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Image Licenses Select Criterion Films to AT&T U-verse

26 Jan, 2012 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Image Entertainment Jan. 26 said it is licensing select titles from the Criterion Collection to AT&T U-verse, the telecommunication’s company Internet-based television service.

The movies include Seven Samurai (directed by Akira Kurosawa), a 1957 Oscar nominee; The 400 Blows (directed by Francois Truffaut), a 1960 Oscar nominee; The Seventh Seal (directed by Ingmar Berman), a 1957 Cannes Film Festival Jury Special Prize; Amarcord (directed by Federico Fellini), a 1975 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film; House (directed by Nobuhiko Ojbayashi), a 1978 Blue Ribbon Award for Best New Director; For All Mankind (directed by Al Reinert), a 1990 Oscar nominee; The Great Dictator (directed by and starring Charles Chaplin), a 1941 Oscar nominee; and Overlord (directed by Stuart Cooper), a 1975 Berlin Film Festival Winner.

The titles, which feature Criterion’s renowned restoration and digital enhancements, will be available in high-definition and standard-definition as part of AT&T’s U-verse Movie lineup beginning Feb. 1.

“Image has a long-standing and successful partnership with the team at Criterion Collection,” said John Hyde, vice chairman of Image. “We are very protective of the wonderful work Criterion does and it is the first time ever we are releasing these titles in this format available on AT&T U-verse.”

Image is the exclusive distributor of Criterion Collection on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, which include unique special features and packaging.

AT&T U-verse’s pay-TV platform has about 5.1 million subscribers.

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