Re: [Videolib] Unrated movies

Michael May (mmay@dubuque.lib.ia.us)
Tue, 18 Nov 2008 13:24:31 -0600

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In WorldCat, 513 libraries are listed as having "Forgetting Sarah Marshall"=
rated/unrated, and 356 libraries have "The Strangers" rated/unrated.

Video Librarian says "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" is "a mostly winning comed=
y" and gives it three stars. They say "The Strangers" is "a disappointing f=
ilm" and give it one star.

At my mid-sized public library, we have three copies of "Forgetting Sarah M=
arshall" with eleven pending patron holds. We have two copies of "The Stran=
gers" and nine pending holds.

We rarely ever have patron complaints about DVD content, especially when co=
mpared with circulation statistics and patron requests/demand.

Mike

Michael May
Adult Services Librarian
Carnegie-Stout Public Library
360 West 11th Street
Dubuque, IA 52001-4697, USA
Phone: 563-589-4225 ext. 2244
Fax: 563-589-4217
Email: mmay@dubuque.lib.ia.us<mailto:mmay@dubuque.lib.ia.us>

From: videolib-bounces@lists.berkeley.edu [mailto:videolib-bounces@lists.be=
rkeley.edu] On Behalf Of Danielle Phillips
Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 12:12 PM
To: videolib@lists.berkeley.edu
Subject: [Videolib] Unrated movies.

I've been trying to find out what makes a DVD Unrated vs. NC-17 or R. I se=
lect media for a large library district and have recently come across DVD's=
released as both R and UN, sometimes on one disc. We are trying to decide=
whether to purchase Unrated movies that were originally released as R in t=
he theatre. Do other libraries purchase these? Have you found the content=
to be inappropriate? What are your thoughts on UN movies?

I'm not talking foreign films or chidlren's films that often have no rating=
, but movies that were originally released in theatres as rated and then co=
me out on DVD in an UN version. Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Stranger=
s are examples of this.

Thanks.

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Danielle Phillips

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<p class=3DMsoNormal><span style=3D'font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:= #1F497D'>In WorldCat, 513 libraries are listed as having &#8220;Forgetting Sarah Marsha= ll&#8221; rated/unrated, and 356 libraries have &#8220;The Strangers&#8221; rated/unr= ated.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span style=3D'font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:= #1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span style=3D'font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:= #1F497D'>Video Librarian says &#8220;Forgetting Sarah Marshall&#8221; is &#8220;a mostly winning comedy&#8221; and gives it three stars. They say &#8220;The Strange= rs&#8221; is &#8220;a disappointing film&#8221; and give it one star.<o:p></o:p></spa= n></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span style=3D'font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:= #1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span style=3D'font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:= #1F497D'>At my mid-sized public library, we have three copies of &#8220;Forgetting Sara= h Marshall&#8221; with eleven pending patron holds. We have two copies of &#8= 220;The Strangers&#8221; and nine pending holds.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span style=3D'font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:= #1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span style=3D'font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:= #1F497D'>We rarely ever have patron complaints about DVD content, especially when compa= red with circulation statistics and patron requests/demand.<o:p></o:p></span></= p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span style=3D'font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:= #1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span style=3D'font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:= #1F497D'>Mike<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span style=3D'font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:= #1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span style=3D'font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:= #1F497D'>Michael May<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span style=3D'font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:= #1F497D'>Adult Services Librarian<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span style=3D'font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:= #1F497D'>Carnegie-Stout Public Library<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span style=3D'font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:= #1F497D'>360 West 11th Street<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span style=3D'font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:= #1F497D'>Dubuque, IA 52001-4697, USA<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span style=3D'font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:= #1F497D'>Phone: 563-589-4225 ext. 2244<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span style=3D'font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:= #1F497D'>Fax: 563-589-4217<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class=3DMsoNormal><span style=3D'font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:= #1F497D'>Email: <a href=3D"mailto:mmay@dubuque.lib.ia.us">mmay@dubuque.lib.ia.us</a><o:p></= o:p></span></p>

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<p class=3DMsoNormal><b><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma= ","sans-serif"'>From:</span></b><span style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma","sans-serif"'> videolib-bounces@lists.berkeley.edu [mailto:videolib-bounces@lists.berkeley.edu] <b>On Behalf Of </b>Danielle Phillips<br> <b>Sent:</b> Tuesday, November 18, 2008 12:12 PM<br> <b>To:</b> videolib@lists.berkeley.edu<br> <b>Subject:</b> [Videolib] Unrated movies.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

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<p class=3DMsoNormal>I've been trying to find out what makes a DVD Unrated = vs. NC-17 or R.&nbsp; I select media for a large library district and have rece= ntly come across DVD's released as both R and UN, sometimes&nbsp;on one disc.&nb= sp; We are trying to decide whether to purchase Unrated movies that were originall= y released as R in the theatre.&nbsp; Do other libraries purchase these?&nbsp= ; Have you found the content to be inappropriate?&nbsp; What are your thought= s on UN movies?&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></p>

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<p class=3DMsoNormal>I'm not talking foreign films or chidlren's films that= often have no rating, but movies that were&nbsp;originally released in theatres a= s rated and then come out on DVD in an UN version.&nbsp;<em> Forgetting Sarah Marshall</em> and <em>The Strangers</em> are examples of this.<o:p></o:p></= p>

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<p class=3DMsoNormal style=3D'margin-bottom:12.0pt'>Thanks.<br clear=3Dall> <br> -- <br> Danielle Phillips<br> <br> <o:p></o:p></p>

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