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"CLEANFLIX raises provocative questions about artistic vision, consumer rights, film ownership, and self-censorship as it follows the sanitized movie industry from inception to collapse--an industry born from the collision of Kate Winslet's bare breasts in Titanic and the Mormon film goers who didn't want to see them.

Ray Lines, Allan Erb
1 hour, 33 minutes

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Genres Documentary
Director Andrew James, Joshua Ligairi
Starring Ray Lines, Allan Erb
Supporting actors Scott Nybo, Danny Thompson, Robert Perry, David Knowlton, Ezra Taft Benson, Phil Gordon, Neil LaBute, Richard Dutcher, Irwin Winkler, Curtis Hanson, Michael Mann, Marshall Herskovitz, Steven Soderbergh, Taylor Hackford, Michael Apted, Gilbert Cates, Doug Fulling, Curtis Fullmer
Studio Gravitas Ventures, LLC
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By B. Jensen on April 2, 2012
Format: Amazon Instant Video
It was fascinating to get a behind the scenes look at the industry that stirred up so many headlines. As someone who used Cleanflicks (until I realized a lot of the movies simply don't hold up under the editing process) it was really interesting seeing how everything played out. I still think if someone owns a film, it's their right to do whatever they want to it (just like owning any other piece of art). But modifying it for general distribution does seem a little sketchy and I can see how the Director's Guild would want to step in and defend their art. Loved the styling of the documentary as well as the interviews.

CAUTION: The film compares edited to un-edited scenes so you can get an idea of what the editors were removing from the film. As a result there is some graphic violence and nudity so if you are an old Cleanflicks customer you may find it a little offensive. If you are comfortable with that, it's a fascinating and well-made documentary!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bad Idea on March 11, 2014
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However, after watching it, all I could think about was getting my hands on an actual Cleanflix Disc of an R Rated movie I know inside and out (like Die Hard or 48 Hrs). I also wondered silly things like, "Do they have one for Basic Instinct? Probably not, but that would be hilarious!" A short time after that, I thought about something a little more strange and slightly disturbing.

Music is often sold at certain retailers in a studio approved censored version (to accompany the Parental Advisory/Explicit Lyrics version). Movies aren't. But, movies and music are usually both made and/or released by different divisions or subsidiaries of the same parent companies. It's true that there are R Rated Versions and Unrated Versions of the same movies, but that's a little different when you're a Cleanflix Only Customer. Neither version would be acceptable, because a G or PG version is required.

Given that Hollywood already creates a heavily censored version of most big blockbuster movies for television, why would they not want to profit even further? Most of the major film studios already print a portion of their unreleased film catalog for single orders. If there's a movie that's not on DVD, one can purchase it directly from them over the internet. It is sent in the mail in a generic DVD case. This could easily be done with the TV Versions as well, and at $24.99 a pop (which is what the special order DVD costs), they could make off like bandits. Just like they do when they talk about their artistic integrity, then profit from censored music or allow a TV deal to be made on a censored cut of the film. If they truly had integrity there would be no TV cut for their R Rated films - they'd just take the cut in profits.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Son of Flintstone on December 14, 2014
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The best documentary I've seen about Utah's eccentricities, though it concentrates on defining one man as a stand-in for the culture. This is the Napster copyright debacle replayed as video piracy.

The film splits into three segments or themes: a) taking a business flyer on riding the fair-use exemption to make and sell as many as "tens of thousands (THE MATRIX)" (DVD-R) copies of a recording, b) court ruling that such copying for resale/rental is copyright infringement and thus piracy, theft, with a brief slowdown renting/selling pirated recordings, followed by both a resurgence of the practice and an impending realization by the storefronts that the business is illegal but the money too good and still desired by its patrons, and c) Danny Thompson's fall as the judas goat for the enterprise.

The film is extremely funny, but told with dry humor. Ray Lines founds Cleanflicks, but sells off the "brick and mortar" stores, several of which go to Danny Thompson, who, the film states, "corners the market" in Utah County. However (shades of MLM? Suddenly your immediate neighbors are competing with your own product lines, too?), Danny finds himself competing with sprouting stores using his same supplier.

The businesses profiled here remind of those California out-of-the-way used record shops that had racks and racks of private press vinyl live concert albums with blank white covers and crudely photocopied song listings in loose plastic baggies: bootlegs, but in this documentary with a LEAVE IT TO BEAVER/MY THREE SONS twist....

Shots abound of hundreds, sometimes thousands, of what appear to be copied blank DVD-Rs (40-cents each at retail; $20 for a stack 50. Danny holds up a copied disc, showing the playing side purple colored, plainly a DVD-R.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Learner on January 2, 2013
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A fascinating case study that raises a lot of interesting questions on all sides. Also relevant for me personally since I was an online CleanFlix customer before they were forced to close.

I found the documentary pretty even-handed. Except, there was a bizarre voice-over near the end about repressed desires always coming out - it's not attributed, so I guess its by the filmmakers themselves. (I personally have never bought into the "pressure valve" theory of psychology anyway - why should our brains be like a stream engine or something? Freud was wrong about that, I think.)

The film could also leave the false impression that everyone in Utah Valley is the same, that all of Utah is like Utah Valley, and that all Mormons are conservative Republicans. Not true.

Also, the statements by one of the interviewees were just blatant over-generalization, saying all Mormons are close-minded sheep blindly doing whatever their prophet tells them. Not true either, and absolutely not what the church even itself teaches. The church teaches people to be educated and to think for themselves.

For me one of the questions still unanswered is why Hollywood won't sell airline versions of its movies. There is obviously a significant market for them. I would prefer them myself.

Warning: This movie should be rated a strong R for nudity, adult content, violence, etc. as shown in numerous movie clips.
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