Obama-loving Hollywood liberals strike again

Warner Bros. blocks the release of the DVD version of "Hanoi Hilton," which includes an interview with John McCain about his time in captivity in Vietnam.

By Vincent Rossmeier
Published October 14, 2008 6:25PM (EDT)

Despite a recent fundraiser in Beverly Hills, John McCain does not appear to have convinced all those "Hollywood liberals" to support his candidacy.

Today, the New York Times reports that Warner Bros. has quietly blocked the DVD release of "Hanoi Hilton" because the film's promotional materials include an interview in which McCain discussed his imprisonment and torture during the Vietnam War. Originally released in 1987, "Hanoi Hilton" recounts the horrendous treatment American POWs received in Hanoi's Hoa Lo prison.

 The film's director, Lionel Chetwynd, who the Times calls a "well-known Hollywood conservative," recorded the interview with McCain in May. Chetwynd was less than pleased about the delayed DVD, saying, "Finding someone in Hollywood who says they don’t want to affect the election is like finding a virgin in a brothel." He pointed out that such concerns about electoral fairness have not impeded the release of Oliver Stone's "W.," a biography of George W. Bush set to open Friday.

Ronnee Sass, a spokeswoman for Warner Bros.' home entertainment division, told the Times, “It’s just us trying to be cautious and not affect the election one way or the other.”

Vincent Rossmeier

Vincent Rossmeier is an editorial assistant at Salon.

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