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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CRYING FREEMAN (1988) LIMITED EDITION BOX SET WITH GRAPHIC NOVEL

CRYING FREEMAN (1988) LIMITED EDITION BOX SET WITH GRAPHIC NOVEL

PAL, VHS, UK, Manga Entertainment Ltd., 1993, MANV 1163.   Back covers:   As the prime operator in the Chinese Mafia, Crying Freeman's...
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CYBER CITY OEDO 808 (1990) DATA 1

CYBER CITY OEDO 808 (1990) DATA 1

VHS, NTSC, JAPAN, JAPAN HOME VIDEO CO LTD, CAT No KL-2073, RUNNING TIME 40 Mins . Japanese Language ONLY   Cyber City Oedo 808 was created by...
£15.00

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DANGER: DIABOLIK VHS

DANGER: DIABOLIK VHS

SLEEVE NOTES: The suave, psychedelic-era thief called Diabolik (John Phillip Law) can't get enough of life's good-or glittery-things. Not...
£20.00

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DARIO ARGENTO'S DEMONS

DARIO ARGENTO'S DEMONS

DUTCH, VHS, PAL, Lamberto Bava, 1985, English Lang; Dutch Subs.   A group of people are trapped in a large movie theater in West Berlin that is...
£22.00

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DEEP FEELINGS (1982)

DEEP FEELINGS (1982)

VHS, PA;, UK, Electric Hollywood Video. CAT No EB121, Directed by Damon Christian, Starring Ron Jeremy, Pamela Mann, Kitten Natividad, and Estevee...
£20.00

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DEEP RED

DEEP RED

Fletcher Video / Techno Films UK Pre-Cert VHS Pal.   DEEP RED   Directed by Dario Argento.   A parapsyclological conference is the...
£65.00

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DEEP RED (1975)

DEEP RED (1975)

"a gruesome setpiece executed for maximum shock effect" (Aurum Film Encyclopedia) "stylish and bloody thriller which ranks among...
£15.00

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DEEP THOUGHTS (1981)

DEEP THOUGHTS (1981)

A TRULY EROTIC MOTION PICTURE   VHS, PAL, UK, Xtasy Video, CAT No XTCON, Directed by Jack Regis (Jacques Régis), Starring; Claude...
£20.00

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DESPERATE LIVING (1977)

DESPERATE LIVING (1977)

"Have I gone to Hell? Is that it? Have I gone straight to Hell?"   VHS, PAL, UK, Castle Pictures, CAT No CAS9126, Directed by John...
£12.50

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DEUTSCHLAND IM HERBST (1978)

DEUTSCHLAND IM HERBST (1978)

( Germany in Autumn )   A chronicle of seven weeks of political unrest and fear in Germany during the fall of 1977.   VHS, PAL, Gmbh,...
£12.50

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