Anyone rent Mullholland Drive from Blockbuster? Same movie?

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  1. Greg Robinson

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    I rented David Lynch's latest oddity last night from Blockbuster having never seen it before. I liked it - very cool. However, one of things I had heard about the film was its controversial amount of sex/nudity and I found it to be RATHER tame. This is not a complaint mind you but more of an observation. The first "encounter" in the bed goes immediately from kissing to a fade out into "afterwards" ; and the second encounter on the couch ends before anything happens - it's primarily conversation. Both scenes have some quick breast glimpses, but nothing over the top.

    No I'm not looking for any porn I can find - I'm simply trying to understand where all the "buzz" came from. Is Blockbuster renting out an edited version of the film? Has anyone seen the theatrical release AND the Blockbuster rental? Just curious. I'm wondering if it IS an edited version, if there are other more plot-related scenes I have might be missing. Ah well - Great movie though!
     
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    It's the exact same movie (except for the blurring issue, please do a search and find that thread for details.) Blockbuster never has and never will edit or force anyone to edit a movie that carried an R-rating theatrically.
     
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    i read about that blurring issue - no big deal in my opinon. Interesting though that the content in this film generated the buzz it did. I thought the Wachowski Bros' film Bound was a lot more "buzz-worthy" than Mullholland. Ah well - thanks for the info!
     
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    What about the "Requiem for a Dream: Edited Version" that they carry at Blockbuster? What's edited out of it?
     
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    They had both for sale at my BB. Just for curiousities sake I checked the times and the Dir Cut had about 25 minutes more footage.
     
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    I am 99% sure that this means it is the theatrical version of the film as opposed to the "unrated/director's cut version" that is also available. So really nothing is edited out of the version that was rated R but it is edited compared to the director's cut of the film. But I can not vouch for what was added to the director's cut because that is the only version of the film I saw.

    -Eric
     
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    The director's cut of Requiem for a Dream is the version of the film that was played theatrically. It was originally released unrated. The R version was made for video and DVD for "positive viewing" freaks like Blockbuster, etc.
     
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    Right, Blockbuster only carries R-rated movies whenever possible. If a movie was released NC-17 or as the unrated equivalent the studio/director or whoever will re-edit the film and resubmit it until it earns an "R". As far as blockbuster carrying "sanitized versions" of movies in the early 90's that is simply NOT true, yet it remains a popular urban legend. I would challenge anyone to give a specific example of this.
     
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    Eric - am I to understand you're refusing to buy this DVD because Laura Harring's lower region has been blurred by the director? No offense, but that just seems silly. Spielberg changing guns into radios is one thing, but this is simply an actor requesting her nethers can't be screen-captured by every geek with a DVD-ROM and posted on CheckOutThatCelebrityAss.com - can you really blame her? Don't you still get the full effect of the scene - it's dark and quick anyway. This doesn't seem to me to be all that important. If BlockBuster did it and THEY were deciding what was best for others, I'd have a problem with it. Does that make any sense? hmm... a difficult question...
     
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    Justin,
    Thanks for correcting me, I guess that the 99% sure meant pretty much nothing. [​IMG]
    Greg,
    I guess you are referring your comments to Sam instead of me like you addressed them to because I bought Mulholland Drive and it is one of my favorite movies and DVDs ever. [​IMG]
    -Eric
     
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    oops - sorry Eric. Right you are. [​IMG]
     
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