Mill Creek Entertainment announced a double-wave of price-to-owned DVD and Blu-ray product offerings that will be available on May 5 and May 19 respectively.
Included in the first wave is by far one of the best collections of early John Wayne films ever assembled for the home entertainment market place. Titled 50 Movie Round-Up: John Wayne and the Western Trios, this ten-disc DVD set includes 33 of his feature films, the 1932, 12-chapter serial, The Shadow of the Eagle and the documentary, The American West of John Ford.
By the time John Wayne became a film star with his breakout role as the Ringo Kid in director John Ford’s 1939 film Stagecoach, Wayne had appeared in more movies than most actors do in an entire career. During the period from 1930 to 1940 he appeared in numerous Westerns and Mill Creek Entertainment has assembled a number of those as part of this collection, including John Wayne as Stony Brooke. He starred in eight of the 51 The Three Mesquiteers films and seven of which are included here.
As a bonus, six of the films from The Rough Riders (starring Buck Jones, Tim McCoy and Raymond Hatton) series and nine films from The Ranger Busters (featuring Ray “Crash” Corrigan, Max Terhune and John “Dusty” King) series are included in this collection. That’s a whopping 48 films, a 12-chapter serial and a feature-length documentary all for just $29.98 (before discounts at retail).
John Wayne films included in this package include The Dawn Rider (1935), Hell Town (aka: Born to the West – 1937), Sagebrush Trail (1933), Angel and the Badman (1947) and Winds of the Wasteland (1936).
Also on the May 5 release calendar from Mill Creek Entertainment are both DVD and Blu-ray editions of writer/director Steven Zaillian’s 2006 film adaptation of Robert Penn Warren’s 1946 Pulitzer Prize winning novel, All the King's Men, with Sean Penn as Willie Stark and director Luis Puenzo’s 1989 film release of Old Gringo, teaming Gregory Peck and Jimmy Smits with Jane Fonda.
On the kidvid release front on May 5, look for a four-disc helping of Astro Boy: The Complete Series and the double-disc DVD release of Johnny Test: The Complete Fifth Season.
Rounding out the first wave of releases is the ten-part documentary series titled Eagle Against the Sun, which chronicles the war in the Pacific during World War II between the United States and the Japanese Empire.
Also on May 4 is the double-disc DVD debut of Innovations of War: The Evolution of Tactical Military Weapons … an examination of 12 revolutionary weapons from the Industrial Revolution through the Vietnam War.
Shifting to May 19 we find two Michael Keaton films (recently nominated Best Actor for Birdman) in the priced-to-own collection titled Double Feature: My Life and One Good Cop (the SRP is just $9.98).
On the TV-on-DVD front, May 19 brings complete series collections of The Larry Sanders Show: The Complete Series (a nine-disc set) and News Radio: The Complete Series (also nine discs), plus double-disc presentations of Married with Children: Season Nine and Married with Children: Season Ten.
For more information on DVD and Blu-ray product offerings during the month of May from Mill Creek Entertainment, please visit the company’s website at http://www.millcreekent.com.