Monday, May 27, 2024

Sony Bails on Rogen-Franco “The Interview” in All Formats: No DVD, or VOD


That’s really a wrap for The Interview. I count myself lucky to have seen it back on December 10th. Because now Sony says there will be no DVD or Video on Demand. They’re just putting it away in a vault. What??? Terrorists really won this round. What happens when people from other countries– say the Russians or Chinese– are villains in a movie? Will their cyber hackers be our editorial board? And what’s the role of the Japanese who own Sony? There are lot of unanswered questions.

So the public will never get to see a sensitive Kim Jong Un in a bromance with James Franco’s Dave Skylark. What a shame. Randall Park must be crushed. He is hilarious as Kim Jong Un, particularly when he’s in thrall to Katy Perry’s “Firework” song. It’s used many times, not just when he’s assassinated. Kim in this movie is a BIG Katy Perry fan. Sony had to clear all that music and pay for it, and now it’s for nothing. Oy vey.

More on “The Interview” in the morning…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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