Video Nasties - The Definitive Guide details
|Studio:||DB MUSIC SALES|
Video Nasties - The Definitive Guide - Disc 1
|18 Disc 1|
Video Nasties - The Definitive Guide - Disc 2
|18 Disc 2|
Video Nasties - The Definitive Guide - Disc 3
|18 Disc 3|
|Run time:||13 hours|
|Rental release:||08 Nov 2010|
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Were they really that nasty?By Stuicide (9 reviews) from Brighton , 07 Dec 2010
[Highly rated reviewer]Story time children: Once upon a time, a long time ago in a decade far far away, before Blu ray, before Playstation and even before DVD, there were video cassettes - there were the good videos that entertained and kept the young children happy, and then there was the bad videos that wanted to turn children into cannibals, killers or rapists just by watching then. The government deicded to protect the children by banning these nasty films and therefore saving society and destroying violence.....The End?
So the story goes -but what if these 'video nasties' werent so nasty after all? What if the good guys werent so good? What if, heaven forbid, the government lied to the people to achieve the result they wanted?
'Video nasties the definitive guide' is a 3 disc look into the moral panic of the 80s and a celebration of 72 films deemed to corrupt the nation. Disc 1 features Jake West's documentary on the subject, covering home video entering our lives upto the banning of 72 titles by the DPP and the BBFC. We get both sides of the story, from critcs and directors who were merely horror fans viewing these movies to MP Graham Bright who introduced the bill into parliament. Filmmaker Jake West gives both sides a chance to speak making this much more balanced rather than a one sided attack. It offers depth but doesnt overstay its welcome (which Blue anchors, 'Box of the banned' documentaries did slightly). At the time people felt so strongly of the impact of these films I dont recommend it for anyone who felt they would turn a whole generation who saw them into killers- But has time soften your attitude towards then? (Bright clearly hasnt changed his tune - sadly the question about the movies being available now isnt put to him)
Worryingly its suggested that the government lied about the statistics to get this act introduced -and if they'll lie about videos, what else will they lie about???
Disc 1 also has a 'reel' of alot of the video companies -50 minutes of the different companies logos -which I found myself bored watching these after 3 minutes -a nice idea until you actually sit down with this part.
Discs 2 and 3 are a celebration of all 72 of the films -with people discussing the movies and then the trailer, which combining both disc will take around 7 hours. Disc 2 has the films that stayed on the list till they were passed by the BBFC in the new century, while Disc 3 has films that were removed on later drafts of the banned films list (probably because they actually got watched)
The important lesson to take from the boxset is to remain watchful, or given half the chance we'll loose our freedoms. A great boxset and recognition for films (some deserved, some not so) for 72 films that changed the UK.
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Fascinating, healthy reminderBy DanElford (27 reviews) , 24 Mar 2013A fascinating, thorough and well put together documentary, chronicling the panic surrounding the panic of the VHS nasty, the DPP's list of films that could be prosecuted, and how much of a farce it really was. Serves as a good reminder about why censorship fails and how every moral panic is not really anything but a regurgitation of a previous one, and an opportunity for the right wing to grand stands. A good watch.
Some classic moments from the day of VHSBy IM69 (151 reviews) from stonehaven , 14 May 2012My how the memory improves things. Several of these I have seen again and again over the years. Several of these I did not know existed. Several of these I would not bother my time with.
But, you never know until you try and watch them. Some classic moments from the day of VHS that you will definately remember.
mother,mother what has she done to me.......
Some nasty, some not so much..By CatAnon (5 reviews) , 18 Feb 2012Very interesting to me having grown up in the whole 'video nasty' period. Disc 1 is very inciteful, disc 2 interesting & fun (don't just watch the trailers, watch them with the intros), but by disc 3 I was tiring a little. All in all, if you have ever liked horror films, or remember chatting with friends in the playground about whether or not you'd seen The Driller Killer, well worth a watch!
Time for bed kids!!By screen77 (131 reviews) from Poole , 27 Oct 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]They were gory,over the top & usually contained some disturbingly bad acting.
It was a badge of honour at school if you managed to see one of these films,i wasn't one of them but they did walk amongst us.
This is a well thought out documentary & even though there are not enough clips & a lot of talking heads,it holds the interest.The film concentrates on the certification of videos due to the rise of the 'nasty', the creation of the BBFC,how the obscene publications act enabled the removal of the video nasty from rental shelves with the help of a list of titles & the eventual destruction of the private video rental store.Hello Blockbuster!!
Lots of sense spoken & the odd smile on how it was, to a certain extent, all blown up out of proportion by MP's & the media.Good,well worth watching & yes there are scenes of violence & gore.
good 1st disc for everyone but...By DorkKnight (58 reviews) from London , 21 Jan 2011..not sure how keen you are on the other two.
The documentary was well thought out and really went though the history of the video nasty in a way that made it a dramatic narrative.
Being a bit too young ( 'do you have a video?'
YES WE GOT A BLOODY VIDEO...but it was about 1987 when the big deal had come and gone,and I was 11/12)
it was interesting to see Mary Whitehouse claim she could judge films without seeing them.
the otehr two discs though, I watched both and it is really the racounters that add more then the trailers themselves. although there are nice moments of grindhouse I get the feeling the trailers are literally the best bit of most of them.
so for film students and historians really, but its a bit BBC4 for teh casual viewer.