Update: I’m bummed out by this one. VidAngel is facing court battles requiring them to stop the service. We will see what happens. You can read about it here https://www.vidangel.com/news/
Getting tired of watching movies only to have your ears sting from, what seems to be, obligatory foul language thrown in? Present day movies apparently add just enough bad language and violence to get them into the PG and PG-13 rating and thus sell more tickets. But I’m sure you’d agree that we can do without it. And now we truly can thanks to VidAngel.
Here we have an amazing movie experience that puts the censoring level in the user’s hands, rather than the Motion Picture Association of America. I’ve been waiting years for this kind of control. For me it goes back to when I would enjoy movies during air travel. Those movies available on airplanes have all been censored beyond their MPAA rating. Granted, they still may not suit the conscience of all viewers, but its a step in the right direction. I had always thought about how awesome it would be if we could personally control what we see and hear in more precise detail. This is exactly what VidAngel allows for. Here’s how it works.
Fire up VidAngel on your iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, or even from your web browser and you’ll instantly be presented with a slew of recent releases. However, you can tap the magnifying glass icon and search for any title you’re interested in. Once you find the movie, tap on it and you’ll see more details. Here you’ll find the filter settings. For example, I’ve searched for Back to the Future and it shows that there are 135 filters I can apply to the film. Tapping on the filters brings me to a new screen listing all the categories that can be shut off. Categories include Language, Sex, Violence, and Alcohol or Drug Use. Within each of these categories you can drill down further to censor specific occurrences. Its really neat that as you apply filters, you’ll see how they are affecting the movie timeline. Two white bars labeled “what you’ll hear” and “what you’ll see” reside at the top of the filter page. They will display black lines previewing how much of the movie is being blocked by filters. By applying all the filters to Back to the Future the movie time is cut down visually by ten minutes. I also see where the bad language will be removed. Once finished setting the filters, tap Save Filters and you’ll be taken back to the movie page. If you don’t want to watch the movie right now, you can add the it to your Watch List.
Now you’re ready to “rent” the movie. I say “rent” because VidAngel has a pretty interesting way to charge you for movies. The price for each movie is $1 for standard definition and $2 for high definition. But the movie industry will not allow VidAngel to alter movies and then sell or rent them to you. The user needs to own the movie first. To comply with this regulation, VidAngel sells the movie to you for $20 and then will buy it back from you for $18-19 (depending on the HD or SD) after you’ve finished watching it. That money will stay in your account as credit to be applied to the next purchase. The next time you want to watch a movie, VidAngel will use your account credit and then only charge you the difference of $1-2. It takes a minute to get used to the process, but after renting two movies you’ll be a pro.
For matters of conscience, we don’t recommend any particular movie and cannot say that VidAngel is a good choice for everyone. But if for nothing else, the service offers one of the cheapest ways to rent movies on the internet.