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Breaking: Shout Factory and ITV Studios Sign Multi-Film Deal: GREAT TITLES COMING!

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#1 of 74 ONLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted July 25 2013 - 08:57 AM

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Iconic Film Properties Include Internationally Acclaimed Movie Classics



THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL and much more


Los Angeles, Calif. and London, U.K – July 25, 2013 – Shout! Factory and ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) announced today a distribution agreement to bring a vast library of acclaimed cinema classics to the home entertainment marketplace in the U.S and Canada. The announcement was made by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos and Carol Lee, SVP Home Entertainment Americas for ITVS GE.


This exclusive multi-year deal will enable U.S. and Canadian audiences to watch over 30 highly sought-after film properties from ITVS GE on home entertainment and select digital platforms. Critically acclaimed and award-winning movies include SOPHIE’S CHOICE (Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline), ON GOLDEN POND (Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda), THE EAGLE HAS LANDED (Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland, Robert Duvall), THE LAST UNICORN(Jeff Bridges, Alan Arkin, Mia Farrow), THE TAMARIND SEED (Julie Andrews, Omar Sharif), CAPRICORN ONE(Elliott Gould, James Brolin), THE CASSANDRA CROSSING (Sophia Lauren, Richard Harris, Martin Sheen), BRIEF ENCOUNTER (Richard Burton, Sophia Lauren), SATURN 3 (Farrah Fawcett, Kirk Douglas, Harvey Keitel), THE MERCHANT OF VENICE (Laurence Olivier, Joan Plowright), VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED (Faye Dunaway, Oskar Werner, Lee Grant), THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL (Gregory Peck, Laurence Olivier), as well as numerous notable popular cult classic hits.


“We are excited about this new opportunity with ITV Studios Global Entertainment. Many of these iconic films have been unavailable or long out-of-print in the home entertainment marketplace.  We look forward to bring these cinematic treasures back to their original luster and present these films to movie fans and collectors on digital entertainment platforms as well as at retail,” stated Shout! Factory’s founders.


“ITVS GE’s catalogue boasts some internationally acclaimed films, and this deal with Shout! Factory will give U.S. and Canadian consumers the opportunity to view some of these cinematic classics across physical and digital platforms.” said Carol Lee.

Shout! Factory plans an aggressive rollout of these cinema classics through physical home entertainment releases and a variety of digital entertainment distribution platforms beginning later this year.  Shout! Factory and ITVS GE are working closely to remaster a number of great titles, some of which have never been available on Blu-ray™ and DVD.  Moreover, a wide range of bonus content for special editions and double features are currently being developed by Shout! Factory.


About ITV Studios Global Entertainment

ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) is one of the world’s leading international TV distribution, home entertainment, publishing, merchandising and licensing businesses. ITVS GE’s home entertainment arm includes one of the biggest DVD publishing labels and markets a world-class portfolio of television, music and film brands with over 3,000 titles across formats including DVD, Blu-ray and downloads. The business spans UK and international distribution, co-production, acquisition, e-commerce and retail, with offices in London and Los Angeles. In addition ITVS GE controls the DVD rights to the Rank and ITC film collections, containing over 1,500 iconic British films.


About Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blu-Ray™ offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras.  Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, Broadway cast albums, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations.  In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America.  Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention.  Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.


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#2 of 74 OFFLINE   Steve Tannehill

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Posted July 25 2013 - 09:02 AM

Some good titles in that agreement.

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Posted July 25 2013 - 09:11 AM

On Golden Pond! Finally!

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Posted July 25 2013 - 09:15 AM

Great news!  ON GOLDEN POND- YES!

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Posted July 25 2013 - 09:26 AM

Terrific news. Is THE EVIL THAT MEN DO part of the deal?

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Posted July 25 2013 - 09:46 AM

I'm on board for day one purchases of both "On Golden Pond" & "Sophie's Choice"...Shout Factory's definitely making big waves as an independent blu-ray label distributor these days, which is great to see!!!

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Posted July 25 2013 - 10:17 AM

The Boys From Brazil brings back fond memories, as do Capricorn One and The Last Unicorn.

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Posted July 25 2013 - 10:23 AM

Has "The Tamarind Seed" ever been released in any video format in the US?  Possibly on a fullscreen VHS, but certainly not laserdisc or DVD.

Edited by Rob_Ray, July 25 2013 - 10:24 AM.

#9 of 74 OFFLINE   Andrew Budgell

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Posted July 25 2013 - 12:07 PM

I agree, some great titles, especially On Golden Pond! Wonderful news.

#10 of 74 OFFLINE   Simon Lewis

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Posted July 25 2013 - 01:12 PM

Just wish ITV would release some of their back catalogue in the UK, but they've been very slow over the last few years

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Posted July 25 2013 - 01:15 PM


"And now the reprimand, from an American critic. He reproaches me for using film as a sacred & lasting medium, like a painting or a book. He does not believe that filmmaking is an inferior art, but he believes, and quite rightly, that a reel goes quickly, that the public are looking above all for relaxation, that film is fragile and that it is pretentious to express the power of one's soul by such ephemeral and delicate means, that Charlie Chaplin's or Buster Keaton's first films can only be seen on very rare and badly spoiled prints. I add that the cinema is making daily progress and that eventually films that we consider marvelous today will soon be forgotten because of new dimensions & colour. This is true. But for 4 weeks this film [The Blood of a Poet] has been shown to audiences that have been so attentive, so eager & so warm, that I wonder after all there is not an anonymous public who are looking for more than relaxation in the cinema." - Jean Cocteau, 1932

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Posted July 25 2013 - 01:35 PM

Just wish ITV would release some of their back catalogue in the UK, but they've been very slow over the last few years


ITV seem determined to license out their back catalogue pretty much the world over rather than release them in the UK; there are a few on this opening list that were released a few years back, but as you say, since then, few and far between.

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Posted July 25 2013 - 01:36 PM


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Posted July 25 2013 - 01:37 PM

Great news! Lots of good films will be available again, and Shout does a good job.
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Posted July 25 2013 - 01:39 PM

Very pleased to see that some of these great titles are finally coming to Blu-ray. Hooray!

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Posted July 25 2013 - 01:58 PM

While not a great movie, The Cassandra Crossing on blu-ray looks promising as the DVD is quite poor.  I have some of these titles already released on blu-ray by ITV in the UK, but the others are most welcome.  Between Shout! and VCI, the ITV catalogue is getting some decent exposure in North America.

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Posted July 25 2013 - 04:33 PM

I noticed that a dozen of the 30 titles are now known to us from the deal. Let the speculation on the other dozen and a half begin.

#18 of 74 OFFLINE   Moe Dickstein

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Posted July 25 2013 - 04:34 PM

Seems like a lot of the later PSE titles in there.
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Posted July 25 2013 - 04:36 PM

Some great titles, though I hope these are also made available in other territories because being Shout! Factory they will most probably be region-locked.

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Posted July 25 2013 - 05:27 PM

At long last I'll be able to watch Sophie's Choice in a decent transfer.

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