Mill Creek Entertainment announced new, priced-to-collect Blu-ray and DVD product offerings for the month of February this past week.
Streeting on Feb. 16 is director Kevin Conner’s Emmy-winning (for Best Makeup) 2004 mini-series, Frankenstein. Mill Creek will be bringing both DVD and Blu-ray editions to mark (priced respectively at just $9.98 and $14.98 each).
Told in flashback, Dr. Frankenstein (Alec Newman) is rescued in the Arctic by explorer Capt. Walton (Donald Sutherland), who then proceeds to relate his story and what events have brought him to the dangers of the ice in the Arctic.
Quite different from the Universal Pictures 1930s vision of Mary Shelley’s novel, the “Monster” here (played Luke Gross) is an articulate, but tortured soul who ultimately comes in conflict — in very deadly terms — with his creator.
Elsewhere on the Feb. 16 release calendar is the double-disc DVD release of The Beast: The Complete Series. This FBI-themed series stars Patrick Swayze as a grizzled agent — who is not afraid to “color outside the lines” — who is assigned a new partner (Travis Fimmel), an IA mole assigned to see if Swayze has gone rogue!
On the movie front, Mill Creek Entertainment has two double-disc, six film DVD collections — priced at just $9.98 each — retail-ready on Feb. 16.
Titled Street Heat, this collection features XXX: State of the Union (2005, starring Ice Cube, Willem Dafoe and Samuel L. Jackson), Hustle and Heat (aka: Ride or Die — with Vivica A. Fox and Duane Martin), The Take (2007, teaming John Leguizamo with Rosie Perez and Tyrese Gibson), Connor's War (2006, Treach Criss and Nia Peeples), Simon Sez (1999, starring Dennis Rodman) and The Contractor (2007, starring Wesley Snipes).
The other six-film collection in the mix on Feb. 16 is titled Tales from the Prison Yard and it contains some real hard-to-find film gems. Chief among these is director Fred F. Sears’ 1955 gripping bio-drama, Cell 2455, Death Row, starring William Campbell as the condemned to die “The Red Light Bandit,” Caryl Chessman. Although Chessman never committed murder — or any other “capital” crime — he was nevertheless convicted under aspects of California’s then “Little Lindbergh Law” and ultimately died in the gas chamber at San Quentin.
Other films in the Tales from the Prison Yard collection are Escape from San Quentin (1957, also directed by Fred F. Sears and starring Richard Devon, Johnny Desmond and Merry Anders), Convicted (1950, with Glenn Ford, Dorothy Malone and Broderick Crawford) The Last Detail (1973, directed by Hal Ashby and starring Jack Nicholson, Otis Young and Randy Quaid), The Valachi Papers (1972, teaming Charles Bronson with Jill Ireland) and once again San Quentin is the focus of attention in director Irving Lerner’s 1959 atomic-age thriller, City of Fear, starring Vince Edwards as an escaped killer with the deadliest package of them all!
The DVD double-disc animated collection, Bump in the Night: The Complete Series, featuring “monsters” Mr. Bumby (voiced by Jim Cummings) and Squishington (voiced by Rob Paulsen) and their “stuffed” doll friend, Molly Coddle (voiced by Gail Matthius) will be available for fans to enjoy on Feb. 12. The SRP is just $14.98 for all 25 fun-filled episodes!