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Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide DVD

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  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Nucleus Films
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Nov 2010
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004BDZ0FC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,123 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Every Video Nasty critiqued and explored, followed by the original trailers, for the first time ever on DVD! Prepare to be corrupted and depraved once more with this definitive guide to the Video Nasties phenomenon - one of the most extraordinary and scandalous eras in the history of British film. 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.

Disc One The era-defining and critically acclaimed documentary VIDEO NASTIES: MORAL PANIC, CENSORSHIP AND VIDEOTAPE directed by Jake (Doghouse) West and produced by Marc Morris features interviews with filmmakers Neil Marshall ('The Descent', 'Doomsday'), Christopher Smith ('Severance', 'Black Death') and MP Graham Bright as well as rare archive footage featuring James Ferman (director of the BBFC 1975-1999) & Mary Whitehouse. Taking in the explosion of home video, the erosion of civil liberties, the introduction of draconian censorship measures, hysterical press campaigns and the birth of many careers born in blood and videotape, West's documentary also reflects on the influence this peculiar era still exerts on us today.

Disc Two presents the 39 titles that were successfully prosecuted in UK courts and deemed liable to deprave and corrupt. These included: 'Absurd', 'Cannibal Holocaust', 'The Driller Killer', 'I Spit on Your Grave', 'Nightmares in a Damaged Brain', 'Snuff' & 'Zombie Flesh-Eaters'.

Disc Three presents the 33 titles that were initially banned, but then subsequently acquitted and removed from the DPP's list. These included: 'Death Trap', 'Deep River Savages', 'The Evil Dead', 'Human Experiments', 'The Toolbox Murders' & Zombie Creeping Flesh. Discs 2 & 3 can be viewed either as a non-stop trailer show, or with newly-filmed introductions from a wide range of acclaimed media academics and notable genre journalists. Each disc is preceded by a brief introduction by cult horror presenter Emily Booth. The Video Nasties: Definitive Guide t-shirt is also available http://www.amazon.co.uk/Video-Nasties-Definitive-Guide-T-Shirt/dp/B004GEJ1N8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1292498585&sr=1-1&searchContext=B004GEJ1N8

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Every Video Nasty critiqued and explored, followed by the original trailers, for the first time ever on DVD! Prepare to be corrupted and depraved once more with this definitive guide to the Video Nasties phenomenon - one of the most extraordinary and scandalous eras in the history of British film. 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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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Official Trailer 21 Oct 2010
Format:DVD
Length: 4:35 Mins
The official box set trailer!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'definitive guide' indeed 25 Mar 2012
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having only seen a handful of the video nasties but have a keen interest in Italian horror and exploitation in general (and on deciding to write about such films in my course) I decided to buy this after hearing good things about it before, and was not disappointed! Excellent in-depth documentary featuring interviews with people from both sides of the fence, rightly examining the unfortunate social impact of the ridiculous witch hunts that, as they point out, put sellers of horror films in prison for longer than drug dealers...

You get a good variety of writers/critics on here that really know what they're talking about, some who were clearly very much into the video nasties trend and other cult film/horror-oriented scholars like Xavier Mendik and Kim Newman...my only criticism perhaps being that at times you get the feeling that certain people are hogging the interview/trailer introduction space, but it's all good...

Also great fun just watching the set of trailers as they are often in themselves hilarious...has inspired me to gradually collect all video nasties, even the obviously awful-looking ones! Must buy for any fan of decent/underrated (and unfairly prosecuted) horror!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff 27 Aug 2013
By P. D. gray TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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The main documentary is one of the most fascinating things Ive watched in a long time....very intelligent, balanced and interesting social commentary regarding the insane witch hunt against horror films on video in the early 80s. What comes across is how intelligent and SANE the folks against the bill were compared to the idiotic MPs and campaigners who were hell bent on telling us what we could and couldnt watch in an arrogant WE KNOW BETTER THEN YOU manner. Just watching archive footage of Mary Whitehouse saying she doesnt have to watch a horror film to know whats in it and want it banned just shows what a danger she was to society, horrid old woman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Video nasties 22 Feb 2014
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This a really good boxset with some good documentaries covering the video nasties of the 1980s plus original trailers to all the video nasties
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and informative 12 May 2011
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This is an excellent product.

Some would say a documentary about the moral crusade against extreme cinema in the eighties was unnecessary after the two 'Box of the Banned' box-sets. It is true that much of the data covered in those documentaries is revisited here. However, this particular release scores points over predecessors in being totally comprehensive.

The main documentary is informative and academic, if a little similar to 'Ban the Sadist Videos!' from the Box of the Banned releases. However on two discs 2 and 3, all 79 films from the DPPs 'nasty list' are discussed and critiqued in detail one by one. The corresponding trailer for each film is shown in full. This may sound laborious and dull, but in effect it is informative and slightly addictive. Anyone with an interest in extreme cinema and the history of UK censorship will happily watch all 13 hours and 25 minutes and still hanker for more.

It is hard to think of a more in-depth piece of media dealing with this subject. It may not be ideal viewing for those who are easily offended. Nonetheless `Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide' is an important release that documents the bizarre legal battles and cinematic trends of the seventies and eighties. It leaves no stone unturned.
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22 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TOTALLY NASTY PIECE OF WORK - YAY!!!! 13 Oct 2010
Format:DVD
Great news!!! Loved the premiere of this documentary at Frightfest 2010, the best bit of the festival, including a great discussion, featuring cult movie guru Marc Morris along with Tobe Hooper, director of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I had a bloodthirsty ball watching this documentary, VIDEO NASTIES: MORAL PANIC, CENSORSHIP AND VIDEOTAPE on the big screen. This has to be among the very best horror documentaries perhaps ever made - with obvious love and attention, shot with restraint but real passion and flair, fantastically horrible clips - thank goodness, emotional enough towards the end to bring a tear to the eye, politically poisonous, slyly but respectfully subversive, and the start, with a montage of a few seconds from every single movie on the banned list from the early 80s in a frankly astounding horror film head count - is a drug-free trip for any horror movie fan to experience; just mind-blowing! Now can't wait to watch all those trailers...and at this pre-order price, a barnstorming bargain of a box-set:)) I'm a huge fan of Morris from his work on the book Art of the Nasty, a tome that all horror fans should own. So while I've only seen and can review the documentary included in this box-set, I know the rest of the package will be equally essential, and even if it's not; Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide will be worth buying for the documentary alone. A totally nasty piece of work - YAY!!!
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even Better Than "Ban the Sadist Videos" !!! 22 Oct 2010
Format:DVD
This is made by the people who know this subject the best: Marc Morris and Jake West!

Essential viewing for anyone who lived through it and for those who didn't!

Disc One is the 75 minute brand new documentary which this time even includes NEW interviews with Sir Graham Bright MP and Ex-Scotland Yard Peter Kruger and essentially Martin Barker!

Then two discs of trailers which are proceeded by interesting, informative intros from critics and directors who were influenced by the movies.

Disc Two presents trailers for the 39 films that were successfully prosecuted and banned under the Obscene Publications Act.

Disc Three features trailers for 35 other titles that were on the DPP list but not prosecuted.

This REALLY is The Definitive Guide at a 9 hour running time!

check out cult-labs DOT com / podcasts / thexperiment/ for an interview with Producer Marc Morris!

In the above Marc said to me there won't be a Blu-Ray at this time due to BD authoring costs.
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Published 11 months ago by tommm
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How can and self-respecting horror fan not love this set? All the political bs, all the law enforcement crap... it shows clearly how insanity ruled at that time. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars complete and cool!
Ladies and Gentlemen,
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Published on 28 Nov 2011 by Massimiliano
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A terrible time to be British and a terrible time to be a movie fan. The harrassment, the persecution and the harranging by the British media and self appointed moral guardians. Read more
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