SOURCE: Image Entertainment

December 22, 2008 15:41 ET

Hill Harper, Tom Arnold and Robinne Lee Star in New Award-Winning Politically Controversial Film "This Is Not A Test," Available on DVD January 20, 2009 -- Inauguration Day

Released by Image Entertainment, Director Christopher Angel's Highly Anticipated Satire Deals With Issues of Terrorism and Fear in America

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - December 22, 2008) - Image Entertainment, (NASDAQ: DISK), a leading independent home entertainment company, will release the highly anticipated and controversial award-winning satire, "This Is Not A Test" ( on DVD and VOD starring Hill Harper (CSI: New York), Tom Arnold (True Lies, Animal Factory) and Robinne Lee (Seven Pounds, Hitch) on January 20, 2009, with its release on Inauguration Day ironically appropriate. The DVD is on sale and available for rent on January 20th. This thought-provoking film is written, directed and produced by Christopher Angel (Beyond Redemption, James Cameron's Expedition Bismarck) and co-produced by Eric Hayes and Hill Harper.

Sure to create controversy, "This Is Not A Test" tackles the government's fear campaign to the American people head-on. Acclaimed film-maker Christopher Angel's satirical masterpiece deals candidly with the hot-button topics of terrorism, natural disasters, and fear in America that make us ask ourselves the question, "Are We Prepared?"

Paranoid that terrorists will unleash a nuclear attack on Los Angeles, Carl (Hill Harper) gets caught up in a web of frantic, overzealous preparation that puts a cold-war freeze on his relationship with his beautiful wife, Viv (Robinne Lee). Fueling his hysteria is his new pal and unusual ally Tom Arnold (playing himself), who shares Carl's obsessive zeal to prepare for the worst. Carl goes as far as constructing a bomb shelter in his basement, making everyone around him feel he has lost his mind. And being torn between his love of safety and love for his wife, Carl is courting a fallout that he is totally unprepared for in this smart, hilarious satire about homeland security that will have audiences exploding in laughter.

"I was provoked by the government's bungled response to Katrina and I wondered what would have happened in a city like Los Angeles. I wanted to use humor to spur debate on a serious issue," says director Christopher Angel.

"This Is Not A Test" has already received rave reviews and won several prestigious film awards, including the Audience Award from Urbanworld Film Festival, Best Comedy Award from Breckenridge Film Festival, Best Director, Storyline, and Actor (Robinne Lee) from Boston International Film Festival.


Hill Harper (CSI: New York), is an accomplished actor, author and philanthropist. Last year, the NAACP bestowed several awards on his New York Times Bestseller debut book, Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny. He also received the prestigious American Library Association Award. Hill's follow-up book, Letters To A Young Sister: DeFINE Your Destiny is poised to garner similar awards. A member of the National Finance Committee, he campaigned for his Harvard Law School classmate, president-elect Barack Obama. He also established the MANifest Your Destiny (MYD) Foundation ( to provide young men and women with nurturing support systems.

Tom Arnold has established himself with both television and film audiences worldwide, having won a Peabody Award for writing and a Golden Globe for his work on Roseanne. Tom received critical acclaim for his role in True Lies with Arnold Schwarzenegger, played opposite Dustin Hoffman in Hero and starred in his own HBO special Tom Arnold, The Naked Truth.

Robinne Lee (Seven Pounds, Hitch), a graduate of Yale and Columbia Law School, began her acting career as a supporting actress in romantic comedies, quickly building an impressive acting career in romantic comedies, including National Security with Martin Lawrence and opposite Will Smith in Hitch. Lee is also featured with Will Smith in the much-anticipated film Seven Pounds.

Christopher Angel won a student Academy Award for his short film, Mr. October, and has gone on to direct five feature films, including Lions Gate's Beyond Redemption (with Andrew McCarthy & Michael Ironside). Christopher is also an experienced film editor, and was nominated for an Emmy for his work on James Cameron's Expedition Bismarck. For the past two years, Christopher has been working closely with Garry Shandling on the DVD release of the Larry Sanders Show. Christopher attended Yale and the University of Southern California School of Cinema.

About Image Entertainment:

Image Entertainment, Inc. is a leading independent licensee, producer and distributor of home entertainment programming in North America, with approximately 3,500 exclusive DVD titles and approximately 370 exclusive CD titles in domestic release and approximately 600 programs internationally via sublicense agreements. For many of its titles, the Company has exclusive audio and broadcast rights and, through its subsidiary Egami Media, Inc., has digital download rights to approximately 2,000 video programs and over 300 audio programs containing more than 4,500 tracks. The Company is headquartered in Chatsworth, California. For more information about Image Entertainment, Inc., please go to

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