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Re: [dvd-discuss] clean flicks and moral rights
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- Subject: Re: [dvd-discuss] clean flicks and moral rights
- From: Jeremy Erwin <jerwin(at)ponymail.com>
- Date: Thu, 23 Jan 2003 00:49:01 -0500
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On Wednesday, January 22, 2003, at 11:21 PM, email@example.com
> IN the case of the DVD
> re-edits- that's incredibly laughable in view of the dozens of
> versions they already release. Indeed, I would contend that if I
> purchase a
> VHS tape that is NOT identical to the version shown in the theatres
> and has not
> been labeled as such then a fraud has been committed upon me (e.g., The
> Graduate as seen on TV was not the same edit as the one in the
> Theatre. The
> famous shot of Benjamin through Mr. Robinson's leg is missing)
It is a bit fraudulent. Many VHS films are shown using pan and scan--
instead of the original aspect ratio. Sometimes the director or
cinematographer will grudgingly approve a crop job, but often this is
shopped out to third parties-- who crop out important visual elements.
This is quite apart from from the original directorial intent conceit.
I think you can (or could obtain a copy of the original version of E.T.
by buying the "collector's gift pack." I doubt that Star Wars fans will
be "blessed" with the same opportunity, but I digress.
Could Gosford Park be released as a clean version? Yes, with minimal
effect on the story-- eight "f**ks, as cheerfully pointed out on the
accompanying commentary tracks .. Will such a clean edit be done?
Probably not, as the Mormons would doubtless find fault with the
suggestion of incest, homosexuality, heterosexuality, etc... and find
ways to wipe out actual content.
I suppose, that the alternative-- market confusion caused by a
proliferation of "clean" versions is by far the worse scenario. I just
hope that they won't be used in an educational setting.
(My high school English textbook included a copy of Julius Caeser,
minus, peculiarly, a good part of Act 1, Scene 3. A classroom is no
place for Bowdler.)