Mill Creek Entertainment announced its first wave of May DVD and Blu-ray priced-to-collect product offerings this past week. The street date for this first blitz is May 2.
First, a little housekeeping … added to the Apr. 18 calendar of DVD selections is the collection titled 4 Movie Collection: Urban Thrillers. Priced at just $9.98, this action onslaught includes director Joe Roth’s 2006 film adaptation of the Richard Price crime novel Freedomland, teaming Samuel L. Jackson with Julianne Moore; Scenes of the Crime (with Jeff Bridges); The Tenants (with Dylan McDermott and Snoop Dogg) and director Michael Stevens’ Sin, starring Gary Oldman, Ving Rhames and Kerry Washington.
Shifting to May 2, Mill Creek Entertainment leads the way with the release of the massive 19-disc DVD collection titled WWII: The Complete War Report - September 1939 - September 1945. Priced at just $39.98, this unique presentation breaks down World War II in month-by-month segments that are one hour each in length. Newsreel footage, archived war footage and photographs from the period have been assembled to create a comprehensive narrative of all of the action from the invasion of Poland in September of 1939, through the final surrender of Japan in September of 1945.
The 19-disc set also includes as a bonus Mill Creek’s multi-platform Digital Copy download (ROKU, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, etc.).
Also heading to retailers on May 2 are the double-disc set titled WWII Diaries (with Digital Copy), an 11-hour expose that examines ten key “turning points” of World War II — these range from the invasion of Poland, Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain, Pearl Harbor, D-Day and the coming of the atomic bomb — and Special Forces: The Fight Against Terror (with Digital Copy).
On the movie front, Mill Creek Entertainment has five multi-film collections ready for fans to enjoy on May 2. Leading the way is the three-disc, ten-film set titled 10 Movie Collection: Life's a Beach, which includes ten selections all with a beach-and-summer-fun/action theme.
The films showcase in this collection are: Hardbodies (1984, with Teal Roberts and Grant Cramer), Private Resort (1985, Johnny Depp), Spring Break (1983), Lovelines (1984, teaming Greg Bradford with Mary Beth Evans), The Beach Girls (1982), Malibu High (1979, starring Jill Lansing), Malibu Beach (1978) and three action flicks written and directed by Andy Sidaris — Hard Ticket to Hawaii (1987), Savage Beach (1989) and Return to Savage Beach (1998).
There are three five-film sets and two four-film collections also on the release docket for consumers to select from on May 2.
5 Movies: War Favorites features writer/director Robert Pirosh’s 1951 film release of Go For Broke!, detailing the World War II exploits of the 442nd Regiment; This is the Army (1943, featuring an all-star cast that includes Ronald Reagan, George Murphy and Joan Leslie), Blood on the Sun (1945, with James Cagney and Sylvia Sidney), Thunderbolt (1947 documentary with James Steward) and Combat America (1943 documentary with Clark Gable and Bob Hope).
5 Movies: Sci-Fi Cinema includes Laser Mission, Hands of Steel, Abraxas: Guardian of the Universe, Slipstream and The Firing Line, while 5 Movies: Action Adventures has One-Eyed Jacks, Dan Candy's Law, Gone with the West, Yuma and Colorado Sundown.
Rounding out the movie collections for delivery to retailers on May 2 are 4 Film Collection: Soviet Spies (titles include: Little Nikita, The Russian Specialist, Man on a String and A Dandy in Aspic) and 4 Sci-Fi Thrillers: Global Invasion (Remnants, Solitary, Another Kind and Stranglehold are featured in this collection).
For TV fans there is the double-disc collection of Red, White and Blue Collar Sitcoms (a 15 episodes sampling that includes: Married with Children (3 episodes), The Jeff Foxworthy Show (3 episodes), Archie Bunker's Place (2 episodes), Roseanne (3 episodes), 3rd Rock from the Sun (2 episodes) and Grounded for Life (2 episodes).
Last, but certainly not least, is the Blu-ray debut of director Lamont Johnson’s 1983 space saga, Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone, starring a pre-Sixteen Candles, pre-The Breakfast Club and pre-Pretty in Pink Molly Ringwald.