[Videolib] "Unrated" DVDs

Andrew Roth (aroth@ald.lib.co.us)
Mon, 18 Sep 2006 15:54:47 -0600

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Greetings, all!

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I'm the new video collection librarian with the Arapahoe Library
District in Colorado, and have a lot to learn - I've been lurking on
(and learning from) Videolib for a while, and finally have a question,
especially for you public libraries:

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How are you handling the increased number of "unrated" DVDs that are
being released? I've been ordering the MPAA rated version, but recently
have had a couple of feature film requests that are either only
currently available as unrated or only the unrated film is available
widescreen. I've read online that "unrated" means that the DVD could
just have added material that didn't go through the rating system and
doesn't necessarily mean more sex or violence, although obviously often
it does. I've also read unrated often turns a PG-13 film into what would
be considered an R (if it had a rating), and an R into a NC-17. Any good
tips on how to evaluate what the "unrated" means? I've only been doing
this for a couple of months, and am not quite ready for my first
controversy.

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Andrew Roth
Collection Management - Video
Arapahoe Library District

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Arapahoe Library District in <st1:place w:st=3D"on"><st1:State =
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and have a lot to learn &#8211; I&#8217;ve been lurking on (and learning =
from)
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public
libraries:<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

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<p class=3DMsoNormal><font size=3D2 face=3DArial><span =
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;
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&#8220;unrated&#8221; DVDs that are being released? I&#8217;ve been =
ordering
the MPAA rated version, but recently have had a couple of feature film =
requests
that are either only currently available as unrated or only the unrated =
film is
available widescreen. I&#8217;ve read online that &#8220;unrated&#8221; =
means
that the DVD could just have added material that didn&#8217;t go through =
the
rating system and doesn&#8217;t necessarily mean more sex or violence, =
although
obviously often it does. I&#8217;ve also read unrated often turns a =
PG-13 film
into what would be considered an R (if it had a rating), and an R into a =
NC-17.
Any good tips on how to evaluate what the &#8220;unrated&#8221; means?
I&#8217;ve only been doing this for a couple of months, and am not quite =
ready
for my first controversy.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

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</span></font></b><font size=3D2><span =
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Management - Video<br>
Arapahoe Library District</span></font><font size=3D1><span =
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