REVIEW: THE INTERVIEW
From the writers of Superbad and Pineapple Express, and the directors of This Is The End, the new film THE INTERVIEW arrives on “Freedom Edition” collectible Blu-ray™ and DVD Feb. 17. The action-comedy stars Academy Award® nominee James Franco (Best Actor, 127 Hours, 2010) as a celebrity talk show host and Seth Rogen (Neighbors) as his producer longing to make the jump to serious news. After snagging an exclusive in-person interview with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un (Randall Park, “Fresh off the Boat”), the unlikely pair are recruited by a covert CIA agent (Lizzy Caplan, “Masters of Sex”) to embark on a mission to take out the reclusive dictator.
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). Also included on both Blu-ray and DVD are The Discovery Channel
TV special “Naked and Afraid,” starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, as well as commentary by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
SYNOPSIS: 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.
The film is
presented in widescreen in a 2.40:1 aspect ration preserving its
theatrical format. The picture is just flawless. Not only the
picture looks great in this release, also the sound it is good,
a 5.1 Dolby Digital in English that provides a good complement
to the picture. It also includes English,
and Spanish subtitles.
Widescreen (2.40:1) 16x9
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0, DTS Digital Surround 5.1 (French, Spanish)
English SDH, Spanish, French
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More than 50 minutes of Deleted & Extended Scenes
“Naked and Afraid” – Discovery Channel TV special featuring Seth Rogen and James Franco
Feature Audio Commentary with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg
Deleted, Extended and Alternate Scenes
“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)