Gia: why was the R rated version released on dvd only??

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  1. Christina_V

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    Since both versions are avalible n video + the unrated version is shown on HBO. Why was only the R rated cut released on dvd??
    I wanted to purchase the dvd,but seeing that it was only the R cut,made me not want to bother.......i'm getting really sick of studios only releasing the censored version of a film on dvd,the least they could do would be release BOTH versions on the same disc,theres more than enough space or separetly.
    Well theres another sale lost & more to follow for any other studios that keep this up!
     
  2. Mark Walker

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    Cristina-
    Blame Warner Bros, who will NOT release
    unrated material in the US.
    It is the same reason we do not have
    Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut
    in his original version, but Europe does.
    -Mark
     
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    So is WB's policy (for WB titles only) NOT to release UR versions? I know EWS was censored, but I didn't know if it was a one-time thing or a blanket WB policy.

    I hope that they release Dream Lover (James Spader, Madchen Amick) uncut. It was originally going to be out in 1998 as a Polygram release until their catalog was split into MGM and WB. I wrote to MGM, who kindly replied that WB now held the rights to this film. I have since written WB, politely asking that the Director's Cut of this film be made available on DVD and received no response.

    If in fact it is WB's policy to release "R" rated versions only, then I have less hope than I did before. But I'm hoping that the fact it is "Polygram" will mean that they can put out the UR version if/when it is eventually released.

    And yes, I too was hoping for a director's cut of Gia and was surprised to see HBOs DVD was the R version.
     
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    OK. So here's my question: Has Gia been released on DVD anywhere in the world in the unrated version? I got around WB with Eyes Wide Shut with the European release, I'd love to be able to do the same for Gia. I just did a very quick check at a couple of my favorite overseas sites and couldn't find Gia on DVD in any version.
     
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    Thanks for the news about Dream Lover, Carlo. I'm glad I found the unrated LD used up at Atomic Records in Burbank for $5!
     
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    If Warner won't release unrated movies in the U.S. what's with their TRUE ROMANCE disc? Isn't it the unrated Director's Cut?
     
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    So can someone clue me in on what I would be missing in the R rated version compared to the uncut or unrated version? I just picked this one up today while I was picking up Matchstick Men, I figured for $6.99 thats not too bad. But if I am missing a lot, then I will try to get a hold of the unrated version. Also, is this a good movie?
     
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    NOOOOO! WB ownes Dream Lover? I guess Ill be keeping my LD forever [​IMG]
    Regarding Gia: http://www.dvdcompare.net/comparison...e.php?fid=3559
    I may have to pick the R2 version up, as i think this is the best AJ has ever looked.
    And CRAP! I forgot Matchstick Men came out today
     
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    Funnily enough, an unrated edition of Gia has been announced for the 24th August, priced at around $14.97. Extras will include biographies and a photo gallery.
     
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    I'll take this as a sign that those rumors about Warners releasing Eyes Wide Shut uncut in R1 might be true. [​IMG]
     
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    Heh, about 10 bucks online. Might finally pick it up.
     
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    Will certainly dump my existing copy for the UR version. Thanks for the heads up!
     
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    Something with Warner's policy must has changed because they have announced Taking Lives for release on August 17th in both R and unrated versions.
     
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    Since Disney and Warner are doing unrated releases now, doesn't this leave Paramount as the only studio that won't?
     
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