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#1 of 138 OFFLINE   Dale_Naeseth

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Posted November 17 2009 - 08:14 AM

I am not sure if I missed a thread but read this in Video Business.  Anyone know more about this?


NOV. 11 | DIGITAL:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios is joining with Warner Bros. Digital Distribution to release some of Hollywood’s most notable films across video-on-demand and digital platforms in a joint campaign marking MGM’s 85th anniversary.

Films will be available Nov. 17 through Xbox Live and PlayStation Store, Amazon Video On Demand and iTunes, as well as through cable and satellite VOD.

MGM’s legendary catalog, which includes The Wizard of Oz, Singin’ In the Rain, North By Northwest, Gone With the Wind and more recent releases Legally Blonde, Moonstruck and Hannibal, is split between Warner and MGM. The promotion will temporarily reunite the studios’ libraries and make many films available on VOD and digital platforms for the first time.

“Today we catapult our historic film library into a new era,” MGM executive VP of North American Television Distribution Joe Patrick said in a statement announcing the deal.



#2 of 138 OFFLINE   DanMel

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Posted November 23 2009 - 07:48 PM

I know Return to Paradise starring Gary Cooper seems to be on this program and listed on Amazon for a December 31st release.  I do not know what other titles are coming out.


http://www.amazon.co...59052383&sr=1-1



#3 of 138 OFFLINE   MarcoBiscotti

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Posted November 24 2009 - 01:12 AM

so this is apparently the future of the format... full price barebones catalog release in a generic box with the studio logo. I'm so thankful for some of the truly rare and special films released over the past few years. I'm not necessarily complaining; I guess the times they are a changin'...


#4 of 138 OFFLINE   MarcoBiscotti

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Posted November 24 2009 - 01:14 AM

But I'm still putting more weight into my hunch that it's the studios pushing their BR agendas in order to further phase out SDVD for a singular home video format than the economic state alone. I just don't buy that. This sure is a bread winner for them!


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Posted November 24 2009 - 06:17 AM

Ok this is what I came up with on Amazon as far as titles for this MGM program:

Return to Paradise  (as mentioned above)
Trapeze
Welcome to Woop Woop
A Fish in The Bathtub
Dreamchild
Far North
Late For Dinner
The Group
Poltergeist - Season 2
Between the Lines
Rich In Love
Jeremiah - Season 2
Chains of Gold
Two for the Seesaw



All you do is type in  or MGM DVDR when you search and they come up. I've very excited about Late For Dinner, that was on my want list :-).


#6 of 138 OFFLINE   Mark Edward Heuck

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Posted November 26 2009 - 07:42 AM

I think that the MGM/WB co-promotion is a separate deal from MGM's DVD-R program with Amazon.  The former seems to be focused on VOD, getting people to watch streaming video or download films, and to sell the idea of MGM as a complete studio, while the latter is selling catalog product from the MGM library (which apparently now includes titles owned by Joan Micklin Silver - wonder if HESTER STREET will pop up in there?).

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#7 of 138 OFFLINE   Jon Hertzberg

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Posted November 26 2009 - 02:19 PM

On a related note, Silver's BETWEEN THE LINES and CHILLY SCENES OF WINTER have both aired on MGM-HD in the past.

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I think that the MGM/WB co-promotion is a separate deal from MGM's DVD-R program with Amazon.  The former seems to be focused on VOD, getting people to watch streaming video or download films, and to sell the idea of MGM as a complete studio, while the latter is selling catalog product from the MGM library (which apparently now includes titles owned by Joan Micklin Silver - wonder if HESTER STREET will pop up in there?).



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Posted November 26 2009 - 04:19 PM

DREAMCHILD? Sold!

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Posted November 27 2009 - 10:11 AM

Two for the Seesaw and Trapeze have both been released in the UK by MGM. I own both so I am glad I got them on regular pressed DVDs.

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Posted November 29 2009 - 12:55 AM

Sad to see another studio go this way. Looks like they'll be copying Warner with the price. Time will tell if they're copying the quality too. Warner did set many ugly precedents.



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Posted December 03 2009 - 12:08 PM

Have you considered buying the Hester Street dvd that Home Vision put out several years ago? Great little film.
http://www.amazon.co...59888648&sr=1-1

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I think that the MGM/WB co-promotion is a separate deal from MGM's DVD-R program with Amazon.  The former seems to be focused on VOD, getting people to watch streaming video or download films, and to sell the idea of MGM as a complete studio, while the latter is selling catalog product from the MGM library (which apparently now includes titles owned by Joan Micklin Silver - wonder if HESTER STREET will pop up in there?).


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Posted December 03 2009 - 08:32 PM



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DREAMCHILD? Sold!
Ditto!

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Posted December 04 2009 - 04:20 AM

Is Amazon already burning DVD-Rs for the MGM titles?  I ordered Between The Lines and it still says "pre-order".


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Posted December 06 2009 - 07:07 AM

Between the Lines is a wonderful film about the newspaper business and features one of those quirky Jeff Goldbum performances we all know and love. Glad to see it on the schedule. But... is the pending doom of MGM going go nix this program, which, if allowed to continue, might finally give us the missing Midnight Movies we've been begging for for years?

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Posted December 06 2009 - 04:47 PM

I noticed that House of Dark Shadows has now gone the video on demand route.  I had always hoped that it would get a decent release, but I guess it won't happen now.  I'll just wait until they show it on TCM again, because it probably won't look any better on the DVD-R they are selling.

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Posted December 07 2009 - 01:49 AM

 Where did you see this re: HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS? It's not on Amazon that I could find.

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Posted December 07 2009 - 05:16 AM



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 Where did you see this re: HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS? It's not on Amazon that I could find.
Warner Brothers owns the rights to both Dark Shadows films.  If it does go the MOD route, then it would be through the Warner Archive program not the MGM/Amazon MOD.  At the present it is not listed on the WA site.

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Posted December 07 2009 - 07:11 AM

Go to amazon.com and search House of dark shadows under all departments.  It should be the 10th item listed (don't ask me why) under video on demand for $9.99.

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Posted December 22 2009 - 10:33 AM

Does anyone know when more titles will be announced for this program? TRAPEZE and THE
GROUP just arrived, and they appear to be good copies, altho I've only had time to check out
the first few minutes of each. By the way, on the box for THE GROUP it says "full screen",
but at least the beginning appears to be a moderate widescreen. Does anyone know how it
was released? (DREAMCHILD is on order, and should arrive in January. That one title alone
completely made my day!!)

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Posted December 22 2009 - 11:59 AM

My copy of Dreamchild has shipped. I might be out of town when it arrives, but I'll be sure to give my impressions when I get a chance to watch it.

"And now the reprimand, from an American critic. He reproaches me for using film as a sacred & lasting medium, like a painting or a book. He does not believe that filmmaking is an inferior art, but he believes, and quite rightly, that a reel goes quickly, that the public are looking above all for relaxation, that film is fragile and that it is pretentious to express the power of one's soul by such ephemeral and delicate means, that Charlie Chaplin's or Buster Keaton's first films can only be seen on very rare and badly spoiled prints. I add that the cinema is making daily progress and that eventually films that we consider marvelous today will soon be forgotten because of new dimensions & colour. This is true. But for 4 weeks this film [The Blood of a Poet] has been shown to audiences that have been so attentive, so eager & so warm, that I wonder after all there is not an anonymous public who are looking for more than relaxation in the cinema." - Jean Cocteau, 1932