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Texas Chainsaw...

Passed 18 by the BBFC


Link Here 30th November 2012

Texas Chainsaw 3D is a 2013 USA horror mystery thriller by John Luessenhop.
With Alexandra Daddario, Tania Raymonde and Scott Eastwood. YouTube icon IMDb

The BBFC have just passed the film 18 uncut for strong bloody violence and gory images for cinema release with a running time of 91:50s.

 

 

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey...

Passed 12A by the BBFC


Link Here 30th November 2012

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a 2012 US fantasy adventure by Peter Jackson.
With Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and Richard Armitage. YouTube icon IMDb

The BBFC have just passed the film 12A uncut for moderate violence for cinema release with a running time of 166:00s

 

 

The Last of the Mohicans...

The Director's Definitive Cut released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here 30th November 2012

The Last of the Mohicans is a 1992 US adventure by Michael Mann.
With Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe and Russell Means. YouTube icon IMDb

UK: The Director's Definitive Cut  looks set to be 12 rated for:

  • UK 2012 Warner R0 Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 26th November 2012

See pictorial version details from movie-censorship.com . The changes are uncontroversial in terms of censorship.


Promotional Material

In mid-18th century America, woodsman Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis) lives amongst British colonists in New York state, but shares the cultural values of his adopted Mohican father, Chingachgook (Russell Means). At the height of the French-Indian war, Hawkeye is asked to lead two British sisters, Cora and Alice (Madeleine Stowe and Jodhi May), through dangerous territory to their father's fort. With the French-allied Hurons on their trail, one of whom has a personal vendetta against the daughters, Hawkeye and his companion Uncas still find time for romance with their charges, much to the chagrin of the accompanying Major Duncan Heyward (Steven Waddington), who has set his cap at Cora.

 

 

I Spit on Your Censorship...

I Spit on Your Grave still getting noticed in New Zealand


Link Here 30th November 2012

Spit Your Grave Region NTSC A video rental store in Hamilton, New Zealand has been forced to pull a movie from its shelves which was banned by censors in 2011 for scenes of rape and sadistic violence.

United Video owner Mike Puklowski said he had no idea the film was banned even though the store promoted it as banned .

Censors last year approved a re-issue of the 1978 original on Blu-ray, but were scathing of the remake in a March 2011 decision by the classifications office:

The [2010 remake] contains long and realistic scenes showing the brutal terrorisation and rape of a woman by a group of men. Later scenes show her implausible but sadistic vengeance against her tormentors.

It encouraged attitudes that contribute to sexual violence, torture by terror and other extremes of cruelty and violence, particularly against women.

The treatment of the woman before she is raped, is an all-too-plausible and realistic version of the kind of abuse meted out to many women. There is minimal effort to explain the sadistic behaviour of the male characters.

The length of the scenes and their gratuitous focus on [her] suffering offer maximum opportunity for misogynistic pleasure. Viewers are repeatedly invited to share the point of view of the rapists and are therefore placed in the position of prurient voyeurs.

Some viewers may well identify with male dominance and power, and echo the men's enjoyment of the woman's terror and humiliation.

A spokeswoman from the Office of Film and Literature Classification confirmed the film was 'objectionable', a ruling which meant possessing, or downloading it would be an offence.

 

 

Update: Feel Free to Insult Me!...

Lords propose amendment to remove the word insult from Section 5 of the Public Order Act


Link Here 30th November 2012
Full story: Public Order Act...Enabling police censorship

The Reform Section 5 campaign has taken a major step forward with the tabling of an amendment in Parliament to remove the word insulting from section 5 of the Public Order Act.

The amendment, to the Crime and Courts Bill, was made by Lord Dear, former Chief Constable of the West Midlands police, and countersigned by three prominent lawyers, former Lord Chancellor Lord Mackay of Clashfern, former Director of Public Prosecutions Lord (Ken) MacDonald and Baroness (Helena) Kennedy QC.

The amendment has been welcomed by the incoming Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Baroness Onora O'Neill, who said:

There is evidence that police are using this power to arrest and fine people for exercising their fundamental human right to freedom of expression.

Limitations on free speech to deal with offences such as incitement to hatred and violence are clearly necessary. However, a blanket ban on the use of any insulting words or actions is dangerous because it could criminalise anyone who speaks their mind, regardless of their intention.'

A legal change is vital to protect free speech along with better guidance on equality and human rights, to help police find the right balance between legitimate free speech and taking justifiable action against abusive words or conduct.'

The influential Joint (Parliamentary) Committee on Human Rights has also recommended that:

We understand the sensitivities with certain communities on the issue of criminalising insulting words or behaviour, but nonetheless we support an amendment to the Bill which reduces the scope of Section 5 Public Order Act 1986 on the basis that criminalising insulting words or behaviour constitutes a disproportionate interference with freedom of expression.

The campaign to reform section 5 has been led by the Christian Institute and the National Secular Society who last week wrote to every peer asking them to support the change.

Keith Porteous wood, Executive Director of the National Secular Society said:

Given the high level of support, especially with such prestigious names, we are highly optimistic that this campaign will be successful. The deadline for the Government to respond to the consultation passed many months ago and there is no credible opposition.

 

 

Update: Zombie Censors...

Dead Island: Riptide looks to be banned from Germany


Link Here 30th November 2012
Full story: Games Censorship in Germany...German politicians target video games

It looks like the Spring 2013 follow-up to the Zombie-themed action-RPG Dead Island has been banned in Germany. In a recent interview with PCGamesN, Dead Island: Riptide creative producer Sebastian Reichert said this was due to the country's strict guidelines on the sale of violent media:

We have no censored version of the game so we cannot release it in Germany. It feels fucking awkward to have one of the most successful games in years and nobody in your country knows it.

German rules on violent media say that it cannot contain violence against human-like characters and mutilation of corpses. Games often have to be censored so as to be made acceptable for release in the country.

 

 

Spitting Blood...

Welsh Government asks TV companies to ban soap opera comments critical of policy about bovine TB


Link Here 30th November 2012

The Welsh Government has lodged an official complaint over an episode of Welsh language soap Pobol y Cwm on S4C.

It claimed that the programme breached BBC and Ofcom guidelines with a storyline in which characters protested about the lack of a badger cull to curb TB in cattle.

The formal complaint demanded that the BBC - which makes the soap - and S4C pull a planned repeat of the episode and also prevent internet access to it.

One of the character in the show, fictionally based in west Wales, said the Welsh government doesn't have the backbone to cull badgers. The character Cathryn Richards, known as Cadno , says the Government does not care about the countryside because there aren't enough votes here .

A Welsh Government spokesman said:

Following last night's episode of Pobol y Cwm, we have made an official complaint to the BBC and S4C following what we believe to be a serious breach of BBC and Ofcom guidelines.

We have asked the BBC and S4C to take swift action to address our concerns.

The BBC's editorial guidelines are clear that programmes are expected to ensure that 'controversial subjects' are treated with due impartiality in all their output.

We do not believe this to be the case in this instance.

S4C's director of content Dafydd Rhys said the episode would not be pulled and it would still be available online: We're satisfied that the drama includes a variety of viewpoints which refer to the public debate about plans to eradicate Bovine TB.

 

 

Offsite Article: Ofcom to be Appointed as UK's Newspaper Censor...


Link Here 30th November 2012
Full story: Leveson Report...Proposal to appoint Ofcom as the UK's newspaper censor
The Guardian outlines the Leveson's censorship proposals

See article from guardian.co.uk

 

 

Offsite Article: Leveson Goes Too Far...


Link Here 30th November 2012
Full story: Leveson Report...Proposal to appoint Ofcom as the UK's newspaper censor
Kirsty Hughes outlines Index's issues with the press inquiry's recommendations. Lord Justice Leveson's report could determine the path of the press in Britain for years to come.

See article from indexoncensorship.org

 

 

Updated: Going to the Pictures...

The BBFC update their website


Link Here 29th November 2012

The BBFC has updated its website with a bolder and more colourful affair with lots more pictures.

There are new front page features providing a list of classification information for new cinema releases and for the latest DVD classifications.

Most, if not all data items are still available. A slight problem is that when a title search results in a long list of matches, these are presented in endless unordered subpages to click through, rather than a long list that previously was quick to scan through.

In terms of depth of data, the website is way ahead of any other similar site, and now it has better decorated with film posters and colour.

Update: BBFC Insight

The BBFC is pleased to announce the launch of its new website which brings together the main BBFC website, the BBFC website for parents (PBBFC) and the BBFC education website for students (SBBFC). With improved search functionality, the new look BBFC website places film content information at its core, making it easier for the public, parents in particular, to find detailed BBFCinsight information about any film rated by the BBFC.

David Cooke, Director of the BBFC says:

We designed the new website to make it easier for parents to make informed decisions about the films their children see whether at the cinema, on DVD or via download. BBFCinsight is designed to be clear and unbiased, giving details about the age rating issues in a film, but also other details parents have told us they like to be aware of, such as examples of mild language, or even themes such as divorce or bereavement that may not impact on the age rating, but might upset some children. Parents can find a short summary of BBFCinsight on DVD boxes and cinema posters and more detailed BBFCinsight is published on the website and the BBFC iPhone and Android Apps.

All BBFC film age ratings come with BBFCinsight, which combines the BBFC's previous Consumer Advice and Extended Classification Information (ECI) under one memorable name. BBFCinsight begins with a summary sentence (like Consumer Advice) then goes straight into a longer explanation about the classification of the film and why it got the rating it did. The new BBFC website also allows users to watch trailers* for new films and sign up to receive regular BBFC newsletters.

John Carr, key adviser on internet safety to the UK Government and Executive Board member of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) said:

BBFCinsight and the new BBFC website will prove incredibly useful to parents navigating the wealth of online film content available to them and their families. By providing detailed information about a films' rating before it's released, the BBFC is equipping parents with tools that are timely, intuitive and provide information at a glance, as well as a more in-depth explanation about what their children are going to see. Parents should not have to struggle to find out whether a film or DVD might upset their child or another family member and the BBFC is helping to ensure this is something all families can prevent.

Verity Gill, Founding Director of Grannynet said:

Here at Grannynet we are delighted with the new BBFCinsight tool which we feel adds an invaluable dimension to the already vital support that the BBFC offers to grandparents. Any way in which our members can feel more confident about what their grandchildren are watching will ensure the film selection process is easier and more enjoyable for everyone concerned.

Putting ratings information online

Independent research carried out for the BBFC in 2011 found that 85% of respondents said it is important to have consistent BBFC classifications available for Video-on-Demand content, rising to 90% amongst parents with children under 16. As well as providing detailed BBFCinsight for every film classified, the BBFC's service for streamed and downloaded content, which launched in collaboration with the home entertainment industry in 2008, also provides trusted classifications, category symbols and BBFCinsight to set-top box, video-on-demand and other online content providers. Key affiliates using the BBFC service include Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Europe, Warner Bros., Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Universal, BT Vision, Tesco/Blinkbox, TalkTalk, Picturebox and Netflix.

Education

The new BBFC website features all the BBFC's educational content, previously available on the Students' SBBFC website. This includes case studies about controversial films, competitions for kids and information about how to book BBFC educational visits. The BBFC has established a number of partnerships with the film industry and cinemas to increase its contact with parents and children. Dialogue with the public both online and through education seminars, is integral to the work of the BBFC and helps inform the issues raised at each review of the BBFC Classification Guidelines. As part of this education and outreach work, the BBFC visited around 130 schools, colleges and other institutions in 2011, speaking to around 12,000 students.

 

 

Ninja Scroll...

Classic and once cut Japanese anime gets a UK DVD and Blu-ray release


Link Here 29th November 2012
Ninja Scroll is a 1993 Japan animation action adventure fantasy thriller by Mamoru Oshii.
With Kichi Yamadera, Emi Shinohara and Takeshi Aono. IMDb

UK: Passed 18 uncut after previous BBFC cuts waived for:

  • UK 2012 Manga Steelbook RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 26th November 2012
  • UK 2012 Manga (RB) Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 26th November 2012
  • UK 2012 Manga R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 26th November 2012

See  review from  cine-vue.com

Censorship History

UK: Passed 18 after 53s of BBFC cuts for:
  • UK 1997 Manga VHS
  • UK 1995 Manga VHS

See pictorial cuts details from movie-censorship.com . The BBFC were deleting sights of martial arts weaponry at this time:

  • The first cut occurs during the scene where Tessai kills the ninjas in the forest. A scene where all the ninjas simultaneously throw Shurikens at Tessai has been cut.
  • The next cut occurs during the scene where Tessai sexually assaults Kagero. He rips off her top and proceeds to lick her breasts, legs, and crotch. She then wakes up and he grabs her throat and says 'Shut up and perhaps I'll let you live just a little bit longer. Don't let it cross your mind that I wouldn't mind raping a dead girl'
  • The only other cut is made to a close up of the Poison Shiuriken as it impales Jubei.

UK: Passed 18 uncut after previous BBFC cuts waived for:

  • UK 2004 Manga R2 DVD

Summary Review : Fantastic

A ninja-for-hire is forced into fighting an old nemesis who is bent on overthrowing the Japanese government. His nemesis is also the leader of a group of demons each with superhuman powers.

Ninja Scroll is usually one of the first anime films people see along with Akira and Ghost in the Shell , and with good reason too as it's fantastic!

The plot is very good, it moves along at a sensible pace with a good balance between dialogue and action and unfolds cleverly, giving the viewer snippets of what's going on along the way and piecing it together thoroughly at the end.

The film fully deserves it's 18 certificate as Ninja Scroll is very violent and has many other scenes and themes of an adult nature as a warning to those who decide to watch it lightly.

 

 

Prejudiced Against Daily Mail Readers...

BBC TV censor decide that it was reasonable for a news reporter to speak of Daily Mail readers' 'prejudices'


Link Here 29th November 2012

When BBC News correspondent Nick Higham suggested Daily Mail readers had prejudices it prompted a complaint that went to the corporation's highest levels.

The BBC Trust's editorial standards committee convened to decide whether Higham, in a report about Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre's evidence to the Leveson inquiry, had been unfair to readers of the newspaper.

A single complainant contacted the BBC to say that Higham's report including the prejudices claim had done readers a disservice.

But the trust's editorial standards committee (ESC), the final arbiter of appeals at the BBC, rejected the charge. The ESC said Higham's report was accurate and had not breached guidelines on due accuracy or impartiality.

Higham's report began: He's (Paul Dacre's) the man who runs Britain's second biggest daily with ferocious drive and a natural feel for his readers' prejudices -- though he prefers to call them anxieties.

The BBC, in its response, said the word prejudiced had not been used and was not the same thing as having prejudices , which could be mildly pejorative .

The BBC Trust decided that it was reasonable for the word to have been used, reflecting a certain set of preconceived views held by readers of the Daily Mail.

A spokesman for the Daily Mail confirmed that it did not make the complaint.

 

 

Split Opinions...

Australia's advert censors claim lads' mag Facebook page is advertising Facebook and therefore open to censorship


Link Here 29th November 2012

Aussie lads' mag Zoo Weekly has been forced to remove several pictures from its Facebook page after they were ruled exploitative and degrading to women by the Australian advert censor.

One picture, posted in October, showed a bikini-clad woman chopped in half across her stomach, along with the caption: Left or right?  The other depicted a woman's bottom with a Nintendo logo on it and the caption: What would you call this console?

Both posts caused 'outrage' among Facebook users and online feminist websites.

The Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) ruled both posts were in breach of two sections of the code of ethics relating to discrimination or vilification on the basis of gender, and of objectifying, exploiting and degrading women. It also ruled that comments posted by Zoo's fans on the pictures were in breach of the code for using strong or obscene language .

Since July the ASB has considered the content of commercial Facebook pages, including comments from fans, to be a form of advertising and have subjected them to the Advertising Code of Ethics.

However Zoo has criticised the ASB's decision, arguing that its Facebook page is simply an extension of its printed product and therefore should be considered editorial:

To describe Zoo's Facebook page as a 'marketing communication' is to misunderstand the nature of modern media organisations and the way in which they use social media to engage with their audience.

 

 

Babes in Australia...

Interesting article outline how Australian TV tried out babe channel programming


Link Here 29th November 2012

Australia's TV censor has thrown out complaints made against Channel Nine for broadcasting live phone sex content on its infomercial channel.

BabeTV Live went out on Extra in Queensland and regional NSW after 10pm on 8 October, with some viewers complaining that the exploitative and degrading content should have come with a (softcore) R18+ adult rating.

BabeTV Live features two scantily clad female presenters who encourage viewers to call in at a cost of $4.75 per minute, using provocative language and suggestive actions. Before it begins, the message the following program is for ADULTS ONLY appears on screen.

In its findings on its website, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) ruled that BabeTV Live is advertising, since the presenters continually refer to the phone number displayed on the screen, including direct verbal requests to the camera to phone in, using phrases such as 'call me'. Even though BabeTV Live aired for four hours and 43 minutes, ACMA maintained that the content was advertising.

This is considerably longer than the usual duration of a televised advertisement. However, the Act does not specify the minimum or maximum duration of content to qualify as advertising or sponsorship material.

To the point of Nine airing explicit content on Extra, one complaint read:

I would have thought it breaches the general licence conditions that state 'licensees will not transmit datacasting content that has been classified as RC or X18+ by the Classification Board, and that R 18+ must be modified or subject to a restricted access system'. This program is clearly in the 18+ category supported by the fact that you need to be 18+ to participate!

The broadcaster said that BabeLive TV had not been classified because it was live-to-air content -- so the Classification Board could not have seen it before it went to air.

Nine said that BabeLive TV followed MA 15+ guidelines, and had taken steps to ensure this sort of content did not get any racier than material suitable for viewers above the age of 15.

Nine stated its rules for presenters of this sort of content to ACMA:

  • They must be wearing no less than bra and panties/swimwear/etc. and no see-through underwear or nipple covers.
  • Breast cleavage may be visible but not the whole breast, no nipples and no nipple shadow.
  • No pubic hair or nude genital area.
  • No nude rear.
  • No actual or implied sexual activity between the Presenters.
  • May include sexually suggestive touching or position but cannot include the handling, kissing, licking or sucking or sex toys or phallic-like objects.

Nine also said that it had introduced new, stricter rules for presenters, as follows:

  • The Presenters must not touch each other at any time, including kissing.
  • The Presenters must not mention, talk about or refer to any sexual acts or sexually [suggestive] acts.
  • The Presenters must not consume any drink or food on camera.

Even though Nine did not breach any of ACMA's rules, the broadcaster has since stopped airing BabeTV Live.

 

 

Extremist Censors...

Moscow court bans internet videos of Pussy Riot's church performance


Link Here 29th November 2012
Full story: Blasphemy in Russia...Offending religious beliefs or desecration of holy objects or symbols

A Moscow court has ruled that the video of Pussy Riot's performance in Russia's main cathedral is 'extremist' and ordered it to be removed from the internet.

Three protesters were found guilty of hooliganism supposedly motivated by religious hatred.

The Moscow court banned the video of their February performance and said it should be removed from all websites.

 

 

Update: Symbolic Nastiness...

Egypt sentences absent Americans to death for charges associated with the Innocence of Muslims


Link Here 29th November 2012
Full story: The Innocence of Muslims...Muslim world gets wound up by silly movie

The California man behind the Innocence of Muslims, the movie that wound up violent thugs in the Middle East, was sentenced to death in absentia in an Egyptian court.

Mark Basseley Youssef was among the seven Egyptian Coptic Christians as was Terry Jones, the Florida-based American pastor associated with burning Korans.

The case was seen as largely symbolic because the defendants, most of whom live in the United States, are all outside Egypt and unlikely to ever serve the sentences.

Egypt's official news agency said the court found the defendants guilty of harming national unity, insulting and publicly attacking Islam and spreading false information, charges that carry the death sentence.

 

 

Offsite Article: The Leveson Report...


Link Here 29th November 2012
Full story: Leveson Report...Proposal to appoint Ofcom as the UK's newspaper censor
An inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press

See article from official-documents.gov.uk

 

 

Tarantino XX...

UK Box set comes with a history of cuts and versions


Link Here 28th November 2012

Tarantino XX Box Set

UK: Released with an aggregate 18 rating for:

  • 2012 Lions Gate RB Blu-ray at UK Amazon released on 26th November 2012

There is also a US Release

Reservoir Dogs is a 1992 crime film by Quentin Tarantino.
With Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth and Michael Madsen. IMDb

Never cut but was the centre of a censorship controversy in the UK

The work was submitted to the BBFC in 1993 for its home video classification, but the video release would be delayed until 1995 because of the introduction of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Bill in 1993 and its lengthy passage through Parliament.

In response to concerns about the effects of media violence, largely in the wake of the James Bulger murder in 1993, part of the Bill's remit was to make amendments to the Video Recordings Act 1984 which established a specific harm test. This harm test required the BBFC to pay special regard (among the other relevant factors) to any harm that may be caused to potential viewers or, through their behaviour, to society by the manner in which the work deals with [such issues as] criminal behaviour [and] violent behaviour and incidents .

Reservoir Dogs was finally granted an uncut 18 video certificate in May 1995, a considerable time after its video release in all the other major international markets, which did not prove too disconcerting for Tarantino who was reported to be delighted that the delay had given the film an extended theatrical life in the UK.

True Romance is a 1993 USA/France crime thriller by Tony Scott.
With Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette and Dennis Hopper. YouTube icon IMDb

UK: The cut R Rated Version was passed 18 after a further BBFC cut of 3s for:
  • UK 1995 Warner VHS
  • UK 1994 Warner VHS
  • UK 1993 cinema release

The original rental version carried a sticker claiming incorrectly that the video was uncut. This was replaced for sell-thru by the more accurate sticker "Original Cinema Version". (This was from an era when cinema versions were being routinely further cut for home video).

The BBFC cut was:

  • to remove a very brief shot of Alabama being thrown through a glass shower curtain in the hotel room assault by Virgil.

UK: The Director's Cut/Unrated Version was passed 18 uncut for:

  • UK 1999 Warner VHS

Pulp Fiction is a 1994 US crime film by Quentin Tarantino
With John Travolta and Uma Thurman. YouTube icon IMDb

UK: Passed 18 uncut for:
  • UK 1994 cinema release
UK: Passed 18 after 3s of BBFC cuts for:
  • UK 2008 Buena Vista DVD and Blu-ray
  • UK 2002 Buena Vista Collector's Edition R2 DVD
  • UK 2001 Buena Vista R2 DVD
  • UK 2000 Buena Vista VHS
  • UK 1995 Buena Vista VHS

The BBFC explained:

  • 3 seconds were reframed on the Buena Vista video versions of 1996 to remove a close up of heroin injection. The BBFC cut this on the grounds of potential harm to viewers: the injection image is known to be hypnotically seductive to some potentially addictive young people and is nearly an advertisement for the pleasures of heroin injection.

UK: Passed 18 uncut with previous BBFC cut waived for strong violence, sex references and hard drug use for:

  • UK 2011 Lions Gate Video

Jackie Brown is a 1997 USA crime thriller by Quentin Tarantino.
With Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Forster. IMDb

No censorship issues

Kill Bill: Vol 1 is a 2003 US action film by Quentin Tarantino.
With Uma Thurman, David Carradine and Daryl Hannah. YouTube icon IMDb

The Japanese version, which will also be screened in other Asian countries, is only a minute or two longer than the American one, but according to producer Lawrence Bender, it packs a bigger punch. There are a few extra shots in different scenes, the anime sequence of O-Ren Ishii's (Lucy Liu) childhood is longer, and the entire House of Leaves scene, where the Bride (Uma Thurman) slices and dices the Crazy 88, remains in color throughout (as opposed to cutting to black and white and then back to color in the American version). In addition, the dedication in the opening credits to the late Kinji Fukasaku, the king of ultraviolence and one of Tarantino's great influences, is not included on the American version.

Kill Bill: Vol. 2 is a 2004 USA action thriller by Quentin Tarantino.
With Uma Thurman, David Carradine and Michael Madsen. IMDb

There is an Asian Version that is 46s longer but the extra material is totally uncontentious and uninteresting.

Death Proof is a 2007 US action film by Quentin Tarantino.
With Kurt Russell, Zoe Bell and Rosario Dawson. IMDb

The Extended Version includes a complete lap dance show played over Baby, It's You performed by Mary Elizabeth Winstead. There are also changes to the dialogue in a drunken conversation in which Shanna falls down on her butt.

Also available with edits as part of a US Theatrical Double Feature, Grindhouse, with Planet Terror and fake trailers

Inglourious Basterds is a 2009 USA/Germany adventure drama war by Quentin Tarantino.
With Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger and Eli Roth. IMDb

The Theatrical and International Versions differ only in using a different mix of spoken language and subtitles

 

 

Fantasising that we are Living in Iran...

ASA dismiss more whinges about adverts featuring bikinis


Link Here 28th November 2012

Two posters promoting the film Total Recall:

  • a. A poster, seen on an outdoor billboard, featured two women dressed in bikinis and standing on a yacht. One woman was looking away from the camera with her arms above her head, the other was looking at the camera. Text at the top of the ad stated: TELL US YOUR FANTASY. WE'LL MAKE IT REAL* . Text at the bottom of the ad stated: REKALL WelcomeToRekall.co.uk Follow @WelcomeToReKall *Side effects may include sleeplessness, headaches, memory loss, paranoia, delusions, schizophrenia, and possible death .

  • b. A similar poster appeared in a tube carriage. The ad featured a cropped version of the same image of the two women with the heading TELL US YOUR DREAM. WE'LL MAKE IT REAL* . The same supplementary text as the billboard ad appeared at the bottom of the ad. Issue

1. The complainants challenged whether the ads were offensive, because they were sexist to women and portrayed them as merely sex objects; and

2. One of the complainants also challenged whether ad (b) was irresponsible because it was unsuitable for display in an untargeted medium where it could be seen by children.

ASA Assessment: Complaints Not Upheld

1. Not upheld

The ASA considered that most viewers would not be aware that the ads referenced the film Total Recall and would not understand what REKALL was. We noted however that in both ads the Sony Pictures and Columbia Pictures logos appeared, and although we considered that individuals might not recognise those logos, we acknowledged that the text Side effects may include sleeplessness, headaches, memory loss, paranoia, delusions, schizophrenia, and possible death meant that most consumers would understand that the content was fictitious.

We understood that the same image of the women was used in both ads, but that in the ad which appeared in a tube carriage, the image was cropped so the women's legs were not shown in full. We noted that, although in both ads the women's poses accentuated their hips and their faces showed seductive expressions, we nevertheless considered that the image was only mildly sexual and the text Tell us your fantasy/dream. We'll make it real would be understood to refer to living a fantasy lifestyle of someone rich, attractive and with a yacht and therefore did not present the women as sexual objects.

Because we did not consider that the women in the ads were portrayed as sex objects, we concluded that the ads were unlikely to cause widespread offence as a result, even though they were in an untargeted medium.

On that point, we investigated the ads under CAP Code rule 4.1 (Harm and offence), but did find them in breach.

2. Not upheld

We noted the complainant's concerns that ad (b), displayed in a tube carriage, could be seen by children. We considered that children would not understand the reference to REKALL and might not be aware that the ad was promoting a film. We noted that CBS had sought Copy Advice from CAP prior to circulating the ad, and, as a result, had amended it to state Tell us your dream rather than Tell us your fantasy because that was judged to be less sexually suggestive.

We considered that the phrase Tell us your dream. We'll make it real , when read in conjunction with the image of the two women, would be understood to refer to living a fantasy lifestyle of someone rich with a yacht rather than that they were sexually available. Because we considered the ad was only mildly sexual in nature we considered that it was not unsuitable to appear in an untargeted medium likely to be seen by children, and concluded that it was not irresponsible.

On that point, we investigated ad (b) under CAP Code  rule 1.3 (Responsible advertising), but did not find it in breach.

 

 

Update: Ending an Insult to Free Speech...

Netherlands set to scrap its archaic blasphemy laws


Link Here 28th November 2012
Full story: Blasphemy in the Netherlands...Netherlands considersl blasphemy laws

The Dutch parliament has accepted a motion that will scrap an archaic law making it a crime to insult the religious character God.

A majority of parties agreed that the nation no longer needs the law, which hasn't been invoked in the past half-century.

 

 

Update: Postponing an Insult to Free Speech...

Russia delays enacting archaic blasphemy laws


Link Here 28th November 2012
Full story: Blasphemy in Russia...Offending religious beliefs or desecration of holy objects or symbols

Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to postpone the adoption of legislation criminalizing blasphemy and acts that offend religious believers until spring.

In the meantime, authorities hope to engage the public in a serious discussion on the repressive legislation, which would impose maximum penalties of three years' imprisonment, a 300,000 ruble ($10,000) fine or 200 hours' community work for publicly offending believers' feelings.

At a meeting of Putin's oxymoronic human rights council earlier this month, prominent activists criticized the blasphemy bill for its vague wording, which they said could result in miscarriages of justice. 'Feeling' is vague term, not a legal one, liberal politician Irina Khakamada told Putin at the meeting.

 

 

Update: Malaysia Degraded by Homophobic Politicians...

Political party calls for Elton John concert to be banned


Link Here 27th November 2012
Full story: Elton John...International tours censored

A Malaysian Muslim political party is demanding that Elton John be barred from performing in the country later this week because he is homosexual.

Nasruding Hassan Tantawi, head of the youth wing of the opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic party (PAS), said the concert must be cancelled :

Artists who are involved in gay and lesbian activities must not be allowed to perform in Malaysia as they will promote the wrong values.

PAS will demand that the authorities cancel this immoral performance to protect our society from social degradation.

Homosexuality is illegal in Malaysia and is punishable by caning and up to 20 years in prison.

Elton John, who is scheduled to perform at a resort outside of Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, is an outspoken supporter of gay and lesbian rights.

 

 

Update: Elbowed Out...

Facebook shown to be unable to tell their arse from their elbows


Link Here 27th November 2012
Full story: Facebook Censorship...Facebook quick to censor

The Facebook Page: Dedicated to Theories of the deep understanding of things describes itself as:

Random pictures - hopefully there'll be something that someone finds offensive.

And of course Facebook just had to rise to the bait re the bathtub picture.

They deleted the picture on the grounds that it violates Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities

 

 

The Director's Final Final Final Cut...Honest!...

Oliver Stone announces a 4th version of Alexander


Link Here 26th November 2012

Oliver Stone talks of creating a fourth version for 2013:

On Alexander, I released a shorter version [in theaters] because of Warner Brothers issues. And I [was] also rushed. [When] I released the director's cut -- it wasn't called a director's cut . It was called The Final Cut because [earlier] there was a rushed director's cut that I was responsible for. My third version three years later in 2007 was called A Final Cut and I actually added forty some odd minutes -- which I think makes the film better.

I've been asked by Warner Brothers because they did so well with The Final Cut . They actually sold more than a million copies. They've asked me to go back next year and do a fourth version.

 I want to cut it down now because I added too much. I want it to come back a little bit. There's some trimming [needed].

History to date:

The 168 minute Theatrical Version was passed 15 without BBFC for:

  • UK 2004 cinema release
The 160 minute Director's Cut was passed 15 uncut for:
  • UK 2005 Warner R2 DVD

See pictorial version details from movie-censorship.com

The 205 minute Alexander Revisited/The Final Cut was passed 15 uncut for:

  • UK 2007 Warner R2 DVD

See pictorial version details from movie-censorship.com

 

 

Blocking and Electioneering...

Norwegian politicians take inspiration from UK's internet filtering ideas


Link Here 26th November 2012

With parliamentary elections slated for 2013, Norway's political parties have picked up on the issue of access to online pornography.

The newspaper VG reported that the country's Christian Democratic Party has come out in support of policies that would require mobile carriers and internet service providers to offer free parental filters to parents. The model would be based on a similar one being pursued by the United Kingdom.

The Norwegians seem to be focused on solutions that would mandate that parents be presented with parental filtering options without actually being forced to use them.

Other parties do not sound so keen. Conservative Party spokesperson Andre Oktay Dahl said parental filters is not a political issue, but one for families to address, and added he is more keen to fight child abuse online than tackle abuse of porn, which he said was not as widespread a problem.

Labour Party politician Jan Bhler expressed his party’s support for filters, which he said would be more effective placed on devices, but also argued against moves by the government to block content, saying: We cannot censor the entire world.

 

 

Decentralised...

Indian film censors want to rename to the Indian Board of Film Classification


Link Here 25th November 2012

India's film censorship board is vying to get the word Indian in its title, which would bring it in tune with its foreign counterparts and address. Well-placed sources said that the Board has already written to the Information and Broadcasting ministry seeking that it be renamed to Indian Board of Film Certification from the current Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

The source said:

In most nations, the film certification body is identified with the country. Like there is the British Board of Film Classification or the Motion Pictures Association of America. The use of the word 'central' suggests the presence of state boards which is not the case with films.

Secondly, the use of the word 'Indian' would also help that when our films are screened in film festivals abroad, their identity would be more widely known.

The Board also wants its certificates to carry the film classification as well as the reason for that classification to be carried very prominently.

The Board is hopeful that the name change would be cleared by the ministry and has already got a logo with the proposed name designed by the National Institute of Design.

 

 

The Parents Television Council Recommends...

US nutters identify the most adventurous TV advertisers and the most nannying


Link Here 25th November 2012

The Parents Television Council has released its annual list of the Top Ten Best and Worst Advertisers for the 2011-2012 television season.

Companies were ranked based on the content in the television shows they chose to underwrite with their advertising dollars. Some companies primarily sponsored programs with family-friendly themes while other advertisers appeared on more adventurous shows that included strong language, violence and sexual content.

The Parents TV Council inevitably suggested that their members should patronise companies from the nanny list, but of course the lists are equally useful to those preferring to do the exact opposite.

The most adventurous advertisers were:

  1. Yum!
  2. Toyota
  3. Metro PCS
  4. Sprint
  5. Red Bull
  6. Target
  7. McDonald's
  8. CKE Restaurant (Carl's Jr., Hardee's)
  9. PepsiCo
  10. Apple

The most nannying advertisers were:

  1. Ford
  2. Procter & Gamble (Pampers, Tide, Crest, Downy, Febreze)
  3. General Mills (Betty Crocker, Cheerios, Pillsbury, Old El Paso)
  4. Nissan
  5. Wal-Mart
  6. Clorox
  7. CVS
  8. Brinker International (Chili's, Maggiano's)
  9. Wendy's
  10. SC Johnson and Coca-Cola (tied)

 

 

Oh My God!...

New Zealand advert censor dismisses whinges from the easily offended


Link Here 25th November 2012

The New Zealand Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has show itself to be a little less PC extremist than its UK counterpart and rejected complaints from the easily offended.

The first concerned an advert for Libra Invisible sanitary pads. In it, a woman said: Oh my God, he's looking, oh my God, as she watched men working out at rugby practice.

A complainant took offence, saying:

There is absolutely NO need for young girls to use the Lord's name in vain and trivial matter.

The ASA judged that although the complainant may have been offended, the phrase Oh my God was a well-used expression.. .:

in light of the generally prevailing community standards, it was not likely to cause serious or widespread offence.

Another complaint concerned an advert for Hell Pizza. In it, a man playing the Devil brags about how he hacked into a Hell employee's Facebook account, stole some of her photos and threatened to show them to her mother, in order to blackmail her into going to work. In a demonic voice, the Devil looks at the camera and says, Which is all that matters to you.

A complainant claimed:

the evil change of voice of the Devil and also the use of bribery in exchange for work from a female is disgusting.

The ASA said the Devil was a regular character in Hell adverts, and the black-humoured and deliberately provocative advert did not reach the threshold to cause serious or widespread offence. It also noted the advert was not shown during programmes aimed at children and although lacking in taste , its intended audience would understand the irony and humour .

The complaint was thrown out.

 

 

Making a Mockery of Free Speech...

UAE presidential decree introduces further repressive restrictions on internet websites


Link Here 25th November 2012

The United Arab Emirates has tightened its law on internet use, making it a criminal offence to mock its rulers or organise unauthorised demonstrations.

A presidential decree says anyone who creates or runs a website or uses the internet to deride or damage the state or its institutions faces imprisonment. The institutions include the rulers and senior officials across the federation of seven semi-autonomous Gulf emirates.

Activists have criticised the move as a further restriction to freedom of speech. The authorities have also been accused of deporting and harassing human rights defenders, denying legal assistance to political detainees, and intimidating and deporting lawyers seeking to assist detainees.

The amendments to the UAE's existing law on internet crime focus on issues such as online fraud, privacy protection, and restrictions on prostitution, pornography and gambling. However, a major section imposes restrictions on online dissent. The legislation now stipulates:

penalties of imprisonment on any person who creates or runs an electronic website or uses any information technology medium to deride or damage the reputation or stature of the state or any of its institutions.

The minimum prison sentence will be three years. Foreign nationals will also be deported. The law also prohibits information, news, caricatures or any other kind of pictures that authorities believe could threaten security or public order .

 

 

PC Justice Ofcom Style...

40,000 fine for broadcasting blurred nudity, but just a 4,000 fine for broadcasting incitement to the torture of gays


Link Here 24th November 2012

Ofcom have imposes a financial penalty of 4,000 against Asian Fever Community Radio for incitement to torture gays.

The Finding related to two episodes of the programme Sister Ruby Ramadan Special 2011 , broadcast on 17 August 2011 at 12:00 and 18 August 2011 at 11:00, each approximately fifty minutes in duration, which were broadcast in Urdu.

Ofcom found that two of the presenter's statements in the programme broadcast on 17 August 2011 were likely to encourage or to incite the commission of crime or to lead to disorder. The statements were as follows:

What should be done if they do it [practise homosexuality]? If there are two such persons among you, that do this evil, the shameful act, what do you have to do? Torture them; punish them; beat them and give them mental torture.

Allah states, 'If they do such a deed [i.e. homosexuality], punish them, both physically and mentally.' Mental punishment means rebuke them, beat them, humiliate them, admonish and curse them, and beat them up. This command was sent in the beginning because capital punishment had not yet been sent down.

Ofcom found that these statements were likely to encourage or to incite the commission of crime or to lead to disorder. This was because Ofcom considered that the two statements could be objectively and reasonably regarded as not only condoning but encouraging violent behaviour against homosexual people.

Acts of violence and hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation are prohibited by UK law. We considered that the broadcast of these two statements made by the presenter was likely to encourage or incite the commission of crime, i.e. violence or other unlawful acts motivated by hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation. For the same reasons we concluded that these two statements were likely to encourage others to copy the sort of unacceptable behaviour towards homosexual people described by the presenter.

Ofcom found these and other sermons to breach their rules:

Rule 2.3: In applying generally accepted standards broadcasters must ensure that material which may cause offence is justified by the context. Such material may include... discriminatory treatment or language (for example on the grounds of... religion... and sexual orientation)...

Rule 2.4: Programmes must not include material (whether in individual programmes or in programmes taken together) which, taking into account the context, condones or glamorises violent, dangerous or seriously antisocial behaviour and is likely to encourage others to copy such behaviour.

Rule 3.1: Material likely to encourage or incite the commission of crime or to lead to disorder must not be included in television or radio services.

Rule 4.1: Broadcasters must exercise the proper degree of responsibility with respect to the content of programmes which are religious programmes.

 

 

Updated: UN Internet Toll Keepers?...

Google warns that a UN internet group threatens the free and open internet


Link Here 24th November 2012
Full story: Internet Censorship at the UN...United Nations debates worldwide internet censorship

Google has warned that a forthcoming UN-organised conference threatens the free and open internet .

Government representatives are set to agree a new information and communications treaty in December. It has been claimed some countries will try to wrest oversight of the net's technical specifications and domain name system from US bodies to an international organisation.

Google has asked web users to add their name to an online petition to support its view.

The [UN agency] International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is bringing together regulators from around the world to renegotiate a decades-old communications treaty, it wrote on its Take Action site.

Some proposals could permit governments to censor legitimate speech - or even allow them to cut off internet access.

Other proposals would require services like YouTube, Facebook, and Skype to pay new tolls in order to reach people across borders. This could limit access to information - particularly in emerging markets.

Google added that it was concerned that only governments have a voice at the ITU and not companies or others who had a stake in the net, concluding that the World Conference on International Telecommunications (Wcit) was the wrong place to make decisions about the internet's future.

The ITU is not openly publishing each government's proposals ahead of the conference, however a site called Wcitleaks, run by researchers at George Mason University, has revealed some of the details. Most recently these included a proposal from Russia suggesting that the US should have less control over the internet's operation.

Parts of the US tech industry have also been concerned by remarks by the ITU's secretary general, Dr Hamadoun Toure, that the meeting should address the current disconnect between sources of revenue and sources of costs, and to decide upon the most appropriate way to do so . Gary Shapiro CEA's Gary Shapiro says firms fear having to pay a toll to send traffic through countries' data networks

The ITU is hosting the conference to draw up the treaty between 3 to 14 December in Dubai.

Update: EU warns that a UN internet group threatens the free and open internet

23rd November  2012. See  article from  bbc.co.uk

The UN should not be allowed to take over control of the internet, Euro MPs have warned.

Internet control currently lies largely with US-based groups such as Icann, which regulates the web address system. But reports in the Russian press have suggested the Kremlin and others wanted control of key internet systems passed to a UN agency.

The European Parliament has said the UN's International Telecommunications Union (ITU) was not the appropriate body to have authority. Members of the European Parliament backed a resolution which urged member states to reject changes to the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITR) which would negatively impact the internet, its architecture, operations, content and security, business relations, internet governance and the free flow of information online .

A site called Wcitleaks, run by researchers at George Mason University, has published several documents relating to the new treaty. Among them was a proposal from Russia suggesting that the US should have less control over the internet's operation. Russia said in a document:

Member states shall have equal rights to manage the internet, including in regard to the allotment, assignment and reclamation of internet numbering, naming, addressing and identification resources and to support for the operation and development of basic internet infrastructure.

Update: Ed Vaizey warns that a UN internet group threatens the free and open internet

24th November  2012.  See  article from  wired.co.uk

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) should not have a say over the future of the web, according to Ed Vaizey, the UK Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries.

Vaizey was speaking to Wired.co.uk. The issue is that the ITU was set up to regulate telephony services. Since 1988, lines have blurred between telephony and internet services and as such the ITU wants to amend its rules to extend to internet governance. This is what Vaizey (as well as many other people and organisations including Google) disagree with:

We [the UK government] have made our position clear. We support the multi-stakeholder model for internet governance. Internet policy is made from the ground up, not top-down. The internet has grown effectively without interference from government. We don't think a treaty-based organisation should have a say over the internet.

Vaizey's feelings are echoed by a number of other companies and individuals. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales told Wired.co.uk:

The ITU approach is completely broken. Secretive deliberations in which civil society groups (such as Wikipedia) are excluded from the process is hopelessly broken.

 

 

.Objection...

Governments object to top level domains being grabbed


Link Here 24th November 2012

Following the conclusion of the first round of applications to ICANN for the creation of new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs), ICANN has published the Early Warnings of objections from governments.

Australia has objected to a suite of generic names on the grounds that a private entity should not be able to gain exclusive control of a generic term for commercial gain. Its objections included .baby (applicant: Johnson & Johnson), .makeup (applicant: L'Oreal) .video and .tunes (applicant: Amazon), and .grocery (two competing applicants, Safeway and Walmart).

Australia also objected to the creation of a set of domains with an overtly negative or critical connotation (including .fail, .sucks, .wtf and .gripe), saying that brand owners may seek to protect their reputations and the gTLD needs a plan to limit the need for defensive registrations.

Other objection include .islam and .halal by UAE, .army, .navy and .airforce by US and India.

The UK only commented on who should run .rugby

 

 

Deferred for the Good of the Government...

Malaysian government bans films presumably as it makes them look bad


Link Here 24th November 2012

The release of the local film Tanda Putera has been indefinitely delayed by the highest echelons of the Malaysian government.

The film was made by woman director Shuhaimi Baba with partial funding from government film support agency FINAS. It deals with the aftermath of the 13 May 1969 incident, which saw rioting between the country's Chinese and Malay populations and some 200 people killed.

Certain scenes depicting the May 13, 1969 tragedy were questioned by many quarters, Information, Communications and Culture Minister, Rais Yatim said, explaining that the cabinet felt that the screening should be deferred for the good of the society.

 

 

Offsite Article: The UK Free Expression Scorecard...


Link Here 24th November 2012
Index on Censorship launches its UK Free Expression Scorecard warning there is a worrying outlook for free speech in Britain today

See article from indexoncensorship.org

 

 

The Code of Moscow Temel...

Turkish comedy censored by the BBFC for a 12A rating


Link Here 23rd November 2012

The Code Of Moscow Temel is a Turkey comedy by Adem Kilic.

UK: Passed 12A for strong language and moderate sex references and violence after BBFC cuts.

The BBFC commented:

Distributor chose to remove a use of very strong language 'cunt' in order to achieve a 12A classification. An uncut 15 classification was available.

 

 

Update: Cleared of Non-Traditional Sexual Orientation Propaganda...

Russian court drops legal action against Madonna's gay related comments at a recent gig


Link Here 23rd November 2012
Full story: Gay in Russia...Russia bans gay parades and legislates against gay rights

Charges that Madonna broke a homophobic censorship ban in the Russian city of St Petersburg have been dropped.

Homophobic activists had tried to prosecute the US singer over accusations that she violated St Petersburg's law on the promotion of homosexuality among minors.

The nutter prosecution resulted after Madonna spoke out against the ban on stage and handed out pink bracelets. She also issued a message of support for the imprisoned LGBT-supporting feminist punk protestors of Pussy Riot.

The Trade Union of Russian Citizens demanded 6 million from Madonna and from the company that organised her show.

However on Thursday, RIA Novosti reported that the case had been dismissed by a St Petersburg court. Madonna did not attend the hearing, which had attracted intense media attention in Russia.

Elsewhere in Russia, regional lawmakers in Moscow rejected a homophobic censorship law similar to St Petersburg's. The failed bill attempted to outlaw: non-traditional sexual orientation propaganda to minors.

 

 

Dear God No!...

The BBFC cuts the original version and then the Grindhouse version even more


Link Here 22nd November 2012

Dear God No! is a 2011 USA horror by James Bickert.
With Jett Bryant, Madeline Brumby and Paul McComiskey. YouTube icon IMDb

Last month the Original Version was passed 18 for strong sexualised violence, threat, nudity and gory images after 1:34s of BBFC cuts for:
  • UK 2012 Bounty/Monster Pictures R2 DVD

The BBFC vaguely commented:

  • Cuts were required to reduce the focus on a scene of sexual violence.

Now the Grindhouse Cut has been passed 18 with the same consumer advice after 1:37s of BBFC cuts.

The BBFC added a further cut to the vague cuts mentioned for the original version:

  • Cuts were required to reduce the focus on a scene of sexual violence. A further cut was also required to remove explicit sight of penetration during the scene of sexual violence.

In the US: The Original Version is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Summary Review: Total Insanity

A gang of outlaw bikers pull a home invasion on a disgraced Anthropologist hiding a secret locked in his cabin basement.

Dear God No flaunts its tasteless, violent, psychotic, bizarre excesses in the face of modern politically correct cinema. We get the repeated dead nun crotch punting, multiple decapitations, lesbian incest rape, Nazis, tampon shots, children being murdered, coke-line swastikas, and anything else you can imagine.

If depraved weirdness and blood-soaked mayhem is your thing, prepare to experience cinematic nirvana.

 

 

Heaven's Gate...

Michael Cimino's Director's Cut gets the Criterion treatment


Link Here 22nd November 2012
Heaven's Gate is a 1980 US Western by Michael Cimino.
With Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken and John Hurt. IMDb .

US: The Restored Director's Cut is uncut and MPAA Unrated for:

Version History

See Can the worst film ever finally get a happy ending? from independent.co.uk

The Theatrical Version was shortened after a disastrous reception at the US premiere.

The Original Cut/Director's Cut has been available for some time but has been recently restored under the supervision of Michael Cimino for the Criterion Collection.

All versions of the film have been cut in the UK for animal cruelty, losing 1:14s for cockfighting and horse falls.
 

Promotional Material

Features:

  • New, restored transfer of director Michael Cimino's cut of the film, supervised by Cimino
  • New restoration of the 5.1 surround soundtrack, supervised by Cimino, in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition
  • New illustrated audio interview with Cimino and producer Joann Carelli
  • New interviews with actor Kris Kristofferson, soundtrack arranger and performer David Mansfield, and second assistant director Michael Stevenson
  • The Johnson County War, a video interview with historian Bill O'Neal about the real-life conflict that inspired the film, and its resonance in popular culture
  • Trailer and TV spots
  • A booklet featuring an essay by critic and programmer Giulia D'Agnolo Vallan

 

 

Update: UN Internet Toll Keepers?...

Google warns that a UN internet group threatens the free and open internet


Link Here 22nd November 2012
Full story: Internet Censorship at the UN...United Nations debates worldwide internet censorship

Google has warned that a forthcoming UN-organised conference threatens the free and open internet .

Government representatives are set to agree a new information and communications treaty in December. It has been claimed some countries will try to wrest oversight of the net's technical specifications and domain name system from US bodies to an international organisation.

Google has asked web users to add their name to an online petition to support its view.

The [UN agency] International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is bringing together regulators from around the world to renegotiate a decades-old communications treaty, it wrote on its Take Action site.

Some proposals could permit governments to censor legitimate speech - or even allow them to cut off internet access.

Other proposals would require services like YouTube, Facebook, and Skype to pay new tolls in order to reach people across borders. This could limit access to information - particularly in emerging markets.

Google added that it was concerned that only governments have a voice at the ITU and not companies or others who had a stake in the net, concluding that the World Conference on International Telecommunications (Wcit) was the wrong place to make decisions about the internet's future.

The ITU is not openly publishing each government's proposals ahead of the conference, however a site called Wcitleaks, run by researchers at George Mason University, has revealed some of the details. Most recently these included a proposal from Russia suggesting that the US should have less control over the internet's operation.

Parts of the US tech industry have also been concerned by remarks by the ITU's secretary general, Dr Hamadoun Toure, that the meeting should address the current disconnect between sources of revenue and sources of costs, and to decide upon the most appropriate way to do so . Gary Shapiro CEA's Gary Shapiro says firms fear having to pay a toll to send traffic through countries' data networks

The ITU is hosting the conference to draw up the treaty between 3 to 14 December in Dubai.

 

 

Update: China getting as bad as Britain for overreacting to jokers on Twitter...

Blogger in trouble for joking about the deaths of Chinese communists


Link Here 22nd November 2012
Full story: Internet Censorship in China...All pervading Chinese internet censorship

A blogger is facing five years in prison after he was arrested for writing a joke on Twitter about the deaths of Chinese Communist Party delegates.

Zhai Xiaobing, from Beijing, has received the support of hundreds of internet users following the joke about the party's congress on November 8.

Mr Xiaobing's tweet on November 5 suggested the next movie in the Final Destination horror film franchise would be about the Great Hall of the People collapsing on party delegates.

He posted on Twitter: An earth-shaking debut will be seen at the global premiere on Nov. 8!

Family members said that Miyun county police had taken him away on November 7 and seized his computer.

A Miyun county police officer said that Zhai was being investigated for spreading terrorist information .

 

 

Offsite Article: There's no way to stop children viewing porn in Starbucks...


Link Here 22nd November 2012
Full story: Internet Blocking Adult Websites in UK...Government push for ISPs to block porn
Filtering doesn't work. It also puts power into censorware firms which help cover up human rights abuse

See article from guardian.co.uk

 

 

Offsite Article: Religion and free speech: it's complicated...


Link Here 22nd November 2012
For centuries, free speech and religion have been cast as opponents. Index looks at the complicated relationship between religion and free speech

See article from indexoncensorship.org

 

 

The Pete Walker Collection...

With a history of cuts for House of Whipcord and Schizo


Link Here 21st November 2012

The Pete Walker Collection

US: Uncut and MPAA R Rated for:

Die Screaming, Marianne is a 1971 UK crime drama thriller by Pete Walker.
With Susan George, Barry Evans and Christopher Sandford. IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release.

House of Whipcord is a 1974 UK horror thriller by Pete Walker.
With Barbara Markham, Patrick Barr and Ray Brooks. IMDb

UK: Passed X (18) after BBFC cuts for:
  • UK 1973 cinema release

The cuts were:

  • to heavily reduce the whipping scenes

UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong violence with previous cuts restored for:

  • UK 2005 Anchor Bay R2 DVD
  • UK 1995 Redemption VHS

Schizo is a 1976 UK thriller by Pete Walker.
With Lynne Frederick, John Leyton and Stephanie Beacham. IMDb

UK: Passed X (18) after BBFC cuts for:
  • UK 1976 cinema release

Thanks to Salote. The BBFC cuts were:

  • Reel 5 - Shots of knife slashing across naked woman's stomach in flashback killing of mother by her daughter were considerably reduced.

The packaging for Image's 2001 US DVD release retains the controversial tag-line that was dropped from the film's UK theatrical campaign following complaints from mental health organizations: Schizophrenia...when the left hand doesn't know who the right hand is killing!

UK: Passed 18 after 1:03s of BBFC cuts for:

  • UK 1987 Warner VHS

Thanks to Salote. The BBFC cuts were:

  • At 0 min - During opening voice-over, suggestion that schizophrenia makes its victims violent was removed. This was achieved by removing the words "violent and" :

    "Schizophrenia, a mental disorder sometime know as multiple or split personality, characterised by loss of touch with environment and alternation between violent and contrasting behaviour patterns."

    So that the text should now read -

    "...and alternation between contrasting behaviour patterns."
     
  • At 12 mins - In flashback of man on train, sight of knife slashing stomach of bare-breasted woman after she leans back on bed screaming.
  • At 74.5 mins - When mallet hits woman's head as she waits for bus, two shots of her face covered in blood were removed (offscreen blows remained). After second blow with mallet in vision, four more shots of bloody face before she sinks to the ground were removed.
  • At 83.5 mins - Sight of needle emerging from head next to woman's eyes was removed (needle entering back of head and initial turn of head remained).
  • At 84.5 mins - Close up of needle sticking out of side of dead woman's eye was removed (MS as camera pulls away may remained).
  • At 95 mins - When woman has flashback of mother copulating, all sight of her bottom being slapped during sex and also of her in suspender belt with legs wrapped around man (before child watches from door) were removed.
  • At 96 mins - Attack on woman's bare stomach was reduced to minimum establishment only, removing knife slashes and stabbing of stomach and all prodding and slashing of blood-stained torso, resuming on child hitting offscreen.

UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence with previous BBFC cuts waived for:

  • UK 2011 Redemption R2 DVD
  • UK 2008 Redemption R2 DVD

The Comeback is a 1978 UK horror mystery thriller by Pete Walker.
With Jack Jones, Pamela Stephenson and David Doyle. IMDb

There are no censorship issues with this release.

 

 

Calling for Killing on Peace TV...

Ofcom censures Peace TV for discussion about killing apostates


Link Here 21st November 2012

Dare to Ask, Peace TV, 8 March 2012, 09:00
Dial Dr Zakir, Peace TV, 9 March 2012, 13:30

Peace TV is an international satellite television channel, which broadcasts religious and other programming from an Islamic perspective. The licence for the channel is held by Lord Production Incorporated Limited. Lord Production is owned by Universal Broadcasting Corporation Limited ( UBCL ) of which Dr Zakir Naik is the Chairman. The IRFI is a UK registered charity of which Dr Naik is also a trustee and Chairman. Dr Naik is of Indian origin and is an international speaker on Islam and comparative religion.

Following routine monitoring of Peace TV, Ofcom reviewed a number of programmes on Peace TV and noted, in particular, the following content requiring further consideration.

Item 1: Dare to Ask, 8 March 2012, 09:00:

This programme consisted of a speaker, Dr Zakir Naik, answering questions on Islamic theology in front of an audience. In response to a question as to whether or not apostates should be put to death, as part of his response, Dr Naik said the following:

One group of scholars, they say that if a Muslim, if he becomes a non- Muslim [inaudible] he should be put to death. There is another group of scholars who say that if a Muslim becomes a non-Muslim and propagates his new faith against Islam then he should be put to death...I tend to agree more with the second group of scholars, who say that a Muslim, if he becomes a non-Muslim and propagates his new faith against Islam, that is the time this penalty is applied.

Item 2: Dial Dr Zakir, 9 March 2012, 13:30

At approximately six minutes into the programme, Dr Naik answered a question about individuals who criticise Islam. As part of his response, Dr Naik said the following: Ofcom Broadcast Bulletin, Issue 218 19 November 2012

As to those who wage a war against Allah...As to those who create mischief in the land you either execute them, you either crucify them, or chop off the opposite limbs (that's right hand and left leg, or left hand and right leg), or you can put them in exile...This is the Islamic philosophy that everyone who wages a war against Allah...this is the consequence.

Ofcom consideed Rule 2.3 of the Code, which states:

In applying generally accepted standards broadcasters must ensure that material which may cause offence is justified by the context. Such material may include, but is not limited to...humiliation, distress, violation of human dignity, discriminatory treatment or language (for example on the grounds of...religion, beliefs and sexual orientation).

Ofcom Decision: Breach of rule 2.3

In Item 1, a scholar on Islam, Dr Naik, expressed his views on two interpretations of Qur'anic texts on how apostates from Islam should be treated. He set out both views and said he tended to agree more with the interpretation of Qur'anic texts which states that a Muslim who converts to another religion and who then propagates that religion should be put to death , as opposed to being put to death simply for becoming a non-Muslim. In Ofcom's view, it is potentially offensive for any service to broadcast comments suggesting that it is acceptable to apply a penalty and kill any individual for renouncing their faith.

In Item 2, Dr Naik answered a question about individuals who criticise Islam. As part of his reply Dr Naik stated that, according to the Qur'an, the appropriate response against those who wage war against Islam is to execute them, chop off their limbs, or exile them. Dr Naik did not specify how he defined waging war against Islam. Ofcom noted that his reply was given in response to a question about individuals who criticise Islam. Ofcom considered that for an individual to state on air that it was acceptable to execute, chop off limbs or exile anyone who waged war against Islam , where it was not specified what this phrase actually meant in practice, was potentially offensive

Ofcom concluded that the potential offence was not justified by the context and the broadcaster did not apply generally accepted standards. Rule 2.3 was therefore breached.

 

 

Update: Consistent with Repressive Values...

Egyptian state prosecutor orders the blocking of all internet porn


Link Here 20th November 2012
Full story: Internet Censorship in Egypt...Egypt blocks political and porn websites