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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: FAB Press; 2nd edition (11 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903254574
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903254578
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 21.6 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nigel Wingrove is the founder of Salvation Films and the video labels Redemption, Jezebel and Purgatory. Wingrove began his career as a designer and art director before moving into film direction and distribution. He has consistently opposed the censorship of film intended for an adult audience, most notably with his short work Visions of Ecstasy, which has been banned in the UK on the grounds of blasphemy since 1990. FAB Press published Nigel's book Blood & Dishonour in 2008. Marc Morris is a renowned expert in the field of exploitation cinema, and has contribued to numerous specialist publications. Morris also runs DVD label Nucleus Films and the website The Cult Movie Forum. He is also the co-host of the lively video nasty internet resource, the Pre-Certification Video website. FAB Press published Marc's book Shock! Horror! in 2005.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ae Rayner on 12 Sep 2009
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This new updated edition of The Art of the Nasty starts with a foreword written by Nigel Wingrove in July 2009: the original intro from 1998 is also included. It's really interesting to read how the UK Censors have mellowed & because of less draconian rules many of these old films which were once banned can now be found without the fear of having one's collar felt by the `Bill' for possessing a forbidden video! The photos of all those old gems are beautifully laid out together with brief synopses & the authors don't eulogise everything - if a film was a bit rubbish they tell you! Very nostalgic to look back at long forgotten video companies with names such as Hikon, Go, Sapphire & Jaguar - wonder where those guys are now?!
Printed in solid hardback & published under license through good old Fab Press this is a book that no self respecting collector of `unusual' (!) movies should be without!
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This is aterrific book that deals with the ridiculousness of the much-publicised,'video nasty' era of the early/mid 80's. The book begins with a couple of essays decsribing the background of the 'outrage', an up-dated one and the original essay. They are both through-provoking and insightful and lay bare the political deviousness that was behind the furore with intelligent comment and some pertinent thoughts that were probably way above anything that these odious politicians had come up with. The book then goes on to list with full-colour cover art, all the 39 films that were originally banned; the ones that were initially banned and then passed at a later date and those which weren't in the pile. You will see for yourself how vague and dubious some of these bans were as there are some films which should be in one list, and then others which you wonder what the censors were watching to let it through! Many of the choices appear to be totally random (the also excellent 'Video Nasties' dvd's explain that many of these films were not even watched, or if they were, for a very short time) and mainly based on the 'moral apoplexy' that was prevalent at the time. If this era of film/censorship interests you then you will not be disappointed as this is an excellent read and full of insightful trivia and acerbic comment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Rocker on 20 Jun 2012
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A sensational coffee table book, featuring artwork from all 39 video nasties that were banned in 1984. The wonderful, lurid covers are shown in all their glory to admire and enjoy. It works well as both a history book and an art book. We get a small news section in the corner of every page to show us what was also going on in the political world at the time, as well as other interesting facts. Not only do we get the banned film art, but also a large selection of pre cert video covers of films that were confiscated by police and the charges were later dropped. If you love horror movie artwork then this is the crown jewels of these books and I hightly recommend it!
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I love this book! A great pick me up and gaze through the collection of art work along with short notes discussing each entry. You got almost 450 'pre-certificate video covers in all their lurid glory, including all of the official 39 nasties. The book also has a good, indepth intro covering the history of this particular time. A nice book to own if you're a fan of these 'cheap n nasty' collection of films and/or the history of this particular early 80's era.
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