MGM to mark 90 years with yearlong celebration

01/24/2014 3:07 pm1 commentViews: 18

 

 

Independent Staff Report

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Wednesday announced a yearlong global campaign to honor the studio’s 90th anniversary.

The studio was founded in 1924 when theater magnate Marcus Loew bought and merged Metro Pictures Corporation with Goldwyn Pictures and Louis B. Mayer Productions.

MGM and its legendary roaring lion logo helped signify the golden era of Hollywood to film lovers around the world.

The celebration began Wednesday in front of the famed TCL Chinese Theatre, with

Leo the Lion, whose roar can be heard at the start of every MGM picture, keeps an eye on Gary Barber and Sylvester Stallone during Wednesday’s ceremony launching the yearlong 90th anniversary celebration for MGM. Photo by Gary McCarthy

Leo the Lion, whose roar can be heard at the start of every MGM picture, keeps an eye on Gary Barber and Sylvester Stallone during Wednesday’s ceremony launching the yearlong 90th anniversary celebration for MGM.
Photo by Gary McCarthy

, chairman and chief executive officer of MGM, placing the studio’s logo in cement, accompanied by actor Sylvester Stallone, whose series of “Rocky” films were released by the studio; and Leo the Lion.

“What a supreme honor it is to preside over a company with such an unparalleled legacy,” Barber said. “It’s remarkable to have this opportunity to reflect on MGM’s amazing achievements in film history while also looking ahead to MGM’s  bright and promising future.”

Since its inception, the company has been a leader in the movie industry, creating some of Hollywood’s greatest stars and earning 175 Academy Awards, including 14 for best picture.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

To mark the anniversary, MGM is releasing a special 90th anniversary trailer which will play in movie theaters, on MGM channels — including MGM’s 24/7 movie network, MGM HD; as well as on DVD products and across social media. The trailer includes a tapestry of iconic images and scenes from films in MGM’s library and celebrating the company’s extensive contributions to the entertainment world.

Additionally, several of MGM’s signature films including “Rocky,” “Rain Man,” “Fargo,” “RoboCop” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” have been restored in 4K resolution (four times the clarity of HD) and will be presented on Blu-ray for a high-definition home viewing experience.

The re-releases will be issued through MGM’s home entertainment partner, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, and are now available for pre-order on Amazon.

Other initiatives to mark the company’s 90th anniversary include the release of new titles that will add to
MGM’s collection of films currently available on Blu-ray. New titles to be released this year include “In the Heat of the Night,” “A Chorus Line” and “The Birdcage.

MGM also has created a one-of-a-kind collector’s book and bonus video disc companion commemorating its 90 years, featuring interviews from award-winning filmmakers, directors and actors discussing the significance of their contributions to MGM’s legacy. The book and video highlight the evolution and history of the legendary studio and provide an extensive look into the studio’s golden years, classics, iconic franchises and much more.

Interviews include Sylvester Stallone on “Rocky,” Clint Eastwood on “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis on “Thelma and Louise” and Walter Mirisch on “The Pink Panther.”

The bonus disc will also be available accompanying select DVD offerings.

Fans can also relive their favorite film moments at www.mgm90th.com, a unique Tumblr website and the first Tumblr integration to feature a studio’s full library. The MGM 90th Tumblr site’s design encourages fans to explore and immerse themselves into rich content celebrating 90 years of MGM filmmaking.

 

Tags:

Leave a Reply