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The UK Video Nasties are some of the most colorful, coveted and historically significant slabs of analog the rewind-inclined world has ever known. For those who are a little shaky on the history, here’s a brief primer: the early 80s were a time of both abundant gore and reactionary conservatism. In the UK, this toxic combo manifested in the form of public moral outrage over the release of a handful of violent and bloody movies that managed to slide past the censors and onto home video. As public complaints continued to mount, Mary Whitehouse and the National Viewers’ and Listeners’...

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Some of the more culturally current Tapeheads are probably familiar with the relatively recent release of the VHS-centric documentaries that have helped fuel a rush of rewind-inclined nostalgia over the past couple of years. Josh Johnson’s format-focused, VHS vindicating creation Rewind This! and the Lunchmeat co-produced , collector-centric Adjust Your Tracking have together offered audiences a well-rounded look at the format in both retrospective and contemporary cultural senses while featuring a stupendous stack of fantastic video releases from the US - but what about the video collectors of the UK? Surely with the Video Nasty scandal of the early 80s,...

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