Film Censorship: Electric Blue Video Series


 

 

 

 

Electric Blue 001

Directed by Adam Cole / 1980 / UK

In January 1980, a 59m tape of ELECTRIC BLUE 001 was banned by the Censorship Board.

An application was made to the Review Board, who in February 1980 confirmed the ban. Electric Blue Australasia subsequently re-edited the tape and achieved an R-rating in March 1980. The exact running time was 58:06.

 

Here is how Cinema Papers described the process.

Another interesting censorship decision is that relating to Electric Blue, a one-hour video tape put out by the owners of Men Only and Club International magazines in Britain. The tape consists of edited highlights of car crashes at Indianapolis, a short film by David Hamilton, interviews in the street conducted by Fiona Hamilton and two segments on naked women.

The first sequence (13mins) is a semi-dramatic episode of a centrefold-type girl as she becomes erotically aroused by the school papers she is marking. The other segment is of housewives as they move about in their houses naked . These sequences are reputably photographed by either husbands or boyfriends.

Electric Blue is the first attempt by a men's magazine publishers to put a magazine on video. Playboy for example is preparing to put out monthly, one-hour specials on cable television in the U.S. and Penthouse is said to be considering doing the same.

Given that video and cable television will continue to expand, the future of publications on tape seems to be considerable. The Tasmanian Film Corporation for example has been examining the idea, though presumably with less 'adult' type projects.

Electric Blue was submitted to the Commonwealth Censor in January 1980 but was banned for sexual explicitness. This is surprising as it is well short of being a "blue movie". The overseas marketing of Electric Blue has in fact been based on the tape's "social acceptability".

The Australian distributor then went to the Film Board of Review, but the appeal was turned down. Several cuts were unofficially suggested and the videotape was re-edited. The tape still runs 59mins as sections of the tape were re-used to fill-in the three minutes of deletions.

 

It is unclear how different the Australian ELECTRIC BLUE 001 is to the U.K. one. The segment in which Fiona Richmond shows clips from three films has been changed for the Australian market. Trailers are shown for CASE OF THE SMILING STIFFS, FANTASM, and THE STUD. The ELECTRIC BLUE tapes were released by a company called Scripglow Ltd, and were distributed by Video Classics. The above three titles are from Video Classics and were offered for the low price of just $69.95!

 

ELECTRIC BLUE 001 contains David Hamilton Grant's adult animation SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN PERVERTS (1973). This had to be cut in April 1974 before the Censorship Board would award it an R-rating. It runs for 10:09 on the tape.

See the separate entry in our Film Censorship Database for more information.

 

Electric Blue Video 001 - Video Classics [au] VHS


 

 

 

 

Electric Blue 002

Directed by Adam Cole / 1980 / UK

Electric Blue Australasia had a revised 59:13 version of ELECTRIC BLUE 002 passed with an R-rating in July 1980. The reason given for the deletions were sex, which were described as:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

In November 1981, L&M Imports had a 60m videotape Refused Registration. This was presumably the uncensored version.

 

Electric Blue Video 002 - Video Classics [au] VHS


 

 

 

 

Electric Blue 005

Directed by Adam Cole / 1981 / UK

Electric Blue Australasia had a 60m reconstructed version of ELECTRIC BLUE 005 passed with an R-rating in July 1981. The actual running time of the tape was 57:02.

 

Electric Blue Video 005 - Video Classics [au] VHS


 

 

 

 

Electric Blue 006

Directed by Adam Cole / 1981 / UK

Electric Blue Australasia had a 60m version of ELECTRIC BLUE 006 Refused Registration in September 1981. A revised 54:28 tape was passed with an R-rating in December 1981. The reason given for the deletions was sex and language, which were described as:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

ELECTRIC BLUE 006 was Refused Registration again in July 1983, this time with a running time of 58m. The reason given to the applicant, J.Woodforde, was sex, which was described as:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

 

Electric Blue Video 006 - Video Classics [au] VHS


 

 

 

 

Electric Blue 008

Directed by Adam Cole / 1982 / UK

Electric Blue Australasia had a 58m version of ELECTRIC BLUE 008 Refused Registration in May 1982. The reason given for the ban was sex, which was described as:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

A 54m reconstructed version was eventually passed with an R-rating in July 1982. Interestingly, the ex-rental tape that we viewed ran 58:41, which may indicate that both cut and uncut versions were released.

 

Electric Blue Video 008 - Video Classics [au] VHS


 

 

 

 

Electric Blue 015

1984 / UK

In November 1984, Video Classics had an edited 60m tape of ELECTRIC BLUE 015 passed with an R-rating. The following month another 60m version was rated X18+. The actual running time of the R-rated video was 57:29.

 

Electric Blue Video 015 - Video Classics [au] VHS


 

 

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