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Press Release: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Celebrated 90 Years of Extraordinary Filmmaking

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ronald Epstein, Jan 22, 2014.

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Really, ROCKY and GBU should be sold as singles.

    However...I get it....

    The studio wants you to buy the sets (with the same old sequel discs) to get
    the one new remastered film included in each.

    I am certain if people wait, the single versions will be out by year's end.

    Personally, I can't afford to buy a new Rocky and The Man With No Name
    boxed set when I already bought the originals.
     
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    While the current MGM does not have the catalog it used to before the sale to Turner in the mid-80s, they do have a decent amount of content, and they've been licensing to Criterion, Shout Factory and Twilight Time. I'm pretty happy to be getting The Black Stallion which was a terrible looking old DVD the last time it was released, and whether they release any of the following themselves or through a 3rd party I'd be jumping in for a purchase on Blu-ray:


    Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)
    Cops and Robbers (1973)
    Dreamchild (1985) - highly unlikely because it's only out via the MOD program, but never say never
    Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)
    Henry V (1989)
    The Lion in Winter (1968)
    The Lodger (1927)
    The Long Goodbye (1973)
    Marty (1955)
    A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982)
    The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
    Radio Days (1987)
    Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
    Rhapsody in August (1992)
    Shadows and Fog (1991)
    Suture (1993)
    They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)
    The Thin Blue Line (1988) - should be coming from Criterion in the next year or so
    The Train (1964)
    UHF (1989)
    Zelig (1983)


    I do hope the Pink Panther collection happens, too. And personally I'd love for it to include the Arkin-starring title Inspector Clouseau (1968) and have The Return of the Pink Panther (1975) licensed from Universal.

    And I'm excited for the Criterion-licensed release of Red River (1948) coming this year, too.
     
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    Actually it appears that the Twilight releases are part of the 90 year celebration. The have the MGM 90 year logo on the Blu cover and I understand there is a trailer celebrating the 90 years included with KHARTOUM.
     
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    Wow, so it's even more stupid than I thought.
     
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    What I'd like are some releases from the 30's that HAVEN'T been released to Blu. (Don't we all?)

    I think many of you know how passionate I am about Best Picture nominees, and that's EXACTLY what I hope and prey for. Rocky, Fargo and Rain Man will all be buying... AGAIN... just for the 4k scans. LE SIGH.

    So many Best Picture nominee films I need on blu... LE SIGH AGAIN...
     
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    Well, since TT could acquire KHARTOUM, maybe they will consider THE VIKINGS, SOLOMON AND SHEBA, KINGS OF THE SUN, TARAS BULBA and HAWAII. These were high prestige films for the old MGM studio. and you know you'll NEVER see them from the underachievers over at WB.
     
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    The current MGM company owns very little (if any?) films from the 30s.
     
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    I know that. I can onlyHope...
     
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    I'm not sure about the others, but HAWAII is a UA title, so it's owned by MGM, which is why it would take a Robert Harris and a Criterion to release anything other than the general release version.
     
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    In the Heat of the Night looked like a blu-ray held over from the last decade. Visually, if this was released through TT there would have been far more complains about it. That one should have been done a 4k scan. It is certainly prestigious enough for it.
    Uh, you mean UA, right? None of these had any involvement from the old MGM.
    MGM owns the rights and original elements to several Monogram features from the 30s and 40s. Though you'd never know it since all MGM ever bothered with were the Charlie Chans.
     
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    When will we ever see classic Gene Kelly musicals like On The Town I wonder why its taking forever??

    I presume because of the film elements condition & or music rights issues??
     
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    The classic Kelly MGM musicals are ALL owned by Time-Warner...you'd have to ask THEM what they're doing about those titles, Paul... :wave-hello: THIS version of MGM is a whole 'nother kettle of fish entirely!!! :D
     
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    Warner has released a fair number of MGM musicals on BD the past few years, from An American in Paris and Singin' in the Rain, to Gigi and Easter Parade.Sent from my VS920 4G using Tapatalk
     
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    There are no film element or music right issues. They are controlled by Warner Brothers and have been since Warner purchased Ted Turner holdings in October of 1996 and include all MGM pictures produced prior to May 1986. Warner has a huge library and have been cautious releasing classic titles in Blu. But that could change if the indications from WAC are correct and they ramp up their Blu release schedule.
     
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    Yup, supposedly in the works from Zavvi. I'm not getting suckered in with box sets I don't need. Already ordered the Rocky steelbook.
     
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    great list of titles I would love to see get some love from the current MGM either thru them or TT or Criterion, and if they are looking at previous released titles that need a 4k do over, let me suggest The Greatest Story Ever Told, the last release could use the proper work.
     
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    Fanboy talk. Fox humilated them last year with the vast of catalogue titles released on blu-ray. They were beaten up on their own anniversary! :lol: Warner sucks :thumbsdown:
     
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    The best way for MGM to celebrate their 90th anniversary is for High Society and Three Little Words to be released on blu-ray. I doubt that the general population cares about who currently owns the rights to the films as long as they are released. Warners should help them celebrate.
     
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    Seeing how Warner's rarely work well with others, and have gotten to the point where they consider MGM milestones "The Wizard of Oz" and "Gone With The Wind" to be Warner Bros productions, I don't see the above scenario happening anytime soon.

    Unless of course they think they can squeeze the final pennies out of OZ or Wind's corpses with some even newer 3D type offering that removes it even farther than the film it is. (Done respectfully though, so no one should be bothered since the original technically exists though isn't available to the general public in a form that doesn't feature some audio mistakes.)
     

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