Magnolia Pictures

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Magnolia Pictures
Industry Independent motion pictures
Headquarters Dallas, Texas
Owner(s) Todd Wagner & Mark Cuban
Parent 2929 Entertainment
Subsidiaries Magnolia Home Entertainment
Magnet Releasing (Genre films)
Website www.magpictures.com

Magnolia Pictures is an American film distributor, and is a holding of 2929 Entertainment, owned by Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban. Magnolia was formed in 2001 by Bill Banowsky and Eamonn Bowles, and specializes in both foreign and independent films. Magnolia also has a genre films label named Magnet Releasing, which mainly distributes foreign action films. In April 2011, Cuban placed Magnolia up for sale, but stated that he wouldn't sell the company unless the offer was "very, very compelling."[1]

Subtitle controversy[edit]

In March 2009, Magnolia Pictures released the movie adaption of Let the Right One In on DVD and Blu-ray. The American discs feature both the original Swedish dialogue and an English dubbed version, while the European versions feature only the Swedish, and an audio-descriptive track in English. The website Icons of Fright reported that the American release had been criticized for using new, oversimplified English subtitles instead of the original theatrical subtitles.[2] This unattributed translation contained many errors and over-simpifications, with many fans calling the release unwatchable.

Following customer complaints, Magnolia stated that they would release an updated version with the original theatrical subtitles, but will not exchange current discs. As of November 2009, the DVD version containing the theatrical subtitles can now be found, however, a Blu-ray version has yet to be released.[3] Director Tomas Alfredson also expressed his dissatisfaction with the DVD subtitles, calling it a "turkey translation". "If you look on the 'net, people are furious about how bad it is done", he added.[4] The UK release retains the theatrical subtitles.

Films[edit]

Title Year Documentary
Control Room 2004 Yes
Bukowski: Born into This 2004 Yes
The World's Fastest Indian 2005 No
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room 2005 Yes
Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior 2005 No
The War Within 2005 No
The Lost City 2005 No
District 13 2006 No
Cocaine Cowboys 2006 Yes
Bubble 2006 No
One Last Thing... 2006 No
Jesus Camp 2006 Yes
Fay Grim 2006 No
Ira and Abby 2006 No
Diggers 2006 No
Yo-Yo Girl Cop 2006 No
Special 2006 No
Tears of the Black Tiger 2007 No
The Host 2007 No
Exiled 2007 No
Severance 2007 No
Maxed Out 2007 Yes
Crazy Love 2007 Yes
Color Me Kubrick 2007 No
No End in Sight 2007 Yes
Weirdsville 2007 No
Big Man Japan 2007 No
Redacted 2007 No
Flawless 2007 No
Bigger, Stronger, Faster* 2008 Yes
Hank and Mike 2008 No
Let the Right One In 2008 No
Mister Foe 2008 No
The Signal 2008 No
Splinter 2008 No
Timecrimes 2008 No
Humboldt County 2008 No
A Good Day to Be Black and Sexy 2008 No
The Great Buck Howard 2008 No
Chocolate 2008 No
Yonkers Joe 2009 No
Donkey Punch 2009 No
Humpday 2009 No
Down Terrace 2009 No
Outrage 2009 Yes
World's Greatest Dad 2009 No
Food, Inc. 2009 Yes
I'm Still Here 2010 No
Monsters 2010 No
Casino Jack and the United States of Money 2010 Yes
Barry Munday 2010 No
Freakonomics 2010 Yes
Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer 2010 Yes
All Good Things 2010 No
Night Catches Us 2010 No
Ong Bak 3 2011 No
Vanishing on 7th Street 2011 No
I Saw the Devil 2011 No
Black Death 2011 No
Apartment 143 2011 No
Rubber 2011 No
The Hunter 2011 No
Ceremony 2011 No
Square Grouper: The Godfathers of Ganja 2011 No
13 Assassins 2011 No
Hobo with a Shotgun 2011 No
Rejoice and Shout 2011 No
Trollhunter 2011 No
The Perfect Host 2011 No
Melancholia 2011 No
Page One: Inside the New York Times 2011 Yes
I Melt With You 2011 No
Headhunters 2011 No
Magic Trip 2011 Yes
The Last Circus 2011 No
Beyond the Black Rainbow 2011 No
Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie 2012 No
The ABCs of Death 2012 No
Compliance 2012 No
The Prodigies 2012 No
Take This Waltz 2012 No
Deadfall 2012 No
Jiro Dreams of Sushi 2012 Yes
Occupy Unmasked 2012 Yes
No Place on Earth 2012 Yes
A Dark Truth 2013 No
To the Wonder 2013 No
Serena 2013 No
A Place at the Table 2013 Yes
Hammer of the Gods 2013 No
The Double 2013 No
Mr. Nobody 2013 No
Nymphomaniac 2014 No
Filth 2014 No
Frank 2014 No
Life Itself 2014 Yes
White Bird in a Blizzard 2014 No

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carlisle, Candace (April 20, 2011). "Cuban lists Landmark and Magnolia for sale". Dallas Business Journal. Retrieved on April 20, 2011.
  2. ^ "Let The Wrong Subtitles In To LET THE RIGHT ONE IN?!". Icons of Fright. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  3. ^ Walters, C. (March 25, 2009). "US Distributor Of 'Let The Right One In' Says They'll Fix Subtitles, But No Exchanges". The Consumerist.
  4. ^ Triches, Robert (April 8, 2009). "Det är helt sinnessjukt". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved May 15, 2009. 

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