page updated: 12/18/98
News - MGM / UA
Here's a first look at
some of the box cover artwork for MGM DVD titles due in January and
Date January 5th
Street Date February 23rd
The Holcroft Covenant
The Manchurian Candidate
The Thomas Crown Affair
The Killer Elite
Here's a quick look at the box art for next week's
Gone With the Wind disc.
Should be a great DVD, particularly given the $19.95 Minimum
Advertised Price (MAP).
disc will include:
- restored picture in original the standard aspect ratio
- a new Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack
- the original mono soundtrack
- a theatrical trailer
- English and French subtitles
- an 8-page booklet with trivia and production notes
Here's another look at MGM's DVDs for November and December (disc
features are in the process of being revised). In addition to these
four titles, A Christmas Story
and How the Grinch Stole Christmas /
Horton Hears a Who are being relaunched in Amaray keep
Here's a look at MGM's October DVD release line-up (features for
each disc are listed below):
Chitty Bang Bang - pan & scan only, English DD 5.1,
French track, subtitles in English and French, trailer, sing-along
feature, THX, 145 mins
Last Tango in Paris -
widescreen, trailer, uncensored version, English mono, subtitles in
English and French, 129 mins
West Side Story - widescreen,
English DD 5.1, subtitles in English and French, trailer, newly
restored from 65mm elements, 152 mins
Species II - widescreen and
pan & scan, English DD 5.1, French track, subtitles in English
and French, trailer, audio commentary, unrated footage (protected by
parental lock), additional scenes, 93 mins
A Bridge Too Far -
widescreen, English surround, French mono, subtitles in English and
French, trailer, 176 mins
MGM has also
forwarded me more detailed information on the features of their
upcoming Tomorrow Never Dies
special edition DVD:
Exhilarating, never-before-seen outtakes of the amazing BMW chase
An action-packed storyboarded pre-credit sequence not used in the
Side-by-side "before-and-after" special effects
A feature-length audio commentary by director Roger Spottiswoode.
An additional audio commentary by stunt director Vic Armstrong and
producer Michael Wilson.
Innovative storyboard overlay technology that compares initial "action-scene"
concepts with final filmed result.
A 45-minute Secrets of 007
featurette that includes interviews with Pierce Brosnan, Sean
Connery, Roger Moore and other members of the Bond phenomenon.
The sensational Sheryl Crow Tomorrow
Never Dies music video.
An effects reel highlighting the film's stunning digital effects
An isolated music-only track and interview with composer David
A 12-page booklet featuring behind-the-scenes information, trivia,
production notes, a "Bond Gadgets Retrospective" and more.
The original theatrical trailer.
Collectible limited-edition packaging.
Here's a look at MGM's upcoming special edition re-release of their
most recent James Bond film Tomorrow
DVD will be released on November 17th for a limited time, with
an SRP of $34.98. The list of disc features is as follows:
- Outtake footage
- Storyboard to film comparisons
- Two feature-length commentary tracks
- Storyboards for action scene not in final film
- Behind-the-scenes look at VFX
- 45 min Secrets of 007
- 12 page booklet
- Widescreen only
Warner Bros issued this press release this morning, providing the
details on the upcoming MGM DVD release of Gone
With the Wind (which they will distribute):
Gone With the Wind
Let Scarlett and Rhett Waltz into Your Living Room
Gone With the Wind Video and DVD - First Time Available For Less
Biggest Box Office Film of All Time - Restored To Original
Technicolor Glory With Newly Enhanced Images and Sound
DVD Features 1939 Movie Trailer and Original Movie Soundtrack
Burbank (August 17, 1998) - MGM Home Entertainment and Warner Home
Video present Gone With the Wind
at the lowest price ever. Gone With the
Wind on VHS and DVD premieres October 27 for as low as
$19.95, marking the first time the video has been available for less
than $89.98. Just in time for the holiday gift giving season, both
will be on sale nationwide from supermarkets to discount stores.
"We are thrilled to be offering Gone
With the Wind for the first time at an affordable price,"
said Blake Thomas, senior vice president-marketing MGM Home
Entertainment. "The film remains one of Hollywood's greatest
achievements and makes for a great gift for any video collector."
Gone With the Wind was
re-released theatrically this summer receiving great reviews and
public acclaim. New generations are discovering and embracing this
epic classic with nearly 50% of this summer's Gone
With the Wind movie-goers ranging in age from 18 to 34.
In June, the American Film Institute's Top 100 survey named
Gone With the Wind one of the
five greatest American movies of all time.
Gone With the Wind, winner of
10 Academy Awards, has thrilled audiences with the depiction of
Scarlett, the sassy, headstrong heroine who vowed to preserve, and
preserve she did. Today, Gone With the
Wind claims the biggest box office in history and remains
one of the greatest epic romances of all time.
The new video release has been digitally re-mastered and restored
to its' classic Technicolor brilliance. The technological
enhancements and digitally re-mastered sound results in a video far
superior to previous releases. In addition, nearly 13 minutes of
film, thought to have been irreparably damaged, have been digitally
restored. The focus and resolution are sharper, bringing even the
smallest detail to life.
Old meets new as the classic becomes available for the first time
on DVD. The DVD features two soundtrack options: a newly-created
digital surround sound and the original soundtrack. Presented in its
original, standard theatrical format, the DVD includes English and
French subtitles. This time-honored classic will be even more
appealing to film buffs with the addition of the original theatrical
"Imagine being able to watch the same movie trailer your
grandparents saw in theaters, sixty years ago," said Thomas F.
Lesinski, senior vice president worldwide marketing and development,
Warner Home Video. "The advanced technology of DVD allows us to
showcase this piece of movie history and preserve it for generations
For people looking to brush up on their Gone
With the Wind knowledge, there is also an eight page
booklet with production notes and a look behind-the-scenes at the
filming of Gone With the Wind
included with each DVD.
Gone With the Wind has a
233-minute running time (235 for the DVD), an MPAA "G"
rating and is priced as low as $19.95 for both formats. The video
will be available as a double cassette and offered in a collectable
slip-sleeve featuring a gold-embossed title treatment and
multi-level sculpted photography. With a VHS purchase, consumers
receive special offers from VISA, Blue Diamond Almonds, Heathy
Choice Popcorn, Day Runner and Rhino Records. These offers include
coupons, rebates, and the chance to receive a complimentary
The Making of a Legend video.
Gone With the Wind, a
Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer release, is a David O. Selznick production of
Margaret Mitchell's story of the old South starring Clark Gable as
Rhett Butler and presenting Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara. The
film was directed by Victor Flemming; the screenplay was written by
Sidney Howard and the music was by Max Steiner.
MGM has announced several new and exciting DVD releases for
Leading the pack is 2001: A Space
Odyssey, which will arrive in stores on August 25th. It
will feature a new 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack, behind-the-scenes
information, and a press conference with screenwriter Arthur C.
It's sequel, 2010: The Year We Make
Contact, will also feature a new 5.1 Dolby Digital
soundtrack, and a behind-the-scenes featurette. It also hits stores
Leonardo DiCaprio will appear on DVD in The
Man In The Iron Mask, which arrives on August 11th.
Extras will include audio commentary by writer/director Randall
Wallace, alternate mask designs and conceptual sketches.
Hackers will round out the
pack of new titles, also on August 25th.
In addition, several current titles will be available repackaged in
Amaray (or Keep Case) packaging on 8/25. These will include:
Rocky II and
Here's a brief article on the Bond DVD hiatus, taken from a recent
issue of Video Business:
007'S LICENSE WILL BE
REVOKED--TEMPORARILY, AT LEAST
(by Wendy Wilson) MGM Home Entertainment will remove superspy James
Bond from active duty--again. His new hiatus will begin on June 8.
The supplier is notifying accounts that the Bond catalog--with the
exception of May 12 release Tomorrow
Never Dies--will be put on moratorium effective June 8.
The moratorium applies to the 17 Bond titles on VHS and those
available on DVD: Dr. No,
From Russia With Love,
The Spy Who Loved Me. Orders
will be accepted until June 5 and will be filled until existing
inventory is depleted.
The Bond library will be unavailable to retailers until fall 1999,
when MGM plans to reintroduce the titles in conjunction with the
next Bond film, starring Pierce Brosnan as the lady-loving,
martini-swilling Agent 007. The 18 Bond films controlled by MGM,
including Tomorrow Never Dies,
have sold more than 12 million units on video.
MGM had previously put Bond titles on moratorium for about a year
beginning in April 1994, timing their return to coincide with the
theatrical release of GoldenEye.
Here's an interesting piece of DVD news... MGM's
Tomorrow Never Dies release
has broken records for preorders (for both VHS and DVD). Here's the
Tomorrow Never Dies 170,000 copies
MGM Home Entertainment's Tomorrow Never
Dies Surpasses Biggest Sell-in Numbers Ever for Both Rental and
SANTA MONICA, Calif.-(BUSINESS WIRE)-May 7,
1998-Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. (NYSE:MGM) Thursday announced that
Tomorrow Never Dies, the
latest James Bond film from its United Artists Pictures unit and
Danjaq LLC, shattered all previous sales records for a home video
rental title with a total of 1,171,500 pre-order units to retailers,
including a record-breaking 170,000 on DVD, making it the first
rental title ever to top 1 million units.
Both video and DVD releases will be available to consumers on May
As part of its aggressive strategy, MGM Home Entertainment has
committed the largest marketing campaign in home-video history for
the 18th Bond adventure by spending more than $5 million in consumer
advertising, including advertising time during the May 14 final
episode of NBC's hit comedy Seinfeld.
Additionally, a strategic partnership with Visa Card will be
integral to the promotional campaign, continuing the successful
tie-in that was launched with the film's theatrical release. MGM
further will support the rental release by withholding the single
unit sell-through for one year.
Tomorrow Never Dies, which to
date has generated more than $335 million worldwide in box-office
receipts including a record $124 million in domestic sales, is the
most successful theatrical release in the long-running Bond
franchise. In video, approximately 13 million units of the earlier
17 James Bond titles have been sold by MGM Home Entertainment.
With these record video sales numbers, Tomorrow
Never Dies displaces the previous record held by
The Rock, with 830,000 units
booked at its pre-order date.
"The tremendous volume of video and DVD pre-orders
unquestionably speaks to the durability of the James Bond franchise,
as well as to the vitality of premium titles," said David
Bishop, president of MGM Home Entertainment. "This is a
significant milestone for MGM and the video industry. With revenue
sharing becoming an important percentage of our business, we intend
to support it with an unprecedented media campaign."
Danjaq is the production company co-founded by the late Albert R. "Cubby"
Broccoli. Danjaq has produced 18 James Bond motion pictures since
MGM Home Entertainment controls the home video rights to the
largest modern libraries of filmed entertainment in the world. In
addition to the new Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and United Artists
theatrical releases, the company controls worldwide home-video
distribution rights to more than 4,600 films.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is actively engaged in the worldwide production
and distribution of entertainment product, including motion
pictures, television programming, home video, interactive media,
music, licensed merchandise, a 4,000-title film library, a
6,700-title home video library, and a significant television
The group's operating units include MGM Pictures, United Artists
Pictures, Orion Pictures, Goldwyn Films, MGM Worldwide Television
Group, MGM Distribution Co., MGM Home Entertainment and Consumer
Products Group, MGM Music, and MGM Interactive, among others. For
more information on MGM, visit the MGM Online Web site at
As many of you know by now, MGM today announced that it will be
releasing titles in Divx format as well as open DVD. Here's a copy
of their official press release...
MGM to Release New and Library
Titles on Divx
(General Press Release - Tuesday March 31, 9:01 am
SANTA MONICA, Calif. and HERNDON, Va., March 31 /PRNewswire/ --
Expanding the platforms for its 4,000-title film library and new
films, Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer Inc. (NYSE: MGM - news) today jointly
announced with Digital Video Express that a multi-year agreement had
been reached between the companies under which MGM titles will be
available on Divx discs. In addition to an array of library titles,
all new MGM video titles will be released on Divx concurrent with
video rental releases.
The Divx system is an enhanced DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) model
that provides digital-quality picture and sound and significant
anti-piracy protections, as well as greater consumer convenience.
"For MGM, the Divx concept simply expands the venues for our
product and, as a new means to reach the consumer marketplace in a
quality format, is consistent with our strategy of maximizing our
library assets,'' said David Bishop, President, MGM Home
Entertainment. "With its new paradigm for delivering feature
films into our homes, Divx has the potential to grow the digital
marketplace, to attract new DVD followers, and to enhance the
quality of the home theater experience."
"We believe that many home video consumers will appreciate the
opportunity to purchase and view MGM titles -- including the newest
and most successful of our James Bond series, Tomorrow
Never Dies -- through the Divx system,'' he added.
"We are pleased to have earned the support of this venerable
studio,'' said Richard L. Sharp, chairman and chief executive
officer of Digital Video Express, developer of the Divx system. "MGM's
support for Divx helps build momentum for the launch of Divx in two
cities later this spring and expands the number of feature titles
available in this convenient and economical digital format.''
Divx is a revolutionary new system for watching feature movies at
home. Consumers purchase a special encrypted movie disc that
contains a two-day viewing period. The 48-hour viewing window begins
not when consumers leave the store, but only after they begin
playing the disc for the first time, either on the day of purchase,
the following week, or months later. Because the disc never has to
be returned, consumers incur no late fees and can economically build
a home video library. Additional viewing periods, including the
option to convert the disc to unlimited play, can be purchased
through the Divx player. Divx also expects to make ample supply
available so consumers can easily find the movies they want to
watch. Divx-equipped DVD players will play all basic DVD discs, but
the lower-cost Divx discs cannot be played on basic DVD players.
Following a two-city introduction this spring, Divx discs and
players will be available nationally beginning in late summer. Five
other studios have long-term agreements with Divx. Digital Video
Express is a partnership between Richmond, Virginia-based Circuit
City Stores, Inc. (NYSE: CC - news, KMX - news), the nation's
leading retailer of name-brand consumer electronics, and a prominent
Los Angeles entertainment law firm. For more information, visit Divx
on the Internet at www.divx.com.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. is actively engaged in the worldwide
production and distribution of entertainment product, including
motion pictures, television programming, home video, interactive
media, music, licensed merchandise, a 4,000-title film library, a
6,700-title home video library, and a significant television
library. The company's operating units include MGM Pictures, United
Artists Pictures, Orion Pictures, Goldwyn Films, MGM Worldwide
Television Group, MGM Distribution Co., MGM Home Entertainment and
Consumer Products Group, MGM Music, and MGM Interactive, among
others. For more information on MGM, visit the MGM Online
This announcement contains forward-looking statements that are
subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including, but not
limited to, risks associated with the development of new business
concepts. Additional discussion of factors that could cause actual
results to differ materially from management's projections,
forecasts, estimates, and expectations are contained in the
companies' SEC filings.
SOURCE: Circuit City Stores, Inc..