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Old 10-19-07, 12:03 PM
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UA's 90 Years, 90 Films DVD Set ----> 12/11/07

New York Post has an article today about this set. Beware of all the misinformation in the article:

DVD Extra: UA's 90 Years, 90 Films

The Criterion Collection got a lot of ink last year when it issued a 40-title box of arthouse classics to mark the 40th anniversary of its sister company, Janus Films. Now MGM will mark the 90th anniversary of its United Artists label -- two years early -- by issuing a 90-title "United Artists Super Deluxe Set'' on Dec. 11. MGM, which has been casually slapping its Leo the Lion logo on UA flicks for years (as well as the Samuel Goldwyn, Orion and American-International titles its also owns) now wants to throw a premature celebration to draw attention to United Artists, which is being re-launched as MGM's specialty film division under Tom Cruise and his producing partner Paula Wagner, beginning with next month's "Lions for Lambs.''

MGM bought the faltering UA in 1980 from Transamerica Corporation and continued to release titles under the label until a couple of years ago, when it shipped "Capote'' over to a grateful Sony Pictures Classics during the period MGM temporarily exited the distribution business. UA was founded in 1919 by Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith, but it now owns none of their films except possibly Pickford's "Coquette,'' which is not in the set. The oldest title, "The Woman in the Window'' (1944), is actually a ringer; it was originally released by RKO and later acquired by UA along with the rest of the International Pictures catalogue as part of a TV deal. The other blatant anamoly is the John Huston version of "Moby Dick'' with Gregory Peck, which was originally released by Warner Bros. and somehow ended up in the UA vaults. The studio's glory years under Arthur Krim and Robert Benjamin, who bought out Pickford and Chaplin's faltering stewardship in 1954, are particularly well represented, including their fruitful sponsorship of filmmakers like Billy Wilder, Woody Allen, John Frankenheimer, Blake Edwards, Burt Lancaster and the James Bond team. More questionable is the presence of "Dance With Me Henry, "A Hole in the Head,'' "Pocket Full of Miracles'' and "Road House,'' as well as the absence of such UA landmarks as "Stagecoach,'' "High Noon,'' "The African Queen'' and "One Flew Over the Cukoo's Nest,'' all of which unfortunately passed out of the studio's control long ago.

There are even a smattering foreign titles like "Fellini's Satyricon,'' Ingmar Bergman's "Persona'' and "La Cage Aux Folles,'' as well as the way-over-budget western epic that spelled the end of UA as a standalone studio, "Heaven's Gate.'' (And, of course, "Rain Man'' with Mr. Cruise, arguably the last big-budget flick released under the UA label). The massive 110-disc set lists for $860.98 but Amazon is taking pre-orders for a discounted $608.99. Smaller mini-sets touting the UA label begin rolling out next month. MGM distributes its DVDs through Fox Home Entertainment, which will be offering its own digital doorstop for Christmas, the 25-title "Ford at Fox'' box focusing on director John Ford.
http://blogs.nypost.com/movies/archi...tra_uas_9.html
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List of films thanks to Antoine Doinel over at the criterionforum.org:


Disc 1: The Woman In The Window P&S
Disc 2: Red River P&S
Disc 3: The Barefoot Contessa P&S
Disc 4: Marty P&S
Disc 5: The Night of the Hunter WS
Disc 6: Dance with Me Henry P&S
Disc 7: The Killing P&S
Disc 8: Moby Dick P&S
Disc 9: Twelve Angry Men WS
isc 10: Paths of Glory P&S
Disc 11: Witness For The Prosecution WS
Disc 12: The Big Country WS
Disc 13: The Defiant Ones WS
Disc 14: I Want To Live! WS
Disc 15: A Hole In The Head WS
Disc 16: The Fugitive Kind WS
Disc 17: Some Like It Hot WS Disc 1
Disc 18: Some Like It Hot WS Disc 2
Disc 19: The Alamo WS
Disc 20: The Apartment WS
Disc 21: Elmer Gantry WS
Disc 22: Inherit The Wind WS
Disc 23: The Magnificent Seven WS Disc 1
Disc 24: The Magnificent Seven WS Disc 2
Disc 25: Judgment at Nuremberg WS
Disc 26: The Misfits WS
Disc 27: One, Two, Three WS
Disc 28: Pocketful of Miracles WS
Disc 29: Westside Story Disc 1 WS
Disc 30: Westside Story Disc 2
Disc 31: Birdman of Alcatraz WS
Disc 32: Dr. No WS Disc 1
Disc 33: Dr. No WS Disc 2
Disc 34: Manchurian Candidate WS
Disc 35: The Miracle Worker WS
Disc 36: The Great Escape WS Disc 1
Disc 37: The Great Escape WS Disc 2
Disc 38: I Could Go On Singing WS
Disc 39: Irma La Douce WS
Disc 40: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World WS
Disc 41: Fistful of Dollars WS Disc 1
Disc 42: Fistful of Dollars WS Disc 2
Disc 43: The Pink Panther WS
Disc 44: Topkapi WS
Disc 45: The Greatest Story Ever Told WS Disc 1
Disc 46: The Greatest Story Ever Told WS Disc 2
Disc 47: The Fortune Cookie WS
Disc 48: Persona P&S
Disc 49: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly Disc 1 WS
Disc 50: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Disc 2
Disc 51: In The Heat of the Night WS
Disc 52: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang WS Disc 1
Disc 53: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang WS Disc 2
Disc 54: Hang 'Em High WS
Disc 55: Thomas Crown Affair (1968) WS
Disc 56: Yours, Mine and Ours P&S
Disc 57: Fellini Satyricon WS
Disc 58: The Battle of Britain WS Disc 1
Disc 59: The Battle of Britain WS
Disc 2 Disc 60: Midnight Cowboy WS
Disc 61: Midnight Cowboy WS
Disc 62: On Her Majesty's Secret Service WS Disc 1
Disc 63: On Her Majesty's Secret Service WS Disc 2
Disc 64: Fiddler on the Roof WS Disc 1
Disc 65: Fiddler on the Roof WS Disc 2
Disc 66: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex P&S
Disc 67: Last Tango In Paris WS
Disc 68: Lenny WS
Disc 69: The Wilby Conspiracy WS
Disc 70: Carrie WS
Disc 71: The Missouri Breaks WS
Disc 72: The Pink Panther Strikes Again WS
Disc 73: Rocky WS Disc 1
Disc 74: Rocky WS Disc 2
Disc 75: Annie Hall P&S
Disc 76: A Bridge Too Far WS Disc 1
Disc 77: A Bridge Too Far WS Disc 2
Disc 78: Equus WS
Disc 79: New York, New York WS
Disc 80: The Spy Who Loved Me WS Disc 1
Disc 81: The Spy Who Loved Me WS Disc 2
Disc 82: Coming Home WS
Disc 83: La Cage Aux Folles WS
Disc 84: The Last Waltz P&S
Disc 85: Manhattan WS
Disc 86: Raging Bull WS Disc 1
Disc 87: Raging Bull WS Disc 2
Disc 88: The French Lieutenant's Woman WS
Disc 89: Heaven's Gate WS
Disc 90: The Secret of the NIMH WS
Disc 91: War games WS
Disc 92: Red Dawn WS Disc 1
Disc 93: Red Dawn WS Disc 2
Disc 94: The Living Daylights - Disc 1
Disc 95: The Living Daylights - Disc 2
Disc 96: Baby Boom WS
Disc 97: Child's Play
Disc 98: Rain Man WS
Disc 99: Road House WS
Disc 100: Goldeneye WS Disc 1
Disc 101: Goldeneye WS Disc 2
Disc 102: Leaving Las Vegas WS
Disc 103: Richard III WS
Disc 104: The Birdcage WS
Disc 105: The Man In The Iron Mask WS
Disc 106: No Man's Land WS
Disc 107: Bowling for Columbine WS
Disc 108: Dark Blue WS
Disc 109: Pieces of April WS
Disc 110: Hotel Rwanda WS
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Pretty sweet, but wouldn't an ardent film fan already own a majority of these titles?
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Pretty sweet, but wouldn't an ardent film fan already own a majority of these titles?
I assume every film fan has at least one copy of Pieces of April on hand at all times.
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pretty nice, but just a little steep to justify. I wonder how many copies will be printed
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Guess I'm not an ardent film fan; I only own 2: Annie Hall and The Birdcage.

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Hey everybody order this at barnes and noble so we can get them to increase the discount to 30 percent off. Then reorder with the bn 50 percent coupon. Thats what they did with the ford at fox set. They increased the discount as people ordered.

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Old 10-19-07, 08:29 PM
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Old 10-19-07, 09:19 PM
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Originally Posted by RobCA
Guess I'm not an ardent film fan; I only own 2: Annie Hall and The Birdcage.

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Heh, I only have Raging Bull and Rocky.
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This thread's a real eye-opener, I thought everyone owned the Wilby Conspiracy
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We can count this as another Rocky release. How many now? 8, 10 releases?
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We can count this as another Rocky release. How many now? 8, 10 releases?
I'm crossing my fingers that somehow Evil Dead shows up in this release.
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I own almost every film, even Pieces of April. I was hoping for African Queen of course...
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It's a nice collection for sure, but a person would probably be better to wait for a sale.

And just how the hell did:

Disc 107: Bowling for Columbine WS

get in there. That's just wrong. It's hardly a "classic" title or whatever.
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It's a nice collection for sure, but a person would probably be better to wait for a sale.

And just how the hell did:

Disc 107: Bowling for Columbine WS

get in there. That's just wrong. It's hardly a "classic" title or whatever.
In a collection that boasts Dance With Me Henry, you choose to single out this?
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Wow, they couldn't even make Child's Play in widescreen in this collection either? I guess we'll never get that.
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OK, who is the nutjob that that came up with this insanity? Seems a well thought out, themed collection. NO Chaplin, NO Pickford and NO D.W. Griffith. They only STARTED the company after all.
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Roadhouse and Annie Hall finally together in one package. Thank you, MGM.
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Originally Posted by Carcosa
OK, who is the nutjob that that came up with this insanity? Seems a well thought out, themed collection. NO Chaplin, NO Pickford and NO D.W. Griffith. They only STARTED the company after all.
They don't really have a lot of control over that.

However, I'm fairly sure that they would be able to release DVDs of Abraham Lincoln (Griffith's last film, probably still "owned" despite being PD) and Coquette (Pickford - the VHS doesn't have the Turner logo).
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There's also a 30 disc deluxe gift set is also available for pre-order at amazon for 200 bucks. This can be an alternative for those who can't shell out 600-700 bucks.
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Originally Posted by PatrickMcCart
They don't really have a lot of control over that.

However, I'm fairly sure that they would be able to release DVDs of Abraham Lincoln (Griffith's last film, probably still "owned" despite being PD) and Coquette (Pickford - the VHS doesn't have the Turner logo).
Yes, I know that the Chaplin films are essentially owned by his estate, same as Pickford's are controlled by hers while DW Griffith's contributions after UA came into being were not considered his shining hour...point being really that this collection doesn't amount to much of anything in a context that is relevent.
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I have seven on the list, but I really need WarGames.
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Originally Posted by DVD Polizei
It's a nice collection for sure, but a person would probably be better to wait for a sale.

And just how the hell did:

Disc 107: Bowling for Columbine WS

get in there. That's just wrong. It's hardly a "classic" title or whatever.
Well it did win "Best Documentary" (a joke by itself!) but it's not like MGM is the studio it used to be. This will have to do for that year
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Eh, too late in my case. This screams as desperation since most of these are P&S and Child's Play is coming out in Widescreen (as a SE) in 2008. I'll pass and pick up the ones I need during DeepDiscount's 20% sale.
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Hey, just keep in mind: if this was New Line, it'd be 100 copies of The Pink Panther remake and 10 of Casino Royale.
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