Sony goes the way of VidAngel, starts 'Clean Version' initiative

Sony goes the way of VidAngel, starts 'Clean Version' initiative. (Photo: MGN)

(KUTV) If you're looking for a way to watch more family-friendly movies, Sony may soon offer a way to do it.

Earlier this week, Sony announced its 'Clean Version' initiative, which will allow viewers to stream select Sony films "free from certain mature content," according to Yahoo! Movies.

It appears the Home Entertainment company is going the way of controversial companies like VidAngel, CleanFlicks and Clear Play, giving people a way to watch movies minus material that may not be suitable for some audiences. Sony will release "edited for content" versions of films at no additional charge, Yahoo! Movies reported Tuesday. The "clean" versions will be included as extras with the theatrical version of films purchased on iTunes, VUDU, and FandangoNOW.

Yahoo! Movies also released Sony's list of 24 films with "clean" versions:

  • 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

Star Seth Rogen reacted to Sony's announcement, quote-tweeting a link to the Yahoo! article and writing, "Holy s***, please don't do this to our movies. Thanks."

Companies focusing on "clean" content have come under fire in recent years over accusations of copyright infringement. To fight copyright-related lawsuits, VidAngel announced in December 2016 they would begin releasing and streaming original content on their website.

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