Mill Creek Entertainment will be dipping its toe into the July release waters with a first wave of new DVD and Blu-ray product offerings on July 7.
Following in the line of recent Dove "Family-Approved" releases from Mill Creek Entertainment is the DVD debut of writer/direct Richard Brandes’ Ugly Benny. Filmed on location in the picturesque town of Sisters, Oregon (just up the Highway 20 from Bend), we are introduced to a fur-ball of a puppy that is mysteriously left on the doorstep of the local pet store run by Sam (Timothy Justus) and Emma (Karen Tarleton).
They take the little guy in and name him Benny, but several of the locals began calling him ugly, so “Ugly Benny” it is. He’s a mutt, but one smart little mutt, who knows how to win over even the coldest hearts and this little fellow instinctively knows when people need his help.
His kindness will touch many hearts and bring happiness, not only to Sam and Emma, but to others in the town of Sisters at a time when the thought of a happy life seen not to be possible. Ugly Benny is a neat, little independent film that will win over the hearts of viewers as well.
On the Blu-ray release front on July 7, Mill Creek Entertainment has come up with a pair action gems. First, Fire Birds, from director David Green and starring Tommy Lee Jones, Sean Young and Nicolas Cage as Army Apache flight jockeys battling a well-funded drug cartel — with state-of-the-art weapons — over the Jungles of South America. Edge of your seat non-stop action, with helicopter stunts that will leave you dizzy!
Also on July 7, and making its Blu-ray debut is director Bob Rafelson’s 2002 film adaptation of the Dashiell Hammett’s 1924 short pulp fiction story, “The House on Turk Street.” It was updated and reworked for the screen as a starring vehicle for Samuel L. Jackson and re-title No Good Need … he plays a detective (with some health issues) who literally stumbles into an odd caper that has him tied to a chair while he tries to sort things out. This is a slick cat-and-mouse thriller.
Fire Birds and No Good Need on Blu-ray are priced to collect at just $14.98 each (and that’s before discounts at retail).
Rounding out this first wave of July releases are a 21-disc DVD set of Married with Children: The Complete Series and a double-disc release of Archie Bunker's Place: Season One.