'Dracula 2000' commentary, what's with the disclaimer from Beuna Vista?

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  1. Inspector Hammer!

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    O'.k. I was just about to listen to the commentary on Dracula 2000, and when I selected the commentary option, it then took me to a screen with a disclaimer from Beuna Vista saying that "The comments and veiws in this commentary does not represent views expressed by Beuna Vista" or something like that.
    What's up with that? Are they going to put this on all their dvd's with commentary tracks from now on, or does the director of Dracula 2000 mention something bad about them in the commentary?
    Well, i'm off to watch the commentary, so I guess i'll see.
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    Well, I just finished the commentary, and at the risk of answering my own thread, I think I understand the reason for the disclaimer.
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    As far as I can tell, Beuna Vista did this because of the filmmakers vision that Dracula was actually Judas from the Bible, and were afraid that people with religeous beliefs might be offended by this decision, and wanted to distance themselves from the film, so they wouldn't get hit with phone calls, e-mails, and snail mails from angry viewers. That's what it seemd like to me anyway, but someone else might have a different opinion.
    He He, I started a thread, and ended up answering my own question!
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  3. Daniel L

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    No, actually the discalimer is becoming standard on Disney commentaries. It just cover their butt in case someone make a inflamitory comment, which is interpeted slanderous somewhere down the line. I wouldn't be surprised if other studios eventually put these discalimers on their discs.
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    Emperor's New Groove and Get Over It both have the disclaimer- it even has the option to go "back" after reading it, like someone might decide not to listen to it because of all the bad things it says [​IMG]
     
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    Dan's right, Buena Vista is putting this on all their commentaries now, and although Im not 100% certain, Im pretty sure you can thank Kevin Smith and company for this new policy! [​IMG]
     
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    I saw the disclaimer on the Chocolat AC too. I assumed it was because David Brown said he didn't care if a movie might make $100 million, he wouldn't make it unless he thought it had a story to tell.
    I assumed BVHS didn't want their shareholders to think they shared Mr. Brown's aversion to profit. [​IMG]
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    I just remembered the documentary on the Mallrats disc had a disclaimer saying basically it didn't represent the views of Universal.
     
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    As I remember, the MALLRATS commentary deletes Jason Mewes jokingly saying "I want my money, motherf----r" and the reference to Alex Ross (Kev calls him a "two bit artist").
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    As an alternative to censorship (which, believe it or not, does happen), I'll take the disclaimers. I've left a long, bloody trail of fighting to keep commentaries whole and if a disclaimer would shut the lawyers up, I say bring 'em on.
     
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    But didn't Buena Vista have some say in the content of the DVD anyway (since they originated the project)? I thought they were primarily responsible for forcing the hand of CTHV to leave off the documentary.
    Either way, leave it to Disney to be the first studio to disclaimer their commentaries. I don't think anyone would argue that they're the model of overprotective behavior.
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    In the Fight Club commentary, when Chuck Pahlinuik mentions who Marla Singer was based on, they bleeped out the name.
     

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