‘Beauty and the Beast’ to screen with­out cuts on March 30

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: Right af­ter the an­nounce­ment that the film Beauty and The Beast has got­ten the green light to be screened with­out any cuts, Ne­ti­zens in Malaysia shared their happy thoughts on so­cial me­dia plat­forms that they’re finally go­ing to watch it on the day it opens.

Some sar­cas­ti­cally re­marked that now that the drama was over, they’re con­fi­dent of how much it would rake in just over its first week­end. Af­ter all, any pub­lic­ity is a pub­lic­ity. If ticket sales boomed at the box of­fice, noth­ing else mat­tered.

The Walt Dis­ney Co (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd yes­ter­day con­firmed that the movie will be re­leased with no cuts for Malaysian au­di­ences on March 30.

In an emailed state­ment, Dis­ney said: “We are pleased to an­nounce that Dis­ney’s Beauty And The Beast has now been ap­proved to be re­leased in Malaysia with no cuts, with a PG13 rat­ing. Be our guest when the film opens in Malaysian cin­e­mas on March 30, 2017,” said the state­ment.

A PG13 rat­ing means that some ma­te­rial may be in­ap­pro­pri­ate for chil­dren un­der 13, thus re­quir­ing parental su­per­vi­sion.

Mean­while, Golden Screen Cin­e­mas also an­nounced via its so­cial me­dia plat­forms stat­ing that: “Beauty And The Beast con­firmed for 30 March with­out cuts. RT this and get ex­cited! #BeOurGuest.”

Sa­man­tha Tan, GSC’s pub­lic re­la­tions and brand­ing man­ager, con­firmed the news.

“We have just re­ceived the green light from the lo­cal dis­trib­u­tor ( Walt Dis­ney Co),” she said.

Just days be­fore its orig­i­nal open­ing date at the cin­e­mas here on March 16, the film was caught in a con­tro­versy over one of its gay sup­port­ing char­ac­ters.

In a bid to ad­here to the coun­try’s cul­tural and re­li­gious sen­si­tiv­i­ties, the Malaysian Cen­sor­ship Board ear­lier de­cided to make mi­nor ed­its, prompt­ing Dis­ney to stand its ground by re­fus­ing to screen the movie in Malaysia. But, as it turned out, never mind the twists which en­sued in the past week, it had a good end­ing af­ter all. Hope­fully, we all live hap­pily ever af­ter.

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