Along with re-releasing older films in the ever growing library known as The Studio Canal Collection (which includes several previous Criterion films, now out of print), The Wrap is reporting that Lionsgate has a new card up their DVD/Blu-ray distribution sleeve.
The outlet is reporting that the distributor is set to release many of the films from the canon of Francis Ford Coppola, including films like The Conversation, and Apocalypse Now (containing both versions of the film) on both DVD and Blu-ray, as well as through video-on-demand and broadcast television, as port of a new agreement announced on Monday.
Apparently the first part of the deal was Lionsgate’s release of Coppola’s last film, Tetro, and will see its next release be a new release of Apocalypse Now, which will be in high definition for the first time in its history, and will even feature a new transfer, over seen by Coppola himself. The Apocalypse Now release will include: “Apocalypse Now – The 1979 Cut‘ and ‘Apocalypse Now Redux“. The only titles they will not be releasing are the Goldfather Trilogy, which have already seen recent restorations on Blu-ray and DVD. Coppola’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula was once available on Criterion Laserdisc, but was not mentioned in the story. It also has had a directors cut released on DVD and Blu-ray.
Personally, while I would rather see these films, as I would any film, released through Criterion, and the transfers of Lionsgate’s Studio Canal releases haven’t been the best, I do have hope for this set, particularly knowing Coppola will have his hands on it. That could be a saving grace for a company that isn’t quite the king of DVD releases, particularly of older films.
Source: The Wrap