Who owns the RKO film library?

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  1. Gordon McMurphy

    Gordon McMurphy Producer

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    Does Warner own the entire library now?
    Would it be plausible to make a comprehensive list of the best RKO films not on DVD yet?
    I'd really love to own high-quality DVD editions of, The Cat People and Out Of The Past, but I'm sure there are many, many others that should be given a great DVD rebirth.
    Thanks for reading.
    Gordy
     
  2. Patrick McCart

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    Some RKO films are with Universal (like Hell's Angels and The Conqueror), but the majority is with Warner.

    They're working on King Kong, Swing Time, and Top Hat for 2003.
     
  3. Tim RH

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    How about BRINGING UP BABY and THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS for starters?

    Also NOTORIOUS is an RKO film that isn't owned by the WB.
     
  4. Jeffrey Gray

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    Actually, I think the RKO library is still owned by RKO, but the stuff they still own is licensed to Warner...am I correct?
     
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    NOTORIOUS was a Selznick picture theatrically distributed by RKO. There were others as well. Also, I believe some of the early Disney animated movies were distributed by RKO.
     
  6. Roger Rollins

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    NOTORIOUS was an RKO picture which Selznick had developed, then had to sell to RKO because he couldn't afford to finish it (due to cost overruns on DUEL IN THE SUN). RKO later sold it back to Selznick, as RKO also did with 2 earlier films Selznick was involved with at that studio: TOPAZE and A BILL OF DIVORCEMENT. Before they went belly-up in the late '50s,RKO was selling off lots of pictures and remake rights before they finally unloaded what was left of their library.

    The current company called RKO owns only remake rights to the old pictures.

    The old RKO library (without those titles already sold to others) is owned by Turner with distribution controlled by Warner. Rights to these films outside the U.S. were sold off to various entities years ago.

    THE CONQUEROR was part of the Howard Hughes library. He bought it and JET PILOT back from RKO after he sold the company to General Tire. His small cache of films was eventually purchased by Universal in the '70s

    HELL'S ANGELS was originally released by UNITED ARTISTS.
    It was NEVER an RKO film, and it belongs to Universal now by virtue of their ownership of the Hughes pictures.

    The reason more RKO films are not out on DVD is that the library was terribly cared for by its previous owners, and Warner Bros. will only release the titles after restoration,
    which is costly and time consuming.

    The results are well worth it, as CITIZEN KANE and SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON prove out.
     
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    As Roger has indicated you're not correct.



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