Eyes homevid dollars in markets where discs are still popular
Moonstone Entertainment has come onboard to distribute the Imperial library of 26 titles, banking on HD masters of titles like Jean-Claude Van Damme’s “Lionheart” and “Black Eagle” to help generate international homevid dollars.Moonstone topper Ernst Stroh estimates that Van Damme actioners “Lionheart” and “Black Eagle” are the library’s two most valuable titles. Stroh plans to make HD masters of most of Imperial’s pics and hopes that will help boost DVD and Blu-ray sales in territories including Germany, France, England and Australia. “Some of those titles are really classic commercial titles, and it would be perfect in territories where DVD and Blu-ray still mean something,” Stroh told Variety. Stroh said he hopes to earn $6 million-$10 million from about 10-15 of Imperial’s titles, which also include pics like “Bikini Carwash” and its sequel. While those films might not have struck box office gold, Stroh believes that bundling them with some of the library’s more commercial offerings could help sales on VOD and international television. Other Imperial pics include Mark Dacascos’ “Double Dragon,” “Sabotage” and “Boogie Boy.”
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