We are pleased to announce that the Park Circus Film Company will now represent the MGM library for international home video licensing.
To help you navigate the thousands of titles ready to roar on DVD and Blu-ray, we've picked out some key titles and collections from the back catalogue of a Hollywood powerhouse.
The shelves of the MGM library groan with the weight of statuettes, with a number of Oscar winners spanning the studio’s history. The Defiant Ones added a couple more to the haul with its compelling reframing of familiar chain gang and jailbreak narratives. The premise was deliciously simple: two convicts escape through the deep south; they’re separated by colour, but united by a common cause… and a 29-inch steel chain. The result: Oscar wins for cinematography and screenwriting, and nods for Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis effectively playing against type.
In the studio’s Golden Age heyday, MGM indulged lavish productions and boasted of “more stars than there are in heaven”. 1977’s A Bridge Too Far proved something of a return to this mindset; a truly epic war epic with a supporting cast of hundreds, extensive recreation of period detail and an ensemble star line up that included Dirk Bogarde, James Caan, Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Robert Redford and more.
Beyond the glamour of the award winners and the impressive epics, the MGM library is also home to a rich seam of grounded, hard-hitting, provocative dramas. Kes speaks the language of lived life and paints its portrait of Yorkshire with rich, earthy detail - it would go on to become a masterwork of British social realism and a calling card for Ken Loach's inimitable, naturalist approach to the filmmaking process.
Lives - and deaths - less ordinary feature in MGM’s extensive horror catalogue where the supernatural trumps naturalism and the paranormal confounds realism. Based on a book with contested claims to truthfulness, The Amityville Horror has all the ingredients of a cult horror classic: controversy, divided critical opinion and enduring curiosity. It spawned numerous sequels and remakes, carving out its own niche in the haunted house genre.
Veterans of the studio system, Bette Davis and Lillian Gish had enjoyed extensive and illustrious careers before partnering up for their only on-screen pairing in 1987’s The Whales of August. Their portrayal of the dysfunctional relationship between two sisters in the autumn of life is an interesting footnote in their impressive filmographies and a poignant reflection on the passage of time.
Younger audiences will find magical worlds and fantastic creatures in the nooks and crannies of MGM's animation vault. The Secret of NIMH is the bold first feature from Don Bluth; a spectacular adventure story following a mild-mannered mouse through a sumptuous, hand-drawn world of highly intelligent rats, secret societies and dangerous farmers.