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Disney and MGM in a 5-year deal to begin in 2003...

Discussion in 'DVD' started by John Kilduff, Nov 26, 2002.

  1. John Kilduff

    John Kilduff Well-Known Member

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    Read it on dvdfile.com...

    Buena Vista Home Entertainment has made a deal with MGM to re-release over 60 titles previously licensed to Anchor Bay. Among those to get re-issued, with new features to boot, include:

    "Prizzi's Honor"
    "Silkwood"
    "Watcher In The Woods"
    "Straw Dogs"
    "Duel In The Sun"
    "The Flamingo Kid"

    This is very interesting...

    Maybe MGM could do the season sets of "Moonlighting" that Anchor Bay couldn't.

    Sincerely,

    John Kilduff...

    Thoughts, gang?
     
  2. Will K

    Will K Well-Known Member

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    Cool, though it would be nice if MGM could do unrated versions of stuff BV refuses to.
     
  3. oscar_merkx

    oscar_merkx Well-Known Member

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    sounds great and here is hoping that we don't get just rehashes.
     
  4. Patrick McCart

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    Hmm...I wonder which company is interested in buying MGM... Is this a hint? [​IMG]
     
  5. Damin J Toell

    Damin J Toell Well-Known Member

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    Let's see if Disney does a better job of providing MGM with elements for their films than they did during the course of their Anchor Bay relationship.

    DJ
     
  6. JohnS

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    One of my biggest concerns is 16x9!
     
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    I hope I am wrong, but this is NOT good news. MGM refuses to do anamorphic treatment of 1.66 titles, and has been moving into more and more pan and scan releases.
     
  8. Jean-Michel

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    The DVDFile article mentions Rebecca and Notorious as well. Somebody at the Criterion boards said Spellbound would also be a part of the deal. If this is indeed the case Criterion's lineup of Hitchcock titles may become a lot thinner by the end of next year.........
     
  9. MatthewA

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    What titles will be redone? I may upgrade some of the non-anamorphic Disney/ABC ones if they are rereleased in anamorphic. And let's see some extras, and hopefully they won't remove logos.
     
  10. Mark Edward Heuck

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    I am surmising that this agreement, since it is only for 66 films (not as big a number as one would think), is almost exclusively for the former ABC library, which includes the classic independent Selznick International titles. While WATCHER IN THE WOODS did get mentioned, I doubt that any actual Disney productions will be part of this package; they are likely holding those goodies for themselves.

    Well, as long as MGM is willing to fork over dough to replicate the excellent R2 extras on STRAW DOGS, I'll be happy.
     
  11. soop.spoon

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    Here's a list of Anchor Bay licensed Disney titles (ABC/Palomar/Selmur/Selznik)... hopefully we'll see some improved versions of at least some of them under this new deal:

    Flamingo Kid
    Grissom Gang
    Impulse
    Junior Bonner
    Krakatoa, East Of Java
    Last Valley
    Moonlighting: The Pilot
    National Lampoon's Class Reunion
    Night Stalker / Night Strangler
    Out Of The Blue
    Portrait Of Jennie
    Prizzi's Honor
    Silkwood
    Spacecamp
    Spiral Staircase
    Straw Dogs
    Too Late The Hero
    Trilogy Of Terror
    Ring Of Bright Water
    Take The Money And Run
    They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
    Candy
    Hell in the Pacific
    Heartbreak Kid
    Sleuth
    Stepford Wives
    For Love Of Ivy
    Heartbreak Kid
    Killing of Sister George
    Shalako
    Sleuth
    Stepford Wives
    Whatever Happened To Aunt Alice
    Smashing Time
    Duel In The Sun (Theatrical Version)
    Duel In The Sun (Roadshow Version)
    Paradine Case
    Notorious
    Rebecca
    Spellbound

    Additionally, here's the list of Anchor Bay/Miramax DVDs. could these possibly be part of the deal?

    Billy's Holiday
    Cook, The Thief, His Wife And Her Lover
    Dakota
    Lemon Sisters
    Mio In The Land Of The Far Away
    Nightwatch
    Pelle The Conqueror
    Scandal
    Strapless
    Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
    Unbelievable Truth
    Working Girls

    There's also the actual Disney films released by Anchor Bay... I guess these could be candidates as well?

    Never Cry Wolf
    Bears And I
    Big Red
    Black Hole
    Candleshoe
    Castaway Cowboy
    Cat From Outer Space
    Charlie, The Lonesome Cougar
    Condorman
    Devil And Max Devlin
    Great Locomotive Chase
    Happiest Millionaire (Roadshow Version)
    Happiest Millionaire (Theatrical Version)
    Island At The Top Of The World
    Last Flight Of Noah's Ark
    Legend of Lobo
    Littlest Horse Thieves
    Midnight Madness
    Napoleon And Samantha
    Nikki: Wild Dog of the North
    North Avenue Irregulars
    One Little Indian
    One Magic Christmas
    Return To Oz
    Something Wicked This Way Comes
    Tex
    Unidentified Flying Oddball
    Watcher In The Woods
     
  12. Damin J Toell

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  13. Mark Edward Heuck

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    Well, doing the math from Jack's list, that is way more than 66 titles. I think it's safe to guess that the Miramax and Disney propers won't be part of the deal.
    Also, while Palomar was an ABC imprint in the '70's, I believe that SLEUTH, THE HEARTBREAK KID, THE STEPFORD WIVES, and LAW AND DISORDER are (bizarrely) owned by the Bristol-Myers-Squibb pharmaceutical company, and would not be part of the deal as well.
    I just hope this means we will finally get a widescreen CHARLY as part of the deal, and that this time THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE will include the innovative trailer that was omitted from the last DVD issue.

    Some other ABC titles I hope get issued:

    THE BAT
    ZACHARIAH
    PRAY FOR THE WILDCATS
    THE DAY AFTER
    GARDEN OF ALLAH
    THE TOUCH
    GOOD TIMES
    THE DINNER PARTY
    FIGURES IN A LANDSCAPE
    SUPPOSE THEY GAVE A WAR AND NOBODY CAME
    DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK
    HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
     
  14. JohnS

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    The article mentions that MGM will up some of the titles with special features. I will be surprised if there will be many - and I doubt that they'll outdo Anchor Bay on them. MGM has done some great SEs, but they've also let lots of classics go by bare-bones.
    Which leads me to my question:

    Which of the 66 titles in question have good bonus features and should be snagged before they're OOP?
     
  18. Damin J Toell

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    With the AB discs off the market, MGM can fill the niche for barebones discs.
    DJ
     
  19. Daniel Kikin

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    I'm still waiting for MGM to release their Spaceballs:SE which was rumored to be in the works earlier this year. Anyone hear anything new on this one?
     
  20. Jefferson

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    SINCE YOU WENT AWAY
    was also an Anchor Bay /ABC title...
    is that part of this as well, I hope?
     

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