Maybe you decided to spend the weekend watching some good old superhero violence in the shape of last year very good (and maybe bad name) Birds of Prey (And The Wonderful Emancipation of Harley Quinn) on HBO Max. If you’re one of those people, you’ve been greeted with a card that the movie was edited from its original version and you’ve probably noticed that it was more tame compared to its R-rated theatrical cut. (Basically, the same version they were playing on TNT every weekend for about a month or so).
You are not alone, and soon news spread on social media about this sudden change. From saucy visual gags and swears to Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn flashing her middle fingers, the things that make the movie partly as it’s currently absent in the streaming version. Since it was the first R-rated movie of the DC cinematic universe and wasn’t an alternative version to an already released movie, fans were concerned that the original might be lost forever in the service.Fortunately, this is not the case. A Warner Bros. spokesperson confirmed this IGN who – which the birds The streaming version was added by chance, and the R-rated movie will be “available on HBO Max instead,” although at the time of writing, a PG-13 version is still out there.
In the long run, this is nothing more than a minor inconvenience and hopefully the issue will be resolved before the end of the weekend. But if you’re more concerned about preserving the movie, it’s a reminder that streaming services, even in the event of an accident, run the risk of erasing the history of the movie. Film lovers as a medium I felt this was justified a little more, and I took to social media to remind people to get physical copies of their favorite movies when possible. The alternative is… well, This is amazing, But more deliberate.
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