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  • Actors: Ruggero Deodato, Neil Marshall, Christopher Smith
  • Directors: Jake West
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Severin Films
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2014
  • Run Time: 540 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00JRENJTY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,058 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Every Video Nasty critiqued and explored, followed by the original trailers, for the first time ever on DVD in America!

Prepare to be corrupted and depraved once more with this 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, The era-defining and critically acclaimed documentary VIDEO NASTIES: MORAL PANIC, CENSORSHIP AND VIDEOTAPE directed by Jake (Doghouse) West and produced by Marc Morris features interviews with filmmakers 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.

Disc Two presents the 39 titles that were successfully prosecuted in UK courts and deemed liable to deprave and corrupt. These included: 'Absurd', 'Cannibal Holocaust', 'The Driller Killer', 'I Spit on Your Grave', 'Nightmares in a Damaged Brain', 'Snuff' & 'Zombie Flesh-Eaters'.

Disc Three presents the 33 titles that were initially banned, but then subsequently acquitted and removed from the DPP's list. These included: 'Death Trap', 'Deep River Savages', 'The Evil Dead', 'Human Experiments', 'The Toolbox Murders' & Zombie Creeping Flesh.

Discs 2 & 3 can be viewed either as a non-stop trailer show, or with newly-filmed introductions from a wide range of acclaimed media academics and notable genre journalists. Each disc is preceded by a brief introduction by cult horror presenter Emily Booth.

Customer Reviews

I looked at myself in the mirror that day and told myself, 'what a waste of money!'
duspan
Disc 3 has trailers for the films that were intially banned then released and can be seen with out without an introduction.
hongkongfilmfan
What's even scarier is the lack of accountability from many of the political members involved.
Akira Ford Leone

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By sleazemaniac on June 1, 2014
Format: DVD
This 3-disc set was originally released as an individually numbered limited edition version complete with collectible poster postcards in the UK several years ago. But Severin in the US has now issued an NTSC version here in the States!!! I had the UK version, but never even watched it because I only have one all-region multi-format player and so it got put on the back burner. Anyway, sold it off in anticipation of this US version.

First of all, the US version is not limited, numbered, and doesn't have the collectible postcards the UK version had, but otherwise I assume it's pretty much the same content on the discs.

Disc 1 is the documentary itself, and although it is decent, I found it a bit pedantic and I found I was losing interest even though it's only about 72 minutes long. Still some good info there, but it really seemed to lack the chronological details of how the whole thing progressed, step by step, and instead mostly focused on current interview clips (one with one of the censors at the time) spouting their feelings on what was going on at the time. I remember reading the book "The Seduction of the Gullible" (I think the first book about the Video Nasty situation) over 20+ years ago and that was a fascinating, compelling read. This documentary, not so much.

But Disc 2 and 3 is where this set really shines. It's basically all the trailers for the entire group of Nasties. Disc 2 has the 39 films that remained banned at that time, and Disc 3 has the other 33 films that were dropped from the banned list after a short period.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By MacheteJason on September 28, 2013
Format: DVD
Video Nasties (2010) is one of the better horror film documentaries I have ever seen although Never Sleep Again and Crystal Lake Memories are superior. It talks about the moral outrage that erupted in Britain over the renting of so-called video nasties. These horror movies were actually banned and prosecuted such was the concern over them. Only recently have the films been re-released uncut in the UK and US (although a few still aren't available). Video Nasties exposes the arbitrary decisions over what was in good taste or not. Ultimately, many of the films weren't particularly good and probably would have been quickly forgotten if the debate hadn't been stirred up by the media. Some of the more interesting fan favorites did attract legal trouble such as The Burning, Cannibal Holocaust, I Spit on Your Grave, Last House on the Left, Tenebrae, Zombi and many more. Discs 2 & 3 can be viewed either as a non-stop trailer show, or with newly-filmed introductions from a wide range of acclaimed media academics and notable genre journalists. Each disc is preceded by a brief introduction by cult horror presenter Emily Booth.

Box Cover: "Every Video Nasty critiqued and explored, followed by the original trailers, for the first time ever on DVD! Prepare to be corrupted and depraved once more with this 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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Akira Ford Leone on November 17, 2014
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This set isn't called the Definitive Guide for nothing. The Video Nasties is a very fascinating period in time; not only for the impact it had on VHS culture, but very much on cinema as a whole. There are many, critics and politicians alike, who balk at horror/exploitation films and point to them as the beginning of the decline of Western civilization. The sad truth, however, is that horror/exploitation is STILL a vulnerable genre. Many of those films contain no more violence, or at least violence no more graphic than, some of the critically lauded "classics" of cinema. Think of the graphic violence from films like, say, The Godfather, Bonnie & Clyde, Goodfellas, etc. Yet where was the ban on them?

But I digress, this is space for a review of the Video Nasties documentary. And what a docu it is. Director Jake West wisely chooses to present the events as they were, instead of shaking a finger at the BBFC and the British government as a whole. It IS scary to see how easily civil liberties were cast aside in the name of building a nanny nation. What's even scarier is the lack of accountability from many of the political members involved. Video interviews show how many of these pearl-clutchers openly admitted they never actually watched any of the tapes that were supposedly destroying the innocence of the nation's youth. But again, West declines judgement. That much is left to many of the interview subjects who found themselves on the "wrong" side of the law.

The docu is chock full of carefully researched info on the inception of the term Video Nasty, the beginning of the ban list, those who faced or might face criminal charges, and the "end" of the Video Nasties Witch hunt.
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