May 10, 2020
The sun is setting on Twilight Time.
The boutique Blu-ray label May 10 announced on its website that it would be closing down June 30 after nine years in operation.
Founded by veteran Hollywood studio executives and filmmakers Brian Jamieson and Nick Redman, Twilight Time launched in 2011 with the concept of licensing rare and distinctive films of all genres for release on Blu-ray Disc with limited runs of 3,000 units apiece, available first through Screen Archives Entertainment before the launch of the Twilight Time Movies website.
The venture was named Twilight Time, because, as Redman put it, eventually the concept of film as physical goods would have a ‘sell-by date’ possibly sooner rather than later.
Twilight time ultimately released 380 motion pictures from the early days of Hollywood through the 2010s on Blu-ray and DVD. The Twilight Time catalog has included films from the libraries of 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, MGM/United Artists, Universal Studios, Film 4, Protagonist Pictures, Toei Company and other entities, and showcased many Academy Award- and international prize-winning titles.
Owing to Redman’s more than 30 years as an award-winning film music historian and preservationist, most of the company’s releases included isolated music tracks, in addition to voiceover tracks featuring Redman and noted film historians. Redman’s wife, Julie Kirgo, also was a frequent collaborator on the Blu-rays, often writing the liner notes.
Redman, who also served prominently as the company spokesperson, passed away in January 2019. The challenges of running the company following his death, compounded by changes in the home video market and the rising costs of title acquisitions were cited as the key reasons for the company shutting down.
To clear remaining inventory, Twilight Time starting May 11 at TwilightTimeMovies.com is offering deep discount pricing of $3.95, $4.95, $6.95 or $11.95 per title, which were previously priced at $29.95 each. Effective July 1, remaining inventory will be acquired by and available through Screen Archives at ScreenArchives.com.