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Old 10-29-2014, 06:17 PM   #7041
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Originally Posted by steve_dave View Post
Sorry but Scream already confirmed, multiple times, they only have the licensing rights to 6, H20, and Resurrection as part of the sets with Anchor Bay.

Any new special editions of these films would have to be handled by Lionsgate.
Not quite. What Scream has apparently said is that their current license agreement only applies to including the films in the boxed set.

That has nothing to do with what other license agreements could be entered into in the future.

Unless one has access to the licensing agreements Miramax has drawn up with Lionsgate and Anchor Bay/Scream respectively, there's no way to know what the terms are, and certainly no way to know whether Lionsgate already has exclusive licensing rights to stand-alone special editions.

I understand emphasizing the boxed-set exclusivity right now. There's no way Anchor Bay and Scream would put out a big boxed set, and then immediately even imply the possibility that the majority of the "new" stuff exclusive to the boxed set (the stuff that many folks are primarily buying the boxed set for) might be released on its own in a year or two.

It has been said the films are very expensive to license. But I would tend to doubt that Miramax would simply deny Anchor Bay and Scream if they wanted to pay enough money to do a new license for stand-alone releases. It would be easy money for everybody. Most (if not all) of the work is already done. They would just need to repackage the things.

Does anyone think Lionsgate is going to do their own special edition with all new, independently-produced special features? They could essentially license back all of Anchor Bay and Scream's special features. But simply reissuing the cheapie Echo Bridge BD tells me Lionsgate and Miramax don't have a huge interest in any of this. It would be much easier to simply issue a license to Anchor Bay/Scream to do standalone releases.

Any Anchor Bay/Scream release wouldn't even particularly be competing with the barebones Lionsgate release of the films, as those are always going to be infinitely cheaper.
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