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  1. PoochJD

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    Hi,

    Some interesting news from the BBFC for you all (in no particular order):

    HOME VIEWING TITLES:
    - War Of The Worlds (Steven Spielberg version)
    12A for Fullscreen Video Version, but a 12 for Widescreen Video/DVD version! :confused:

    - Huff! (Season 1 of the brilliant US TV comedy series!)
    15 and 18 certificates for various episodes, (in Widescreen)

    - Fat Actress! (Season 1 of the Kirstie Alley show)
    15 certificate (4:3 format only)

    - CSI: NY (Season 1, Episodes 1-12 only)
    15 certificate, Widescreen prints, DD5.1 sound

    - Afterlife (the lame-ass ITV1 spooky drama)
    15 certificates

    - Star Wars III: Revenge Of The Sith
    Uncut, 12 certificate, Widescreen print

    - Drop The Dead Donkey (Series 3)
    uncut 12 and 15 certificates

    - Sweet Sweetback's Badaaaasssss Song
    Edited 18 certificate (Full explanation here!

    - Cracker: Series 1 (UK Version with Robbie Coltrane)
    Uncut 15 or 18 certificates, where applicable, for a remastered, re-release.

    - Airwolf: Pilot Movie
    Extended,, and uncut 94-minute version, as a 12 (Originally given an 18 in 2000, with about 10 minutes of footage missing! :eek: )

    - Quantum Leap: Season 3 Boxed Set
    Uncut 12 or 15 where applicable

    - Sliders: Season 3 and 4 Boxed Sets
    Uncut 12 or 15 certificates where applicable

    - Torchy The Battery Boy (An early Gerry Anderson puppet show)
    Uncut PG, due to potentially inflammatory racial stereotypes being prevalent in the show!

    - The Blind Dead Collection Boxed Set
    a) Tombs of The Blind Dead (Edited 18, for sexualised violence.)
    b) Return Of The Evil Dead (Uncut, but re-edited 18 certificate)
    c) The Night Of The Seagulls (Uncut 18)
    d) The Ghost Galleon (Uncut 15 cert, with no edits!)
    e) Amando de Ossorio Bonus Disc (Uncut 18 cert!)
    ** Looks like the best bet is to import the Region 1 set instead! **

    - Fire And Ice (aka Dragons - Fire And Ice)
    Uncut PG cert, with controversial semi-sexual material left intact


    CINEMA VIEWING:
    - Doom (Uncut 15)

    - Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire (Uncut 12A, but with warnings for "moderate fantasy violence, threat and horror". Also, film is the longest of the lot to-date, at 157 minutes!)

    - Flightplan (Controversial Jodie Foster thriller, Unuct 12A)


    COMPUTER GAMES:
    - Quake 4 (Uncut 18)

    - From Russia With Love (Uncut 12)

    - Total Overdose (Uncut 15)

    - Vietcong 2 (Uncut 15)

    - Trivial Pursuit: Let Loose (Uncut 12, for Strong Language!)

    - Predator: Concrete Jungle (Uncut 18)

    - Land Of The Dead: Road To Fiddler's Green (Originally Pa 15, but increased to an Uncut 18, due to explicit gory violence!)

    - Peter Jackson's King Kong (Uncut 12)



    Pooch
     
  2. Rambo John J

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    yeah, there's some nice moments in the unrated version. KNB really did some great fx work on this one.
     
  3. Smurfin

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    Why is the Jodie Foster controversial? Anyone know?
     
  4. dsw182

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    What is the reason for the different ratings for War of the Worlds?

    Maybe the reframing process for the full frame version tends to single something out.
     
  5. aprout

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    because a bunch of air hostesses (or whatever pc title they have now) complained that they were portrayed as being rude and unhelpful in the movie. :rolleyes:
     
  6. captaineyecatch

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    Errr the 18 rating is for the rather poor Fps shooter out on PC and xbox.
     
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    The 18 rated version had some swearing edited in to the movie/pilot as far as I know.
     
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    doh! :suicide:
    I should learn to read proper
     
  9. PoochJD

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    Hi,

    Actually, I have to say, the UK VHS version didn't, though the US uncut version did! I owned the old Universal 18 certificate VHS, and the only difference between that version and the one shown on UK TV was a couple of very short scenes of blood being shed, from gunshot wounds, and a very dodgy sexist tirade from Stringfellow Hawke about how he'd trained his dog to sniff up women's dresses, to assess whether they were good or bad! :eek: Oh, and Marella's kidnapping (Donald P Bellisario's wife, actress/writer Deborah Pratt) is extended, into more of a torture scene, including burning her with a cigar, et al. :eek: :eek:

    However, the VHS version was the old 82 minute version. But, having done some research on the IMDB, it looks like the following are the many changes:

    1) A home video version was released that was rated R for language (specifically the "f-word").

    2) The home video release of this has a huge number of differences to the original TV version. Many of the scenes are shuffled in order and are much re-edited, and of most note is that much of the original dialogue is dubbed with especially recorded alternate versions, with much stronger swearing (including several instances of the "f" word).

    3) Some elements of the story (generally ones that would continue as threads in the TV series) are completely eliminated. Various differences include:
    - The opening credits captions are different, running slower.
    - A different version of the theme tune is played on the opening sequence.
    - Archangel discussing with the Senator the development of Airwolf (which gives much of the project's background) is much abridged.
    - Shots of Airwolf's on-board radar and maintanance screens are completely different.
    - Numerous scenes have different backing scores and sound effects.
    - A couple of close-ups of the photos in Hawke's cabin are of completely different photos to the original version.
    - For some reason, (most of) the story behind the paintings adorning the walls in Hawke's cabin is removed.
    - On the TV version, before Moffet and his crew head off to Libya in Airwolf, they destory a fighter jet over the desert. On the video version, there is a completely different version of the effectivley the same scene, with them destroying three figher jets over the ocean.
    - Asides from adding much stronger language, the video release also for some reason also changes numerous lines of dialogue. For pure example, when Hawke tells Dominic that he's got a tough mission for the pair of them, Dominic quips "What're we gonna do, kidnap Kadaffi?"; the TV version's "Nothing that simple" becomes "No, a helicopter". There's numerous other instances of lines of dialogue being changed.
    - The closing credits are (slightly) different.
    - The whole chunk of story of where Hawke and Dominic find a hiding place for Airwolf for after they retreive it (in a hollow mountain) and the whole last few minutes after Hawke's recovered & hidden Airwolf, and saying he'll only return it if the Firm find solid information on his missing brother, are completely gone.
    - The video version finishes (rather abruptly) with Hawke and Dominic having defeated Moffet, flying off over the ocean into the sun-set (in a piece of footage used on the TV episode 'Mad Over Miami') and the film finishing; as opposed to the TV version which has several more minutes with Hawke and Archangel discussing the return of Airwolf on condition that Hawke's brother is found, then Hawke going back out to the lake to play his cello.
    - Interestingly, there is a scene where twisted creator Dr. Moffet is torturing the kidnapped Gabrielle in the desert, that was in the original TV version but not on this release. This scene is quite strong and as a result is often edited out by many TV showings; considering the stronger nature of the video version, it's surprising it was not included. As this scene is not on the video release and is often cut out on TV, it could be considered to be quite rare.

    Should be interesting to find out what footage is left in, and what footage is left out!


    Pooch
     
  10. shaithis

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    Interesting the Quake 4 appeared there under games yet FEAR didn't....

    Q4 should have gotten a 15 IMO....although FEAR does deserve the 18 it received.
     
  11. Andy.T

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    War of the Worlds is a 12 rather than a 12A on home video for the simple reason that 12A is only a theatrical certification. There are no 12A video/DVDs
     
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    She's far too intelligent for many people.
     
  14. PoochJD

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    Hi Andy,

    You are correct, but then how do you explain this, which is a Fullscreen Video Feature?!

    Or this, for the Widescreen Video Feature Version?!


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  15. Andy.T

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    Typo I'd expect.

    I've informed the BBFC about errors on their site in the past, most recently with incorrect consumer advice (their site said that Cinema Paradiso contained "moderate horror" I think heh).

    I've dropped them a quick line about this too (dutiful citizen that I am heh), I'll let you know if I hear anything.
     
  16. Andy.T

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    All fixed for you now Pooch. :thumbsup:
     
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    All down to the paying person. At the cinema 12A but the adult pays for the under 12 to go in and see it. As with the DVD an adult has to pay for it. Defeats the object if an under 12 can buy the DVD but not pay for him/her to watch it in the cinema.
     

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