Happy Holidays from Sony: The Interview Is Available Online

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Happy Holidays from Sony: The Interview Is Available Online

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Surprise! The Interview is now available online.

If you were hoping to catch Sony's controversial The Interview but weren't located near one of the indie theaters showing the film on Christmas, you're in luck because Sony is making The Interview available for online rental or purchase. That's right, just a week after Sony canceled the release of The Interview, it's both playing in theaters and available online.

This either a heck of an about-face by Sony Pictures or it's an amazing viral advertising campaign. But however we got here, you can find The Interview on Google Play, YouTube Movies, Xbox Video, or Sony's website starting at 10AM PT on December 24th. While these are the only places that have The Interview right now, Sony says it's continuing to work to get the film available on more platforms -- so it may yet show up on iTunes, Amazon, or even the much-rumored Netflix before this is all over.

If you're looking to catch The Interview, a rental will set you back $5.99 while you can buy the movie for $14.99. Happy viewing!

Source: Deadline

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LoL, North Korea...

Seriously this is probably better for the movie then anything else. I WILL definitely rent this one. I could not say the same for actually going to a theater and watching it however. I think in the end this will bank in more this route then the theater route.

So they're going to make bank on, basically a straight to DVD movie. That's publicity for you.

Way to go! Glad to see that Sony won in the end.

slimbiggins:
So they're going to make bank on, basically a straight to DVD movie. That's publicity for you.

Indeed. Who wouldn't want to see a movie that was the center of a possible terrorist attack? When someone tells me not to do something I want to do it even more. Many a people will rent and see this film. Due to that convenience probably even more than would have gone to the theater. Even being US only it will see plenty of purchases. I'm tempted to do so as well.

I'm suprised its not avaialblef or rental or purchase on the PS4

While we do hope to see the release of The Interview across the globe, for the time being this is limited to the USA only. You can only purchase the movie with a US card, and can only stream it from a US IP address.

Thanks America.

It is once again proven that marketing is all that matters and not the quality of the product you deliver. Oh well, time to go and rent this movie because... well because of all the great acto... or rather all the great reviews... Ah screw it, let's just give Sony the 6$ because that is the only way democracy and freedom will win! USA, USA, USA!

Merry christmas.

Mhmh:
It is once again proven that marketing is all that matters and not the quality of the product you deliver. Oh well, time to go and rent this movie because... well because of all the great acto... or rather all the great reviews... Ah screw it, let's just give Sony the 6$ because that is the only way democracy and freedom will win! USA, USA, USA!

Merry christmas.

I think it is more to do with "lets see why North Korea wants to blow up the United States this time".

I wish this was available here in Sweden...

Couldn't you have mentioned this in the article? As things stand, the article gives the impression that you either didn't do your research or that you're genuinely unaware that there exists countries not called the USA.

Queen Michael:
I wish this was available here in Sweden...

Couldn't you have mentioned this in the article? As things stand, the article gives the impression that you either didn't do your research or that you're genuinely unaware that there exists countries not called the USA.

But it _is_ available outside of USA, thanks to the most convenient and least discriminating distribution method on the planet.

This can serve as an example of how successful a movie can be if it's released online alongside theatrical release. It's not the best example, for the obvious reasons. But it's a start.

For $6, I'm tempted to rent it. That's just over half what a theater ticket costs, I don't have to drive anywhere, and I don't have to pay a fortune for snacks or smuggle in booze.

mruuh:

Queen Michael:
I wish this was available here in Sweden...

Couldn't you have mentioned this in the article? As things stand, the article gives the impression that you either didn't do your research or that you're genuinely unaware that there exists countries not called the USA.

But it _is_ available outside of USA, thanks to the most convenient and least discriminating distribution method on the planet.

Pretty much this. People all over the world will be able to watch it very soon.

mruuh:

Queen Michael:
I wish this was available here in Sweden...

Couldn't you have mentioned this in the article? As things stand, the article gives the impression that you either didn't do your research or that you're genuinely unaware that there exists countries not called the USA.

But it _is_ available outside of USA, thanks to the most convenient and least discriminating distribution method on the planet.

So they got ripped off by criminals on the internet stealing from them, they weather through it and decide to put it up anyway, and you suggest to show our appreciation we become criminals and steal stuff from them. Great logic!

Queen Michael:
I wish this was available here in Sweden...

Toadfish1:
So they got ripped off by criminals on the internet stealing from them, they weather through it and decide to put it up anyway, and you suggest to show our appreciation we become criminals and steal stuff from them. Great logic!

I am not suggesting anything, I am just stating a fact. Do a websearch if you do not believe me. It is out there already.

Toadfish1:

So they got ripped off by criminals on the internet stealing from them, they weather through it and decide to put it up anyway, and you suggest to show our appreciation we become criminals and steal stuff from them. Great logic!

I see it more as a matter of "If you were already pissed about North Korea censoring our distribution of films, then why is it that much better to let Sony forbid whole countries to watch it through any possible means?"

I know a lot of people real mad about this movie, but I just don't understand that. Even if someone is pro-DPRK (as are all the people I know who are angry about it), you can't have such thin skin about a Seth Rogan comedy. It seems likely it wasn't North Korea that did the bomb threats, but if it wasn't I'm truly confused. How could anybody but them give enough of a shit about the movie to overreact in so dramatic a way? Not surprised some indie theaters were willing to chance releasing it, hipsters can be pretty good-crazy. I'm not even anti-DPRK like most people are (the country is isolated enough that I have a hard time trusting anything I hear about it, good or bad), but I'm looking forward to watching this movie. It's a funny premise with funny people involved, and that's my only standard for watching a comedy.

North Korea AKA The "New Koke".... The way to make a stoner movie into a (cult) classic....

Honestly, I kind of want to see just to stick it to North Korea in a way... I've always enjoyed this comedy duo so I'd probably see it anyway even thought reception of the movie has been fairly ho-hum.

Also, I'm not overly surprised to see them change their minds considering Obama himself told them he thought it was a mistake to not show it (I agreed with him). Who knows though, maybe this was all an extremely elaborate marketing scheme. I smell a new conspiracy theory!

Not available in my country yet I want to see it now.

Guess Sony doesn't want my money.

Well, I just watched it and I am pretty glad I didn't have to spend $12 (w/e is the price of the ticket at cinema)

I wouldn't have even heard of this film if there hadn't been this controversy about it. I still won't be seeing it, though, as it doesn't sound particularly interesting to me and I have no idea who any of the main actors or producers etc are. I'm far more concerned about the cancellation of Team America being shown in it's place. That's a film worth seeing multiple times! Fck yeah!

Atleast it cheaper than watching it in the cinema. Though still not watching it as its bound to be a shitty movie. But good on Sony, they are going to make a fortune with people buying/watching it out of spite of NK. lol.

Well, I watched it, and it wasn't very good. James Franco's character got really annoying very quickly, like Ben Stiller's Zoolander character doing a Sterling Archer impersonation.

Honestly, the whole movie felt like it was meant to be a 10 minute Funny or Die sketch that somehow got greenlit as a feature film.

JMac85:
Well, I watched it, and it wasn't very good. James Franco's character got really annoying very quickly, like Ben Stiller's Zoolander character doing a Sterling Archer impersonation.

Honestly, the whole movie felt like it was meant to be a 10 minute Funny or Die sketch that somehow got greenlit as a feature film.

I just saw it as well. It was actually better than I expected.

I mean, I had expected it to be total shite, and indeed the early part was a little bit up itself, but once they got to north Korea itself, there were some funny jabs at the NK peculiarities, as well as some pretty funny gore and toilet humour scenes that the creators were actually having fun with.

The guy who plays Kim is probably supposed to be what saves the film, and indeed the chemistry he and Franco have is kinda what elevates this film to actual satire, instead of just a one-gag movie.

Two stars. Simple as that.

Spaceman Spiff:
For $6, I'm tempted to rent it. That's just over half what a theater ticket costs, I don't have to drive anywhere, and I don't have to pay a fortune for snacks or smuggle in booze.

You can rent it on Youtube for 3 bucks atm.

Complete and utter garbage. The quality of jokes in it is so cringeworthy it causes physical pain. It's so bad I had to stop halfway through and get drunk to make it to the end, but it was still horrible. Simply insulting to the intelligence of even the lowest common denominator.

Turns out North Korea was trying to save us all from a steaming pile of horse shit when they demanded to have the movie pulled, even though this horror was unleashed on mankind in the end I salute your effort, you guys are ok.

Watched it earlier tonight. I thought it was good and kinda poignant regarding the way the media "should" be reporting on the impotent ass-douche. All it would take is a fergusion level riot to wrestle control from the little cunt.

The american media treats him like Darth Vader when he's more like Jabba the hutt. We need to convince the N.koreans he and his little army are the sham "The Interview" shows them to be.

Having watched it, it was much better then I expected (then again I put the bar at "Seth Rogen comedy"). Got a few laughs out of me, and really lightened up my Christmas that was otherwise kind of so-so what with being alone this year due to scheduling.

Watched with my family, and got a pretty good laugh out of it. It's in that hit or miss category for me where I don't expect many people to like it. In any sense the movie is actually a lot more self aware than it appears at first glance.

When it comes on Netflix I'll give it a chance, I'm not paying any more than that for it.

The funny thing is that the early reviews of The Interview were pretty lukewarm, not just from critics but from regular test audiences. Now after this controversy, people are hailing it as the greatest comedy of our generation.
It's also caused a resurgence of those stupid NORTH KOREA BEST KOREA memes. That's just annoying, though.
What makes me angry is that by mocking North Korea, the mockers are reinforcing the DPRK's state propaganda. If you think the North Korean government is stupid or you see them as toothless cartoon villains, then you've already been indoctrinated by it. Hook, line, and sinker. Without getting too much into my personal life, I have close ties with people deeply involved in North Korea. I've befriended DPRK defectors and people who have dedicated their lives to dismantling the Kim regime.
North Korea is the only Orwellian police state in the world and it has been that way for almost 70 years. Other nations have tried to maintain a government like the DPRK's in the modern world and failed. The USSR broke apart. Fascist Italy fell. Nazi Germany fell. Gaddafi was ousted and killed.
Yet the DPRK endures. People don't rebel, other countries don't invade them, and they still receive concessions from the international community even as they continue developing their nuclear program. Stupid governments can't keep 24.9 million people drinking the Kool Aid and force exponentially more powerful countries into bargaining positions.
A large part of why North Korea endures is because they've carefully engineered how they want to appear to the West. Horrific things are happening there right now. Some of my friends have been sent to juvenile concentration camps where kids were beaten and raped by the guards. Camps where kids had their feet cut off for attempting to escape. Friends who saw a fresh corpse on the street every day they walked home from school, left to starve to death on the sidewalk because of the Great Famine. Friends who were forced to eat bark to survive, friends who witnessed cannibalism.
There is so much information out there about how horrible and dangerous North Korea is but the international community doesn't receive pressure from their constituents to do anything about it because everyone views North Korea as a joke. That is a very intentional, calculated move by the DPRK government. They are fully aware of how ridiculous and empty their threats sound. Those statements are nothing but propaganda fed to the West.
B.R. Myers is one of the world's foremost scholars of North Korea and he pointed out that North Korea is not very socialist or communist. In fact, if you read the North Korean constitution, you won't find a single mention of socialism or communism. But they are very Confucian, and a lot of what they talk about in their constitution is aligned with Confucian principles. That also goes for their foreign policy. It's straight out of the Art of War. To quote Sun Tzu:
"If your enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him. If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them. If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected."
And that's exactly what North Korea does. They know they can't possibly withstand a military invasion from a first world power, but at the same time, they can't risk a policy of close contact because it would compromise the internal propaganda they minister to their citizens.
So they make ridiculous threats they can't possibly carry out. They get angry about comedy movies. They play the role of the tiny man with a huge chip on his shoulder, and the international community responds accordingly. The unspeakable atrocities North Korea is committing against its citizens is overshadowed by the global public perceiving North Korea as a cartoon villain. And when North Korea does do something legitimately dangerous like missile tests in Japanese waters or firing upon submarines, it is without warning, provocation, grandstanding, or boasting. Nothing came of the RKS Cheonan attack because there was no hard evidence that linked it back to the DPRK. Do you think an inept government can pull that off?
This is how they control their public image. It's how they make it clear they are not to be fucked with when they want to be taken seriously, but when they need to relieve international pressure off themselves, they start talking like Darth Vader, and the laughs and mocking that follow work to North Korea's benefit.
Did you know they're also heavily involved in organized crime? You probably haven't and you'll never hear North Korea boasting about it, even though their criminal enterprises are a legitimate threat that causes actual damage overseas. They want to divert people's attention away from things like Room 39 so they make wild threats they cannot possibly carry out and the international media eats it up. Room 39 is a multibillion dollar criminal enterprise but we have little information about it. People struggle to accept that the DPRK can run operations like this because of the misguided belief that the DPRK is run by boneheads.
Look at what the response has been like for their threats about The Interview. The DPRK knows damn well they can't bomb any American movie theaters. But they used their grand, puffed up threats as propaganda. And it isn't the first time they've indoctrinated the West with idle threats.
What's the response to North Korean news on any popular media website? North Korea Best Korea! ROR! You are now banned from r/pyongyang! Any discussions about the concentration camps or human rights abuses are completely drowned out by stupid memes, stupid memes which exist because North Korea presented itself as an evil empire out of a sci-fi book and the West ate it up. North Korea is already associated with vapid memes in the eyes of young westerners. Now it'll be associated with a slightly above average comedy movie and hammy threats, playing right into the belief that North Korea like a real-life version of Mordor or the Galactic Empire.
When you hear about the Galactic Empire killing trillions of people in Star Wars, you don't feel anything because it's exaggerated fiction. On a subconscious level, it's easy to feel ambivalent towards millions of people being tortured, raped, and starved on a daily basis when you view the oppressing power in the same level of ridiculousness as Darth Vader.
But Kim Jong Un is not Emperor Palpatine. The Workers' Party are not Sith Lords. They are completely sane, flesh-and-blood men and women no different from me or you who torture and imprison regular people.
Real people. People who are fathers, daughters, uncles, friends. Imagine if your family lived in a country where one misstep you make could land you and your children in the gulag. If you have daughters, you can expect them to be gang raped by guards. You can expect them to have forced abortions for carrying mixed children. If you have a relative that has special needs, expect them to be executed for polluting the gene pool.
When you step back and start deprogramming yourself from the media conditioning that North Korea has been feeding you, it's not so easy to be so flippant about North Korea, is it? Suddenly it becomes as disturbing as joking about the deaths of Eric Garner and Tamir Rice, or creating memes out of the two NYPD officers who were murdered in cold blood simply for being in uniform. Picture that on a scale magnified by millions and perpetuated every single day.
So the fact that the world is congratulating itself for being so witty and edgy for mocking North Korea is what made me angry this week. I've seen more outrage against North Korea for bullying Sony into pulling this movie than I have when the UN released its report on North Korean concentration camps.
If the world was able to see North Korea soberly as the most brutal dictatorship in the world, it wouldn't be such a pain in the ass convincing people to get involved. That's harder to do now that everyone is lapping up the DPRK's Kool Aid without realizing.
Why is this the issue Reddit wants to have protests over?
The real way to stick it to North Korea would be to start organizing mass donations to nonprofits dedicated to ending it, making their human rights abuses viral, and starting an online movement that pressure world leaders into breaking the Kim regime. That would actually scare the shit out of the DPRK.
TLDR
The Interview is out and millions are spending cash on watching it.

I don't recommend it. It's pretty much just another "let's watch white men behave badly" movie with the added publicity stunt that's surrounded it as of late. The one bright spot of the entire movie to me was Rogen's acting, which wasn't enough to redeem the idiotic frat boy antics and white man wish fulfillment.

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