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.”