By : Erik Gruenwedel | Posted: 30 Nov 2009
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will offer classic television shows and movies from the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) library on DVD for the first time via Amazon’s CreateSpace On-Demand publishing service.
While the availability of on-demand DVD movies isn’t new, this deal represents the first time major MGM titles have been obtainable. The titles, which include an introduction from actor, director, writer, producer and film historian Peter Bogdanovich, will retail from $19.98 each on Amazon.
Movies include 1953’s Return to Paradise, starring Oscar winner Gary Cooper; the 1956 film Trapeze, directed by Oscar winner Carol Reed and starring Oscar winning actor Burt Lancaster; and Two for the Seesaw (1962), which was nominated for two Academy Awards and stars Oscar nominee Robert Mitchum and Oscar winner Shirley MacLaine.
Conventional MGM movies include 1966’s The Group, directed by Sidney Lumet; director Joan Micklin Silver’s 1977 counterculture film, Between The Lines; 1985’s Dreamchild, starring Alice Liddell; 1988’s Far North, written and directed by Sam Shepard (also his directorial debut); 1991’s action-packed film Chains of Gold starring John Travolta; Late for Dinner, a 1991 comedy starring Marcia Gay Harden and Janeane Garofalo; 1993’s Rich in Love with an all-star cast including Albert Finney, Jill Clayburgh, Ethan Hawke and Kyle MacLachlan; 1997’s Welcome to Woop Woop, writer-director Stephan Elliott’s follow-up film to the cult favorite, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and the 1999 comedy A Fish in the Bathtub starring real-life husband and wife team Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara.
TV series being made available include 1997’s “Poltergeist” second season for $39.98 and the second season of “Jeremiah” (2003) for $59.98.
“It has been a long-term hope of mine to find a way to make MGM’s vast unreleased library available to consumers who want to own some of their favorite classic films and TV shows on DVD,” said Eric Doctorow, GM of MGM Worldwide at Fox. “We have been working with CreateSpace and Amazon for some time now to build a model that makes this possible. I am pleased that we have found a platform to build this specialized business.”
Dana LoPiccolo-Giles, managing director of CreateSpace, said on-demand DVD production allows studios to mine film vaults and offer consumers previously unreleased packaged media without absorbing costly production runs.
“We are able to offer studios a cost-efficient, low-risk platform to release titles that otherwise may never have been available through more traditional methods,” LoPiccolo-Giles said.