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Re: Behind The Scenes At The BBFC (Book)

Postby Mercury » 14 Nov 2012, 18:25

I'm really looking forward to this, sounds like it's going to be a really good read.
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Re: Behind The Scenes At The BBFC (Book)

Postby Mercury » 02 Dec 2012, 11:10

My copy will be arriving this wednesday. Looking forward to it. Censoring the 70's though will have to wait as it's a bit pricey at the moment.
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Re: Behind The Scenes At The BBFC (Book)

Postby Luke » 02 Dec 2012, 14:17

I wonder if they will cover Martial Arts films and the problems with different MA weapons?. Useally Horror films get more of the attention in censorship related articles and books.
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Re: Behind The Scenes At The BBFC (Book)

Postby m35541 » 02 Dec 2012, 14:37

My copy now despatched. Interesting that case studies seem to have been written by bbfc staff and not by the authors.
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Re: Behind The Scenes At The BBFC (Book)

Postby m35541 » 03 Dec 2012, 16:32

My book has just turned up - flicked through it. Quite interesting and I think a lot better than Drewe Matthews' tome. However, by far from the definitive study of this and the 'case studies' often lack detail as to actually what was cut. Section on the 1970s has a lot of interesting tables indicating how many films cut for masturbation, oral sex etc. At £11 odd, its certainly worth a dip.

But, for example a lot of genres are just done in 2-3 pages. Hammer in the late 1950s merits a page and martial arts in the 1970s merits a page and I couldn't seen much else.
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Re: Behind The Scenes At The BBFC (Book)

Postby Luke » 03 Dec 2012, 20:05

Maybe its down to us to do the definitive tome? shame they have only given the Martial Arts genre a page. They could have given that a small chapter at least.
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Re: Behind The Scenes At The BBFC (Book)

Postby Mercury » 03 Dec 2012, 20:29

Censoring the 70's might have more coverage, Luke.
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Re: Behind The Scenes At The BBFC (Book)

Postby m35541 » 04 Dec 2012, 08:36

Another thing to remember is that is basically an official bbfc book so don't expect a lot if opinions or anything on internal bbfc controversy. I exaggerate a little but its like a history of the inquisition written by torquemada.
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Re: Behind The Scenes At The BBFC (Book)

Postby Mercury » 04 Dec 2012, 11:12

My copy arrived today. This book is just incredible, the sheer amount of information, it will take me months to get through it all. Also some excellent stills as well.

The BBFC really have done a tremendous job. Well worth the price.
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Re: Behind The Scenes At The BBFC (Book)

Postby m35541 » 04 Dec 2012, 11:28

Some interesting summarised case studies on The Snake Pit and Ichi The Killer as well as cut requests to Dial M For Murder and Rebel Without a Cause. Stuff on Victim, Cosh Boy. The case study on Cape Fear is interesting for what it leaves out compared to the more detailed analysis from (??) that I have posted inlcuding not referring to Stephen Black at all. Several of the case studies already posted by them are included here including Licence to Kill and Temple of Doom.
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Re: Behind The Scenes At The BBFC (Book)

Postby Mercury » 05 Dec 2012, 08:04

They mentioned in the book that Child's Play 3 was cut for theatrical release to obtain a 15. 2 cuts for violence. That's news to me. Their own site makes no mention of this. The cuts were waived for the 18 video release.
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Re: Behind The Scenes At The BBFC (Book)

Postby m35541 » 05 Dec 2012, 11:32

Yes - they've confused it with the original Child's Play.
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Re: Behind The Scenes At The BBFC (Book)

Postby bes » 05 Dec 2012, 14:17

What a blunder!
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Re: Behind The Scenes At The BBFC (Book)

Postby Cobblers » 05 Dec 2012, 15:12

The original Child's Play has always been a 15, has it not, even when the cuts were eventually waived?
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Re: Behind The Scenes At The BBFC (Book)

Postby Luke » 05 Dec 2012, 19:20

You might be right Mercury regarding the 1970s focused BBFC book.
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