Kinowelt pacts for DVD package

Deal includes Dr. Mabuse titles, Fassbinder pix

Kinowelt has concluded a 100-film deal with Spanish DVD distributor Sherlock Films.

The package consists predominantly of films from the German arthouse outfit’s Popular German Classics — Cinema of the 1960s Collections.

These sets feature the Edgar Wallace and Dr. Mabuse crime and mystery-thrillers, the Winnetou Westerns based on the novels of Karl Mai and a series of films starring German actress Senta Berger. Also included are several titles from director Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

Said Kinowelt’s head of sales Stelios Ziannis: “Classic films are gaining in demand as people recognize their inherent quality. Many are now being restored and rediscovered by people who saw them originally — and they’re being discovered by new audiences, too.”

Sherlock topper Enrique Perez Font, who himself turned detective to unearth original Spanish-lingo soundtracks and extras, plans a staged rollout of “these B-movies with bonus material. Adventure movies are coming in spring, war movies in the summer. Dr Mabuse gets released in 2007.”

Kinowelt has also been touting a package of six animated Asterix features. The features have been acquired for DVD by Brazil’s Conquest (which has also signed for two Lucky Luke animated cowboy films), Russia’s Kinotavr Video and Yugoslavia’s ProVision. The last has also taken TV rights.

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