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Discussion in 'DVD' started by Paul_Scott, May 30, 2006.
Well, I guess I won't hold my breath waiting for a 16x9 release of Honeymoon in Vegas!
The extract that Paul Scott mentions above (full article) about third-party distribution seems to indicate Fox will be acting as both distributor and partial agent for MGM's DVD catalogue. It would certainly make sense of Criterion head Peter Becker's comments about Salo at the end of this interview: Salo is a United Artists-funded film, so MGM own it outright.
Seems unlikely that Fox will be making decisions as to which MGM/UA titles will be released, although that would be an improvement over the present arrangement. http://greenbriarpictureshows.blogspot.com/
i have heard that sony retained the bond titles...any confirmation on this?
No doubt. Bond was pretty much THE reason Sony bought MGM in the first place, so they'll definitely be retaining the Bonds (if not the Pink Panther and Rocky as well). The rest of the MGM catalog (err, the UA catalog) they probably care less about.
Actually, the four Bond Ultimate sets are coming from Fox. Although Fox essentially kept the specs/authoring that Sony had already put together.
...And EXODUS and THE MAGIC SWORD, plus midnigfht movies withheld from release such as BURN WITCH BURN and BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW.
It seems that the distributor of the MGM catalog determines what will and will not be released. If MGM was simply telling Sony that this is what you will release then MGM would not have felt the need to switch distributors. Witchfinder General is a case in point. The film had been remastered and most of the supplements had been completed prior to Sony's distribution deal with MGM. Yet the film languished as Sony refused to release it. If MGM was calling the shots then they certainly would not have let the money they had put into it just go down the drain.