Moore Releasing '9/11' on Oct. 5
Reported by Outsiders - 09:23 PM 2004.08.16
LOS ANGELES (AP) - President Bush will face a home-video barrage four weeks before the election: "Fahrenheit 9/11," Michael Moore's assault on Bush's handling of the Sept. 11 attacks, debuts on DVD and videotape Oct. 5.
The announcement Tuesday confirmed Moore's initial intention to have the film out shortly before Election Day, a time frame the director favored since May's Cannes Film Festival, where "Fahrenheit 9/11" won the top honor.
After the movie debuted to record box-office numbers for a documentary, distributor Lions Gate had indicated the movie might continue playing theatrically through the end of the year, potentially delaying the home-video release.
The film has grossed $115 million domestically, the first documentary ever to top the $100 million mark.
Sony's Columbia TriStar home entertainment unit will release "Fahrenheit 9/11" on DVD and videotape.
Among DVD extras will be a featurette examining the release of "Fahrenheit 9/11," which lost its theatrical distributor last spring after Disney refused to let subsidiary Miramax handle the film because of its political content. Miramax bosses Harvey and Bob Weinstein bought back the film and lined up distribution through Lions Gate and IFC Films.
Also featured on the DVD will be:
- Deleted footage that includes a scene outside Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, where seven U.S. soldiers have been charged with abusing Iraqi prisoners.
- Coverage of Lila Lipscomb - the mother of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq, who was featured prominently in "Fahrenheit 9/11" - at the film's premiere in Washington.
- An examination of the acts and experiences of Arab-American comedians after the Sept. 11 attacks.