Video

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.




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"BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA" (1974)

"BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA" (1974)

VHS, PAL. UK Warner Bros., Warner Home Video, 1985, CAT No PEV 99376. Directed by Sam Peckinpah, Starring Warren Oates, Isela Vega, Robert Webber,...
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AD ADDICTS

AD ADDICTS

AD ADDICTS   UK, VHS, PAL, Presented by Loyd Grossman, 1991.   Loyd Grossman presents AD ADDICTS, a hysterical collection of the...
£10.00

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ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN MARVEL (1941)

ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN MARVEL (1941)

THE GREATEST SERIAL OF ALL TIME   UK, VHS, PAL, B & W, 12 Episodes, Running time: 187 mins approx.   Considered by many to be the...
£10.00

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ALL LADIES DO IT (1991)

ALL LADIES DO IT (1991)

(Così fan tutte)   VHS, PAL, CULT CLASSICS EXTREME COLLECTION, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, POLYGRAM VIDEO 1995, CAT No VHS 95110,...
£15.00

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AN EYE FOR AN EYE VHS PAL

AN EYE FOR AN EYE VHS PAL

World Video 2000 LTD UK Pre-Cert VHS Pal.   Eye for an Eye aka Drummer of Vengeance Dir; Mario Gariazzo and Robert Paget. Starring; Ty Hardin,...
£55.00

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ANDY WARHOL PRESENTS BLOOD FOR DRACULA (1974)

ANDY WARHOL PRESENTS BLOOD FOR DRACULA (1974)

"The blood of these whores is killing me."   VHS, PAL, UK, FIRST INDEPENDANT, CAT No VA 30602, Diected by Paul Morrissey, Starring...
£8.50

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ANDY WARHOL PRESENTS FLESH (1968)

ANDY WARHOL PRESENTS FLESH (1968)

"A day in the life of Joe, a hustler."   VHS, PAL. UK, Virgin Video, Palace Video 1983, CAT No. VVA 024,  Pre-Cert.  ...
£40.00

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ANDY WARHOL PRESENTS FLESH FOR FRANKENSTEIN (1973)

ANDY WARHOL PRESENTS FLESH FOR FRANKENSTEIN (1973)

"To know death, Otto, you have to f%#k life in the gall bladder".   VHS, PAL, UK, FIRST INDEPENDANT, CAT No VA 30641, Diected by...
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ANDY WARHOL'S TRASH (1970)

ANDY WARHOL'S TRASH (1970)

"You bet I'm gonna get out of here! You're not going to get a dime...quarter... your garbage, low-lifes...you deserve to live like...
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APHEX TWIN. COME TO VIDDY. VHS 1997

APHEX TWIN. COME TO VIDDY. VHS 1997

Contains three videos, including "The Exorcist of Music Videos," (NME) by the Aphex Twin: On, Directed by Jarvis Cocker & Martin...
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