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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BRAIN DAMAGE (1988)

BRAIN DAMAGE (1988)

" Why are the stars always winkin' and blinkin' above? What makes a fellow start thinkin' of fallin' in love? It's not the...
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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...
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BRONX WARRIORS (1982)

BRONX WARRIORS (1982)

THE LUCKY ONES WERE THE FIRST TO DIE!   Cast: Vic Morrow, Christopher Connelly, Fred Williamson, Mark Gregory, Stefania Girolami, Enio...
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CANNIBAL MAN (1972)

CANNIBAL MAN (1972)

"fetid atmosphere" (Aurum Film Encyclopedia)     VHS, PAL, UK, Redemption Films Ltd. CAT No. RETN 022, Directed by Eloy De La...
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CHILD'S PLAY 2

CHILD'S PLAY 2

VHS, NTSC, 1999 Actors: Alex Vincent, Jenny Agutter, Gerrit Graham, Christine Elise, Brad Dourif Directors: John Lafia Writers: Don Mancini...
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CHILD'S PLAY 3

CHILD'S PLAY 3

VHS, NTSC, 2001 Actors: Justin Whalin, Perrey Reeves, Jeremy Sylvers, Travis Fine, Dean Jacobson Directors: Jack Bender Writers: Don Mancini...
£8.50

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CHRISTIANE F. - We Children from Bahnhof Zoo (1981)

CHRISTIANE F. - We Children from Bahnhof Zoo (1981)

A TRUE STORY   UNCUT, ORIGINAL LANGUAGE VERSION.   VHS, PAL, UK, Second Sight, CAT No 2nd 1076, Directed by Ulrich Edel, Starring Natja...
£12.50

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CINEMA OF TRANSGRESSION ~ HISTORY OF THE AVANT-GARDE

CINEMA OF TRANSGRESSION ~ HISTORY OF THE AVANT-GARDE

transgress; go beyond the bounds of limits; violate; infringe   Compilation of films made by avant-garde filmmakers and artists based in the New...
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CLASSIC CIGARETTE COMMERCIALS FROM THE 50's & 60's Vol.1 VHS

CLASSIC CIGARETTE COMMERCIALS FROM THE 50's & 60's Vol.1 VHS

Classic Cigarette Commercials of the 50's & 60's: Collector's Edition, Vol.1 VHS, NTSC, 60mins. Includes: Old Gold dancing...
£15.00

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CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1972)

CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1972)

Warner Bros Inc., VHS, slipcase, ntsc, 1991, 1031, Color, 137 mins.   Being the adventures of a young man whose principal interests are rape,...
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