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MGM movies come to iTunes Store

Apple today announced that feature films from MGM are now available on the iTunes Store. Beginning today, iTunes users will be able to purchase and download movies such as “Dances With Wolves,” “Mad Max,” “The Great Train Robbery” and “Rocky,” with additional titles to be added in the coming weeks. Other titles from MGM’s film collection on iTunes will include “The Thomas Crown Affair,” “Ronin,” and “Lilies of the Field.” As with others on the iTunes Store, the MGM offerings appear to consist of older titles rather than new releases. Apple said the iTunes Store has sold over 2 million movies and now offers over 500 films for sale.

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1

I believe the bigger news is the addition of Stephen Colbert Presents: Stephen Colbert’s Alpha Squad 7: The New Tek Jansen Adventures!

http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewTVSeason?id=250555030&s=143441

Posted by Tommy on April 11, 2007 at 7:51 AM (PDT)

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Does this mean the James Bond movies, or would that be United Artists’ call?

Posted by Eric (pohatu771) on April 11, 2007 at 8:21 AM (PDT)

3

Wow - Rocky and Mad Max at worse than DVD resolution and badly over-compressed and DRM-ed to boot.

I think I’ll pass until Apple comes up with at least 720p quality movies or comes up with a rental option.  Until then I have NetFlix.

Posted by dodo on April 11, 2007 at 8:36 AM (PDT)

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dodo, don’t be down on this. It’s the expected but still welcomed crumbling of studio resistance. The important thing is that more content is available.

Posted by Japester on April 11, 2007 at 5:38 PM (PDT)

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Japester, you’re right: more studios and more content is always a good thing.  I’m just not convinced by Apple’s whole movie offerings.  $2 for a 1 hour TV show (ok, 40-some minutes after you take out all the commercials) sounds an ok deal to me to catch up on a missed episode or kill some time on the train, but $10-$15 for a 2-hour movie at so-so quality seems questionable to me.  $5 seems more in-line with the current quality.  At the current prices and video quality, DVD’s will be more attractive to many.  But if they could offer better than DVD quality (read 720p) then they’d have a great selling point- better than DVD and without the hassle of ripping and much cheaper than Blu-Ray or HD-DVD (esp. considering the current price of HD players).

Posted by dodo on April 12, 2007 at 8:13 AM (PDT)

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