Seth Rogen and James Franco’s ‘Interview: Freedom Edition’ Blu-ray Set for Release

The North Korea comedy lowers price in wake of unconventional streaming and theatrical rollout

Following the unconventional theatrical and streaming release of “The Interview” in wake of terrorist threats, the Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy heads to Blu-ray and DVD on Feb. 17.

Dubbed the “Freedom Edition,” the suggested list price for the discs are $19.99 for Blu-ray and $14.99 for DVD, according to a Sony representative. The average Blu-ray goes for $23-$25 retail, so the lowered “Interview” list price could be a nod to the film’s accelerated rollout.

“The Interview” grossed over $15 million in box office and streaming purchases within its first two weeks of release.

The comedy, which had a $45 million production budget, was at one time set for a nationwide release in more than 2,000 theaters. Sony pulled the film after a group claiming responsibility for the November hack of the studio threatened attacks on par with 9/11.

After a wave of public support from President Barack Obama and various free speech entities, the film saw an enthusiastic response in the first days of 2015.

The “Freedom Edition” will feature commentary from directors Rogen and Evan Goldberg, Franco and Rogen’s guest starring episode of the Discovery Channel’s “Naked and Afraid,” a gag reel and even the audition footage for Randall Park –the actor who plays North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.


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