All of the hype over Sony's 'The Interview' has done wonders for 'Team America' DVD sales.
While Sony's extremely limited theatrical release of The Interview could end up costing the studio millions of dollars in lost ticket sales, all the publicity seems to have done wonders for the DVD sales of another movie that prominently features a North Korean dictator.
DVD copies of Team America: World Police, the 2004 comedy by South Parkcreators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, are now sold out on Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart.
The Interview drew immediate comparisons to Team America for being one of only a handful of films that skewered a living dictator at the time. In Team America, Parker and Stone use a cast of marionettes to lampoon former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, a host of Hollywood celebrities and American jingoism.
After Sony scrapped the release of The Interview, several smaller chains and independent movie theaters opted to screen Team America on Christmas day instead. But Paramount quickly nixed those plans, presumably out of fear of retaliation from Guardians of Peace, the shadowy hacker group that brought down Sony and has ties to North Korea, according to the U.S. government.
All of the notoriety surrounding The Interview has turned the decision to view what many critics characterize as a screwball stoner comedy into something of a political statement. Over 39,000 IMDB users have collectively given the movie an average rating of 9.9 out of 10 despite the fact that it has only been screened for critics. Many of the critics who have actually seen the movie have a rather different opinion; the film's Rotten Tomatoes rating currently sits at 52%.
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