Film Censorship: S #3


 

 

 

 

Sleazy Rider

Directed by Roger Gentry / 1973 / USA / IMDB

A tape of SLEAZY RIDER was confiscated by customs in the early 2000s.


 

 

 

 

Sleepwalkers

Directed by Mick Garris / 1992 / USA / IMDb

In May 1992, an 89m 35mm print of SLEEPWALKERS was passed with an R18+ (Adult themes, Medium level violence) rating.

Hoyts-Columbia-Fox-Tristar Films censored the print down to 84m, and were awarded a much more commercial M-rating.  It was this censored version that played theatrically in Australia.

Note that the introduction of the MA15+ rating did not take place until 1993.

 

 

SLEEPWALKERS: The censored footage

In their 1991 to 1992 Annual Report the OFLC explained what was censored.

"With Sleepwalkers conceptual elements emphasising a close mother-son relationship were removed."

 

Thanks to Barnaby for sending in the following details of a second cut in the M-rated version.

"...the censored cut also loses a really wince-inducing close-up of a cop's arm, which is being twisted by the villainess, snapping in half like a twig. This is consistent with the R version's consumer advice 'Medium Level Violence, Adult Themes'."

 

 

SLEEPWALKERS: Uncut on VHS and DVD

The VHS on the First Release label, and the DVD from Columbia-Tristar, were both the uncut R-rated version.

Daybill image courtesy of moviemem.com

 

Sleepwalkers (1991) - Hoyts-Columbia-Fox-Tristar Films [au] Poster     Sleepwalkers - Columbia Tristar [au] DVD


 

 

 

 

The Slumber Party Massacre

Directed by Amy Jones / 1982 / USA / IMDb

In November 1982, a 2086-meter (76:02) print of THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE was banned because of violence. It was described as being:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

A censored 2084-meter (75:58) print was passed with an R-rating in December 1982. With the 00:04 of cuts, the violence was now described as:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

Hoyts Distribution went on to release this print theatrically.

 

 

Video and DVD releases

In August 1985, a 73:02 (PAL) video was passed with an R-rating. Communications and Entertainment released the tape on their Embassy Home Entertainment label. Once again the violence was described as being:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

This version appears to be uncut.

 

In 2005, Umbrella Entertainment released a 73:03 (PAL) version on DVD.

Daybill image courtesy of moviemem.com

 

The Slumber Party Massacre (1982) - Hoyts Distribution [au] Daybill     The Slumber Party Massacre (1982) - Embassy Home Entertainment [au] VHSThe Slumber Party Massacre (1982) - Umbrella Entertainment [au] DVD


 

 

 

 

Small Town Girls

Directed by Tom Janovich / 1979 / USA / IMDb

In December 1981, a 1983.30-meter (72:17) 'pre-censor cut version' of SMALL TOWN GIRLS was banned because of sex, which was said to be.
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

It was refused again in November 1982 for the same reasons. This time the print was said to be a 'reconstructed pre-censor cut soft version' that ran 1703.00-meters (62:04).

 An R-rating was finally awarded in July 1983 to a 'second reconstructed pre-censor cut soft version' that ran 1645.80-meters (59:59). The sex was described as being:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

In all cases, Cinerama Films was the applicant.

 

In June 1986, a 59-minute tape of SMALL TOWN GIRLS was again passed with an R-rating for the same reasons as in July 1983. The applicant was 14th Mandolin who went on to release it on their Pink Video label.

This was followed in July 1987 by two submissions from the NSW Police which were both banned due to 'gratuitous sexual violence'. The first tape ran 75-minutes, while the second was a 154-minute double-bill. This latter video was listed as SMALL TOWN GIRLS * (also known as EROTIC DAYS, EROTIC NIGHTS / DOUBLE PENTRATION) The Censorship Board noted that:

* Title so marked determines treatment of this compilation videotape, as remaining title carries lower classification.

This indicated that Ron Jeremy's X18+ rated DOUBLE PENETRATION (1986) was in the clear, with SMALL TOWN GIRLS being the problem.

 

Small Town Girls (1979) - Pink Video [au] VHS


 

 

 

 

Small Windows

Directed by Scott Forslund / 1972 / USA / IMDb

In August 1984, an 84m tape of SMALL WINDOWS was Refused Classification because of the 'sexual exploitation of a minor'.

Sundowner and Video Productions was the applicant.


 

 

 

 

The Smugglers 

Directed by Gu Wen Sun / 1973 / Hong Kong / IMDb

In November 1973, a 2428.00-meter (88:30) print of THE SMUGGLERS was passed with an R-rating. This is the only recorded submission, so it is unclear why a 'reconstructed version' was used.

Joe Siu International Film Co was the applicant.

 

 

Uncut as KUNG-FU GANGBUSTERS

Review by Simon
There is a DVD of THE SMUGGLERS available under the title KUNG-FU GANG BUSTERS. I suspect this may be sourced from the early 80s UK pre-cert that was released on the Inter-Ocean label. The English dubbed print that I viewed ran 94:17. This is nearly six minutes longer than the Australian R-rated version.

There is also a scene at 66m were a gangster attempts to rape the heroes’ girlfriend. He is shown beating her, before having his ear bitten off as she fights back. However, a good proportion of the film is filled with kung-fu action. Most, if not all of the cuts would have been made to reduce the more brutal moments of these fights.


 

 

 

 

Snake in the Monkey's Shadow

Directed by Sum Cheung / 1979 / Hong Kong / IMDb

In July 1980, a 2386-meter (86:58) print of SNAKE IN MONKEY'S SHADOW was censored by 91.90-meters (03:19) for an M-rating.

The cuts were made to remove 'animal cruelty', which appears to indicate it was the sequence where a monkey fights a cobra. The M-rating was awarded for violence, which was said to be:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

JS & WC International Film Co released it theatrically to Chinese Language cinemas.

 

 

 

SNAKE IN MONKEY'S SHADOW review

Review by Simon
I came across your site whilst looking for info on this film. Here in the UK it also lost the monkey vs. cobra scene. The BBFC are still very strict on any scenes of perceived animal cruelty and would still require the removal of this scene. I finally got the uncut film through a torrent so I can provide you with some more information and times.

The scene begins at around 70:30 and ends at 73:30. The hero is watching a monkey and cobra fight so that he can learn how to defeat his opponent. I should point out that the monkey is chained up so he really doesn't have much choice but to fight. It ends with him defeating the cobra, but only after a long drawn out battle where he looks genuinely scared.

During the final battle scene the hero has a couple of flashbacks to the animal fight where he has 'what would the monkey do' moment. At 82:54 we have a quick replay of the monkey with the cobra in its mouth, the hero then bites his opponents fingers. There is another flashback at 83:37. The complete uncut film runs 83:50. You may be interested to know that last time I looked the whole scene was available on YouTube.


 

 

 

 

Snow White and the Seven Perverts

Directed by David Hamilton Grant - Marcus Parker-Rhodes / 1973 / UK / IMDb

In April 1974, a 370.00-meter (13:29) print of SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN PERVERTS was censored by 2.43-meters (00:05) for an R-rating. The reason for the cuts was 'indecency'.

MGM.BEF Film Distributors was the applicant.

This should not be confused with the West German adult cartoon SCHNEEFLITTCHEN HINTER DEN SIEBEN BERGEN 1.TEIL, which is sometimes referred to as SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN PERVERTS. Clips from this particular cartoon can be found in NAUGHTY (1971) and SEXUAL LIBERTY NOW (1971).

 

A 10:09 version of SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN PERVERTS can be found on ELECTRIC BLUE 001 (1980). See the separate entry in our Film Censorship Database for more information.

 

At the same time, David Hamilton Grant's SINDERELLA (1972) was also censored for an R-rating.

 

Snow White and the Seven Perverts (1973) - Video Classics [au] VHS


 

 

 

 

Snuff

Directed by Michael Findlay / 1976 / USA / IMDb

In May 1983, Syme Home Video had an 80m videotape of SNUFF Refused Registration. The reason for the decision was:

Violence
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

The final five minutes of added footage where the girl is killed, and disembowelled on the bed, would undoubtedly have been the reason for the ban.

 

 

SNUFF and customs

There is a reported customs confiscation of videotape of SNUFF in 2000.

 

 

2005: R-rated SNUFF

SNUFF remained unreleased in Australia until August 2005, when it was finally passed with an R18+ (High level violence) rating. The following month, Stomp Visual issued it on DVD.

The Stomp Visual release was a direct import of the 79:49 (NTSC), US Blue Underground DVD. In true exploitation style, the packaging is made to look like a brown paper bag. No releasing company is listed, and the film has no chapter stops. This illusion does not work in Australia when you have to display the ugly, government approved, R18+ rating on the cover.

 

Stomp also added a sticker to the cover that plays up the fact that the film was once banned in the UK. The sticker is of the Union Jack flag, over which the following is written.

An originally banned video nasty.
Video Nasty was a term coined in the United Kingdom in the 1980s that applied to a number of films distributed on video that were held by some to be unfit for domestic viewing.

A much more exploitable angle would have been to play up the fact that SNUFF was once banned in Australia.

Stomp Visual also added this sticker to FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE (never previously released in Australia), and CONTAMINATION (previously R18+, now MA15+). These are also imports of Blue Underground DVDs.

 

Snuff -  Stomp Visual [au] DVD


 

 

 

 

Soft Shoulders, Sharp Curves

Directed by Gabriel Axel - Richard R. Rimmel / 1972 / West Germany / IMDb

In November 1973, a 2580.00-meter (94:02) print of SOFT SHOULDERS, SHARP CURVES was censored by 23.70-meters (00:52) for an R-rating. The reason for the cuts was 'indecency'.

Consolidated Exhibitors was the applicant.


 

 

 

 

Southern Comforts

Directed by Bethel Buckalew / 1971 / USA / IMDb

In August 1975, a 2194.00-meter (79:58) print of SOUTHERN COMFORTS was banned because of 'indecency'.

Regent Trading were the applicant.

 

In March 1979, 14th Mandolin was awarded an R-rating for a 2057.25-meter (74:59) 'pre-censor cut version'.

SOUTHERN COMFORTS was released on tape by 14th Mandolin’s Video Budget label. Some Video Budget titles were later re-issued on their King of Video label. The cover wrongly titled it SOUTHERN COMFORT.

Thanks to Stephen F. for the front and back cover scans of this very rare tape. He also provided the following information.

 

None of these Video Budget titles seems to have any opening logos or intros. In fact, most of them seem to miss a few seconds from the start of each film. SOUTHERN COMFORTS is like this.

…runtime time for SOUTHERN COMFORTS 14th Mandolin VHS comes in at 72:58, but like I said there seems to be a bit missing at the start as the print cuts in part way through the credit sequence.

 

 

Banned K&C Video tape

In May 1981, K&C Video had an 80m tape of SOUTHERN COMFORTS banned because of sex. This was described as being:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

 

 

SOUTHERN COMFORTS review

Review by Carlos
The 2002 U.S. DVD from Something Weird runs 80:28 and is uncut. The censor may have objected to the scene from 66 to 69m where Junior chases the girl around the yard and then strips and has sex with her. In a previous scene, the girl had seduced him, and although she now protests, it is not played as a graphic rape.

This is followed at 69m by the Colonel having sex with Mindy. It ends with them in the sixty-nine position, and is probably the most graphic shot in the film.

In my opinion, the censor was dumb to ban this in 1981. Like TOBACCO ROODY, the softcore sex is not exactly explicit, and worse can certainly be found in other K&C Video releases.

 

Southern Comforts (1971) - Video Budget / 14th Mandolin [au] VHS FSouthern Comforts (1971) - Video Budget / 14th Mandolin [au] VHS B


 

 

 

 

Spinash Love

Produced by Joe Peterson / 197? / Belgium / IMDb link required

In June 1975, a 295.00-meter (10:45) print of SPINASH LOVE was banned by the Censorship Board.

An appeal was made to the Films Board of Review. In August 1975, they overturned the ban, and awarded it an R-rating.

Blake Films was the applicant.

Joe Peterson also produced EDEN CLUB (197?), which was banned at the same time.


 

 

 

 

Spotlight

Produced by Shiyuuta Biwajima and Chikara Niki / 2002 / Japan / IMDb

A DVD of SPOTLIGHT was banned in May 2006. Siren Visual re-submitted a censored version, but in March 2007, this too was banned.

It was eventually passed with an R18+ (High level animated sex scenes) rating in April 2007. This version had been censored twice since the original submission.

 

Review by Geoff W
The DVD is censored, and although I have not seen the uncut version I can guess what is missing.

The disc is made up of two episodes. These are titled SPOTLIGHT: BETWEEN THE REALMS OF DESIRE AND ENVY. Episode one runs 25:48, and two runs 29:44. This obviously points to episode one being censored.

The problem scene in question is where Masaki gives Yuna and Erica a 'Special Lesson'. In the Siren version it runs from 3:26 to 4:34 and consists of him telling the two girls that they are worthless compared to Saori. The scene ends with one of them giving him a blowjob. From reading a couple of reviews, it seems that Masaki ties the girls up, humiliates and rapes them. He then apologises and they beg him to do it to them again. Interestingly, the end credits show various reprise scenes from the preceding episode. Between 23:01 to 23:16, they show Yuna and Erica laying one the ground with dildos protruding between their legs. Also the U.S. Trailer featured as an extra shows another shot missing from the film. At the 10s point it shows naked rear shots of Yuna and Erica with their hands tied behind their backs.

Presuming that this is the only cut scene, and that episode one should run around the same as two, then we could be looking at around four minutes of missing footage. The only way to confirm would be to get run times for the 2004 Critical Mass DVD release.

 

Spotlight - Siren Visual [au] DVD


 

 

 

 

SS Camp 5: Women's Hell

Directed by Sergio Garrone / 1977 / Italy / IMDb

In August 1985, Showcase Video had a 92m videotape of SS CAMP 5: WOMEN'S HELL banned because of ‘gratuitous sexual violence and violence’.

The violence was described as being:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

 

 

SS CAMP 5: WOMEN’S HELL review

Review by Matt
Media Blasters/Exploitation Digital [us] DVD
95:45 (NTSC)

Violent scenes that would have contributed to an RC-rating are:

08:00: A substance is put on a girl’s leg and set on fire. She screams as it burns.

41:30:  A second girl has her leg burnt with the same results.

60:00 to 68:00: Greta and the Lieutenant torture and kill four naked girls in their quest to make them talk. It includes fingernails removed with pliers, and burning matchsticks placed under the fingernails. The Lieutenant beats a girl in the stomach with a spiked knuckle-duster until she dies. He crushes a second girl’s head with an adjustable metal band. Finally, he brands the last girl, and pulls her tongue out with pliers.

 

Gratuitous sexual violence scenes that would have contributed to an RC-rating are:

19:30 to 21:30 – The girl’s begin work in the Nazi brothel. One is pushed to the bed, and another cries as the soldier lies on top of her. This is not a particularly violent scene, but it is obvious that they are doing it against their will.

69:30 to 72:00 – The Lieutenant rapes Edith. This is mixed with scenes of dead bodies being burnt in the crematorium. This would definitely have been the main ‘gratuitous sexual violence’ that the censor refers to.

 

The film also makes use of quite a bit of real stock film footage of the Nazi holocaust that shows piles of dead bodies. I am sure the censor did not object to this, as it is just tasteless to see it appear in such a low rent film.


 

 

 

 

SS Experiment Love Camp

Directed by Sergio Garrone / 1976 / Italy / IMDb

In September 1977, a 2576.90-meter (93:56) print of SS EXPERIMENT LOVE CAMP was banned because of ‘indecency and indecent violence’. Roadshow Distributors were the applicant.

In October 1985, Hoyts Distribution had a 90m (PAL) videotape banned because of violence, which was described as being:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

 

 

1991: Customs seize videotapes

SS EXPERIMENT LOVE CAMP was part of a package of fifteen tapes that were seized by the Australian Customs Service in October 1991. They were forwarded to the Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) who found them to be:

"…prohibited pursuant to Regulation 4A(1A)(a)(iii) of the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations"

 

 

SS EXPERIMENT LOVE CAMP: Review

Review by Matt
The print of SS EXPERIMENT LOVE CAMP that I viewed ran 93:57 (NTSC). The film does not really contain any scenes of sexual violence. The 1985 ban was due to violence, so here are the main scenes that may have caused the RC-rating.

00:00 to 04:30 – A pre-credit sequence where a woman is tied to a chair, electrocuted, and burnt.

32:00 to 36:15 – The Sergeant slaps a female prisoner, puts her in a tub, and tortures her by boiling the water, and cooling it to freezing. At the end, the dead woman is shown covered in ice.

59:00 to 62:30 – A female prisoner stabs the Sergeant with a fork. She escapes, but he captures her. He then ties the topless girl upside down to a post, where she slowly dies.

75:60 to 76:00 and 77:15 to 77:30 – Two separate scenes of women who are tied to a chair being experimented on by having gas pumped into their ears.

86:30 – Brief shot of the Colonel having a flashback to when his penis was bitten off. All we see is a woman looking at the camera with a bloody mouth.

88:00 – Brief shot of the Surgeon committing suicide by shooting himself in the head.

SS EXPERIMENT LOVE CAMP was shot back to back with SS CAMP 5: WOMEN’S HELL (1977). Many of the same actors appear in both films. As you mention on your site, the Australian censor banned the second film in August 1985.


 

 

 

 

Star Wars

aka Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

Directed by George Lucas / 1977 / USA / 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.

 

In June 1977, a 3317.00-meters (120:55) print of STAR WARS was passed with an NRC (Not Recommended for Children) rating.

Although it was not noted as being pre-cut, 20th Century Fox had made modifications to one scene to secure a Not Recommended for Children (NRC) rating.

In February 1984, the NRC classification, was renamed Parental Guidance (PG).

This YouTube clip shows the uncensored scene.

STAR WARS was first released on tape in Australia in 1982. The cover of the 20th Century Fox Video has the original NRC-rating on the cover. It needs to be confirmed if this version was similarly censored.

 

 

Information provided by an Australian Cinema Pioneer
In 1977, an extremely shocking and lingering scene showing Luke’s Aunt and Uncle’s still smoking and charred skeletons was removed from all Australian Cinema film prints.

The cuts removed a few seconds, with only one splice required to achieve the required result, plus a little blooper ink on the Dolby stereo optical soundtrack to hide the missing sound. The Censorship Board was still asking for the exact same cuts to be made pre-1981 on every film print imported into Australia.

Daybill image courtesy of moviemem.com

 

Star Wars (1977) - 20th Century Fox [au] Daybill     Star Wars (1977) - 20th Century Fox Video [au] VHS

Star Wars (1977) - Censored scene - Dead bodies of Luke's Aunt and Uncle


 

 

 

 

 

Stone Cold

Directed by Craig R Baxley / 1991 / USA / IMDb

In July 1991, Hoyts-Fox-Columbia-Tristar Films had a 91m 35mm print of STONE COLD passed with an R18+ (Coarse language, Medium level violence) rating by the OFLC.

Aiming for a more commercial M-rating (this was prior to the introduction of the MA15+), the 91m print was cut down to 88m. However, in August 1991, this too was awarded an R18+ rating, with consumer advice of 'Medium level violence'.

 

Here is what the OFLC had to say in their 1991 to 1992 Annual Report.

With the unedited version of Stone Cold, in which a rogue cop is sent under cover to investigate and entrap a biker gang, the Board considered the film's overall tone together with the cumulative impact of frequent violence and sometimes assaultive use of "fuck" language, and its derivatives, made restricted classification appropriate. On viewing the reconstructed version, however. the Board remained of the view that it would be difficult to modify the film's pervasive violent tone and concluded:

Despite cuts made to some areas of violence, the film still warranted a Restricted Classification for the ongoing, unrelenting volume of violence combined with frequent assaultive coarse language and an anti-social and violent tone....while individual depictions in isolation may well warrant a lesser classification, the film as a package of both visuals and concepts, and particularly the emphasis on violence and its glamorous use both by police and criminals, make this a package best restricted to an adult audience.

 

 

Video releases

An 88m videotape of STONE COLD was passed with an R18+ (Coarse language, Medium level violence) in March 1992. RCA-Columbia Pictures-Hoyts Video was the applicant. The film was released on their Video Box Office label.

Australis Media had a 91m videotape passed with an M (Medium level violence) rating in October 1995. We are unsure if this was ever released.


 

 

 

 

Ston ilingo tis amartias

aka Ston iligo tis amartias 

Directed by Pavlos Parashakis / 1972 / Greece / IMDb

In March 1973, a 2402.74-meter (87:35) print of STON ILINGO TIS AMARTIAS was censored by 30:48-meters (01:06) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove 'indecency and excessive violence'.

Lyra Films was the applicant.


 

 

 

 

Strange Girl in Love

Directed by Omiros Efstratiadis / 1973 / Greece / IMDb

In March 1974, a 2238.15-meter (81:25) print of STRANGE GIRL IN LOVE was censored by 1.21-meters (00:03) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove 'indecency'.

Lyra Films was the applicant.

 

Dynasty Films resubmitted the film in December 1980. The 2245.74-meter print (81.51) print lost a further 8.2-meters (00:17) before being awarded an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove sex, which was described as being
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

Following the censorship, it was found to be:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

 

 

STRANGE GIRL IN LOVE: V.A. Films VHS release

Review by Matt
76:16 (PAL)
V.A. Films (Vasilis Alatas) [gr] VHS
The sex in STRANGE GIRL IN LOVE is not overly explicit. However, some of the scenes seem to end suddenly. The original print submitted to the Australian censor ran 81:51 (78:34 PAL) which may indicate that the V.A. Films is censored. Interestingly, the film’s English language international press book lists a running time of 102-minutes.

The only scene remaining that may have troubled our censor is the rape of Roza’s sister, which starts at approximately 57m. It is not particularly graphic, and matches the minimal cuts that the film received on its original theatrical release.


 

 

 

 

The Streetfighter

aka Japanese Streetfighter

aka The Street Fighter

Directed by Shigerhiro Ozawa / 1974 / Japan / IMDb

In June 1976, a 2523.00-meter (91:58) print of THE STREET FIGHTER was banned because of 'excessive violence'.

The following month, a 2468.70-meter (89:59) 'reconstructed version' was passed with an R-rating. For this submission, it had been retitled to JAPANESE STREETFIGHTER.

It was under this title that it was released theatrically by BEF Film Distributors.

 

 

M-rated censored video release

In June 1997, a 72:13 (PAL) videotape of THE STREET FIGHTER was passed with an M (Low-level violence) rating. This version was the heavily censored American R-rated print that was missing around 15-minutes of footage.

Roadshow Entertainment released it, and the three M-rated sequels on video.

 

 

 

DVD releases

In the early days of DVD, Avenue One released an uncut version of THE STREETFIGHTER. The M-rating on the cover was incorrect, as this release had not been submitted to the Classification Board. The running time was 90:38 (NTSC), which converted to PAL, would be 87:46. This indicates that around 15:30 of footage was missing from the Roadshow Entertainment tape.

In August 2005, Payless Entertainment submitted the film as part of a DVD titled MARTIAL ARTS DISC 5. Three other films were on the disc. These were RETURN OF THE STREET FIGHTER (1974), FIGHTING MAD (1976), and RETURN OF THE KUNG-FU DRAGON (1976). The whole package was rated R18+ (High level violence). It needs to be confirmed which version of THE STREETFIGHTER this contains.

In October 2005, Guardian Media Technology had a double-bill DVD of THE STREETFIGHTER and SNAKE AND CRANE SECRETS (1976) rated M (Moderate violence). Judging from the rating, we would guess that this was the American R-rated print.

 

 

THE RETURN OF THE STREETFIGHTER (1974) in Australia

The Australian Classification Board has never had problems with the sequel. However, this did not prevent a cut version being released on tape.

In April 1997, Roadshow Entertainment had a 72:45 videotape of THE RETURN OF THE STREETFIGHTER passed with an M (Medium level violence) rating. This was the heavily censored U.S. R-rated version.

Around 2000, Avenue One released the fully uncut 82:26 (NTSC) version on DVD. Converted to PAL the running time would be 79:04, meaning the Roadshow tape was missing around six minutes of footage. The DVD had not been submitted to the Classification Board.

In August 2005, Payless Entertainment submitted THE RETURN OF THE STREETFIGHTER as part of a DVD titled MARTIAL ARTS DISC 5. Three other films were on the disc. These were THE STREETFIGHTER (1974), FIGHTING MAD (1976), and RETURN OF THE KUNG-FU DRAGON (1976). The whole package was rated R18+ (High level violence). It needs to be confirmed which version of THE RETURN OF THE STREET FIGHTER this contained.

 

The Streetfighter (1974) - Avenue One [au] DVD


 

 

 

 

Street Karate Self Defence Module 2

Directed by Richard Woolcock / 1998 / Australia

The martial arts instructional video STREET KARATE SELF DEFENCE MODULE 2 was Refused Classification in April 1999.

In August 1999, the director, Richard Woolcock, censored the 45m tape down to 40m, and was awarded an M (Martial arts instruction) rating.

 

The Classification Guidelines state that any film that is found to promote, incite or instruct in matters of crime or violence, will be rated RC. It is most likely that this was the reason for the ban.

The video provides instruction in the following techniques.

 

STREET KARATE SELF DEFENCE MODULE 1, 3, and 4 were all passed with M-ratings.


 

 

 

 

The Story of Joanna

aka The Story of Joana (Classification Board title)

Directed by Gerard Damiano / 1975 / USA / IMDb

 In October 1976, a 2149.10-meter (78:20) print of THE STORY OF JOANNA was banned because of 'indecency'. It was described as being an 'optically modified version'.

An appeal to the Films Board of Review failed in December 1976.

Filmways Australasia was the applicant.


 

 

 

 

Stryker

Directed by Cirio H. Santiago / 1983 / Philippines / IMDb

In February 1985, Seven Keys Films had an 85m 35mm print of STRYKER banned by the Censorship Board.

Later in 1985, Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment had an 82m videotape banned because of 'excessive violence and gratuitous sexual violence'. In September 1985, a censored 81:06 tape was passed with an R-rating.

 

 

STRYKER: The censored scenes

The Thorn EMI tape was censored in two places.

At 14:50, Kardis shoots a prisoner in the head.

At approximately 21m, Delha is raped. In the Australian tape, her top is torn off, followed by one of the guards saying, "Let's take her down". The rest of the scene is missing.

Screen shots from both of these scenes can be found at Schnittberichte. The shot of the hand being cut off is in the Australian Thorn EMI tape.

 

Thanks to Heath G for confirming that these are the only cuts in the Thorn EMI release. His comparison with the uncut US tape shows that the two other scenes that look censored, the killing of the fat prison guard (at 24m), and the grenade thrown into tank (at 45m), are just the result of inept editing.

 

Stryker - Thorn EMI [au] VHS


 

 

 

 

Subconscious Cruelty

Directed by Karim Hussain / 1999 / Canada / IMDb

There is one reported customs confiscation of this from 2005. The double-disc German Sazuma release was taken because it:

"...portrays scenes of cannibalism, cruelty and urinating on humans in such a way that they offend against the standards or morality, decency and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults to the extent that they should not be imported"

"material of this nature is deemed to fall within the scope of Regulation 4A(1A)(a) of the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 and therefore subject to the seizure provisions of Section 203 of the Customs Act 1901"


 

 

 

 

The Suckers

Directed by Stu Segall / 1972 / USA / IMDb

In August 1975, a 2290.00-meter (83:28) print of THE SUCKERS was banned because of 'indecency and excessive violence'.

Regent trading Enterprises were the applicant.

 

In April 1982, an 1816.80-meter (66:13) 'pre-censor cut version' was Refused Registration because of violence, which was described as being:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

A 'reconstructed pre-censor cut version' running 1837.81-meters (66.59) was finally passed with an R-rating in August 1982.

In both cases, 14th Mandolin was the applicant.


 

 

 

 

Sugar Cookies

Directed by Theodore Gershuny / 1973 / USA / IMDb

In August 1972, a 2468.88 (90:14) print of SUGAR COOKIES was banned because of 'indecency'. Consolidated Exhibitors censored it down to 1928:00 (70:28), but this too was banned in November 1972.

In November 1974, the Film Censorship Board listing stated the following:

Sugar Cookies: Previously listed as rejected on Lists No 8/72. After review film classified as 'Restricted' Film Censorship Board and Films Board of Review.

Presumably, this uncut version of SUGAR COOKIES went on to play theatrically in Australia.

 

Blake Film had the full 2468.88 (90:14) print passed with an R-rating in August 1983, and again in February 1984. It was awarded for sex, which were described as:

Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

 

Thanks to Simon for this information.

Troma’s US DVD is uncut, and minus their intro, runs 90:28(NTSC). It is unbelievable that a version shorn of 20 minutes could not even get an Australian rating in 1972. The sex is frequent, but soft-core all the way.


 

 

 

 

Summer Session 

Directed by George Savage / 1975 / USA / IMDb

In November 1976, a 515.59-meter (46:59) 16mm print of SUMMER SESSION was banned because of ‘indecency’.

Garron International was the applicant.


 

 

 

 

Super Ball

Directed by Charles Edward / 1974 / USA / IMDb

In January 1978, 2172.00-meter (79:10) 'pre-censor cut version' of SUPER BALL was passed with an R-rating. 132.93-meters (04:50) of footage had been removed.

Lestrig trading was the applicant.

Image courtesy of moviemem.com

 

Super Ball (1974) - Lestrig Trading [au] Daybill


 

 

 

 

Super Fly

Directed by Gordon Parks Jr. / 1971 / USA / IMDb

In September 1972, a 2619.00-meter (95:28) print of SUPER FLY was banned because of 'indecency and incitement to drug abuse'.

Warner Bros then made a successful appeal to the Films Board of Review. They overturned the ban, and passed it with an R-rating in February 1973.

 

An 87m tape of SUPER FLY was passed with an R-rating in October 1986. It was awarded for 'drug abuse', and also for sex, which was identified as being:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

Warner Home Video released the tape.

 

Super Fly (1971) - Warner Home Video [au] VHS


 

 

 

 

Superstud

Produced by Alex Ingle and Charles Alan / 197? / USA / IMDb link required

Note: The IMDb lists SUPERSTUD as an alternative title for OLE! (1971). We are unsure if this is the same film.

In January 1975, an 1848.00-meter (67:21) print of SUPERSTUD was banned because of 'indecency'.

Roadshow Distributors was the applicant.


 

 

 

 

Supervixens

Directed by Russ Meyer / 1975 / USA / IMDb

In August 1976, a 2852:00-meter (103:57) print of SUPERVIXENS was banned for 'indecency and excessive violence'.

The following month, Columbia Pictures presented a 2781-meter (101:22) 'reconstructed version'. It was passed with an R-rating after a further 0.8-meters (00:02) of 'excessive violence' was removed.

This print went on to be released theatrically.

 

 

Banned and censored in 1981

The 'original version' of SUPERVIXENS, running 2868.5-meters (104:33), was submitted to the Censorship Board in April 1981. It was again Refused Registration, this time due to violence, which was described as:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

Regent Trading Enterprises then presented a 2858.20-meter (104:11) 'reconstructed version'. It was awarded an R-rating in November 1981, after the removal of a further 8.0-meters (00:17). These extra cuts were again for violence, which was described as:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

The reason given for the R-rating was sex and violence, which were both described as being:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

 

Regent Trading Enterprises went on to give this censored print a theatrical re-release.

It seems that this time the censors had no problems with the sexual content of the film. The 40-seconds of cuts were all to reduce the intensity of the violence. This would seem to indicate that they were made at around the 30m point of the film, where Harry murders Angel in the bathtub. The scene is very prolonged, and over the top.

 

 

Video release

In the late 1990s, RBC Entertainment-Kiseki released SUPERVIXENS on VHS. The R18+ (High level sex scenes) was fake, as it was never classified by the OFLC.

 

 

2005: Uncut DVD release

In December 2005, a DVD of SUPERVIXENS was awarded an R18+ (High level sexual references, High level sexualised nudity, High Level Violence) rating. Madman Entertainment released this uncut version in February 2006.

It was re-released in December 2006, in a box set titled RUSS MEYER'S VIXEN TRILOGY that also contained VIXEN (1968) and BENEATH THE VALLEY OF THE ULTRA VIXENS (1979).

 

 

2006: Uncut TV screening

In December 2006, an uncut SUPERVIXENS was screened on the World Movies Channel as part of their B-Mania season. It had an R-rating, and ran 105:23 (NTSC).

 

 

The Australian censorship of Russ Meyer

Russ Meyer's UP! (1976) and BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (1970) also had censorship problems in Australia. Both are covered in our Film Censorship Database.

 

Supervixens (1975) - Kiseki - RBC Entertainment [au] VHSSupervixens (1975) - Madman Entertainment [au] DVD 1Supervixens (1975)  - Madman Entertainment [au] DVD 2


 

 

 

 

Suspiria

Directed by Dario Argento / 1977 / Italy / IMDb

In January 1978, SUSPIRIA was twice passed with an R-rating with a running time of 97m. In both cases, 20th Century Fox was the applicant.

There are no January 1978 entries for the film in the Commonwealth Government Gazette. However, Cinema Papers magazine revealed some information when commenting on the misleading advertising campaign.

This is the case of the Italian film SUSPIRIA where the advertisement gives an unfair image of the film, though no doubt unintentionally. The advertisement reveals, “the only thing to prepare you for the horrifying last 12 minutes is the first 90”. In other words, SUSPIRIA is being advertised as being 102 minutes long.

However, in January 1978, the film was cut by 30 sec by the censor to 2660.70m, or 97m. Clearly, the advertisement was incorrect before the censor made his cuts, and one may well ask why the censor vigorously polices advertisements for sex films, yet allows misleading advertisements like this to pass unchecked.  

 

Therefore, the print submitted to the Censorship Board ran 97:29, which was then cut down to 2660.70m (96:59). This version was released theatrically in Australia.

 

Shane's comment
SUSPIRIA was cut in the first murder. You saw the stabbing of the first victim through the dress but all close ups of the heart being stabbed and establishing shots were removed.

It was also cut after she falls through the glass roof. The close-up as the camera travels down her body, hanging from the ceiling, cut as the camera came to her head and then started up as the camera leaves her toes.

 

 

Uncut on Video, DVD and Blu-ray

In July 1982, a 94m tape of SUSPIRIA was passed with an R-rating. It was awarded for violence, which was said to be:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

Videomania was the applicant.  

We believe this classification refers to an imported tape.

 

In May 1985, Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment also had a 94m tape passed with an R-rating. The reasons were the same as those given in July 1982. We believe that this version was uncut.

 

In October 2007, Umbrella Entertainment issued SUSPIRA on DVD in a single disc version, and a double-disc collector’s edition.  The running time was 94:80 (PAL).

The film was re-released by Umbrella in February 2008 as part of a triple-bill DVD titled ARGENTO CLASSICS VOLUME 2: THE SECOND SLICE. It also included THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE (1970) and PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1998).

They followed this in October 2012 with a Blu-ray release that ran 98:25 (NTSC).

 

Suspiria (1977) - Thorn EMI Home Entertainment [au] VHSSuspiria (1977) - Umbrella Entertainment [au] DVD 1Argento Classics Volume 2: Suspiria (1977) - Umbrella Entertainment [au] DVD 2Suspiria (1977) - Umbrella Entertainment [au] Blu-ray


 

 

 

 

Swedish Fly Girls

Directed by Jack O'Connell / 1971 / Denmark-USA / IMDb

In December 1972, a 2832.20-meter (103:14) print of SWEDISH FLY GIRLS was censored by 15:50-meters (00:34) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove 'indecency, and incitement to drug abuse'.

 

In September 1985, Roadshow Home Video had a 98m version passed with an R-rating. It was awarded for sex, which was described as being:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

 

 

Censored for drug abuse and sex

Thanks to Matt for this information.

 

I viewed a version of SWEDISH FLY GIRLS that ran 98:47 (PAL). The so-called 'indecency' consist of some tame softcore action.

At 32:00, 47:30, and 58:00, Christa is shown smoking marijuana with a pipe. Obviously, some of this was considered 'incitement to drug abuse' in 1972, and was cut. This type of scene was common in many films of the time, so it is hard to believe that the censor applied this rule consistently.

This should have easily passed uncut in 1985, so I assume the Roadshow tape was complete. 

Image courtesy of moviemem.com

 

Swedish Fly Girls (1971) - Seven Keys [au] Daybill


 

 

 

 

Swedish Sex Service

Directed by Erwin C. Dietrich / 1980 / Switzerland / IMDb

In September 1982, SWEDISH SEX SERVICE was passed with an R-rating.

The 2705.14-meter (98:52) print was cut by 46.4-meters (01:42) because of:
Sex
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

The censored R-rating was awarded for:
Sex
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

Filmways Australasia released it theatrically.

 

In February 1984, Video Classics had an 85m tape passed with an R-rating. SWEDISH SEX SERVICE was released on their Filmways label.

Thanks to Stephen F for sending in the following details

The cover states runtime is 98m (approx), but it is actually only 84:07. Seems slightly cut with one jump, but seems for the most part uncut.

Despite the print being PAL, the running time is significantly shorter than the one passed in September 1982. Interestingly, most online sources list a running time nowhere near 98m. Whatever the story, the Filmways videotape looks to have been censored.

 

In 1981, the prequel, UNTAMED SEX (1979) was also censored in Australia.

Daybill image courtesy of moviemem.com

 

Swedish Sex Service (1980) - Filmways [au] Daybill     Swedish Sex Service (1980) - Filmways Home Video [au] VHS


 

 

 

 

Sweet and Savage

Directed by Antonio Climati and Mario Morra / 1983 / Italy / IMDb

In January 1984, a 93m 35mm print of SWEET AND SAVAGE was passed with an R-rating. Roadshow Distributors released it theatrically.

 

 

Banned and censored video releases

In 1984, Palace Home Video had an 81m print of SWEET AND SAVAGE banned because of 'excessive violence'. The cover artwork appeared in a 1984 Palace Explosive catalogue, it was listed for release in December. Thanks to Darren for sending in the image.

In January 1986, Blake Films received an M-rating for a 77m videotape.

On the same day in April 1986, Blake Films had an 83m videotape passed with an M-rating, and an 87m videotape passed with an R-rating.

 

In 1987, Roadshow released SWEET AND SAVAGE on their Premiere Home Video label.

The cover of the tape exploits the films reputation, and Roadshow indulges in the kind of hype that any distributor does when releasing a controversial title.

What they failed to let the viewers know was that the Commonwealth Censor only passed SWEET AND SAVAGE after it was censored. The cut Premiere Home Video release ran 87:35.

 

TO OUR AUSTRALASIAN VIDEO VIEWERS

RE: "SWEET AND SAVAGE"

Dear Viewer
For the past two years "SWEET AND SAVAGE" has been banned from public audiences because of the graphic cruelty and violence that the film depicts.

The Commonwealth Censor has only recently decided to release "SWEET AND SAVAGE" for viewing by "ADULT AUDIENCES ONLY."

We wish to warn our valued customers that this film could prove to be disturbing to some and should not be viewed by the feint hearted.

"SWEET AND SAVAGE" footage contains genuine acts of torture, cruelty and murder. It is for this reason that Premiere have deliberated for months over the actual release of "SWEET AND SAVAGE."

We at Premiere believe that life is full of sweet and savage experiences and that mankind should be the judge of this film.

Premiere hereby releases "SWEET AND SAVAGE" to the adult public audience with a sincere warning regarding its contents.

Yours faithfully,

DAVID GLASS
NATIONAL MANAGER

 

 

Climati and Morra's SAVAGE trilogy in Australia.

SAVAGE MAN, SAVAGE BEAST (1975) was the first in Antonio Climati and Mario Morra's so-called SAVAGE trilogy. It was banned in 1976, before a censored print was released on Palace Explosive Video in 1986.

It was followed by THIS VIOLENT WORLD (1976), which banned in 1977, before being given an R-rated video release in 1986.

SWEET AND SAVAGE (1983) concluded the trilogy.

In 1984, Mario Morra went solo, and directed SAVAGE ZONE (1984). This was banned by the Australian censors in 1986, before a censored version was passed with an R-rating. In the end, Palace Home Video never did release it.

All are covered in out Film Censorship Database.

One sheet image courtesy of moviemem.com

 

Sweet and Savage (1983) - Roadshow Distributors [au] One sheet posterSweet and Savage (1983) - Roadshow Distributors [au] One sheet poster 2    

 

Sweet and Savage (1983) - Palace Explosive [au] CATALOGUESweet and Savage (1983) - Palace Explosive [au] CATALOGUE 2Sweet and Savage - Premiere Home Video [au] VHS


 

 

 

 

Sweet and Sexy

Directed by Anthony Sloman / 1972 / UK / IMDb

In March 1975, a 2160.00-meter (78:44) print of SWEET AND SEXY was censored by 58.40-meters (02:07) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove 'indecency'.

MGM/BEF Film Distributors were the applicant


 

 

 

 

Sweet Diane

Produced by Venus International / 197? / USA / IMDb link required Note:

The IMDb has a list of Venus International’s films. It is unclear if one of them is an AKA for this title.

In March 1981, a 647.23-meter (58:59) 16mm print of SWEET DIANE was censored by 8.50-meters (00:46) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove sex, which was said to be:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

In the R-rated version it was:
Frequency: Frequent
Explicitness/Intensity: Medium
Purpose: Gratuitous

14th Mandolin was the applicant. They went on to release it on their King of Video label.


 

 

 

 

Sweets for the Suite

Producer Cine-Cal Productions / 1970 / USA / IMDb

In December 1981, a 678.00-meter (61:47) 16mm print of SWEETS FOR THE SUITE was banned because of sex, which was said to be:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

14th Mandolin was the applicant.


 

 

 

 

Sweet Sugar

Directed by Michel Levesque / 1972 / USA / IMDb

In March 1974, a 2437.00-meter (88:50) print of SWEET SUGAR was censored by 44.19-meters (01:36) for an R-rating. Regent Trading Enterprises had to make the cuts to remove 'excessive violence'.

In the early 80s, K&C Video released SWEET SUGAR on tape. This 80:27 running time indicates that it was censored.

 

Sweet Sugar (1972) - K&C Video [au] VHS


 

 

 

 

Swinging Both Ways

Produced by A.C. Stephen / 197? / USA / IMDb link required

Note: A.C. Stephen is confirmed as the Producer, so this may be his film DROP OUT WIFE (1972). The "swinging scene" plot also matches the new Australian title.

 

In September 1976, a 2230.80-meter (81:19) print of SWINGING BOTH WAYS was banned because of 'indecency'.

Roadshow Distributors were the applicant.

 

In February 1984, an 80m videotape was passed with the newly introduced X-rating.

K&C Video was the applicant. We doubt that this tape was ever released.


 

 

 

 

Swinging Senators

Directed by Carlos Tobalina / 1975 / USA / IMDb

In December 1976, a 3503.00-meter (127:41) print of SWINGING SENATORS was banned because of 'indecency'.

Lestrig Trading was the applicant.


 

 

 

 

Swinging Ski Girls

Directed by Don Trendall / 1975 / USA / IMDb

In May 1978, a 2086.20-meter (76:02) print of SWINGING SKI GIRLS was banned because of 'indecency'. A 1913.30-meter (69:44) 'reconstructed version' was passed with an R-rating in December 1978.

In both cases, 14th Mandolin was the applicant. It is listed as being released on their King of Video label in the early 1980s.


 

 

 

 

Swinging Sorority

Directed by Don Trendall / 1976 / USA / IMDb

In May 1978, a 2109.00-meter (76:52) print of SWINGING SORORITY was banned because of 'indecency'. A 1973.00-meter (71:55) 'reconstructed version' was refused for the same reason in September 1978.

14th Mandolin was the applicant.

 

In December 1983, a 78m tape of SWINGING SORORITY was banned because of sex. This was described as being:
Frequency: Infrequent
Explicitness/Intensity: High
Purpose: Gratuitous

Video Box Office was the applicant.


 

 

 

 

Swinging Wives 

Directed by Ernst Hofbauer / 1971 / West Germany / IMDb

In September 1973, a 2665.00-meter (97:08) print of SWINGING WIVES was censored by 37.18-meters (01:21) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove 'indecency'.

Consolidated Exhibitors was the applicant.


 

 

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