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Lion's Gate purchases Artisan... Will this affect their DVDs?

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#1 of 41 OFFLINE   John Simon

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Posted October 27 2003 - 09:10 AM

I noticed on Coming Soon that Lion's Gate has purchased Artisan for $160 million. Anyone care to speculate if this will have some effect on Artisan's DVDs? I'm hoping perhaps it could mean that Artisan DVDs no longer require 15 rereleases to get a title right. But then again, maybe Lion's Gate will want to up some revenue, resulting in the inevitable Terminator 2: Judgement Day - Ultra Super Duper Edition. Posted Image

#2 of 41 OFFLINE   John Hodson

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Posted October 27 2003 - 09:19 AM

[quote] I'm hoping perhaps it could mean that Artisan DVDs no longer require 15 rereleases to get a title right. [quote]
And so say all of us. Maybe we'll get a decent version of The Quiet Man at last.

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#3 of 41 OFFLINE   Mitch Stevens

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Posted October 27 2003 - 09:30 AM

Lion's Gate is one of my favourite studios. I'm SOOO happy that they bought Artisan. Maybe now, they'll re-release these Artisan tiles in their OAR and with perfect picture quality. I have about 20 Lion's Gate DVDs and all of them have reference quality. BEST STUDIO EVER!

#4 of 41 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted October 27 2003 - 10:24 AM

Know at least one guy over at Lions Gate. If he has any pull there, the studio will do a GREAT job with Artisan product. Lions Gate is a studio that really cares about the quality of product they put out. They also read this forum religiously.


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#5 of 41 OFFLINE   Patrick McCart

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Posted October 27 2003 - 10:35 AM

The Republic library will revert to Paramount, who already seems to have materials ready or being prepared for the near future. It's wonderful to know that Lion's Gate will have Artisan...perhaps we'll finally see some Laurel & Hardy DVD's that have quality to them.

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Posted October 27 2003 - 11:19 AM

This is a good development. I've been impressed with most of what Lion's Gate has put out.
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#7 of 41 OFFLINE   Matt Stone

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Posted October 27 2003 - 11:22 AM

Now if we could only sort out the Twin Peaks rights issues, maybe we'll see a release sometime this millennium.
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Posted October 27 2003 - 11:23 AM

In this case, I have some new digging to do for the original Animated TMNT release on DVD over at Lions Gate. I Pray they put more thought into it than artisan was planning to, buy not putting out an edited version of the show as their first release...

#9 of 41 OFFLINE   Jo_C


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Posted October 27 2003 - 11:29 AM

Correct me, Patrick McCart, but if 2005 is the year Republic's library reverts to Paramount, then Lions Gate has one year to prepare a Signature Edition of "It's A Wonderful Life" (of course, Frank Capra is in another dimension now, so maybe Capra Jr. will lend his name). Artisan promised this last year, but it never came (it didn't come this year either).

#10 of 41 OFFLINE   Jason Hennigan

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Posted October 27 2003 - 12:42 PM

There's a bunch of Artisan titles I've been hoping will get re-released, hopefully this acquisition will expedite that.


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Posted October 27 2003 - 12:54 PM

I have faith in Lion's Gate. Hopefully we'll get an OAR Fright Night II sooner rather than later.
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#12 of 41 OFFLINE   Rob Tomlin

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Posted October 27 2003 - 03:21 PM

I wonder if this will have any impact on Artisan's support of the D-Theater format??

[quote] Lions Gate is a studio that really cares about
the quality of product they put out.

They also read this forum religiously.


If so, I hope they read this:

PLEASE continue to support the D-Theater format (at least until we have a good disc based alternative for movies in High Definition)!

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#13 of 41 OFFLINE   Mark Edward Heuck

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Posted October 27 2003 - 06:25 PM

I do hope that the Lions Gate acquisition means an upswing in DVD quality and better attention to second-tier titles. But here's something that gives me the jibblies. Look at what former libraries Lions Gate has in their coffers now: IVE/Live/Artisan Vestron Vidmark/Trimark Cinepix Film Properties Sterling/Studio/Avalanche Cabin Fever (didn't Artisan pick up their meager assets long ago?) Hallmark (though this is more of a distribution agreement, not an actual ownership matter) Republic (until 2005 anyway) It ain't no Miramax or New Line, granted, but this means that almost all the old indie shingles that MGM didn't inherit, they've got now. [exaggerated Scots brogue]THEY'RE FREAKIN' HOOOOGE!!![/exaggerated Scots brogue]
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#14 of 41 OFFLINE   EdwardKarlinski


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Posted October 27 2003 - 07:40 PM

I would love to see them rerelease both Gothic and Sleepless in widescreen. I have high hopes.

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Posted October 27 2003 - 11:47 PM

Isn't Trimark the one who owns "All of Me"

That title is a travesty in Pan and Scan - It NEEDS to be redone in Widescreen!

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Posted October 28 2003 - 12:23 AM

I want a remastered anamorphic The Doors

#17 of 41 OFFLINE   Eric Huffstutler

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Posted October 28 2003 - 12:28 AM

I've seen a bunch of Artisan titles now selling for up to 50% off. Wonder if they are just trying to dump current stock already?

#18 of 41 OFFLINE   Eric Peterson

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Posted October 28 2003 - 12:41 AM

This may be the best DVD news of the year, and that's saying alot! I have refused to buy any Artisan DVDs for over a year now, and there have been several that I really wanted and several more scheduled that I was interested in. I've always been impressed with Lion's Gate's DVDs and hopefully they can bring some order to the catastrophic mess that is Artisan. Thank You Lion's Gate!!

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Posted October 28 2003 - 12:43 AM

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#20 of 41 OFFLINE   Anthony Neilson

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Posted October 28 2003 - 03:27 AM

I can't believe the unthusiasm about Lion's Gate. What about the recent IRREVERSIBLE fiasco ? What about the INTACTO mastering errors, resulting in unwatchable extra features ? Seems like more a case of "out of the frying pan, into the fire" to me. Or at least into another frying pan.
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