RE: [Videolib] "Unrated" DVDs

Karsten, Eileen (karsten@lakeforest.edu)
Mon, 18 Sep 2006 17:45:12 -0500

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A local public library has a separate section for unrated films with a
sign that says that the material on these DVD's might not be appropriate
for persons under the age of 17. The library puts stickers on the cases
for their different categories: children's, R, unrated, documentaries,
etc. Nobody under the age of 17 is allowed to check them out. =20

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Most DVD reviews will tell you why it is labeled unrated.

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Eileen Karsten

Lake Forest College=20

Lake Forest, IL 60045

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From: owner-videolib@lists.berkeley.edu
[mailto:owner-videolib@lists.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of Andrew Roth
Sent: Monday, September 18, 2006 4:55 PM
To: videolib@lists.berkeley.edu
Subject: [Videolib] "Unrated" DVDs

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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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separate
section for unrated films with a sign that says that the material on =
these DVD&#8217;s
might not be appropriate for persons under the age of 17.&nbsp; The =
library
puts stickers on the cases for their different categories: =
children&#8217;s, R,
unrated, documentaries, etc.&nbsp; Nobody under the age of&nbsp; 17 is =
allowed
to check them out.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

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owner-<st1:PersonName
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[mailto:owner-<st1:PersonName
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<b><span style=3D'font-weight:bold'>Sent:</span></b> Monday, September =
18, 2006
4:55 PM<br>
<b><span style=3D'font-weight:bold'>To:</span></b> <st1:PersonName =
w:st=3D"on">videolib@lists.berkeley.edu</st1:PersonName><br>
<b><span style=3D'font-weight:bold'>Subject:</span></b> [Videolib]
&quot;Unrated&quot; DVDs</span></font><o:p></o:p></p>

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<p class=3DMsoNormal><font size=3D2 face=3DArial><span =
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font-family:Arial'>Greetings, all!<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;
font-family:Arial'>I&#8217;m the new video collection librarian with the
Arapahoe Library District in <st1:place w:st=3D"on"><st1:State =
w:st=3D"on">Colorado</st1:State></st1:place>,
and have a lot to learn &#8211; I&#8217;ve been lurking on (and learning =
from)
Videolib for a while, and finally have a question, especially for you =
public
libraries:<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><font size=3D2 face=3DArial><span =
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font-family:Arial'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></font></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><font size=3D2 face=3DArial><span =
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:Arial'>How are you handling the increased number of
&#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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<p class=3DMsoNormal><strong><b><font size=3D2 face=3DArial><span =
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10.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Andrew Roth</span></font></b></strong><b><font
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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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