NEW YORK – Harvey Weinstein is to produce a deluxe edition of the works of Quentin Tarantino with all the gun violence and glamorization of violence digitally removed. ‘We’re also going to ADR some explanatory dialogue so that it won’t be so glaring,’ Weinstein said.
The move follows an interview with Piers Morgan in which – in promoting his film about gun violence – Weinstein admitted his own complicity and declared that he would no longer be involved with films glamorizing this kind of behaviour:
It’s not like I can just come out with these statements and not back it up with action even at the risk of losing money and damaging my creative relationships. So I’m going to bring out this DVD box set of gunless Yoko Ono style Tarantino.
Although the versions are not yet commercially available, Weinstein has given a few examples of the changes we can expect.
- In Reservoir Dogs, rather than have his ear cut off with a razor, the police man will have his feet tickled with a large feather and Mr. Blonde will only stop when Mr Orange issues some strongly worded criticism.
- Pulp Fiction will see Marvin accidentally sprayed with spittle and Kahuna burger when Vincent Vega speaks with his mouthful in the car.
- Kill Bill will be renamed Bill Gets A Damned Good Talking To.
- The finale of Inglourious Basterds will be drastically changed, with Hitler and his Nazi cohorts being ignored in the cinema by the Basterds and in that way made to feel foolish and so desisting with their horrible crimes.
- Django Unchained will be cut almost entirely and replaced with 12 Years a Slave.
So how will this affect future releases from Harvey Weinstein?
Ah, I don’t know. I mean Quentin has something in the works now, but by the time that’s ready for release The Senator’s Wife will have been made and be out, so you know, we should be good to go with the guns again.
The Quentin Tarantino Peace Out Box Set is due for sale in 2014.