Mill Creek Entertainment announced this past week a 17-strong mix of priced-to-collect DVD and Blu-ray releases for the month of March. The excitement arrives on back-to-back street-date Tuesdays … Mar. 7 and Mar. 14.
Leading off the month of March on the seventh are five new “instant library” 20 Movie Collection that are various themed as “Action,” “Comedy,” “Horror,” “Westerns” and “Musicals.”
It is this latter category, 20 Movie Collection: Musicals, that will certainly catch the eye of many film buffs and collectors. The SRP is just $24.98 for this five-disc set and it includes not one or two of the classic Columbia Pictures’ Rita Hayworth films of the 40s and early 50s, but five … that’s right five! If Music in My Heart (1940), You’ll Never Get Rich (1941), Tonight and Every Night (1945), Down to Earth (1947) and Miss Sadie Thompson (1953) were purchased separately they would easily cost twice the cost of this package alone.
And there are still 15 additional films included in the mix … how can anyone say no to this deal? Among the “free” films (if you want to look at it that way) is the 1956 landmark film, director Fred F. Sears’ Rock Around the Clock — showcasing the talents of Bill Haley and the Comets and his iconic “Rock Around the Clock” and The Platters renditions of “The Great Pretender” and “Only You.”
Other films in the mix include director Sidney Salkow’s 1941 film release of Time Out for Rhythm (with Rudy Vallee and Ann Miller), director Leigh Jason’s Carolina Blues (Ann Miller teamed with Kay Kyser), the 1955 Technicolor release of Three For the Show, starring Betty Grable, Jack Lemmon and Marge & Gower Champion, and Mae West stars in the 1943 musical comedy The Heat's On.
For a complete list of all twenty films in the five-disc 20 Movie Collection: Musicals check out the Mill Creek Entertainment website at: millcreekent.com.
We’re just getting started on the 20 Movie Collections. Just sampling each of the other four collections we find the following (again, head on over to the Mill Creek Entertainment for complete details on each multi-disc collection):
20 Movie Collection: Comedy includes Sally Field and Tom Hanks in Punchline, Matthew Broderick stars with Marlon Brando in The Freshman and Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine are teamed in Postcards from the Edge. For star power, how about the likes of Harrison Ford starring in Hollywood Homicide, Bruce Willis in Hudson Hawk (with Andie MacDowell) and Wild Napalm, teaming Debra Winger with Dennis Quaid … and there are 14 more comedies in this six-disc set.
20 Movie Collection: Westerns features director Robert Rossen’s 1959 gem, They Came to Cordura, starring Rita Hayworth, Gary Cooper, Van Heflin, Richard Conte and Tab Hunter, Cliff Robertson stars in and directs the 1971 film release of J.W. Coop, and Randolph Scott stars in — are you ready for this — six Western classics … A Lawless Street (1955, with Angela Lansbury and Jean Parker), The Tall T (1957, co-starring Maureen O’Sullivan and Richard Boone), Decision At Sundown (also from 1957), Buchanan Rides Alone (1958), Ride Lonesome (1959) and director Budd Boetticher’s 1960 film release of Comanche Station.
20 Movie Collection: Action is loaded with such films as S.W.A.T. (2003, Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell), Basic (also 2003 and also with Samuel L. Jackson, who is teamed with John Travolta), Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in Last Action Hero and Mill Creek Entertainment taps into the Columbia film vaults for such 1970s action classics as The Stone Killer (1973, Charles Bronson), Shamus (1972, teaming Burt Reynolds with Dyan Cannon) and The Anderson Tapes (1971, also with Dyan Cannon, but this time is teamed with Sean Connery).
And last, but certainly not least among the twenty-film collections is the five disc set titled 20 Movie Collection: Horror. Included here are the unrated director’s cut edition of both Hostel and Hostel: Part II, Anatomy and Anatomy 2 (both films starring Franka Potente) and Hollow Man (the director’s cut) and Hollow Man 2. Also included in the mix are a series of “creature features” — Bats: Human Harvest, Anaconda, Black Water (a very hungry crocodile), Kaw and Nightwing.
Also on Mar. 7 are a quartet of classic television series being released as double-disc, 20-episode collections and priced at just $9.98 each. As a bonus, Mill Creek Entertainment will be including their multi-platform streaming option with these for DVD selections — “Purchase, Redeem and Stream!!!” The classic TV selections are: Beverly Hillbillies, Bonanza, Dragnet and Lone Ranger.
Whoa! Hold on … we are not quite done yet with the Mar. 7 array of new releases. There are two new Blu-ray releases — these are writer/director Paul Golding’s 1988 sci-fi chiller, Pulse, starring Cliff De Young and Roxanne Hart, and director Mike Nichols’ 2000 sci-fi/comedy, What Planet Are You From?, featuring an all-star cast that includes Garry Shandling, Annette Bening, Ben Kingsley, John Goodman and Greg Kinnear. Both Blu-ray SKUs are priced at just $9.98 each.
The following week, Mar. 14, Mill Creek Entertainment will release both DVD and Blu-ray editions of the 2007 release of Marco Polo: The Complete Mini-Series (with Ian Somerhalder as Marco Polo and Brian Dennehy as Kublai Khan). Also getting DVD push on Mar. 14 is Earthsea: The Epic Mini-Series.
There are two kidvid collections included in the month of March second wave —five disc sets of the animated series Wheeled Warriors: The Complete Series and C.O.P.S.: The Complete Series.
And rounding out the Mar. 14 home entertainment releases from Mill Creek Entertainment is the three-disc DVD collection titled 10 Movie Collection: Faces of Horror (the SRP is just $14.98). There are some real genre-fan gems in this mix, including writer/director Fred Walton’s When A Stranger Calls (1979, Carol Kane), Happy Birthday To Me (1981, Melissa Sue Anderson), writer/director Robert Hammer’s Don’t Answer the Phone! and filmmaker Theodore Gershuny’s Silent Night, Bloody Night.
For a complete listing of the films included in the multi-film collectible releases that are heading home in March (and more), please check out Mill Creek Entertainment website at millcreekent.com.