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23rd November 2005 3:08  #1

Keith Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: United States Posts: 221
MGM
I was told MGM has gone out of business.  Is this true?

23rd November 2005 3:14  #2

Fernando G. Banned Join Date: February 2005 Location: United States Posts: 347
...NO! I dont think so.

23rd November 2005 3:22  #3

Matt Contributor Join Date: October 2004 Location: United States Posts: 2,113
MGM was purchased by the Sony Corporation.

23rd November 2005 3:30  #4

Keith Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: United States Posts: 221
Matt wrote: MGM was purchased by the Sony Corporation.

Do you know why they sold?  MGM is known for such great film classics such as the Wizard of Oz. I see that Warner Video released the new 3 disc collectors edition of the Wizard of Oz, even though MGM made the movie.

23rd November 2005 4:01  #5

Matt Contributor Join Date: October 2004 Location: United States Posts: 2,113
They sold for the same reason anyone sells anything, to make money.

As far as why The Wizard of Oz was released through Warner Home Video, Warner Bros. holds the rights to pre-1986 MGM studio produced films as well as films from RKO. This is why many of the classic MGM and RKO pictures, such as Citizen Kane, King Kong, Gone With the Wind, and Ben Hur are released through Warner Home Video, as well as more contemporary films such as Poltergeist, A Christmas Story, and Clash of the Titans.

28th November 2005 13:27  #6

bran Member Join Date: October 2005 Location: Australia Posts: 26
WB makes brilliant DVDs
Matt wrote: As far as why The Wizard of Oz was released through Warner Home Video, Warner Bros. holds the rights to pre-1986 MGM studio produced films as well as films from RKO. This is why many of the classic MGM and RKO pictures, such as Citizen Kane, King Kong, Gone With the Wind, and Ben Hur are released through Warner Home Video, as well as more contemporary films such as Poltergeist, A Christmas Story, and Clash of the Titans.

And I for one am glad it worked out this way.

The DVDs we got out of MGM pre-Sony were, to be frank, pretty c**p.  They never would have done the brilliant restorations we've seen with Gone with the Wind, Ben-Hur or The Wizard of Oz.

Even allowing for Criterion, I reckon Warner Bros are the leaders in quality commercial DVDs at the moment.

9th February 2006 6:32  #7

stanton heck Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,098
Even though MGM didn't do the greatest job they did however help drive DVD sales.  MGM released lots of movies that were out of print for years on VHS.  Yes MGM Home Video was part of Warner Brothers at the time DVD players were introduced however they did a great thing by releasing product. They helped fuel DVD craze.  Remember FOX and Disney were not releasing movies on DVD the first year or so.  MGM saw a void and took advantage of it.  

9th February 2006 7:03  #8

captmarvel Member Join Date: January 2006 Location: United States Posts: 101
---uuuuuhh---I think Sony bought Columbia, not MGM.  MGM was sold during the 1980's to an upstart broadcaster from Atlanta named Ted Turner.  Ted kept the film library for his cable channels and turned around and sold the real estate.  The mixing and mingling of film libraries came about in the late 1940's when television appeared and some studios sold their film libraries to other studios who intended to distribute them for television broadcast.  The pre-1948 Warner Bros. and First National library was purchased by MGM which, when Turner bought the studio, gave him the rights to the MGM, Warner and First National libraries.  Along the way RKO and United Artists had been acquired by MGM as well.  This is why so many great classic films air on Turner Classic Movies.  This is the same way that Universal gained access to all of the Paramount Pictures films that were pre-1950.  For example, some of the W.C. Fields films that were released in last year's box set were Paramont movies.  The same will be true of the upcoming Marlene Dietrich and Carole Lombard sets.  My memory may have failed me on some of the details, but this is pretty much the MGM story.  When was the last time you watched a new movie and heard Leo roar?  Been awhile.

9th February 2006 10:06  #9

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,107 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
Sony owns them both. They paid 3.4 billion for Columbia and around 5 billion for MGM.

9th February 2006 15:20  #10

Mal Webmaster Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,290
Sony (plus others) own the modern iteration of MGM. They don't own the stuff Turner purchased, which is a lot of what many people associate with MGM. Basically it's the recent United Artists material and then whatever rich-casino-bloke bought in the 90s such as Orion.

9th February 2006 16:17  #11

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,107 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
Aye, they own stuff like Silence of the Lambs, and I guess RoboCop seeing as it's on their forthcoming UMD release schedule.

9th February 2006 19:25  #12

Intergalactic Ponce Member Join Date: April 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,151
I thought Fox bought MGM a few years back. It will all be so much better when just one company owns everything.

12th February 2006 7:58  #13

captmarvel Member Join Date: January 2006 Location: United States Posts: 101
Ooops---you guys are right, I forgot that Sony bought MGM last year when all the talk was flying around about the new blue ray disc format.

12th February 2006 15:43  #14

Adam K Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 247
OK, since for some reason I like to follow up on this stuff, here's who owns who (correct me if I'm wrong) - The owning corporations will be in bold.

Viacom
- Paramount Pictures
--DreamWorks Pictures
- Nickelodeon Movies (although that might also be a subsidary of Paramount)
- MTV Films (same with this one)

Sony
- Columbia Pictures
- TriStar Pictures
- MGM
- ScreenGems
- and I know they own more...I just can't think of the rest of them...

Walt Disney Co.
- Walt Disney Pictures
- Touchstone Pictures
- Miramax Films
- ABC
- ABC Family
- ESPN (and 2)
- and I know they have more...it's just way to many to remember/name.

News Corp.
- 20th Century Fox
- Fox Searchlight
- FOX
- Fox Television
- and I want to say there's more...

Time Warner
- Warner Bros. Pictures
- New Line Cinema
- AOL
- The WB (although, now The CW in conjunction with CBS)

Lions Gate
- Lionsgate Films
- Artisan Home Entertainment (so now they've got the rights to movies like Dirty Dancing, Basic Instinct, etc...)

The Weinstein Company
- The Weinstein Company
- Dimension Films



OK, so there's my list, if I missed any (and I'm sure I did) or screwed up on any, just correct me since I can't come back to edit my post.

12th February 2006 16:50  #15

Mal Webmaster Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,290
Universal NBC / Vivendi Universal
- Universal Studios film company
- NBC
- Canal+
- Plus loads of TV channels/networks/broadcasters worldwide

12th February 2006 17:41  #16

captmarvel Member Join Date: January 2006 Location: United States Posts: 101
Disney just bought Pixar.

12th February 2006 22:11  #17

Matt Contributor Join Date: October 2004 Location: United States Posts: 2,113
Matt wrote: As far as why The Wizard of Oz was released through Warner Home Video, Warner Bros. holds the rights to pre-1986 MGM studio produced films as well as films from RKO. This is why many of the classic MGM and RKO pictures, such as Citizen Kane, King Kong, Gone With the Wind, and Ben Hur are released through Warner Home Video, as well as more contemporary films such as Poltergeist, A Christmas Story, and Clash of the Titans.
I'll give an example here of what I was trying to talk about a few months ago...take two films with the MGM logo made prior to 1986, Dr. No and Poltergeist. MGM held onto the rights to Dr. No because it wasn't an MGM produced film; they served as the distributor while United Artists produced the film. Warner Bros. holds the rights to Poltergeist because it was actually produced and distributed by MGM prior to 1986.

For any film made pre-1986 that was distributed but not produced by MGM, MGM retained the rights. For any film made pre-1986 that was produced by MGM, Warner Bros. holds the rights. On a side note, during the 80s and 90s MGM acquired several film libraries of defunct companies, such as Avco/Embassy, AIP, and Orion Pictures and still retains the rights to the films in those libraries today...which Sony now owns of course.

13th February 2006 0:05  #18

stanton heck Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,098
Yes "SONY" has a huge libary now.  MGM bought several film libarys here is more they own "Cannon Films" "21st century","Filwways",and "Polygram".  I knpw there are others but I can't think of them.  

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