Sony will release 'clean' versions of its movies for family-friendly audiences

Posted June 9

Sony announced a new initiative this week that will include “clean” versions of films in its home video releases, according to The AV Club.

The clean versions of the films will be not unlike films you’d watch on TV broadcasts and airplanes, according to The AV Club.

The project will launch with 24 films from Sony’s vault, and will include free extras for digital downloads bought on iTunes, VUDU and Fandango Now.

Sony plans to release clean versions of such hit films like “Moneyball,” the Ghostbusters series and “Big Daddy.”

You can see a full list of the films at The AV Club.

According to The AV Club, “… the effort might also be an attempt to cut into the business of third-party editing services, which manually edit movies for audiences uninterested in modern sex and swears.”

Those third-party softwares include companies such as VidAngel and ClearPlay, which have made headlines in recent months for filtering films for language, sex and nudity and alcohol use.

In fact, four Hollywood studios recently filed a lawsuit against VidAngel, saying the company violated copyright law because it doesn’t have streaming rights of the films it edits and filters, according to the Deseret News.

Meanwhile, ClearPlay, which used to sell machines that would mute, pause or skip inappropriate scenes, recently announced that it released a new tool for Amazon customers to stream a select amount of movies edited and filtered for content.

Amazon customers can download the Google Chrome app right now for free. The app will be free for the first 30 days, after which Amazon will charge $1 for every movie, according to the Deseret News.

When customers select a movie, they can choose to filter out for sex and nudity, violence, language and substance abuse.


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