Auto Focus DVD Question

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  1. Michael Pakula

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    I was reading the review of the dvd on DVD File
    and it mentions that during one scene during the
    movie the image is blurred due to the MPAA. I was
    wondering if this is the case with the canadian
    dvd because I dont remember any blured image
    when I saw it in theaters. So just wondering
    if anyone knew if the canadian version will
    be the same as the american version?.


    -Mike
     
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    i was just wondering this myself.

    i have seen 2 scenes with this.
    one near the beginning wasn't blurred it was pixalled.
    then near the end a scene was blurred.

    was this like this in the movies.
     
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    Im going to pick this one up this week.
    So I will let you know how it turns out.

    -Mike
     
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    the scenes that were censored werent really scenes. They blurred the tv screens the characters used to watch themselves on tape, performing certain 'acts'. Thats all that was censored in the theatrical version. It was kinda odd to see it that way on the big screen. But I believe Schrader was trying to make a point about censorship.
     
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    The film is censored. The MPAA insisted on the alterations in order for the film to be released with an "R" rating. Roger Rabbit, on the other hand, is not censored as Disney made the election to change the film of its own volition and and without being required from an external third party.
     
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    I agree that Sony could have released this film with a "NC-17" or unrated cut, but they chose to make amendments to the film required to obtain an "R" rating. It's certainly closer to censorship than, say, Disney changing WFRR or Lucas altering Star Wars. The unaltered version will almost certainly be available outside the US, where explicit sexual content is not regarded as life threatening to the well being of adults by ratings bodies.
     
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    I introduced Roger Rabbit into the discussion on the basis of the other thread where it was deemed a foregone conclusion that the alterations amounted to censorship, and what I consider the striking commentary about Auto Focus not being censored.

    Censorship occurs when someone other than the owner of a film (and the owner of a film is rarely the director - hence the reference to the Star Wars movies, which are owned by their director/creator and are, like RR also not censored) requires changes to be made to the film in order that the film be released with a certain rating (or at all). Disney amended Roger without external intervention - hence it is NOT censorship (and, in my view, nowhere near the definition of that word as I understand it's legal usage). Whether Zemeckis knew or didn't approve of the changes is irrelevant to the consideration. Ethically, Disney may be stepping on shallow ground, but legally it is nowhere near as close to censorship as Auto Focus.

    Auto Focus appears to have been altered because the Studio wanted an "R" rating and had to make certain alterations to the film to obtain that rating (as was done with Eyes Wide Shut). That is censorship, or at least self-censorship. Censorship occurs all the time with movies; many films on broadcast television are censored for language, violence or sexual content because of rules imposed by broadcasters. The same with airline versions of movies. It's no big deal, but that is what it is.
     
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    Censorship occurs when an official body PROHIBITS something from being released. The MPAA never prohibited Auto Focus from being released in the way it was shot. It wasn't censored. And this argument is making me sleepy...[​IMG]
     
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    Sony doesn't do NC-17s even on DVD, so we unfortunately had no chance of this. If it had been Universal or Warner, we'd probably have gotten it.
     
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