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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HAIRSPRAY (1988)

HAIRSPRAY (1988)

The World was a Mess... But Their Hair was Perfect!!   VHS, PAL, UK, Parkfield Entertainment,, CAT No CVT 2148, Directed by John Waters,...
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WOMBLING FREE THE MOVIE (1977)

WOMBLING FREE THE MOVIE (1977)

Pal VHS CERT U Released: 1990 Publisher: M.I.A. Video Running time: 96 minutes The Blurb on the Back: Those famous furry TV favourites – The...
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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 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...
£8.50

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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...
£8.50

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AT THE EARTH'S CORE

AT THE EARTH'S CORE

AT THE EARTH'S CORE   UK, VHS, PAL, Directed by Kevin Conner, Produced by John Dark, Starring Doug McClure and Peter Cushing, 1979 .  ...
£8.50

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BARRY McKENZIE HOLDS HIS OWN (1974)

BARRY McKENZIE HOLDS HIS OWN (1974)

THIS IS A XXXX BRILLIANT FILM Sir Les Patterson Australian Minister of Culture   VHS, PAL, UK, VIDEO GEMS, CAT No VHS R1039, Directed by Bruce...
£8.50

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BASKET CASE (1982)

BASKET CASE (1982)

VHS, pal, Tartan Terror, Tartan Video, TTV2216, UK, 1999, Directed by Frank Hennenlotter       Back cover:   Duane Bradley's...
£8.50

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BLACK MASK (1996)

BLACK MASK (1996)

BLACK MASK   Malaysia, VHS, PAL, Speedy Video Distributors, English Subtitles     A survivor of a supersoldier project, (Jet Li),...
£8.50

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BRAIN DEAD (1992)

BRAIN DEAD (1992)

"Your mother ate my dog"   "Not all of it"   VHS, PAL, UK, Polygram Film Entetainment, CAT No 056 544 3, Directed...
£8.50

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