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I’D RATHER BE BLU … -RAY

For Hicksflicks.com, Sept. 20, 2013

If you are into Blu-ray discs and prefer your monster movies without tons of gore, you may be disappointed to learn that "World War Z," in its PG-13 theatrical form is not available in the hi-def format … unless you buy the 3D disc. (Got your 3D TV yet?)

It seems that the powers that be, to include Brad Pitt in his producer's hat, feel the need to push the new, unrated, 7-minutes-longer version of the film, which ratchets up the gore, rather than the PG-13 version you saw in your local movie house.

The DVD of "World War Z" is the PG-13 version, but the Blu-ray disc is the unrated version. Why both couldn't be on the Blu-ray disc is a mystery; certainly there's room.

On the other hand, the 3D/Blu-ray version is only the PG-13 film. Go figure.

But perhaps those of us who aren't gorehounds and want the PG-13 version should be grateful to have it at all. Sometimes unrated versions are released without the theatrical version even being made available.

Take "The King's Speech," which was released as an R-rated film, then the language was toned down for a PG-13 version, which played in theaters — but when it was released on DVD and Blu-ray, it was just the R-rated film. The PG-13 version remains on the studio's shelf.

"World War Z" is, in my estimation, one of the best horror movies of the past decade, thanks in large part to the camera cutting away and pulling back from the moments of potential gore.

Personally, I have no interest in a gorier version, although it doesn't bother me that there is an audience for it, and this move is obviously meant to placate them.

But what about the rest of us? Maybe we'd like our preferred version on Blu-ray, too.