Apple Makes 'The Interview' Available on iTunes

The_Interview_2014_posterJust a couple days after Sony Pictures made much-anticipated and controversial comedy The Interview available on Xbox Video, Google Play, YouTube and SeeTheInterview.com, Apple has made the film available on iTunes ($5.99 for rent, $14.99 for purchase), issuing a short statement to Re/code.

We're pleased to offer "The Interview" for rental and purchase on the iTunes store.

On Tuesday, it was reported that Apple had declined the offer from Sony Pictures to host The Interview on iTunes. There was no official answer on why Apple declined, although it was assumed the Cupertino company didn't want to move on Sony's quick timetable. One possibility is that the company did not want to disturb the iTunes Connect holiday freeze, which ran from December 22 to December 29 this year.

Earlier this week, Sony Pictures announced it was bringing The Interview to select independent movie theaters and online video distributors a week after canceling the wide theatrical release of the film after large theater chains pulled out of the release due to violent threats from hackers.

The film has been subject to controversy as it depicts two entertainment journalists attempting to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un under the guidance of the CIA. The hacking of Sony Pictures and the movie's cancellation prompted widespread reaction, with U.S. President Barack Obama calling the latter move a "mistake".

The Interview is available on to rent on iTunes for $5.99 [Direct Link] and to purchase for $14.99 [Direct Link]

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73 months ago

tasteless and shoddy film, i would be disgraced to sell that rubbish


If you excluded tasteless and shoddy films, half of the iTunes store would be taken down but isn't that the point? The films that need the most protections are the offensive, questionable and yes, shoddy ones too.
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73 months ago
tasteless and shoddy film, i would be disgraced to sell that rubbish
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73 months ago

Rent for $5.99, when their other movies are $3.99? I don't think so.


I'm sure you're just trying to make a point but I don't think it worked.
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73 months ago

tasteless and shoddy film, i would be disgraced to sell that rubbish

If you excluded tasteless and shoddy films, half of the iTunes store would be taken down but isn't that the point? The films that need the most protections are the offensive, questionable and yes, shoddy ones too.

Haters gonna hate. Ain'ters gonna ain't.
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73 months ago

So, it wasn't about Apple staying "above that type of thing" after all?


It never was. It really is a simple thing, Apple was shut down for the week. Now, they're back from the shutdown, all stuff starts to arrive and the backlog will be caught up.

This movie isn't worth pulling the iTunes team from holidays just to push it on Christmas day. Screw that.
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73 months ago
So, it wasn't about Apple staying "above that type of thing" after all?
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