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Miramax: Defining Corporate Rape via your DVD’s

— Posted by John Campea

Stupid, stupid, evil, cranky Hell-bent Miramax. You slippery, money-grubbing bastards. Again, sorry about the delays, it’s pretty busy this week – this story came up a few days ago, but I still can’t believe it.

Off the top of my head, I can’t think of a single respectable thing that Miramax has done in recent memory. The inner-7-year-old of whoever’s running the joint would be be SO pissed off at himself for doing this. Let’s look at the Lord of the Rings home releases for a second: I can understand, partially, that a company release a “basic” DVD version of the film and, much later, release a jam-packed extended version of the film for the hard core fans. It almost seems fair, in a way.

Not with Miramax – that kind of ploy is far too simple. That’s because in order to squeeze the little guy, the guy that has far less money than the smugly shirt-n-tied bastard at the top, out of as much money as he can, Miramax is bringing you Kill Bill in SIX different versions!!!

SIX!!!!!!!

STupid MOTHdfngdllsdmfsergj ds DAH!!!!! SIX!!! So get in line for your Kill Bill Vol.1, Your Kill Bill Vol.2, your Kill Bill Vol. 1 Spec. Ed, your Kill Bill Vol 2. Spec. Ed, the Kill Bill 2-pack AND the Kill Bill box set at Christmas. Please, please, PLEASE: IF you must by Kill Bill and you havenèt already, please dontè buy ANYTHING until the big version is released. Seriously.

Garbage like this is why you need to have a Multi-regional DVD player, right Bubba? – G’head, tell us about your amazing version that will never be released in North America. G’head….

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  • http://yngve.bravehost.com A.R. Yngve

    You gotta hand it to the movie industry, they’ve really turned this “Director’s Cut” stuff into a goldmine.

    This year, look forward to: VAN HELSING: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT on DVD… mark my words! You have been warned!

    -A.R. Yngve
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  • Dave Terry

    You can get the whole trilogy in a nice little box set now KungFu. I can understand re-releasing films that where originally released when the DVD format was quiet new like Scarface, True Romance, Lock Stock etc, infact, its a good thing, but the way some….. (Ill stop now because I could carry on all day!!). Speaking of re-releases, any news on a new version of Goodfellas?

  • KungFuGuy

    I paid the price when Anchor Bay took over the distribution rights for Army of Darkness. Directors Cut then a Special Edition then another version, all withing 6 months it seemed. Did I learn my lesson. Nope. Last year they released both again on a 2 DVD Boomstick Edition. In my defense though all other versions that I had were on VHS and I am in the process of replacing those. But still – BAH!!!

  • Dave Terry

    I believe that all first versions of films should be as complete as technology and the material at hand allows them to be. Some sort of rule should be in place that doesn’t allow the re-release of a film within say 3-years of its original release. Also, I know we are all soooooo keen to own our favourite films on DVD, but if the release time from cinematic to home viewing was regulated and say increased. Then this companies will be forced to put together a great DVD package for its initial release, without cobbling together any old shit just to please us! I very rarely buy new releases these days, I wait for 6-months, because I have learnt in the past that a) A better version gets released or b) it ends up in a 2 for ¬£20.00 deal! Im fed up with trying to second guess these guys. Why should I have to not buy something because it MIGHT get a better release, then again it might not! Its a disgraceful way to treat customers. I call it the “Microsoft” form of customer relations!

  • http://www.retardedjimmy.com rj

    Yeah, I’m waiting for the Matrix films, the LOTR films, and the Kill Bills to come out in their final, mucho dinero boxed set versions. It’ll cost me plenty when they finally do come out, but not as much as buying all movies seperately, and then buying a spec ed boxed set later. Kill Bill gets me particularly angry, simply because the movie was meant to be all in one set, but a little patience goes a long way, I think.

  • Bubba

    Well, since you asked …

    Most complete standalone version of the film available, full color, 3+ minutes longer (including some extended gore in the anime sequence, more in the House of Blue Leaves, and the removal of O-Ren’s assistant’s second arm)and packaged in a wicked hard cardboard box (full color packaging, of course, with kick ass artwork) that has a side opening door to access the contents and is in turn packaged in a plastic slipcase. Also in the box are a t shirt, miniature Hattori Hanzo sword and little figure, all of which will remain in their packaging for the time being. I figure I hold on to this and pick up the limited edition run of Vol 2 until I see what exactly is in the re-edited version … if it includes all the footage I’ve got in my stand alones I pick up the big set and flip the limited ed’s for a healthy profit … the one I’ve got is already selling online for more than three times the new price …

  • KungFuGuy

    Uh, I don’t know where Bubba is right now but I was over at his house today picking up my second series of Black Books and that amazing version you speak of came in the mail today and… um… well it’s just FREAKING WICKED!!!
    Right, so I’m not into B&E but if I was I would hit up Bubba’s place, steal that box set, and thus destroy over ten years of friendship.
    The sword is smaller than anticipated though. But then again it’s not the size that counts. It’s that you never take it out of it’s plastic bubble wrap!
    And Bubba will confirm that the version of the movie is the Japanese version. A full three minutes longer and in full colour. Ah. The House of Blue Leaves in full bloody glory.
    Amen!!!

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