MGM Lean & Hitchcock Releases

Ken_McAlinden

Producer
Reviewer
Joined
Feb 20, 2001
Messages
6,206
Reaction score
101
Points
9,110
Age
51
Location
Livonia, MI USA
Real Name
Kenneth McAlinden
Over at the Digital Bits Rumor Mill, they listed a bunch of titles on the slate for a fall release from MGM. Among them were box sets of David Lean and Alfred Hitchcock titles:

David Lean Collection (available September 7, 2004)
  • Blithe Spirit
  • Brief Encounter
  • Great Expectations
  • In Which We Serve
  • Madeleine
  • Oliver Twist
  • The Passionate Friends
  • This Happy Breed
Alfred Hitchcock Collection (available November of 2004)
  • The Lady Vanishes
  • Notorious
  • The Paradine Case
  • Rebecca
  • Sabotage
  • Spellbound
  • The Thirty-Nine Steps
  • Young & Innocent

The Bits indicated that the Lean set will be available in a box for US$99.96 SRP or individually for US$19.98 a pop. No pricing for the Hitchcock collection, but it will be available as a box and as individual titles, too.



Regards,
 

DouglasBr

Stunt Coordinator
Joined
May 16, 2003
Messages
182
Reaction score
0
Points
0
I sincerely hope the quality is there, especially for the Lean films. I've held off buying the Criterion Dickens titles as they are so expensive (and bare bones at that), but I can't help wondering if MGM will put out as good or better product. Maybe DVDBeaver will come through again and help with comparisons. The other titles (especially "In Which We Serve") will be welcome additions.

As for the Hitchcock, I just got "Wrong Men and Notorious Women" during the big DDD sale last December. I doubt I'll want to replace those, but getting "Paradine", "Sabotage" and "Young and Innocent" will be welcome.
 

Gordon McMurphy

Producer
Joined
Aug 3, 2002
Messages
3,530
Reaction score
1
Points
0
I have so far held off buying the Lean Criterions, so I would buy MGM's set if ALL the transfers are good.
 

Kevin Harper

Agent
Joined
Oct 22, 2002
Messages
31
Reaction score
0
Points
0
Couldn't agree more. I can see no point in replacing the Criterions. What more can they do to them? The transfers (especially Notorious) are superb and the extras are extensive and not your usual fluff. As for the Lean collection, again I can't see any reason to replace the Criterions. They may be expensive and bare bones but the transfers are excellent. Unless that is of course MGM are going to remix them in 5.1 or DTS
 

george kaplan

Executive Producer
Joined
Mar 14, 2001
Messages
13,063
Reaction score
2
Points
0
That Hitchcock info leaves me cold. I already have all of those films on dvd, and see no reason to replace them (especially the excellent Criterions). I want to hear about Hitch films that haven't been previously released (e.g., Dial M for Murder, Stage Fright, Lifeboat, Foreign Correspondent, etc.), though I have no idea if any of those are owned by MGM.
 

Jay*W

Second Unit
Joined
Oct 28, 2003
Messages
366
Reaction score
37
Points
110
George,

I believe that those titles are owned by Warner Bros., with the exception of LIFEBOAT, which is owned by Fox. According to rumors (and based in part on an HTF chat), Warner Bros. is supposed to be releasing 7 new-to-DVD titles sometime this year. There have also been rumors that LIFEBOAT will be released as part of the Fox Studio Classics line in the not-too-distant future.

Jay
 

ToddF

Agent
Joined
Sep 6, 2000
Messages
45
Reaction score
3
Points
10
Real Name
Todd Fredericks
I wonder if Criterion will be able to hold onto the rights of the David Lean material?

Todd
 

DouglasBr

Stunt Coordinator
Joined
May 16, 2003
Messages
182
Reaction score
0
Points
0


Those should be coming from Warner later this year in their all-but-announced Hitchcock 7-disc set.
 

Ken_McAlinden

Producer
Reviewer
Joined
Feb 20, 2001
Messages
6,206
Reaction score
101
Points
9,110
Age
51
Location
Livonia, MI USA
Real Name
Kenneth McAlinden
I barely consider "Young and Innocent" and "Sabotage" to have been released on DVD due to the inferior presentations to date. The Anchor Bay version of "The Paradine Case" actually looks quite nice (although I find the film itself to be dreadfully dull). I have no complaints about any of the Criterions.

If MGM does things the right way on "Young & Innocent" and "Sabotage", though, I will be very pleased. I wish they were also doing the UK "The Man Who Knew Too Much". Perhaps its absence indicates that another company has licensed it already. Hmmm? Maybe another company that starts with a "C" and ends with a "riterion"? Well, a guy can dream, can't he.


Regards,
 

Lars Vermundsberget

Supporting Actor
Joined
Nov 20, 2000
Messages
725
Reaction score
0
Points
0
I've got all these eight Hitchcock titles - "Sabotage" and "Young and Innocent" among others on a German box set named The Early Years. This set is supposedly a lot better than most other DVD releases of early Hitchcock titles.
 

Mark Edward Heuck

Screenwriter
Joined
Jul 25, 2000
Messages
1,187
Reaction score
37
Points
0
Well, remember, that Criterion holds onto their extras like gold, and MGM's handling of their Disney license (which is where the Hitchcock titles are coming from) have been dependent on what they are given.

Therefore, if you have the Criterion box, keep it. I suspect there will be few extras in this Hitchcock box. I would sooner buy the titles not previously released -- YOUNG AND INNOCENT, SABOTAGE -- which I suspect is coming from MGM's Carlton license, as are the bulk of the Lean titles.

Good to see that MGM is finally getting to the very large cache of Carlton/Rank Organisation titles they inherited license to after the Goldwyn/Orion buyout.
 

David Von Pein

Producer
Joined
Feb 4, 2002
Messages
5,748
Reaction score
11
Points
0
This thread begs the larger Hitchcock inquiry .........

WHERE ON EARTH IS THE DVD OF "SUSPICION"?

 

Jim_K

Executive Producer
Joined
Apr 7, 2000
Messages
10,090
Reaction score
3
Points
0
I'll stick with my Criterion discs.

I'm more interested in Warners Hitchcock films Dial M, Suspicion & Foreign Correspondent.
 

Brian W.

Screenwriter
Joined
Jul 29, 1999
Messages
1,958
Reaction score
3
Points
110
Age
54
Location
Los Angeles
Real Name
Brian
I can verify -- and I'm in a position to know -- that Suspicion and Dial M for Murder will both be included in the Warner Hitchcock set. I don't know the other titles yet.
 

Steve...O

Producer
Joined
Dec 31, 2003
Messages
4,378
Reaction score
1,125
Points
4,110
Real Name
Steve


I think the other titles have been disclosed on other threads. Going from memory: Stage Fright, Mr. &Mrs. Smith, Foreign Correspondent, Wrong Man, and (I think) I Confess.

Do you know the release date for this set? It's one of my most anticipated of the year.

Thanks,

Steve
 

Brian W.

Screenwriter
Joined
Jul 29, 1999
Messages
1,958
Reaction score
3
Points
110
Age
54
Location
Los Angeles
Real Name
Brian


Oh, are Stage Fright, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and I Confess all Hitchcock titles?! I didn't know that. I thought Mr. and Mrs. Smith was a Paul Newman/Joanne Woodward movie!

Then, yes, all three of those will be in it, too. I knew we were working on them, I just didn't know they were Hitchcock movies. "Foreign Correspondent" rings a bell, also, so I'd guess the listing on the other thread was right.

I'm strictly on the production end of things, though, so I don't really know when it will be released. I'd guess in 3-6 months. That's the usual time frame after it passes through my department.
 

MatthewLouwrens

Producer
Joined
Mar 18, 2003
Messages
3,034
Reaction score
1
Points
0
Who owns the rights to "Murder!". Is rthere a decent release out there anywhere? I'd particularly be interested in a release that had both silent and sound versions - the first version I ever saw was the silent version at a film festival.
 

Robert Crawford

Moderator
Moderator
Joined
Dec 9, 1998
Messages
47,595
Reaction score
23,680
Points
9,110
Location
Michigan
Real Name
Robert

What I haven't figured out is how did Warner become owners of "Foreign Correspondent" which was originally a United Artists release. Maybe, one of the production companies associated with the film have the rights and were bought out by Warner?
 

Forum Sponsors

Forum statistics

Threads
343,702
Messages
4,687,516
Members
141,007
Latest member
Old Bones