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Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide 2 Limited Edition of 6,666 [DVD]

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  • Directors: Jake West, Marc Morris
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • 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: 14 July 2014
  • Run Time: 840 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00KE2BWE2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,812 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

Disc One: “Video Nasties: Draconian Days”
Nucleus Films' critically acclaimed follow-up documentary to 'VIDEO NASTIES: MORAL PANIC, CENSORSHIP AND VIDEOTAPE' (2010) from Director Jake West and producer Marc Morris who continue to uncover the shocking story of home entertainment following the introduction of the 1984 Video Recordings Act. The United Kingdom was plunged into a new Dark Age of the most restrictive censorship, where the horror movie became the bloody eviscerated victim of continuing dread created by self-aggrandizing moral guardians, and the film charts the consequences of this, including subversive social culture that sprung up around it. With fascinating interviews and more jaw dropping archive footage, get ready to reflect and rejoice on the passing of a turbulent time.

Discs Two and Three: "The Section 3 List"
Presents the official additional 82 titles that were officially designated under "Section 3" of the Obscene Publications Act by the Director of Public Prosecutions. These titles were liable for seizure and forfeiture by the police, removed from sale or hire and then destroyed; although they were not ultimately prosecuted. This amazing list was discovered whilst researching legal paperwork for the original "VIDEO NASTIES: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE" and finally clears up why so many additional titles were historically considered to be "Video Nasties".

Titles include: 'Blood Lust' , 'Brutes & Savages', 'Cannibals', 'Dead Kids', 'Deep Red', 'Death Weekend', 'Demented', 'Eaten Alive', 'Headless Eyes', 'Hell Prison', 'Love Butcher', 'Mark of the Devil', 'Massacre Mansion', Savage Terror', 'Scream for Vengeance' 'Suicide Cult , "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre', 'Xtro' and 'Zombie Holocaust'.
Every shocking Section 3 title is presented with its original trailer and a newly filmed featurette that includes a wide range of notable genre journalists and acclaimed media academics that explore and uncover the sordid history of each release.

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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.
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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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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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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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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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Batten down the hatches, fire up the VCR and sit back and get depraved and corrupted all over again! Part two of Jake West's lovingly produced Nasty documentaries, crammed with trailers for all the 82 Section 3 DPP nasties plus newly filmed intros to each film.
Lots of this stuff of course is now freely available, but not everything. Gems you might have forgotten like the filmed on video G.B.H, Canuxploitation classic Death Weekend and cult Italian thriller Street Killers crop up here, two of which are still unreleased since the early eighties VHS boom in the UK.
Many of the reviewers return from the first film, which you'll be glad to hear include the likes of Stephen Thrower, Kim Newman and Alan Jones.
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