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Old 06-02-2014, 09:43 PM   #1
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Default When are MGM going to start releasing catalogue titles again!

For a company celebrating its 90th anniversary there doesn't seem to be much celebration in the way or releasing catalogue titles.
Apart from Twilight Time releases and 4k Rocky and Robocop plus reissues of The Terminator and Escape From New York (with less features!!), what have they released ,they are literally sitting on catalogue titles that folks want and there couldn't be a more ideal time to issue some most wanted titles
An absolute wasted opportunity
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Old 06-02-2014, 10:01 PM   #2
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They seem to be letting Twilight Time, Kino and Shout Factory release a bulk of their catalog titles.
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Old 06-02-2014, 10:31 PM   #3
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They still do, mostly through other companies. So you can look forward to paying a lot more for them. I too hope they reconsider their current model.
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Old 06-02-2014, 10:37 PM   #4
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They still do, mostly through other companies. So you can look forward to paying a lot more for them. I too hope they reconsider their current model.
The Kino releases seem to be pretty reasonably priced. $30 MSRP should put street price under twenty bucks with a little patience/digging.

It's too soon to tell but if I had to make a wish now I'd want them to sign more stuff over to Kino.
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Don't forget Weekend at Bernie's. Not that it makes a huge difference.
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Another one of these threads? If you want to know why then just email MGM. Everything else is just pure speculation.
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I have done so and I think I am more than justified in starting this thread as I am sure I am not the only one who wants more catalogue titles released from MGM,heck from all major studios whilst I am at it
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For a company celebrating its 90th anniversary there doesn't seem to be much celebration in the way or releasing catalogue titles.
Apart from Twilight Time releases and 4k Rocky and Robocop plus reissues of The Terminator and Escape From New York (with less features!!), what have they released ,they are literally sitting on catalogue titles that folks want and there couldn't be a more ideal time to issue some most wanted titles
An absolute wasted opportunity
In fairness the studio had been in a bit of a mess finanically for long time.

They've been slowly recovering from it all in the last 2-3 years.

Be patient, they'll probably start rolling out more catalog releases again very soon.

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Old 06-02-2014, 10:58 PM   #9
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Well, they just botched the 4K remaster of The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, so I'd rather TT, KINO and Shout handle the bulk of their titles, now that Olive is (thankfully) out of the catalogue business.
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Well, they just botched the 4K remaster of The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, so I'd rather TT, KINO and Criterion handle the bulk of their catalogue.
A Criterion release of The Good, The Bad And The Ugly...

Now that would be something.

They'd probably have the decency to include the Theatrical Cut & the original mono audio.
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Well, they just botched the 4K remaster of The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, so I'd rather TT, KINO and Shout handle the bulk of their titles, now that Olive is (thankfully) out of the catalogue business.
MGM would have provided the transfer to TT, Shout or Kino. So it wouldn't have made a difference.
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A Criterion release of The Good, The Bad And The Ugly...

Now that would be something.

They'd probably have the decency to include the Theatrical Cut & the original mono audio.
Not sure they'd touch it not that MGM has released it twice. Criterion turned down their request for a blu-ray of Silence of the Lambs, because all their extras had been used on the previous MGM release.

Looking through my MGM DVDS, there are quite a few titles I'd like to see:

Darling
Jean de Florette/Manon of the Spring (Criterion double feature?)
Mississippi Burning
They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Nomads (could see that going to Scream factory)
CQ
Small Change
Salvador
Falcon & The Snowman
Rhapsody in August
Rush (Jason Patric)
Live Flesh
Last American Virgin
The Long Goodbye (Criterion?)
Juggernaut
Undertow
The Sure Thing
Valley Girl
Pride of the Yankees
Cotton Club
Bull Durham (remastered)

Not to mention all the John Sayles films they have -
Return of the Secaucus Seven
Lianna
Brother From Another Planet
Casa de los babys
Eight Men Out

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MGM would have provided the transfer to TT, Shout or Kino. So it wouldn't have made a difference.
It might have, because there's nothing wrong with the new scan. It's the mastering/color timing MGM did themselves that ruined it. So if they just gave whoever the original master without all their "fixes", then it definitely would've made a difference. If MGM was going to license it out, then I doubt they would've spent their own money on a "restoration" and therefore wouldn't have ruined it with the yellow/teal tint and ungodly contrast boost.

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Well, they just botched the 4K remaster of The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, so I'd rather TT, KINO and Shout handle the bulk of their titles, now that Olive is (thankfully) out of the catalogue business.
Wait, what? When was this announced?
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I loved the two genre collections they had: MGM World Films and MGM Avant-Garde Cinema.

Suture is one title from the Avant-Garde collection I could see Criterion releasing.

Liebestraum is one of my guilty pleasures.
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Wait, what? When was this announced?
No kidding. I think he's mistaken...

Olive Films Announces July Blu-ray Releases
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Independent distributors Olive Films have announced that they will release a number of exciting classic films on Blu-ray in July. Amongst them are Max Ophuls' Caught (1949), Irving Pichel's Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948), Lewis Milestone's Armored Attack! a.k.a. The North Star (1943), and André De Toth's The Other Love (1947).
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Olive Films has entered into an exclusive multi-year distribution agreement with Cult Epics, the independent label known for its catalog of cult classic horror, art-house and erotica titles from the 1920s to the present.

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Well, they just botched the 4K remaster of The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, so I'd rather TT, KINO and Shout handle the bulk of their titles, now that Olive is (thankfully) out of the catalogue business.
Why is Olive out of the catalog business?
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This would be nice, though I don't have a lot of faith in MGM recently, seeing how they just let the last of The Alamo's elements become industrial waste.
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Why is Olive out of the catalog business?
They're not. The post explaining it is just above yours.

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