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Have you ever watched a movie and thought it was really great…except for that one scene? Or maybe you have wanted to watch a certain movie with the kids, but there are a couple of bad words you can’t get past.
There are companies out there that have a library of movies you can choose from that have been “cleaned up”, but let me introduce you to a company that actually allows you to clean up DVDs yourself to better suit the individual needs of your family.
I had looked into other programs that filtered movies, but many of the movies we owned were not available. Plus, many of the things we would like deleted or muted were not filtered out by other programs, and yet, scenes we didn’t mind were deleted. When I heard that enJoy Movies Your Way gave parents total control over DVDs, I was intrigued and signed up for a free trial.
How enJoy Movies Your Way Works
enJoy Movies Your Way is a software program you download to your computer (note: this software works with Windows Vista and Windows 7, but not with Mac or Windows 8; however, a Windows 8 version will be coming soon!). When you put a movie into your DVD drive and start up the enJoy software, you can mark the scenes you want to skip or mute. Once you have marked all the scenes, you simply use the customized filter you have created to watch the movie.
Because enJoy Movies Your Way gives you total control of what scenes you deem inappropriate, you don’t have to worry at all about what your children might see or hear.
For instance, we used enJoy to filter National Treasure.
One of the scenes that drives me crazy is when Ben, Riley, and Abigail show up at Ben’s father’s door in the middle of the night and his father immediately assumes Abigail is pregnant. While this scene is explainable to my big kids, my little kids aren’t really old enough to get it, nor do I want them to. I’d rather that whole exchange didn’t exist.
Well, guess what?! With enJoy, I was able to delete it!
Another neat thing you can do with enJoy is choose what ages the filter is for. I set up profiles for my younger kids and my older kids, so that I can use different filter settings depending on who is watching the movie, but most of the time I find myself using the same filter for everyone.
Creating filters is explained via video and/or pdf files, so you can familiarize yourself with how to get the best results for every movie you want to filter. (PLEASE watch/read these – trust me, you don’t want to try to just jump in and figure it out on your own – ask me how I know! *blush*) The process is quite easy once you get the hang of it. You can do everything from delete entire scenes (like I did) to simply muting certain words. I’ve actually gotten good enough with it that I can be watching the movie via the filter software and mark the scenes as I go.
The Pros and Cons of enJoy Movies Your Way
I will be honest, this is not as quick as using a pre-programmed software, but I really like the control it affords our family. I can take any movie we own and filter it myself. enJoy Movies You Way is also working to build up a library of pre-programmed filters you can choose from, so over time this selection will grow.
We already watch a fair share of our movies via my laptop, so needing to use a computer with a DVD drive wasn’t an issue for us. Thankfully, you can easily hook up your computer to a television using the proper cable if you’d rather watch your filtered movies on a larger screen.
The price is great too! For only $3.00 a month, you have access to any filters enJoy creates as well as the ability to create your own, suggest movies to be filtered, and share filters with and by other users. (Get a 40% discount if you sign up for an annual subscription – that’s only $22 a year, folks!)
The biggest con is the time it takes on the front end to set filter marks for your DVDs. Overall, the time required to filter our personal DVD library has been well worth it.
Why I’m a fan of enJoy Movies Your Way
Every family is different. While military combat scenes are allowable in our home, you may not find them to be appropriate in yours. Likewise, certain references or slang may not be something we like for our children to hear, while these same references are perfectly acceptable in your home. enJoy Movies Your Way gives you, the parent, the freedom to choose for yourself what content is appropriate for your individual family. Ty and I like having that freedom!
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