Monday, April 24, 2017

The Rockford Files: The Complete Series Leads Mill Creek Entertainment's June Hit Parade Of New DVD And Blu-ray Product Offerings

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Mill Creek Entertainment announced this past week that The Rockford Files: The Complete Series will be leading its June hit parade.

Both DVD and Blu-ray collections, featuring all 122 episodes of this classic James Garner PI series, will be available.   The Blu-ray set will be available on June 27, while the DVD edition arrives at retail two weeks earlier on June 13 (both are 22 disc sets).

The series ran from the September of 1974 — for six seasons — through January of 1980, co-starred Noah Berry, Jr. as Jim Rockford’s father (Rocky) and Joe Santos as L.A. Police Sergeant Dennis Becker … with Stuart Margolin as Jim’s shifty friend Angel.    The Rockford Files was nominated for 18 Emmys, winning five, including Outstanding Drama Series in 1978 and James Garner won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1977.    

You may tune-in for the cases.  You might even catch the series for James Garner as Rockford.   But for car buffs, the vintage ‘70s muscle cars on parade make this a must-have collection come this June.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyAlso on the June calendar is the eight-film, double-disc DVD collection titled 8 Action Films: Head to Head - Seagal, Van Damme.   Streeting on June 6, this battle of action features the films of Steven Seagal and Jean-Claude Van Damme, with savvy fans knowing full well that Van Damme will prevail as he was invited to appear in Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables film series, while Seagal is conspicuously absent.

That little tussle aside, this collection from Mill Creek Entertainment features six Van Damme films — Universal Soldiers: The Return, Second in Command, Maximum Risk, The Hard Corps, Knock Off and Double Team — and two starring Steven Seagal … Attack Force and Into the Sun.

Also on the June 6 release calendar is the double-didc DVD collection titled Stan Lee & Kevin Smith Save the World, which features An Evening with Kevin Smith, An Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder and Stan Lee's Mutants, Monsters & Marvels.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
The DVD release on June 6 of Highway to Heaven: Messages from Above showcase four specially selected episodes from the Emmy-nominated series.   These are: the Pilot Episode from season one, “Thoroughbreds” (also from season one), “A Special Love” (the kickoff episode from season three) and “Hello and Farewell” (from season five).

Rounding out this first of new priced-to-collection DVD and Blu-ray production selections from Mill Creek Entertainment during the month of June are Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?: The Complete Series (a four-disc set) and Archie's Weird Mysteries: The Complete Series (also a four-disc set).   Both collections will be available on June 6.

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