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Discussion in 'General' started by Nailwraps, Jan 4, 2011.
wonder how echo bridge got these movies from disney?
EB got Ernest Goes to Camp too, so anything's possible.
You guys have it all wrong. When Disney unloaded Miramax to Film District, that included rights to all the films produced under Miramax and pre-TWC Dimension. (The latter includes the films made under the Dimension label while the Weinsteins were at Disney.) Film District then made a distribution deal with Lionsgate and StudioCanal to release the catalog titles on DVD and Blu-ray.
So Lionsgate will be releasing Scream on Blu-ray. And Anchor Bay will release Scream 4.
I don't think the probability for getting those titles out on disc is as hopeless as people seem to think it is. Buena Vista has traditionally been more open to licensing their catalog titles to third party DVD companies than other majors. They licensed out things like The Black Hole and Something Wicked This Way Comes to Anchor Bay, and worked with Criterion on titles like Armageddon and The Rock. They and Universal are really the only two studios that have been good in that regard.
The Miramax/Dimension/TWC library is so fucking splintered and spread out amongst various distribution companies now that I can't keep track of who has the rights to what and who's releasing what.
speaking of ERNEST i got a ernest triple feature today at bestbuy for 5 bucks a great deal it includes goes to camp,goes to jail and scared stupid and it is 2 discs
Ernest Scared Stupid deserves it's own Blu-ray release. I love that movie.
I'm going to go ahead and continue the hijacking of this thread. Earnest was the MAN! "Ernest Goes To Jail" is a classic and my favorite.
I agree! I was surprised it didn't make the cut with the double feature.
Maybe they are saving it for a holiday double feature with Ernest Scared Stupid and Ernest Saves Christmas?
Let me try and sum it up:
Lionsgate has distribution rights to the crown jewels of Miramax's catalog and recent releases like The Switch. (Disney kept a few Miramax titles like Gnomeo & Juliet and The Tempest under their Touchstone banner, while The Debt is released through Universal's Focus Features banner.) However, the less lucrative titles are being re-released by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment, like Becoming Jane, Duplex and From Dusk Till Dawn. (I have no idea if Echo Bridge are just reprinting the previous releases, or doing new masters.)
All the Dimension films produced after the Weinsteins left and formed The Weinstein Company have been released by Sony (after the Vivendi debacle) up until TWC bought an equity share in Anchor Bay. I suppose Sony will stop printing the titles after their deal with TWC/Dimension expires.
Apparently, looks like Echo Bridge is re-releasing a lot of Miramax/Dimension titles (see the titles for pre-order at DVD Empire here):
Down to You
Hellraiser DTV sequels
Plus a handful of Bionicle and Pokemon titles.
Such a relief to see absolutely nothing that I would look forward to. I can burn and distribute better products on my laptop than Echo Bridge puts out. Fitting that they have Resurrection though, that movie was so painfully awful that I don't even acknowledge it's existence.
And it appears that Echo Bridge now has the rights to Hellraiser III.
Including Children of the Corn II! I don't think that one ever made it to DVD before now.
No blu-ray announcements yet though.
Looks like I'll be holding onto my Paramount copy. How do these people even stay in business with the awful quality of films that they shit out? I guess someone has to keep the bottom of the five dollar discount bin stocked. That, or maybe I'm just still pissed about their Curtains failure.
Echo Bridges "Gamera" double feature had great true HD masters.
And I doubt they will use VHS transfer for the Miramax films
Echo Bridge will use whatever materials are supplied to them by Disney. If these films have been remastered recently, then the discs put out by them will look pretty good. If however Disney supplies them with an old DVD master or an old 720p transfer that was originally created for TV, then they won't look so good. What Echo Bridge WILL NOT do is pay to have a new master created if Disney supplies them with a crummy looking old one, and they will not search for better materials if Disney can't provide them with anything better than an old master.
I have a feeling Echo Bridge is just going to reprint the previous releases from Disney and Paramount and just slap the Echo Bridge label on the disc.
That scenario would be great. But it probably won't be the case.
i might get children of the corn part 2 on dvd but that's it
Many of the Dimension/Miramax/Echo Bridge titles are now showing up as pre-orders on Amazon, mostly for $6.99 each. There's some double-features for under $10 and a few triple-features for under $15
There's also some "collection series" that have SRP's under $20, like "Miramax Hellraiser Series" and "Miramax From Dusk Till Dawn Series"
I kind of doubt we'll be seeing many new transfers with such a large wave of these being released so soon, and with such obvious budget prices...