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12 December 2003, 05:46 PM
It isn't bad enough that Miramax is editing, altering and delaying the release of some much anticipated Asian films like Hero, but they have gone a step further to prevent any consumer from seeing the unaltered version of the films as well.

Kung Fu Cinema( has made public the fact that Disney owned film distribution company Miramax Films has taking preventative legal action to ban the importation of legitimate, official foreign DVD releases of films Miramax owns domestic distribution rights to, including Zhang Yimou's Hero and Stephen Chow's Shaolin Soccer. Although Miramax has a well known reputation for editing and altering the Asian films it licenses for American release, and Miramax has repeatedly delayed and repeatedly extensively altered Shaolin Soccer, the company is still attempting to prevent American residents from importing official, legitimate DVD copies of these movies.

Banning the illegal distribution of unlicensed bootleg copies of movies is a valid policy for a domestic distributor, but attempting to ban the distribution of competing legal, official DVD releases may be considered an unfair business practice, and may also be interpreted as an infringement upon the rights of consumers that choose to purchase legal, official foreign DVDs. While such a corporate move has not yet occurred within the anime fan community, there's very little figurative distance between attempts to ban the importation of live action Asian DVDs and attempts to ban the importation of official Asian animation DVDs.

The Appeal to Disney - Web Alliance website( is still up, offering concerned consumers an avenue for expressing concerns to Miramax and Disney via online petitions and letter writing campaigns.

12 December 2003, 06:13 PM
They have had that 'Urgent' notice up for at least 8 months, so disney has been squashing the little guy for some time now.

12 December 2003, 01:00 PM
this sucks, america feel ashamed

12 December 2003, 11:21 PM
I can't imagine why Miramax/Disney would do anything proactive on this issue. Honestly, you have fans of a foreign film, who also have region-free DVD players, who also know WHERE to go to even find more specialized discs such as these... how big of an impact could this EVER get on overall domestic video sales?

It wouldn't even be an issue if Miramax would stop dropping the ball on films like Shaolin Soccer (pun intended)... Fans, I think, would be more than happy to buy an unedited version here, but if Disney won't deliver, screw 'em... :D


12 December 2003, 01:03 AM
Should america feel ashamed or should we all be ashamed of the Disney Corporation?


12 December 2003, 06:25 AM
Originally posted by Whelkn
Should america feel ashamed or should we all be ashamed of the Disney Corporation?


Well I think America might feel ashamed since you would rather capitalized Disney instead of the name of the country. lol no offense meant :) just poking fun at your spelling error, because its not like I make any lol :).

This issue is extremely annoying though, I really hope they donít succeeded in doing it. because a lot of the movies I watch are foreign to America, and I like them better than the versions that have been edited. Its just a preference but Id like to be able to do it if I want.

Its kind of stupid because if they succeeded it will only fuel bootleg distribution and piracy, which probably hurts them more.

Boo Miramax and Disney, uncool man :(

Iain McFadzen
12 December 2003, 09:25 AM
Console manufacturers have been puling the same crap for years, and not just in America by any stretch.

Steve Green
12 December 2003, 10:07 AM
It's nothing new on DVD either, FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft) were doing dawn raids with the police on people selling R1 DVDs in the UK a couple of years ago, seizing imported DVDs and equipment.

They went completely OTT using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.

- Steve

12 December 2003, 01:26 PM
the only real legit reson for banning imports of legal dvd's is for things like porn and other "extreme" dvd's that the country has banned.

you cant for example import the uncut verson of ichi the killer into the uk for example. this is all complete bullshit though those greedy ****ing pigs at miramax should be fined for this shit!

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