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Sony turns up heat to get 'Fahrenheit' for DVD

Posted Wednesday, July 7, 2004 at 4:35 PM Central

by John Couture

Michael Moore meet Kevin Smith. While the two pioneering filmmakers may not know one another personally, their controversial movies are getting quite intimate.

Smith's religious satire Dogma, produced by Miramax, was shunned by parent company Disney. The Weinsteins bought back the movie and shopped it around, eventually releasing it theatrically with Lions Gate. Sony eventually brought Dogma to the little screen on VHS and DVD. Fahrenheit 9/11 was also dropped by Disney and released theatrically by Lions Gate. Now, according to Variety, Sony is set to bring Michael Moore's latest documentary to home video as well.

Fahrenheit 9/11 has grossed over $60 million in two weeks of theatrical release, already surpassing the previous top box office mark by a documentary (Moore's Bowling for Columbine).

Bowling for Columbine made $21 million at the box office and brought in an additional $12 million for MGM through home video.