For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, I came across this image of a Russian release for Bionicle: Mask of Light, however, it is quite different from the other ones…
This release that I’m bringing up is specifically the films’ Russian Special Edition DVD release. However, one of the elements that makes this interesting compared to the other releases, however, is the fact that this seems to be the only one I could find that contains Disney DVD branding on it.
I tried to look up more information on it, but didn’t get very far. I’m assuming that this release is incredibly obscure because I could only find one other listing for it, with the other retailer site having a lower-quality image of the cover.
However here is the front and back covers of the DVD:
I wonder why a Russian release would result in Disney DVD branding for a movie they otherwise didn’t seem to have any involvement in… is this a common sort of thing to happen with direct-to-dvd stuff? Seems odd.
Used to, they sold it to another company, and now it’s being ran by Qatar and Paramount. They owned the company while the original Bionicle films were in production and upon their release.
This is still strange though seeing a film released by Disney under the Miramax label have Disney DVD-branding in a different regional copy. It’s very rare to see a Miramax release with Disney-branding on it…
Just to clear that up: it’s a list of the product providers, not the creators. I just wanted to check wether that wasn’t mentioned in the US release. It possibly just means that Buena Vista and Miramax were directly supported by Disney in some countries to sell the movie. That could explain why it ended up as a Disney DVD in Russia.