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Lions Gate opens up to iTunes

Film studio makes movies, from Dirty Dancing to Terminator 2, available for sale via the Apple store.

Lions Gate Entertainment's movies are now available for download at Apple's iTunes Store, both companies announced Monday. The "near-DVD" quality films cost $10 to download. Lions Gate has a library of more than 10,000 films; about 400 of those are set to be available on iTunes over the coming weeks, according to the announcement. Movies for sale on iTunes will include Dirty Dancing, Chaplin, Rambo, and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's classics Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Total Recall.

Apple has slowly been adding film companies to its repertoire on iTunes. Flicks backed by Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios, Touchstone Pictures and Miramax Film are available on iTunes through a partnership with Walt Disney. They can be downloaded for between $13 and $15, depending on their release date, with library titles available for $10. A recent study revealed that while many people wouldn't shoplift a DVD from a store, they would have no problem downloading movies illegally.