Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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|Predecessor(s)||Family Home Entertainment
Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars
|Parent||Lions Gate Entertainment|
Its library of more than 8000 films owes some of its size to output deals with other studios. Mainly concerned with the distribution of the Lions Gate film library, it also distributes Mattel's Barbie-branded videos, as well as Clifford the Big Red Dog videos from Scholastic and Stickin' Around videos from Nelvana. Lionsgate Home Entertainment also currently distributes videos from HIT Entertainment, MGA Entertainment, and Jim Henson Home Entertainment.
In 2001, in Quebec, it was renamed Crystal Films, and in Ontario and other provinces, Maple Pictures.
Lionsgate Home Entertainment also operated two subsidiaries in its early heyday: Avalanche Home Entertainment, which released smaller Canadian B-movies on video and DVD; and Sterling Home Entertainment (a joint venture with Scanbox International, a Danish film company), which released American low-budget movies, as well as DiC Entertainment's back catalogue (before distribution of this library is shifted to Shout! Factory in 2005), on video and DVD. Both subsidiaries were dissolved in 2005.
Lionsgate Home Entertainment titles are currently distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, with the exception of Summit Entertainment releases, which are distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
On August 4, 2008, Lionsgate announced that it had completed a deal with ABC Studios to acquire the distribution rights to several shows including According to Jim, Reaper, Hope & Faith, 8 Simple Rules and Boy Meets World.
Until 2012, Lions Gate also distributed most of the theatrical properties held by Republic Pictures on DVD under license from Paramount Pictures. The deal also expanded to include some non-marquee films originally released by Paramount themselves. Recently, with the folding of Republic, Lionsgate's function was transferred to Olive Films.
- The Dead Zone
- The Dresden Files
- House of Payne
- Mad Men
- Meet the Browns
- Nurse Jackie
- 8 Simple Rules
- According to Jim
- Boy Meets World
- Detroit 1-8-7
- Dirty Sexy Money
- Hope & Faith
- Less than Perfect
- My Wife and Kids
- Samantha Who?
- The PJ's
- Barney & Friends
- Bob the Builder
- Fireman Sam
- Fraggle Rock
- Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends (Seasons 1-2)
- Fifi & the Flowertots
- Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends
- Power Rangers (Super) Samurai
- Roary the Racing Car
- Secret Diary of a Call Girl
- Speed Racer
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
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When Lions Gate Home Entertainment released the first season of ALF on DVD in 2004, the DVDs contained the edited-for-syndication versions of the episodes. These ran almost 22 minutes, whereas the original NBC broadcasts were over 24 minutes without commercials. Lionsgate insisted that they used the syndication versions because the NBC versions were poorer in video quality, but two years earlier, the Video Service Corporation released a Canada only "The ALF Files" on DVD, with a single disc with 3 uncut episodes with no quality issues reported. Shortly after the release of the first season, tvshowsondvd.com posted a news item in response, and Lions Gate requested that they remove the news item so they could give a better explanation. However, the better explanation they promised never came. Even though hundreds of fans complained to Lions Gate about the edited episodes on the first season set, they ignored them and released all the remaining episodes edited as well.  Additionally, some of the episodes on seasons two and three contained episodes that ran under 20 minutes.  
- Arnold, Thomas K. (March 25, 2008). "Lionsgate joins the HIT parade". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Lionsgate Calms Investors With Talk About Charlie Sheen, ‘Hunger Games’ And ‘Twilight’
- "Lionsgate, Studiocanal and Miramax Enter Into Home Entertainment Distribution Agreements". Yahoo! Finance. February 11, 2011.