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Republic Entertainment Folds Artisan Acquires Library

Spelling Entertainment Group is folding its Republic Entertainment subsidiary and will be licensing its library to Artisan Entertainment. The seven-year deal will give Artisan the North American home video distribution of Spelling's 3,000 pictures and television programs on DVD and cassette.

The Republic library features a number of classics including IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, HIGH NOON, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS and THE QUIET MAN. Newer titles include BOUND, THINNER, HIGHLANDER and HIGHLANDER 2. The library also includes the video rights to David Lynch's cult television show TWIN PEAKS.


Now that Artisan controls the Republic library, there is a much better chance that that the two HIGHLANDER films could be re-mastered on DVD. Since their release, consumers have expressed enormous dissatisfaction with the existing HIGHLANDER DVDs. All interested parties should contact Artisan Entertainment to request re-mastered editions of HIGHLANDER and HIGHLANDER 2 that include improved picture quality and the anamorphic enhancement for wide screen televisions.

Send your requests to:

Artisan Entertainment
2700 Colorado Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Telephone: 310-449-9200
Web Site:

HIGHLANDER fans can also vote for these two films at THE DVD FILE Request Infoline Artisan Poll Page: