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HBO Demands a 'Recount'

5 Jun, 2008 By: John Latchem


HBO Video is looking to ride the wave of the 2008 presidential campaign all the way back to the year 2000 with the DVD release of the made-for-cable film Recount.

The movie, which debuted on HBO May 25, takes viewers behind-the-scenes of the controversial conclusion to the 2000 presidential race between George W. Bush and Al Gore, which ended when the U.S. Supreme Court put a stop to a statewide hand recount of Florida ballots.

The $19.98 DVD streets Aug. 19 (prebook July 15), a week before the Democratic National Convention.

“It was intended to time with the national conventions, but also the pre-Emmy period,” said Meredith Ketchum, VP of marketing for HBO Video.

Recount stars Kevin Spacey as former Gore chief of staff Ron Klain, Tom Wilkinson as James Baker, Laura Dern as Katherine Harris, John Hurt as Warren Christopher, Bob Balaban as Republican attorney Ben Ginsberg, Ed Begley Jr. as Democrat attorney David Boies and Denis Leary as Democrat political consultant Michael Whouley.

While a powerhouse cast isn't too surprising, the creative forces behind the film might raise some eyebrows. The film stems from the first script by Danny Strong, previously known as a frequent guest star on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and was directed by Jay Roach, best known for directing such comedy mainstays as the “Austin Powers” and “Meet the Parents” movies.

Extras on the DVD include the featurette “The True Story of the 2000 Presidential Election,” in which Washington correspondent Jake Tapper and Strong discuss the events that inspired the film; a commentary with Roach and Strong; a conversation between Spacey and the real Ron Klain; and a conversation between Balaban and the real Ben Ginsberg.

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