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!")
I agree that if you don't like the movie then you shouldn't watch it, and you shouldn't justify the action and say "Well let's change it so that we will like it." But the point is that's my personal opinion. And there are thousands of people who do say, "I want ever Mel Gibson movie because I love his work, but I don't want to watch the gore, blood, sex, etc" so to them it's ok to get the original and cut out those parts. Again the issue is giving people what they want so that they can watch it in their own homes the way they want it. That is their prerogative. And cleanflicks and any other business editing movies is just providing the service.
I will say that editing movies came about not from someone wanting to make a huge payload. It came about because someone edited his own movies for his family, and then people found out that he had the technology so they brought him Titanic to edit for their home use. He charged the person for using his equipment and providing a service. That's corporate America, we use what we have to provide a service for others and we hopefully get paid for it.
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