1980 MGM/CBS Mystery

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1980 MGM/CBS Mystery

As some of you may already know, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (also known as MGM) began releasing their movies on VHS and Beta format in 1980. The company they formed was "MGM/CBS Home Video". They released twenty-four titles in this inaugural year. The sixteen MGM releases are as follows:

#1: The Wizard of Oz (1939)

#2: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

#3: Dr. Zhivago (1965)

#4: Ben-Hur (1959)

#5: Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

#6: An American in Paris (1951)

#7: That's Entertainment! (1974)

#8: The Dirty Dozen (1967)

#9: A Night at the Opera (1935)

#10: Adam's Rib (1949)

#11: Jailhouse Rock (1957)

#12: Network (1976)

#13: Coma (1978)

#14: The Sunshine Boys (1975)

#15: Blowup (1966)

#19: Tom and Jerry Cartoon Festival Volume 1 (Various years)

 

#16, #17, #18, #20, #21, #22, #23 and #24 were all CBS releases that MGM lost distribution rights to when CBS sold its library to CBS/Fox Video. Today Paramount owns the rights to all eight of these releases.

Now here is where the mystery comes in...what are the identities of the eight CBS movies?

 

(The information on the 16 releases actually came from a Videocassette Collector booklet I found in my sealed 1985 Betamax of Singin' in the Rain, which listed all of the movies that had been released by MGM/UA Home Video up to that point)

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Interesting!  I save any inserts I have in VHS boxes, I must have the similar insert, but for VHS.

A question I have about Coma, is the 1980 release different in appearance from the 1983 MGM Book Box release?  I noticed that the 1980 release in the database is only from Sweden, not the US version.

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Interesting. I cannt think of any CBS/MGM VHS from 1980 that went to Paramount other than Rio Lobo and The Boys in the Band.

 

1981 had the CBS film BACK ROADS, the other Lorimar titles released through Paramount theatrically-SOB, VICTORY,THE SEA WOLVES, THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE now reside with Warner. But were on CBS/MGM in 1981.

 

Curious about others. A challenging question