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Video Nasties 2
VIDEO NASTIES: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE... PART TWO. Released to tie in with the 30th Anniversary of the Video Recordings Act, July 1984 and limited to 6,666 individually numbered sets, each comes with postcards featuring the DPP Section 3 cover art and Graham Humphrey’s original cover art. The Video Nasties continue to be a major source of interest to this day, and after the crtical and sales success of Video Nasties 1, comes the return! Video Nasties 2 is released to tie-in with the establishment of the Video Recordings Act.

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Video Nasties
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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Art of the Nasty
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Welcome to Pre-Cert Video

Welcome to Pre Certification Video, the ultimate source for information on UK pre-cert videos and rare video releases from around the world.

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We maintain the world's largest database of UK pre-cert video releases which currently lists over 13,000 titles on VHS, Betamax, V2000, laserdisc and CED disc, issued between the earliest days of the home video format until the end of 1985. We also have an Australian pre-cert video database in progress, Watch this space for future additions! follow us on Facebook

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Train Ride to Hollywood (1975)
written by paul higson
TRAIN RIDE TO HOLLYWOOD (1975) Directed by Charles R. Rondeau. I just can't help myself can I. There I am in eBay, encounter a pre-cert video of a film I have never heard of with a mad synopsis. Have to grab it. Even at the point of purchase I'm not sure what exactly I'm getting. Lunatic comedy, I presume. Blaxploitation musical I find. And more. All of it to annoy me...simply made to irritate me.Black swinging singing group Bloodstock are due for an encore when one of the movieland loving singers takes a knock to the head and awakens at Union Station where the band board a train for Hollywood. Also on the train are a film director, a selection of Hollywood's greatest names and characters and a sheik and his harem of seven beautiful girls. Anyway, Nelson Eddy and Jeanette McDonald are murdered smothered by a mystery killer's poisonous armpits. Humphry Bogart reluctantly investigates and they get high in the shoes carriage smoking some good Morrocan on his pipe. In the Night it is that part of the month when old Don Corleone is affected by the position of the moon and metamorphoses into a psychotic young leather clad biker...resulting in the murder of Jean Harlow (played by Roberta Collins, wasted) and Clark Gable. Bogie tries to help but is too late, Count Dracula meanwhile is hiding in his coffin scared.They stop at a ghost town to bury the Hollywood couple, not Eddy and McDonald...They are forgotten on the floor of the dining car buried under a steady snowfall that followed them around. Anyway, a University is threatened with closure if a boxing match isn't won (keep up, no dawdling). Unfortunately,the University's fighter can't fight because he has a member of Bloodstock agrees to fight. It turns out he is fighting a gorilla (and the referee is Bud Westmoreland) He wins and the band and the other survivors finally get to Hollywood for their auditions only for all but our dreamer to end up the victim of the Wild One who is about to make the last band member the final exhibit in his Hollywood "wax museum". He wakes up and the band sing a cover of The Beatles' "Money".You want to see it now, don't you? Don't! Do! The musical numbers are a mix of popular tunes and original numbers and though the classics are classic, the original songs are not distinctive and sport appalling lyrics. It reminds me of the Vincent Price atrocity "Time Express" and the linking episode of NIGHT TRAIN TO TERROR. It might just be marginally more entertaining than Sidney lumet's THE WIZ....and certainly can't be branded as being any worse than XANADU or CAN'T STOP THE MUSIC....though by edging it's bets by mixing standards with new it dishonors itself by not being brave enough to be an original soundtrack nor a jukebox musical. On the plus sides...They can sing...but fail to impress. There are also a lot of beautiful women in here including Tracy Reed as one of the harem and an unknown to me GerrI Reddick who pretties up another song and dance number with her loveliness and tap dancing.The film might connect with some who grew up with this band (think they might have had another name, which was displayed on the theatre front at the beginning of the film) and the numbers and may have seen the film in the day...almost certainly not in the UK. Unforgiveably painful though is the comedy which is awful and does include the occasional custard pie in the face. The band members goofing is simply not funny. We also have lookalikes who...well, maybe Stevie Wonder was the casting director. The actor playing Clark Gable might actual be Singaporean. They couldn't look any less than the people they are portraying.The video was also released on the label Radial Choice which I have never seen before. Their logo has to be one of the longest in the animation construction and changes from Radial to the Entertainment people. The only trailer is for Betty Boop, a montage of scenes clumsily linked to a naff song that seems to have been a ballad written for bible thumpers.I've been ignorant of this film for forty years and I could have done with being ignorant of it forty more. Double bill it with THE WIZ or the sad Morecambe and Wise film NIGHT TRAIN TO MURDER.
Death Game (1976)
written by Lee James Turnock
Even hardened fans of exploitation and trash cinema are likely to find this lurid shocker, starring the one-time wife of Clint Eastwood and Kirkland from Police Academy 2 as a pair of psycho trollops who make a middle-aged businessman's life a misery. Shoddily made, with eyeball-searing photography, a dirt-floor atmosphere and performances that make the late Rik Mayall's turn in Drop Dead Fred look like a masterpiece of subtle underplaying, Death Game is the cinematic equivalent of babysitting the two most annoying and hyperactive children in the street, and the jaw-dropping ending makes it abundantly clear that either the money ran out or everyone involved got bored and went home. Jimmie Haskell contributes a goofy song called 'Good Old Dad' that pops up at random moments throughout the brain-scrambling proceedings, and you'll be interested to know that whilst windows can be made shatter-proof, they obviously can't be made cat-proof.
Take an Easy Ride (1975)
written by Lee James Turnock
Kenneth Rowles was one of the great 'nearly men' of British exploitation. In 1970, he created a thirteen-part series based around the physical charms of actress Luan Peters called Go Girl, but it was promptly shelved and remained unreleased for years. His last directing job was a tribute to Her Majesty the Queen in 1987. 1976 proved to be Rowles' banner year, as he produced the dismal but profitable sex comedy the Ups and Downs of a Handyman and directed this controversial offering, which started life as a public information film intended for television broadcast before the Wardour Street fraternity heard about it and turned it into a full-blown exploitation quickie, proudly wearing its X rating and occupying one Soho cinema for the best part of a year.
If you've ever wondered what a cross between John MacKenzie's Apaches and Wes Craven's Last House on the Left would look like, Take an Easy Ride will satisfy your curiosity. The dangers of hitch-hiking are spelled out in typically sensationalist manner, with two bad girls who think nothing of stealing the tips jar and a knife from a motorway cafe before stabbing some poor sod who was dim enough to offer them a lift, an attractive blonde who finds herself seduced by a middle-aged bisexual whilst her portly husband (sporting a nasty pair of nylon Y-fronts) takes photographs, and a couple of female hippies en route to a rock concert get driven into the woods by a pornography addict who subjects them to a graphic and pretty disturbing ordeal - all shot in the same cruddy, bleached-out, grainy 16mm stock as the Central Office of Information's galvanizing daytime fillers ("I am the spirit of dark and lonely water..."), edited with a breadknife and a pot of glue, and accompanied by library music from the DeWolfe catalogue. Clocking in at just under forty minutes, Take an Easy Ride doesn't outstay its welcome and is best viewed nowadays as one of the genuine curios of the golden age of British exploitation.

What is a Pre-Cert?

A "pre-cert video" (Pre-Certification) is any videotape (or laserdisc/CED) issued in the UK before the introduction of the 1984 Video Recordings Act.

Pre-cert videos were not required by law to be submitted to the BBFC so the era was unregulated, leading to many uncut releases of videos which would have fallen foul of the BBFC's strict guidelines, and would therefore have been censored if submission to the board was a legal requirement.

However, whilst many of the larger respectable companies simply issued their previously BBFC certificated cinema releases onto video to play safe as they feared there was bound to be a clampdown at some stage, some of the smaller independent companies decided to take advantage of the unregulated video rentals market by issuing "strong uncut" versions depicting graphic violence and gore. A whole barrage of titles previously banned by the BBFC from getting a cinema release suddenly ended up uncensored on home video.

What began as a bill drafted by little known Luton Tory back bencher Graham Bright was made law after he and the tabloid press (most notably The Daily Mail) had successfully whipped the media into a frenzied hysteria over so-called "video nasties". Ban the Sadist Videos! was one of the more famous headlines they ran. When the bill was made law it became a legal requirement that all videotapes must be submitted to the BBFC for classification (and possible cuts).

The pre-cert video era is best remembered (amongst horror fans in particular) for the ensuing "video nasty" debacle in which a selection of 72 videotapes were singled out and prosecuted by the DPP (Director of Public Prosecutions) under Section 2 or Section 3 of the OPA (Obscene Publications Act). Of these, 39 titles were deemed by the courts to be obscene and it's those titles which formed the final "Video Nasties list.

Video releases from this unregulated "pre-cert" era have become increasingly collectible items. Whilst most can be picked up cheaply on eBay and through second hand stores and car boot sales, many titles are highly sought after. In fact some of the very hard to find titles have been known to command prices in excess of £500. There remains to this day a very dedicated pre-cert collector's market, and most of these die-hard collectors can be found lurking in this very web site's discussion forum.

Link: The Video Recordings Act, 1984

Link: About the BBFC


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