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Fox Bows 15 New MGM Titles on DVD for the First Time

5 Apr, 2012 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment through the end of April is offering 15 new catalog movies from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for on-demand DVD purchases.

Fox is the exclusive distributor for MGM’s Limited Edition Collection, available through Fox’s “manufacturing on demand” program, which can be accessed through several online retailers. The program allows content holders to market special-edition DVDs (no Blu-ray Disc) to consumers without incurring expensive production runs.

The latest MGM titles, which feature stars such as George Montgomery, Mickey Rooney, Richard Widmark, Chuck Conners, Peter Graves, Lex Barker and Ben Johnson, among others, range from Western Outlaw Trail (1944) to sex comedy Gas Pump Girls (1985). The DVDs, which are manufactured from video masters and have not been remastered or digitally restored, typically are not able to be resold or traded in due the lack of a barcode, among other conditions.

Additional titles include: Robbers’ Roost (1955), in which a man searching for the last of the three men who raped and killed his wife joins a gang of cattle rustlers hired to move 6000 head of cattle alongside a rival gang; Running Target (1956), about a sheriff with a reluctance to kill who leads a posse into the Colorado Rockies after four escaped convicts; Run for the Sun (1956); War Drums (1957), about goldminers who start a war with the Apaches on the eve of the Civil War; Tomahawk Trail (1957), starring Chuck Conners; The Toughest Gun in Tombstone (1958), starring George Montgomery; and prison break movie The Last Mile (1959), starring Mickey Rooney.

Titles from the 1960s include Noose for a Gunman and Saintly Sinners (1962), in which a kindly old priest reforms a collection of lovable fellows in his humble parish, starring Don Beddoe and Ellen Corgy; and The Winds of Kitty Hawk (1978); a beautifully photographed story that gives insight into the lives and accomplishments of the Wright brothers and the period in which they lived, starring Michael Moriarty, David Huffman, Scott Hylands and John Randolph.

Titles also include The House on Garabaldi Street (1979), a true-life political thriller that dramatizes the 1960 capture in Argentina of the Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann by the Israelis, starring Topol, Nick Mancuso, Janet Suzman, Martin Balsam, Leo McKern and Charles Gray; Son-Rise: A Miracle of Love (1979), an award-winning television movie based on the real-life experiences of a couple with an autistic child, starring James Farentino, Kathryn Harrold, Michael Adams and Casey Adams; and Portrait of an Escort (1980), in which a single mother who takes a second job as an escort to make ends meet encounters a psychopath who has a very strong attraction to her, starring Susan Anspach, Tony Bill, Cyd Charisse, Edie Adams and Mary Frann.

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