Originally Posted by H.Cornerstone
I am bit confused on who owns the rights to this movie. MGM originally distributed it to theater when it originally came out, but now Warner recently released a DVD for it.
I am just curious, because if Warner owns it, there is a chance it might be released soon, which would be awesome because this is a movie I really want, if it's still MGM, well, you know how MGM has been with Blu-ray releases.
The entire pre-1985 MGM catalog (not counting the UA titles) was bought by Ted Turner, who in turn sold to Warners. Thus, Warners controls all of those films.
This includes: Gone With The Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Singin' in the Rain, The Band Wagon, Gigi, Ben-Hur, and many others. MGM was the best studio in the 1925-1960 period so this is quite a treasure trove.
We can basically be thankful that Warners owns it. They do about the best work at restoring and maintaining their treasured films (even the lesser-known ones). The MGM catalog, the RKO catalog, and the complete Warners catalog (Warners has over the last 80 years been the best studio) are under their control. [thank goodness Paramount doesn't own it!]
Warners has said that their "09" anniversary mega-classics will make it to Blu-ray next year. This includes: Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, North by Northwest, and of course Ben-Hur (1959).
The real question is whether there will be a proper photochemical restoration with 70mm prints in the 2.65 aspect ratio with theatrical exhibition. The Cinerama Dome is waiting!