‘Fifty Shades’ to hit Philippine Theaters with Blurs and Blocks
The most talked about film since last year will hit movie theaters in the Philippines February 11.
“Fifty Shades of Grey” is an adaptation of E.L. James’ which also happens to be the bestselling novel portraying BDSM sexual practices (bondage, dominance, sadism, masochism).
Before viewing, a disclaimer will be shown for the moviegoers,provided by Movie and Television Review Classification Board as contained “This movie was classified as is and in its entirety with noticeable BLURS and SCREEN BLOCKS introduced by the film producer prior to its submission for review. The public is advised of some scenes of nudity, strong and/or sexual language, and sexual aberrational behavior with elements of bondage, dominance, sadism and masochism.”
However, despite the attempts by UIP to tone the film, “Fifty Shades of Grey” was still given an R-18 (Strictly for Adults Only) rating by the MTRCB. The rating would mean that it will not be shown in SM Cinemas, the largest source of film display having 273 screens in 48 branches nationwide.
“Because of its R18 MTRCB rating, we won’t show Fifty Shades of Grey in our cinemas. This is in accordance with the company’s policy not to screen films containing themes, language, violence, nudity and sex that may not be suitable for children below 18 years of age,” went SM Cinemas’ reply to a Facebook follower who wondered why SM won’t be showing the film.
Meanwhile MTRCB noted that the blurs and blocks didn’t come from them since they’re policy only is classification and not censorship. The regulation came from Columbia Pictures, which the agency appreciated.
Two trailers of the movie has already been released and some full scene clips.