More news on “family friendly” DVDs

Here’s another story on companies that “clean up” DVDs, courtesy of the Washington Post.

The part that boggles my mind the most is in the opening paragraph: apparently Alexander Payne’s Sideways is one of the films that has been “sanitized” for family-friendly viewing. This, remember, is a film about two guys on a wine-tasting road trip, one of whom is getting married in a few days and therefore wants to cheat on his wife-to-be with a few different women before he ties the knot. And it’s an “independent” film that didn’t get the sort of grassroots attention that a lot of blockbusters have had.

It really surprises me that anyone who would have any awareness of, or interest in, this film would also be the sort of person who wants to see a “clean” version of it. But I guess stranger things have happened. Hmmm, I wonder if the “sanitizers” deleted the scenes of drunkenness, in addition to the nudity and profanity…

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).