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Sony “Clean Versions” Initiative Provides Family-Friendlier Movies

Sony Clean VersionsSony Pictures announced a “Clean Version Initiative” that will allow customers to purchase the edited-for-television versions of their movies.

24 films are included in the initial release and are currently available on iTunes, Vudu, and Fandango Now:

  • 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

This is all pre-existing content that has been edited for general audiences. It’s possible Sony is doing this because more and more people are only getting their entertainment online and not via broadcast television.

Clear Play and VidAngel have been providing similar “family-friendlier” content for a few years now. Clear Play seems to have avoided litigation but VidAngel is currently involved in a lawsuit with major studios and has had to stop their streaming service.

Find out more about Sony’s “Clean Version Initiative” by visiting their website.

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Ant-Man: A Homeschool Dad Movie Review

Photo credit: Marvel Studios

Photo credit: Marvel Studios

Believe it or not, the 12th installment in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, Ant-Man, is still playing in theaters so it’s still possible to see it this week. Under the mediocre veneer of this movie hides a great story and though it’s flawed in its presentation, the story of Scott Lang’s redemption makes for a great story.  Continue Reading →

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Avengers: Age of Ultron – A Homeschool Dad Movie Review

Something a little different today on the site.

While I thought Age of Ultron was mediocre there are some interesting themes in this film that can be discussed:

  • Capt. America’s values vs modern America values.
  • Ultron’s many references to God and creation.
  • Putting family first.
  • Preemptive action against an enemy.

Did you see Avengers: Age of Ultron? What did you think about the film?

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The Hunger Games – A Homeschool Dad Movie Review

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The Hunger Games (2012) takes place in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian future country called Panem (formerly the United States). Divided into 12 districts, Panem is ruled from The Capitol which controls the residents of each district by controlling the food. Each year a male and female child between the ages of 12 and 18 are chosen from each district to compete in The Hunger Games as a tribute.

I’m going to keep this short and sweet. I’m not one to provide lengthy reviews about movies and since my podcast is primarily about homeschooling and technology I don’t want to spend too much time “off-topic”.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Hunger Games. The spirit of the book and the character-driven story were preserved in the film adaptation. Special effects take a supporting role in this film and they’re used to enhance the drama on the screen. If you think this is a sci-fi, action film then you’re mistaken. Continue Reading →

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