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Eureka! announces new world cinema range Montage Pictures

16 June 2017

Eureka Entertainment has announced today that it is set to launch a new world cinema sub-label under the brand name Montage Pictures.

Montage Pictures titles Suntan, Kills on Wheels, Strangled and Shirley: Visions of Beauty

The initial line up will include recent theatrical release Suntan (2016, Argyris Papadimitropoulos, Greece), an unpredictable psychological drama, full of suspense and humour, set on a hedonistic Greek Island. Rescue Under Fire [Zona Hostil] (2017, Adolfo Martínez Pérez, Spain) is the a directorial debut based on events that happened in 2012 in the north of Bala Murghab in Afghanistan. The film follows the crew of a medical helicopter that suffer an accident when helping a joint force of USA and United Nations troops under Spanish command. Shirley: Visions of Reality (2013, Gustav Deutsch, Austria), is a story of a woman whose thoughts, emotions and contemplations let us observe an era in American history via thirteen of the artist Edward Hopper’s paintings which are brought alive by the film. Kills on Wheel (2016, Attila Till, Hungary) is a highly original, darkly comedic and infectious buddy-movie about a wheelchair-bound gang of assassins. Strangled (2016, Árpád Sopsits, Hungary) is a psycho-thriller, based on real-life events, set in the provincial Hungary of the 1960s.

Managing Director Ruth Schofield has stated:

Ron Benson created Eureka Entertainment Ltd with one mission in mind: To provide escapism and the best possible entertainment experience for movie lovers from all walks of life. That mission holds true today and Eureka Entertainment has continued, year after year, to create new avenues supplying one of the largest independent film catalogues to cinemas and traditional home entertainment formats, as well as through new media digital formats and streaming today. The new sub-label Montage Pictures will focus on delivering ground-breaking and thought-provoking world cinema from new and upcoming directors, presented with the same level of reverence and respect that has been shown to The Masters of Cinema Series.

Sales Director Ian Sadler added:

As with The Masters of Cinema Series we want to create a brand that people can trust and one that, over time, develops its own following. All of the titles that will be released through Montage Pictures will be beautifully crafted films of interest for lovers of film everywhere.  The difficulty for the consumer is knowing what to buy, with Montage Pictures we aim to help them make that decision. We have good support in a lot of cases from cinemas and many of these films will be given a theatrical outing. The range will be pitched at a mid-price and again, as with The Masters of Cinema Series, we won’t aim to discount the product immediately after release. Quite simply our purpose with Montage Pictures is to offer high quality programming at a sensible price that consumers can trust.

Eureka Entertainment is the leading independent distributor of classic silent/early films in the UK, its existing catalogue also contains World Cinema, Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Indie Dramas, Hollywood Classics, Comedy and Thriller films as well as a wide selection of TV titles (e.g. The Brittas Empire, Just Good FriendsWolf Creek & No Second Chance), providing the diversity and selection necessary to continue to satisfy today’s market demands and to power the digital video revolution for years to come.

In 2004, Eureka! established the Masters of Cinema Series, a specially curated Blu-ray and DVD collection of classic and world cinema using the finest available materials for home viewing.  Films are presented in their original aspect ratio, in meticulous transfers created from recent restorations and/or the most pristine film elements available. The feature presentations are frequently supplemented by short films, documentaries, commentary tracks, deleted scenes, trailers, plus new and vintage footage. Each release also includes an accompanying booklet featuring rare imagery, newly commissioned essays and/or classic writings that take the reader further into the process of the films and the personalities of the filmmakers.  Titles that have been showcased within the series include Metropolis (1927, Lang), Touch of Evil (1958, Welles), Paths of Glory (1957, Kubrick), Kes (1969, Loach), A Touch of Zen (1971, Hu) and Shoah (1985, Lanzmann).

In 2014, Eureka! established Eureka! Classics to highlight a broader selection of cinema, with each release guided by similar principles to its award winning The Masters of Cinema Series. Titles released under Eureka! Classics range from influential cult films such as Blacula (1972Crain), The Skull (1965, Francis) and Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964, Haskin), alongside beloved classics like Born Free (1966, Hill), Cocoon (1985, Howard) and the recent release of Fright Night (1985, Holland), one of the most successful releases in Eureka!’s history. 

Eureka Entertainment has twice been awarded Home Video Label of the Year by Home Cinema Choice magazine.

Suntan will be the first release as part of the new Montage Pictures range and will be released in a Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition on 4 September 2017. Details about further releases will be announced over the coming months.