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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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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AXE / A SCREAM IN THE STREETS (1970/1973)

AXE / A SCREAM IN THE STREETS (1970/1973)

VHS, ntsc, Best Film and Video Corp. NY, 1983 .         Back cover blurb:   AXE   A YOUNG WIFE SEEKS HER REVENGE WITH...
£55.00

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BAD TASTE (1987)

BAD TASTE (1987)

ONE THING THE ALIENS HADN'T COUNTED ON WAS DEREK AND DEREKS DON'T RUN!!   VHS, PAL, UK, 4 FRONT VIDEO, Polygram Entertainment,...
£10.00

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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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BATTLE OF THE BOMBS VHS

BATTLE OF THE BOMBS VHS

Kong Films, VHS, PAL, A full slate of the worst b-films compilations ever made running time 60mins.   This is one of the original tapes that...
£50.00

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BAY OF BLOOD (1971)

BAY OF BLOOD (1971)

"I'd rather have one Bay of Blood than 27 Friday 13th's anytime" (In The Flesh) "tense and exciting, ...nastily humerous and...
£15.00

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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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BLOOD FEAST VHS

BLOOD FEAST VHS

Cult Video Card Box 1982.   Released in 1963 to large crowds of shocked and horrified people, "BLOOD FEAST" has acquired an incredible...
£50.00

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BLOODLETTING

BLOODLETTING

UK/HOLLAND, VHS, PAL. released by the infamous Midnight Movies label, 1998. English version. Produced, Directed and Written by Mathew Jason Walsh....
£35.00

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