Company will release DVD of controversial doc

Lions Gate has followed up its theatrical distribution of “Fahrenheit 9/11” by picking up DVD rights to another political doc, “Control Room.”

Company will release the 84-minute doc, which is critical of the American media’s coverage of the Iraq war, on Oct. 26, just three weeks after Sony releases “Fahrenheit 9/11” on DVD and a week before the November elections.

“Control Room” has generated about $2.5 million in its U.S. theatrical release by Magnolia Pictures, which has a longstanding relationship with Lions Gate.

Lions Gate Entertainment president Steve Beeks said the company picked up DVD rights to “Control Room” because docs are hot right now, and people are more in tune with political issues during this election year.

The DVD includes more than 50 deleted scenes and audio commentary by Al-Jazeera staffers, as well as U.S. Army Central Command press officer Josh Rushing.

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