Hi, AndyP's comments about censorship differences between the UK and US, (in the Die Hard Trilogy Question thread), raised some interesting issues. As such, I thought that so my question didn't get buried there, I'd start a new thread. ----- Whilst it is quite fair to say that in the UK, we have had a very tough time with a lot of films (since the inception of the 1984 Video Recording Act), things are a lot better now than they were. An example being the controversial French drama "Baise Moi", which is due out in the UK in May 2002. The title actually translates from the French for "F*** Me"! Now, for those who don't know, this film is essentially a rape/revenge movie, but with female protagonists. The things is, that the film was heavily condemned in France, and even some cinemas and cinema chains refused to advertise it, or play the film. In France, that's pretty rare, bearing in mind that most 15 and 18 certificate films here in the UK, tend to be classified less restrictively over there. (An example: "Last House On The Left" is still banned in the UK, though it is currently awaiting a possible cinema release. Yet, in France, it was given a "16" certificate!) In the US, the film was released, but a lot of material was cut from "Baise Moi". Having said that, the uncut edition only runs to apprximately 78 minutes anyway, so heavy cuts would have made the film very, very short, and also probably incomprehensible. At the moment, a DVD and video release has not yet been approved of, due to legal issues with the original French producers! Over here though, the BBFC have given the movie an "18", but have only asked for one seconds worth of cuts - to a scene of forced sexual penetration. So, in some sense, we are luckier than some countries, in that we will at least be able to see the movie, 99% intact. On the opposite side, let's examine what it might be like if we lived in the USA. Now in the USA, most people know that a film can be released to cinemas, home video and DVD uncut, but without a certificate of any kind. Hence, a lot of "banned" material is easily available in high street stores and online, as "unrated". However, the downside is that some material gets released, which I personally don't think would be appropriate to be on view to every member of the public, where anyone can see the item. Let me give you an example here, to illustrate what I mean: In the USA, it is possible to buy films on DVD like "Nekromantik 2" and "Faces Of Death", in a fair amount of US DVD stores, if you look in the horror genre sections. Anyone can look at the covers on these titles, and read what the films are about. Those who don't know already, "Nekromantik 2" deals with a man who has an interest in necrophilia. "FOD" deals with material about death. The title includes a lot of material of animals being slaughtered, which is very distressing to watch. Admittedly some of the footage is blatantly fake, but it's still a rather reprehensible movie nonetheless. (That's my personal opinion only!) How many of you would be happy to allow stores like Virgin, MVC or HMV stock these titles, here in the UK? Before you answer, remember that the cases would be on open display, and anyone of any age could deliberately or accidentally see and read the contents of these films. Would you be okay with that? In my personal opinion, I wouldn't. I'm all for freedom of choice for adults. I'm also against censorship for adults. However, I wouldn't be happy knowing that children could stumble on these two titles in their local video store, and be distressed or offended by them. Ditto, with parents who may then be put in a situation when a child asks them "What is that man doing to that women?" on the cover of "Nekromantik 2". (The female corpse is actually being dismembered by a man with a large hacksaw!) Now, at least online, to order most DVD's, you need a credit card. As such, that means whilst children could access DVD Importation sites, they are unlikely to be able to actually purchase the material themselves! So, for the most part, those who don't want to access material like that I have previously mentioned, don't have to worry about stumbling upon it, or their children doing so, either. In Japan, they have similar censorship (or lack thereof) to the US. As such, many, many DVD titles dealing with really distressing and explicitly degrading material, is openly available, even if it isn't purchasable. (Titles like "Mermaid In A Manhole", "Evil Dead Trap", the "Guinea Pig" series, and the "Rapeman" series, are just some of the more brutal and sickly titles available.) Would you folks, here in the UK, prefer to stay as we are, right now - whereby those who want certain films can still get them, as long as they know how and where - or would you prefer to be like the US and Japan, where everyone can see (but not necessarily purchase) any title they want? Alternatively, would you prefer something else altogether?! I look forward to reading your opinions. Pooch P.S. Addendum: Dirk2 has since pointed out that film posters for "Baise Moi" have been removed from London Underground for fear of offending people.