Sony will reportedly be issuing censored - or, rather, "clean" - versions of many of its most popular films on home video. In the past, companies like ClearPlay and VidAngel have seen fit to put together their own edited versions of theatrical releases without the explicit consent. Similarly, "clean" versions of PG-13 and R rated films have long held court on commercial airlines and broadcast TV as entertainment fit for the entire family.
For anyone who has tried to watch something like, say, a PG-13 Will Ferrell comedy a la Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby in censored form, the absence of crass, adult humor can be more than a little off-putting for those familiar with the original version. The very idea of watching Ferrell in his prime sans any lewd or obnoxious behavior is definitely not the movie experience that those involved in the making of the comedian's most popular movie would ideally hope for. Nevertheless, it appears that Sony is intent on making "clean" versions of many of its more popular film releases readily available, in the future.
According to The Playlist, Sony is currently hard at work on bringing edited versions of several of its most popular movies to home video. Ostensibly, Sony is hoping to sell more copies to younger viewers who might not otherwise have access or be allowed to watch the theatrical versions of movies like Ghostbusters and Goosebumps. Set to offer both broadcast TV and airline versions of twenty-four studio releases to customers on iTunes, Vudu, and Fandango Now, readers can check out the first list of movies to be included via the new service below:
Given the wide range of original theatrical releases already represented, it would appear as though Sony intends to increase its catalogue of "clean" movies in the very near future. And provided the venture proves to be lucrative, such a commercial venture may soon turn into a rising trend within the home video marketplace.
It's hard to imagine many adult viewers opting for "clean" versions of their favorite studio releases anytime soon, but the fact that Sony is moving forward on making such an option into a readily-available commercial commodity indicates that there has been some perceived demand for the service on their end. As things continue to develop, it will be interesting to see how popular this move will prove to be - and how many other major Hollywood studios might follow suit.
Source: The Playlist