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Anchor Bay Entertainment is a home entertainment company and a division of Starz Media, which is a unit of Starz, LLC.


Licensed content


Horror films

Anchor Bay Entertainment is also noted for the release of the Evil Dead film trilogy on DVD, in numerous editions. Army of Darkness for example, had been released in both a regular and limited edition set that featured the director's cut of the film. Since then, the director's cut has been re-released on two separate occasions in addition to a two-disc "Boomstick Edition" of the film as well. Until Anchor Bay released The Evil Dead on VHS and DVD it was previously unavailable on video from a major label.

Also among their more profitable releases has been George Romero's Living Dead series. Anchor Bay Entertainment has distribution rights for the middle two films in the Romero tetralogy: Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead.

Like the Evil Dead trilogy, the "Living Dead" series has seen many editions of the films on DVD. Dawn of the Dead has itself seen several releases on DVD, the most extra feature-laden being the "Ultimate Edition" in late 2004.

An "Evil Dead" 3-Disc Ultimate Edition DVD was released in December 2007.

The company has been screen-testing Rob Zombie's El Superbeasto for a 2009 release.

Anchor Bay has also released most of Dario Argento's films including:

TV series

The following series were formerly distributed by Anchor Bay up until 2009, but have since been discontinued and are now out of print.

Special interest

In addition to feature films, Anchor Bay Entertainment distributes special interest titles, including children's video series, like Bobby's World. They also until 2008, distributed Thomas & Friends videos. Thomas has reached platinum-selling status and in 2004 ranks consistently on the VideoScan ranking top 50 chart of children's weekly video sales. Rights to the Thomas DVD's now belong to Lionsgate. The company also has a top market share for fitness videos such as the "Crunch" and "For Dummies" series.

Production company

As a full-fledged production company, they handle television syndication of Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween V: The Revenge of Michael Myers (which they also hold the video rights to), and have recently entered in-house production of theatrical films.

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