Sunday, June 1, 2008

Less Language, Violence and Nudity in the Hilton Home

I like movies.

I like movies a lot.

So I don't like it when a movie that I want to see has elements that I don't want to see.

For a while there, while I was living in Provo, we had Clean Flicks and the like all over the place so I was able to enjoy edited versions of these films and find such gems as Love Actually, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and the bestest, most awesomest film in the world -- Shaun of the Dead.

Then Hollywood, being the greedy, worldly, evil corporation that it is, decided to destroy the edited film industry as we know it (although Family Edited DVDs does still seem to be out there), even though there is obviously revenue to be made on these types of films and Hollywood already does make their own edited versions of these films for airlines and TV and they could, in reality, sell them to the public!

But I digress. . .
So Beth and I decided to purchase a ClearPlay DVD player upon the recommendation of a few friends. Here's how it works: You buy the DVD player (from the internet, from the TV ad phone number, or from a kiosk in the mall) and you also buy a "subscription" from the ClearPlay people. The DVD player comes with a FilterStick (a thumb drive) that you plug into your computer and download the list of movies that ClearPlay has on their website. The one thumb drive can fit thousands of movie filters on it. Then you just plug the stick back into your DVD player and you're good to go. The subscription, just in case you were wondering, is so you can get the latest DVDs titles as they update it.

When you insert any DVD that you've rented or own the player will search the stick for that DVD's filter and then automatically load it. Then, and this is the best part, you can set the levels you want it to edit to low, medium or high filtering. They have a ton of different categories that you can edit, too, such as: vulgarity, nudity, blasphemy, violence, bloodshed, disrespect parents, disrespect flag and even mushiness (Thank goodness! Mushiness is icky!).

Then, as you're watching the movie, it will mute or jump forward for a split second to avoid what you told it to avoid. And you can always bump up the filter (or bump it down) while you're watching the movie.

We're still working out some kinks here and there, and the technology isn't perfect, but at least it's a step in the right direction.

So this post pretty much sounds like an advertisement, but it has just been fun to rent all these movies we've been wanting to see but haven't wanted to rent and we just wanted to spread the word to any who are interested.

Plus, we've installed ClearPlay on our blog so we [edited for content] our [edited for content] in case of [edited for content] frogs [edited for content] bucket [edited for content] Beth says I never post [edited for content] time-lapse [edited for content] Slice of Fried Gold [edited for content] and we haven't seen [edited for content] LOL cats [edited for content] and finally, [edited for content].

Hmmmmm, maybe I have the filter set too high. . .[edited for content]!!!

14 comments:

Mike and Shaina said...

Can I come use your clear play when Sex and the City comes to DVD? I kinda accidently got interested in the TBS edited verison of the sitcom, but I can't bring myself to go so the movie in it's full HBO plus some version. I'll let Mike come watch some guy movie with you too!

Summer said...

Sounds like a good idea! We have a TVGuardian, so it blocks out most of the swear words, but doesn't do a thing for "mushiness!" LOL! We'll have to check it out!

Heidi said...

That is so cool. I am seriously going to get one! Maybe for Luke's b-day, shhh, don't tell. :)

Mike said...

So was language, violence, and nudity a big problem in your home BEFORE you got the dvd player?

Backwoods Browns said...

Love it...gotta check it out! We are BIG movie watchers , but have taken to the movies that are not well known and goofy-weird ones that no one really thinks to rent...they are so much cleaner than the big name ones!Most of the time.

Kelsey, Tyler & Lucy said...

Tyler's dad when to grad school with the inventer so I was introduced to the wonderful machine right before we got married and got one of our own. They are great. Not perfect I agree, but pretty dang sweet.
FYI: You know you need to change your settings when you are watching 'V for Vendetta' and one minute it is one guy against twenty and the very next second the guy has all twenty men laying dead on the ground. I had to laugh pretty hard at that one!

Naomi Johnson said...

sounds neat! there are some movies i would like to watch on that!!!

bryce and paige said...

bryce wants that so bad, I'm thinking about getting it for him for fathers day

Familia Taylor said...

Wow Joel......Less Language, Violence and Nudity in The Hilton Home........what have you been watching?? Porn again?....Joel - STAY AWAY FROM PORN!!!! - haven't we had this talk before?......okay so I think I just ruined your blog with my lame joke... erase my stupid comment already....don't worry I'll understand...but you know you liked it. COME AND SEE US!! - lub - Randy

Jeff Tromphlin said...
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Jeff Tromphlin said...

So...how do you communicate with each other? Because even grunts and whistles are a form of language. It's really too bad you eliminated it from your home.

Kelsi said...

...I want to try that sometime...you guys should bring it down here sometime! Oh and are you happy that I posted on YOUR blog?

Bethany said...

I'm so proud of you Kelsi!!! Yay! Keep posting!

Paige said...

That's it. No more getting mad at me for not posting. It's been a freaking long time since you guys have posted.... I posted what, 2 in 1 week? That's got to be a record!
Oh...ps... I want one!!