U.K. censor stops sale of Japanese horror DVD

'Grotesque' deemed too violent for audiences

LONDON -- Britain's film board has taken the unusual step of banning the sale of a Japanese horror DVD for what it says is violence so extreme that it's inappropriate for audiences.

The British Board of Film Classification says the movie "Grotesque" is essentially just an "an unrelenting and escalating scenario of humiliation, brutality and sadism."

It says the movie's nonstop scenes of torture -- including amputation, castration and evisceration -- make it impossible to edit the film in a way which would make it acceptable for British viewers.

The board's decision makes it illegal to sell or distribute the film in Britain. Two other films in the last four years have been banned.

The board rates about 10,000 films for DVD release annually.