Disney+ Streaming Service (Official What? No! Thread)

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MGM was the distributor at least back in 2018 - they made the new 4K master that was also the basis for the recent Criterion disc.
 

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Just found this in a recent article on Newsweek:

"Though the Rob Reiner movie was not made by Disney, it was acquired by the Mouse House as part of its acquisition of 20th Century Fox and its catalogue."
 

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It was financed independently, so it's possible the streaming rights were negotiated separately from the home video rights.
 
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["Princess Bride"] was financed independently, so it's possible the streaming rights were negotiated separately from the home video rights.
Exactly. PB was originally released on video by Nelson, whose catalogue now resides with MGM. The TV rights, to my knowledge, have always been with Fox.
 
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What I read was that all rights to the film EXCEPT Home Video reside with Fox. Home video rights still belong to MGM. I'm guessing Disney+ isn't considered home video.
 
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What I read was that all rights to the film EXCEPT Home Video reside with Fox. Home video rights still belong to MGM. I'm guessing Disney+ isn't considered home video.
That stands to reason. The iTunes version starts with the MGM Lion. The Disney+ version with 20th Century Fox logo. That also explains why Disney+ doesn't have the 4K version because that restoration was paid for by MGM (and possibly Criterion who licensed it from MGM).
 

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What I read was that all rights to the film EXCEPT Home Video reside with Fox. Home video rights still belong to MGM. I'm guessing Disney+ isn't considered home video.
That stands to reason. The iTunes version starts with the MGM Lion. The Disney+ version with 20th Century Fox logo. That also explains why Disney+ doesn't have the 4K version because that restoration was paid for by MGM (and possibly Criterion who licensed it from MGM).
And I think Lionsgate owns the foreign rights (inherited from the owners of the Vestron catalogue), so Disney+ most likely doesn't have it outside North America. I could be wrong, though.
 

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Has anybody seen this play

 

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Can't you just give me a "yes" or "no" answer to my question as to the possibility of any editing by Disney? :D
 

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I wouldn't say "numerous" swear words. Three or four F-words (one of which the show already self-censors as a joke) and a couple "shits." It's not going to be extremely different. I would expect it to be similar to what is already available on the clean version of the cast album. Is every word going to be exactly the same as spoken live? Probably not. But I am sure that the shape and overall artistic vision of the piece will be maintained.

Also, as I said in the thread over in the movies forum, Lin-Manuel Miranda chose to sell the film to Disney. Multiple studios wanted to release it and there was a bidding war. He could have chosen to sell it to Warner Bros., for example, which worked with him on the film version of In the Heights, and would have been able to upload it uncensored to HBO Max. He chose Disney. He knows what that means, and I am sure he will be involved in making the edits as necessary. So I don't have a problem with that.
 

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On the one hand, I'm glad to see that after paying 2-3 years upfront for Disney+ I have a reason to watch it.

On the other, HAMILTON on Disney+? How much editing is going to be done or does anybody think they will air as performed?
 

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There are maybe a dozen curses throughout the nearly 3 hour running time. They can either edit them out, let it play as is with a disclaimer, or offer two different audio options. Neither will substantially affect the content or message being conveyed. There is no nudity and the use of violence is conveyed in the form of choreographed dance.
 

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