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The Big Boss...

Looking into the lost longer version


Link Here17th February 2020
The Big Boss is a 1971 Hong Kong martial arts film by Wei Lo.
With Bruce Lee, Maria Yi and James Tien. BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for cinema release and VHS. The cuts were waived in 2000, but not all DVD releases have used the uncut version. There are reports of longer version with lost scenes, for example, the infamous saw in the head or Lee's second visit to the brothel.

In fact there was a longer version submitted to the Australian Censor in 1973, but unfortunately it was banned and never saw the light of day. It was 5 and a half minutes longer than the version distributed today. At the time Australia was a good market for Hong Kong movies and it was common for Australia to take movies, eg Shaw Brothers productions, that weren't distributed in the US or Europe. So perhaps it seems believable that an early release was submitted in Australia before Bruce Lee's talent was spotted elsewhere, resulting in the film being cut for world wide distribution.

Thanks to Philip who has been looking into the longer version:

Rumour is that in the early 70s a Mandarin language print was shown of a cut of the movie which was 5-10 minutes longer than the version widely distributed. How much of this is due to extra scenes or due to the fps rate of the print I couldn't find out.

Legend has it that there are extra scenes not available in the theatrical version, possibly some that have already surfaced on DVD such as the second visit to brothel etc, but most excitingly the uncut version of the icehouse / saw through the head scene.

Also apparently the violence in the movie was tamed prior to the general release of the film.

Only one print of this version is known to exist, but the owner has so far refused to distribute or sell the reels.

 

 

I Accuse, #MeToo...

Moves to honour a highly rated Roman Polanski film are attacked by the French #MeToo movement


Link Here16th February 2020
J'accuse (An Officer and a Spy) is a 2019 France / Italy historical thriller by Roman Polanski.
Starring Jean Dujardin, Louis Garrel and Emmanuelle Seigner. IMDb 

In 1894, French Captain Alfred Dreyfus is wrongfully convicted of treason and sentenced to life imprisonment at Devil's island.

The entire board of the César Academy, which distributes France's equivalent of the Oscars, has resigned amid a wave of #MeToo criticism of its nomination for 12 awards for a film by Roman Polanski. The Césars had defended the nominations, saying that the body "should not take moral positions" in giving awards.

1,500,000 French people have seen the film at French cinemas, and by all accounts, it is a remarkable film worthy of the nominations.

The decision to honour Polanski's An Officer and a Spy has angered feminist groups and led to calls for a boycott. Hundreds of actors, producers and directors have attacked the board  claiming "dysfunction" at the César Academy and opacity in its management.

A general meeting is set to be held after this month's ceremony to elect a new board.

The Polish-French director has been wanted in the US for the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl since the 1970s. He has since faced other accusations of sexual assault. 

 

 

A little off pitch...

Military Wives cut in the US for an MPAA PG-13 rating


Link Here12th February 2020
Military Wives is a 2019 UK comedy drama by Peter Cattaneo.
Starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan and Emma Lowndes. BBFC link IMDb

Inspired by global phenomenon of military wives choirs, the story celebrates a band of misfit women who form a choir on a military base. As unexpected bonds of friendship flourish, music and laughter transform their lives, helping each other to overcome their fears for loved ones in combat.

In the US the film was originally rated R by the MPAA for brief language and a sexual reference.

The distributors appealed hoping for a PG-13 rating, but did not win their case. Instead they edited  the film to achieve an MPAA PG-13 rating for some strong language and sexual references.

For comparison the BBFC gave the film a 12A rating for infrequent strong language, moderate sex references.

 

 

Turning Tides...

The BBFC rating for The Prince of Tide is set to increase from 15 to 18


Link Here11th February 2020
The Prince of Tides is a 1991 USA drama by Barbra Streisand.
Starring Barbra Streisand, Nick Nolte and Blythe Danner. BBFC link IMDb

There are no cuts  issues with this release. The film was rated 15 uncut for 1991 cinema release, and for the follow up home video releases in 1992 and 1995.

A commentary track version was resubmitted in 2020 for Blu-ray extras and the BBFC decided that film would now be 18 rated, should it be submitted in feature format. The BBFC tweeted:

We changed our guidelines on sexual violence at 15 in 2019. The scene of sexual violence in Prince of Tides is no longer permissible at 15. Therefore the rating has been raised to 18. We have not recently been asked to view the film, only the audio commentary version.

 

 

Shopping: Happy Birthday to Me...

1981 Canada horror mystery thriller by J Lee Thompson set for UK Blu-ray release on 20th April 2020


Link Here10th February 2020
Happy Birthday to Me is a 1981 Canada horror mystery thriller by J Lee Thompson.
Starring Melissa Sue Anderson, Glenn Ford and Lawrence Dane. YouTube iconBBFC link IMDb
Uncut in the UK on cinema and VHS. The video was seized by police during the video nasties panic. Cut in the US for an MPAA R rating and this cut version was released on 2004 UK DVD.
UK: The cut US R Rated version was previously passed 15 without BBFC cuts for:
  • 2020 Powerhouse Films R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 20th April 2020
  • 2020 Powerhouse Films Amazon Prime VoD [UK only] at UK Amazon

Promotional Material

Synopsis Popular high school senior Virginia Wainwright (Melissa Sue Anderson) survives a freak accident, but suffers from memory loss and traumatic blackouts. As she attempts to resume a normal life, something terrible is happening - her friends are being ruthlessly murdered one by one. But will she be the next victim or is she the killer? Director J Lee Thompson's classic shocker was made during the period before the horror genre drenched itself in irony and self-reflexivity, and instead revels in the effective staging of the terrifying set-pieces which drive it towards its climax. "

Extras INDICATOR STANDARD EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • - HD restoration
  • - Original mono audio
  • - Alternative 5.1 surround sound track
  • - Alternative score: experience the film with the controversial re-scored electronic music soundtrack, as used on the 2004 home video re-release
  • - Audio commentary by The Hysteria Continues team: Justin Kerswell (author of Teenage Wasteland: The Slasher Movie Uncut) Joseph Henson, Erik Threlfall and Nathan Johnson
  • - Image gallery: on-set and promotional material
  • - Original trailer and TV spots
  • - New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

 

 

Offsite Article: All angles covered...


Link Here10th February 2020
How intimacy coordinators are changing the way intimate encounters are filmed. But the article doesn't mention if this affects the viewing experience

See article from cbsnews.com

 

 

Shopping: The Prince of Tides...

What tides of filth could possibly cause Barbra Streisand's commentary track to be 18 rated? Enquiring minds need to know!


Link Here9th February 2020
The Prince of Tides is a 1991 USA drama by Barbra Streisand.
Starring Barbra Streisand, Nick Nolte and Blythe Danner. BBFC link IMDb
There are no censorship issues with this release. The film was rated 15 uncut for 1991 cinema release, and for the follow up home video releases.

Thanks to Mark who noted that Barbra Streisand's commentary track on the disk extras has been rated 18 by the BBFC for 2020 Blu-ray release. Mark wonders what on earth Streisand could have possibly said that would require an 18 rating:

It's times like this where I wish the board would offer consumer advice for extras.

And will we ever get to hear what she said or will it quietly get dropped from the final release.

UK: Previously passed 15 uncut for:
  • 2020 Sony Pictures/Criterion Collection RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 27th April 2020
  • 2020 Sony Pictures Amazon Prime VoD [UK only] at UK Amazon

Promotional Material

Barbra Streisand and Nick Nolte star in the stunning screen adaptation of Pat Conroy's best-sellingnovel, THE PRINCE OF TIDES. Nolte is Tom Wingo, a disillusioned Southern coach who must reveal his tortured childhood in order to help his suicidal sister. Streisand is Susan Lowenstein, the determined psychiatrist who battles Tom's resentment and rage in search of the truth. Their antagonism gradually gives way to love, as Tom and Susan find the secret that unlocks his sister's torment and the courage to change their own lives. Critically acclaimed as the best movie of the year, THE PRINCE OF TIDES was hailed by Jeffrey Lyons as a blockbuster, must-see, can't-miss movie. Streisand also won rave reviews as director, assembling a superlative supporting cast that includes Blythe Danner, Kate Nelligan, Jeroen Krabb.

 

 

Socially sustainable censorship...

Netflix lists movies that it has banned in countries at the request of their governments


Link Here8th February 2020
Full story: Netflix Censorship...Streaming TV to a variety of censorship regimes
Netflix has reported on the moves and TV shows that it has banned at the request of governments. Netflix writes:

We offer creators the ability to reach audiences all around the world. However, our catalog varies from country to country, including for rights reasons (i.e., we don't have the rights to show everything in every country where we operate). In some cases we've also been forced to remove specific titles or episodes of titles in specific countries due to government takedown demands.

Below are the titles we've removed to date, as of February 2020 -- just nine in total since we launched. Beginning next year, we will report these takedowns annually.

  • In 2015, Netflix complied with the New Zealand Film and Video Labeling Body to remove The Bridge . The film is classified as "objectionable" in the country.
  • In 2017, Netflix complied with Vietnamese Authority of Broadcasting and Electronic Information (ABEI) to remove Full Metal Jacket.
  • In 2017, Netflix complied with the German Commission for Youth Protection (KJM) to remove Night of the Living Dead . A version of the film is also banned in the country. There's a discussion of exactly which version is banned in a German language article from schnittberichte.com
  • In 2018, Netflix complied with the Singapore Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) to remove Cooking on High (TV series about cooking with cannabis) , The Legend of 420 (a comedy documentary about cannabis) , and Disjointed (TV series about cannabis) from the service in Singapore only.
  • In 2019, Netflix complied with the Saudi Communication and Information Technology Commission to remove one episode -- "Saudi Arabia" -- from Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj (comedy TV news, talk show) .
  • In 2019, Netflix complied with the Singapore Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) to remove The Last Temptation of Christ.
  • In 2020, Netflix complied with the Singapore Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) to remove The Last Hangover . This is the Brazilian TV comedy about a gay Christ that proved controversial in Brazil.

 

 

Shopping: The Candy Snatchers...

1973 USA crime horror thriller by Guerdon Trueblood, banned in the UK in 1973, set for US Blu-ray/DVD Combo release on 25th February 2020


Link Here6th February 2020
The Candy Snatchers is a 1973 USA crime horror thriller by Guerdon Trueblood.
Starring Tiffany Bolling, Ben Piazza and Susan Sennett. BBFC link IMDb 

Banned by the BBFC for 1973 cinema release. Uncut in the US

US: Uncut and MPAA R rated for:
  • 2020 Vinegar Syndrome R0 Blu-ray/R0 DVD Combo at US Amazon released on 25th February 2020

Promotional Material

Vinegar Syndrome specializes in the masterful restoration and distribution of cult, horror, and erotic films from the 1960s-90s.

Candy, a teenage heiress to a large fortune, is kidnapped by a trio of small time criminals on her way home from Catholic school. After burying her alive in an unmarked grave, the trio attempts to extort Candy's father, a wealthy jeweler, for a hefty ransom. But, what seemed like a simple, straightforward kidnapping soon spirals out of control with violent consequences and Candy's only hope for survival is a young mute boy who knows where she is buried.

Unflinchingly dark, violent, and merciless all the way through its notorious final shot, THE CANDY SNATCHERS remains one of the seminal pieces of early '70s cult filmmaking. The only theatrical feature directed by acclaimed screenwriter Guerdon Trueblood ( Welcome Home Soldier Boys ; Jaws 3-D ), THE CANDY SNATCHERS stars Tiffany Bolling ( Wicked Wicked ), Ben Piazza ( The Blues Brothers ), Vince Martorano ( Kojak ), and Susan Sennett as Candy. Exquisitely shot by Robert Maxwell ( Blood Mania ), Vinegar Syndrome presents this key piece of drive-in cinema on Blu-ray for the very first time, newly restored in 4K from its camera negative.

Bonus Features:
1. Region Free Blu-ray/DVD Combo
2. Newly scanned & restored in 4k from its 35mm original camera negative
3. "A Dark Film" - an interview with director Guerdon Trueblood
4. "Snatching the Role" - an interview with actor Vince Martorano
5. "Digging up the Past" - an interview with producer Gary Adelman
6. Audio commentary with film historian Nathaniel Thompson
7. Promotional still and archival article gallery
8. Reversible cover artwork
9. English SDH subtitles

 

 

Shopping: Alejandro Jodorowsky Collection...

Film set by Alejandro Jodorowsky set for UK Blu-ray release on 30th March 2020 with 2 films once having problems with the BBFC


Link Here4th February 2020
Alejandro Jodorowsky Collection is a film set by Alejandro Jodorowsky.
Starring Tamara Garina, Sergio Kleiner and Alejandro Jodorowsky.
El Topo and The Holy Mountain both had problems with the British censor.
UK: Passed aggregate 18 uncut for:
  • 2020 Arrow [Alejandro Jodorowsky Collection] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 30th March 2020
Fando y Lis is a 1968 Mexico fantasy adventure by Alejandro Jodorowsky (as Alexandro Jodorowsky).
Starring Tamara Garina, Sergio Kleiner and Diana Mariscal. BBFC link IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this film but there was once an alternative version. Shortly after Federico Fellini's Satyricon (1969) was released to appreciative audiences in the USA, an English dubbed version was hurriedly released that was re-edited to appear more Felliniesque and was 13 minutes shorter than the original edit. It was a critical and financial flop... and hasn't been seen since.

El Tope is a 1970 Mexico western by Alejandro Jodorowsky.
With Alejandro Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky and José Legarreta. BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for X rated cinema release in 1973. Then uncut and 18 rated on home video. Uncut in the US but a legal dispute between Jodorowsky and the distributors delayed a home video release for many years.

The Holy Mountain is a 1973 Mexico/US fantasy adventure by Alejandro Jodorowsky.
With Alejandro Jodorowsky, Horacio Salinas and Zamira Saunders. BBFC link IMDb

Cut by the BBFC for X rated cinema release in 1974. Uncut and 18 rated on home video. Uncut and MPAA R rated in the US.

Psychomagie, un art pour guérir is a 2019 France documentary by Alejandro Jodorowsky.
Starring Alejandro Jodorowsky. IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this film.

Promotional Material

Alejandro Jodorowsky is one of world cinema s most fabled iconoclasts. Often venerated as the ultimate cult film director, the Chilean artist shot to prominence as a 1970s counter-cultural icon thanks to the masterful movies presented on this collection: Fando y Lis , El Topo and The Holy Mountain . These extraordinary films, presented here alongside his stunning new film Psychomagic , bedazzled audiences with their unique aesthetic, contrasting violence and beauty; the sublime and the sacrilegious; the mystical and the macabre...

Jodorowsky s first feature, Fando y Lis , tells of young Fando and his paraplegic sweetheart Lis s journey through a series of surreal scenarios to find the enchanted city of Tar. An acid-western packed with vivid imagery, El Topo stars Jodorowsky as a master-gunfighter who duels with four sharp-shooting adversaries on his journey across a desert dreamscape. In The Holy Mountain , Jodorowsky plays The Alchemist, a guru who guides a troupe of pilgrims on a quest to ascend the Holy Mountain in search of spiritual enlightenment. Jodorowsky s new cinematic experience, Psychomagic, A Healing Art , explores the directors radical therapeutic work.

Influential, controversial and endlessly fascinating, Jodorowsky s surreal masterpieces are presented here in stunning new 4K restorations, accompanied with a wealth of illuminating extras, and new writing.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • New 4K restorations of Fando y Lis , El Topo and The Holy Mountain approved by Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • Blu-ray premiere of Jodorowsky s new film Psychomagic
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations
  • Original 1.0 mono audio and optional 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio
  • Newly translated English, Spanish and French subtitles
  • Six collector s postcards
  • Double-sided fold-out poster
  • Limited edition 80-page hardbound book featuring new writing on the films by Virginie Sélavy, Michael Atkinson, Bilge Ebiri, Mark Pilkington and archival articles
  • Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly designed artwork by Matt Griffin

    FANDO Y LIS

  • Audio commentary by Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • Jodorowsky Remembers Fando y Lis , new interview
  • Newly filmed introduction with Richard Peña, Professor of Film Studies at Columbia University
  • La Cravate , Jodorowsky s compellingly surreal 1957 adaptation of Thomas Mann s The Transposed Heads
  • La Constellation Jodorowsky , Louis Mouchet s feature-length documentary featuring interviews with Jean Mobieus Giraud and Peter Gabriel

    EL TOPO

  • Film presentation in both 1.85:1 and 1.33:1 original theatrical aspect ratios for the first time
  • Audio commentary by Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • Jodorowsky Remembers El Topo , new interview
  • New introduction with Richard Peña
  • A Conversation with The Son of El Topo , a newly filmed, extensive interview with Brontis Jodorowsky
  • The Father of Midnight Movies , an archival interview filmed in 2007
  • El Topo Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD

    THE HOLY MOUNTAIN

  • Audio commentary by Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • Jodorowsky Remembers The Holy Mountain , new interview
  • New introduction with Richard Peña
  • Pablo Leder: Jodorowsky s Right Hand Man , Jodorowsky s personal assistant remembers his time spent with the director
  • The A to Z of The Holy Mountain , a new video essay by writer Ben Cobb
  • Deleted scenes with director s commentary
  • The Tarot , a short film in which Jodorowsky explains the secrets of the cards
  • The Holy Mountain Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD

    PSYCHOMAGIC, A HEALING ART

  • Blu-ray premiere of Jodorowsky's new film
  • Original Trailer



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