MGM's Kingpin To Carry 'R' Rating

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MGM Home Entertainment will re-release its comedy hit Kingpin in a newly expanded "R" version in DVD day-and-date with VHS on May 18.

The film, which paired Woody Harrelson and Randy Quaid as misfits on the pro-bowling circuit rolling against the ever-zany Bill Murray, will be available in a new version that adds four "tasteless" minutes of "never-before-seen footage." The added extras pushed the film's original "PG" rating to "R."

The studio said the re-issue will also be added to its Contemporary Classics Collection.

The DVD will carry a $24.98 suggested retail, while the new "R" VHS version carries a $14.95 suggested retail.

MGM said the DVD version will be encoded with both widescreen and 4:3 picture formats, along with audio commentary by the directors and an eight-page collectible booklet on the making of the film.

In the film, Harrelson plays Roy Munson, a pro bowler on the rise, who has a run-in with an angry competitor, leaving him sadder, wiser and minus his bowling hand. Years later, Munson encounters Ishmael (Quaid) an Amish bowling phenom. The two set out to win a million-dollar bowling tournament.


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