November 2, 2000

Viewer Discretion Advised

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Released this week on DVD are Born on the 4th of July and Frequency. Though these two films are depressing in their own right, I’m stuck wondering what they were released from. Why are movies “released?” Assuming movies are “leased” in the theaters and released on video, how can a movie be released directly on to video? Was it previously leased in secret by the government months before its release?