Max Payne Film Scores PG-13 Rating, DVD Release to Feature Gamer Dedicated Cut

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Max Payne film director John Moore has won his battle with the Motion Picture Association of America to secure a financially-advantageous PG-13 rating for the movie.

The violent video game adaptation starring Mark Wahlberg had initially been rated R by the MPAA. Following the decision, director Moore used strong language in a complaint to DasGamer while arguing the R rating was unjust when comparing Max Payne to similarly intense blockbusters.

"The Motion Picture Association of America gave The Dark Knight a PG-13 rating and basically sucked Warner Bros.' cock," said Moore at the time.

After Moore and his crew "trimmed some frames more for the sake of trimming frames," the MPAA reconsidered, and the film will now make it to theaters with the friendlier rating.

The director also announced he is planning a "Gamer Dedicated Cut" of the film, as he explained to GameDaily:

There's what I call the Gamer Dedicated Cut of the movie. It's a little slower and a little more atmospheric. There are some rougher edges on it, but it's not going to be a bloodfest. I want this to be the Max Payne that I set out to shoot. It's not that I wanted to release one version in the theaters and make a cheap buck by following up with a blood-drenched DVD version. The movie you see in the theaters will be an intense experience and the movie you see on DVD will be as intense an experience with some extra sensibilities for people who really adore the game.
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    September 25, 2008 2:38 PM

    Sellouts!

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      September 25, 2008 2:45 PM

      ?! Why is he a sellout? You don't have to see it in the theaters AND buy the DVD...

      If you want the more visceral, inner-monologue version - just save the 30 bucks that you might spend at the theater, and get the $30 blu-ray version.

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        September 25, 2008 6:34 PM

        Ehh, I'm guessing he's calling them sellouts for editing the film down to a PG-13.

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          September 25, 2008 8:33 PM

          Yeah, but in all honesty, i'm never going to see this movie, ever, so I don't care one bit. I just remember the director bitching about R rating blah blah, and now his film gets a PG-13. Obviously something (the worthwhile parts, whatever they be) were removed.

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      September 25, 2008 3:14 PM

      Thank you for the insightful and informative post. You've really added to the discussion.

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        September 25, 2008 8:31 PM

        A circle of informed sarcasm we form!

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