gvamp wrote:It really depends on the type of contract that was signed by Toho and New World back in the 80s, there could have been a clause in it that would have prevented companies like Anchor Bay to release the film.
In order to fully understand why G85/RoG hasn't gotten a proper home video release in the DVD age and now Blu-Ray age we'd have to see the orginal contract or talk to someone who has.
Exactly, unless Toho provides specifics (which they haven't) or you have access to the original contracts (which we don't), there's no way to know details like what rights may or may not have been transferable.
I'm using a completely imaginary, made-up example here... but let's say New World signed a contract with Toho granting them exclusive, non-transferable ownership of the movie for 40 years. Then legally, no one but New World could release the film and Toho wouldn't be able to do anything until the contract expired in 2025. And that's just one example of a million things that could have been written into the original contracts.
Keith are contracts usually divisible by five? What I mean is aren't they usually signed for a period of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 etc etc. and never anything like a 12 or 6 year?
The contracts would be for whatever the two sides agree to. There's no set rules about 5 year increments or anything like that. For example, Rialto's original deal with Toho for GODZILLA's theatrical rights was for seven years.
kpa wrote:Television rights to New World's 1984-1991 film library are now held by Warner Bros and Lakeshore Entertainment. Years ago, the GM of Toho's LA office told me that Lakeshore had GODZILLA 1985, and the film was shown on Monsters HD by Warner Bros. Those TV rights have now expired so Toho should have them.
This is the first I think I've heard of the television rights specifically having expired. Do you have a link or a source?
Sure, Brad. I heard that from Toho. Also, someone on the MZ boards (I think it was KaiserGhidorah) contacted Lakeshore a year or two back and was told the rights had expired.