Got an MGM dvd? Perhaps you can get your money back


You are a member of the proposed settlement class if between December 1, 1998 to September 8, 2003, you purchased certain MGM widescreen DVDs (DVDs for films shot in the aspect ratio of 1.85 to 1 or 1.66 to 1).

If the proposed settlement is approved by the Court, Class Members who submit timely and valid Claim Forms may exchange each Eligible DVD for (i) a new MGM DVD from a list of 325 titles or (ii) $7.10. To request a Claim Form, call 1-800-285-2168 (toll free). Before requesting a Claim Form, please verify that your DVD is an Eligible DVD by reviewing the Eligible DVD List. To view the Eligible DVD List, please click here. Claim Forms must be returned to the Claims Administrator postmarked on or before March 31, 2005.

If you do not want to remain part of the Class, you must submit a timely and valid Request for Exclusion Form postmarked on or before March 31, 2005. To obtain a Request for Exclusion Form, please click here.

If you want to remain in the Class, but object to the terms of the Settlement, you must file and serve your objection with the Court and counsel on or before April 11, 2005. The detailed Notice of Class Action and Proposed Settlement provides instructions. To view the detailed Notice of Class Action and Proposed Settlement, please click here.

The Court will consider the adequacy and fairness of the proposed settlement at a hearing scheduled for May 16, 2005 at 10:30 a.m., 600 South Commonwealth Avenue, Department 322 Central Civil West, Los Angeles, California 90005.


March 31, 2005 Deadline to Submit Claim Forms

March 31, 2005 Deadline to Opt Out of the Settlement

April 11, 2005 Deadline to Object to the Settlement

May 16, 2005 Court Hearing to Determine Fairness of Settlement

But I don’t have a problem with the disc I bought. What’s the big deal?

I was about to say the same thing, terminator looks fine… im guessing its on the Region 1 titles as its a us phone number, address and it also says $ not £. The region two versions of the disc’s are different transfers, the films are ntsc > pal conversion, there tranfers from the master copy of the film.

Well that what i am thinking anyways…

Yeah, mine are some James Bond DVDs that were from that period, but nothing wrong with them.

And what a settlement it is. :a

If I am willing to surrender the DVDs I purchased I am entitled to either $7.10 in exchange for each title; which would not be sufficient to purchase new and presumably corrected pressings or I can select from a list of replacements but the majority of the titles that I would be exchanging do not appear on the list.

Nice to see that MGM managed to cut itself a deal that pretty much let’s them off the hook and still rake in profits from the whole thing. :Z


After waiting about a year, I just got my “settlement discs”. I sent in 5 discs that were all labelled as “widescreen” but were in fact letterboxed. I picked mostly the same discs from the list. Guess what they sent me? The exact same “letterboxed” presentations. One, (The Great Escape) is even labeled as being “16:9” Widescreen, but is still the same 4:3 letterbox crap. What’s funny is that The Great Escape was already re-released in true 16:9 format, but they sent me this older disc instead. Pretty unbelievable that they would do this after getting sued for doing the same thing. 5 DVD’s just hit the trash can.