Mill Creek Entertainment announced this past week that directing team of David Carson and Herbert Wise’s Emmy-winning mini-series — written by Simon Moore — The 10th Kingdom will be getting a Blu-ray release on Nov. 03.
This eloquently produced ten-part mini-series will be celebrating its 15th Anniversary with this double-disc hi-def release from Mill Creek Entertainment.
Kimberly Williams-Paisley (as Peggy Kenter in the Nashville television series, Dana in the According to Jim sitcom, and in such films as We are Marshall, Father of the Bride, etc.) stars as Virginia, a 20-something Manhattan waitress who is magically transported — along with her father (played by John Larroquette) — to a magical realm that has been thrown into turmoil by the Evil Queen (Dianne Wiest).
As it turns out — as fairytales often do — Virginia is destined to be the one to save the day, but it won’t be easy. The Evil Queen has sent both trolls and a half-man/half-wolf creature (named Wolf and played by Scott Cohen) to dispatch this threat to her plans. Wolf, however, becomes enamored with her and is an important ally in Virginia’s quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.
Bonus features include the featurette titled “The Making of The 10th Kingdom” and an Isolated Score Track featuring the music from composer Anne Dudley (four-time Grammy Award-winner) and Miriam Stockley’s rendition of “Wishing on a Star.”
In other release news this week from Mill Creek Entertainment, the three Mega-Set Instant Libraries have been given a new street date. Originally set for release on Oct. 20, they have been pushed back to Nov. 10 to accommodate all orders.
Since each of these collections contain 24 discs, it is quite the undertaking.
Danger, Death and Dames has an amazing selection of film noir, mysteries, detective and action/drama films, 50 in all. Included are D.O.A. (1950, directed by Rudolph Maté and starring Edmond O’Brien, Pamela Britton and Beverly Garland), Ten Minutes to Live (1932, thought to be lost for years … written and directed by Oscar Micheaux), Limping Man (1953, directed by Cy Endfield and starring Lloyd Bridges and Moira Lister) and Woman on the Run (1950, written and directed by Norman Foster and teaming Ann Sheridan with Dennis O’Keefe).
Danger, Death and Dames also contains 150 crime-themed television episodes. For example, there are 25 Dragnet episodes, eight Racket Squad cases and 16 episodes from the husband and wife detective team series, Mr. and Mrs. North, with Richard Denning and Barbara Britton.
The next Mega-Set is titled Family Fun House and it features 46 feature films, four silent classics and, are you ready for this, 600 cartoons.
Among the film selections are The Admiral was a Lady (1950, directed by Albert S. Rogell and teams Edmond O'Brien with Wanda Hendrix), The Groom Wore Spurs (1951, Richard Whorf was the director and star power came in the form of Ginger Rogers, Jack Carson and Joan Davis) and Heading for Heaven (1947, written and directed by Lewis D. Collins and starring Stuart Erwin and Glenda Farrell).
Counted among the cartoon selections are 42 Betty Boop classics and 37 Popeye adventures.
And the third selection in this Mega-Set bonanza is titled Robots, Rayguns and Rockets. There are 50 classic sci-fi and horror feature films, three complete serial adventures and 114 television episodes (including 23 classic Rocky Jones, Space Ranger adventures).
Genre fans can enjoy the likes of The Amazing Transparent Man, Menace from Outer Space, The Incredible Petrified World and They Came From Beyond Space.