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This is why there could be a market for such things, from another e-mailer:

The e-mailer who questioned the worth of a G-rated version of Scarface has

missed the point. I’m pretty sure nobody is yearning for a G-rated version

of Scarface, the Untouchables, Wild Thing, Freddy vs. Jason, etc.

What would be nice is a G-rated version of all the films that COULD be

G-rated if you chopped 10 seconds out of them. The G-rated version of

Scarface would be a minute long. But there are a large number of films that

would be very good for family viewing with only one or two edits. I often

hear people complain about Hollywood’s gratuitous use of profanity, etc. –

about films that are absolutely fine for family viewing EXCEPT for the fact

that someone decided to add a gratuitous profanity. Why, for example, does

there need to be one profanity in the middle of “The Princess Bride”?

Removing such wouldn’t detract from the film; quite the opposite.

Nobody was suggesting that Hollywood should make every movie

family-friendly, nor that parents should ignore the ratings, nor that

parents should be able to expect that every movie would be suitable for

children. But when the family “unfriendly” part constitutes only a few

seconds of the movie and is irrelevant to the story, and when the technology

exists to easily give viewers the option of not having to endure it, why

not? That would be a lot more useful and popular that 95% of the “extras”

that come on DVD’s now.

This isn’t “asking Hollywood to raise our kids”. It’s simply a regret that

there are a large number of movies that could be enjoyed together as a

family if there a way to cut out a few seconds of pointless garbage.

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