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Unrated dvds: Anything goes?

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by Gorshin2.0, Oct 18, 2005.

  1. Gorshin2.0

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    Is just me or if a R1 dvd is 'unrated' then is it 'uncensored'? As in hardcore porn and real violence is ok? Just seems a strange term.
     
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    Usually applies to music DVDs when it is unrated. Check to see if it has an R or PG-?? on the back.
     
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    I think it's more in-line with the "Uncut/Uncensored" versions of movies - such as say, Land Of The Dead and so forth.

    I think it's safe to say it contains either voluntary or involuntary cuts.
     
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    In R1 land, film categorsation (by the MPAA) is optional. However, if a film is released to theaters without an MPAA rating, audiences will typically stay away. So, the studios have the MPAA rate them. And, in so doing, will sometimes apply cuts so as to show a lower age rating. And hence attract a wider, family, audience.

    An "unrated" film is therefore simply one that has not got an MPAA rating. This includes different versions of films that were rated. An unrated version can simply be an extended cut (with additional scenes of a wholly uncontroversial nature); or it can be more risque.

    Or it may be a film that was never rated at all.
     
  5. Gorshin2.0

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    That's a scary prospect. Surely the USA has some censorship of 'unrated' films?
     
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    Pretty much what LV says but a bit more info.



    also some more generall info here.


    http://www.myvideostore.com/content/parentsguide/ratings.html?client=myvideostore

    and here

    http://theubergeeks.net/2004/09/22/the-unrated-gimic/

    Now wether or not reall extrem stuff would be allowed on video and dvd in the US is another matter. I am sure there are laws in place tat would prevent the sale of anything deemed obsene or graphic even if it was unrated.

    Dave.
     
  7. Mr.D

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    You'd be prosecuted by the criminal justice system for the usual things. Being unrated isn't tacit approval for anything goes.

    I think in certain states you can be prosecuted for certain seemingly "innocuous" hard core porno acts.
     
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    Hi,

    following on from this, and what Mr D says, there are plenty of "extreme" titles available on Region 1 DVD, that woul;d almost definitely be illegal in certain US States, and yet, probably because of the First Amendment - the right to freedom of speech - means that they aren't prosecuted.

    Titles include: Jess Franco's "Sadomania" (which includes a short scene of bestiality!); The Guinea Pig Boxed Set (which are essentially nothing more than hour-long movies depicting relentless and really distasteful violence towards young women - and I emphasise the word "relentless" and "distasteful" here!); The Mondo Cane Collection (which are documentaries showing tribal rituals and some third-world attrocities, including executions, sexual rituals, sadistic punishments like hand amputations and stonings); and, of course, the infamous full-length, 154-minute cut of "Caligula", which contains scenes of bestiality, real sex, scenes of children in the same room as people having real sex, bodily fluids being used on people, and lots of other yucky stuff! Oh, and dare I mention the anime series "Urotsukidoji", which contains material that is pretty-much child-porn, despite it being an animation?!

    Ultimately, the term "unrated" simply means that the MPAA - Motion Picture Association of America - has not certificated the material. It means nothing more, and nothing less. Yes, it is true, that many companies release "unrated" titles, and they use it to mean that they've included more controversial or extreme material that would probably have been cut for the PG-13 or R ratings for cinemas, but this is not always the case.

    If anyone is concerned about whether an "unrated" film is cut or not, I'd recommend asking here on the AVForums, or visiting the IMDB website, locate your chosen film, and then select the "Alternative Versions" page, in the left-hand-side menu, to see what material has or has not been included.


    Pooch
    (A fountain of knowledge on all things censorship!)
     

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