Tuesday, January 4, 2011

SHAMELESS UK Blu of NEW YORK RIPPER still slashed by the BBFC

UPDATE 1/14/11

Shameless Screen Entertainment has announced the special features to be included on the Special Edition Blu-ray and DVD of Lucio Fulci's  NEW YORK RIPPER which is set to be released on April 25th 2011. Despite some a minor BBFC cut this version of the film will be the longest version available anywhere on DVD and Blu-ray.

- A presentation by Antonella Fulci, daughter and curator of Lucio Fulci’s work.

- A brand new, exclusive 20 min int. with Antonella Fulci and writer Dardano Sacchetti.
- A fan booklet on the making of New York Ripper. 

The Shameless Screen Entertainment Blu-ray (UK) of Lucio Fulci's sleazy slasher NEW YORK RIPPER will not be uncut. Shameless had resubmitted the film to the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) for reclassification and the verdict has been handed down - the cuts remain. It's not all bad news though, read on. 

"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 New York Ripper 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 New York Ripper that is worth viewing and owning and demonstrates Shameless continued commitment to fans including doing all they could with the BBFC with a tiny cut."

This appeared on the Cult Labs Shameless film forum today. So if you wanna see Fulci's New York Ripper (1982) it's uncut 1080p gory glory the BLUE UNDERGROUND Blu is still the way to go. Looking forward to seeing what Shameless have in mind for bonus content and checking out that additional footage. See our previous post announcing the Shameless Blu-ray HERE