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Sony to release 'Freedom Edition' of 'The Interview' on DVD and Blu-ray

An image of the video's case boasts that the comedy is from "The Western Capitalist Pigs Who Brought You 'Neighbors' and 'This is the End.'"

By Karen Butler
Sony to release 'Freedom Edition' of 'The Interview' on DVD and Blu-ray
Sony is planning to release a "Freedom Edition" DVD and Blu-ray version of "The Interview" on Feb. 17. Photo courtesy Sony Pictures Entertainment

CULVER CITY, Calif., Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Sony Pictures Entertainment says it will release a "Freedom Edition" DVD and Blu-ray version of The Interview on Feb. 17.

An image of the video's case boasts that the comedy is from "The Western Capitalist Pigs Who Brought You Neighbors and This is the End."

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The movie stars James Franco as a celebrity talk-show host and Seth Rogen as his producer, who are longing to make the jump to serious news.

"After snagging an exclusive in-person interview with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, the unlikely pair are recruited by a covert CIA agent to embark on a mission to take out the reclusive dictator," a synopsis said.

The "Freedom Edition" Blu-ray disc "comes packed with 90 minutes of bonus feature content, including 14 deleted scenes, multiple behind-the-scenes featurettes, a seven-minute blooper reel that shows the outrageous gags and goofs from the set, as well as three 'line-o-ramas' where cast shot several alternate takes of jokes during filming," a Sony news release said. Also included on both Blu-ray and DVD are The Discovery Channel TV special Naked and Afraid, starring Franco and Rogen, as well as commentary by Rogen and writer-producer Evan Goldberg.

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The Interview made headlines when its Dec. 25 theatrical release was first canceled, then limited to independent theaters, and TV and digital platforms.

Sony's computer system was hacked by an anonymous group known only as the Guardians of Peace, which cited its outrage over the movie as its motivation. Tens of thousands of private documents -- including copies of unreleased films, screenplays, financial information and personal emails -- were released online. The FBI has said the attack came from North Korea.

Theater chains initially announced they would not carry the movie out of fear for their patrons' safety when the hackers threatened violence at screenings. Sony then canceled the release, but reversed its decision after detractors argued it was a blow to American artists' right to freedom of speech.

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