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Which company do you think MGM should move to if Disney absorbs Fox's home entertainment division?

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Filmfanatic10, Jan 8, 2019.

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Which company do you think MGM should move to if Disney absorbs Fox's home entertainment division?

  1. Warner Bros.

    13 vote(s)
    48.1%
  2. Sony

    1 vote(s)
    3.7%
  3. Universal

    1 vote(s)
    3.7%
  4. None; they need to stay at Fox.

    1 vote(s)
    3.7%
  5. None; they need to stay at Fox/Disney.

    2 vote(s)
    7.4%
  6. Fox/Disney (for some titles)

    1 vote(s)
    3.7%
  7. Shout/Criterion/Kino/etc.

    12 vote(s)
    44.4%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Message #1 of 28 Jan 8, 2019
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    Filmfanatic10

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    I bet it would likely be Warner Bros., I think they should hire some Fox executives to take much better care of their library and distribution deals, and forge more licensing deals with smaller HE distributors/boutique labels, along with a new HE distribution deal with MGM (whose logo would be on the spine and next to the Turner Entertainment logo on the back cover for future WB releases of pre-1986 MGM titles, just like how the Warner Bros. Pictures logo is next to the Turner Entertainment logo on covers of pre-1950 WB titles). I think both MGM's post-1986 library and WB's pre-1986 MGM library should be full circle, along with the other libraries that MGM owns.

    (P.S. I know you might disagree with me, but I think WB should renew Paramount's library deal as well, but take much better care of Paramount's library than before as long as they make hires from Fox to work at their HE group.)

    You can also vote multiple choices if you think all four companies should each handle a specific portion of MGM's library.
     
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  2. StarDestroyer52

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    Either Warner Bros or Universal.
     
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    Lately, most MGM catalog titles have been released by either Kino or Shout! Factory, so I think that is where they will be headed.
     
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    I’m skeptical that any major studio would be interested in making a new deal to distribute another studio’s physical media in 2019 and beyond. The market is drying up and the major studios are all winding down their output.

    I think Todd’s idea that they’ll continue to be distributed by smaller labels is the best possible guess.
     
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    Well yeah, but they're licensing deals.
     
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    Probably, but they're only licensing deals. Maybe the major studios need to ramp up their deals with those labels and continue licensing their titles to them, especially WB since they've got deals with Criterion, Mill Creek and Shout! Factory now.
     
  7. darkrock17

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    DON"T let WB anywhere near MGM, as they already own the pre 1981 library, they don't need to have the entire lock stock and barrel
     
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    I know they own the pre-1986 library, that's one of the reasons I picked them.

    Edit: If you don't think they should handle distribution of MGM's entire library, TV content and select new movies, then you need to choose multiple companies, with one that will handle main distribution, which covers a portion of their library and select TV and new film content, and the other companies handling distribution of other specific portions of the library. (I know this is already done by the boutique labels that license the library titles from MGM.)
     
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    Shout Factory is best to make a permanent deal with MGM so that they can forever have the titles that they've been releasing so far.
     
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    Well, Shout now has a deal with WB too, and so do Criterion and Mill Creek.
     
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    I may already be Universal. They distributed MGM's Operation Finale on Blu-ray last month.
     
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    Someone who pushes them to release UHDs.
     
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    And WB distributed Orion's Every Day on Blu-ray beforehand.
     
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    I know Shout has released a couple of WB titles so far, but I did not know they were also releasing Criterion and Mill Creek titles as well
     
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    No, I mean WB also has deals with Criterion and Mill Creek.
     
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    I think they will just license their cataloge titles out to independent companies, but will work with Sony or Warner’s on the Bond Films.
     
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    Actually, my vote would be that Warner does acquire it all -- though that attempt was made and failed years back.

    Nobody does a better job with classic output than Warner Bros.
     
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    I think some people don't want Warner because of the number of releases is lower than they want from Warner and that they release too many "B" movies while not releasing enough "A" movies from their film library.
     
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    I say let the smaller boutique companies handle them, because they are doing good work, especially with the UA titles. Kino even restored the original United Artists logo for A Fistfull Of Dollars and The Good The Bad and The Ugly, and I hope that happens more often. Would love to see the a new 4k reissue of Raging Bull done by Arrow or Criterion with the UA Transamerca logo restored.
     
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    Well I just don't know,. It looks like most of the major studios have given up on catalogue releases, but happily they do license out titles to boutique labels (not Paramount of course). Warner is the best label right now, but they have such a backlog of titles & it would be crazy to add to them. It would be great if Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation could take control of all those UA movies, but that's wild wishful thinking.
     
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