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Amazon.com and MGM Home Entertainment Partner to Raise the Curtain On MGM's Legendary Film Vault

SEATTLE--Feb. 20, 2001--

Movies Starring De Niro, Nicholson, Hackman, Hepburn and More Rediscovered

First Wave of Highly Requested MGM Films, Many Never Before

Released on VHS, Available Exclusively at Amazon.com for $7.99

Leading online retailer Amazon.com (Nasdaq:AMZN) and MGM Home Entertainment (NYSE:MGM) today announced the launch of the MGM Movie Vault, an innovative partnership that will enable Amazon.com's more than 30 million customers worldwide to purchase the first wave of nearly 100 sought-after titles--many of which have never before been available on video--from MGM's legendary film library.

Available for purchase in VHS format exclusively at Amazon.com, the rediscovered MGM titles include early films from well-known actors and directors such as Robert De Niro, Gene Hackman, Katharine Hepburn, Holly Hunter, Jack Nicholson, and Roger Corman. The MGM Movie Vault also features hard-to-find cult favorites such as Daughters of Satan and Dance Macabre. All titles in the program are priced at $7.99 and can be purchased at a special MGM Movie Vault Store (www.amazon.com/mgmvault) within the Amazon.com Web site.

"MGM is really listening to its customers and leveraging the power of the Internet," said Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon.com. "We noticed that Amazon.com customers were searching on a daily basis for MGM classics that just weren't available anywhere. Because MGM shares our passion for customers, they worked with us to give movie fans what they were asking for."

"The power of Amazon.com's unlimited shelf space and worldwide customer base enables us to give a second life to some of the underpromoted titles MGM has in its library," said David Bishop, president and COO of the MGM Home Entertainment Group. "This arrangement with Amazon.com is consistent with our overall commitment to making MGM's fantastic catalog available to the broadest audience possible."

MGM films available for purchase exclusively at Amazon.com include:

Classics and Independent Films

  • Heartbreakers (1984), starring Peter Coyote

  • A Prayer for the Dying (1987), directed by Mike Hodges, starring Bob Hoskins and Mickey Rourke

Films Featuring Today's A-List Actors and Directors

  • Bloody Mama (1970), starring Robert De Niro and Shelley Winters, directed by Roger Corman

  • Convicts (1991), starring Robert Duvall and James Earl Jones

  • Eureka (1981), starring Gene Hackman

  • Grace Quigley (1985), starring Katharine Hepburn and Nick Nolte

  • Hanna's War (1988), starring Ellen Burstyn

  • Maxie (1985), starring Glenn Close

  • Men at Work (1990), starring brothers Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez

  • Psych-Out (1968), directed by Richard Rush, starring Jack Nicholson and Bruce Dern

  • The Big Knife (1955), directed by Robert Aldrich

  • The Finest Hour (1991), starring Rob Lowe

Cult Movies

  • The Attic (1979), thriller starring Carrie Snodgress and Ray Milland

  • The Burning (1981), Holly Hunter's film debut

  • Caged Fury (1990), classic women-in-prison film

  • Daughters of Satan (1972), a supernatural thriller starring Tom Selleck

  • Ghosts Can't Do It (1990), a sex comedy starring Bo Derek

  • Dance Macabre (1992), horror at a world-class ballet school

To help customers discover these classic MGM films, Amazon.com has created a special MGM Movie Vault Store featuring editorial and customer reviews of the films. The MGM Movie Vault is accessible via Amazon.com's Video store (www.amazon.com/video), the No. 1 online video store, or by going directly to www.amazon.com/mgmvault.

About Amazon.com, Inc.

Amazon.com (Amazon.com, Inc., and its subsidiaries) is the Internet's No. 1 retailer. Amazon.com (Nasdaq:AMZN) opened its virtual doors on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection, along with online auctions and free electronic greeting cards. Amazon.com seeks to be the world's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online. Amazon.com lists more than 28 million unique items in categories such as electronics, kitchen products, books, music, DVDs, videos, camera and photo items, toys, software, computer and video games, tools and hardware, lawn and patio items, and wireless products. Through Amazon.com zShops, any business or individual can sell virtually anything to Amazon.com's more than 30 million cumulative customers, and with Amazon.com Payments, sellers can accept credit card transactions, avoiding the hassles of offline payments.

Amazon.com operates four international Web sites: www.amazon.fr, www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.de and www.amazon.co.jp. It also operates the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com), the Web's comprehensive and authoritative source of information on more than 250,000 movies and entertainment titles and 1 million cast and crew members dating from the birth of film in 1891 to 2003.

About MGM Home Entertainment

MGM Home Entertainment controls the home video and DVD rights to the largest modern library of filmed entertainment in the world. The company manages worldwide home video and DVD distribution rights to United Artists and current Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer theatrical releases, as well as titles from Orion, Goldwyn and PolyGram libraries, totaling more than 4,000 films. For more information about MGM Home Entertainment, its products and services, access MGM online at http://www.mgmhomevideo.com.


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