Gia uncut in Region 2

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  1. Peter Jue

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    For fans of Angelina Jolie and the biopic Gia, a new uncut version has been released in Japan for Y2,500 (~$19.50). It has a running time of 126 minutes versus the 120 minutes of the region 1 version. WB DVD's have had a price reduction and the uncensored version of Eyes Wide Shut is now Y1,500 (~$11.70). Just a heads up for fans of either movie.
     
  2. Anthony Thorne

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    A quick question... does GIA (or any other recent uncut DVD's released in Japan) suffer from optical censoring? I remember the Japanese used to have an obsession with turning pube shots into blocky mosaics - I hope this has changed. I haven't seen GIA at all but want to see it uncut, and would hate the thought of spending some serious dough on a disc which turned Billy Bob Thornton's prized velvet thicket into a DVD compressionist's pixellated nightmare.

    Of course, this is assuming that GIA has full-frontal nudity in it somewhere. I'm assuming (hoping?) it does. HBO would have missed a big opportunity if they didn't feature Angelina Jolie naked heavily in it somewhere or other. Anyway, thanks for the heads up...
     
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    ...ahh yes... I, too, always judge the worth/quality of a movie by the amount of full frontal nudity (male and/or female) it includes...
    (signed) Sarcastic Sam
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    Thanks for the Heads-up! I'll think about Gia and I'm definitely getting Eyes Wide Shut.
     
  5. Anthony Thorne

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    Hendrik... tongue in cheek (so to speak) or not, if the GIA disc has optical censoring (a very real issue with Japanese DVD's until recently) I ain't buying it. SCHINDLER'S LIST would be just as equal a candidate for optical censoring under Japanese censorship procedures as they were performed a few years ago. I've heard different stories as to whether these procedures have changed, hence my question.

    An equally pressing question for me is whether Ms Jolie really does 'get more naked' in the director's cut. And yes, I probably would judge a movie like GIA by and large on such a criteria...
     
  6. Jay Blair

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    Not all DVDs from Japan have optical censoring. The Lover is a very good example of a film released with full frontal nudity without censoring of any kind as far as I could tell except for the horrible English language soundtrack that has a lot of background sounds missing. But another disc I got at the same time as The Lover, Blackmail (aka Keys to Tulsa) has extremely annoying optical censoring. Go figure.
     
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    It seems that optical censoring is now only applied to below the waist frontal MALE nudity. Several years ago a famous actress in Japan published a nude photo book. There was a fuss and she went to court and won. Since then, full frontal female nudity has not been an issue. But, a mere glimpse of a penis and the censors go wild.

    Regarding pricing, Warner is the price leader in Japan with 2500 yen for single disc new films and 1500 yen for catalog titles. Fox has also recently reduced price to 2500 yen on most older titles. Di$ney is at the top at 4700 yen. Discounts in Japan are 10-20% depending upon store.
     
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    The GIA release in Japan is 4x3 and not widescreen.
     
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    Wasn't "Gia" made for Television? HBO, specifically?

    Was it shot and composed for widescreen? Has there ever been a widescreen release?
     
  10. Anthony Thorne

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    "Wasn't "Gia" made for Television? HBO, specifically?"

    Yep.

    "Was it shot and composed for widescreen? Has there ever been a widescreen release?"

    As far as I know, no for both questions.

    I'm pondering (in a different mindset from my pube-obsessed posts above) what was actually cut from the 'uncut' GIA to make it acceptable for an R-rating? A mystery of mysteries. Oh well, I guess a purchase of that Japanese disc will set things straight (to use a phrase)...

    Maybe Japan will get an uncut DVD of that NORMA JEAN AND MARILYN telemovie as well. It sounds like a good film, and I incidentally read in Maltin that the exquisite bozongos of Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd both get a decent airing...
     
  11. Jay Blair

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    Just got GIA from CDJapan today. Only watched a few minutes, but so far no optical censoring. It is 4X3 and subtitles can be turned off. Also confirmed it is about 6 minutes longer than the US release. I'll probably be watching the entire film either tonight or tomorrow night after the Laker's win game 3 of the NBA Championship Series [​IMG]. I don't however intend to watch the US release again soon, and having been a while since I did watch it, probably won't be able to give specific examples of the differences between the two versions.
    Anthony
    I have the laserdisc of NORMA JEAN AND MARILYN and it is a good film, and both Mira and Ashley are aired out nicely, Ashley in particular. Was just thinking about the laserdisc earlier today since it's coming up on my list of titles to be backed up to DVD-R.
     
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    Full frontal isn't a no-no per se in Japan, I believe. It's the pubic hair moratorium.

    Even in porno-shops all through Japan, you can see rather candid photographs - but invariably clean-shaven there.

    Cees
     
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    Is there any list of what the edits are?

    Perhaps the 6 min. is just filler.
     
  14. Jay Blair

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    Enrique

    I've seen both versions of the film but have not gone back to watch the cut version versus the 6 minute longer uncut Japanese release in order to give a detailed list of differences. But I can say that the nude/sex scenes at the photoshoot, in Gia's apartment, and in the shower are substantially expanded; I could be wrong, but I think the only nude scene not expanded is the scene with Jolie in the hallway.

    To each his own as to this qualifying as filler or not, and I won't comment on whether the uncut version makes for a more artistic film, but the vast majority of heterosexual males will I suspect greatly prefer the uncut release.
     

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