Anchor Bay have just released details for their forthcoming 7-disc Box of the Banned, containing six of the most shocking and notorious movies from the UK Video Nasty era, plus an extra disc featuring two documentaries.
The box set will be released on 19th September (£29.99) and contains Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead, Lucio Fulci's Zombie Flesh Eaters, Meir Zarchi's I Spit On Your Grave, Abel Ferrara's The Driller Killer, Wes Craven's The Last House on the Left and Romano Scavolini's Nightmares in a Damaged Brain all bearing the original artwork used for their original video releases.
Box of the Banned also includes a special collector's booklet and a seventh disc featuring David Gregory's brand new feature-length documentary Ban The Sadist Videos (to be screened at this year's FrightFest - see below for more info) and David Kenney's 40-minute documentary Fear, Panic and Censorship.
All in all, not a bad effort, although it's a shame Anchor Bay have plummed for several 'classics' that most horror fans should have copies of already. We can only hope there's a new box set, with lesser known nasties heading our way soon.
Don't hold your breath waiting for the one that's got the uncut Cannibal Ferox, Cannibal Holocaust, The Beast in Heat, The Devil Hunter, Gesapo's Last Orgy and Island of Death though, 'cos that going to be happening anytime soon.
Taking its name from a Daily Mail headline published at the height of the video nasty media frenzy, Ban The Sadist Videos is a fast-paced, incisive look at the Video Nasty hysteria of the early 1980s and its aftermath, concentrating on the most notorious cases and exploring the reasons why the moral panic began.
It also looks at how censorship has slowly evolved since that time, finally bringing us up to date with the rehabilitation of most of the former ‘nasties' which are now legally available, uncut and BBFC approved.
Combining archive news footage, film clips and brand new interviews with many of the important figures on both sides of the nasty debate such as video distributors, filmmakers, retailers, politicians, moral guardians and experts on the subject, Ban The Sadist Videos tells for the first time the full story behind this very British problem.
This exclusive 47-minute documentary is only available as part of the BOX OF THE BANNED collector's boxed set.