HBO mistakenly added the censored version of Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) to its streaming service, however stated it would exchange it with the R-rated version quickly, as reported by CBR.
Or… counterpoint. We have a version of the film that airs on broadcast cable and the unedited version of the film for streaming which has been up for a yr (which the unique post on CBR famous). Will be up to date on Max.
— Johanna Fuentes (@jfuentes) November 27, 2021
Johanna Fuentes, the head of communications at HBO’s mum or dad firm WarnerMedia, confirmed there are two variations of the film: a clear one for broadcast cable, and an unedited version for streaming. Fuentes notes that the Birds of Prey will probably be “up to date on Max,” and that solely the uncensored version will probably be proven on the platform. As for when precisely that may occur, a tweet from HBO Max reveals that the platform has “no info” on when it would get the unedited version again.
As CBR notes, the uncensored version was beforehand obtainable on HBO Max till it briefly left the platform on November 14th. Since its return, viewers rapidly observed that regardless of being labeled as rated-R for “suggestive dialogue, language,” and “violence,” the movie accommodates dubbed-over and blurred-out swear phrases (by way of CBR). It even reveals Harley Quinn making peace indicators with each her palms, quite than flipping the chook.
Most notably, the movie opens with a warning that reads, “This film has been modified as follows from its unique version: it has been edited for content material.” This is the similar message that seems at the starting of the TV-14 version that’s been airing on TNT, as reported by CBR.
Some fans quickly jumped to the conclusion that HBO Max intentionally censored the flick, regardless of HBO being lengthy thought-about a community for edgier content material. However, HBO has buckled down on some of its content material in the previous, similar to when it removed raunchier titles like Cathouse and Real Sex from HBO Go in 2018. More just lately, HBO Max quietly altered the poster for the basic horror movie The Evil Dead. The art work, which initially reveals an arm reaching out from underwater and clutching a lady by her throat, has been modified to take away the arm from the picture.
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