The Interview Gets “Freedom Edition” Release This February


In an early announcement to retailers, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has revealed that it will release the controversial comedy The Interview on Blu-ray and DVD February 17th.

The derisive comedy that North Korea called a Declaration of War became a hot issue when its initial Christmas-timed release was canceled by Sony Pictures on account of the mega-chain theaters fearful of terrorist attacks. Smaller theaters like the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas chain were not and got special permission from Sony Pictures to show it in a limited capacity. It was also available on VOD through outlets like YouTube on Christmas Day.

Now it will arrive to Blu-ray just a few days after Valentine’s Day sporting 14 deleted scenes, a gag reel and more in a release that’s been labeled the “FREEDOM EDITION.”

DVD and Blu-ray Bonus Features Include:

  • “Naked and Afraid” – Discovery Channel TV special featuring Seth Rogen and James Franco
  • Feature Audio Commentary with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg
  • “Freedom Edition” Blu-ray Exclusive Bonus Features Also Include:

  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted, Extended and Alternate Scenes
  • Featurettes:
    1. o “Directors of This Movie” – Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg comment on directing the film together
      o “Puppy Power” – Cast and Crew profess their love for the King Charles Spaniel puppy
      o “Here Kitty Kitty” – Seth Rogen breaks down the experience of working with a real tiger
      o “Joking Around” – The producers discuss the process of creating jokes on set
      o “Spies Among Us” – Hear from each of the cast members about their experience on the film
      o “Randall Park Audition Tape” – Randall Park table read audition video
      o “Dating a Dictator” – An authoritative touch on a convincing dating profile video
      o “Getting Into Character” – A look at Randall Park’s transformation into looking the part of a dictator
  • Line-o-Ramas (short collections of alternate shots of jokes on set)
  • Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show “Skylark Tonight.” When they discover that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the most unlikely candidates, to ‘take out’ Kim Jong-un.

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