In March 1977, a 2578.00-meter (94:14) print of TOKYO EMMANUELLE was censored by 144-meters (05:16) for an R-rating. Roadshow Distributors had to make the cuts to remove ‘indecency’.
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In September 1973, a 2450.00-meter (89:18) print of TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD was censored by 26.21-meters (00:57) for an R-rating. The cuts were made to remove 'excessive violence'.
Filmways was the applicant
In 1995, Siren Entertainment had a 97m and later, a 96m banned by the OFLC.
Here is what they had to say about the film. Thanks to Redemption for this report.
OFLC Report to Applicant
This low budget Spanish horror drama made in 1971 warrants a refused classification in the boards view for gratuitous sexual violence against non-consenting persons which is depicted in unnecessary detail.
From 55mins:A terrified young woman is cuffed to a wooden frame and stripped to her underwear. Two men on horseback circle her and implicitly slash her with swords, exposing her breasts. In extreme close up, one of her breasts is sliced with resultant blood flow. In close up, a group of men then descend on her to feed on her breast.
From 76mins: While they search for clues about Virginia's death in the ruins, Betty informs the smuggler that she had a bad experience as a child and is not interested in sex. He reacts by saying he can change that. He forces himself on her despite her protests, implicitly slaps her hard across the face, bares her breasts, and explicitly squeezes and mouths them in close up before pulling off her knickers. During implied penetration, she screams, with aerial visuals of him thrusting on top of her. The scene is further trivialised by the perpetrator offering her a cigarette immediately after the rape, neither does Betty inform her friends of the incident. In the Board's view, both these scenes are problematic in terms of classification guidelines. They serve little purpose to the narrative other than to combine sex and violence in a titillatory manner, and therefore warrant Refuse classification for exceeding community standards under ACT COPO 25 (3)"
A censored 95:32 version of TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD was finally passed with an R18+ (Medium Level violence, Nudity) rating in 1995.
Siren Entertainment released it on their Redemption Video label. See our separate listings for THE FEMALE VAMPIRE, and THE VIRGIN AMONG THE LIVING DEAD for two other Redemption tapes that had censorship problems in Australia.
Thanks to Brett for this explanation of what is missing from the Redemption tape.
I viewed the Redemption VHS and compared it to the old uncut Anchor Bay DVD from 1998. I can confirm that the two scenes mentioned in the OFLC report have been censored for the R18+ version.
From 55mins: The VHS removes four close-up scenes of the woman's breasts as they are slashed with the sword, the final blow cuts deep and draws blood. The knights then gather around her and begin to drink the blood. The VHS then removes four close-ups of the breast wounds as the knights suck at the blood. Interestingly the shots of the girls face has been slowed down to mask the cuts. This has the weird effect of making it look like she is sexually enjoying the experience!
From 76mins: The VHS shows Betty being pushed to the ground and protesting no. It removes the rest of the scene as she continues to say no. The smuggler then slaps her, removes her bra, and kisses her breasts. Finally he removes her underwear and rapes her. The VHS then continues with a high view looking down on the two of them. The cuts to this scene total nearly one minute.
THE TOOLBOX MURDERS was due to screen on July 17th, 2004 at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival. It is rumoured that the OFLC became aware of this and contacted the organisers who pulled it, and three other features from the program.
The Melbourne Underground Film Festival issued the following press
release on July 12th 2004.
STOP THE PRESS - MUFF films banned!!!!
The following films have been banned from MUFF by the O.F.L.C:
The following description of the film is taken from the MUFF website.
The following description of the film was taken from the MUFF website.
THE TOOLBOX MURDERS
1977 | USA | 94 min
A cheapjack, sleazy, serial-killer thriller that has Cameron Mitchell running amok with power tools and a moonlighting porn star in one of many deadly encounters. Mitchell who’s idea for playing a serial killer seems to have been hatched by observing the guys from the other end of the bar that he was drinking in before coming to work, is allowed to chew the scenery in an unbelievable manic turn that’ll have you shuddering in disbelief and that’s not even considering the amazing and prolonged moments of violence, general non-acting and super surprise ‘sicko’ ending.
Saturday July 17th 3pm | George Cinemas
Thanks to Simon for this review.
What were the OFLC doing refusing to allow THE TOOLBOX MURDERS to be screened? It appears they were just flexing their muscles to MUFF.
Let us look at some of the films that they passed uncut around the same time.
All uncut, and all rated R18+ by the OFLC. All can be viewed at home on DVD. However, in July 2004 they would not even allow THE TOOLBOX MURDERS to be screened at a Film Festival where ID would have had to be shown.
I would lay money on THE TOOLBOX MURDERS getting an R18+ rating if it was ever submitted for DVD release. It is much tamer than any of the above-mentioned titles. The US DVD from Blue Underground is uncut and runs 93:42 (NTSC).
On June 4th 1990, a 104m 35mm print of TOTAL RECALL received an R18+ (Very frequent violence) rating.
Hoyts Fox Columbia Tristar Films prepared a censored version in order to achieve a more commercial rating. On June 18th 1990, this 109m 35mm print was awarded an M (Coarse language; Frequent violence) rating.
Following the rating, it was found:
".....that contractual agreements between the director and the producers of the film prevented any version being screened with cuts or modifications"
With the censored option blocked, Hoyts Fox Columbia Tristar Films decided to appeal against the R18+ rating.
On June 28th 1990, the appeal failed and the Review Board confirmed the R18+.
Applicant: Hoyts Fox Columbia Tri-Star Films Pty Ltd
Decision Reviewed: Classify 'R' by the Film Censorship Board
Decision: Total Recall, a futuristic science-fiction adventure starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, was classified 'R' by the Film Censorship Board because of its violence. A modified version was submitted by the film's Australian distributors and classified 'M'. It was subsequently discovered that contractual agreements between the director and the producers of the film prevented any version being screened with cuts or modifications. The modified version was therefore withdrawn and an appeal lodged against the original 'R' classification. This appeal was considered by the Film and Literature Board of Review. The distributors contended in a submission to the Board that the film's violence was "tongue-in-cheek" and not to be taken seriously; that the film was pure fantasy in keeping with the comic-strip characters usually portrayed by Schwarzenegger; and that the violence was no more likely to seem real than that of many cartoons.
Total Recall is an expensive film. The special effects are elaborate. The production values are impressive. It is true that the story has a comic-strip flavour, but its tone is by no means light-hearted. The film depicts a fashionably pessimistic view of the future - a world of greater greed and violence unmitigated by greater technological prowess. The action is menacing rather than escapist, and there is a message of sorts at the end. To say that the film is in no way to be regarded as a serious work seemed to us disingenuous; the director presumably took the film seriously enough to forbid any cuts. But even if Total Recall were a manifestly frivolous film its violence would still have formidable impact. It is frequent, intense, and calculated.
Members of the Board of Review were in no doubt that it exceeded the limits of an 'M' classification. All of it was explicit; much of it was highly detailed, and some of it at least was relished. Both individually and cumulatively the violent sequences contributed to a prevailing tone of ruthlessness and savagery. Some of us felt - though such judgements, of course, are ones for the director - that the film would have been no less successful if the violence had been less pronounced. Others of us who enjoyed Total Recall for its spectacle and technical accomplishment, and might have been tempted to treat such a commercially ambitious and potentially popular film with greater indulgence, were nevertheless mindful of the film's power to disturb and its possible effects on young audiences. All of us agreed that Total Recall, in its uncut version, had been properly classified 'R' by the Film Censorship Board, and accordingly we affirmed the 'R' classification. 28 June 1990.
With the appeal unsuccessful, and the objections of the Director and Producer sorted, Hoyts Fox Columbia Tristar Films submitted a censored print of TOTAL RECALL.
On October 16th 1990, a 112m 35mm print was awarded an M (Coarse language; Frequent violence) rating. This print was released theatrically in Australia. At the time the MA15+ was not an option, as it was not introduced until May 1993.
The IMDb has more details of the censored M-rated version.
In 1991, Columbia Tristar released both the M-rated and the R18+ rated version on videotape.
In December 2005, disc one and two of the TOTAL RECALL SPECIAL EDITION was passed with an MA15+ (Strong Violence) rating. It was passed again in July 2010 with the same rating.
In October 1977, a 2298.40-meters (83.46) print of A TOUCH OF SWEDEN was banned because of 'indecency'.
A censored 2002.00-meter (72:58) print was submitted later the same month. The film lost a further 15.3-meters (00:33) because of 'indecency', before being R-rated. Blake Films released it theatrically.
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In May 1980, under the title TRAMP WOMEN, SHS Box Office Gold submitted a 1673.18-meter (61:09) 35mm print to the Censorship Board. It was passed only after 44.1-meters (96s) of sex and violence was removed. This was described as:
Sex and Violence
With the cuts made, TRAMP WOMEN was awarded an R-rating for sex and violence, which was now described as:
Sex and Violence
In 1994, Peacock Films attempted to release the film on videotape under the title TOUGH GUNS. However, the 73m print was Refused Classification by the OFLC.
In November 1972, a 2643.00-meter (96:20) print of A TOWN CALLED BASTARD was banned because of 'excessive violence'. A censored 2635.90-meter (96.05) 'reconstructed version' was passed with an R-rating in April 1972.
Filmways released it theatrically.
In February 1984, a 94m tape was passed with an M-rating. This was released by Video Classics.
A second tape, this time running 93m, was again passed with an M-rating
in March 1987. It was awarded for violence, which was labelled as:
The TAFT Hardie Group was the applicant.
There have been several Australian DVDs of the film under the title A TOWN CALLED HELL. These include a 2003 release from Showtime DVD, and a 2011 disc from LA Entertainment.
In November 2005, a triple-bill DVD containing A TOWN CALLED HELL, ONE-EYED JACKS (1961), and DEATH RIDES A HORSE (1967) was passed with an MA15+ (Strong violence; Strong theme). Guardian Media Technology was the applicant.
A DVD box set of TRACES OF DEATH NINTH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTORS EDITION was confiscated by customs in 2003. The set contained the first five episodes of this shockumentary series.
The reason given was:
1x Box Set of 5 DVD's titled "Traces of Death Volume 1 to 5 were seized under subsection 203B(2) being goods suspected on reasonable grounds to be special forfeited goods.
An authorised person believes on reasonable grounds that the said goods are forfeited to the Crown pursuant to Section 229 of the Customs Act 1901.
The DVD's titled "Traces of Death Volume 1 to 5" are deemed to contravene Regulation 4A(1A)(a) of the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations.
A 2628.60 meter (96:04) print of TRAIN STATION PICKUPS was Refused Registration in December 1979. Filmways censored it down to 2593.29 meters (94:47) and resubmitted it in April 1980. It was passed R-rating only after the removal of a further 26 meters (00:57).
Thanks to Michael for this review of the Japanese DVD.
Thought you may like to know that the Japanese DVD of TRAIN STATION PICKUPS released by JVD is cut. It only runs 83:51 which is ten minutes shorter than what you say on your site. The funny thing is that I didn't notice any obvious censorship, however none of the sex scenes go on for very long which made me suspect something.
Being a Japanese release it is also optically fogged. I thought they did this to remove pubic hair, however here this is not the case. There are plenty of shots of full frontal female nudity including pubic hair. However when the camera gets a little too close then it is fogged. I noticed this four times at 05:05, 21:27, 43:07, and 44:38. The print has the same title as it was released here in Germany, although it is dubbed into English.
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This film has never had problems with the Australian censors. It is included because the distributor released a censored print.
In July 1989, Roadshow Home Video had a 90m videotape of TROMA'S WAR passed with an M (Violence, Some coarse language, Sexual scenes) rating. Applause Video eventually released the tape which turned out to be the censored U.S. R-rated version.
In February 2011, TROMA'S WAR was released on DVD by Jigsaw Entertainment, through Gryphon Entertainment. Despite carrying the same M-rating, the disc was described as the 'Unrated Director's Cut'.
In January 1972, an 8029-feet (89:27) print of TROPIC OF CANCER was banned because of 'indecency'.
A censored 2401.87-meters (87:47) version was passed with an R-rating in July 1973. U.I.P released it theatrically.
TROPIC OF CANCER was screened by ABC2 in October 2012. The in-house classifiers awarded the 83:04 print an MA15+ (Frequent strong coarse language, Nudity, Strong sexual references, sex scenes) rating.
Another Henry Miller novel, QUIET DAYS IN CLICHY (1970), was filmed at the same time as TROPIC OF CANCER. It also had problems in Australia, with 01:16 of 'indecency' being censored for a 1974 R-rating.
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