News: Sony delivers classic movies by DVD on demand

I Never Sang for My Father movie scene

I Never Sang for My Father

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is following Warner Home Video in launching a DVD on demand service. Called Screen Classics By Request, Sony’s program, starting today, will offer more than 100 classic movies from the Columbia Film Library, including Gene Hackman-starrer I Never Sang For My Father from 1970.

Screen Classics By Request will be housed at the Columbia-Classics.com website, where consumers can purchase the films for $19.94 plus shipping. After their order, the DVD will be created with Sony’s manufacturing-on-demand (MOD) system. When available, the DVD packaging will include artwork from the movie’s original run in theaters.

The film’s available on Columbia-Classics.com span 75 years of movies from the Columbia Film Library, including 1964’s The Pumpkin Eater with Anne Bancroft and Peter Finch, 1955’s Footsteps in the Fog with Stewart Granger and Jean Simmons, 1970’s The Executioner with George Peppard, 1953’s The Juggler starring Kirk Douglas, the Sherlock Holmes mystery A Study in Terror from 1965 and Omar Sharif-starrer Genghis Kahn from 1965.

With MOD systems, DVDs aren’t created until an order is made, allowing titles with a smaller demand to still be available to fans. MOD is only available for DVD, not for Blu-ray.

Warner launched its similar Warner Archive Collection MOD DVD program last year.

About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.