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Rollerball: R-Rated?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by David Illingworth II, Apr 2, 2002.

  1. David Illingworth II

    David Illingworth II Well-Known Member

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    What's the word? DVDshrine has the cover, and it doesn't say anything about being R-Rated on it. Surely MGM is planning on released the R version.
     
  2. Alex Spindler

    Alex Spindler Well-Known Member

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    This movie had "R-rated DVD Release" tagged on it as soon as they went back to the editing room. If they don't release it in an R-rated version, they will have so completely botched this film in so many aspects that it will require serious effort to sink lower.
     
  3. Ivan Berisic

    Ivan Berisic Well-Known Member

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    The DVD will definitely contain the R-rated version. The MPAA re-rated it about two weeks ago - Rated R for violence, nudity and some language.
     
  4. Jeremy Conrad

    Jeremy Conrad Well-Known Member

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    Mike_Skill Well-Known Member

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    Actually, the S.E. specs include:

    Commentaries with the actors, "The Stunts of Rollerball" featurette, an interactive yearbook, Rob Zombie music video, trailers and a bunch more. Over 90 minutes of extras!
     
  6. Jeremy Conrad

    Jeremy Conrad Well-Known Member

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    That's not what the product info sheet from MGM says:

     
  7. Matt Pelham

    Matt Pelham Well-Known Member

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    I watched a special on MTV about Rebecca Stamos and they actually showed her and other actors recording a commentary for Rollerball.
     
  8. Scott Weinberg

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    Not that it matters much, but I'm guessing that MGM wasn't too interested in including both versions.
    As for me, I'm quite curious to see the R-rated version - which is why I skipped this one entirely in theaters last month. [​IMG]
     
  9. Matthew Chmiel

    Matthew Chmiel Well-Known Member

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    Hmmm, the R-Rated cut might actually be watchable. [​IMG]
     
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    Ryan L B Well-Known Member

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    how much was cut out of the r rrated verson
     
  11. Matthew Chmiel

    Matthew Chmiel Well-Known Member

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    Why isn't anyone complaning that they can't have the original theatrical cut as well? [​IMG]
    I caught this one last week, and its not just a train-wreck - its about a 10 train pile up with no survivors. I'm still not sure how the R-rated cut could help, epecially in the sales department.
    Was there any word on a commentary track with John McTiernan? I would actually like to hear his take on the film, and what in god's name was that nightvision scene all about?
     
  13. Alex Spindler

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    "Hello, my name is John McTiernan, and this is the commentary for Rollerball."
    ..
    "I'm sorry"
    ..
    "I'm sorry"
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    "Come to think of it, the supplied drinking water did taste funny."
    ..
    "I'm not actually sure what I was thinking there."
    ..
    (to guys in recording booth)
    "You guys wanna cue up Die Hard instead?....No?...Damn."
     
  14. Dmitry

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    This thread makes me feel sorry for not seeing this movie [​IMG]
     
  15. Garrett Lundy

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    Oh, Rollerball the remake. I want my eight bucks back. Unless the R-rated DVD has twenty minutes of added material thats worth watching like: LL Cool J eating a living baby octopus, James Cann in a one-on-one rollerball derby with Klein. and John McTiernan in the commentary track should either A. Fall asleep and snore loudly , or B. Shout "What have I done!" and commit honorable seppuku to save face for MGM.
     
  16. Anthony Thorne

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    Poor John McTiernan - EATERS OF THE DEAD is finished, then re-edited by Michael Crichton over the course of a year or more, then released as THE THIRTEENTH WARRIOR to an underwhelming response. ROLLERBALL is finished, then reworked a little, then previewed and hastily censored down to an even more underwhelming PG-13 rating. Can't the guy ever catch a break?

    Don't laugh - here are probably dozens of directors who look at events like this in grim silence, thinking "..there but for the grace of God...". A recent interview with Harvey Weinstein in an Australian newspaper had this exchange:

    "When you see the street fight during the opening 5 minutes of GANGS OF NEW YORK, you'll know that Miramax hasn't lost its edge".

    Scorsese (interjecting quickly): "Maybe the opening 15 minutes - I haven't finished editing it yet..."

    The article went on to mention how Scorsese and Weinstein had been having lengthy arguments over the final cut, with Scorsese becoming enraged enough to throw a phone through an office window at one point whilst Weinstein walked off to another meeting. When asked about this incident, Scorsese quietly replied with a resigned smile "I'm not very good with phones...".

    I dread to think of what John Woo's WINDTALKERS will be like when it finally opens.
     
  17. Dave Mack

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    Hey! Do you think MGM will also release the SE of the ORIGINAL?
    I mean, it's already out in the UK and australia. Anamorphic, commentaries...
    [​IMG] D
     
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  20. Randall Dorr

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    I SAID it was off topic![​IMG]
     

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