Cinram International Inc.

From Home Video

This company also duplicated records, audio cassettes and CDs.

Known Divisions[edit]

  • Cinram Video Center (199?-2007)

Former names[edit]

  • Cinram Ltd. (1969-1997)

List of Home Media Customers[edit]

  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (2000-2015)
  • Alliance Atlantis (2005)
  • Anchor Bay Entertainment (2004-2005)
  • Artisan Entertainment (2000-2003)
  • BBC Video [Canadian] (tapes marketed by CBS/Fox Video)
  • Brentwood Records (2001)
  • Chordant Distribution Group (2001-2003)
  • Connecticut Public Television (2002) (one known copy of Believe in the Dream: The History of UConn Women's Basketball)
  • DreamWorks Television [Canadian] (1996)
  • First Look Home Entertainment (2001)
  • Geneon Entertainment (1998)
  • Hart Sharp Video (2004)
  • HGV Video Productions (1999) (some copies of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie, perhaps among others)
  • HIT Entertainment (2006) (tapes distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)
    • Barney Home Video [Canadian] (1997-1999)
  • Lionsgate Home Entertainment (2003-present)
  • Maple Pictures (2005)
  • MGM Home Entertainment (2002-2016)
  • MTI Home Video (1999) (some copies of A Town Has Turned to Dust)
  • Palm Pictures
    • Manga Entertainment
  • Paramount Home Entertainment [Canadian] (1995-2006) (plus some USA tapes, including some copies of Blue's Clues: Blue's Birthday, Blue's Clues: Story Time, In and Out and White Christmas)
  • Questar Home Video (1999-2004)
  • Raven Releasing (2000)
  • Screen Media Films (2002-2005)
  • Small Fry Productions (2001)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment [Canadian] (1995-2006)
  • Summit Entertainment (2012-2015)
  • Tommy Nelson (2001)
  • TVA International
  • USA Home Entertainment (1999-2001)
    • PolyGram Video (1997-1999)
  • Warner Home Video (Canadian VHS tapes, 1994-2010; DVD, HD-DVD, and Blu-ray, 2004-2010)
  • Warner Music Group (2003-2016)
  • Winding Star Press (2001)
  • Word Entertainment (1997-2006)

List of Audio Customers[edit]

  • Marsab Records (1982)
  • Saja Music Co.
  • Temple North Records (1991)
  • Walt Disney Records (????-????)
  • Warner Music Group (2002-????)

How to Tell for Home Media Releases[edit]

  • Most VHS tapes that were duplicated here have invisible ink printings on the bottom middle side of the tape, including a catalog number and a print date/time, usually in the YY/MM/DD/00:00 format from mid-late December 1997 onward.
    • Tapes from mid-1997 to early December 1997 had it in the DD/MM/YY format, with the overall printings being laid out like these examples:

Example 1:

K109               82653
DD-4              15-10-97

Example 2:

SP               2022
ON              07-12-97
  • However, some tapes, particularly EP/SLP mode tapes, may have invisible ink printings like these examples:

Example 1 (without a print date and time; some of the elements each of the title and catalog number are cut off):

Recreation of uncut printings (the print date and time are unknown):

803603  3030DY839013        -YYMMDDHHMMxxx

Cut-off printings:

803603  3030DY839

Example 2 (with a print date and time):

999402  3030DY838323        -9909241335DD1
  • Some early 1997 tapes had printings above the recording tab, like these for example:
  • On some VHS tapes printed here from 1997-2005, specifically Canadian pressings, there is an engraving on the right side of the cassette shell that says "CVC". Usually, this is in a gold orange color.
  • Early tapes printed here have the company's name engraved on the left side of the cassette shell.
  • At the end of some Canadian tapes from 1997-1999 (possibly other years), a print time and date will appear at the very top left of the video signal, where some of it will be cut off depending on your television. The date will be in YY/MM/DD format. The length of this ending will vary (10-45 seconds), as well as the black screen between the end of the program and this ending (3-80 seconds).
  • EP/SLP mode tapes, as well as some BBC Video tapes, some copies of Merry Christmas, Teletubbies! and a few Barney Home Video Canada tapes, that were duplicated by this company may have the static roll of death.
  • Tapes that were recycled from unsold copies of other tapes may have an assembly date and time in addition to the print date and time.
  • Tapes by this duplicator in the UK had printings, like these for example:

E100 PMV0559343 230496I L2 1808 129

  • Some late '90s tapes (such as a printing of 1984 from PolyGram Video) had a green release button, as was common at Rank Video Services America at the time.

How to Tell for Audio Releases[edit]

  • A CI or CR can be found on the shell, usually below the catalog number.
  • Records pressed at the Scarborough plant from 1979 until 1991 had a CR etched in runouts, a CR stamped in a circle in the runouts, or a CR or CI printed on the labels.
  • The date of the CD glass master can be determined from the Cinram matrix number.

Normally, it is given in the form of #YYMMDD (Year, Month, Day), like this for example:

#870610B DSRD-31035 MFG BY CINRAM

  • Some time during 1989-1990, a P was temporarily used to replace the leading digit - #PYMMDD, like the following examples:



  • Some time in Spring 2000, this was changed to #YMMDD, like the following examples:
  1. 000320II 0694904412 L382 CINRAM 21 (this example is still #YYMMDD)
  1. 00511V06 CDW-47709 L381 CINRAM 21 (this example is #YMMDD)
  • From 2010 onwards, it was reverted back to #YYMMDD. Take a look at the following example:

[Cinram logo] LT40 621848003925 #100104V03 11

These dates may be used to determine if the release is an original release or a repress, but does not inform the release date itself as glass masters are frequently used some time after it was originally manufactured.



  • Cinram operated 10 Sprinter units at its Huntsville plant for about a week before Sony sent a letter to numerous duplicators demanding back payments on royalties for a VHS-related patent. Cinram promptly returned all the Sprinters out of spite, and sales of the Sprinter never recovered from that incident.
  • Technicolor S.A. (formerly Thomson S.A.) acquired this company in November 2015.


  • Huntsville, Alabama (19??-????)
  • Encino, California
  • Montreal, Quebec (19??-????)
  • New York City, New York (19??-????)
  • Richmond, Indiana (19??-????)
  • Tarrytown, New York (19??-????)
  • Toronto, Ontario (headquarters) (19??-????)