Sony to Start Releasing “Clean” Versions of Their Movies on Home Video


For years now Hollywood has been fighting legal battles against third party companies that have attempted to release unauthorized edits of movies, removing material that may be considered offensive or inappropriate for children. Most of these companies were shut down in the 2000s but with the advent of digital media, a new service called CleanPlay has surfaced that operates within legal limits to allow home viewers to “customize” their viewing experience by automatically skipping certain scenes. Now this week it appears that Sony is the first major studio to step up and embrace the demand for censored versions by launching something called the Clean Version initiative. Hit the jump for more info.

This week Sony has officially unveiled the Clean Version initiative, which uses the broadcast or airline version of a movie “to remove some scenes of graphic violence, offensive language, sexual innuendo, and other adult content.” The Clean Versions will be bundled with the digital copies of select movies on iTunes, Vudu and FandangoNOW. The initial launch includes the following 24 movies:

  • 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

It’s interesting to note that only 2 of these movies are rated R (Elysium and Step Brothers) while the rest are either PG or PG-13. In other words, most of these movies are already family-friendly for the most part, so do they really need more editing? Seth Rogen already seems to be leading the charge against Sony on this, although it is unclear if any of his movies would ever get the Clean Version treatment. Do you think there is a place for censored versions of movies or is this a terrible idea?

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  • yonato

    I don’t want, I don’t want. Just wait to show them the movie when they’re old enough.

  • Henry

    I was surprised the studios didn’t do this back when the renegade third party services were operating. All of the studios already prepare clean cuts for the airlines, for most movies. They already have them, so why not just release them if there is demand.

    I will in no way every watch one of these monstrosities though.

  • Jameson

    This is vomit-inducing.

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  • Stinker

    Hope 20th Cen. Fox follows this with a clean version of Commando.

  • Claws Longtail

    So kids will watch PornHub on their smartphones, then go home and watch the cleaned up version of Ghostbusters

  • Beat_C

    only in america … ????

  • Anthony

    That’s just….stupid.

  • adam

    Franks CoPo pussy rant should be pretty good this week.