short festival in Nashville (was Re: Miike's Masters of Horror)

Mark Mays tetsuwan at
Sun Jan 22 00:22:56 EST 2006

 It was my understanding that the short films are going to DVD anyway. So
the decision to put him on was certainly a win win for Viacom in the
situation -- too "extreme" we release it to DVD, "just right" we double dip.
Too hot for TV usually ads a few rentals and sales on the home video market,
doesn't it?

For any Tennessean's on the list, our local art house in Nashville, Belcourt
(I'm on the promotional and programming committee) is giving a "Samurai"
film festival, featuring many of the canonical works and a couple of left
field entries. Too bad we couldn't get GHOST DOG and they declined to show
IBUN SARUTOBI SASUKE (Samurai Spy). Details at


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Silvia Groniewicz" <Silvia.Groniewicz at>
To: <KineJapan at>
Sent: Saturday, January 21, 2006 9:51 AM
Subject: Miike's Masters of Horror

> Hello,
> I found this on the net just now and thought it was already voiced I
> thought it would be nice to actually have it in print:
> There's been some chatter at tvbarn2 about the "Masters of Horror" episode
> that was cancelled by the network. People want some details on it. Well,
> here's the gory story, straight from yesterday's session with Bob
> Greenblatt of Showtime:
> QUESTION: In front. I wonder if you could talk about the episode of
> "Masters of Horror" directed by Takashi Miike that you guys have
> withdrawn as unsuitable for even premium cable viewers.
> ROBERT GREENBLATT: Sure. Yeah. I don't know if people know him as a
> filmmaker, but he tends to make films that are really extreme in terms of
> their visual depiction of torture and violence. And the episode came out
> just really, really strong. And rather than try to figure out how to cut
> and make it work for us, we decided it's probably better not to butcher
> Takashi's vision and, instead, not air it, and they'll put it out on DVD.
> QUESTION: Was this not foreseeable?
> ROBERT GREENBLATT: You know, we sort of said, "Let's see. Let's see how
> edgy it gets and how extreme he wants to go." And we kind of gave him the
> freedom to film it, and then we decided to take a look at it and evaluate
> it after the fact.
> I must agree that I'd rather see an uncut version on DVD then a butchered
> one on TV. Seems it didn't come as unexpected either.
> Greetings,
> Silvia

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