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Drama ‘The Chocolate War’ Due on Blu-ray Sept. 27 From MVD

The 1988 MGM drama The Chocolate War will be released on Blu-ray Disc Sept. 27 as part of MVD Entertainment Group’s MVD Rewind Collection.

Based on Robert Cormier’s controversial novel — once the most widely banned book in America — this allegory of abusive power is set in a Catholic boy’s school where a chocolate sale becomes a war over conformity. Jerry (Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Weird Science) is a student who refuses to take part, undercutting ambitious school administrator Brother Leon (John Glover, Scrooged). Leon secretly enlists Archie (Wallace Langham credited as Wally Ward, Ford v. Ferrari) — the sadistic mastermind of the school’s resident gang — to force Jerry into line. But motives and results are far more complex than they first seem.

The Chocolate War — featuring a 1980s soundtrack with music by Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, Joan Armatrading and Yaz — also stars Adam Baldwin (Full Metal Jacket) Doug Hutchison (The Green Mile) Jenny Wright (St. Elmo’s Fire) and Bud Cort (Harold and Maude).

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Extras include feature commentary by director Keith Gordon; an interview with Gordon on the movie; a collectible mini-poster; and a limited-edition slipcover (for the first pressing only).

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