Shout! Factory and Werner Herzog Film have signed a deal to release re-mastered versions of several of the German director’s films on home video and digital platforms in North America.
As part of the exclusive deal, Shout! Factory has the rights to 16 Herzog films, including documentary classics Little Dieter Needs to Fly, Lessons of Darkness, Ballad of the Little Soldier and Land of Silence and Darkness.
The LA-based distribution company will own the digital distribution, home video and broadcast for cross-platform release rights to the titles, and plans an “aggressive roll-out.”
“Werner Herzog is a filmmaking icon and a celebrated master storyteller,” said Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos in a joint statement. “Many of his memorable classics have been long out-of print in the North American home entertainment marketplace. We are honored with this opportunity to bring these iconic films to movie collectors and legions of fans on digital entertainment platforms and at retail.”
Herzog added: “I am very proud to start this new collaboration with Shout! Factory and, given the outstanding reputation of Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, I am confident that our joint efforts to bring my films to the North American public again – in brand new, HD quality – will be hugely satisfying and rewarding.”