Monday, February 6, 2017

Mill Creek Entertainment Announces It April 2017 DVD And Blu-ray Release Calendar

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Mill Creek Entertainment announced its first wave of priced-to-collect DVD and Blu-ray product offerings this past week … 18 selections in all that will be arriving at home entertainment retailers on Apr. 4 (15) and Apr. 18 (3).

The month of April kicks off with a pair of three-film Blu-ray releases — the SRP will be just $14.98 each (and that’s before discounts at retail).   The first of these is titled Psycho Circus and it features three horror gems that will certainly please genre fans.   

Included in the mix are director Freddie Francis’ 1973 Tigon British Film Productions release of The Creeping Flesh, teaming horror icons Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing in a Victorian-era tale of an ancient skeleton that comes to life — re-growing its flesh — when exposed to water.   Is this a tale told by a mad man, confined to an insane asylum … or is his story based on his first hand experience, you decide!

Also directed by Freddie Francis is the 1968 Amicus Productions horror anthology film, Torture Garden, starring Burgess Meredith as Dr. Diabolo … Peter Cushing and Jack Palance co-star.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyLastly, we have director Bernard McEveety’s 1971 cult thriller, The Brotherhood of Satan, which features the likes of L.Q. Jones, Strother Martin, Charles Bateman, Alvy Moore and
Ahna Capri.

The other three-film Blu-ray SKU is simply titled Triple Feature and it includes director James Foley’s 2006 mystery thriller Perfect Stranger (with Halle Berry, Bruce Willis and Giovanni Ribisi), director Gregory Jacobs’ ghostly tale, Wind Chill (with Emily Blunt and Ashton Holmes) and X-Files’ Gillian Anderson stars in writer/director Dan Reed’s revenge thriller, Closure.

Arriving on Apr. 4 — and priced at just $9.98 each — are the stand-alone Blu-ray releases of writer/director David Seltzer’s 1988 “dramedy,” Punchline, teaming Tom Hanks with Sally Field as would-be comedians (John Goodman co-stars as Field’s husband) and actor-turned-director Richard Benjamin’s 1988 Cold War espionage thriller, Little Nikita, starring Sidney Poitier and River Phoenix.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
On the DVD release front on Apr. 4 look for the aforementioned Punchline as well as five other films (all carrying a suggested retail price point of just $9.98). 

These are — writer/director Ed Solomon’s 2003 crime-themed drama, Levity (with Billy Bob Thornton, Morgan Freeman, Holly Hunter and Kirsten Dunst), writer/director Todd Robinson’s 2006 detective story, Lonely Hearts (teaming John Travolta with James Gandolfini, plus Laura Dern, Salma Hayek and Jared Leto), John Travolta also stars in filmmaker Shainee Gabel’s 2004 film adaptation of the Ronald Everett Capps’ novel, Love Song for Bobby Long (with Scarlett Johansson), Jennifer Love Hewitt leads the way in the tale of a one-hit-wonder band reunion, The Suburbans and Vivica A. Fox stars in the romantic comedy, Three Can Play That Game.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyAlso on Apr. 4 is the double-disc DVD five-film collection titled Mary Higgin Clark: The Queen of Suspense  — it showcases such made-for-TV mysteries as Pretend You Don't See Her (with Emma Samms), You Belong to Me (Lesley-Anne Down), We'll Meet Again (co-starring Laura Leighton and Brandy Ledford), I'll be Seeing You (Alison Eastwood) and Before I Say Goodbye (Sean Young).

Rounding out the Apr. 4 selections is the true-life, faith-based collection of stories about faith, home and survival titled Angels in Disguise.

Shifting to the Apr. 18 DVD selections we find director Ivan Passer’s 1995 television adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson novel, Kidnapped: The Complete Mini-Series, and two editions from Mill Creek Entertainment’s popular “Baby First” series — Baby First: Let's Learn and Baby First: Let's Play.

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