This Film Is Not Yet Rated Review

Michael Mackenzie and Gary Couzens have already covered this film in considerable depth for DVD Times so I will confine myself to a a link to their excellent pieces, which you can find here and here.

I will also quote the last paragraph of Michael's review as I think it is a good summation of the importance of the film:

It's an oft-overused statement, but I'm going to say it anyway: This Film is Not Yet Rated is something that anyone with any interesting films, mainstream or independent, needs to see. The MPAA's decisions have such an impact on the viewing experiences of every filmgoer, regardless of whether or not they live in the US, that people really should be more aware of just how what they can or cannot see is decided. The documentary does suffer from a handful of oversights, and it doesn't even pretend to be unbiased, while the DVD itself is hardly a technical masterpiece, but don't let those provisos dissuade you from seeking it out.

The Disc

This will be one of the briefest reviews I have ever supplied for DVD Times because the only reason I can find for buying the R2 over the R1 is if region coding is an issue to you.

The battleground isn't in the realm of the transfer, which is relatively unusual these days when content tends to be similar. We get a perfectly respectable transfer, non-anamorphic and framed at 1.78:1. Like Michael, I can't see much point in debating the image quality at length since this low-budget documentary looks about as good as it did in the cinema; i.e. not particularly wonderful but serving its purpose. There is quite a bit of digital video, some very ropey archive footage and adequate film clips - some of these, incidentally, are wonderfully funny and lead me to seek out But I'm A Cheerleader. Much the same can be said of the Dolby 2.0 track - it's absolutely fine for its purpose without being unduly impressive.

Where this UK disc really falls down, however, is in the extras department. The R1 disc contains an excellent audio commentary, a Q and A with the director, some deleted scenes and the original trailer. This r2 edition merely contains the trailer. While I appreciate that ICA is a small distributor, I'm not convinced that it would have been out of the question for them to licence these features. But this is an old story with ICA DVD and their inadequacies have often been decried on these pages. In fact the only positive advantage of the ICA disc would appear to be that the picture on the front is not censored, unlike its US counterpart.

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