Bulletproof Monk Goes YouTube

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Not everyone's favorite flick - but it is one of the films that will be playing on YouTube as part of a new agreement with MGM:

On Monday, YouTube will move forward a little, announcing an agreement to show some full-length television shows and films from MGM, the financially troubled 84-year-old film studio. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios will kick off the partnership by posting episodes of its decade-old “American Gladiators” program to YouTube, along with full-length action films like “Bulletproof Monk” and “The Magnificent Seven” and clips from popular movies like “Legally Blonde.” These will be free to watch, with ads running alongside the video.

The initial lineup may not be all that compelling, but for YouTube, which is owned by Google, the relationship with MGM is a crucial step in an essential reinvention.
Like I said - it might not be everyone's first choice - but it's still cool that a Chow Yun-Fat film is going to be part of the inaugural MGM rollout.