DVD - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Dozens of Utah DVD retailers attracted unwanted attention from Hollywood heavyweights when, in the name of conservative family values, they began sanitizing films of sex, nudity, profanity, and violence. Outraged over the unauthorized editing of their work, prominent filmmakers began to speak out, thrusting the two groups into an intense legal, theoretical, and moral battle that would last six years before coming to a shocking conclusion.

Published: [United States] : Passion River Films, [2012]
Branch Call Number: DVD 363.31 CLE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (85 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Aug 14, 2014
  • Mr_Pear rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This story may take two viewings to fully digest and understand all the complexities and arguments. The subject matter reminded me a lot of a documentary called "The People vs. George Lucas." Both films grapple with the idea of art ownership and who the art belongs to once it has reached a certain critical mass. I'm not sure where I stand in the debate, but I'm glad that there is a conversation. The other element to this doc concerns censorship, which is always a volatile arena in the U.S. I would recommend this film to anyone with an interest in any of the subjects I have mentioned or if you just want a pretty good look at a controversial issue.

Mar 14, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. Not too bad---good performance. I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.

Nov 17, 2012
  • ceedeegee57 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Interesting doc about censorship & artistic ownership with an almost unbelievable jaw dropping twist. I don't mean to be offensive folks but Mormons are a bit crazy (seriously what is the point of watching a violent film with the deaths cut out of it? I'm not defending or attacking films, or beliefs but seriously folks if watching sex or killing is against your religion, then chose other movies - because actually you don't have the right to remove the Matrix's body count because Mormon elders say don't watch any more than you'd have the right to remove the Mona Lisa's smile if it offended you.)
They scare the crap out of me (they can be as fanatical and dangerous as the worst religious zealots of any stripe, they just hide it better.)

Well worth watching.

Here's the $64,000.00 question... Did he or didn't he?


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Mar 14, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” –James Madison

Mar 14, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” -George Washington


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