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Blockbuster Video

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by d8g3jdh, Mar 12, 2006.


  1. d8g3jdh

    d8g3jdh Guest

    Aug 9, 2005
    Ok, I just recently heard a disturbing rumor about the CEO of BlockBuster editing movies because he's a religious zealot and doesn't think people should see certain sections. When I heard this I first thought "Whoa, Boycott Blockbuster!"

    But then I paused, and thought to myself "wait, someone would have noticed this by now. Plus, this has got to be breaking all sorts of laws with the people associated with making the movie." I googled it, and only one site came up, which provided nothing but arguments. So I'm curious as to whether or not anyone on here has heard anything. does Blockbuster really edit their movies? Or is my source faulty? My guess is the ladder, but I would like to hear other's thoughts.
     
  2. I don't think that Blockbuster edits the movies. That would be a violation of copyright law. But they DO buy pre-edited movies from the companies. Which is why the more, um, extreme movies like Spun or Crash are only rented in an edited form.

    Guess they don't want you to see John Leguizamo's third leg.:D:eek:

    Rock on
    Eric
     
  3. Basschair

    Basschair .............. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    Stockton, Ca
    As far as I know, it's totally untrue. I used to work at a Blockbuster until about 8 years ago, and that rumor was around even then. I believe the guy it's about is Sumner Redstone. I dont know about his beliefs/politics, but I have a feeling he's more concerned about money than he is about people seeing boobies and weenies.


     
  4. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    IF it is true, he doesn't do a very good job. There's some raunchy movies to rent at BB.

    -Mike
     
  5. Aaron

    Aaron

    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    Blockbuster?! Blah! Who wants to go there any way. For my movie needs I have the WWU library for African Cinema and a video store named after a Jean-Luc Godard quote: Film is Truth 24 Frames a Second -or Film is Truth for short. Fairly pretentious, y'think? It is a store that focuses on indie, art, and foreign films. If you want the newest blockbuster action movie, they won't have it. :) But if you are looking for something from the Criterion Collection, you're in luck.
     
  6. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    Don't forget to mention that you need be wearing a pair of Birkenstocks and have a pouch of granola just to get in the front door. :D

    -Mike
     
  7. Aaron

    Aaron

    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    It's not really the hippie crowd that goes there. Film is Truth definitely aims at cinemaphiles and film snobs. It would be fitting if they had a sign that stated, "You must have seen at least [3] Fellini movies to enter the store". Something similar to those signs you see at carnival rides. Either that or "You must be this ______ pretentious to enter the store".
     
  8. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    Does anyone named Vincent work there?

    *Seinfeld reference*

    -Mike
     
  9. Fellini?! Bah, he was a hack. George Romero, now THERE'S cinematic genius!!:D

    Rock on
    Eric
     
  10. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    Wrong on both! Rob Zombie is where it's at.

    -Mike
     
  11. Nope, it was the guy who directed "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!!"

    Rock on
    Eric
     

  12. "He means 'nip.' "

    :)
     
  13. You'd be surprised at how many Serious Film Snobs absolutely love the work of George Romero. I go to church with a bunch of aspiring filmmakers and they were practically squealing with delight at the prospect of Land of the Dead.

    In any case, why give a rat's ass about Blockbuster? Their business model isn't quite dead, but it's close to it.
     
  14. Related note:

    In the Chicago area, there's a chain called Family Video. It certainly serves all members of the family: their stores are known for having enormous porno sections, relative to the size of the rest of the store. Perhaps the giant phallic glass brick obelisk in front of the store is the tip-off. (I would love to see one of those covered with a giant fake condom like gets done at the Louvre's obelisk for World AIDS Day every year.)
     
  15. Could someone please pass the ketchup?

    Rock on
    Eric
     
  16. Now I'm going to have to rent that one; you just lost me.:rolleyes: Thought I was cool...
    Oh, well. Hey, look- 2,400 posts! Good night, all.:)
     
  17. DigMe

    DigMe

    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    Sounds like internet urban legend hysteria.

    Even if they did do that who cares?! Would it really be a pressing national issue worthy of our attention? They can run their corp. however they want and you and I can choose to rent or not rent there. I never cared for them that much simply because they're so expensive.

    bc
     
  18. bigfatbass

    bigfatbass Banned

    Jun 30, 2003
    Upstate NY
    Endorsing Artist: Karl Hoyt Basses
    While most of the blockbuster censorship rumors were unfounded, there are several cases of what they considered questionable religious content removed from versions of movies they stock. Like the "Wade in the water" escape scene in Blazing Saddles. Most rented versions no longer contain The Sherriff and The Kid disapearing into the baptismal cult to elude the mob of thugs from the posse sign up line.

    What Blockbuster DOES do (I'm not making this political just stating the facts) is donate in a BIG way publicly and privately to charities with decidedly far right wing agendas.




    Mostly I don't go there because the local place is cheaper and has a better selection.
     
  19. Blockbuster won't carry NR or uncut versions of films. They only carry the R rated theatrical versions. I've been doing the Netfilx for a few years now that's the way to go. F bb and their late fees.
     
  20. SuperDuck

    SuperDuck

    Sep 26, 2000
    Wisconsin
    lol I am familiar with the services offered at Family Video.

    In any case, forget Blockbuster. Netflix is where it's at.