Remove ads with our VIP Service
- Pittsburgh, PA: Cinemark North Hills and XD to Open September 19, 2014 [9/17]
- North Haven, CT: Rave Cinemas North Haven 12 to be Replaced by New 14-Screen Cinemark Theater in 2015 [9/12]
- Birmingham, MI: Palladium 12 Closed [9/9]
- Chula Vista, CA: AMC Chula Vista 10 Now Open [9/8]
- "Gone with the Wind" Returning to Theaters Ahead of Home Video Release for 75th Anniversary [9/3]
- Sunrise, FL: Frank Theatres - Sunrise 11 Closed [9/2]
- "The Maze Runner" Gets Wider with Extra Screens in "Escape" Theaters [8/29]
- Waynesville, MO: B & B Waynesville Patriot 12 & GS Opens August 29, 2014, Waynesville Cinema 8 Closed [8/28]
- Indianapolis, IN: Cinemark Washington Market 8 Closed [8/28]
- Streator, IL: Majestic Theatre Closed, Up For Sale [8/26]
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the original R-rated version of The King's Speech, the one that received five Academy Awards (including Best Picture), and was nominated for an additional seven, is being pulled by the studio and replaced with the PG-13 version that has been created, which we have so creatively titled The King's Speech (PG-13 version).
Click the Read link below to view the full article on The Hollywood Reporter's web site.
The PG-13 version has some of the harsher language replaced with less harsh language, presumably with the goal of reaching a wider audience.
The last day that you'll be able to see the unedited version is March 31, 2011, so if you want to see this movie the same way the director intended, the screenwriter intended, the way Colin Firth spoke in it, and the way it received all of its awards and nominations, head over to the Showtimes page and find a theater playing it near you.
The PG-13 version will open in 1,000 screens on April 1, 2011. The article mentions that "The Weinstein Co. believes the PG-13 version will generate box office revenues that otherwise would have been left on the table." I can't imagine that teenagers have been anxiously waiting to see this movie; by themselves, without their parents.
The absurdity of thinking that replacing a few "f" words with "s" words, muting a few more, and giving it a more family-friendly rating will attract more audiences, and the fact that the PG-13 version will be replacing it on April 1st makes one think that this might be a poorly done April Fool's joke. But alas, there's no "gotcha!" at the end of the article.
|The King's Speech will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on April 19, 2011.|
This is a bad idea, and one that we can only hope will not be translated into the edited version being the only one available when the movie is released on Blu-ray and DVD in April (see links to the right).
Given the fact that the changes are only in the audio, hopefully the studio will provide both soundtracks, with the original R-rated, Award-winning, and inoffensive to anyone old enough that would actually be interested in such a movie version as the default.
There's no mention in any of the paperwork that I could find that talks about alternate soundtracks, and the Amazon pages for the home video releases still refer to the movie as being R-rated, so here's hoping that this mistake hasn't been transferred to what will probably be the only way that most people will be able to see this movie for years to come.
Given that the movie was released at the end of December, and given the attention it has received from getting so many awards and nominations, I would have to guess that the audience that was going to see this movie has already seen it. If I'm wrong about the need for a teen-rated version of the movie, we'll see a big spike in ticket sales, but I can't imagine it.
Add Your Comments
Please Note: These comments are submitted by the readers of The BigScreen Cinema Guide and represent their own personal opinions, and do not represent the views of The BigScreen Cinema Guide, or any of its associated entities.
Add Your Comments
|Commenting on Journal Articles is available only to our readers who have customized this site, which makes it easier for you to complete the form and for us to contact you with any questions or concerns about your comments.|
Please login or register a new account before continuing.
Log in to retrieve your saved settings.
Forget Your Passcode?Send My Passcode To Me
Not Registered? Create a New Account!
Our registered members enjoy more features, including:
- Save Your Location -- the site remembers your location, no having to re-enter it each time you visit
- Favorite Theaters List -- keep a handy list of the theaters you attend
- Favorite Movies List - movies you want to see, all in one place
- Write Movie Reviews -- share your opinions of the movies you see
- Block Ads with VIP Service -- view this site ad free (subscription req'd)
Basic accounts are free -- sign up today!
Concerned About Privacy?
Journal/Blog - The Marquee - Movie Links - News and Events - Now Showing - Reader Reviews
Customize - VIP Service
|The BigScreen Cinema Guide is a service of SVJ Designs LLC. All graphics, layout, and structure of this service (unless otherwise specified) are Copyright © 1995-2014, SVJ Designs. The BigScreen Cinema Guide is a trademark of SVJ Designs. All rights reserved.
'ACADEMY AWARDS®' and 'OSCAR®' are the registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.