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5.0 out of 5 stars Moral Panic: The Sequel!, 14 July 2014
This review is from: Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide 2 Limited Edition of 6,666 [DVD] (DVD)
Every good horror movie gets a sequel! And after the horrific tale of how shamelessly self-serving politicians and tabloid hacks foisted a moral panic on the British people with the Video Nasties scare, we now have part two! Like any bad horror movie sequel, the same old villains are up to the same old tricks and nearly get away with it once again – ‘Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2 – Draconian Days’ tells all.

To recap, in 1984 the Video Recordings Act (VRA) was enacted and all videos released in the UK had to be certificated by the British Board of Film Censors…er, I mean Classification (BBFC). This led to the most restrictive censorship imposed on videos in any Western Democracy. All this is told in grim detail in the preceding documentary “Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide”. Surely that’s the end of the story? Well no, as this second documentary from Jake West and Marc Morris reveals, another moral panic ensued in the early nineties following the tragic death of Jamie Bulger. Once again, ‘video nasties’ are blamed (despite all having been removed and censored under the aforementioned law). This time the villain of the piece is Liberal David Alton, replacing the Tory Graham Bright, who exploits the public wave of sympathy and dismay at the crime by seeking to pass a second wave of Draconian video legislation that would have effectively banned all films above a PG rating from British homes. Cue footage of the outraged torching copies of the dull and ineffectual horror film ‘Child’s Play 3’, which become the official scapegoat despite never having been seen by the boys involved.

The documentary expertly tells this strange tale in a gripping narrative without resorting to voice over to carry the viewer along –the events all speak starkly for themselves. Archive footage reminds us of the arrogance and opportunism of the media, not just the inevitable tabloids in search of cheap sensationalism, but from the mainstream media blithely shouting done the ‘perverts and freaks’ who dared to say they quite liked horror films and didn’t see why they couldn’t just watch them. The film even provides us with an unlikely hero who saves the day –I won’t spoil his identity for those who don’t remember, but it is a twist worthy of a good drama.

Along with this tale, we also see into the underworld of the nineties horror fan, who post-VRA found themselves having to clandestinely smuggle and trade horror videos in a manner resembling illicit drug dealers. Those of us old enough to remember sitting through fourth-generation dupes of films that can now be bought uncut legally on Amazon will watch with a strange nostalgia.

Also included are two additional discs with nine hours –yes, nine hours- of trailers for films that fell foul of the law along with humorous and insightful analyses from genre experts such as Alan Jones, Kim Newman and Stephen Thrower. Most of the best trailers were contained on the bonus discs for the previous documentary, which captured those prosecuted under the Obscene Publications Act. These ‘Section 3’ films (liable for confiscation and destruction without prosecution) are a more obscure and mixed bag for the most part, but the analyses are always of interest and I certainly discovered a few new oddities that will become required viewing. Not least of which is the stunning ‘Naked Fist’, a Bruce Lee-style Kung Fu picture with the lead taken by a topless woman martial arts expert.

The documentary is fascinating viewing, not just for the nostalgic horror fan, but for all with an interest in films and society. For those interested in social issues, it’s a great demonstration of how a moral panic functions and you can have fun comparing the techniques used to our treatment of contemporary fears. The bonus discs are less of interest to the casual fan, but for the horror devotee are an interesting wander through the stranger avenues of the genre. I watched all nine hours in one demented day. Others may prefer to dip in to these supplements in a more leisurely manner.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A labour of love by fans for fans, 17 July 2014
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Mr. D. M. Griffiths (Preston, Lancs, U.K) - See all my reviews
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Incredibly this is even better than the first one. A wonderfully produced nostalgia trip that will bring a tear to the eye of any 80's nasty fan. You really do get an amazing amount of stuff here (13 hours!) for your money and it's all killer and no filler. The documentary is both a portrayal of the second wave of hysteria from the government, again fuelled by the media, and a fascinating insight into the operation of the BBFC at the time, particularly it's leader James Ferman. Add to this lots of stories from the video collectors, who were made to feel like criminals, and how they got around the bans by delving into the underground world of film swapping, film fairs and festivals where everyone had their all important 'list'. That alone would be enough, but you also get 2 more great discs on which a great selection of experts discuss each of the 82 'section 3' nasties in turn accompanied by the films original trailer. There are also image galleries, including covers from all the fanzines of the time which brought back many great memories for me of good times and good friends. An essential purchase.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent documentary for horror fans and film buffs, 15 July 2014
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An excellent documentary for horror fans and film buffs, with over 12 hours across 3 discs you get a lot for your money. Essential if you enjoyed the first video nasty guide.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Sequel: more of the same, 20 July 2014
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Ian Williams "ianw" (Sunderland, UK) - See all my reviews
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Well, here we are again horror fans and enemies of censorship for anyone over 18. And it does indeed seem like we've been here before. Of course it's a good place to be, no doubt about that, but the fact remains that it's a familiar place.

I may be wrong but this feels very much like the material, the content, was compiled at the same time as this DVD's predecessor and omitted simply for space reasons. The locations of the guest reviewers are the same and, though I haven't checked, I wouldn't be surprised if they were wearing the same clothes. The story does, of course, continue with the films that the powers that be thought were video nasties but probably couldn't get a jury to convict them so, fuzz, confiscate any you think you can get away with. It also highlights idiots like David Alton MP instead of Mary Whitehouse and the stupid fuss over Child's Play 3.

The best parts are the critics' perceptive and witty introductions to the films themselves and they usually contain so much footage it's hardly worth watching the actual trailers.

I loved the original documentary, this one I just liked quite a bit. But then we all know about sequels, don't we?
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential in any horror collection, 10 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide 2 Limited Edition of 6,666 [DVD] (DVD)
Essential viewing for Horror film fans is this follow up to the 2010 Video Nasties set.This new set carries on the story and even the most die hard horror fan should find something in the hours of trailers and commentaries on individual films.The actual documentary is fascinating and chilling watching showing how small groups of (mainly) religous fanaatics can impose their views on the majority.It should be shown on TV but never will.There are only 6666 copies so get yours before they sell out (or are censored!).
The easter eggs are hidden on the Fanzines section when you highlight credits (go left or right) and in the scene selections on the first and second screens (look out for small dots appearing when going left or right).
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are a horror fan and loved the first documentary then this, 14 July 2014
This review is from: Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide 2 Limited Edition of 6,666 [DVD] (DVD)
Released today,this is still a very interesting look at video nasties and the sheer foolishness of a lost era.
Had to buy this the day it came out as the first one is very very watchable.
If you are a horror fan and loved the first documentary then this,like the first is worth every penny.

I really hope jake west does a third one if material is available,as this does not feel like its struggled for material,stock footage etc.

Go buy this now.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frightening stuff!, 10 Aug. 2014
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Mr. M. A. Barry (Devon, England) - See all my reviews
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Excellent!

This 3 disc set shows what happened after the Video Recordings Bill became law. Fascinating stuff. If you value your freedom in your choice in what you watch in your own home then you have to see this. It's mainly talking heads but these people, like myself, lived through this crazy time time of hysteria. What happened will make your jaw drop.

Think about this. Two people, occasionally four, decide for the WHOLE COUNTRY what is allowed on dvd and blue-ray. That scares me more than any horror film......
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 20 July 2014
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VERY HAPPY WITH THIS,SPEEDY DELIVERY,THE DAY BEFORE ITS RELEASE DATE...EXCELLENT
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 19 July 2014
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first class delivery and an excellent follow up to the video nasties 1 dvd
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll recommend this at anybody who's interested in learning about exploitation ..., 19 July 2014
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Entertaining, informative and well-presented, with three long length documentaries and alot of extras. I wasn't around when these video nasties existed so I feel no nostalgia, as such, my opnion of this DVD is that it has done well to explain what they are and all the controversy surrounding them. I'll recommend this at anybody who's interested in learning about exploitation films and/or wants a trip back in the past when these films were a big deal.
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