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

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#1 of 69 Ronald Epstein

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Posted January 22 2014 - 08:15 AM

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METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER CELEBRATES 90 YEARS OF EXTRAORDINARY FILMMAKING

 

Los Angeles, CA (January 22, 2014) – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) announced today a yearlong global campaign to honor the studio’s storied 90-year legacy. Founded in 1924 when theater magnate Marcus Loew bought and merged Metro Pictures Corp. with Goldwyn Pictures and Louis B. Mayer Productions, MGM and its legendary roaring lion logo signify the golden era of Hollywood to film lovers around the world. Since its inception, the company has led the industry in creating some of Hollywood’s greatest stars and is home to over 175 Academy Award®-winning films, including 14 Best Pictures.

 

“What a supreme honor it is to preside over a company with such an unparalleled legacy. It’s remarkable to have this opportunity to reflect on MGM’s amazing achievements in film history while also looking ahead to MGM’s bright and promising future,” said Gary Barber, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

 

The celebration of 90 extraordinary years kicks off today, as the MGM icon, Leo the Lion, is immortalized with a paw print ceremony at the world famous TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, cementing his place in Hollywood history. Sylvester Stallone, writer and star of Rocky (1976), one of MGM’s most iconic and enduring characters, is also on hand to commemorate the special occasion, along with BarberThe event will be live streamed on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dC02qz6Gqg. Embed code:

 

MGM is debuting a special 90th anniversary trailer which will play in theaters, on MGM channels – including MGM’s 24/7 movie network, MGM HD; its action-themed VOD channel, Impact; and its premiere multicast programming service dedicated to movies, THIS TV – as well as on DVD products and across social media. The trailer includes a tapestry of iconic images and scenes from films in MGM’s library, evoking a deep emotional connection and celebrating the company’s extensive contributions to the entertainment world. A link to the trailer can be found here: http://youtu.be/AybnnAQH-Wc

 

Additionally, several of MGM’s signature films including Rocky, Rain Man, FargoRoboCop and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, have been meticulously restored in 4K resolution (four times the clarity of HD) and will be presented on Blu-ray™ for a beautiful, high-definition home viewing experience. These re-releases will be issued through MGM’s home entertainment partner, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, and are now available for pre-order on Amazon.

 

Other initiatives to mark the company’s 90th anniversary include:

 

  MGM will complement its already vast collection of films currently available on Blu-ray™ by releasing new titles across all genres throughout the year. Upcoming titles for release include In the Heat of the Night, A Chorus Line,and The Birdcage.
     
  MGM has created a one-of-a-kind collector’s book and bonus video disc companion commemorating 90 amazing years, featuring interviews from award-winning filmmakers, directors, and actors discussing the significance of their contributions to MGM’s legacy. The book and video highlight the evolution and history of the legendary studio and provide an extensive look into the studio's golden years, classics, iconic franchises and much more. Interviews include Sylvester Stallone on Rocky, Clint Eastwood on The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis on Thelma and Louise, and Walter Mirisch on The Pink Panther. The bonus disc will also be available accompanying select DVD offerings.
     
  Fans can also relive their favorite film moments at www.mgm90th.com, a unique Tumblr website and the first Tumblr integration to feature a studio’s full library. The MGM 90th Tumblr site’s dynamic design encourages fans to explore and immerse themselves into rich content celebrating 90 years of MGM filmmaking.  As fans integrate socially with the yearlong celebration, the Tumblr site will serve as an active aggregator showcasing all of the current sharing and postings.   This fresh approach to syndicating content to fans allows a seamless integration appealing to all ages within Tumblr’s rapidly growing platform and beyond. 

 

Titles, release dates and packaging continuing this iconic celebration will be confirmed in the coming weeks.
 

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#2 of 69 Ronald Epstein

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Posted January 22 2014 - 08:23 AM

Congrats to MGM on their 90th Anniversary.

 

Been anxious to order some of the remastered Blu-ray titles via Amazon.

 

RoboCop has just been released.  The new 4K of Rocky is only part of a new boxed set, as far as I am aware.

 

Have not seen Fargo or The Good, The Bad and The Ugly anywhere.

 

Let's hope these titles are being offered individually.  I am not going to buy a hugely expensive 

commemorative set.


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Posted January 22 2014 - 08:32 AM

Of the 12 films mentioned in that press release, only one actually had MGM as an actual production partner: THELMA & LOUISE. The others were mostly United Artists and a few were produced by other production companies (e.g. ROBOCOP, Orion). MGM had nothing to do with them until some kind of corporate musical chairs/mergers and acquisitions activity led them to have the distribution rights years after the fact. To call them MGM films in order to celebrate the studio's 90th anniversary is a bit of a stretch. I'm appalled there's no mention of any actual, y'know, MGM classics in the release (MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY, BEN-HUR, TARZAN THE APE MAN, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, QUO VADIS, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, NORTH BY NORTHWEST, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, THE DIRTY DOZEN, etc., etc., etc.)



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Posted January 22 2014 - 08:58 AM

I think all those MGM classics you mentioned, Vic, were part of Warner Brothers Anniversary stuff last year since they own the rights now. :P

 

I love the idea of a remastered Good Bad Ugly, but not without the Fist movies included. They look like hell on the current bluray too and are deserving of an upgrade. And why not do it right and included a remastered version of the original Good before they added those scenes with the newly looped audio?

 

Shame Criterion didn't get these ones...


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Posted January 22 2014 - 09:51 AM

I think it's worthwhile to honor MGM, but they should be honoring the real MGM. As in studio-produced classic films. They should be releasing 90 pre-1960 MGM films on blu-ray.
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Posted January 22 2014 - 09:52 AM

They should be releasing 90 pre-1960 MGM films on blu-ray. 

 

Doesn't Warner hold most all those rights?


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Posted January 22 2014 - 10:20 AM

I don't think the current MGM company is even allowed to mention pre-86 MGM features in their press releases without paying extra royalties to WB.  So they're kinda stuck either promoting the UA catalog and whatever they produced after the Turner buyout attempt.  Now why the press release couldn't make at least a token mention of United Artists is another thing entirely.

 

I love the idea of a remastered Good Bad Ugly, but not without the Fist movies included. They look like hell on the current bluray too and are deserving of an upgrade. And why not do it right and included a remastered version of the original Good before they added those scenes with the newly looped audio?

 

Shame Criterion didn't get these ones...

 

Yes, the first two from the trilogy definitely need to be remastered.  Hopefully The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly blu-ray ends up as a quality release.



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Posted January 22 2014 - 10:50 AM

So, it should be Warner celebrating MGM's 90th and not MGM!



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Posted January 22 2014 - 10:53 AM

Well, really, it's all screwed up on both sides.

 

Warner released a huge Anniversary set a year ago that celebrated quite a bit of MGM releases. 

 

Warner holds the rights to most of MGM's grandest features, and all that MGM has left is an 

assortment of mostly post mid 60s releases.  Some good stuff, but hardly representative of 

the glory days of that studio.


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Posted January 22 2014 - 10:55 AM

This is why a lot of us were pulling for Warner to acquire MGM. At least that way, the library would be consolidated as it should be.


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Posted January 22 2014 - 11:02 AM

We all would like to see the MGM library reunited. But the fact is, the pre-1986 MGM library is probably getting better treatment at Warner Bros that MGM would be able to give it. The reconstruction of It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World wouldn't be happening if not for Criterion's intervention.

 

It's actually kind of impressive how MGM has managed to survive as a brand considering it's been subject to every type of mismanagement, neglect, and corner-cutting for over 50 years. Some even say it wasn't the same after Irving Thalberg died!


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Posted January 22 2014 - 11:11 AM

Out of curiosity, Warner is also the rights holder for any surviving films from the original pre-merger studios (Metro Pictures Corp., Goldwyn Pictures, Louis B. Mayer Productions), correct? Was there anything of major significance to a modern enthusiast from those studios prior to the merger in 1924?


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Posted January 22 2014 - 11:13 AM

I would love to see a brand new 4K HD transfer of The Silence of the Lambs (Orion thru MGM) 

 

Also I wonder what films we can look forward to for the United Artists Anniversary lol 


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Posted January 22 2014 - 11:20 AM

Here are links to the Amazon listings.  There is a Man With No Name Trilogy set coming.

 

http://www.amazon.co...astered edition

 

http://www.amazon.co...astered edition

 

http://www.amazon.co...astered edition

 

http://www.amazon.co...words=rocky blu


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Posted January 22 2014 - 11:24 AM

Thanks for those links, John.  You can preorder through them and HTF gets credit.

 

Thinking about Fargo at $14, though I own it already on Blu-ray.


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Posted January 22 2014 - 11:29 AM

If I have to re-buy the other 2 movies just to get 4K TGTB&TU, I'll be more than a little annoyed.  Unless of course the other 2 have been remastered but I kinda doubt it.


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Posted January 22 2014 - 12:23 PM

So, it should be Warner celebrating MGM's 90th and not MGM!


Well, I'm saying Warners should jump on that bandwagon and release some more classic MGM titles. Maybe starting with The Bandwagon (no pun intended). Cuz most of the library is sitting there, doing nothing. Now would be a good time.
 

 


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Posted January 22 2014 - 12:32 PM

So far the only MGM movie on blu-ray WB is releasing this year is Get Carter.  Hopefully there are more coming.



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Posted January 22 2014 - 12:41 PM

The original Time Machine is coming too.



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Posted January 22 2014 - 12:42 PM

Stuff is coming from Warner, it's just not flooding out like it was 10 years ago.


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