The BBFC certificate symbols have had a design overhaul, and are being introduced in a staggered way.

From October 31st 2019, the BBFC is replacing its existing range of age rating symbols with some newly redesigned ones. It’s not the most radical overhaul of a bunch of symbols you’re ever going to see in your life, but we thought you’d like to see them anyway.

The new symbols are being introduced in a slightly staggered way. From October 31st, they’ll be in effect for theatrical and video on demand releases of movies.

However, as this guidance page notes, “for packaged media, introducing the new symbols requires changes to the relevant piece of secondary legislation, the Video Recordings Act (Labelling) Regulations 2012. It is expected that the necessary changes to legislation will be made in time for the new symbols to be used on packaged media starting from 6 April 2020”.

As such, on DVDs, Blu-rays and Ultra HD 4K Blu-rays, the existing symbols will be in place until next April. The new ones will take effect thereafter, assuming the necessary legislation is passed.

Here’s a before and after shot for you, so you can compare the two…

The ratings themselves remain the same. Expect to see these (start to) come into action at the end of next month.

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