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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DICK TRACEY

DICK TRACEY

THE SCIENTIFIC DETECTIVE   UK, VHS, PAL, B & W, Running Time 170 mins approx.     Back cover blurb:   The super-hero...
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DJANGO THE BASTARD (1969)

DJANGO THE BASTARD (1969)

VHS. PAL. UK, AKTIV, CAT No, AKT 4002, Directed by Sergio Garrone, Starring Anthony Steffen, Paolo Gozlino, Luciano Rossi, Rada Rassimov, and...
£10.00

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DON'T GO IN THE HOUSE (1980)

DON'T GO IN THE HOUSE (1980)

In a steel room built for revenge they die burning...in chains.   VHS, PAL, UK, Videospace, Arcade Video, Hi Qu, Pre-Cert. Original Videospace...
£75.00

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DR. GOLDFOOT AND THE BIKINI MACHINE (1965)

DR. GOLDFOOT AND THE BIKINI MACHINE (1965)

UK / VHS / PAL   Hollywood Beach Movies Collection 1989.       Back Cover:   An amazingly evil and inventive man Dr....
£15.00

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DR. WHO AND THE DALEKS

DR. WHO AND THE DALEKS

DR. WHO AND THE DALEKS   UK, VHS, PAL, Directed by Gordon Flemyng, Starring Peter Cushing, 1965.   Peter Cushing plays the Doctor in this...
£10.00

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DRILLER KILLER

DRILLER KILLER

DRILLER KILLER   UK, PAL, VHS, directed by Abel Ferrara, 1979.   THE BLOOD RUNS IN RIVERS   As the screaming drill closes on its...
£10.00

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ED WOOD LOOK BACK IN ANGORA (1994)

ED WOOD LOOK BACK IN ANGORA (1994)

The true story of Hollywood's most eccentric filmaker.   VHS, PAL, UK, Rhino Home Video, CAT No. 8122 72151-3, 1994   Narrated by...
£20.00

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EN EFFUEILLANT LA MARGUERITE

EN EFFUEILLANT LA MARGUERITE

PLUCKING THE DAISY   UK. VHS, PAL, Directed by Marc Allégret, 1956   Brigitte Bardot is Agnes Dumont, the author of a...
£10.00

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ENTER THE DRAGON 25th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION.

ENTER THE DRAGON 25th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION.

Enter the Dragon Special edtition 25th Anniversary VHS box set. NTSC. (US, Canada) Warner Home Video, US, 1999.   Box set includes: The film...
£65.00

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EPITAPH (1986)

EPITAPH (1986)

YES MOTHER - I'VE DONE MY HOMEWORK, CLEANED MY ROOM AND BURIED DADDY.   VHS, ntsc, City Lights Home Video, 1986, Written and Directed by...
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