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Prism Leisure Corporation was a distribution and publishing company which primarily focused on reissues and compilations, often at low prices. The company was located in Enfield, Middlesex, United Kingdom, and was founded in 1980 as Geoff's Records by chairman Geoff Young.
|Type||Public limited company|
|Genre||Publisher and distributor of DVDs and Videos, CDs and Cassettes, video games and toys|
|Fate||Sold to and folded into FremantleMedia|
|Subsidiaries||Odyssey Video (2002-2010)|
The company expanded in 2002 by acquiring competitors and became the UK’s leading wholesaler and worldwide distributor of CDs, cassettes, computer games, videos and DVDs. They also handled board games and toys.
Prism Leisure became a major publisher and distributor of budget home video on DVD and VHS. Titles include films such as Doomwatch, The Jigsaw Man, March or Die, The Brave Little Toaster, The Shawshank Redemption, Help! I'm a Fish, Treasure Island and The Whistle Blower. They also released television series including Birds of a Feather.
List of studios distributed by Prism LeisureEdit
This is a selection of companies that had their DVDs released by Prism Leisure.
- Abbey Home Media
- Addictive Films
- Arrow Films (a few titles including Fritz the Cat and The Kentucky Fried Movie)
- Carlton Video
- DIC Entertainment
- Digital Entertainment Limited
- Film 2000
- Full Moon Entertainment
- Granada Ventures (done after the Carlton-Granada merger)
- Lionsgate Home Entertainment (a few of their old films)
- Medusa Pictures
- Metrodome Distribution
- M.I.A (also known as "Missing In Action", not to be confused with the 1984 film)
- Momentum Pictures
- Odyssey Video
- Redbus Film Distribution (at this time, Redbus Home Entertainment)
- Sanctuary Visual Entertainment
- Second Sight Films
- Tartan Films
- Third Millennium
The majority of Prism's musical catalogue were compilations and reissued material, including Jefferson Airplane's Feed Your Head: Live '67–'69. Several compilations by country music singer Kenny Rogers were also released and/or distributed by Prism throughout their existence, of both his solo and group material.
Prism Leisure entered the video game industry in 1986 by creating the label Endurance Games to publish the ZX Spectrum and Amstrad re-releases of System 3's International Karate and purchasing Addictive Games, home of the best-selling Football Manager, the following year. Addictive was used as a full price label (with releases including HotShot, The Kristal and further Football Manager games) while the Paxman Promotions name was used for compilations. Prism also became the UK publisher for the US company First Star Software and saw them release new versions of some of their games, including Superman: The Game and Boulder Dash II. Many old games were licensed for compilations with some getting individual releases.
Prism Leisure also distributed board games and toys.
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