Saturday, October 30, 2010

Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide

The biggest documentary release this year or in a very long time is Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide. A 3 disc release, spanding over 9 hours with footage from the Video Nasties era. I can't wait. But today I got a mail from the manufacturer of this product that the release that has been changed to 8th of November - 2010.

 Prepare to be corrupted and depraved once more as Nucleus Films releases the definitive guide to the Video Nasties phenomenon - one of the most extraordinary and scandalous eras in the history of British film. For the first time ever on DVD, trailers to all 72 films that fell foul of the Director of Public Prosecutions are featured with specially filmed intros for each title in a lavish three-disc collector's edition box-set, alongside a brand new documentary - Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship And Videotape.

Disc One: Presents the 39 titles which were successfully prosecuted in UK courts and deemed liable to deprave and corrupt.

Disc Two: Presents the 33 titles that were initially banned, but then subsequently acquitted and removed from the DPP's list.

Disc Three: This era-defining documentary features interviews with filmmakers Ruggero Deodato ('Cannibal Holocaust') Neil Marshall ('The Descent', 'Doomsday'), Christopher Smith ('Severance', 'Black Death') and MP Graham Bright as well as rare archive footage featuring James Ferman (director of the BBFC 1975-1999) & Mary Whitehouse. Taking in the explosion of home video, the erosion of civil liberties, the introduction of draconian censorship measures, hysterical press campaigns and the birth of many careers born in blood and videotape, West's documentary also reflects on the influence this peculiar era still exerts on us today.

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