EWS Censorship and a (minor) response from Warner Home Video

 

In Roger Ebert's Feb 13, 2000 edition of his web column (http://www.suntimes.com/output/answ-man/ebert13.html), Ebery discusses the censored US version of Eyes wide Shut which will appear in North America on DVD (and only North America).

The column states:

I contacted Pamela Godfrey, vice president of worldwide publicity for Warner Bros. Home Video, who said, "There was a misconception that there were two versions of `Eyes Wide Shut.' The film distributed internationally is exactly the same in length and content as the U.S. version. The only difference is that the `digital amendment' that was required for the U.S. version was removed for the international distribution. The DVD that is being released will follow the pattern of the theatrical releases: the DVD released in the United States will have the `digital amendment'; the DVD released outside the United States will not.

 

Is this lunacy or what? Godfrey says:

There was a misconception that there were two versions of `Eyes Wide Shut.' The film distributed internationally is exactly the same in length and content as the U.S. version.

Misconception? yes, there ARE two versions. One with the digital masking and without. Hello?

This type of craziness must stop. American audiences are just as entitled to Kubrick's final vision as the rest of the world! Godfrey's remarks are both insulting to one's intelligence and as Ebert put it, quite Orwellian.