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16 DVD Companies(Brands) You should be Aware of

18 January 2012 | Other Lists | by David Zou

Speaking of making film dvds,nobody does it better than Criterion.But they can not release all the films ever made,so it is necessary to be aware of other dvd companies in other countries and regions.

If you are a regular visitor of DVDBeaver,you might recognize some brands below,but I bet there are some you have never heard of.I will only give a brief introduction to some of them,you can click the link in the name of the company(brand) to know more.

US  Region:1

#1 Kino International
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The famous thing about Kino is it’s box sets.They released many fantastic ones like German Expressionism Collection,Buster Keaton Collection,American Silent Horror Collection etc.Also,if you are a fan of early films like D.W.Griffith or Russian Silent Cinema,you can also be satisfied with their catalog.
#2 Blue Underground
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Cult film fans would love it!!

 

UK Region:2

#3 Eureka(Master of Cinema Series)
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First thing first,Eureka also releases other dvds besides Master of Cinema Series,but MOC is their essential product.Their great contributions are the German Expressionism and Japanese cinema.If you are a fan of these 2 themes,you should check it out.They share similar taste with Criterion,that’s why they have many dvd releases in common.
#4 Second Run
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This is a company which has its own characteristic,their main focus is East European films.They helped me discovered directors like Juraj Herz,Miklos Jancso,Frantisek Vilacil,Andre Zulawski etc.I have to say,thanks to SR,I developed a love for East European films,they are all wonderful.
#5 Artificial Eye
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With Artificial Eye,I discovered many great directors like Theo Angelopoulos,Robert Bresson,Abbas Kiarostami,Krzysztof Kieslowski,Andrei Tarkovsky.They really did a good job at digging the works of some cinema masters.
#6  BFI
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BFI is a organization with long history,they do not only distribute dvds,but also film-related books.There aren’t too many dvds in its catalog but they are varied worldwide.
#7 Studio Canal(Studio Canal Collection)
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Studio Canal Collection only contains very few dvds,but every one is of great quality.The covers are very unique,and they make me buy all the time.
#8 Optimum
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#9 Arrows
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France  Region:2

#10 Carlotta
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The reason I love Carlotta dvds so much is its bonus materials,they pack great extra stuff in the dvd.If I encounter a film I really love but there is not enough bonus in CC or MOC,Carlotta will always satisfy me.And I do like their taste of picking films too.
#11 HK Video
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I’m so glad that there is a dvd company dedicated to release HK  and other Asian classic commercial films.Those films are great entertainment and should never be ignored.
#12 Wildside
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#13 MK2
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Germany  Region:2

#14 ARTHAUS
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Australia  Region:4

#15 Madman
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TaiwanRegion:3
#16 Atom
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The only Chinese dvd company on the list,their covers of Three Color Trilogy really impressed me.

 

My view is limited,I’d like to hear what other great dvd companies(brands) you guys know.If this list is all you know,talk about your impressions of them.

 

 


   

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  • Dan

    A terrific list of some truly great home video distributors. The work they do is vital to having the variety we need on DVD/blu-ray and for ensuring little-seen films get the release they deserve. I’d also highlight Anchor Bay.

    • Thanks for your comments,Dan. Anchor Bay is pretty good,the cover of their new blu-ray release Battle Royal is awesome!! I hope MOC will catch up with CC someday,they are just too slow!!

      • Dan

        …great to see you highlighting the BFI David. They are doing a great job, especially with their preservation and promotion of British film.

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  • Very good list! I think Second Run is my favorite one here due to their unmatched support of Eastern European filmmakers.
    Another distributor I think deserves mentioning is Icarus Films, they focus on documentaries but they have some incredible titles.

    • YES,SR is so important to me,without it I can never explore the Eastern European cinema,and that would be a great pity in my cinema experience.
      Thanks for the mention of Icarus Films,I have to confess that I have never heard of it,now I’m visiting the website!!

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