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Old 09-22-09, 04:24 AM
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Warner no longer releasing Unrated DVDs...?

Was reading an article about some random upcoming Horror movie (The Hills run Red) and the Director said this, in regards to why he wasn't able to put his unrated cut on the DVD (the R version was actually shortened by 10 minutes due to ratings reason supposedly)

"The simple answer as to why, at this time, there is no unrated release of The Hills Run Red is that there was, from my understanding, a policy change at Warner Brothers, and that they were no longer going to release unrated versions of their movies," he says. "While at times this can be frustrating and distressing for a filmmaker, these are the realities that one faces while doing a movie for a studio. That being said, I have had nothing but great support from everyone at Dark Castle and Warner Premiere and the intention was only to make the best movie possible."
http://shocktillyoudrop.com/news/topnews.php?id=11853

This would explain why they actually bothered to submit the Friday the 13th extended cut to the MPAA...I have no particular interest in this movie, but I wonder what their reasoning for doing away with Unrated DVDs is?
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Re: Warner no longer releasing Unrated DVDs...?

Will they release NC-17 rated movies?
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Re: Warner no longer releasing Unrated DVDs...?

I have this movie to review for DVDTalk and I was wondering why it wasn't Unrated. Interesting.
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Given that it’s Warner Brothers, they’ll probably take them off the marketplace for a short while and then bring them back on only Blu-Ray editions of their movies as yet another 'exclusive' incentive for that wonderful technology…
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Re: Warner no longer releasing Unrated DVDs...?

Yay! Again Warner Brothers screwing the fans of their movies/shows over. There was a time I used to like Warner Brothers but over the years they have gotten waaaaaay too P.C. and and just stopped caring about the fans. I love DVDs (obviously) but part of me thinks the popularity of the format has given studios too much power over what they put on it. They can do whatever they want and they know it will still sell. And this goes for a lot of things. Not just the topic of this thread. But I guess that's just how it will always be. You audience's money first... your audience themselves... second.
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Warner Bros. I swear is run by a bunch of retarded donkeys - they keep changing their tune and policy on this like its deciding which pair of socks to wear.
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Re: Warner no longer releasing Unrated DVDs...?

How long before chris and/or phillip arrive?
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Re: Warner no longer releasing Unrated DVDs...?

I don't believe this is the case.

Warner is about to release the unrated directors cut of NATURAL BORN KILLERS, a title they had in the past licensed out to another studio.

If anything, they have gotten more liberal with their releases.
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Re: Warner no longer releasing Unrated DVDs...?

Originally Posted by moviezzz View Post
If anything, they have gotten more liberal with their releases.
Perhaps but I doubt we'll ever see those last two Tom & Jerry cartoons.
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Re: Warner no longer releasing Unrated DVDs...?

Most of the unrated stuff nowadays is just a marketing gimmick anyway. Let them submit older films that have reason to be released that way to be rerated (like F13) and keep the deleted scenes of new movies deleted as opposed to sloppily sticking them back into the movie and making them "UNRATED EXXXTREME" editions like everyone else does.
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Re: Warner no longer releasing Unrated DVDs...?

Originally Posted by moviezzz View Post
I don't believe this is the case.

Warner is about to release the unrated directors cut of NATURAL BORN KILLERS, a title they had in the past licensed out to another studio.

If anything, they have gotten more liberal with their releases.
I would agree, especially after them putting these out :




Still waiting for this one though :

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Originally Posted by inri222 View Post
I would agree, especially after them putting these out :




Still waiting for this one though :

given how much attention the transfer for 'Cruising' was given, I'm surprised that it wasn't given a blu-ray release.... as for 'The Devils' - when pigs fly.
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Re: Warner no longer releasing Unrated DVDs...?

i think that's just what they told the director of a straight-to-dvd horror movie...maybe his unrated cut was just tooooo graphic.

Warner is even putting out the Harry Potter movies in extended form...which is the same thing as "unrated".
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Originally Posted by LeeVing View Post
i think that's just what they told the director of a straight-to-dvd horror movie...maybe his unrated cut was just tooooo graphic.

Warner is even putting out the Harry Potter movies in extended form...which is the same thing as "unrated".
sort of, but not really. 'Unrated' in the days of VHS was always the indication that the restored footage was violence and/or sex that had been clipped at the bequest of the MPAA. Now a days if a studio wants to restore a movie of any footage, objectionable or not, they really don't have to resubmit and repay the Classification and Rating Administration to go through the whole process again.
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Re: Warner no longer releasing Unrated DVDs...?

Originally Posted by GizmoDVD View Post
How long before chris and/or phillip arrive?
what could i still add
typical corporation with a huge hierarchy where everbody is probably just
trying to protect their own ass and they are miles away of putting
their minds into what clients really want.
smaller labels are usually trying much much harder to meet the customer and fan wishes and are more flexible to meet those demands and wishes.
still i think warner has become the most arrogant from the big studios, because if they were the least bit interested in their customers, they wouldn`t just ignore any customer emails.
you can already tell that they fear customer contact more than the devil
the holy water, by the fact that they don`t even list any email addresses
on their site
what i simply don`t understand is the fact that the industry is constantly
crying about dropping dvd sales, but their releases are getting more and
more effortless, rather than trying even harder to put the best product possible out.
Old 09-22-09, 06:08 PM
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Warner just sucks now plain and simple.
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Re: Warner no longer releasing Unrated DVDs...?

Originally Posted by LeeVing View Post
i think that's just what they told the director of a straight-to-dvd horror movie...maybe his unrated cut was just tooooo graphic.

Warner is even putting out the Harry Potter movies in extended form...which is the same thing as "unrated".
Nope. Warner submitted the Extended Harry Potter cuts to the MPAA, they are rated PG as well.
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Re: Warner no longer releasing Unrated DVDs...?

Originally Posted by GizmoDVD View Post
How long before chris and/or phillip arrive?
Is The Hills Run Red over two hours?
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Re: Warner no longer releasing Unrated DVDs...?

Originally Posted by moviezzz View Post
I don't believe this is the case.

Warner is about to release the unrated directors cut of NATURAL BORN KILLERS, a title they had in the past licensed out to another studio.

If anything, they have gotten more liberal with their releases.
+1

I'm looking forward to watching my NBK unrated BD soon too!

Look at the original quote...the guy says "from my understanding", therefore he is merely drawing his own conclusions based only on whatever information he has and his own situation....the upcoming NBK release obviously is evidence that this is not some actual "policy change", but probably something that is looked at on a case by case basis....
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Re: Warner no longer releasing Unrated DVDs...?

The Hangover gets both R and Unrated cuts, so it looks like this guy was fed some misinformation by WB.
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is NBK getting re released on regular DVD in its unrated/nc-17 version too? I'd love to retire my shitty looking non anamorphic Trimark version
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Re: Warner no longer releasing Unrated DVDs...?

Originally Posted by LeeVing View Post
Warner is even putting out the Harry Potter movies in extended form...which is the same thing as "unrated".
Not quite. Unrated means exactly that. It hasn't been rated by the MPAA.

If they were to submit an extended cut or "Director's Cut" to the MPAA, it wouldn't be unrated, which is what they did for the Harry Potter extended cuts.
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Re: Warner no longer releasing Unrated DVDs...?

yeah..ok. so using Harry Potter as an example wasn't a good idea. I know what "unrated" means. I just didn't know that Warner submitted the extended cuts to the MPAA.

I still don't buy it.

Unrated cuts sell so much better than theatrical. Now everyone expects them to be released.
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Great... First they start screwing us DVD purchasers with single disc theatrical releases with sub par features while the Blu owners get director cuts and all special features that would fit on the dvd(i.e Terminator Salvation, Trick r' Treat). Now comes the end of unrated cuts!
Warner was almost consistently on the top of my list for dvd studios but I can see those days are over.
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Re: Warner no longer releasing Unrated DVDs...?

I think that they are only going to release "unrated" versions of movies on Blu-ray. It makes sense taking into account what they are doing now.

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