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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (& other Cinecom titles)

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Doug Pyle, Jul 30, 2001.

  1. Doug Pyle

    Doug Pyle Second Unit

    Nov 13, 1998
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    Cinecom distributes just a few and very high quality films. Among the best/most well-known are:
    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
    Salaam Bombay!
    Sammy and Rosie Get Laid
    The only Cinecom title on DVD that I'm aware of is James Ivory's Maurice (by Odyssey Video - in Region 2 only according to IMDb.com). Oh, well, Matewan can only be partially seen on a full-frame Artisan DVD, but full-frame doesn't count when not in OAR.
    Who can get these great films onto DVD in region 1? Please hurry, whoever you are. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are waiting in the wings ....
    • May you be happy and well!
  2. Mark Edward Heuck

    Mark Edward Heuck Screenwriter

    Jul 25, 2000
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    The chain of ownership on the Cinecom library is pretty screwy. Last I checked, the former October Films had made a deal for distribution rights to what was claimed to be 60+ films. When October had a deal with the former Hallmark/Evergreen Video, many of these older Cinecom titles were released under their banner, like MAURICE, and THE LIGHTHORSEMEN.
    However, not all the films released by Cinecom belong to them. A ROOM WITH A VIEW was, I believe, sold off to Fox Video directly by Merchant Ivory instead of Cinecom. The Giorgio Moroder edit of METROPOLIS was licensed to the former Vestron by it's co-financier PSO. And for some strange reason, ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN was acquired by Buena Vista Home Video, from what I think was one of the other British backers. More recently, THE HANDMAID'S TALE was reissued on video by MGM, so they too may have a stake in the library, possibly from the same chain they acquired all the other bankrupt movie libraries they now own.
    So what's the point of this rambling reply? Basically, look at the credits of each and every Cinecom title you're interested in seeing on DVD before you make a blanket request. It would appear their assets are very fragmented.
    "As I looked back over my life, I realized that I enjoyed nothing--not art, not sex--more than going to the movies." -- Gore Vidal

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