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February 2010

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More movie studio Idiocy.

I hate it when people get all "overly politically correct", I really hate it.

Case in point, I just read that when the classic alien movie, E.T. is released on DVD, it's had a few changes. As expected, there's some updated special effects and some "never before seen footage". Nothing wrong with that. What really annoys me though, is the other changes they've made.

First of all, they removed the infamous "penis breath" insult that Elliot makes to his brother.

Even worse, they went through and edited all the government agents (who chase Elliot and E.T.) so they are no longer carrying shotguns, they're now carrying. . . walkie-talkies.

What is up with this? Why are people so freakin' stupid about things like this? I mean, first you have every movie that's in production and features the sight of the World Trade Center being edited so it's either not there, or not recognizable (Hello? Are you trying to erase our memory of the building? Is that going to make everything "better", if we can pretend it never happened? Or do you think our seeing it in a movie will be too much for us to handle? You do realize that we've been bombarded with so much excessive imagery of it (nearly /always/ as it's being destroyed) in the past few months that seeing in a movie really isn't going to mean a damn thing don't you?).

Movies are a kind of history. No, they're generally not an accurate portrayal of history themselves (with a few exceptions), but what they are is an example of the history of our society at the time they were made. They display a slice of our technology, interests, dreams, and thoughts at the time of production. Don't go screwing with our history.


Ignorance is strength.

1984. . .

Sadly, that is /exactly/ what was going through my head as I read the article. ;-/
Someone else already said 1984, so I won't.

But I'm with ya, man.

Well said, as always, Topher.



Thanks. ;-)

Now if only there was some good way that people could tell the movie industry how we feel about this.

It may seem a trivial change that no one will notice to them, but it's a lot different from our perspective.
What the...?? That is so incredibly stupid!! Taking out the "penis breath" comment dashes the one snatch of quasi-edgy humor in that movie to the stones. Envision me stamping my feet and being very, very annoyed right along with you. Preposterous.

Yeah. . .

That's one of the things that annoys me so much.

To the movie company, these may seem like very minor changes that no one will even notice. Things no one will care about.

But we do notice. And we do care. This movie is a great childhood memory for me, and I don't want someone out there mucking around and screwing up my memories. I enjoyed the movie for what it was, and the next time I see it, I expect it to be just like I remember it.

I have a copy of E.T. on VHS. . . looks like I won't be buying the DVD.