Anchor Bay

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Anchor Bay Entertainment
Anchor Bay

Type Home entertainment
Status Defunct (absorbed)
Founded 1995
Defunct 2017
Beverly Hills, California, United States
Also known as Starz Home Entertainment (2007-2008)
Parent company
  • Handleman Company (1995-2003)
  • IDT Entertainment (2003-2006)
  • Starz Inc. (2006-2016)
  • Lionsgate (2016-)
Preceded by
  • Video Treasures
  • Starmaker Entertainment
Succeeded by
  • Lionsgate Home Entertainment
  • Platform Entertainment

Anchor Bay Entertainment, previously Video Treasures and Starmaker Entertainment, was an American home entertainment company formed in 1995 by the merger of the two aforementioned companies. The company was a subsidiary of Starz Inc., and went defunct in 2017. Following the merger between Starz and Lionsgate in 2016, Anchor Bay was folded under Lionsgate's home entertainment division. It released several Godzilla movies on VHS in the 1980s and 1990s. All of the films were released in English, with the American-recorded dubs used for Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster, Son of Godzilla, and Godzilla 1985. Anchor Bay's United Kingdom branch was acquired from Starz along with Manga Entertainment UK by independent managing director Colin Lomax in 2015. Rebranded Platform Entertainment, it was acquired by Kaleidoscope Film Distribution the following year and continues to operate to this day.

Selected home video releases

Godzilla's Biggest Battles box set

Anchor Bay released two variants of this five-tape set in 1997, with the spines of the sleeves forming a Godzilla 1985 image that faced to the right instead of the left as it was on the U.S. poster for that film. Both sets contained Godzilla vs. Gigan, Godzilla 1985, Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster, and Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, while the fifth tape was either Son of Godzilla or Godzilla vs. Megalon. All six tapes were necessary to form the full spine mural.




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