Sony Starts Clean Version Initiative
In order to keep the authros busy, Sony is about to release so-called Clean Versions. People who buy the uncut and uncensored versions will also have the option to download a censored version for planes for US TV via iTunes etc.
Apparently, there is a huge market for movies that have been freed from violence, sleaziness or profanities because several providers (such as ClearPlay and VidAngel) have been offering censored versions for years now and Sony wants a piece of it as well.
As long as the uncensored version is still available, it is no big deal at all. It is rather curious though. Plus one should always keep in mind that most filmmakers do things a certain way and if someone only gets to watch a censored version, it might give the viewer the wrong impression. This also reflects on the filmmakers even though it is not their fault whatsoever. For instance, Seth Rogan said on Twitter he was hoping his movies (especially rather harsh R-rated comedies such as The Interview or Sausage Party) will remain untouched.
Here is a list of the first 24 Clean Versions by Sony. There is a little bit of everything: Thriller, action, fantasy, comedy and romance. With Goosebumps, there is even a movie among them that was rated PG in the US and further alterations were required for Sony's Clean Version. The original Ghostbusters (1984) is also rated PG but those were the good old days. Today, it would probably get a PG-13.
The first 24 Clean Versions by Sone:
Release: Jun 17, 2017 - Author: sausagemoo81 - Translator: Tony Montana
Mar 11, 2019 Sucker Punch: Unseen Cut Teased by Zack Snyder
Mar 11, 2019 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - Extended Cut
Mar 11, 2019 A Star is Born Gets an Extended Cut
Mar 11, 2019 Aquaman - UK home cinema releases also censored
Sep 15, 2018 Creepshow - New Restoration by Scream Factory
Sep 15, 2018 Escape From New York - 4K Blu-ray for the UK
Sep 15, 2018 John Carpenter's They Live! - 4K BD in the UK
Sep 15, 2018 Perversion Story - Blu-ray Premier in the US
Sep 15, 2018 Scream For Help - Uncut Blu-ray Premiers in the US
Sep 15, 2018 The Hustle - Remake Swaps R-Rating With PG-13