Mill Creek Entertainment will be delivering some “March Madness” of its own with a double-wave of priced-to-own DVD and Blu-ray collectibles during the month.
The first wave of releases arrives on Mar 3 and features the seven-part, double-disc series Vietnam: 50 Years Remembered. Blu-ray and DVD editions will be available.
From the producers of Up From Slavery and The Presidents: From Politics to Power, the history of the United States’ involvement in Indochina/Vietnam from the post World War II period through all-out conflict and to the aftermath of the Vietnam War is explored in detail in this six-hour presentation.
Also arriving on Mar. 3 — and you will need to have Kleenex at the ready — are two faith-based films being released by Mill Creek Entertainment that are priced to own at just $9.98 each.
First time director Jim Huggins had a true-life story that he wanted to share with others. He soon learned that writing, producing and directing a film had more to do with raising money then the mechanics of actually filming the story. It was a two-year journey that grew literally by word of mouth into an absolutely wonderful film.
As actors, film technicians and those who loved animals learned of his project, they donated their skills, their time and their money to the project. Over 500 people were involved in bringing Footprints to life … it’s an amazing story all on to itself.
David (played by Chris Faherty) is on the verge of losing everything. He’s blown it and there is, in his mind, no hope. But hope arrives from an unlikely source, an abused German Shepherd, who is rescued by David and together this strange duo of hopeless and helpless deliver salvation and redemption to each other.
Of note, the entire title for Footprints is Footprints: Angels are Real. Some Even Have Fur. During the filming, which is heartfelt and all there on the screen to be enjoyed, seven different German Shepard “rescue” dogs were used … all found new homes of their own.
The other “animal” tale is director Michael Spence’s Dove Family-Approved true-life story, Friends for Life.
Jim (Michael Flynn) is a high-powered attorney who is used to winning. Life is good, until his beloved wife dies of cancer and all, for him, is lost. Quite by accident (arranged by an angel) he comes across four orphaned wolf cubs, who are starving and have little hope to survive but for another day or two.
He takes them home and devotes himself to raising them, but despite his love for the animals that have become so much apart of him, he realizes that they must be returned to the wild. It is perhaps more than he can bear, but what follows in the wake of their release will move him to the core. Like we said, get the Kleenex ready!!!
Rounding out the Mar. 3 wave are the double-disc releases of Bible Stories for Kids and the Spanish-language version, Historias de la Biblia para Ninos, the Royal Princess Collection: Cinderella & Friends and the four-disc collection titled Toon Tube: 200 Classic Cartoon Collection (this set is a real bargain … just $9.98 for 22 hours worth of animated entertainment that includes 19 Betty Boop theatrical cartoons, 24 Hoppity Hooper cartoons, eight Felix the Cat cartoons and more!).
Two weeks later, Mar. 17, Mill Creek Entertainment is back with seven new priced to own DVD selections.
Included here are four new additions to its popular “Anniversary Series” — 25th Anniversary Series: The Big Picture (directed by Christopher Guest and starring Kevin Bacon and Jennifer Jason Leigh), 40th Anniversary Series: White Line Fever (Jan-Michael Vincent and Kay Lenz star), 50th Anniversary Series: Genghis Khan (featuring an all-star cast that includes Omar Sharif, Stephen Boyd, James Mason, Telly Savalas and Eli Wallach) and 75th Anniversary Series: Arizona (William Holden and Jean Arthur).
Mar. 17 concludes with three new additions to Mill Creek Entertainment’s “Hollywood Legends” collectible series.
First up is Hollywood Legends: Shirley Temple, which includes three of her films — The Little Princess, Law of Vengeance and The Red-Haired Alibi — plus 11 of her short films: Dora’s Dunkin’ Doughnuts, Glad Rags to Riches, Kid ‘N’ Africa, Kid ‘N’ Hollywood, Managed Money, Merrily Yours, Pardon My Pups, The Pie Covered Wagon, Polly Tix in Washington, War Babies and Biggest Lil’ Star of the 30’s.
Next in line is Hollywood Legends: Lucille Ball, which is a double-disc collection featuring four of Lucy’s films — Her Husband's Affairs, Miss Grant Takes Richmond, The Fuller Brush Girl and The Magic Carpet.
Lastly, we have Hollywood Legends: Marlon Brando, also a double-disc collection containing four his films — The Wild One, The Freshman, One-Eyed Jacks and The Chase.