While “Fifty Shades of Grey” is getting an unrated cut when it hits home video, two other films are undergoing some modifications in attempts to appeal to a wider audience.
First up, the Johnny Depp-led caper comedy flop “Mortdecai”. The film itself will hit DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD services on May 5th in its theatrical R-rated cut. However, Lionsgate is also offering an edited PG-13 version for streaming.
The new rating is for “sexuality including references and innuendo, action/violence and brief strong language” and the press release claims: “And now, even more comedy lovers can experience the hilarity with the uproarious PG-13 cut of the film, Mortdecai PG-13, available exclusively on Digital HD and On Demand.”
Meanwhile Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is trying to garner a larger faith-based audience for the home video release of Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken”. To that effect, the studio is set to release a special “Unbroken: Legacy of Faith Edition”.
That edition includes not just the movie but a 90-minute documentary about Louis Zamperini. The film avoided dealing with elements of the man’s faith, including much of the last third of the book, and so the documentary aims to right that problem by dealing with Zamperini’s attending of a sermon with Billy Graham and what followed after that.
The ‘Legacy of Faith’ edition is being outsourced to Pure Flix and will be released through various Christian stores and online outlets.