Sony To Include ‘Clean Versions’ Of Movie Downloads

Sony is to make a “clean version” of 24 movies available for family home viewing. They’ll come alongside rather than in place of the original.

For now at least, the edited versions will only be available on digital download services, namely iTunes, Vudu and Fandango Now. They’ll be free of charge to download when you purchase the unedited movie and will be included as part of the package of extras. The removed content may include “graphic violence, offensive language, sexual innuendo, and other adult content.”

It doesn’t appear Sony has done any editing specially for this program; rather the edited versions are those already produced for TV broadcast or in-flight entertainment. The company argues this will make it easier to watch movies with the whole family.

The 24 titles available at first are:

  • 50 First Dates
  • Battle Of The Year
  • Big Daddy
  • Captain Phillips
  • Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
  • Easy A
  • Elysium
  • Ghostbusters
  • Ghostbusters II
  • Goosebumps
  • Grown Ups
  • Grown Ups 2
  • Hancock
  • Inferno
  • Moneyball
  • Pixels
  • Spider-Man
  • Spider-Man 2
  • Spider-Man 3
  • The Amazing Spider-Man
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • Step Brothers
  • Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
  • White House Down

Yahoo notes that several independent companies have previously had technical and legal issues in producing their own edited versions of movies without the permission of the studios.

The news hasn’t gone down well everywhere. Seth Rogen responded by tweeting “Holy shit please don’t do this to our movies. Thanks.”

7 Responses to Sony To Include ‘Clean Versions’ Of Movie Downloads

    • This isn’t political correctness. It’s enjoying (some) great films that are just not appropriate for children plus, I believe that we as a nation has lost our way being upstanding citizens. Why must there be curse words or overly graphic scene in movies when they clearly don’t need it. Don’t get me wrong not all film should be filtered but I would love for my sons to see the Spiderman and Ghostbuster movies but I don’t let them because I’m NOT a “Lazy” parent. This is the reason I don’t have cable I can control what they see and hear. I’m not sure if you are a parent, if you are you would understand this!

      • DVD and Blu-Ray versions of Ghostbusters use the alternative take on the Peck/Venkman scene where the F-bomb is NOT used. They filmed the alt take just in case the F-bomb bumped the movie out of the PG bracket.

      • I might not be a parent but my parents had no trouble keeping me from watching inappropriate television (not that my parents were necessarily good parents – the fact is they controlled what was on tv at all times not me). I agree swearing isn’t always necessary in films and tv but I suspect this is just a part of it and would also include innuendos and other dirty jokes. Besides all those movies and shows will be there when they grow up. Tv and cinema are certainly not responsible for why citizens are not upstanding. That would be greed for wanting more despite already having ample.

  1. I’m glad my parents realized that I already knew all those words (trust me, your school-age kids know those words!) and that I wasn’t supposed to use them (at least in their earshot). I turned out morally fine.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.