You may ask.... why would production
and distribution be important to a poster collector..... Believe me...
IT IS....ESPECIALLY in the International
The line of logos across the bottom
of the poster tells us a GREAT deal... Normally, the distribution
company is the logo to the bottom right, with production and other
information across the bottom. Quite often, the distributor can identify
which release and sometimes (when you're not sure) which country it
was released in. Sometimes the poster is printed in one country to
be used in another.
Take for example: the Spanish release
of An Officer and a Gentleman. You would normally think that it would
have a "Spanish" distributor, but if you take a closer look
at this Spanish release, across the bottom border is a Paramount
logo on the left which was the distributor for the US and had controlling
distribution for Europe.. but on the bottom right corner says Cinema
Cinema International Corp. is
a UK based distribution company that produced the posters for a chain,
later known as UCI
which owns theaters in UK, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal
This means that there was also a DIFFERENT
poster that was distributed to OTHER theaters in Spain distributed
by a Spanish distributor. (unfortunately I haven't found it yet..
but I'll post it when I do)
We will list
the Companies as we add them to our database. Next to the company
name will be a link to our MPDB to show what posters we have from
them so far. As we can compile histories on each company, we will
add a link to an information page on them.
One major problem is that the major
US and Canadian studios are so intertwined that quite often it makes
it almost impossible to isolate the Canadian production, so we will
primarily focus on independents.
We apologize for such a small starting
list but we will continue to add production and distribution information
in hopes that it will assist you in identifying unusual releases.
Atlantis - MPDB
Ambassador Film Distributor - MPDB
Astral Films - MPDB
Brightlight Pictures Inc. - MPDB
Lions Gate Films - MPDB
Mongrel Media - MPDB