Brightburn has been rated by the BBFC and although you can’t blame them, they originally rated the film as an 18-certificate uncut, but the studio, Columbia Pictures, chose to go with a censored 15-cert.
Initially, their site said the precise details weren’t available until “on or after 11/06/2019”, and they turned out to be…
This leads to the usual conflicting and confusing statements on their site: “This work was passed uncut” and “During post-production, the distributor sought and was given advice on how to secure the desired classification. Following this advice, certain changes were made prior to submission”.
That means a film was offered an uncut higher cert, but they chose to go with the lower, and censored, cert. A recent example of this was Bumblebee, which could’ve been an uncut 12A, but was a censored PG. It’s even cut on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Blu-ray! So you could spend a whole twenty pounds and STILL get the censored version!!!
Brightburn has been put back to June 21st. Don’t bother going to the cinema. Wait until the film comes out on uncut US Blu-ray. Fuck Columbia Pictures!
UPDATE: Thanks to Justin Kay who confirmed that there’s a 4K Blu-ray from HMV which is uncut. It’s also an exclusive to their site.
Previously on DVDfever:
Brightburn now has a second trailer and the film is still due out on May 24th.
Check out the trailer below:
Brightburn poses the question: What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?
This has been described as a horror take on the origin of Superman, which is what came to mind as I watched the trailer. I can’t say it dragged me in, though, and just ended on a jump-scare.
Former Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn is hired (gun for hire? eh? eh?) but I’m not yet sure in what capacity as he’s not in the IMDB credits, but his brothers Brian and Mark are listed as writers.
Brightburn is released in the UK on May 24th 2019.
Director: David Yarovesky (The Hive, Guardians Inferno)
Writers: Brian Gunn, Mark Gunn
Stars: Elizabeth Banks, Meredith Hagner, Matt Jones, David Denman, Jennifer Holland, Gregory Alan Williams
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