Sony Announces ‘Clean Version’ Initiative

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced the immediately controversial ‘Clean Version’ plan, a new VOD initiative which: “allows viewers to screen the broadcast or airline versions of select Sony films, free from certain mature content.”

Sony will reportedly make these edited ‘adapted for a wider audience’ versions available at no additional charge as an ‘extra’ included with the original theatrical version of movies in the program.

Titles in the initiative will be available for purchase on iTunes, VUDU, and FandangoNOW. Launch titles include:

“50 First Dates,” “Battle Of The Year,” “Big Daddy,” “Captain Phillips,” “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon,” “Easy A,” “Elysium,” “Ghostbusters,” “Ghostbusters II,” “Goosebumps,” “Grown Ups,” “Grown Ups 2,” “Hancock,” “Inferno,” “Moneyball,” “Pixels,” “Spider-Man,” “Spider-Man 2,” “Spider-Man 3,” “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “Step Brothers,” “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” “White House Down”.

Over the years several third-party services have sought to scrub Hollywood films of content that some find objectionable, including violence, sexuality, and profanity. This has raised obvious issues of copyright infringement and unsanctioned violation of an artist’s work.

Major studios have long opposed the move, but Sony is the first to embrace it. More information is up at: