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Shopping: Walking the Edge...

1985 US action drama by Norbert Meisel, previously cut by the BBFC, set for uncut UK Blu-ray release on 6th March 2023 updated with BBFC cuts list


Link Here9th December 2022
Walking the Edge is a 1985 US action drama by Norbert Meisel
Starring Nancy Kwan, Robert Forster and Joe Spinell BBFC link 2020 IMDb
Cut by the BBFC for 18 rated VHS in 1986. Later uncut and 15 rated for 2023 Blu-ray

Summary Notes

A Los Angeles taxi driver picks up a woman in his cab, not knowing that she's on a suicidal revenge mission. He manages to escape with her before getting killed, but deranged gangsters are searching for them.

Versions

BBFC uncut
uncut
run: 93:49s
pal: 90:04s
15UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language, violence, sexualised nudity, racist language:
  • 2023 Radiance Films/Fun City Editions UK (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 6th March 2023

BBFC cut
cut: 2:24s
run: 90:38s
pal: 87:00s
18 1980UK: Passed 18 after BBFC cuts:
  • 1986 CBS/Fox Video Ltd VHS

Thanks to Tim for the BBFC cuts list:

  • At 67m29s-67m45s - Love making of couple, immediately following cutting of Indian's ear by gang
  • At 68m01s-69m13s - Torturing and killing of Indian with electric drill intercut by continued love-making of couple
  • At 79m07s - Shot of close-up arm with knife at victim's crotch, with dripping blood
The timings don't quite add up to the specified total. Possibly the distributor overcut to have scenes run more smoothly.

Promotional Material

Cult movie icons Robert Forster (Medium Cool) and Joe Spinell (Maniac) star with Nancy Kwan (Flower Drum Song) in Norbert Meisel's gritty action drama Walking the Edge. Jason Walk (Forster), a down on his luck cabbie and numbers runner, has a chance at redemption when he crosses paths with revenge-seeking Christine Holloway (Kwan). She's after the gang of violent criminals, led by Brusstar (Spinell), who her murdered her husband and son. Jason unwittingly drives Christine to their lair and when she is unable to finish the job, a hellbent Brusstar and his goons hunt the pair with a vengeance.

Jason Walk's cab prowls the seedier, grimier locales of early '80s Los Angeles and picks up passengers--gamblers, prostitutes and addicts--who match this environment. As such, Walking the Edge is both a sleazy urban thriller and a valuable visual record of an L.A. that has long since been scrubbed clean and redeveloped. And like Max Cherry in Jackie Brown, Jason Walk is the kind of everyman-turned hero that Forster excelled at playing throughout his career.

With Edge, director Meisel (Mafia Girls) teamed with his wife Kwan for the first time. Screenwriter Curt Allen's subsequent credits include Forster's cult favourite Hollywood Harry. Genre veteran Jay Chattaway (Maniac and Vigilante) provides the film with a driving and catchy score. The leads are supported by a diverse cast that includes A Martinez (Powwow Highway), Luis Contreras (Repo Man), Aarika Wells (Sharky's Machine) and Frankie Hill (Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter).

Walking the Edge has been restored in 4K from its original camera negative and now makes it UK Blu-ray debut.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

New 4K restoration from its 35mm original camera negative
"Scoring the Edge," a new video interview with composer Jay Chattaway
"Det Jurgensen Remembers Forster and Spinell," a new video interview with "French Connection Cop" Randy Jurgensen
"Breaking Point," a new video essay by filmmaker Chris O'Neill
Theatrical trailer
Image gallery
Booklet with new essay by filmmaker and writer Jim Hemphill
Newly recorded audio commentary by film historian Chris Poggiali and film producer Matt Verboys
Archival audio commentary by director Norbert Meisel and stars Robert Forster and Nancy Kwan

 

 

Shopping: Fall...

2022 UK/US thriller by Scott Mann set for UK Blu-ray release on 28th November 2022 with 2 versions


Link Here27th October 2022
Fall is a 2022 UK/US thriller by Scott Mann
Starring Grace Caroline Currey, Virginia Gardner and Jeffrey Dean Morgan BBFC link 2020 IMDb
The film was originally set for an MPA R rating for strong language but the distributors overdubbed the strong language to make an MPA PG-13 rated Theatrical Version. This cut version was then passed 15 by the BBFC for cinema and home video. The Uncut Version was also passed 15 for home video.

Versions

BBFC uncut
Uncut Version
run: 106:49s
pal: 102:33s
15UK: The Uncut Version was passed 15 for strong injury detail, brief violence, sustained threat, language:
  • 2022 Signature [Theatrical + Uncut Version] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 28th November 2022
mpaa cut
cut
Theatrical Version
cut:  
run: 106:43s
pal: 102:27s
15

MPAA PG-13

UK: The cut Theatrical Version was passed 15 for strong injury detail, brief violence, sustained threat:
  • 2022 Signature [Theatrical + Uncut Version] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 28th November 2022
  • 2022 cinema release

US: Cut for an MPA PG-13 rating for bloody images, intense peril and strong language.

See article from variety.com :

Over 30 uses of the word 'fuck' were overdubbed using AI software so as to achieve an MPA PG-13 rating rather than an R rating.

Promotional Material

Experience a heart-pounding tale of survival from the producers of 47 Meters Down where sacrifice may just be the only way out.

A fast drop and a sudden stop awaits Becky ( Grace Fulton , Shazam! ) and Hunter ( Virginia Gardner , Halloween ) as they find themselves trapped 2,000 feet up an abandoned radio tower in the desert. Highly trained and resourceful, these climbers were still not ready for every eventuality. A series of unfortunate events see their gear and supplies taken from them and as temperatures rise and vultures begin to circle, the chance of survival begins to fall rapidly.

Also starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan ( Watchmen ), Fall is produced & directed by Scott Mann ( Final Score ) and written by Mann and Jonathan Frank ( Final Score ).

Blu Ray Extras:

Making Of, Audio Commentary with Producer-Co-writer-Director Scott Mann and Producer James Harris, Madison Beer " I Have Never Felt More Alive" Music Video

 

 

Shopping: Maniac...

1980 US serial killer horror by William Lustig, once notably banned and later cut, set for uncut UK Blu-ray release on 24th October 2022


Link Here14th September 2022

Maniac is a 1980 US serial killer horror by William Lustig.
With Joe Spinell, Caroline Munro and Abigail Clayton. Melon Farmers linkYouTube icon BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The Uncut Unrated Theatrical Version is preferred over the shortened Director's Cut. Once Banned by the BBFC, then released later with cuts in 2002 and then uncut in 2022. The film was also cut in the US for an R Rating.
UK: BBFC details not yet published for:

Promotional Material

Following the disturbing story of blue-collar serial killer Frank (Joe Spinell), William Lustig's violent slasher movie has become a cult classic in the ranks of the horror film fandom. In a plot which weaves in elements of Peeping Tom and Taxi Driver this early 80s horror fully delivers both a chilling character study and a gory exploitation piece.

Dark, grimy and oppressively claustrophobic Maniac remains a firm favourite and an unmissable shocker. Presented here fully uncut for the first time ever from a stunning new 4K Restoration.

Extras:

Limited Edition Slipcase
Limited Edition Booklet
4K Restoration in 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
DTS-HD MA 7.1 Re-mix
DTS-HD MA 2.0 Original Audio
Optional English SDH
Audio Commentary with Producer/Director William Lustig and Producer Andrew Garroni
Audio Commentary with Producer/Director William Lustig, Special Make-Up Effects Artist Tom
Savini, Editor Lorenzo Marinelli, and Joe Spinell's Assistant Luke Walter
Audio Commentary by the Hysteria Continues
MANIAC Outtakes
Returning to the Scene of the Crime with William Lustig
Anna and the Killer -- Interview with Star Caroline Munro
The Death Dealer -- Interview with Special Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Savini
Dark Notes -- Interview with Composer Jay Chattaway
Maniac Men -- Interview with Songwriters Michael Sembello and Dennis Matkosky
The Joe Spinell Story
Mr. Robbie: Maniac 2 Promo Reel
MANIAC Publicity
MANIAC Controversy
Theatrical Trailers
TV Spots
Radio Spots
Reversible Sleeve with new artwork by Joel Robinson and Original Poster Artwork

 

 

Shopping: Righting Wrongs...

1986 Hong Kong action comedy by Corey Yuen set for UK Blu-ray release on 24th October 2022 with 3 versions


Link Here7th September 2022

Righting Wrongs is a 1986 Hong Kong action comedy by Corey Yuen
Starring Biao Yuen, Cynthia Rothrock and Melvin Wong BBFC link 2020 IMDb

The film exists in 4 versions. The original Hong Kong cut, Righting Wrongs, an English language version called Above the aw. A Singapore cut and an Integral version including all existing material. There are 4 alternative endings. The BBFC cut the English language version for 18 rated VHS but the 2022 Bu-ray release is uncut.
UK: BBFC details not yet published for:
  • 2022 88 Films Collector's Edition [English + Hong Kong + Singapore + Integral versions] (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon #ad released on 24th October 2022

Promotional Material

Lawyer Ha Ling-Ching (Yuen Biao), fed up with the failings of the justice system and the way it allows criminals off the hook, vows to take the law into his own hands after a key witness and his entire family are murdered. However, his plans are soon complicated when he finds hotshot detective Cindy Sze (Cynthia Rothrock) on his tail.

Shot throughout with intrigue and action, this slick Hong Kong thriller rattles along magically in a satisfyingly explosive manner. In this DELUXE presentation, Righting Wrongs is a must for all serious collectors of martial arts mayhem.

INCLUDES
  • Slipcase with brand-new artwork from Sean Longmore
  • Double-sided foldout Poster
  • 6 Replica Lobby Cards
  • 80-page perfect-bound book featuring exclusive interview with Karen Sheperd and new writing on the film by Matthew Edwards + selected archive materials
  • Reversible sleeve with original Hong Kong poster artwork
DISC 1
  • New 2K Remaster of the Hong Kong Cut [96 minutes]
  • Cantonese-language Hong Kong Theatrical Mix with English subtitles* and SDH
  • Cantonese-language Japan Theatrical Mix with English subtitles* and SDH [features rare ending Cantonese narration]
  • Cantonese Home Video Remix with English subtitles* and SDH
  • English 5.1
DISC 2
  • New 2K Remaster of the English "ABOVE THE LAW" Cut - English with SDH [92 mins]
  • New 2K Remaster of the Singapore Cut - Mandarin with English subtitles* and SDH [100 mins]
  • ULTIMATE CUT a newly produced ULTIMATE CUT, a version of the film prepared exclusively for this release that combines footage from the Hong Kong and Singapore cuts to present a hypothetical "complete" version with four possible endings. [105 mins - 106 mins approx] with English subtitles*
  • Ultimate Cut Ending Randomiser
  • Newly-translated English Subtitles

Extras

  • [New] Frank Djeng Commentary [HK cut]
  • [Archive] Cynthia Rothrock Tai Seng Commentary [HK cut]
  • [New] Cynthia Rothrock Interview
  • [New] Cynthia Rothrock Scene-specific Commentary
  • [New] Peter Cunningham Interview
  • [New] Peter Cunningham Scene-specific Commentary
  • [New] Mike Leeder and Arne Venema Commentary
  • [Archive] The Vigilante: An Interview with Yuen Biao
  • [Archive] Action Overload: An Interview with Cynthia Rothrock
  • [Archive] From the Ring to the Silver Screen: An Interview with Peter Cunningham
  • Rare alternate "Ladies Man" ending
  • Hong Kong Trailer
  • English Trailer
  • Tai Seng Reconstruction Trailer



 


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