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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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,...
£15.00

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COL CUORE IN GOLA

COL CUORE IN GOLA

I Am What I Am aka Deadly Sweet   Italian. VHS, PAL, Directed by Tinto Brass, 1967, Italian language only.   From Sergio Donati. A French...
£22.00

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COLOR ME BLOOD RED VHS

COLOR ME BLOOD RED VHS

Kong Films, VHS, PAL, Director: HG Lewis.   This is one of the original tapes that launched the original basement Psychotronic Store in Camden...
£50.00

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COMMERCIAL MANIA

COMMERCIAL MANIA

COMMERCIAL MANIA   UK, VHS, PAL, COLOUR & B & W, 60 mins   DO YOU WONDER WHERE THE YELLOW WENT?   DO YOU HAVE TROUBLE IN THE...
£15.00

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COMMISSIONER OF SEWERS WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS (1991)

COMMISSIONER OF SEWERS WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS (1991)

"Burroughs is the greatest satirical writer since Jonathan Swift". JACK KEROUAC   VHS, PAL, UK, RTM PINNACLE, reVision, CAT No. MJ...
£20.00

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COMMON-LAW CABIN VHS SIGNED

COMMON-LAW CABIN VHS SIGNED

Common-Law Cabin (original title How Much Lovin' Does a Normal Couple Need?) 1967. UK PAL VHS, Allied Troma release, small box, SIGNED by RUSS...
£75.00

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CONFESSIONS OF A LESBOS HONEY (1975)

CONFESSIONS OF A LESBOS HONEY (1975)

Betamax, PAL. UK, Xtasy Video, CAT No XTCOP, Directed by Ilias Milonakos, Starring; Tina Spathi, Magda Makri, and Antonis Liotsis . aka Meli to...
£15.00

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COPS HONOUR

COPS HONOUR

COPS HONOUR   UK, VHS, PAL, Guild Home Video, Directed by José Pinheiro, 1985.   It's ten years since Daniel (Alain Delon)...
£20.00

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COUNTRY COMFORT (1981)

COUNTRY COMFORT (1981)

"A BARN BURNER"   An erotic adventure of lust and desire on a backwood farm at the end of the CIVIL WAR   Betamax, PAL, UK,...
£15.00

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CREEPERS

CREEPERS

PHENOMENA   VHS, PAL, UK, Directed by Dario Argento, 1985.     Back cover blurb:   Jennifer has a few million close friends. ...
£15.00

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