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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Kevin Coleman, Aug 17, 2001.
Can you believe this:
A video store up there in Utah tried this with Titanic back when it was the hot VHS rental and sale. At that time the studio was pretty angry and threatened a lawsuit if I recall correctly.
Sort of ironic they have these hang ups on sex in Utah when their religion was advocating bigamy a 100 years ago.
I remember reading about this back when Titanic was released on VHS. Although said movie wasn't given an "R" rating, the brief topless scene was edited to make it more family friendly.
I have no qualms with people who wish to censor inappropriate material for their kids and choose this method. I do have a problem when that desire encroaches on my freedom to choose to watch a movie with adult content.
I don't need anyone telling me what I should and should not watch. I'll be the judge of that.
Hollywood does not like this policy. As someone else noted, when it first started with Titanic, there was a big controversy. Now nobody makes a big deal over it. Pretty obvious reason why I think....there's just no benefit on the PR front to fighting this battle. If 200 Mormons in Utah want to buy a VHS tape and chop it up, that's their business. To go in there and fight a lawsuit over it, I don't see how the industry would benefit from that.
Oh, that's Utah! I heard the other day that you can be arrested for possessing any of the Harry Potter books.
Typical mormon crap.
If someone wants to watch a movie in an edited manner that is their perogative. Who am I or anyone else on this to tell another indivdual how they should or should not view a film? I myself would not watch a film in this manner, but that once again is my "own" decision.
"Typical mormon crap."
This comment made by John is particularly discouraging, not to mention against forum rules. I am not a mormmon, but there could be members here who take such a comment to be a major insult. Why such hostility against others who do not have the same exact beliefs as you? Sheesh.
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IMO they are not even watching films. It is my opinion that once the movies have been molested they are no longer a film they are just worthless pieces of shit. I can't imagine trying to watch a film that some no hack yahoo has hacked all to hell.
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[Edited last by Mark Lee on August 17, 2001 at 10:11 PM]
The guys who run the store OWN those videos. If a bunch of easily-offended people wanna mangle movies and pretend they're still watching the real thing, let 'em.
They're not hurting me. As a matter of fact, this story gave me a nice laugh. So thanks, Mormon movie butcher guys!
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This article left me speechless for a full ten seconds before it left me howling and gibbering in impotent rage for a full ten minutes. This is theft, censorship, and the rape of our celluloid resources! I must stop typing now or this will turn into one giant flame of the state of Utah.
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If a group of people want to watch a movie altered in some way, as long as their not forcing it on the rest of us, let them watch it. If they're deeply offended by certain words to the point it disrupts their enjoyment of a movie, it isn't hurting me to let them view it in a way that doesn't disturb them every five minutes.
Would you want a lawsuit put upon anyone who satirizes a work of art? Who takes a picture of the Mona Lisa and draws a mustache on it. What about the Phantom Menace re-edit? No one was calling for their blood.
Let them be. Lighten up. There are more important things to worry about.
Look, how is this any different from editing a movie for television. Personally, I think that this is an something that studios should be seriously looking at. The "multi rating" feature could finally be given a workout... I'm sure that there are parents out there who would be extatic with this feature. There are a lot of films that can be taken to a PG or PG13 rating quite easily with minimal edits (done on TV all the time)-why not on disc. As long as the original version is there, I'm happy. Go choice!
Great, good for them. I don't like it ,but if they want it that way that's ok and they have a right to I guess. But somehow to me, censoring and telling people what they can and can't read, watch, or listen to is a lot more dangerous than hearing a bad word. The mormons wouldn't want people to start thinking on their own now would they? UGH! End of rant before I go to far...
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