Here’s Why You Can’t Stream or Buy Dogma, According to Kevin Smith

As Smith recounts, former Disney CEO Michael Eisner told Weinstein not to do “Dogma,” knowing the controversial script would upset the Catholic community. (And boy did it!) The company that just recovered from China threatened to end their business relationship with The House of Mouse after Scorsese’s “Kundun,” so it’s understandable why Eisner compete again. Production continued, however, with Eisner suggesting to Weinstein that he sell off the film upon completion, similar to how Weinstein released Harmony Korine’s “Kids” through a company short-lived company called Shining Excalibur Films. Smith said that Weinstein went after “Dogma” with the understanding that he could opt for the same kind of release deal if the push were to hit “and whether or not Disney would pay for it.” [Weinstein] I have to pay them back to ask him to make the movie and deal with the consequences later.”

“Dogma” became a major theatrical release for Lionsgate, and became the studio’s biggest hit at the time. Columbia/TriStar acquired the home video rights for a small period of time and put out the DVDs and Blu-rays that so many movie fans love in their collections. Unfortunately, the rights lapsed and were returned to The Weinstein Company, who then turned to a different creative direction. “They’re rebuilding and doing a quasi-Miramax version of the Weinstein Company without us, and I think we’ve done our job,” Smith said. “I mean, honestly, not even an afterthought. I don’t think he realizes that he still owns that movie.” Here’s Why You Can’t Stream or Buy Dogma, According to Kevin Smith

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