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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LIEBESLIEDER - EINSTURZENDE NEUBAUTEN (1993)

LIEBESLIEDER - EINSTURZENDE NEUBAUTEN (1993)

Back cover:   EINSTURZENDE NEUBAUTEN are not only the most innovative and challenging group of the last 15 years - the way they stormed the...
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LOVE GAMBLER (1971)

LOVE GAMBLER (1971)

VHS, PAL, UK, MADAME VIDEO   Back cover:   Gambling and love, East and West, never the twain shall meet. Young, Virile, handsome, that is...
£30.00

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MAD MISSION 4: YOU NEVER DIE TWICE

MAD MISSION 4: YOU NEVER DIE TWICE

MAD MISSION 4: YOU NEVER DIE TWICE   UK, VHS, PAL, Directed by Ringo Lam, Starring  Sam Hui, Karl Maka and Sylvia Chang, 1982. Running time...
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MAGNUM P.I. VOLUME 1 (1981)

MAGNUM P.I. VOLUME 1 (1981)

UK, VHS, PAL, 3 x VIDEO BOX SET ONE.     Contains nine episodes: S1 "The Ugliest Dog In Hawaii" S1 "All Roads Lead To...
£25.00

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MANIAC SIGNED COLLECTORS EDITION VHS.

MANIAC SIGNED COLLECTORS EDITION VHS.

VHS Videotape, NTSC. Signed By William Lustig and Tom Savini.   Starring the late, great Joe Spinell, this legendary film traces the steps of a...
£85.00

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MARK OF THE DEVIL (1969)

MARK OF THE DEVIL (1969)

"Stonach - churningly effective" (John McCarty, Splatter Movie Magazine)   VHS, PAL, UK, Redemption Films Ltd. CAT No. RETN 021,...
£15.00

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MEET THE FEEBLES

MEET THE FEEBLES

HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE A PSYCHO HIPPO WITH A HEAVY MACHINE GUN   VPRC, Suprise Video, UK, PAL. VHS. 1992, Running time 92 mins approx.   ...
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MONDO TOPLESS (1966)

MONDO TOPLESS (1966)

F a n t a st i c W o m e n * Fa n t a s t i c D a n c e s   VHS, PAL, NL, MOVIES SELECT VIDEO, CAT No VHS2213, Directed by Russ Meyer,...
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MULTIPLE MANIACS (1971)

MULTIPLE MANIACS (1971)

"Yes folks, this isn't any cheap X-rated movie or any 5th rate porno play, this is the show you want! Lady Divine's cavalcade of...
£12.50

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MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 MITCHELL (1975)

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 MITCHELL (1975)

Rhino Home Video, VHS, slip case, ntsc, 1996, R3 2385, 97 mins, colour. Show #512.   From the Back Cover   It's Mystery Science...
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