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Old 06-30-2020, 02:21 AM   #1
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Greetings fellow collectors,

I apologize if this list already exists here on the forums, if so I'll go there and this thread can be dismissed.

Please let me know of any labels missing from this list, and if any of the labels I have listed do not qualify as Boutique.

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Definition: Boutique Label

Boutique Labels generally release culturally or artistically significant, obscure/rare, cult, mondo, foreign, or otherwise unconventional or uncommon films. They are usually released with the highest level of quality in mind, often include exclusive supplemental material and premium packaging.
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The Americas, Japan & South Pacific: (Region A)

abkco - https://www.abkco.com/films-soundtracks/ (Note: Alejandro Jodorowsky Exclusive Label)
Arbelos (Formerly: Cinelicious Pics) - http://arbelosfilms.com/distribution/
Blue Kino / KOFA - https://eng.koreafilm.or.kr/kofa/publication/dvds
Blue Underground - http://www.blue-underground.com/
CJ Entertainment - http://www.cj-entertainment.com/
Code Red & Dark Force Entertainment - http://darkforcedvd.com/
Criterion Collection - https://www.criterion.com/
Cult Epics - http://www.cultepics.com/
Drafthouse Films (Now Defunct) - https://drafthousefilms.com/
Film Movement - https://www.filmmovement.com/
FNC Add Culture - https://www.fncent.com/?lang_opt=en
Grasshopper Film - https://grasshopperfilm.com/
Grindhouse Releasing - https://grindhousereleasing.com/
Kino Lorber - https://www.kinolorber.com/
Mondo Macabro - https://www.mondo-macabro.com/
Mondo Vision (Possibly Defunct?) - http://www.mondo-vision.com/ (Note: Andrzej Żuławski Exclusive Label)
MPI Media Group / Darksky Films - https://www.mpihomevideo.com/ & https://darkskyfilms.com/
Olive Films - https://www.deepdiscount.com/olive-films/b236587 (Note: Could not find an official website, this link leads to primary distributor store.)
Plain - https://plainarchive.com/
RaroVideo U.S. - https://www.rarovideousa.com/
Vestron Video (Link: Lionsgate Films) - Has no exclusive web presence.
Scorpion Releasing (Ronin Flix) - https://roninflix.com/
Shout! / Scream Factory - https://www.shoutfactory.com/
Severin Films - https://severin-films.com/
Synapse Films - https://synapse-films.com/
Twilight Time (Now Defunct) - https://www.twilighttimemovies.com/
Videonomicon (Boutique VHS/DVD/Blu rays) - https://www.videonomicon.com/
Vinegar Sydnrome - https://vinegarsyndrome.com/

Europe, Middle East & Africa: (Region B)

Arrow - https://arrowfilms.com/
88 Films - https://88-films.myshopify.com/
101 Films - https://101-films-store.myshopify.com/
Artificial Eye - https://curzonartificialeye.com/
Powerhouse Films - https://www.powerhousefilms.co.uk/
Eureka Entertainment - https://eurekavideo.co.uk/
Network - https://networkonair.com/
Second Sight - https://secondsightfilms.co.uk/
Signal One Entertainment - https://signaloneentertainment.com/
Third Window Films - http://thirdwindowfilms.com/

Central & East Asia: (Region C)

Adult Cinema: (Region Listed by Label)

DistribPix - http://distribpix.com/ (Region A & B)
Command Video - https://commandcinema.com/ (Region A & B)

Note: Just because a label is listed in a specific region does not mean they do not offer products in other regions. Arrow for example is based in the UK and provides for a very large customer base in North America.

Please add to this list (reply to topic, and ill be happy to add/make corrections), and/or correct any errors I have made.

Thank you to the following people who have contributed to this list:

Thomas Irwin
TheMGR
CouncilSpectre
Grethiwha

If you would like your name removed from this list, please private message here on the forums and I will do so promptly.

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Would Well Go USA, and Mongrel Media be considered Boutique labels?
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Cult Epics

http://www.cultepics.com/

Mondo Macabro

https://www.mondo-macabro.com/index.php

Raro Video

https://www.rarovideousa.com/

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Fantastic thanks, will add those to the list. (I usually link to the label listing here on blu-ray.com, but ill start linking to the label website where available as well.)

Wanted to inquire with the community to see if the following would meet the requirements to be considered Boutique Labels:

Njutafilms - http://www.njutafilms.com/
Film4 - https://www.channel4.com/collection/film4
Mill Creek Entertainment - https://www.millcreekent.com/

The two from previous post, still was hoping to get the community to weigh in on if they qualify as Boutique.

Well Go USA - https://www.wellgousa.com/
Mongrel Media - http://www.mongrelmedia.com/

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This is the first I've heard of Njutafilms and Film4, so I couldn't really comment on them. Mill Creek tends to be a bargain label specializing in catalog releases. In the past, Sony have been their primary source, though they may have expanded a bit.
Well Go, like Kino Lorber, is a somewhat larger label I believe, though could most probably be considered a boutique label due to their heavy emphasis on Asian cinema. Mongrel Media, again, is a label I'm not real familiar with, although I've heard the name on numerous occasions.

I wasn't sure if you were sticking strictly to North American labels or not. If not, I could certainly add a few more.

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I would add Videonomicon out of Saskatoon, SK, Canada. Small but powerful. https://store.videonomicon.com/

And also Powerhouse (Indicator) out of the UK. https://www.powerhousefilms.co.uk/

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A few more UK boutiques:

Eureka Entertainment - Home of the Masters of Cinema and Eureka Classics lines

Second Sight Films

88 Films - Very much like old Arrow - Horror/Italian/Sci-Fi/Martial Arts

101 Films

Signal One Entertainment

BFI

Artificial Eye

Network

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You're missing Olive. And Blue Underground. A few smaller ones I like include Drafthouse Films (now defunct), Cinelicious Pics (now "Arbelos"), Film Movement, abkco (for Alejandro Jodorowsky's films), Mondo Vision (for Andrzej Zulawski's films), Grasshopper Film...

This subforum is in itself a pretty good list of notable US labels.

My favourite label in the UK is Third Window Films. If you really wanna go international, there's all kinds of Korean labels that come to mind: CJ, KOFA, FNC Add Culture, Plain, etc... Many more. You've got your work cut out for you.
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I would be happy to expand the list to all boutique labels globally, ill even sort them as such and try and find good store fronts for them.

Give me some time and a little help here and there and ill expand this thread to be a comprehensive source for browsing and purchasing boutique titles at best prices.
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You could also add Code Red, Scorpion Releasing and Dark Force Entertainment.

https://roninflix.com/ (Scorpion titles)
http://darkforcedvd.com/ (Dark Force and Code Red titles)

If you are including adult films on Blu-ray, here are two more U.S. labels.

https://commandcinema.com/
http://distribpix.com/

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If anyone knows of any boutique labels that operate out of Asia (Region C), I would very much like to add them to this list.

Please reply and let me know of any you are aware of.
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You're missing Olive. And Blue Underground. A few smaller ones I like include Drafthouse Films (now defunct), Cinelicious Pics (now "Arbelos"), Film Movement, abkco (for Alejandro Jodorowsky's films), Mondo Vision (for Andrzej Zulawski's films), Grasshopper Film...

This subforum is in itself a pretty good list of notable US labels.

My favourite label in the UK is Third Window Films. If you really wanna go international, there's all kinds of Korean labels that come to mind: CJ, KOFA, FNC Add Culture, Plain, etc... Many more. You've got your work cut out for you.
Cannot believe I missed/forgot about Mondo Vision, especially since I am a huge Żuławski fan. Owning both Limited Edition blu rays of Possession and La Note Bleue.

Thank you for this and the other labels you have introduced me to.

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Anyone know of any majority or exclusive region c labels? don't want to neglect our friends out east.
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Hey folks, just wanted to get a couple opinions on this one.

Who would consider FUNimation Entertainment a boutique label? Should I add it to this list?

Thanks!
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There's also VCI and Mill Creek.

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Hey folks, just wanted to get a couple opinions on this one.

Who would consider FUNimation Entertainment a boutique label? Should I add it to this list?

Thanks!
Possibly, but anime companies could almost be their own category. The active ones include FUNimation, Sentai Filmworks (and sister company Maiden Japan), Viz Media, Discotek, Aniplex (who could be considered a cousin of FUNimation since they're both owned by Sony), as well as (to a far lesser extent) Media Blasters, AnimEigo, and Anime Midstream. However, several other labels have released anime too, such as Shout Factory and Mill Creek, as well as major studios like Sony, Disney, and Warner. Also, some anime companies have released some non-anime, notably Media Blasters and FUNimation used to as well (they even handled DEGRASSI on DVD back in the day).
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Here's some...Flicker Alley https://www.flickeralley.com
AGFA https://www.americangenrefilm.com
Film Detective https://www.thefilmdetective.com

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Would like to inquire about Well Go USA's status as well? Is it considered a boutique label?

What about StudioCanal?
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