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The latest issue of NEWSWEEK 7/5/04 has an interesrting article on Warren Lieberfarb and the history and future of the DVD. In it is the statement " The prospect of issuing old films anew on DVD is behind Sony's current eargerness to sink perhaps $5 billion into buying MGM, with its trove of classics like "The Wizard od OZ". I had thought the it and other early MGM films were now owned by Turner which is now part of Time-Warner. Am I wrong or does NEWSWEEK have the wrong info? I know that MGM has the rights to the MGM films of the 80's and 90's along with much of the UA catalog, but just what films does MGM actually own?
 

Andre Bijelic

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You're right, the article is wrong. MGM controls the United Artists catalog, including the lucrative Bond and Pink Panther franchises, as well as the Orion and AIP libraries, among others. But Warner holds the rights to the MGM catalog, up until the mid-1980s.
 

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