CHARLESTON, S.C. – Nov. 30, 2009 – CreateSpace, part of the Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) group of companies, today announced that Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC (TCFHE) is using the CreateSpace DVD On-Demand service to offer a selection of never before released classic films and TV shows from the MGM library.
The collaboration provides fans easy access to classic films and TV shows available for sale on Amazon.com. The first wave of award-winning titles available includes 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.
Additional titles to be made available using CreateSpace's DVD On-Demand service 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.
The TV series being made available initially are 1997's Poltergeist Season 2 and 2003's Jeremiah Season 2.
A special introductory video by world-renowned and award-winning actor, director, writer, producer and film historian Peter Bogdanovich will be available on Amazon.com for each of these initial films. "The idea of having these titles made on demand exclusively by CreateSpace allows classic films to be discovered by a new audience that may not otherwise be exposed to them," notes Bogdanovich.
"MGM has a vast library of classic films and TV shows, which up until now have never been available for purchase," said Eric Doctorow, general manager MGM Worldwide at Fox. "Working with CreateSpace gives us the opportunity to preserve and release some of these films and TV shows for fans everywhere."
"CreateSpace is pleased to bring rare classic films from MGM's expansive library back to life so that they are easily accessible to fans," said Dana LoPiccolo-Giles, managing director of CreateSpace. "With CreateSpace's on-demand technology and online distribution solution - which eliminates the need for large replication runs and inventory - 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."
To find out more about CreateSpace and DVD On-Demand, visit www.createspace.com.
CreateSpace is a leader in manufacture on-demand services for independent content creators, publishers, film studios and music labels. CreateSpace provides inventory-free, physical distribution of Books, CDs and DVDs On-Demand, music downloads via Amazon MP3 and video downloads via Amazon Video On Demand. CreateSpace is a brand of On-Demand Publishing LLC, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN).
About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., through its operating subsidiaries, is actively engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home video, interactive media, music and licensed merchandise. The company owns the world's largest library of modern films, comprising around 4,100 titles. Operating units include Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc., United Artists Films Inc., MGM Television Entertainment Inc., MGM Networks Inc., MGM Domestic Networks LLC, MGM Distribution Co, MGM International Television Distribution Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment LLC, MGM ON STAGE, MGM Music, MGM Worldwide Digital Media, MGM Consumer Products and MGM Interactive. In addition, MGM has ownership interests in international TV channels reaching nearly 120 countries. MGM ownership is as follows: Providence Equity Partners (29%), TPG (21%), Sony Corporation of America (20%), Comcast (20%), DLJ Merchant Banking Partners (7%) and Quadrangle Group (3%). For more information, visit www.mgm.com.
About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC
A recognized global industry leader, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC (TCFHE) is the worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox film and television programming on DVD, Blu-ray Disc (BD) and Digital Copy as well as acquisitions and original productions. The company also releases all products around the globe for MGM Home Entertainment. Each year TCFHE introduces hundreds of new and newly enhanced products, which it services to retail outlets -- from mass merchants and warehouse clubs to specialty stores and e-commerce - throughout the world. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC is a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, a News Corporation company (NASDAQ-GS: NWS). For more information about TCFHE visit www.foxconnect.com.
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