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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ronald Epstein, Mar 16, 2012.
Maybe this means they can re-license Trainspotting at some point.
Has Lions Gate licensed anything to Criterion in recent years? I can't think of any.
Lionsgate is merely the video distributor, they don't actually own the rights to the movie. And IIRC their blu-ray is the censored US cut.
Yes, I hate the fact that the U.S. Blu-Ray is cut. My understanding is that Lions Gate owns the U.S. video rights to the Miramax library, so I don't think Criterion could license it without going through them. http://www.miramax.com/2011/02/11/lionsgate-studiocanal-and-miramax-enter-into-home-entertainment-distribution-agreement/
Well its possible that they could get the rights from Film 4 directly as it appears they have so done here (no MGM logo). Otherwise I just think its strange that they're including a teaser trailer for a film they haven't had the rights to since laserdisc.
The plot sounds kind of similar to A Simple Plan.
Joel could be on to something, According to the IMDB listing of TRAINSPOTTING, Miramax wasn't one of the production companies that made the film, so, if IMDB is correct, it is possible that the rights will revert to Film 4 at which point Criterion could license the film. It depends on what kind of deal Miramax made when they bought the rights.
This has actually happened with few recent Criterion titles: Three Colours (previously Miramax, now MK2) Belle de Jour (previously Miramax, now Plaza Productions International) Naked (previously New Line, now Film4)
They don't own the rights, they have a distribution agreement, just like your link says. New owners of Miramax basically think their library is a money cow and licensed it out to different distributors, including Echo Bridge.