Film Censorship: R - Page 2


 

 

 

 

The Red Nights of the Gestapo

Directed by Fabio De Agostini / 1977 / Italy / IMDb

In January 1980, THE RED NIGHTS OF THE GESTAPO was Refused Registration in print running 2816.10-meters (102:39).

The reason given for the ban was sex and violence, which were described as being:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

The RC-rating was also awarded for sado-masochism and child abuse.

 

In March 1980, Natan Scheinwald Productions censored the print down to 2539.80-meters (92:35) and received an R-rating.

With ten minutes missing, the rating was awarded for sex, which was described as being:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Low
Purpose: Gratuitous

 

 

X-rated version

In February 1984, VCL Communications had a 102m videotape passed with an X-rating.

The X-rating had only been introduced in February 1984. There was a brief period where it was considered not just for sex films, but also for material that was too extreme for R18+. During this time, violence could exist in the X18+ category, and films such as CALIGULA (1980), PINK FLAMINGOS (1972), and ROSEMARY'S KILLER (1981) were awarded this rating. Despite pro-censorship groups trying to claim otherwise, the guidelines were soon tightened up to remove violence.

We do not believe that VCL Communications ever released an X-rated version of THE RED NIGHTS OF THE GESTAPO.

 

 

Censored R-rated tapes

In the early 80s, there was no law that compelled distributors to have video tapes classified. For a period, the Censorship Board simply viewed the tapes and passed them as 'Special Condition', the definition of which was:

That the film/tape will not be exhibited in any State in contravention of that State's law relating to the exhibition of films.

In December 1983, an 80m videotape of THE RED NIGHTS OF THE GESTAPO was passed with such a warning. The applicant was Monash Records.

 

In August 1985, VCL Communications had a censored 79:21 videotape passed with an R-rating. The rating was awarded for sex, which was now described as being:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

This same version was re-released in 1988 by Virgin Video.

 

 

Censored VCL tape vs. Uncut DVD

Review by UK George
Back in the 90s, I imported the Australian VCL tape of RED NIGHTS OF THE GESTAPO in the hope that it would be longer than the one we had here in the UK. I can confirm that both versions are the same. I would assume that your release was sourced from the British tape.

I recently viewed the US DVD that was released by Exploitation Digital. It ran 109:54 (NTSC), and was uncut. Converted to PAL this gives 105:30. This shows that the VCL releases were missing over 26m of footage. Almost all of the sex scenes have been removed, or censored. This includes some very tame footage.

You mention that one of the reasons the Australian censor banned the film was because of ‘child abuse’. This refers to the character of Friedrich Schatz, who is identified by the Nazi’s as being a paedophile. They arrange to get a young girl called Hilda to trap him. They rename her Eva to match the name of his daughter. This is a case of the censor being overly dramatic, as obviously no child abuse could appear in a legal DVD, either here or overseas.

Instead, they refer to two scenes that occur in the Exploitation Digital DVD at the following points. Both are entirely missing from the VCL tape.

40:15 to 41:00: Colonel Werner von Uhland talks to Eva, her promises her chocolate cake, and tells her he will return and show her a game to play.

77:15 to 79:00:  Eva approaches Fredrick, and asks him to come and play with her. She asks his name, and tells him hers. He responds that he has a Daughter called Eva, to which she replies 'then you are Papa Fredrick'. They continue to talk, and Fredrick tells her he is afraid. Eva then asks him to tell her a story. That is what the censors defined as 'child abuse'.

The two appear again at 104:45 as the SS burst in to the room and machinegun Fredrick to death. Eva is shown in the corner looking on. Fredrick’s death is in the VCL tape, but all shots of Eva have been removed.

Eva appears again from 105:30 to 106:30. She is the only survivor in the castle. She walks passed the dead bodies and the man hanging from the doorway. Again, this is missing from the VCL tape. Instead, it ends with the death of Colonel Werner von Uhland.

For the record, the opening credits of the Exploitation Digital DVD are shown over a red velvet curtain, and the end credits are black. In comparison, the VCL opening credits are over black, and the end credits are over the red curtain. As well as being censored, the VCL tape is a horrible washed-out, full screen print that crops off much of the picture. The Exploitation Digital DVD is windscreen and the colours are beautiful.

 

Red Nights of the Gestapo - VCL Communications [au] VHSRed Nights of the Gestapo - Virgin Video [au] VHS


 

 

 

 

Red Spell Spells Red

Directed by Titus Ho / 1983 / Hong Kong / IMDb

In June 1985, a 2550.00-meter (92:57) 35mm print of RED SPELL SPELLS RED was submitted to the Censorship Board. It was passed only after Yu Enterprises removed 35.6-meters (01:17) of 'animal cruelty'. The R-rating was awarded for sex and violence, which were described as:

Sex
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

Violence
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

This censored version went on to have a Chinese Language cinema release.

 

 

Animal cruelty in RED SPELL SPELLS RED

Review by Simon
Winson Laserdisc [hk] 93:15 (NTSC)

The following scenes in RED SPELL SPELLS RED contain cruelty to animals. Some, or all of them would have been removed or censored.

18:43 to 18:47 – A spear is driven into the neck of a live piglet.

41:38 to 42:26 - Several live piglets are shown being slaughtered and disembowelled.

44:40 to 44:44 – A live chicken's head is cut off with an axe.

53:41 to 54:51 – One of the tribesmen tears apart a live chicken with his teeth and eats it.

67:50 to 68:08 – Live scorpions are crushed with a rock.

In addition, beginning at 56:59, there is a 54s scene of a cockfight.


 

 

 

 

Referral Service

Produced by B. Rogue / 1975 / USA / IMDb

In June 1980, a 504.62-meter (45:59) 16mm print of REFERRAL SERVICE was censored by 18.00-meters (01:38) for an R-rating.

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

In the R-rated version, it was said to be:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

14th Mandolin was the applicant. It is listed as being released on their King of Video label.


 

 

 

 

 

Refinements in Love

aka Love, Sweat and Tears

aka Refinements of Love

Directed by Carlos Tobalina / 1971 / USA / IMDb

In November 1974, a 2350.00-meter (85:39) print of REFINEMENTS IN LOVE was banned because of 'indecency'. An unsuccessful appeal was made to the Films Board of Review in February 1975.

Lyra Films was the applicant.

 

In August 1979, a pre-censored 1729.30-meter (63:02) version was again banned because of 'indecency'. An R-rating was awarded to a 1673.28 (60:59) 'reconstructed version 'in October 1979.

14th Mandolin made both of these submissions under the title REFINEMENTS OF LOVE. This is listed as being released on their King of Video label.

 

The X-rating was introduced in February 1984, which allowed hardcore sex to be classified in Australia. In July of that year, an 85m tape of REFINEMENTS IN LOVE was passed with such a rating. It was awarded for sex, which was found to be:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

14th Mandolin released it as LOVE, SWEAT AND TEARS on their Pink Video label.

 

Refinements in Love (1971) - Pink Video [au] VHS


 

 

 

 

Return of the Evil Dead

Directed by Amando de Ossorio / 1973 / Spain / IMDb

This film has never had problems with the Australian censors. It is included because the distributor chose to censor it to achieve a more commercial rating.

 

In November 1974, a 2463.00-meter (89:46) print of RETURN OF THE EVIL DEAD was censored by 8.6-meters (00:18) for an M-rating. The cuts were made to remove 'excessive violence'. MGM/BEF Film Distributors was the applicant.

 

In May 1995, Siren Entertainment had an 84m VHS of RETURN OF THE EVIL DEAD passed with an MA15+ (Medium level violence). It was released as part of their short-lived Redemption label. This was the censored 'international version'.

 

The original film, TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD (1971), was banned in the 70s and 90s by the Australian censors.

 

 

MA15+ Siren Entertainment VHS vs. Uncut Spanish version

Movie-Censorship has screen grabs of the missing RETURN OF THE EVIL DEAD footage.

 

Comparison by Marc Morris
The Spanish version, entitled EL ATAQUE DE LOS MUERTOS SIN OJOS, runs 86m 36s at 25 fps.

The Atlas version released by Redemption as RETURN OF THE EVIL DEAD lasts 83m 24s at 25 fps (not including the Atlas logo). It is missing the following material:  

 

The flashback in which the Templars sacrifice a female victim appears 11m 7s into the Spanish version. The Atlas print turns this into a pre-credits sequence, and also makes some heavy cuts - all the shots of the knife plunging between the woman's breasts have been removed, as have the shots of a Templar pulling out the woman's heart.

2m 29s in. Atlas have removed an additional line of dialogue from the Templar (just before he is blinded by the villagers).

12m 9s. The flashback used at the beginning of Atlas' edition should appear here. It was originally followed by a brief recap of the Templars being killed by the villagers which Atlas have removed.

12m 31s. A shot of a woman tied and gagged in the boot of a car (inserted into the middle of the fireworks display) has been removed.

12m 47s. A complete sequence has been cut in which the woman from the previous shot is tied to a wall by Murdo, the village idiot, and stabbed between the breasts. The woman does not appear at all in the Atlas edition, in which it is no longer clear why the Templars return from the grave - this scene establishes that Murdo deliberately summons the Templars by offering them a human sacrifice (all of Murdo's subsequent actions thus appear in a very different light).

32m 23s. A single shot of blood dripping down a telephone and onto the floor has been cut (this is included in the German print as well as the Spanish edition).

63m 1s. Two shots of Bert's stomach being punctured in close-up by swords have been cut (as has an intervening shot of the Mayor watching from a nearby window).

65m 57s. The scene in which the little girl, Nancy, leaves a room and encounters the Mayor (just before he leads her outside) has inexplicably been cut. This can be found in the German and Spanish editions.

67m 19s. Various close-up of swords entering the Mayor's body.

72m 20s. A single close-up of a sword penetrating Amalia's stomach.

74m 6s. A single shot of blood spurting from Murdo's neck after he has been beheaded.

76m 59s. A few shots of Howard's face (just before the pan down his body that reveals he has fallen against a sword).

79m 8s. A single shot of the village square just before Vivian, Jack and Nancy leave the church has inexplicably been cut. This can be found in the German and Spanish editions.

The end credits are considerably shorter in the Atlas edition.  

 

A few seconds are missing from the Spanish version due to print damage:

17m 32s in, a very dark shot of a Templar rising from his grave has been cut;

42m 37s in, part of the attack on the village fete has been cut (it actually looks like someone has stopped the tape and then restarted it);

61m 13s, a few seconds of the Mayor pausing before approaching Bert.

All of this material can be found in both the Atlas and German editions

One sheet courtesy of moviemem.com

 

Return of the Evil Dead (1974) - MGM-BEF Film Distributors [au] One sheet poster     Return of the Evil Dead (1974) - Siren Entertainment [au] VHS


 

 

 

 

Rikisha Kuri

Directed by Joseph Kuo / 1974 / Taiwan / IMDb

In June 1974, a 2704.00-meter (98:34) print of RIKISHA KURI was censored by 164.28-meters (06:00) for an R-rating. The reason for the cuts was 'excessive violence'.

Joe Siu international Film Co was the applicant.

 

Review by Matt
This is a by the numbers 70s martial arts title. The hero's uncle and girlfriend are killed by a group called the invincible four, which sets up the revenge plot. The violence is quite brutal, but six-minutes of cuts for an R-rating does seem a touch excessive! The print I viewed was Mandarin language, with English subtitles, and had a running time of 97:51.


 

 

 

 

Rivelazioni di uno psichiatra sul mondo perverso del sesso

Directed by Renato Polselli / 1973 / Italy / IMDb

There is one report from 2004 of customs confiscating a DVD of RIVELAZIONI DI UNO PSICHIATRA SUL MONDO DEL SESSO.


 

 

 

 

Riverboat Mama

Directed by Bob Favorite / 1969 / USA / IMDb

In May 1978, a 2084.00-meter (75:58) print of RIVERBOAT MAMA was censored by 17.40-meters (00:37) for an R-rating. The reason given for the cuts was 'indecency'.

14th Mandolin was the applicant. In the early 80s, they released it on their King of Video label.

 

Riverboat Mama (1969) - King of Video [au] VHSRiverboat Mama (1969) - King of Video [au] VHS tape label


 

 

 

 

River City

2010 / Australia

In June 2010, a 75m DVD of RIVER CITY was banned by the Classification Board. The reason given was:

Film 1(a)
The film is classified RC in accordance with the National Classification Code, Films Table, 1. (a) as films that "depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be classified."

The applicant was the Queensland Police Service Graffiti Task Force. At the same time they received RC-ratings for RIVER CITY 2 (2013), and CHASING REALITY (2013).

 

River City (2010) - DVD


 

 

 

 

River City 2

2013 / Australia

In June 2015, a 56m DVD of RIVER CITY 2 was banned by the Classification Board. The reason given was:

Film 1(a)
The film is classified RC in accordance with the National Classification Code, Films Table, 1. (a) as films that "depict, express or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be classified."

The applicant was the Queensland Police Service Graffiti Task Force. At the same time they received RC-ratings for RIVER CITY (2010), and CHASING REALITY (2013).

 

River City 2 (2013) - DVD


 

 

 

 

Robot Ninja

Directed by J.R. Bookwalter / 1989 / USA / IMDb

In 1990, Palace Entertainment had a 90m VHS of ROBOT NINJA banned by the OFLC.

 

Review by Matt G.
Excessive violence would have to have been the reason that the censors banned ROBOT NINJA. There is a rape scene at around the 10min point, but this is not presented particularly graphically. The violence however is!

Problem scenes may have been, Susan getting shot in the face (13:30m), Buddy Revelle stabbed in the eyes by Robot Ninja (33m), Robot Ninja cutting off a guys hand, Sanchez stabbing Robot Ninja in the wrist, cop shooting guy in chest (39-42m), Sanchez putting gun in Dr Goodknight's eye and shooting (55m), and the climax where various gang members are shot and stabbed, before Robot Ninja commits suicide by shooting himself in the head (64-70m).

I don't know if the censors 90m running time is correct, as the uncut U.S. NTSC VHS release from Cinema Home Video clocks in at 79:26.


 

 

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