Film Censorship: C #3


 

 

 

 

Convoy of Women

Directed by Pierre Chevalier / 1974 / France-Italy / IMDb

Palace Video had an 86m version of this Eurociné's CONVOY OF WOMEN banned in 1986 for reasons of 'gratuitous sexual violence'.


 

 

 

 

Cool Devices

Directed by Kan Matsuda, Yuma Nakamura, Jiroh Hijikata, Yukihiro Makino / 1995 / Japan / IMDb

There is a report of a DVD box set of all eleven episodes of this notorious hentai title being seized by customs in 2001. Disc 1 (episode 1-4) and disc 3 (episode 9-11) were released. Disc 2, containing episodes 5 to 8 was reportedly Refused Classification due to sexual violence.

The individual episodes (called Operations) are titled:

NuTech Digital, the U.S. distributors describe this volume as the most notorious of the entire series.

 

 

2007 R18+ DVD release

Siren Visual Entertainment had a DVD titled COOL DEVICES rated R18+ (High level animated sex scenes, High level themes) on July 19th 2007. It was released as COOL DEVICES VOLUME 1 in October 2007, and contains:

 

Siren Visual Entertainment also had COOL DEVICES PART 2 - EPISODES 3 TO 6 (this is the title in the OFLC records) rated R18+ (High level animated sex scenes, high level themes) on August 28th 2007. It was released as COOL DEVICES VOLUME 2 in November 2007, and contains:

 

Siren's website gave the following warning for their HENTAI COLLECTION.

The Siren Hentai Collection is the best Hentai anime sourced from around the world. Wherever possible titles have been presented uncut, but due to the graphic nature of the content, sometimes cuts have been made in order to comply with local government laws.

Despite COOL DEVICES being passed in their 'Original Versions', this does not mean that Siren did not pre-cut them before submission.

 

What we can say with certainty is that Siren has not released any of the following. These include some of the most notorious episodes in the series.

 

Cool Devices 1 - Siren Visual Entertainment [au] DVDCool Devices 2 - Siren Visual Entertainment [au] DVD


 

 

 

 

Countess Dracula

 Directed by Peter Sasdy / 1971 / UK / 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.

 

On November 15th 1971, the R-rating was introduced. At the same time, the M-rating effectively replaced the SOA (Suitable only for Adults) rating. Although we can find no record, it appears that in late 1971, COUNTESS DRACULA became one of the first films to be passed with an M-rating.

The following information from Shane Harrison shows that it had been cut to ensure a wider audience.

The scenes were timed from an uncut British DVD release.

34:30 – 00:06 cut: Close-up view of Ingrid Pitt stabbing the Gypsy Girl (Nike Arrighi) in the neck with a bodkin as blood spurts across the screen.

36:03 – 00:04 cut: Imre Toth (Sandor Eles) exposing Ingrid Pitt's left breast before kissing her nipple.

 

 

Video and DVD releases

In June 1985, a 93-minute tape of COUNTESS DRACULA was classified with an M-rating.

Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment was the applicant. We do not believe this was ever released.

At the time, the Film Censorship Board noted that:

'Code reasons unavailable for films originally classified before 1972'

 

In 2005, COUNTESS DRACULA was released on DVD by Magna Pacific as part of their Rank Classics range.

Although it was not submitted for classification, this uncut release carried an M-rating.

One sheet image courtesy of moviemem.com

 

Countess Dracula (1971) - One sheet poster     Countess Dracula (1971) - Magna Pacific [au] DVD


 

 

 

 

Country Cuzzins

Directed by Bethel G. Buckalew / 1970 / USA / IMDb

In December 1973, a 2573:00-meter (93:47) print of COUNTRY CUZZINS was banned because of ‘indecency’. The same month saw the Refused Registration rating confirmed by the Review Board.

Filmways Australasia was the applicant.

 

Tony Ginnane and Scott Murray interview Robert Ward from Dendy Filmways.

Bob Ward Interview
Cinema Papers issue 4, December 1974

CP: Have Filmways got any other films that they consider sufficiently artistic to be unsuitable for the Star or the Albany, but which are encountering censorship problems?

WARD: No. We do have NOTORIOUS CLEOPATRA, COUNTRY CUZZINS and THE SINFUL DWARF from Harry Novak banned. They are probably a little bit above the Star, probably Roma material.

CP: Is Filmways fighting these decisions?

WARD: Not really, what can you do to fight? LANGUAGE OF LOVE was an intelligent medical film that you can fight on appeal constructively, but these?

 

In June 1976, Filmways were awarded an R-rating for a 2180.80-meter (79:29) 'reconstructed version'. This censored print, missing fourteen minutes, played theatrically in Australia.

 

 

Banned K&C Video tapes

In May 1981, K&C Video had a 90m tape of COUNTRY CUZZINS banned because of sex. This was described as being:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

At the same time, the Censorship Board banned four other K&C Video tapes for the same reason. These were Bethel Buckalew’s THE DIRTY MIND OF YOUNG SALLY (1973), SOUTHERN COMFORTS (1971), TOBACCO ROODY (1970), and Barry J. Spinello’s MASSAGE PARLOR WIFE (1975). All are covered in our Film Censorship Database.

A censored version of Bethel Buckalew’s MIDNITE PLOWBOY (1971) was released by K&C Video.

In July 1981, K&C Video also had a tape of THE TAKERS (1971) banned.

 

 

COUNTRY CUZZINS review

Review by Carlos
The 2002 U.S. DVD of COUNTRY CUZZINS from Something Weird runs 89:36 and appears to be uncut. However, this does not square with the 94:03 print that you said was banned in 1973.

The scene from 72 to 73m of Jeeter having sex with a girl is as graphic as it gets. She sits on top of him and we get a glimpse of what looks like a semi-erection. However, to find another fourteen minutes of softcore sex to cut just goes to prove how out of touch the Censorship Board was at the time.

Image courtesy of moviemem.com

 

Country Cuzzins (1970) - Filmways [au] Daybill


 

 

 

 

The Couples of Boulogne

aka Les couples du Bois de Boulogne

aka Les Coples du Bois de Bologne

Directed by Christian Gion / 1974 / France / IMDb

In July 1975, a 2376.00-meter (86:36) print of THE COUPLES OF BOULOGNE was censored by 61.00-meters (02:13) for an R-rating. The Censorship Board listed it as LES COPLES DU BOIS DE BOLOGNE.

Consolidated Exhibitors were the applicant.

 

In March 2005, THE COUPLES OF BOULOGNE was passed with an R18+ (High level sex scenes; Nudity) rating.

Force Entertainment released it to DVD the following month. This was part of an eight-disc box set titled THE FRENCH EROTIC COLLECTION. It was re-released in April 2008 with new packaging.

 

The Couples of Boulogne (1974) - Force Entertainment [au] DVD #1The Couples of Boulogne (1974) - Force Entertainment [au] DVD #2


 

 

 

 

Cousin Jedd Rides Again

Produced by Scorpio / 197? / USA / IMDb link required

In December 1981, a 510-meter (46:28) 16mm print of COUSIN JEDD RIDES AGAIN was censored by 10-meters (00:55) for an R-rating.

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

While in the R-rated version, it was reduced to:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

14th Mandolin was the applicant.


 

 

 

 

Criminally Insane

Directed by Steve Millard / 1975 / USA / IMDb

In April 1980, a 1717.17-meter (62:00) print of CRIMINALLY INSANE was censored by 20.70-meters (00:45) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove violence, which was said to be:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

The violence in the R-rated version was said to be:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

Astral Distributing was the applicant.


Review by Chris
In the U.S., Shock-O-Rama Cinema released CRIMINALLY INSANE on DVD in 2006.  These are all of the graphic moments in the film.  The 45s censored from the Australian version would have come from some of these scenes.

11:00 approx - Ethel stabbing her Gran in the back and in the hand to get the key.

16:30 approx – Ethel stabs the delivery in the stomach with a broken bottle.

29:00 approx - Ethel beating the Doctor over the head with a candle stick.

42:30 approx – Ethel killing Rosalie and her boyfriend with a machete.  This is probably the most graphic scene in the film.

55:00 approx - Ethel dismembering the bodies.

These scenes may sound graphic, however, they are so badly done that the impact is diluted. All of the gore from the film has been edited down into a clip for the band SLAYER, who have a song called CRIMINALLY INSANE. This can easily be found on YouTube.

The Shock-O-Rama Cinema DVD is uncut and runs 61:54.


 

 

 

 

Cruel Passion

Directed by Chris Boger / 1977 / Italy– UK–West Germany / IMDb

In March 1979, a 2673.50-meter (97:27) print of CRUEL PASSION was censored by 0.7-meters (00:02) for an R-rating.

The cuts were made to removed footage that the censor thought was 'undesirable in the public interest'.

Greater Union Organisation (GUO) was the applicant.

 

In February 1981, a company called Video Brain had a 93-minute tape passed with an R-rating. Described as being a 'UK version', this may have been an import of the British Intervision pre-cert.

Intervision made their own submission to the Censorship Board in August 1981. The tape was banned due to the 'sexual exploitation of a minor'. The 92-minute running time matches that of their 1979 British pre-cert.

This was followed in November 1981 by a third submission, described as being a 'British version'. The 92-minute video was submitted Meridien Electronics.

In June 1982, Intervision re-submitted a 92-minute tape, and this time received an R-rating.

The final submission came in February 1984, when VCL Communications received an R-rating for a 93-minute tape.

All of the R-ratings for videotapes of CRUEL PASSION were awarded because of sex, which was said to be:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

 

Cruel Passion (1977) - Intervision [au] VHS


 

 

 

 

Crying Freeman: Chapter 5 - The Impersonator

Directed by Harunisa Okamoto / 1992 / Japan / IMDb

Crying Freeman: Chapter 6 - The Russian Connection

Directed by Shigemori Yamauchi / 1993 / Japan / IMDb

In 1995, Siren Entertainment had to censor this CRYING FREEMAN double-bill video tape from 101 to 100m in order to gain an R18+ (Medium Level Violence and Sex Scenes) rating.

The actual running time for both chapters was 99:46. Individually, THE IMPERSONATOR ran 49:24, and THE RUSSIAN CONNECTION 50:22.

It is unclear what was cut, and if footage was removed from one or both episodes. According to the excellent Melon Farmers website, in the UK the BBFC objected to the scene in THE RUSSIAN CONNECTION where Tsuaike masturbates Tanya with a gun. The scene appears in the Australian tape at around the 20m point and does not appear to be toned down.

This censored version was released in Australia on the Manga Video label.

 

Crying Freeman: Chapter 5 and 6 - Manga Video [au] VHS


 

 

 

 

Cry of a Prostitute

Directed by Adelchi Bianchi / 1974 / Italy / IMDb

In December 1980 a 2246.50 meter (81:53) print of CRY OF A PROSTITUTE was banned because of violence, which was said to be:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

A 'reconstructed pre-censor cut version' running 2377.00 meters (86:39) was passed with an R-rating in July 1981. The violence was now described as:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

It is unclear why the R-rated version was longer than the initial banned submission.

Hose of Dare was the applicant.

 

Review by Matt
I recently watched the Joseph Brenner release of CRY OF A PROSTITUTE which I assume was the same version that was submitted to the Australian censors. The 82m 31s print was a bit choppy during the credits (the title was missing), but all the violence was intact. The film contains various scenes of guys getting shot in the head, and stomach, which involve lots of blood squibs. At one point (36m) Tony bashes a guys head in with a rock then runs over him with a road roller (non graphically).

The Australian Censors would definitely not have liked the scene at 44m when Tony rapes Margie, or at 59m where he beats her with a belt then rapes her. The violence was probably RC back in 1981, but would easily get passed these days.


 

 

 

 

La Cueillette des Cerises

Directed by ? / 197? / France / IMDb link required

In January 1977, a 2055.80-meter (74:56) print of LA CUEILLETTE DES CERISES was banned because of 'indecency'.

Roadshow Distributors were the applicant.


 

 

 

 

The Curious Female

Directed by Paul Rapp / 1970 / USA / IMDb

In June 1972, a 6600-feet (73:20) print of THE CURIOUS FEMALE was banned because of 'indecency'. Roadshow Distributors were the applicant. The running time indicates that it had already been pre-cut prior to submission.

 

Filmways finally received an R-rating for the film in April 1974. The 2387.00-meter (87:00) print was 14 minutes longer than the one that was banned only two years earlier.

 

In June 1990, an 84m VHS of THE CURIOUS FEMALE was passed with an R18+ (Frequent sexual activity) rating. RCA-Columbia Pictures-Hoyts Video released it on tape.

 

The Curious Female (1970) - RCA-Columbia-Hoyts Video [au] VHS


 

 

 

 

Cut and Run

Directed by Ruggero Deodato / Italy / 1985 / IMDb

In October 1985, CBS/FOX had a 90m version of CUT AND RUN Refused Classification, the reason given was violence which was described as:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

It was passed with an R-rating in January 1986, with a quoted running time of 85m. The actual running time of the VHS that CBS/Fox released was 83:48.

This is an interesting release as it was filmed in two different versions. A hard one that contained nudity and extreme violence, and a soft one that clothed the once naked women and removed or substituted alternative footage to tone down the violence. For its initial VHS release the UK, USA, and Australia, got the soft version, and Italy and Japan the hard version.

Movie-Censorship has a comparison between the Australian CBS/Fox soft version and the hard version released by CMV LaserVision.

The running time of the CBS/Fox version was the same as that passed by the BBFC in 1985. The shorter version, with alternative footage is conformed as having a running time of 83:48 (PAL). We presume the 90m version that was Refused Classification in 1985 was the hard version.

Other films by Ruggero Deodato that had problems in Australia include CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, THE LAST CANNIBAL WORLD, and THE HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK. All are covered in our database.

 

Cut and Run - CBS-Fox Video [au] VHS Cover ACut and Run - CBS-Fox Video [au] VHS Cover B


 

 

 

 

The Cut-Throats

Directed by John Hayes / 1969 / USA / IMDb

In June 1975, a 2077.00-meter (75:42) print of THE CUT-THROATS was censored by 34.00-meters (04:14) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove 'indecency'.

Filmways Australasia was the applicant.

 

Review by Simon
VEC released the film on videotape in the US under the title CUT THROAT KOMMANDO SS. The running time was 72:12, and the onscreen title was THE CUT THROATS.

Although the soft-core sex is relatively explicit for 1969, it should not have caused too many problems by the time our censor viewed it in 1975. All the sex is consensual, apart from one at 3m when a woman is forced to strip by a Nazi who kisses her body. In the VEC tape, as he climbs on top to rape her, the scene cuts at 04:53 to show two US soldiers. Some footage could be missing, or it may just be poor editing.


 

 

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