Sony, Criterion Extend Distribution Deal

Prestige distributor The Criterion Collection and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have agreed to a multi-year extension of their distribution agreement.

The alliance was launched last year. Current releases include “Five Easy Pieces,” “Hiroshima Mon Amour,” “State of Siege,” “My Dinner with Andre” and “The Black Stallion.” Upcoming titles include “A Room with a View,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Breaker Morant,” “Day for Night” and “Mulholland Drive.”

Under the deal, Criterion will continue to distribute its properties in the home entertainment window through SPHE in the U.S. marketplace.

Criterion specializes in high-end titles and premium home video releasing, selling classic films to film buffs. The privately held company pioneered the letterbox format for widescreen films along with providing bonus features, special editions, soundtracks, multi-disc sets and definitive versions.

Criterion sold Laserdiscs between 1984 and 1998, when it launched DVD sales. It began selling Blu-ray discs in 2008.

“Working together over the past year – both on the distribution of Criterion’s titles and on adding new Sony titles to the Collection — has been rewarding on every front. We look forward to a successful collaboration for many more years,” said Criterion Collection CEO Jonathan Turell.

“We are pleased to build upon the partnership with Criterion and view this extension as an affirmation of our efforts as a world-class distributor of content in the home entertainment industry,” said SPHE president Man Jit Singh.

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