DVD version to be altered
Buena Vista Home Video will spread a different kind of good cheer during the Christmas holidays, releasing Miramax’s hit summer horror spoof “Scary Movie” on Dec. 12.
The DVD version will feature 10 minutes of scenes not included in the movie but will also be missing a line of dialogue that reportedly offended Gwyneth Paltrow.
Although the studio has not announced the title yet, sources said Buena Vista is also expected to release its $100 million-grossing action pic “Gone in Sixty Seconds” a week earlier on Dec. 5.
Paramount announced this week that it will release its $70 million-grossing summer hit “Shaft” on Dec. 12.
All three titles will be priced for the rental market on VHS. Special DVD editions priced for purchase will be available on the same day.
Miramax and Buena Vista are loading the DVD of “Scary Movie” with lots of extras, including a never-before-seen featurette, musicvideos and many interactive components playable on computers with DVD-ROM drives, such as a tongue-in-cheek aid for viewers too unsophisticated to get the jokes and inside references. A person will pop up on the side of the screen each time something needs to be explained.
A quiz in which viewers can try to identify what movie is being spoofed is also included, as well as a feature allowing computer users to scroll along with the original script as the movie is playing, noting lines that are different between the movie and the script.
In a rare circumstance, the video version of “Scary Movie” will feature a line of dialogue changed for the video version. A reference to Paltrow’s Oscar-winning performance in “Shakespeare in Love” will be changed from “Brad Pitt’s ex-girlfriend is a real freak — she dressed up like a man” to “She’s about to get it on with Shake-a-spear. He found out she’s a girl,” a change first reported in Entertainment Weekly.
Disney’s Buena Vista previously re-recorded a line in a song by Robin Williams for the homevideo version of “Aladdin” that raised objections during its theatrical release.
Paramount’s DVD version of the John Singleton-directed remake of the 1971 “Shaft” will offer an 18-minute featurette called “Shaft: Still the Man” and two musicvideos: “Theme From Shaft” by Isaac Hayes and “Bad Man” by R. Kelly.