Interesting looking documentary on AMC tonite: Bleep! Censoring Hollywood (2005). Here’s the blurb:
"Self-appointed movie sanitizers claim they are making films safe for American families. In today’s DVD/home video marketplace, several small businesses are buying copies of Hollywood’s most popular movies to edit out sex, violence, and foul language. Once "cleansed," they are sold again as so-called "family-friendly" versions — without the consent of the films’ directors or film studios.
A cut here, an edit there — it’s driving Hollywood crazy.
BLEEP! CENSORING HOLLYWOOD, produced by ABC News Productions, reveals how this controversial movement is rocking the boardrooms at Hollywood studios, the Directors Guild, and home entertainment companies while gaining an increasingly mainstream following among parents who want peace of mind and more control over what their kids watch. In addition, the one-hour documentary profiles major players in the "film sanitizing" business, such as CleanFlicks and ClearPlay, explores the broader debate of censorship vs. artistic freedom in the digital age as well as addresses the motives and passions of various political and entertainment advocates involved in this ongoing debate."
The articles below have more details . . .
"Bleep" an unsanitized look at censoring
Seattle Times, Monday, April 25, 2005 – Page updated at 12:00 a.m.
TV Review: ‘Bleep: Censoring Hollywood’
Reuters, Fri Apr 22, 2005 08:13 PM ET