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A bunch of screen captures from the Assassination of a High School President DVD have been added. The caps include Mischa’s scenes from the movie plus deleted, alternate and extended scenes. Big thanks to Marie for taking the time out to cap!

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Bobby Gets Funky – Alternate
Explaining the Crime – Extended
Meet Paul Moore – Extended
Ping Pong Table Dive – Deleted
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School Announcement – Extended
Spanish Test – Alternate Opening


Assassination of a High School President DVD Info

Title: Assassination of a High School President
Starring: Mischa Barton
Released: 6th October 2009
SRP: $24.96 (DVD)

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced DVD ($24.96) and Blu-ray ($34.95) releases of Assassination of a High School President which stars Mischa Barton, Reece Thompson, and Bruce Willis. Each will be available to own from the 6th October. Extras will include a filmmakers commentary, deleted scenes with optional commentary, extended and alternate scenes with optional commentary, and alternate opening sequences with optional commentary. The DVD artwork is attached:


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Mischa interviewed by Handbag.com

Head on over to Handbag.com to check out an interview they had with Mischa following the Harrods Summer Sale Opening. Thanks to Maz for the tip!

Also, head on over to /Film for an English language Assassination of a High School President trailer, tentatively scheduled to be released on DVD October 13th, 2009.

Assassination DVD Pushed

According to the Walmart website, the DVD release date for “Assassination of a High School President” has been pushed from June 30th, 2009 to October 13th, 2009. Still no cover art or details on any special features.

Assassination of a High School President Heads to DVD

Unfortunately Assassination of a High School President was unable to overcome Yari Film Group’s bankrupty and according to Walmart it will be arriving on DVD June 30th, 2009. Thanks to David for the tip. Details are limited at this stage apart from the fact that the movie will be rated R and released in widescreen.

DATE PUSHED TO OCTOBER 13th, 2009

Assassination of a High School President: On DVD June 30th, 2009

Director Brett Simon’s feature debut is an intricately crafted high school drama that strays from the typical teenage fare and manages to keep what at first seems like a familiar plot twisting and turning until the very last frame. Combining a keen sense of relief that no one can make you go back to high school with an equally strong desire to return and make all of the cool kids realize that there’s life past graduation, “Assassination Of A High School President” deftly captures a new kind of grown-up teenage angst. Sophomore Bobby Funke, played with witty nuance by Reece Thompson, is a self-described newspaper dork whose social skills are severely lacking in this high school hierarchy, yet he is instantly recognizable as the person with the most promising future in his class. Determined to win a spot in a coveted summer journalism program, he finds himself at the epicenter of a story that threatens the entire social structure of St. Donovan’s High School – everyone from jocks to misfits to Bruce Willis’s campy and over-the-top principal. The rest of the perfectly cast ensemble creates a high school from hell, where anything seems possible, especially since every character appears to be 16 going on 30. Giving any hints about the way this film turns out would only destroy the fun.

Assassination of a High School President Screen Captures

Screen captures from Assassination of a High School President have been uploaded. Mischa stars with Reece Thompson, Bruce Willis and Luke Grimes in this dark comedy. The movie premiered in Russia last week on a cable television service so the captures aren’t high quality but good enough. Huge thanks to Maz for taking the time to cap!

Note: Album of captures features mild nudity. Visitor discretion advised.

The film is unfortunately backed by a now bankrupt film distributor so at this stage it seems unlikely we’ll get an English release any time soon. Hopefully some other company will come to the rescue and at least release the movie on DVD. Bad time for indepedent film. :(

Russian Trailer for Assassination of a High School President

Here is the Russian trailer for Mischa’s upcoming “Assassination of a High School President” co-starring Bruce Willis and Reece Thompson. Thanks to Michele from Luke Grimes Net.

Mischa Barton’s ‘High School President’ May Graduate To DVD

At the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, Yari Film Group premiered Brett Simon’s Assassination of a High School President, a film noir mystery set inside the world of a John Hughes-style High School comedy. It quickly emerged as one of the underdogs on the schedule to become one of the most buzzed about films at the festival. Unfortunately, Yari Film Group was forced into involuntary bankruptcy, and the film has been sitting on the shelf ever since. This has presented a very serious problem for theatrical distribution, and because of the legalities of bankruptcy court, the timing of this economic downturn and a whole slew of other worst-case-scenarios, Assassination is on the verge of losing its opportunity to have the theatrical run it deserves.

There might still be hope. Studios are still deciding whether or not they want to take a financial risk by buying the theatrical rights, spending cash on P&A and distributing the movie theatrically. Sony has the home video distribution rights, and from a business standpoint, they think it makes more sense to send the film direct to dvd. But I, like many others, think that Assassination of a High School President deserves to be seen on the big screen. What can you do? Leave your thoughts in the comments below, become a fan of the film on Facebook, and spread the word. Distributors like Sony Pictures Classics, Samuel Goldwyn, Fox Searchlight, etc need to see that there’s an audience out there waiting for an opportunity to see this film.

Why should you care about this movie? Here is what some other people have said about the film

  • Ken Evans called it “a film that I fell in love with within the first 15 minutes” and “I would have walked right back into the theater to see again if I could have.”
  • Mel Valentin called it “wholly satisfying, enthralling high school-noir every bit the equal of Brick.”
  • MTV said “the film is stuffed with so many rapid-fire laughs that you’ll need to watch it multiple times — especially so you can memorize all the super-quotable lines.”
  • Film School Rejects said it one of those films that makes you “want to run to the top of a mountain and shout its praises”, calling it “smart, sexy and rich with supporting characters that are at some points as interesting as those who get the spotlight.”
  • ComingSoon called it “a funnier and more biting look at high school than any we’ve seen in some time”.
  • UGO calls it “nothing short of brilliant, a hilarious noir-comedy mixture in which each character is more colorful than the last.”
  • FirstShowing says “The comedy never stops, the story is full of twists that keep you on the edge of your seat, and overall this is one of the best balances of mystery and comedy that I’ve seen in ages” and calls it “a great movie that deserves endless appreciation.”
  • Aint It Cool News says “it’s witty characters and style make it the kind of film you’d want to visit a few times over just to hang out with it a little more.”

Many people have drawn comparisons between this film and Rian Johnson’s indie masterpiece Brick, and it would be hard not to. As I wrote in my original Sundance review “Assassination is not a copy of Brick, in fact, it was written before Brick. Imagine if John Hughes had made Chinatown set in a High School. So where Brick was a hardcore film noir story set in the world of high school students, Assassination is a high school movie with a noir mystery storyline.” I always thought of it as a more accessible, more marketable film…

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