Sony Offers 125 Columbia Films for On Demand DVD8 Mar, 2011 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment March 8 said it is making available nearly 125 movies from its Columbia Pictures library for purchase through Amazon’s CreatSpace on demand DVD service.
Manufacturing DVDs (no Blu-ray or digital copy) on-demand allows studios (including recently Universal, Fox and MGM) to sell eclectic catalog fare based on actual consumer demand without the expense of a costly production run afforded higher profile new releases. Disc packaging includes original box art but no UPC code, effectively denying it from the lucrative used product market.
“Our work with CreateSpace is another natural and important step forward in our distribution strategy with our rich catalog of content,” said John Calkins, EVP of global digital and commercial innovation with SPHE. “We are looking for every opportunity to meet the demand of fans who want to find, revisit or collect our treasured archive, and we are delighted to be working with our friends at CreateSpace on this initiative.”
Some of the Columbia titles include: 40 Carats (1973) starring Gene Kelly and Liv Ullman; Screaming Mimi (1958), a mystery featuring Gypsy Rose Lee and Anita Ekberg; The Wrong Box (1966), a British black comedy with Michael Caine, Dudley Moore and Peter Sellers; The Nevadan (1950), an early partnership between Randolph Scott and producer Harry Joe Brown; and X, Y and Zee (1971), written by Edna O’Brien, with a star-studded cast including Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Caine and Susannah York.
Other titles include Summer Wishes; Winter Dreams (1973), which garnered Joanne Woodward a Best Actress Oscar nomination and Sylvia Sidney a nomination for Best Supporting Actress; Storm Center (1956), starring Bette Davis and Kim Hunter; The Case Against Brooklyn (1958), with Darren McGavin and Warren Stevens; The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (1988), directed by Robert Altman with Eric Bogosian, Jeff Daniels and a screenplay by Herman Wouk; and The Mind of Mr. Soames (1969), a sci-fi thriller with Terence Stamp and Robert Vaughn.