In this day and age, it seems preposterous to me that there are still Western nations that have government implemented rating systems. It’s such a shame that censorship isn’t frowned upon by all nations. Instead it seems that often you’ll find the subdued populace in favor of such censorship, which is utterly bizarre in my opinion.
I bring all of this up not to simply step up on a soapbox and declare myself better than anyone, but the world of Euro horror and cult cinema in general has been dealt another low blow as media company Shameless just received word on their recent re-submission of Lucio Fulci’s The New York Ripper to the BBFC. Specifics weren’t given via the Cult-Labs newsletter, but it seems that the current edits to Fulci’s Giallo classic will stand. I haven’t seen the current cut that Shameless has available, but I am assuming that the edits were made to the nipple slicing torture sequence that comes about in the latter portion of the film. A sick moment indeed, but ultimately we’re still talking about latex FX work made on a limited budget.
There is still some light at the end of this tunnel however, as it seems Shameless will be compiling various pieces of footage to make their version of the film the longest running cut of the film. That sounds like something worth owning in my book, even if it does remove some of my beloved nipple-slicing madness! Keep reading after the break to read the Cult-Labs blurb for yourself.
BBFC ANNOUNCE VERDICT ON NEW YORK RIPPER
Shameless have resubmitted New York Ripper to the BBFC and we now have the verdict which is that the current cuts still stand. Shameless appealed this decision however the BBFC have stated that the scene in question is against their policy regarding sexualised violence and so has to go.
Despite this, however, there’s plenty of good news. As with Shameless’s original NYR DVD, the cuts have been edited so that the running time remains unaffected and they’re going to make sure that the BBFC don’t get this wrong on the website this time! In addition to this, Shameless have painstakingly sourced and added approximately 3 minutes of footage not in the previous Shameless version, as well as adding a new scene of approximately 15 seconds not present in the Blue Underground BD, making this the longest version of the film available anywhere. Add into this some as-yet-secret-but-stunning extras, a beautiful high definition transfer and that packaging, this is still a version of NYR that is worth viewing and owning and demonstrates Shameless’s continued commitment to fans including doing all they could with the BBFC with a tiny cut.