Mill Creek Entertainment continues to expand its selection of new priced-to-collect DVD and Blu-ray product offerings that will be retail-ready during January. Five new DVD selections and the Blu-ray debut of Mariah Carey’s Glitter all received release dates this past week.
Jan. 3 will see two new collections on DVD (the SRP is $14.98 each). The first of these is the double-disc set titled 7 Western Showdown Collection, which includes director Robert Rossen’s all-star Western, They Came to Cordura, starring Gary Cooper, Rita Hayworth, Van Heflin, Richard Conte and Tab Hunter.
Other gems in this set are director George Marshall’s 1941 film release of Texas (starring William Holden, Glenn Ford and Claire Trevor) and director Henry Levin’s The Man from Colorado, which was released in 1948 and also starred William Holden and Glenn Ford.
Rounding out this magnificent seven selection of Westerns is the 1948 Durango Kid Western, Blazing Across the Pecos, starring Charles Starrett as the Durango Kid, director Raoul Walsh’s 1953 film release of Gun Fury (teaming Rock Hudson and Donna Reed), The Black Dakotas (1954, with Gary Merrill and Wanda Hendrix) and Cliff Robertson’s 1971 modern Western, J.W. Coop.
Also on Jan. 3 is the three-disc DVD collection titled The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes. Five different actors give us their unique interpretation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic detective, Sherlock Holmes.
Of course you have Basil Rathbone, who stars in Terror by Night and The Woman in Green; Christopher Lee in his two made-for-TV films, Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady and Sherlock Holmes and the Incident at Victoria Falls (Patrick Macnee was his Watson); John Neville stars as Holmes in director James Hill’s 1965 mystery, A Study in Terror (Donald Houston as Watson); Reginald Owen stars in the similarly titled 1933 film release of A Study in Scarlet (Warburton Gamble as Watson) and lastly, Arthur Wontner is Holmes in the 1932 release of The Sign of Four (Ian Hunter co-stars as Watson).
As a bonus, The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes includes five episodes from the 1950s TV series, Sherlock Holmes, starring Ronald Howard as Holmes and Howard Marion-Crawford as Watson.
Shifting to Jan. 17 we find the kid-friendly double-disc DVD collection titled Classic Storybook Collection, which features 32 stories hosted by Hayley Mills, the 1994 mini-series Scarlett, starring Timothy Dalton as Rhett Butler and Joanne Whalley as Scarlett — the action takes place eight years after the Civil War — and the double-feature release of Footprints and Friends for Life.