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Old 14-08-2006, 17:24   #1
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Republic Library back at LionsGate

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Old 14-08-2006, 17:28   #2
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Lionsgate Home Entertainment has regained control of the Republic film library, the company revealed last week. Distribution rights to the Republic library - which includes films such as "High Noon," "Freeway" and "Bound" - had reverted to Paramount at the start of 2006 after being distributed by Lionsgate (and previously Artisan Entertainment). These latest events, however, do not seem to affect Republic's TV library - including "Twin Peaks" - which still reside at Paramount.

Bought by producer Aaron Spelling's Spelling Entertainment, Republic Pictures was merged with Spelling's WorldVision Enterprises (which distributed Twin Peaks, Beverly Hills 90210 and Melrose Place, among other shows). Republic's video division was shut down in 1995 and the video rights to the library were leased to Artisan Entertainment. Media conglomerate Viacom bought out Spelling/Republic in 1999, and Republic became a wholly-owned division of Paramount. Artisan, later sold to Lions Gate Home Entertainment, continued to use the Republic name, logo, and library under license from Paramount.

This past Spring, Paramount announced a slate of Republic titles for re-release, but then pulled them without explanation. And yet despite this recent move back to Lionsgate, Frank Capra's 1946 classic It's a Wonderful Life has been retained by Paramount and the studio plans a 60th Anniversary Edition for release on October 31st. (Thanks to Video Business)


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Swell. They got me all excited with those Republic noir and John Wayne titles announced back in the spring.
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At least Criterion stand a chance of handling some of them - they've started licensing films from Lionsgate (beginning with Kicking and Screaming next week). The prospect of The Quiet Man or Rio Grande given the same loving treatment as Young Mr. Lincoln should send anyone weak at the knee. Not to mention Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Johnny Guitar, Letter from an Unknown Woman, etc.
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At least Criterion stand a chance of handling some of them - they've started licensing films from Lionsgate (beginning with Kicking and Screaming next week). The prospect of The Quiet Man or Rio Grande given the same loving treatment as Young Mr. Lincoln should send anyone weak at the knee. Not to mention Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Johnny Guitar, Letter from an Unknown Woman, etc.
The problem is that while Lionsgate may hold the video rights, Paramount still holds the original and/or the best elements extant for most of the Republic films, and, mostly, they've not been letting others use them (as per Paramount's recent Dutch / French release of High Noon). If Lionsgate would sub-let the rights to Criterion and Paramount would play ball and release those best elements, then it's a whole different ball game.
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In their 2005 annual report, Lionsgate say the Republic library only brought in 2% of their income. They might do as well or better on a licence deal with someone. We can only hope...
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From VideoBusiness:

AUG. 18 | Paramount Home Entertainment will retain distribution rights to roughly half of the TV shows and films in the Republic Pictures library as part of a multi-year distribution deal with Lionsgate Entertainment.

A Lionsgate spokesman said the indie studio under the deal would distribute 1,600 of the 3,000 movies included in the library. Among those are classics High Noon, Rio Grande and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the spokesman said.

Paramount has retained rights to It’s a Wonderful Life and all of the TV titles, which include Twin Peaks, Beverly Hills 90210 and Love Boat.

Paramount hasn’t commented on the deal.

Lionsgate disclosed in its earnings release last week that it would continue distributing Republic movies but didn’t give details about the deal at the time.
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When the whereabouts of the Republic catalogue was still up in the air, the Artisan discs seem to go OOP. They were certainly nowhere to be found at the DVD Pacific website, probably in anticipation of new Paramount discs.

Well, they are back up for order; High Noon, The Wake of The Red Witch, The Quiet Man, Force of Evil et al. It's a crying shame; will no-one save The Quiet Man in particular?
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