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''Fahrenheit'' sets home video sales record. Its first-day sales of 2 million copies sets a new benchmark for documentaries

Fahrenheit 9/11 is still playing on about 128 screens nationwide, but that didn't stop it from setting another documentary record upon its release on home video on Tuesday. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Michael Moore's movie sold 2 million DVD and VHS copies on its first day in stores. That's hardly a surprise, given that the film has grossed $119 million to date in theaters, also a record figure for a documentary. Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment projects that Fahrenheit will sell 3 million copies by the end of its first week on shelves.

Moore may not be free to enjoy the fruits of his labor, at least not if the Michigan Republican Party has its way. The Associated Press reports that the Michigan GOP has asked state prosecutors to file charges against Moore for allegedly violating election law by bribing college students to vote during his current campus speaking tour; Moore has been offering students gag gifts like new underwear or ramen noodles if they register to vote. So far, prosecutors have not filed charges against Moore, but he's responded with a statement, saying, ''It's ironic that Republicans have no problem with allowing assault weapons out on our streets, yet they don't want to put clean underwear in the hands of our slacker youth. The Republicans seem more interested in locking me up for trying to encourage people to participate in our democracy than locking up bin Laden for his attacks on our democracy.''

Originally posted Oct 07, 2004