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Old 06-07-23, 12:39 PM
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French Connection Censored on Streaming Platforms

https://screenrant.com/the-french-co...nsored-disney/
Disney has now censored a scene from the French Connection for being racially insensitive. I know it's wrong in 2023 but I don't believe in censoring history and especially with it being a Best Picture winner.

Edit: sorry for the incomplete title as I was typing too fast on my phone if the moderators want to fix it.

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Old 06-07-23, 12:46 PM
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Re: Disney now censoring ol

Not surprising at all - times we live in - ridiculous.
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I have the bluray and dvd of Revenge of the Nerds but the movie has never been released digitally while the sequels are widely available. This along with many other reasons pisses me off that Disney owns the Fox movie catalog.
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Old 06-07-23, 12:53 PM
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Re: Disney now censoring ol

Yeah apparently the digital version of The French Connection has the N word said by Hackman’s character censored out.
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Yeah, very stupid decision. Kind of indefensible really. Not every movie is Song of the South, sometimes you can't just bury a racist past.
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Old 06-07-23, 01:07 PM
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Re: Disney now censoring ol

Originally Posted by DJariya
Yeah apparently the digital version of The French Connection has the N word said by Hackmanís character censored out.
Actually, it is being reported as worse than that. They did an entire excise of a scene. Here is what is supposedly the new edit:


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Re: French Connection Censored on Streaming Platforms

I have edited the title. Currently Disney has made no admission to the edit, though it is still possible. The edit was first noticed on The Criterion Channel: https://www.worldofreel.com/blog/202...qvwu2p6zr2jte7
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Re: French Connection Censored on Streaming Platforms

Ugh, this is getting ridiculous.
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Re: French Connection Censored on Streaming Platforms

Apparently, some people are reporting that their pre-existing digital versions have also been altered to have the new edit...not just newly digital copies. Not sure what platform they "owned" their copies on.

Anyone here own a digital copy they can check?

This is exactly why I own a hard copy of anything I want in perpetuity. And if it is edited, (i.e. Star Wars), then I either don't buy it or own a bootleg hard copy.
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Re: French Connection Censored on Streaming Platforms

I still have my old Fox DVD of it.
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Re: French Connection Censored on Streaming Platforms

Yep, hard copies for me too, you are only asking for trouble just having digital copies of films you want to own, fuckery like this is one big reason why.
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Anyone who threw away or sold all their prized physical media for digital copies is only asking for disappointment.
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Re: French Connection Censored on Streaming Platforms

Originally Posted by Spiderbite
Apparently, some people are reporting that their pre-existing digital versions have also been altered to have the new edit...not just newly digital copies. Not sure what platform they "owned" their copies on.

Anyone here own a digital copy they can check?

This is exactly why I own a hard copy of anything I want in perpetuity. And if it is edited, (i.e. Star Wars), then I either don't buy it or own a bootleg hard copy.
Do you have the time code. I can check.

FWIW I think this decision will be reversed.
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Re: French Connection Censored on Streaming Platforms

Blazing Saddles has been edited for sensitivities.

It is now a 7-minute short.


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Re: French Connection Censored on Streaming Platforms

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Do you have the time code. I can check.
I don't but I posted the edited scene above.
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Re: French Connection Censored on Streaming Platforms

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I don't but I posted the edited scene above.
the edited part of that clip is exactly 10 minutes into the Criterion Channel streaming version
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Re: French Connection Censored on Streaming Platforms

I can confirm, same awful edit on both VUDU and iTunes, at the 10 minute mark.
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Re: French Connection Censored on Streaming Platforms

I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so.
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Re: French Connection Censored on Streaming Platforms

I'd bet on this being a case where they had two versions (one safe for TV, one the original cut), and through some dumb database fuckery, someone selected the TV cut as the default, and that then propegated through all the steaming services that carry the title.

It's still fucking stupid, and Disney deserves any and all flack for this, and they should correct it ASAP. But until the root cause is actually confirmed, I could see it being that or genuine censorship.
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Re: French Connection Censored on Streaming Platforms

Originally Posted by Bluelitespecial
I know it's wrong in 2023
I don't think it's wrong to depict the fact there are racist cops. This isn't a case of a movie carelessly doing something that people are more sensitive about in 2023, they purposely had him using racist language because they wanted to make a point about how these cops treat blacks, same with the scene where the police raid the bar and act more like hold-men than officers of the law.
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Re: French Connection Censored on Streaming Platforms

When I started this thread I only said that as I didn't want it to turn into a political debate. I don't believe in censoring a movie from the 1970s in 2023 when it reflects the reality of that Era.
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also reflect the reality of this era
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Originally Posted by Nesbit
also reflect the reality of this era
I agree with this, but let's not go any further, just to ensure there are no suspensions or thread moves.
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