Funny or Die's ill-received Steve Jobs film heads to DVD, Hulu

The comedic effort at the life and success of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has gone off the site, and is being sold on DVD.

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Comedy sketch site Funny or Die is now selling its 78-minute film about late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, which it previously offered for free on its Web site.

People who want to pay $9 through Amazon-owned CreateSpace can get the film on DVD. The company has also put it on Hulu Plus, where it will be available until June 2.

Funny or Die also released some metrics about the viewership of the film, which it says doubled traffic to its site on the day it was released, and has been viewed more than 740,000 times. In a release, the company says "a significant percentage" of those viewers finished the movie.

Despite the success, critics have not been fond of the film, which is Funny or Die's first foray into long-form content. In a scathing review last week, Wired called it "profoundly unfunny," giving it a 1/10 rating, while 9to5Mac simply called it "garbage." Much of the criticism has centered on the accuracy of the film, its pacing, and overall funniness.

The production is the first about Jobs since his death in 2011 . There are two other films on the way, one starring Ashton Kutcher that was originally due in theaters last month and that already premiered at the Sundance film festival, and another penned by Aaron Sorkin that's still in production.

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