Tod Phillips Calls Out Unrated DVD Versions – Unauthorized Crap Versions Studios Put Out To Cash In
Over at SLASHFILM.COM they report that Todd Phillips, Director of HANGOVER and the upcoming HANGOVER II was at SXSW and in a panel interview brought up the subject of ‘Unrated’ editions of films that come out on DVD and Blu Ray. I’ve bought a couple of unrated versions of films I had seen and honestly it didn’t add to the film and in one case I specifically remember thinking it hurt the film by dragging out scenes that should have been shorter.
Make no mistake, and this is a point that Phillips brings up himself, Unrated versions of films ARE NOT Director’s Cuts of a film and it appears they are against the rules of the Director’s Guild of America. They are bullshit versions of the films done by the studios to cash in on films. Everyone knows this but nobody wants to bite the studio hand.
In his interview at the panel interview with Movieline’s Elvis Mitchell , Phillips says straight out
“That’s something I have to take up with the DGA,” Phillips told a near-capacity audience at the Austin Convention Center. “Warner Bros., they’ll make your movie; your movie does well, and they want to create an unrated version, which is entirely against DGA rules because it’s not your cut. And they can’t call it the ‘Director’s Cut’ — they’ll call it ‘Unrated’ or some ridiculous term. Really all it is, is about seven minutes of footage that you cut out of the movie for a reason.”
The Question is: will Phillips pursue this issue with the DGA? Will another director step up and call the studios out on this with the DGA? *cough*Judd Apatow*cough* ? I have to doubt it at this point, since every DVD sold is coin in their pockets and so many directors are just hoping to get their next project green-lit so they’ll let it slide.
If the studios really want to do this, pony up some cash for the director who wants to have a “Director’s Unrated Cut” of a film and have at it. Hopefully someone will ask Kevin Smith what he thinks of this and we can be sure he’ll let loose on it. Having heard him speak about the process of MPAA review of “Zack And Miri Make A Porno” right around the release of the film I have the feeling that he got into the theatres what he wanted to get into the theatres but I wasn’t blown away by the film so I never read more about it. As of right now, there’s no ‘unrated’ version of that film on Amazon.
DGA President Michael Apted, What do you think of this?