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Image Acquires Rights to George Harrison Film Catalog

17 Mar, 2010 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Image Entertainment March 17 said it acquired the physical and digital distribution rights to more than 30 movies from Handmade Library, the studio formed in 1978 by late Beatle George Harrison.

The titles, which will be released at undisclosed times on DVD/Blu-ray Disc and electronically, include Time Bandits, The Long Good Friday, Oscar-nominated film noir Mona Lisa, A Private Function, black comedy Withnail & I and How to Get Ahead in Advertising, among others.

Directed by Terry Gilliam, Bandits was Harrison’s most successfully produced movie, generating more than $42 million at the box office in the early 1980s.

The 1982 gritty gangster drama Good Friday starred Oscar-nominee Bob Hoskins and Oscar-winner Helen Mirren; Withnail & I and Advertising both starred Richard Grant.

Private Function featured Monty Python alum Michael Palin and “Harry Potter” star Maggie Smith, and Water starred Oscar-winner Michael Caine and Valerie Perrine.

“The Handmade library contains some of the greatest and most influential films of the past thirty years,” said Ted Green, chairman and CEO of Image. “Their legendary expertise with home entertainment is the perfect match for our picture collection.”

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