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The British Censor's Office BBFC has a quite open relationship to its work and sums up the decisions made in the past by publishing it in books or on their website on a regular basis. That also includes cases in which films were practically banned in their uncensored version, even for grown-ups. In their segment "From the Archive", the BBFC publishes a retrospective on the history of censorship of prominent films in the UK. The articles range from Dawn of the Dead, Psycho, Terminator 2 or, as the most recent article discusses, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, which is going to be released uncut for the first time in 30 years.

Of course, the film could have been released in its uncensored version much earlier but then only with a BBFC 15 rating and not with the child-friendly PG classification that the film got for its theatrical release (the BBFC 12 didn't exist back then). In order to achieve this lower rating, roughly 1 minute of footage had to be cut out (see the comparison). This autumn, the film got the BBFC 12 rating for the new Blu-ray release.

Therefore, it fits that the BBFC released the old rating documents from the 80s. One of the board's members noted the process as follows:

 

Elaborations of another member:

 

In this summary, the BBFC explains itself. It is really interesting to read since they obviously struggled to censor a film that they personally liked very much.

 

It's quite safe to assume that the BBFC would be considerably less sympathetic when it comes to a film that is not that well received and they therefore wouldn't try to save what's possible but just censor brutal scenes by the rule book.

Nonetheless, it's interesting to read the BBFC's documents of the 2. Indy movie. You can read all of them as a PDF that can be obtained here.

Release: Oct 16, 2012 - Author: Bob - Translator: Mike Lowrey - Source: BBFC

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