Mill Creek Entertainment revealed a double wave of April new DVD and Blu-ray product offerings this past week. There’s something on the release calendar for everyone, so let’s get right at it.
The first wave arrives on Apr. 5 and includes the double-disc DVD collection titled Stan Lee and Kevin Smith Save the World. Included is director J. M. Kenny’s 2002 college comedy tour, An Evening with Kevin Smith, as well as his 2006 follow up (filmed on location in London and Toronto), An Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder. These two comedy tours have been teamed with documentary filmmaker Scott Zakarin’s 2002 film release of Stan Lee's Mutants, Monsters & Marvels, featuring Kevin Smith in conversation with the iconic comic book/superhero mastermind, Stan Lee.
Also on the Apr. 5 release calendar is the massive 12-disc DVD collection of Oceans: World Beneath the Waves, featuring over 60 hours of deep sea exploration hosted by John Stoneman. The SRP for this amazing collection is just $29.98 (and that’s before discounts offered up by retailers).
For Western fans, Mill Creek Entertainment has selected Apr. 5 for the double-disc DVD set titled Randolph Scott Round-Up, Volume 2.
Priced at just $14.98, this collection includes director Irving Pichel’s 1951 film release of Santa Fe (filmed on location in the Coronado National Forest in southern Arizona), which pits brother against brother during the building of the famed Santa Fe Railroad.
Writer/director Roy Huggins’ 1952 release of Hangman’s Knot has Randolph Scott on the run when he mistakenly attacks a Union gold shipment after the surrender at Appomattox (Donna Reed was his co-star) and the following year André De Toth’s Stranger Wore a Gun, which teams Randolph Scott with Claire Trevor, while George Macready is cast as the heavy.
Rounding out this thrill-back collection are Man in the Saddle (1951, with Joan Leslie), The Nevadan (1950, with Dorothy Malone, Forrest Tucker and George Macready) and director Charles Vidor’s all-star 1943 Columbia Pictures production of The Desperadoes, which counted among its cast members Glenn Ford, Claire Trevor, Evelyn Keyes and Edgar Buchanan.
On the Blu-ray front, Apr. 5 marks the Blu-ray debut of writer/director Steve James’ 1997 biopic Prefontaine, the story of American track star Steve Prefontaine (played by Jared Leto), who held numerous distance records and died tragically in a car accident while preparing for the 1976 Olympic Games.
Shifting to Apr. 19 and Mill Creek Entertainment’s second priced-to-own release wave for the month, we find not one, but three apocalyptic mini-series assembled into the double-disc DVD collection titled Doomsday: 3 Catastrophic Mini-Series. Included in the mix are Blackout (Los Angeles gets knocked off the electrical grid as a prelude to a high-stakes robbery … chaos reigns supreme), Meteor (Kassandra, the size of Mount Everest times three is heading towards Earth!) and Pandemic finds that the Los Angeles International Airport is the epicenter of a deadly virus that must be contained at all costs.
Django and the Con Men is a four-film set that is priced at just $9.98. Included in the mix are director Gene Martin’s (aka: Eugenio Martín) 1971 Spaghetti Western Bad Man’s River, starring Lee Van Cleef, Gina Lollobrigida and James Mason; Django Shoots First (1966 with Glenn Saxson as Django); Django's Cut Price Corpses (1971, this starring Jeff Cameron as the legendary Django) and lastly, Jack Palance stars in director Enzo G. Castellari’s 1971 Spaghetti Western comedy, Sting of the West.
Rounding out the Apr. 19 DVD selections are Dog House: The Complete Series (a double-disc set) and Jungle Book Plus Three Bonus Tales — a collection of four animated adventures that includes The Jungle Book, Snow White, Alice in Wonderland and Beauty and the Beast.