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And now for more 'Pirates,' of a sort

By JAY CRIDLIN
Published July 10, 2006


Take a blockbuster porn movie, delete all the sex scenes, stock it in mainstream video stores, and what do you have?


Starting today, you’ll have Pirates, a hugely successful adult film with strong bay area ties.

A heavily edited version of the award-winning flick has earned an R rating from the Motion Picture Association of America and will be available for rent today at most Hollywood Video stores, as well as through Netflix.

It’ll hit Blockbuster stores later this month.

The film attained local notoriety after some parts were surreptitiously filmed aboard the tall ship HMS Bounty, a popular family tourist attraction, while it was docked at the Pier in St. Petersburg last summer.

Pirates became a massive adult hit, selling more than 100,000 copies in its first four months of release and winning 11 of the record 24 Adult Video News awards for which it was nominated.

That success prompted producers to remove the film’s graphic sex scenes in hopes of reaching an even wider audience. The result is an 82-minute battle between good and evil pirates, featuring some moderately impressive computer-generated animation and plenty of porno-quality acting.

The film still contains sex, nudity and foul language — there’s just far, far less of it.

Some chains had concerns about stocking the watered-down porno. Blockbuster was worried parents might confuse Pirates with the family adventure Pirates of the Caribbean.

As a result, Blockbuster is holding off on stocking Pirates for a week or so, until it can produce stickers for the DVDs reminding customers what they’re actually renting.

Jay Cridlin can be reached at (727) 893-8336 or cridlin@sptimes.com.

[Last modified July 10, 2006, 22:36:36]


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