View Full Version : Excellent interview with My Bloody Valetine director!!
02-10-2005, 12:22 AM
Great interview,very informative and details all of the massive cuts the films recieved. This was one brutal gruesome film before the MPAA got ahold of it!
02-13-2005, 05:42 AM
I wonder how much Paramount would ask if someone wanted to buy the rights too this film?
It would be great if someone were able to take the film out of their hands,and do it justice restoring it fully.
In the mean time,my friend is pissed off(bad luck with girls lately) and wants to watch the film on Valentines day. So we are either going to rent it,or I will buy the dvd if I can find it.
02-13-2005, 02:55 PM
As usual, this movie is interesting to read about. I too would like to see the fully uncut version, and it sounds like it could have been great.
How come, they just dont make it so? Are the censored footage still available?
02-13-2005, 09:56 PM
The producer found all the uncut footage a couple years ago. Unfortunately Paramount will absolutely not release a dvd unrated(of an X/NC-17 level film). Also since the film was not the greatest hit box office wise at the time,they don't want to waste money restoring it if it will only attract a small cult audience.
We can only hope,someone is either able to take Paramounts asking price for the rights(which I hear is absurdly high),or with the new management shakeup at Paramount(since Viacom is pissed how cheap they handle dvd releases etc and thus are not making them much money) that they come around with better dvd releases...and take the plunge into unrated territory.
Though here is the thing I don't understand about Paramount and some studio execs reason of thinking.
A small cult film has a cult audience. They are the main ones most likely to purchase the dvd. So why piss them off by ignoring their pleas for what would make a good dvd release? In MBV's case,they asked for nothing else but the uncut version(even if the release was still bare bones with not one extra).
Then ignoring the director and producer who have tried pushing for a restored release is another bad business decision.
Do they expect fans to pay premium(at the time) prices for a heavily censored film with not one extra feature?
People who are unaware of the film are most likely,less likely to pick it up as well. Meanwhile those who do pick it up blindly may be turned off by the jaring edits throughout the film. If they are not aware it is censored,they may see it as 'bad direction' and say "That was a stupid movie,what a misleading title!". This will not get the film any more recognition than it already has.
Meanwhile an uncut release,would attract the fans + otherwise unlikely consumers who may be more curious about the film,once they are made aware of it.
Advertising it as "First time uncut,uncensored,25 years later! Limited time only"type of hype making people buy it immediately would have been a great way of promoting it.
But instead they completely went the other way,and the dvd did not sell 'that' well,and they wonder why? Oh yeah,they always had the choice of releasing the R & Unrated version on the same disc(thus technically not breaking their 'rule'). But they didn't even bother with that(too 'costly' supposedly).
Now I can understand if the uncut footage was not available at all. Then yes,I would just deal with the mutilated release. But since the footage was found long before the dvd was released(& Paramount just ignored this great discovery). It really pushed alot of people away from purchasing the release.
But now that it can be found more cheaply(if in stock anywhere),I may pick it up finally. It is a good film,bound for greatness if restored. I can see a **** film in between all the cuts. Yet since the cuts take away from the film abit,it is severely hampered at the moment,but it's not because of 'bad direction'.
Of course if I ever find myself somehow with alot of money. I'd buy the rights immedaitely..and restore it,then laugh at Paramount when the dvd sells fairly well for such a forgoten(by the mainstream) film.
02-22-2005, 01:15 PM
Excellent interview..... Thanks for posting it! MBV is one of my favorite films from the slasher era and hopefully one day we'll actually see the film the director wanted us to see ;)
02-22-2005, 04:47 PM
Your welcome,and I hope the uncut unrated Team America release hints at future unrated titles too come from Paramount.
Afterall,they have a pretty small horror catalog and will have to rerelease the films sometime..and this time they better listen to the fans/filmmakers and do them right;)
02-22-2005, 06:07 PM
Thanks for posting the interview Chris....very interesting read. Count me in as someone who would love to see an uncut version of the film.
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