4 Different Versions of 8-Mile? Why? Why? Why?

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  1. James Reader

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    Looking at Amazon.Com's listings I see the following for 8-Mile:

     
  2. Rolando

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    typical of universal, didn't they do this for American Pie 2? rated, unrated and separate P&S and OAR release for each. Like average consumer needs to be confused further. Not that I am picking this movie up but this is a bad practice. You just KNOW Wal Mart will have the full screen censored version only...
     
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    Do they have a version without Eminem in it? [​IMG]
     
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    If American Pie 2 is any indication, the censored version will most likely be carried by Wal-Mart, Target, Blockbuster, Kmart, and the like while the uncensored version will be carried by Circuit City, Best Buy, and Internet retailers.

    My problem is this: It's an R-rated movie! If one is old enough to view an R-rated movie, why do the special features have to be censored at all? I could see if it was a PG movie like Star Wars (the cursing in the documentary is bleeped), but this is just too much.
     
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    Because Blockbuster and WalMart consider themselves the guardian of American morality, and insist that alterations be made to appease their feewings.

    The most famous alteration is the censoring of the nude scene in Titanic
     
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    Richard, it may have ALSO been done by cutting the tape by some Utah video store

    But Blockbuster ordered censored copies of Titanic
     
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    I'm planning on picking this up along with Empire (for the free DVD offer),

    So, let me get this straight. The version saying censored bonus material is the R-Rated cut while the other is the unrated right?

    So if I just pick up 8-Mile (widescreen) I'll get the unrated copy right?
     
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    Maybe some of the bonus materials were much stronger than the movie?
     
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    James:

    That's a REALLY dumb move for Universal. I mean this just defies all lines of stupidity. Why censor bonus features? Thanks for clearing it up.
     
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    You are correct Peter. Blockbuster carried and still carries the regular PG-13 version of Titanic.

    On the other hand they might get the unrated version of 8-Mile, as all the (corporate owned) stores in my area carry the UNrated versions of Y Tu Mama Tambien, American Pie 2, Van Wilder and the Sweetest Thing. It seems they are getting better on this policy while at the same time effing up their OAR stance.
     
  16. Travis_W

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    Hmmm... I've always thought it cost more for a studio to put out seperate releases but I didn't stop to think that they could have practically 4 movies selling great. Just as long as a widescreen version stays on top as it usually does I'm fine.
     
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    It irks me that they can release 4 versions of a film yet can't issue seperate full bitrate dts releases like they used to... the market for dts titles has grown considerably since it's introduction on dvd. If people want to buy a full screen version they should just give them the censored version since they are already deliberately buying a compromised feature in the first place.
     
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    Oh well, he'll soon be on the soup kitchen line, doing duets with Vanilla Ice.
     

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