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The Interview: Freedom Edition to hit Blu-ray on February 17th

01.14.2015

With Seth Rogen and James Franco's politically-themed comedy capitalizing on the Sony hacking scandal and grossing over $31 million on demand alone, it is time to repackage the film and try and make a little more on Blu-ray. Sony has announced a "Freedom Edition" of the recently released film coming in just over a month.

The cut of the film on Blu-ray will be identical to the theatrical/on demand version, but the disc will come with over 90 minutes of special features, the "Naked and Afraid" Discovery Channel feature with Seth Rogen and James Franco, a blooper reel, and several "Line O Rama" scenes featuring alternate jokes improvised by the cast during production.

I enjoyed the the movie quite a bit and already purchased the movie on demand. While these special features seem fun, I am not sure it is enough to entice me to drop more cash to have a physical copy. This may be the biggest quandary for studios trying to market films on demand, especially when online access could promote bootlegging that doesn't happen during a strict theatrical release. Hopefully the movie makes some more dough to at least break even on the budget.

THE INTERVIEW hits Blu-ray on February 17, 2015.

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:

"Directors of This Movie" – Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg comment on directing the film together
"Puppy Power" – Cast and Crew profess their love for the King Charles Spaniel puppy
"Here Kitty Kitty" – Seth Rogen breaks down the experience of working with a real tiger
"Joking Around" – The producers discuss the process of creating jokes on set
"Spies Among Us" – Hear from each of the cast members about their experience on the film
"Randall Park Audition Tape" – Randall Park table read audition video
"Dating a Dictator" – An authoritative touch on a convincing dating profile video
"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)

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Source: PR Newswire

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8:41AM on 01/15/2015
This movie was terrible. It wasn't funny except for a few scenes. Then at times it was a little too preachy. Also James Franco was outright horrible in this. I was shocked at how bad he was in this. He made Seth Rogen look like Daniel Day-Lewis.
This movie was terrible. It wasn't funny except for a few scenes. Then at times it was a little too preachy. Also James Franco was outright horrible in this. I was shocked at how bad he was in this. He made Seth Rogen look like Daniel Day-Lewis.
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11:03AM on 01/15/2015
you are correct sir, if this had none of the free pr it got it would be leading the razzie noms. the films was terrible and you are correct franco made rogen look like fucking brando or something.
you are correct sir, if this had none of the free pr it got it would be leading the razzie noms. the films was terrible and you are correct franco made rogen look like fucking brando or something.
2:30PM on 01/15/2015
Well I'm glad I'm not the only one that thought this movie was horrible.. lets me know I'm not insane after all.
Well I'm glad I'm not the only one that thought this movie was horrible.. lets me know I'm not insane after all.
6:51AM on 01/15/2015

I wouldn't watch this on Blu-Ray

Since all Blu-Ray players must have an internet connection to work, I'd presume the hackers are actively seeking out those people who are watching this that way. DVD all the way! And pay *cash* for the f***ing thing, people. Your credit card purchase will be found by the hackers (just ask Home Depot and Target)
Since all Blu-Ray players must have an internet connection to work, I'd presume the hackers are actively seeking out those people who are watching this that way. DVD all the way! And pay *cash* for the f***ing thing, people. Your credit card purchase will be found by the hackers (just ask Home Depot and Target)
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2:06PM on 01/15/2015
Wow!
Wow!
10:06PM on 01/14/2015

COOL

I love this movie it was really funny.
I love this movie it was really funny.
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7:49PM on 01/14/2015

Great

I thought the film was hilarious and so did everyone I know.
I thought the film was hilarious and so did everyone I know.
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8:32PM on 01/14/2015
There are a lot of great one liners in it.
There are a lot of great one liners in it.
9:29AM on 01/15/2015
It is amazingly quotable. Darn near fell out of my chair at the "in my country, we say 'Stallone'" line.
It is amazingly quotable. Darn near fell out of my chair at the "in my country, we say 'Stallone'" line.
6:27PM on 01/14/2015
I hope it does well on home release too because it deserves it.
I hope it does well on home release too because it deserves it.
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7:18PM on 01/14/2015
it doesn't deserve it. It is a subpar sh!t movie that was unfortunately embroiled in circumstances beyond its control that weren't right. It is fantastic that it got its release and that we weren't "forbidden" to see it due to ridiculous demands by a hacker but "Deserving" of box office/home video success? hardly!
it doesn't deserve it. It is a subpar sh!t movie that was unfortunately embroiled in circumstances beyond its control that weren't right. It is fantastic that it got its release and that we weren't "forbidden" to see it due to ridiculous demands by a hacker but "Deserving" of box office/home video success? hardly!
8:28PM on 01/14/2015
I thought the movie was funny as hell. I'm buying it.
I thought the movie was funny as hell. I'm buying it.
11:01AM on 01/15/2015
how does it deserve to do well? i can watch anything but this was one of the few movies i had to turn off, maybe im getting to old for fart jokes.
how does it deserve to do well? i can watch anything but this was one of the few movies i had to turn off, maybe im getting to old for fart jokes.
5:50PM on 01/14/2015
I wonder how much its grossed to date. $31 million VOD and $6 million in theaters...But the fact is it'll need to make $65 million just to break even. As I understand it for every $1 spent on a film, the movie really needs to earn $3 to be profitable, between profit splits and government taxes and overhead. Oy...
I wonder how much its grossed to date. $31 million VOD and $6 million in theaters...But the fact is it'll need to make $65 million just to break even. As I understand it for every $1 spent on a film, the movie really needs to earn $3 to be profitable, between profit splits and government taxes and overhead. Oy...
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