Remember that the value of your obscenities can go up as well as down! I'm fascinated by the reclassification of material - a big one in the early DVD era was the re-rating of The Terminator from an 18 down to a 15. Plus in its own way the Brendan Fraser film The Mummy was groundbreaking as it was one of the first films allowed to be released on home video in different versions with different ratings (that was previously frowned upon as somehow confusing consumers) - so the VHS release was the cut 12 rated version and the DVD release was uncut 15. The issue with The Mummy? The five or six second sequence in which Fraser is being hanged at the beginning of the film.
A nice article, though I do take issue with this statement on Island of Lost Souls:
"Some films manage to pack a real punch after a very long time, and other films just don't - and I think this is in the latter category," says Cooke.
Obviously Cooke hasn't seen any of the poorer Dr Moreau films!
The line up of the films in the series is interesting, especially No Orchids For Miss Blandish
, highly influenced by American gangster and noir films, which apparently caused quite a scandal in its day and led to the director of the BBFC at the time resigning! Enter The Dragon appears to be used as a representative of a whole swathe of kung fu films that had sequences with nunchakus and/or throwing stars removed from them due to fears that fans would be inspired to make their own versions of the weapons (presumably the phasing out of toilets with pull chains helped in allaying that fear!). And it is quite amusing that the film Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist has now been passed with a caution of "imitable techniques"! Wasn't the one scene edited from the previous releases the notorious one in which Mr Flanagan nails his penis to a block of wood? I wonder how many people would really be inspired to imitate that, aside from the Jackass folks and their ilk!