned up immediately prior to the opening of the event to force the filmmakers to gain prior clearance from the LPF before screening their work.

Ramakrishnan later showed a cut version of Bou on Aug 13, in which the LPF demanded certain, politically sensitive scenes were muted, played without subtitles or simply removed, including one showing footage of Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak. According to campaign group Fortify Rights, another such scene is where a human trafficker explains false passports for Rohingya child brides are made in Bangladesh before the trafficker will pay money to clear [Malaysian] immigration.

 

 Update: Political sensitivities...

Thai court confirms the ban on the film Shakespeare Must Die


Link Here 12th August 2017
shakespeare must dieShakespeare Must Die is a 2012 Thailand horror drama by Ing Kanjanavanit.
Starring Pirun Anusuriya, Sudhisak Bamrungtrakun and Minta Bhanaparin. YouTube icon IMDb

Thailand's Administrative Court has rejected a petition by the producer and director of a feature film against a ban imposed by the Film and Video Censorship Committee five years ago.

Shakespeare Must Die was banned from being screened in Thailand on the grounds that the movie's political content might cause divisiveness among people in the country. 

The film, directed by Smanrat Ing K Kanjanavanich and produced by Manit Sriwanichpoom, is an adaptation of Macbeth , a tragedy by English writer William Shakespeare. It depicted both an ambitious general who becomes king through murder, and another world in which the country's leader believes in superstitious, megalomaniac and murderous dictatorship. He is known only as Dear Leader and has a scary, high-society wife. The movie clearly alluded to prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra who was popular with working people but alienated the Thai elite.

The Administrative Court ruled that even though the story is fictional, the movie's content might cause disunity among people. It contains scenes based on a photograph from Bangkok's 1976 student uprising and violent scenes from red-shirt demonstrations.

Manit said the filmmakers would appeal the court's verdict. I feel like we didn't get justice, he said.

 

 Shopping: Pieces Deluxe Edition...

1982 horror mystery by Juan Piquer Simon set for UK Blu-ray release on 28th August 2017 with 2 versions


Link Here 11th August 2017
Pieces Deluxe Edition Blu-ray Pieces is a 1982 Spain / USA / Puerto Rico / Italy horror mystery by Juan Piquer Simón (as JPiquer Simon).
Starring Christopher George, Lynda Day George and Frank Braña. BBFC link IMDb
Exists as a Director's Cut, an Unrated US Version and a cut Theatrical Version.

UK: BBFC details not yet published for:

  • 2017 Arrow Deluxe Edition [Theatrical Version + Director's Cut] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 28th August 2017
Censorship History
Exists as a Director's Cut, an Unrated US Version and a cut Theatrical Version.

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Pieces

Promotional Material

IT S EXACTLY WHAT YOU THINK IT IS!

From Juan Piquer Simón, director of the equally unhinged Slugs, Pieces is the original sickening slasher classic, now restored in glorious 4K!

A Boston college campus is being terrorised by a black-clad maniac who collects body parts from his unfortunate co-ed victims. As the corpses (and red herrings) begin to pile up, can Professor Brown (genre veteran Jack Taylor) unmask the murderer before his morbid puzzle is complete?

Boasting some of the most outrageous gore set-pieces ever to splash their way across the screen (including a particularly memorable slow-motion evisceration atop a waterbed), Pieces is an essential slice of Spanish splatter and more gruesome than ever on Blu-ray.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS:

  • Brand new 4K transfer from the original camera negative
  • Two versions of the feature: Pieces, the US theatrical version, and Mil Gritos Tiene La Noche, the original uncensored director s cut, presented in Spanish with original score by Librado Pastor [Blu-ray exclusive]
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original English and Spanish Mono Audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • 5.1 Vine Theater Experience
  • Alternate Re-score by composer Umberto
  • Brand new audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues
  • It s Exactly What You Think It Is! brand new featurette offering up an appreciation of Pieces by various filmmaker fans
  • Brand new interview with art director Gonzalo Gonzalo
  • Pieces of Juan a career-spanning interview with director Juan PiquerSimón
  • The Reddest Herring extensive interview with actor Paul Smith, including a discussion of Pieces
  • Audio Interview with producer Steve Minasian
  • Image Galleries
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Marc Schoenbach
  • Collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Michael Gingold
  • Soundtrack CD featuring the entire original score
  • 100-piece jigsaw puzzle replica
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      ... Oustanding nipples at the CBFC...

    Indian film censors make significant cuts to Atomic Blonde


    Link Here 11th August 2017
    atomoc blondeCharlize Theron and Sofia Boutella's lesbian sex scene from their new film, Atomic Blonde, has been totally cut by Indian film censors at the CBFC.  The list of CBFC cuts says:

    Delete the visual of the hand touching the bare breast in bed of two ladies, and delete the entire love-making (having sex).

    In addition to the sex scene, shots of Theron's bare butt in the bathtub have been asked to be removed. Shots of her nipples visible under a sweater, and a separate scene in which she is topless, have also been ordered out. Words like cunt, cock, balls, bitchh, prick , and cocksuker have been asked to be removed from the subtitles, but not from the soundtrack.

     

      The Cable Guy...

    Previous BBFC cuts waived for 2017 home video


    Link Here 10th August 2017
    Cable Guy Full Screen The Cable Guy is a 1996 USA comedy thriller by Ben Stiller.
    Starring Jim Carrey, Matthew Broderick and Leslie Mann. BBFC link IMDb

    An upcoming video release has just been passed 12 uncut for moderate sex references, violence with previous BBFC cuts waived.

    UK Censorship History

    BBFC category cuts were required for a 12 rated 1996 cinema release and the subsequent VHS releases. The BBFC cuts were waived for 12 rated 2017 home video. The film is uncut and PG-13 rated in the US.

    From IMDb. Previously a single 4 sec cut was made to this black comedy, in order to secure a required 12 cert.

    • The cut occurs towards the end, when Jim Carrey and Matthew Broderick, are fighting on top of the TV satellite. A couple of shots of Carrey headbutting Broderick and an ear clap have been removed.

     

     Offsite Article: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs...


    Link Here 10th August 2017
    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs DVD BBFC's latest from their archive discusses 1937 cuts

    See article from bbfc.co.uk