Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is offering edited versions of some of its films, the company announced Tuesday. The censored movies are called “Clean Version” and has adopted the tagline “adapted versions for a wider audience.”
Editing for Clean Version films follows guidelines set by “broadcast standards and practices for television and airline guidelines for inflight entertainment,” according to cleanversionmovies.com. Some of the filters offered include language, violence and adult scenes.
There are currently 24 titles available to buy or for rent in the Clean Version library with more to come in the future, including:
- 50 First Dates
- Battle Of The Year
- Big Daddy
- Captain Phillips
- Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
- Easy A
- Ghostbusters II
- Grown Ups
- Grown Ups 2
- 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
Rentals cost $3.99 on iTunes, but prices of the movies vary. Instead of having movie buyers purchase the original cut or a clean version of the film, the edited version of the movie is simply available in the “extras” section of the title.
Multiple businesses have attempted to provide edited versions of films, but have been stopped by the entertainment companies. VidAngel, the most recent business that provided clean versions of movies, removed its titles last year after Warner, Fox and Disney sued the company. The lawsuit is still ongoing.
Clean Versions of the available movie titles can be rented or bought on iTunes, Vudu or FandangoNOW.
I am a big fan of VidAngel and hope they are successful. I’m glad to see at least one major studio is starting to acknowlege there is demand for clean family entertainment (influenced no doubt by VidAngel and its predecessors). If you would like to see more clean family entertainment options for a wider selection of movies, I would encourage supporting the studios and third parties like VidAngel, so they have an incentive to invest in providing these services. The studios may not get it completely right initially, but as long as they are going in the right direction, support them and give feedback until they do.