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The BBFC belatedly publishes its 18 rating for the uncut store exclusive 4K Blu-ray release and 15 for the cut Blu-ray and DVD

Link Here 17th November 2019

Brightburn is a 2019 USA Sci-Fi horror thriller by David Yarovesky.
Starring Elizabeth Banks, David Denman and Matt Jones. BBFC link IMDb

BBFC advised category cuts were required for a 15 rated cinema and home video release in 2019. The uncut version is available on an HMV exclusive release. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

Summary Notes

What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?


BBFC uncut
US Theatrical Version
run: 90:28s
pal: 86:51s


UK: The US Theatrical Version was passed 18 uncut for strong gory violence, injury detail for
  • 2019 Sony store exclusive [uncut on 4K Blu-ray, cut on Blu-ray] R0 4k Blu-ray/R0 Blu-ray Combo]
Nordic: The Nordic release is uncut and 15/16 rated for:
  • 2019 Sony [English audio + English subtitles] R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon

US: Rated R uncut for horror violence/bloody images, and language.

BBFC cut
UK Version
cut: ~17s
run: 90:11s
pal: 86:35s
15 UK: The cut UK Version was passed 15 for strong gory injury detail, violence, language after BBFC advised category cuts adding up to a 17s difference in running time:
  • 2019 Sony RB Blu-ray
  • 2019 Sony R2 DVD
  • 2019 Sony VoD
  • 2019 cinema release
The BBFC commented:
  • This film was originally seen for advice at which stage the company was informed it was likely to be classified 18 uncut but that their preferred 15 classification could be achieved by making reductions to two scenes featuring both strong gory images and a dwelling on the infliction of pain and injury. When the film was submitted for formal classification these scenes had been acceptably reduced.



Shopping: Leave it to Levi...

2020 film by Jake Jaxson set for 18 rated UK DVD release on 27th January 2020 with the BBFC noting that it contains strong real sex

Link Here 17th November 2019
Leave it to Levi is a 2020 film by Jake Jaxson.
Starring Levi Karter and Liam Riley. BBFC link

Passed 18 uncut with the BBFC noting strong real sex.

UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong real sex:

Promotional Material

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Slasher morphs into chick flick...

Black Christmas is remade as a PG-13 rated film that needs 'to be available to a younger female audience'

Link Here 15th November 2019
Black Christmas is a 2019 New Zealand / USA horror mystery thriller by Sophia Takal.
Starring Imogen Poots, Cary Elwes and Brittany O'Grady. IMDb

Hawthorne College is quieting down for the holidays. One by one, sorority girls on campus are being killed by an unknown stalker. But the killer is about to discover that this generation's young women aren't willing to become hapless victims as they mount a fight to the finish.

Blumhouse and director Sophia Takal's remake of Bob Clark's Christmas slasher classic Black Christmas will be released this Christmas. It has been rated PG-13 by the MPA for violence, terror, thematic content involving sexual assault, language, sexual material, and drinking.

Co-writer April Wolfe took to Twitter to explain the PG-13 rating, writing:

Here's the deal: We wrote it with an R in mind. When they did the test screenings, was clear that this movie needed to be available to a younger female audience because the subject matter is timely. Also, I want to indoctrinate girls into horror. Doesn't make it any less vicious!



Shopping: To the Devil...A Daughter...

1976 UK / West Germany Hammer horror by Peter Sykes set for US Blu-ray release on 17th December 2019

Link Here 14th November 2019
To the Devil...A Daughter is a 1976 UK / West Germany horror by Peter Sykes.
Starring Richard Widmark, Christopher Lee and Honor Blackman. IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this release.
US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
  • 2019 Shout! Factory RA Blu-ray at US Amazon released on 17th December 2019

Promotional Material

First, Rosemary's Baby. Then, The Exorcist. And now a motion picture that probes further into the mysteries of the occult! A heretic priest (Christopher Lee) plots to use a teenage nun (Nastassja Kinski) in a depraved pact with the forces of darkness. But when an American occult novelist (Richard Widmark) uncovers the conspiracy, he must battle an international cabal of evil for the body and soul of the Devil's child-bride! Honor Blackman and Denholm Elliott co-star in this notorious shocker directed by Peter Sykes (Demons Of The Mind) and based on the best-selling novel by Dennis Wheatley (The Devil Rides Out).




Indian film censors cut Ford v Ferrari

Link Here 13th November 2019
Full story: Film cuts in India...Censor cuts for movies released in India
Ford v Ferrari is a 2019 USA / France action sport biography by James Mangold.
Starring Christian Bale, Matt Damon and Caitriona Balfe. BBFC link IMDb

American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford and challenge Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966.

The film was cut by India's Central Board of Film Certification to blur out alcoholic drinks and to mute the phrase son of a bitch.

A source close to the film told timesnownews:

We know we've to blur out the bottles because they carry brand name and CBFC guidelines do not allow that. But a mere glass being blurred out is something I'm hearing for the first time.

Adding that studios are often prepared in advance for such cuts, the person added, You know the committee is going to send the print back with such cuts. Can't do much about it. It's frustrating. .

For comparison the BBFC passed the film 12A uncut for infrequent strong language, moderate threat

Update: CBFC pedantry

17th November 2019. See article from

Tushar Karmarkar, Regional Officer, of The Central Board of Film Certication (CBFC) Mumbai has denied blurring the alcohol bottles in Hollywood film Ford v Ferrari.

It seems that in fact the alcohol blurring was pre-cut by the distributor as the CBFC has a rule which bans alcohol from U/A movies, So although the censors are correct in their pedantic denial, the film was cut solely to comply with CBFC rules.

According to a CBFC official document, a copy of which is with Hindustan Times. The specified cuts are:

  • The muting or replacing words such as sons of whore , son of a 'bitch'; an
  • insertion of anti-smoking disclaimers and a static message wherever a smoking scene appears.

But Karmarkar says, It (the blurring) was voluntarily done by teh distributors, as per our records.



The Best of the Best II...

An update to the cuts history

Link Here 12th November 2019
Best of the Best II is a 1993 USA action crime thriller by Robert Radler.
Starring Eric Roberts, Phillip Rhee and Chris Penn. BBFC link IMDb

In an underground fight club, blackbelt Travis Brickley is killed after losing to the evil martial arts master Brakus. Travis' death is witnessed by Walter Grady, the son of his best friend Alex Grady. Alex and his partner, Tommy Lee, vow to avenge their friend's death by defeating Brakus and shutting down the fight club.

Thanks to Anthony who wrote:

I bought the Best of the Best: The Complete Collection UK Blu-Ray 2016 4Digital Media set, and can confirm it to be completely uncut. In this release you once again see all of the shots of James' vomiting and the finger-blowing-off scene was also there.

In fact this shows that the distributors have quietly used the US Unrated version when putting to together the collection.

Cuts history

Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating. The US cuts of about 6s for an MPAA R rating were:

  • Missing some shots of James throwing up when he is fighting Tommy, 
  • The shot of James finger being blown off.
  • Also a bad guy getting shot is let off with less bullet wounds than in the uncut version.

This was further cut in the UK for an 18 rated cinema release in 1992 and the follow up DVD in 1993. The UK pre-cuts were:

The duel between Tommy (Philip Rhee) and the Asian, ponytailed gladiator has been severely shortened for the U.K prints.  A lengthy segment of the fight in which the gladiator uses two pairs of silver nunchakus is missing. The scene lasts twice as long in the uncut version, which has been shown in the past on Sky.

This UK cut version includes the cuts for an MPAA R rating.

The R rated version was later passed 18 without further BBFC cuts for 2005 DVD.

Meanwhile the film was released uncut and MPAA Unrated on US DVD in 2007.

A UK Blu-ray release featured the uncut version in 2016 but the BBFC database hasn't been updated with an uncut version.



Just Jokering around...

The director of Joker speaks of a weird bathtub scene that had to be cut for an MPAA R rating

Link Here 11th November 2019
Full story: Batman Movies...A history of controversy
Joker is a 2019 USA crime thriller by Todd Phillips.
Starring Robert De Niro, Joaquin Phoenix and Marc Maron. BBFC link IMDb

Joker centers around an origin of the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Todd Phillips' exploration of Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix), a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.

While speaking at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, Joker director Todd Phillips explained that there were a few scenes that he had to cut, the most notable of which was a scene had Joaquin Phoenix's Arthur Fleck doing something bizarre while inside a bathtub.

Phillips suggested that the scene that was removed is not sexually explicit in nature, but is simply too bizarre for a standard R-rated movie to handle. He spoke in vague terms at the film festival:

So the other thing that's great about Joaquin is that he's always up to try things -- the fridge was one of those. It wasn't in the script it was something that Joaquin just kind of did and there was a few others, there's only one other that's in the movie and it's when he's laughing after he goes to [Zazie Beetz's] apartment and he comes back down the hall and he's laughing alone in that living room, that was another one...

There were two or three others we shot, one that is amazing in a bathtub, but I don't think we can actually include it in an R-rated movie and it's not because it was pornographic, it was just insane.



Shopping: Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut...

2009 USA action Sci-Fi mystery by Zack Snyder set for first UK release on Blu-Ray and 4K on 25th November 2019

Link Here 7th November 2019
Watchmen is a 2009 USA action Sci-Fi mystery by Zack Snyder.
Starring Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson and Carla Gugino. BBFC link IMDb
Exists in 3 versions, the Theatrical Version, the Director's Cut and the Ultimate Version
UK: The Ultimate Cut was passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence:
  • 2019 Paramount Home Entertainment R0 4K Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 25th November 2019
  • 2019 Paramount Home Entertainment R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 25th November 2019

Promotional Material

See Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut like never before in this exquisitely remastered version that intertwines the animated "Tales of the Black Freighter" into The Director's Cut of Watchmen. The year is 1985, and society's most famous superheroes are in danger. After the mysterious murder of Comedian, his former colleagues team up for the fi rst time in years to investigate -- and survive. The secrets they uncover could jeopardise the entire world, but can they save us if they can't save themselves? Dive into this acclaimed, thrilling adaptation of the graphic novel that forever changed how we look at heroes.

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Shopping: Rambo: Last Blood...

2019 USA action western adventure by Adrian Grunberg set for UK Blu-ray and DVD release on 13th January 2020 with the shorter version being passed 18 uncut so far

Link Here 6th November 2019
Rambo: Last Blood is a 2019 USA action western adventure by Adrian Grunberg.
Starring Sylvester Stallone, Paz Vega and Yvette Monreal. BBFC link IMDb  

A shorter version has been released in the UK, Canada and USA that omits a 10 minute introductory scene showing Rambo trying to save 3 hikers from drowning in a flash flood. The longer version has been released elsewhere.

This BBFC decisions so far have been for the shorter version.

UK: The shorter version was passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence, gory images:
  • 2020 Lionsgate Home Entertainment RB 4K Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 13th January 2020
  • 2020 Lionsgate Home Entertainment RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 13th January 2020
  • 2020 Lionsgate Home Entertainment R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 13th January 2020

Promotional Material

Almost four decades after he drew first blood, Sylvester Stallone is back as one of the greatest action heroes of all time, John Rambo. Now, Rambo must confront his past and unearth his ruthless combat skills to exact revenge in a final mission. A deadly journey of venegance, RAMBO: LAST BLOOD marks the last chapter of the legendary series.



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