Lionsgate, Zoetrope ink distribution deal

Contract gives Lionsgate N.A. rights to Coppola films

TORONTO -- Lionsgate is getting into business with Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope Corp.

The home entertainment distribution deal, unveiled Monday, will see Vancouver-based Lionsgate grab the North American rights to a host of Coppola titles, including "Apocalypse Now," which is due on Blu-ray Oct. 19.

Lionsgate also receives the DVD, Blu-ray, electronic-sell-through, VOD and broadcast rights to "Apocalyse Now Redux," as well as "Tetro," Coppola's most recent theatrical release.

"Having directed, produced and written some of the most financially successful and critically acclaimed movies in U.S. cinematic history, Coppola is one of the masters of modern cinema. We are honored to add a selection of his most renowned and personal works to our library and look forward to releasing these titles on all formats," Lionsgate president and co-COO Steve Beeks said in a statement.

Coppola personally supervised new transfers of "Apocalypse Now" to enable two Blu-ray editions: a two-film set and the three-disc "Full Disclosure" edition, which includes the making-of documentary "Hearts of Darkness."

Lionsgate will also release the Zoetrope title "The Conversation," the Gene Hackman-starrer that earned the 1974 Palme d'Or at Cannes.
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