Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom reminded me of a topic I've been meaning to raise - namely, the BBFC and their meddling.
As I grew up in another country, one with a slightly less "flighty" populace, I was able to see movies as they were intended. Free of censorship imposed by some bureaucrat listening to the insane whitterings of "concerned" animal lovers, rabid controversy seeking newspapers, or some prudish old bird
So I am here to tell you that these people have deprived you (and are still depriving you) of experiencing certain films in their full, unedited, glory.
Before you read any further, this thread will contain massive spoilers.
Temple of Doom is a prime example of this idiotic censorship. In, what I consider, the most awesome scene in the movie the main bad guy, Mola Ramm, sacrifices a peasant to Shiva by putting him in a cage, pulling out his censored heart and then lowering the guy into a pit of lava. The peasant doesn't even hit the lava before he bursts into flames, at which point his still beating heart spontaneously combusts. censored brilliant. That is, unless you watched the film in merry olde England. Where somebody, with your best interests at heart, decided to butcher the scene. Even worse, the scene is still butchered in the DVD rerelease!
And that's not all! The Abyss, one of James Cameron's finest works, features a scene where they put a live rat in this oxygenated liquid. They need to send Ed Harris' character into the afore-mentioned abyss and at that depth your lungs would crush in from the pressure, unless they are filled with liquid. So the liquid lets you breath it, rather than oxygen and the pressure isn't a problem. In order to test it, the guy puts a rat into the liquid and it struggles a bit and then breaths normally. The rat doesn't get hurt. I presume the society for the prevention of cruelty to rats got upset at this and the scene was censored. Mind you, the scene where Ed Harris breaths it, that was left intact. Apparently it is fine to show humans in distress, but rats? That's crossing a line! And once again, the DVD release still had the censorship in it.
The most hilarious one, and the one I still cannot believe, is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. For a start, they had to drop the Ninja part. Because, I dunno, apparently the UK had a huge ninja problem. But then the film came out and that needed to be censored. When my cousin, who lived in the UK, told me they had cut Michelangelo out of every fight scene, I just didn't believe him. Years later I saw the UK cut and, yup, no nunchaku to be seen. Pathetic.
So there you go - the BBFC ruined your childhood and they never even apologised. They haven't even bothered to fix their meddling.
censored the BBFC!