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Image Entertainment Acquires “44 Inch Chest” – Plans Early 2010 Theatrical Release

Cast Includes Some of Industry’s Most Critically Acclaimed Actors

CHATSWORTH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Image Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ:DISK), a leading independent licensee and distributor of entertainment programming in North America, announced today that it has acquired all U.S. rights to the film “44 Inch Chest” and will be releasing the film theatrically at the beginning of 2010.
Image Entertainment Acquires “44 Inch Chest” – Plans Early 2010 Theatrical Release

Cast Includes Some of Industry’s Most Critically Acclaimed Actors

CHATSWORTH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Image Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ:DISK), a leading independent licensee and distributor of entertainment programming in North America, announced today that it has acquired all U.S. rights to the film “44 Inch Chest” and will be releasing the film theatrically at the beginning of 2010.

The film stars Ray Winstone (“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” “Beowulf”), Ian McShane (“Coraline,” Deadwood,” “Kung Fu Panda”), Tom Wilkinson (“Valkyrie,” “Michael Clayton”), John Hurt (“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” “Hellboy”) and Stephen Dillane (“The Hours,” “Savage Grace”). Written by Louis Mellis and David Scinto (“Sexy Beast”), the film was directed by Emmy-nominated Malcolm Venville. “44 Inch Chest” was produced by Steve Golin (“Babel,” “Being John Malkovich,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Rendition”) and Richard Brown (“I’ve Been 12 Forever,” “Notna”).

The deal was negotiated by Image Entertainment’s J. Beck, vice president acquisitions, feature films, with Stuart Ford, CEO at IM Global, with the company’s specialty film sales arm, IM Global Acclaim, handling foreign sales. The film was produced by Anonymous Content. Image Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to the film including theatrical, broadcast, home entertainment, digital, non-theatrical and video-on-demand.

“44 Inch Chest” is a provocative, outrageously profane and surprisingly tender film amidst an explosion of unbridled testosterone. The movie explores the masculine ego at breaking point, testing whether fear is stronger than love. Colin (Ray Winstone) is in agony, shattered by his wife’s (Joanne Whalley) infidelity. However, he has friends who do more than stand by; they kidnap the wife's French lover and hold him prisoner so that Colin can restore his manhood with revenge.

“The cast of this film is nothing short of first-rate,” said Garrett M. Lee, Image’s senior vice president, theatrical. “The tour-de-force performances, along with the darkly comic storyline, make Malcolm Venville’s ‘44 Inch Chest’ a nail biting experience that harkens back to ‘Reservoir Dogs.’”

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