The top LGBT film of 2014 has ducked into the closet — or at least, its U.S. Blu-ray/DVD packaging has it appears.
The U.S. DVD cover has removed all references to homosexuality. The original text described the main characters in the movie as a ‘London-based group of gay and lesbian activists.’ This has been changed to ‘London-based activists.’
You can also see from our images how the cover has been digitally altered to remove a “lesbians and gays support the miners” banner.
The U.S synopsis states: “PRIDE is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It’s the summer of 1984 and much of blue-collar Great Britain is on strike. For one tiny Welsh village, the strike brings unexpected visitors – a group of London-based activists who decide to raise money to support strikers’ families and want to make their donations in person.
The text appears to be an edited version of the film’s original synopsis providing more context to American audiences while failing to mention homosexuality.
The orignal synopsis said: “PRIDE is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families.
The film world has a bad reputation for trying to hide aspects of movies it decides will make them more difficult to sell.
CBS Films has said it will look into why all reference to homosexuality was removed from the American DVD release of Pride.
The DVD was released by Sony Pictures and CBS Films on December 23. Pride is released on DVD in the UK in March.
IMDB rating: 8.0 – scroll down for trailer.
In 1984 20 year old closet gay Joe hesitantly arrives in London from Bromley for his first Gay Pride march and is taken under the collective wing of a group of gay men and Lesbian Steph, who meet at flamboyant Jonathan and his Welsh partner Gethin’s Soho bookshop. Not only are gays being threatened by Thatcher but the miners are on strike in response to her pit closures and Northern Irish activist Mark Ashton believes gays and miners should show solidarity. Almost by accident a mini-bus full of gays find themselves in the Welsh village of Onllwyn in the Dulais valley and through their sincere fund raising and Jonathan’s nifty disco moves persuade most of the community that they are on the same side. When a bigot tries to sabotage the partnership with a tabloid smear Mark turns it back on her with a hugely successful benefit concert to which most of the villagers, now thoroughly in tune with their gay friends, turn up. The miners are defeated and return to work but at the Pride march the following year a vast contingent of miners show up to repay their comrades with their show of support.