I’ve been aware of this little gem for a couple of years now, but seeing as how it was only available in the UK, I never got around to importing it. So, when it was announced that Severin would be releasing this in the US this summer, it immediately hit my must buy list.
A couple of weeks back while perusing the various vendors at Texas Frightmare Weekend (which is one of the best cons around), I came across Severin’s table and their usual goodies. I was surprised to see a couple of copies of Video Nasties among the usual offerings, seeing as how it doesn’t street until June 3rd! I quickly grabbed a copy, along with The House on Straw Hill, which happens to be a Nasty, as well as a great release.
To start off the party, Disc 1 has the outstanding documentary Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship, and Videotape, which is directed by Jake West (Doghouse, Evil Aliens). It features interviews with genre filmmakers as well as some great footage taken from the 80s. This is a great look at the insanity of the BBFC and the Video Nasty list. I would have bought this documentary on its own, but wait, there’s more…
Discs 2 & 3 contain trailers for all 72 films targeted by the BBFC (the 39 that were successfully prosecuted, plus the other 33 that were on the list at one point in time). This isn’t your typical stash of trailers though, each and every one is introduced by different film historians and journalists and can be played as a feature, making for an exhaustive runtime of 13 hours and 58 minutes across all 3 discs.
Not only is this a must buy for fans of the movies on the list, but I really think this is a must buy for ALL genre fans. Censorship is a vile practice, and it’s important to understand our past, so we don’t make the same mistakes in the future. This set is not only entertaining, but very informative. Don’t delay, add it to your collection now.
Here’s the link to Severin’s store: https://www.severin-films.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=173