Mill Creek Entertainment has announced a double-wave of new priced-to-DVD collectible films, TV-on-DVD collections and multi-film packages for the month of June. The first onslaught occurs on June 2 and this is followed two weeks later, June 16, with the second wave of new product offerings.
We kick off the month with four new additions to the company’s popular “Anniversary Series” collection of classic films. Priced at just $9.98 each, we begin with the arrival of director Charles Vidor’s six-times Oscar-nominated biopic about the life and times of composer Frédéric Chopin, 70th Anniversary Series: A Song to Remember. Filmed in glorious Technicolor, Cornel Wilde starred as Chopin and was nominated Best Actor for his performance (he lost out to Ray Milland for his roll as alcoholic Don Birnam in The Lost Weekend, which also won Best Picture and Best Director honors for Billy Wilder).
Joining Cornel Wilde in the impressive cast of A Song to Remember are Merle Oberon, Nina Foch and Paul Muni.
Next up in the “Anniversary Series” group is director Paul Wendkos’ 1960 film adaptation of prolific writer John Farris’ coming-of-age novel, “Harrison High,” which sold over a million copies when published in 1959 and was retitled for the screen and arrives on DVD from Mill Creek Entertainment as 55th Anniversary Series: Because They're Young.
Dick Clark, who was over-the-top popular at the time with his nationally-broadcast American Bandstand pop music show, makes his film debut here in the lead role as the affable high school teacher/coach (a demeanor which hides a tragic back story). That’s all well and good, but there are two more important reasons fans will be adding this priced-to-own ditty to their film collections.
First, Tuesday Weld shines as Anne, one of Clark’s students — Michael Callan (Cat Ballou, Mysterious Island, etc.) is cast opposite her as bad boy Griff Rimer (he will meet a sad ending to his teenage years). And second, the rock’n’roll soundtrack, which features the likes of James Darrin, Duane Eddy and Bobby Rydell … worth the price of admission all on its own.
Rounding out the “Anniversary Series” additions on June 2 are director Michael Powell’s 1969 romantic comedy, 45th Anniversary Series: Age of Consent, which teams James Mason with then rising star Helen Mirren, and another romantic comedy, 20th Anniversary Series: Mad Love, co-starring Drew Barrymore and Chris O’Donnell.
Also on DVD on June 2 from Mill Creek Entertainment are several multi-film collections. Bulletproof: Tough Guys of Action is a double-disc, eight-film package that features eight different “tough guys” … these are: The Stone Killer (1973, starring Charles Bronson), Shamus (also from 1973, teaming Burt Reynolds with Dyan Cannon), The Anderson Tapes (1971, this time Dyan Cannon is paired with Sean Connery … and yes, that is a young Christopher Walken as part of Connery’s crew), Silent Rage (1981, with Chuck Norris), Universal Soldier: The Return (1999, Jean-Claude Van Damme returns), The Russian Specialist (2005, with Dolph Lundren, who also directed) and Into the Sun (2005, starring Steven Seagal).
Timed to be at retail outlets for the June 12 theatrical release of Jurassic World is the four-film collection titled Jurassic Adventures … spread over two-discs and priced at just $14.98 you get The Lost World and the follow-up, Return to the Lost World, plus Adventures in Dinotopia, Journey to the Center of the Earth and as a bonus goodies, dinosaur fans get the documentary Dinosaur Eggs and Babies.
Still not worn out from all this action, Mill Creek Entertainment has the five-film, double-disc collection titled Storms of the Century, which will be ready for those wanting more after attending the theatrical launch of director Brad Peyton’s San Andreas (starring Dwayne Johnson and in theatres beginning May 29). Included here are Flood, Flood: A River's Revenge, Killer Wave, Tidal Wave: No Escape and Tornado!
June 16 is loaded with TV-on-DVD collections, including a three-disc set titled TV Guide Classics: Sherlock Holmes - The Complete Series, which features all 39 episodes from the 1954/1955 series starring Ronald Howard as Sherlock Holmes and Howard Marion-Crawford as his sidekick, Dr. Watson. Archie Duncan is on hand as Inspector Lestrade. This is quite a deal … 19 and ½ hours of classic Holmes adventures for just $9.98!!!
Other TV-on-DVD selections on June 16 under Mill Creek Entertainment’s “TV Guide Classics” promotional banner include TV Guide Classics: Ozzie & Harriet (three-disc set showcasing 25 classic episodes), TV Guide Classics: Television Legions - Milton Berle, Jack Benny and Johnny Carson (a three-disc collection featuring 31 episodes from The Johnny Carson Show, The Jack Benny Show and The Milton Berle Show) and TV Guide Classics: The Adventures of Robin Hood (39 episodes starring Richard Greene as Robin Hood on three-discs).
Also on the June 16 release calendar are Cosby Show: Season Seven and Cosby Show: Season Eight (bost are two-disc collections) and Married with Children: Season Eleven (also a two-disc set).