Controversial ‘The Interview’ Takes Place Feb. 17

photo for The Interview The film that almost sank a studio (Sony, which was hacked by unknown computer whizzes — most likely not North Korean, but Sony insiders as most cyber-security experts have come to believe — and which revealed secret e-mails and memos as well as employee social security numbers) comes to DVD and Blu-ray after a short theatrical release (initially, many major theatrical chains refused to run the film for fear of retaliation by the hackers) and a very highly successful VOD and streaming run. 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. Vitals: Director: Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg. Stars: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Lizzy Caplan, Randall Park, Diana Bang, Timothy Simons, Reese Alexander. 2014, CC, MPAA rating: R, 112 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $5,532 million, Sony. Extras: “Naked and Afraid” Discovery Channel TV special featuring Rogen and Franco, commentary with Rogen and Goldberg. Blu-ray adds gag reel; deleted, extended and alternate scenes; seven featurettes: “Directors of This Movie,” “Puppy Power,” “Here Kitty Kitty,” “Joking Around,” “Spies Among Us,” “Randall Park Audition Tape,” “Dating a Dictator,” “Getting Into Character”; Line-o-Ramas (short collections of alternate shots of jokes on set).

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