Apple Red Band Trailers… GONE?

So some of you may have noticed that Apple recently started releasing Red Band trailers (in contrast to the normal green ones) to signify these were rated R trailers intended for mature audiences.

A day or two ago, TekMan alerted me that the Red Band trailer link for Burn After Reading was broken. I checked and indeed it was and interestingly enough, it was completely removed from Apple’s website.

Today, Matt emails me and tells me the Red Band trailer was broken for Wanted and that piqued my curiosity. I went and checked every single Red Band trailer (there’s been 4 so far) and they were all no longer available. They’re not even available on iTunes anymore.

I went ahead and removed them from the main page, but the blog entries are still around. I still have copies of the 1080p trailers and will probably upload them to some file sharing site sometime soon. If I don’t, someone should ping me.

Anyway, I have no idea if they just expire after some time or if Apple removed them altogether at once. It could be that since it’s rated R for mature audience, they received complaints or what not and decided to no longer support them. If someone knows the real reason, I’d like to know.

Update: The 1080p versions of all 4 Red Band trailers have been reuploaded. See this post for more details.