… double edited movies.
Just saw a story on GMA about how now there’s a booming industry to “sanitize” movies by editing them further, such as removing the nude scene in Titanic and all that sort of innuendo, etc. Seems that the directors are quite upset that someone’s hacking their babies to pieces and then reselling the movie, albeit labeled as being edited AGAIN and not as the original product. The surveys show that 44% of the population are for this.
Now maybe it’s just ME, but that’s a heck of a lot of audience members out there who are wanting their films to be recut to take out the profanity and violence. That’s a LOT of disgruntled viewers who are taking their DVD’s to these companies and asking them to clean them up. You’d think that Hollywood would be sitting back and scratching their chins, saying to themselves something like “Hey, what’s with all this demand? Can it be that maybe we’re making our films too violent or sexual in the first place? Or maybe the rating system is off? Or…”.
Instead we got a shot of some famous director whining about how it’s got HIS name on it and it should be what HE directed, not a hack job by some unknown editor. It’d be a valid point to me if it were happening on films that were being advertised as the same product as what he sold in the theaters, but it’s not being labelled as anything other than a re-edited version on DEMAND from the public. Instead of whining about how his professional integrity is at stake and all that, why isn’t he wondering why there’s even a demand for this and what he can do to meet that demand. Instead he’s going to be posturing along with all the Hollywood flakes who figure that if you toss in a sex scene it’s art and by having buckets of blood it’s better art and demanding that these places shut down.
Of course, it won’t happen. Whether it’s under free speech or just underground, these companies will continue to re-edit movies for those parents or adults (and yes, I’m one of those who might just buy a DVD if I see it with that disclaimer) who want the product. It would behoove Hollywood to stop stroking their egos and whining about their creativity and start wondering when their audiences began to walk down the street, fresh DVD’s in hand, and turn them over to another company to do the editing.
article reference: http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/story?id=692068
otoh, got a form letter rejection from Pomada yesterday – although since they had asked for the partial of “Second Line” in February, I figured it was dead already – too long for them to hold onto a few pages and not decide.
still hoping on Mundania, if not I’ll be going to LBF next, maybe… so it goes…
oh, Kim Possible RULES!