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unclassified dvd releases

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by adi, Feb 1, 2003.

  1. adi

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    there is a uk based company called cryptkeeper releasing low budget extreme horror & genre films, which are so extreme that they are not submitted to the bbfc (because by their own admission, they would be cut to ribbons), and are therefore unclassified - they are sold via mail order.

    where exactly in law do these stand, with regard to possible implications of legal action if you buy one, and it is deemed to be illegal due to the contents ????

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  2. encaser

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    It would be unlikley for a customer to be penalised by law for purchasing horror or adult hardcore pornography. Recent studies by the criminal prosecutions service found it extremely difficult to persuade a jury to find personal buyers of such material guilty of committing an offence if it had of age consensual actors. And have more or less given up. A good example being customs merely destroying material alone as opposed to also seeking prosecution of the purchaser.
    If a crime is being committed it would in all likelihood be the distibutor alone to get an ello, ello, ello call.
     
  3. captaineyecatch

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    adi

    You wont be able to but them from Cryptkeeper anymore - they just got a letter from the BBFC legal people - they have to stop selling scrapbook, meat market etc. Cryptkeeper have been told to submit them to the bbfc for rating - Scrapbook will never get passed so its almost certain to be Banned.
    Heres a bit from sexgoremutants.co.uk about this

    Here in the UK our old foes at the British Board of Film Censors got wind that the lovely folk at Cryptkeeper DVD had available an unrated edition of the excellent 'Scrapbook' (the best independent movie released on DVD last year) and got their large firm of lawyers to contact them and demand that they cease selling it immediately or action would be taken. Of course they have been given the option (what option you may ask) of submitting the film to them for a rating but we all know that the film will likely be rejected completely. Again the elitist snobs at the BBFC are dictating to you what they decide you can watch.
     
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    I was under the impression that the law on imports was such that Her Majesty's Customs & Excise are fairly tolerant of horror and sex imports, so long as they are not too extreme, for example child pornography, snuff and so forth.
     

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