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  Dressed to amuse...

Chinese censorship of The Shape of Water inspires a meme for recreating cinema scenes with the addition of little black dresses

Link Here 17th March 2018
The Shape of Water is a 2017 USA fantasy romance by Guillermo del Toro.
Starring Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael Shannon and Octavia Spencer. IMDb
uncut original censored Chinese version

Uncut original

Censored Chinese version

Chinese audiences are used to censored, clean versions of Hollywood imports involving violence, nudity, sex scenes, or profanity. What Chinese moviegoers are allowed to see in theaters completely depends on the country's film censor, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People's Republic of China (SAPPRFT), which, in the recent release of 2017 Oscar winner The Shape of Water, altered scenes where actors are in states of undress by either adding clothes or else pixellating out the offending details.

According to a Weibo post by movie critic Feng Xiaoqiang CCC, in one scene of the Chinese revised version of the film, the female protagonist, Elisa, is covered in black shadows from her chest to her thighs, whereas in the original, the actress is fully naked with her back facing the camera.

That was my first time seeing this in a Chinese theater. I was stunned, Feng wrote. It almost looks like the actress is dressed in an all-black one-piece swimsuit, and it fits her well.

Some scenes are completely stripped from the movie, such as the opening sequence of Elisa masturbating in her tub and several sex scenes.

To avoid nudity, another method used in the movie is to zoom in the camera on the actress's face while cutting other parts of her body out of the frame.

However, with the removal of a few scenes, the modified version somehow still managed to maintain the same length of 123 minutes as its original. In his post, Feng said that since he didn't notice any replacement footage in the movie, his guess is that SAPPRFT has extended the time for opening or closing credits.

Amused by the fit swimsuit that SAPPRFT forced Elisa to wear, Chinese internet users started to dress characters in other movies to ridicule the prudishness of SAPPRFT.

See these amusing examples in the article from


  The Planter's Wife...

1952 UK adventure drama by Ken Annakin cut for UK DVD release in 2018 on grounds of animal cruelty

Link Here 16th March 2018
planters wifeThe Planter's Wife is a 1952 UK adventure drama by Ken Annakin.
Starring Claudette Colbert, Jack Hawkins and Anthony Steel. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed PG for mild violence, threat after 1:18s of BBFC compulsory cuts for:

  • 2018 Strawberry Media video
The BBFC commented:
  • Compulsory cut required to remove sight of animal cruelty (cobra and mongoose fight) in accordance with BBFC Guidelines and policy.
Summary Notes

The marriage of rubber-plantation owner Jim Frazer and his wife, Liz, which has survived many disasters, including years in a Japanese internment camp, is at a breaking point. Under constant threats of bandit attacks and concerned with the safety of his plantation and the people on it, Jim spares no time for his marriage. Liz is to take their young son, Mike, home to school in England, and, without telling Jim, does not plan to return. A neighboring plantation is attacked and the owner killed just prior to her departure. Liz and Jim get arms and ammunition from a near-by town, and a night of terror follows as the bandits attack.


  Reducing waste...

Manitoba film censors to be shut down so as to reduce cost and red tape for film distributors

Link Here 15th March 2018
manitoba logoCanada has several province based film censors but Manitoba is now set to close down its own film censor and use the ratings from another province instead.

Culture Minister Cathy Cox said that she's started the dismantling of the Manitoba Film Classification Board and replacing it with the classifications designated by Consumer Protection British Columbia.

Cox told reporters she saw no problem accepting the standards of another province, especially one with an NDP government. She that this was not about cost to the state but was concerned with censorship costs borne by distributors. She said:

This is not about cost. The distributors pay the costs of classifying films shown and sold, and video games sold in stores in Manitoba. This is making it easier for distributors. This is an opportunity to reduce our footprint and to reduce red tape.

Her staff later supplied figures that the state censors had classified 377 films in Manitoba in 2016-2017.

Film festivals would be permitted under Cox's changes to classify their own films or use classifications provided by other jurisdictions


 Offsite Article: Uncut Prey Comparison-Norman J Warren...

Link Here 13th March 2018
Prey DVDBlu-rayCombo Checking out the new Vinegar Syndrome restoration

See video from YouTube


 Shopping: The Last House On The Left...

1972 USA video nasty by Wes Craven set for UK Limited Edition Blu-ray release on 28th May 2018 with 3 versions

Link Here 11th March 2018
The Last House On The Left Limited Edition Blu-ray The Last House on the Left is a 1972 USA horror by Wes Craven.
Starring Sandra Peabody, Lucy Grantham and David Hess. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 18 uncut for:

  • 2018 Arrow Limited Edition [Unrated Version + Krugg & Co + R rated Version] RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 28th May 2018
Censorship History
In the US the Original Theatrical Version was uncut and X rated but was soon heavily cut for local censorship requirements and then for a series of attempts made in attaining an R rating. Much of the material cut for an R rating has now been declared lost. In 1986 director Wes Craven assembled his best remaining material previously cut from the film and declared that this version was his Director's Cut. It was released in the US Unrated by the MPAA.

The R rated version was banned from 1974 UK cinema release by the BBFC and the Greater London Council. The film, presumably still in the R rated version was released in the UK when BBFC certificates were not required but it was soon banned as a 'video nasty'. The BBFC continued its ban with the Unrated version being banned from cinema release in 2000.

In 2001 the DVD was resubmitted and was again banned, but this time cuts were being discussed. A resubmission in 2002 resulted in a BBFC offer of an 18 rating after cuts. The distributors appealed against the cuts but lost their case, and ended up with even more cuts than requested by the BBFC. The film was released in the following year with the same BBFC cuts but in two versions, including an alternative cut called Krug & Co.

By 2008 the BBFC had relented and the film was released without BBFC cuts in both the Unrated Version and the alternative Krug & Company.

See also Cutting Edge Episode 48: Last House on the Left Gavin Salkeld investigates the appeal of Wes Craven's much censored classic

See further details at Melon Farmers Film Cuts: Last House on the Left

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The directorial debut of Wes Craven, the man behind such horror favourites as A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Hills Have Eyes and Scream, The Last House on the Left justly retains its reputation as one of the most harrowing cinematic experiences of all time, nearly half a century on from its original release.

On the eve of her 17th birthday, Mari and friend Phyllis set off from her family home to the big city to attend a concert by shock-rockers Bloodlust. Attempting to pick up some marijuana on the way, the pair run afoul of a group of vicious crooks, headed up by the sadistic and depraved Krug (David Hess). Gagged and bound, the young women are bundled into a car trunk and driven to the woods, where the gang subject them to a terrifying ordeal of sexual humiliation, torture and murder.

Unleashed on an unsuspecting public in 1972, The Last House on the Left shocked audiences with its graphic and unflinching portrayal of interpersonal violence, paving the way for a whole host of cheap imitators looking to capitalise on its success. It is Wes Craven s original alone, however, that remains one of the true watershed moments in horror (and indeed, film) history.


  • Three cuts of the film newly restored in 2K from original film elements
  • Original Uncompressed Mono Audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork
  • 6 x lobby card reproductions
  • Limited edition perfect-bound book featuring new writing on the film by author Stephen Thrower
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper


  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the Uncut Version
  • Brand new audio commentary by podcasters Bill Ackerman and Amanda Reyes
  • Archival audio commentary with writer/director Wes Craven and producer Sean S. Cunningham
  • Archival audio commentary with stars David Hess, Marc Sheffler and Fred Lincoln
  • Junior s Story a brand new interview with actor Marc Sheffler
  • Marc Sheffler in Conversation at the American Cinematheque
  • Brand new interview with wardrobe and make-up artist Anne Paul
  • Songs in the Key of Krug never-before-seen archive interview with David Hess
  • Celluloid Crime of the Century archival documentary featuring interviews with Wes Craven, Sean S. Cunningham, actors David Hess, Fred Lincoln, Jeramie Rain, Marc Sheffler and Martin Kove
  • Still Standing: The Legacy of The Last House on The Left archival interview with Wes Craven
  • Scoring Last House on the Left archival interview with actor/composer David Hess
  • It's Only a Movie: The Making of The Last House on the Left archival documentary
  • Forbidden Footage the cast and crew of Last House on the film s most controversial sequences
  • Deleted Scene
  • Outtakes and Dailies
  • Trailers, TV Spot & Radio Spots
  • Image Gallery


  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the Krug and Company and R-rated cuts of the film
  • The Craven Touch brand new featurette bringing together interviews with a number of Wes Craven s collaborators, including Sean S. Cunningham, composer Charles Bernstein, producer Peter Locke, cinematographer Mark Irwin and actress Amanda Wyss
  • Early Days and Night of Vengeance filmmaker Roy Frumkes remembers Wes Craven and Last House on the Left
  • Tales That'll Tear Your Heart Out excerpts from an unfinished Wes Craven short

      Every Day...

    BBFC category cuts required for 2018 cinema release

    Link Here 10th March 2018
    every dayEvery Day is a 2018 USA romance by Michael Sucsy.
    Starring Maria Bello, Debby Ryan and Justice Smith. BBFC link IMDb

    UK: Passed 12A for moderate bad language, infrequent suicide references after 4s of BBFC category cuts for:

    • 2018 cinema release
    The BBFC commented:
    • Company chose to remove images of suicide techniques in order to obtain a 12A rating. An uncut 18 classification was available.

    In the US the film is uncut and rated PG-13 for thematic content, language, teen drinking, and suggestive material.

    Summary Notes

    Based on David Levithan's acclaimed bestselling novel, EVERY DAY tells the story of Rhiannon, a 16-year old girl who falls in love with a mysterious spirit named "A" that inhabits a different body every day. Feeling an unmatched connection, Rhiannon and "A" work each day to find each other, not knowing what or WHO the next day will bring. The more the two fall in love, the more the idea of loving someone who is a different person every 24 hours takes a toll on Rhiannon and "A", leaving them to make a decision that will change their lives forever.


     Offsite Article: The Death of Stalin...

    Link Here 10th March 2018  full story: Film Censorship in Russia...Censorship in the guise of banning strong language
    The Death of Stalin DVD Russia Banned My Movie. Hold Your Applause. By the film's director, Armando Iannucci

    See article from


     Offsite Article: Less dead...

    Link Here 8th March 2018
    Night Of The Living Dead Blu-ray takes a look at the workprint just released with Night of the Living Dead

    See article from


      The Saint...

    Gavin Salkeld's Quick Trims investigates unsaintly cuts for a 12 rating, and a PG rated trailer

    Link Here 7th March 2018
    edge the saint The Saint is a 1997 USA action Sci-Fi romance by Phillip Noyce.
    Starring Val Kilmer, Elisabeth Shue and Rade Serbedzija. BBFC link IMDb

    Simon Templar has no real family, no real home and Simon Templar isn't even his real name. Yet Simon Templar , also known as the Saint for his use of creating false identities using the names of Catholic saints,is one of the world's most successful thieves. Slick, debonair and a master of disguise, Simon manages to outwit the police again and again. On his next job Simon is hired by the Russian Mafia to steal a cold fusion energy formula from scientist Emma Russel, however the mission backfires as he falls for the pretty, intelligent scientist. Simon and his new love must now manage to outwit the Russian Mafia and work out the energy formula before the worst happens and the US is affected forever.

    BBFC category cuts were required for all 12 rated UK releases. Uncut and PG-13 rated in the US.

    See these cuts in Cutting Edge Quick Trims video on YouTube


     Updated: Wounded by censors...

    A south African film with a gay theme has been effectively banned from mainstream cinema release by the film censor by unfairly classifying it as pornography

    Link Here 7th March 2018
    Poster Inxeba 2017 John Trengove Inxeba (The Wound) is a 2017 South Africa / Germany / Netherlands / France romance by John Trengove.
    Starring Nakhane Touré, Bongile Mantsai and Niza Jay. IMDb

    Xolani, a lonely factory worker, travels to the rural mountains with the men of his community to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. When a defiant initiate from the city discovers his best-kept secret, Xolani's entire existence begins to unravel.

    Inxeba (The Wound) is a film centred around an African custom of adulthood initiation via a circumcision ritual. It contains two simulated sex scenes and has a gay storyline.

    South African film censors at Film and Publication Board (FPB} originally awarded a straightforward 16 LS rating for language and sex.

    The gay theme wound up local conservatives of the Gauteng branch of the Congress of Traditional Leaders of SA (Contralesa) and cultural organisation the Man and Boy Foundation and an appeal against the rating was lodged.

    The result of the appeal was that the rating was upgraded to an X18 rating which is generally reserved for explicit hardcore pornography. Similarly to the UK, the movie can then only be screened at licensed porn cinemas, and it is effectively banned from mainstream cinemas.

    Clearly the producers of Inxeba are not well pleased and along with  leading South African film industry players say the fight over the movie being reclassified as pornographic by the FPB is far from over. They have vowed to take the matter to court. They accuse the FPB of censorship, homophobia and of not following its own governing act or classification guidelines by overturning the controversial, award-winning gay Xhosa initiation movie's original 16 LS ratin.

    Update: Fake consultation?

    23rd February 2018. See  article from

    The Film and Publication Board (FPB) has insisted the revision of its classification guidelines for films is not linked to controversial movie Inxeba.

    This comes as the FPB has launched a countrywide roadshow to get input from the public on how the content-classification and censorship authority rates films.

    But the Right2Know campaign has slammed the decision, saying the review process had been haphazardly organised as a response to the outcry over the reclassification of Inxeba.

    Update: 15 rated in the UK

    4th March 2018.

    For comparison, the UK, the cinema release was passed 15 uncut for strong sex, language, drug misuse.


    Update: Provisionally unbanned by the High Court

    7th March 2018. See  article from

    Inxeba (The Wound) has been unbanned by a Pretoria High Court Order and will be back on mainstream cinema screens again from Friday, March 9.

    This is the result of a High Court order granted on Tuesday, in the urgent application brought by Webber Wentzel on behalf of the film's producers and distributor to reverse the X18 rating and enables the film to return to the public domain and be relieved of its imprisonment in sex shops, branded as pornography.

    While this outcome has provided momentary relief to the film as it can be screened in mainstream cinema with the rating of 18, the lifting of the ban is, however, only temporary, pending the outcome of review proceedings before the court, which will be heard on March 28.


      Trump rated PG for political guidance suggested...

    Yes, President Trump, movie ratings exist, but as an MPAA historian explains, they're just as frustratingly opaque as ever

    Link Here 4th March 2018
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      Death Wish...

    Eli Roth remake has been cut for a 15 rated cinema release

    Link Here 2nd March 2018
    death wish Death Wish is a 2017 USA action crime thriller by Eli Roth.
    Starring Bruce Willis, Vincent D'Onofrio and Elisabeth Shue. BBFC link IMDb

    UK: Passed 15 for strong violence, injury detail, language after 14s of BBFC category cuts for:

    • 2018 cinema release
    The BBFC commented:
    • Company chose to make reductions to a scene of torture in order to obtain a 15 classification. An uncut 18 classification was available.

    A few days earlier Death was passed 18 uncut for strong violence, scene of torture, but the distributors preferred a cut 15 rated release.

    Summary Notes

    A mild-mannered father is transformed into a killing machine after his family is torn apart by a violent act.



    2018 version by Kit Monkman has been cut for a 12A rated cinema release

    Link Here 2nd March 2018
    Poster Macbeth 2018 Kit Monkman Macbeth is a 2016 UK drama by Kit Monkman.
    Starring Al Weaver, James Atherton and David Bradley. BBFC link IMDb

    UK: A pre-cut version shorter by 39s was passed 12A for moderate sex, violence, gore without further BBFC cuts for:

    • 2018 cinema release

    The film was previously submitted in January 2018 and was passed 15 uncut for infrequent strong sex.

    Clearly the 'strong sex' was cut.


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