“Bleep” airs tonight on AMC. The roundup of reviews….
‘’It doesn’t make me happy that some anonymous person sitting in a room somewhere can recut ‘’Traffic” and essentially sell that version of it, and it has my name on it, and the implication is that I’ve condoned it,” says director Steven Soderbergh, a leader in the fight against sanitizing.
NY Daily News:
Several of the censors appear, brimming with smarmy self-righteousness, tonight at 10 when the AMC cable channel airs a documentary called “Bleep! Censoring Hollywood.” It’s disturbing to watch the censors as they cheerfully discuss distorting the latest Soderbergh or Spielberg films.
NY Daily News (again, this time by Fresh Air reviewer David Bianculli):
“Bleep,” airing tonight at 10 on AMC, lays out the controversy, but neither takes a side nor tells a compelling story. The former can be a choice and a laudable attempt at objectivity; the latter, with material this incendiary, is inexcusable.
As a primer on a couple of arcane legal spats with some serious real-world consequences, “Bleep! Censoring Hollywood” provides viewers with plenty to debate. It covers the major points of censorship, but not probingly or rigorously. Still, the AMC-ABC News doc is quality primetime infotainment.
Much to the credit of the producers of “Bleep,” they don’t hang the DVD cleansers out to dry by emphasizing crude, glaring edits. One before-and-after example they include - a scene from “The Bourne Supremacy” - may remind older movie fans (and young viewers who’ve seen a few older movies) of how Hollywood once used discrete cutaways to “suggest” something sexy or horrible without actually showing it. The documentary suggests that the DVD purifiers aren’t necessarily the ham-fisted butchers that directors such as Hackford and Steven Soderbergh ("Traffic") say they are.
“Bleep” provides a balanced look of issues with interviews of the company owners of the sanitizing technology, Hollywood directors and producers, copyright attorneys, members of Congress, and Jack Valenti, former president of the Motion Picture Association of America.
“Bleep” does an excellent job providing information, but it lacks the emotion needed to make the issue important to average TV viewers.