There is a point here that everyone seems to be missing. Companies that edit films are not editing them and then trying to fool people into buying those instead of the real version. In fact the truth behind the edit is to provide a service so that people who have the original can watch it in their home the way they feel comfortable watching it. It's really kind of funny because people come away from watching the movie saying "Wow that was an awsome movie,Mel Gibson (or who-ever produced it) did a great job." I've never heard anyone say Oh way to go editors or anything like that.
It's simply a way to allow people to enjoy the genius of Hollywood without the "Oh it was a great movie BUT ..."
But you're not enjoying "the genius Hollywood" when you see an edited movie. You're seeing someone else's work. Thus when you see Mel Gibson's name scrolling across the screen in this version, you're being lied to. It's not Gibson's movie; it's the work of some hack in Orem, Utah. You're being robbed as a consumer and Gibson is being robbed as an artist.
If you do not like the material in Gibson's movies, then you shouldn't watch them. Your desire to be "comfortable" while watching a movie doesn't give someone else the right to steal from Gibson or any other artist. Encouraging theft isn't the sort of thing a Christian should do.
posted on 11/22/2005 5:00:32 PM PST
(We'll raise up our glasses against evil forces singin' "whiskey for my men and beer for my horses!")
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