Film Censorship: D #1


 

 

 

 

Daddy, Darling

Directed by Joseph W. Sarno / 1970 / Denmark-USA / IMDb

In November 1971, an 8586-feet (95:24) feet print of DADDY, DARLING was banned because of 'indecency'.

In April 1972, a censored 8286-feet (92:04) version was passed with an R-rating. Consolidated Exhibitors released it theatrically.


 

 

 

 

Dämonenbrut

Directed by Andreas Bethmann / 2000 / Germany / IMDb

The Chopping List reports that a DVD of DAMONEBRUT was confiscated by customs in 2004.


 

 

 

 

Danish Blue

Directed by Gabriel Axel / 1968 / Denmark / IMDb

In March 1972, a 2625-foot (72:55) 16mm print of DANISH BLUE was banned because of 'indecency'.

Filmways Distributors were the applicant.

 

Review by Simon
DANISH BLUE would be of interest to any readers of your site. It was made the year before Denmark legalised pornography, and covers the censorship that existed just prior. At the time, restrictions existed on mixing sex and violence, so spanking and bondage were problematic.

The Danish print that I viewed ran 88:08 (PAL), and some still images were obscured with the word 'censur' over the top. The sex scenes are very mild, with only the briefest shots of male nudity being shown. Maybe the Australian Censorship Board did not approve of the way that censorship was being mocked.

Something Weird Video has a DVD-R available under the title SEX AND THE LAW. It has been dubbed into English, but reportedly runs only 58m.


 

 

 

 

The Danish Connection

Directed by Walt Davis / 1974 / USA / IMDb

 In October 1975, a 2605.00-meter (94:57) print of THE DANISH CONNECTION was banned because of 'indecency'. The following month saw a 2331.00-meter (84:58) 'reconstructed version' passed with an R-rating.

Briad Film Productions was the applicant.

In the early 80s', 14th Mandolin released THE DANISH CONNECTION on their King of Video label.

 

The Danish Connection (1974) - King of Video [au] VHS tape label


 

 

 

 

Danish Modern

Produced by R. Mansfield / 1973 / USA / IMDb

In September 1980, a 1431.20-meter (52:10) print of DANISH MODERN was banned because of sex and violence. They were both described as being:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

14th Mandolin was the applicant.

Despite the ban, this is listed as being released on 14th Mandolin’s King of Video label.


 

 

 

 

Darling

Directed by Susumu Kudo / 2003 / Japan / IMDb

Siren Visual Entertainment had a DVD of DARLING banned in January 2006.

 

Thanks to Peter F for this review of the uncut version.

Episode 1 is fine and runs to 27:47 (NTSC)

Episode 2 was the most problematic and runs to 27:01 (NTSC)

Episode 2 has a Instrument moment and a Sci-Fi moment (all NTSC times)

The instrument scene, at 9:08 Jun, the husband, shoves a Clarinet into Miyuki's pussy, notes play (his wife) At 9:21 Oboe is now inserted into Miyuki's pussy, notes play again At 9:33 Trombone is now inserted, Jun comments "What a beautiful tone" At 11:25 Kanti, who has been watching Jun and Miyuki screw, stuffs a novelty horn into her bum, one long note plays as she cums.

The Sci-Fi moment (most problematic I think) (times will be off the DVD time, not episode time) at 48:00, the "penis" monster's tentacle enters Miyuki's pussy, pleasuring her at 48:07, extreme close up of tentacle going in and out of Miyuki at 48:18, the tentacles play with Miyuki's breasts at 48:24, Kozue (Miyuki's sister) now gets screwed by the tentacles at 48:37, More close up's of the tentacles pleasuring both Kozue and Miyuki (This goes on for 30 more seconds) at 49:53 Kozue now lubricates the robot penis of Jun and until 51:55, he satisfies them both

Episode 3 might have a couple of problems and runs to 28:08 (NTSC)

Episode 3 has the rape scene being a little problematic (again DVD time, not episode time) at 58:09-58:36, close up of Jun's throbbing penis, satisfying Miyuki, with her screaming in pain at 65:13-65:28 Jun plays with Kozue, being tied up in his living room, she protests in mumbles I'm not sure about aphrodisiacs in magna porn, but if you need the info let me know.

Note: the scenes are role-play/fantasy, it is not part of their reality. And Episode 2 is UNCUT


 

 

 

 

The Daughter

Directed by Mac Ahlberg / 1970 / Denmark / IMDb

In July 1972, a 2369.82-meter (86:23) print of THE DAUGHTER was banned because of 'indecency and incitement to drug abuse'.

Roadshow Distributors submitted a censored 1946.00-meter (70:56) version in October 1972. This time the film was banned because of 'indecency and excessive violence'.

A second censored version of THE DAUGHTER was passed with an R-rating in February 1974. This 1834.20-meter (70:30) print was nearly sixteen minutes shorter than the original submission.


 

 

 

 

Dead and Buried

Directed by Gary Sherman/ 1981 / USA / IMDb

In May 1981, a 2565.70-meter (93:31) print of DEAD AND BURIED was censored by 0.40-meters (00:01) for an R-rating.

The cuts were made to remove violence, which was said to be:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

In the R-rated version, it was described as being:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

Roadshow Distributors was the applicant.

Shane's comment
The one second clipped from DEAD AND BURIED was the actual close up of the hypodermic needle penetrating the eyeball. The nurse came in and thrust it, cutting to a shot of her leaving the room with the alarm ringing.

 

 

Censored on video

In August 1985, Roadshow Home Video had a 93m tape passed with an R-rating. The actual running time was 89:41 (PAL). This compares with 90:18 for the uncut UK Thorn EMI precert.

 

 

Roadshow VHS vs. Force DVD

An Australian DVD was released by Force Video in 2002. Despite running 90:03, it was still incomplete.

The following is not a side-by-side comparison of the Roadshow and Force versions. It is only a check of the main violent incidents. The Roadshow VHS is very dark, so much so that scenes that look like they take place at night are revealed, in the DVD, to take place in the day. As mentioned, the Force DVD was not uncut. We spotted at least two very brief moments that were missing from the DVD, but that were present in the VHS.

 

FREDDIE IS BURNT
In the DVD, the fire is set at 08:34. The VHS is missing around 6s of Freddy screaming as the flames burn him.

 

DEATH OF THE DRUNK
This scene begins at 15:37 in the DVD. The VHS shows the drunk having his face slashed, followed by his neck. It is missing a shot after this of him screaming, followed by a close-up of him being stabbed. This missing footage lasts around 2s.

 

DEATH OF FREDDIE
The nurse raises the needle at 29:19 in the DVD, it continues to show the needle entering Freddy's eye. This latter part is missing from the VHS. Instead, it goes directly to a shot of the corridor and the nurse leaving the room. The missing footage lasts around 1s.

 

DEATH OF THE HITCHHIKER
This is the first cut to the DVD. At 56:02 in the DVD we see the rock raised, followed by a shot of her feet. In the VHS we see a blank screen after the rock is raised, over which we hear a squelching sound, we then see a shot of her feet. The missing DVD footage lasts around 1s.

 

DOBBS AND THE HITCHHIKER
In the VHS, we hear Dobbs say:

"So lovely, so frail, so young"
"How could anyone mar your loveliness"
This is followed by a brief 1s shot of her crushed face.

In the DVD at 56:10, we hear Dobbs say:
"So lovely, so frail, so young"
However, unlike the VHS, we do not see him speak the line,
"How could anyone mar your loveliness". Instead, we hear him say it over a shot of the girl's crushed face. The shot of her face lasts 3s as opposed to 1s in the VHS.

 

DEATH OF THE DOC
In the VHS, the final shot of his acid burnt head is shown for only 2s. At 62:41 in the DVD, this shot lasts 5s during which you hear him groan. This shot is followed by the Sheriff walking into the station where Dobbs is waiting for him.

 

 

DEAD AND BURIED on Blu-ray

A Blu-ray of DEAD AND BURIED was released in November 2013 as part of Regency Media's Cinema Cult range.

Daybill image courtesy of moviemem.com

 

Dead and Buried (1981) - Roadshow Film Distributors [au] Daybill     Dead and Buried (1981) - Roadshow Home Video [au] VHSDead and Buried (1981) - Force Video [au] DVDDead and Buried (1981) - Regency Media - Cinema Cult [au] Blu-ray


 

 

 

 

The Deadly Avenger

Directed by Robert Rundle / 1991 / USA / IMDb

In 1993, the OFLC banned an 88m videotape of THE DEADLY AVENGER. Home Cinema Group was the applicant.

 

 

THE DIVINE ENFORCER: VHS review

Thanks to Matt for this review.

It is hard to believe they were still making films as crazy as THE DEADLY AVENGER in the 1990s. I urge everyone to track this one down. You will not be disappointed.

The US tape from Prism Entertainment runs 89:56 (NTSC). This release is under its original titles of THE DIVINE ENFORCER.

The fact that the OFLC banned this film in 1991 demonstrates how oversensitive they had become to any hint of sexual violence. THE DEADLY AVENGER contains no scenes of rape, and only a few relatively mild scenes of women in peril. Of the four scenes that I describe below, I would assume that the first and second were the main problem.

 

Scene 1: Attempted Gang Rape

02:50 to 04:00 – A fully clothed girl is held down by three men. They tell her to stop moving.

Girl, "Please leave me alone, don’t hurt me"

Attacker, "Why don’t you get on your knees and show us how to pray"

Father Daniel, "Playtime over boys, time to go home. Think I heard your mother calling"

Attacker, "Who the hell are you"

Father Daniel, "Well I guess you could say I’m her salvation"

The girl is shown struggling on the ground as an attacker holds a leg each. Father Daniel then proceeds to kick the shit out of them and rescue the girl.

 

Scene 2: Blood Sucking

05:00 to 06:00 – A bare breasted woman is shown tied to a wall. Otis kisses her on the mouth and breasts. She struggles, and he punches her in the stomach and calls her a "Dumb bitch"

She replies "Fuck you, fuck you arsehole"

Otis then injects her in the neck and sucks her blood.

 

Scene 3: The Talking Skull

46:30 to 50:30 – A woman is shown in a chair with her hands bound. Otis attempts to get her to drink some blood. She takes a sip, and then drops the glass on the floor. He hits her in the face, calls her a bitch, and then binds her hands and legs to the chair. He continues to verbally abuse her, and rips her top off.

Otis is distracted as he imagines a human skull is talking to him. He finally returns to the girl, and inserts a length of tube into her arm. She screams for him to stop, but he tells her to "Shut the fuck up"

Otis then imagines the skull telling him to "Kill the bitch", he replies "No, this ones mine". The blood is shown draining from the girl’s body as she looses consciousness.

 

Scene 4: Kim is Captured

80:15 to 82:15. - Otis has Kim ties to a chair. He attempts to kiss her, but she fights back and squeezes his balls.

He grabs her face, and screams "Son of a bitch". He ties her more securely to the chair, injects a needle into her arm, and begins to drain her blood


 

 

 

 

Deadly Dream Woman

Directed by Wong Jing and Tai Lai / 1992 / Hong Kong / IMDb

In October 1992, an 89m print of DEADLY DREAM WOMAN was banned because of 'gratuitous sexual violence'.

In December 1992, a censored version was awarded an R18+ (Medium level violence) rating. The cuts must have been minimal as this print also ran 89m.

This version went on to play Chinese language cinemas.

 

Thanks to Matt for identifying the problem scene.

The uncut version that I viewed ran 85:57 (PAL) which is equal to 89:11 (NTSC). The scene that must have caused DEADLY DREAM WOMAN to be banned takes place at 40:00. A prostitute called Little Hung is shown being escorted against her will by two men who take her to a fountain, and hold her head under the water. At 40:26, they drag her upstairs to a room, throw her on the floor, and then over a table. At 40:38, they both lift her onto the table. One man is shown naked from the waist up, while the other says, "I’ll leave now". The actual rape runs from 40:43 to 40:45, and consists of a close-up of the girl’s head moving back and forth.

It is hard to know how much of this sequence was removed for an R18+ rating, but is a good example of how ridiculous the OFLC’s policy on sexual violence had become by the 1990s.


 

 

 

 

Deadly Sunday

Directed by Donald M. Jones / 1982 / USA / IMDb

Applicant C.White had an 88m VHS of DEADLY SUNDAY Refused Classification in November 1984. The reason given for the ban was 'explicit and gratuitous sexual violence'.

In February 1984, the censors began to review videos that had been issued up until that time. This may have been one such tape, as it was indeed released.

The actual running time of the Platinum Video release was 81:02, so we are not sure where the 88m time that the censors quote comes from. The tape looks to be uncut.

The offending scene takes place at approximately the 35m point. Gil threatens Patty with a gun and knife, and forces her to strip before attempting to rape her. The scene ends with Gil threatening to kill himself.

 

ABDUCTED (1973) was an earlier Donald M. Jones film that is covered in our Film Censorship Database.

 

Deadly Sunday - Platinum Video [au] VHS


 

 

 

 

Dear God No!

Directed by James Bickert / 2011 / USA / IMDb

This film has never had problems with the Australian censors. It is included because the distributor chose to submit a censored version to the Classification Board.

 

In January 2013, a 78m pre-cut DVD of DEAR GOD NO! was passed with an R18+ (High impact themes, bloody violence and sexual violence) rating.

The extended classification information describes,
High impact: themes, violence,
Strong impact: drug use, nudity, sex
Moderate impact: language

 

Bounty Films submitted a censored British version for classification in Australia. Their caution was a consequence of the Classification Board banning the 2012 DVD submissions of HANGER (2009) and FATHER'S DAY (2011).

DEAR GOD NO! was submitted twice to the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) by Bounty Films.

BBFC ratings information

October 2012: To obtain this category cuts of 1m 34s were required. Cuts were required to reduce the focus on a scene of sexual violence. Approved Running time 77m 56s

November 2012: T o obtain this category cuts of 1m 37s were required. 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. Approved Running time 78m 55s

 

Movie-censorship has a report and screencaps of what was cut from the BBFC/Australian version.

 

Monster Pictures released DEAR GOD NO! on DVD in February 2013.

Thanks to Peter F. for confirming that:

...Dear God No!, 2-Disc Impaler Edition from Monster Pictures IS the censored BBFC 18 rating for both cuts of the film (77:39 and 78:38)

 

Dear God No! (2011) - Monster Pictures [au] - Bounty Films [au] DVD


 

 

 

 

Dear Irene

aka Kaere Irene

Directed by Christian Braad Thomsen / 1971 / Denmark / IMDb

In May 1972, a 9100-feet (101:07) print of KAERE IRENE was banned because of 'indecency'. The Sydney Film Festival was the applicant.

The following month, the Film Board of Review overturned the ban and registered it for:

"…screening at Sydney and Melbourne Film Festivals only"

 

In May 1973, a 2638.00-meter (96:09) print of DEAR IRENE was censored by 3.96-meters (00:09) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove 'indecency'.

Studio Films were the applicant.


 

 

 

 

Death Scenes

Written by Nick Bougas and F.B. Vincenzo / 1989 / USA / IMDb

Applicant, John Nelson an 87m VHS of DEATH SCENES banned in 1990.


 

 

 

 

Death Trap

aka Eaten Alive

Directed by Tobe Hooper / 1976 / USA / IMDb

In January 1981, an 82m tape of DEATH TRAP was banned because of violence, which was said to be:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

It was submitted by a company called Videolink. The tape may well have been an import of the British pre-cert released on the VCL label.

The film was Tobe Hooper's follow up to THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974), which at the time, was also banned in Australia.

 

An uncut print of DEATH TRAP was eventually passed with an R18+ (Occasional graphic violence) rating in July 1989. The 86:55 tape was released on Roadshow's Applause Home Video label.

 

 

DVD and Blu-ray

In April 2004, it was passed with an R18+ (Medium level violence) rating, under its alternative title of EATEN ALIVE. Umbrella Entertainment released the DVD in October of that year, and promoted it as being 'PREVIOUSLY BANNED NOW RELEASED UNCUT'.

They re-released it on DVD in October 2007 as part of a THE TOBE HOOPER COLLECTION box set that included SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION (1990), and THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE (2000).

Glass Doll Films released a Blu-ray, as EATEN ALIVE, in December 2015. The cover displayed the same R18+ (Medium level violence) rating from 2004.

 

 

Death Trap (1976) - Applause Home Video [au] VHSDeath Trap (1976) - Umbrella Entertainment [au] DVD 1Death Trap (1976) - Umbrella Entertainment [au] DVD 2Death Trap (1976) - Glass Doll Films [au] Blu-ray


 

 

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