Originally Sony was going to do for home entertainment what the industry studios have been doing for years: offering “clean”, i.e., censured, versions of their films for airlines to play during transit. Just imagine clean cuts of Talladega Nights and Step Brothers, but without the crudity or vulgarity. Seems like a win-win situation for everyone. Sony gets to distribute their films to a wider audience, directors get their films distributed to a wider audience, and families can play certain films in certain company without worrying about parental guards.
Then the backlash began. Numerous directors, such as Adam Mckay and that punk bitch Judd Apatow quickly and often with vulgarity demanded that Sony leave their films intact. Even Seth Rogen got involved, taking Apatow’s side in the melee.
Now with plenty of vocal resistance to this Clean Version initiative, Sony is backtracking somewhat. According to The Wrap, the wishes of any director who denies the studio’s request to sanitize their film will be respected and an altered version will not be released. In a statement regarding this issue, Sony Home Entertainment president Man Jit Singh said:
“Our directors are of paramount importance to us, and we want to respect those relationships to the utmost. We believed we had obtained approvals from the filmmakers involved for use of their previously supervised television versions as a value added extra on sales of the full version. But if any of them are unhappy or have reconsidered, we will discontinue it for their films.”