Mill Creek Entertainment has added five new price-to-collect DVD releases to its Sept. 12 product calendar. If you will recall, last week we reported on new Blu-ray editions of director Peter Yates’ 1987 courtroom thriller, Suspect, starring Cher, Dennis Quaid, John Mahoney and Liam Neeson and Leonard Part Six.
So let us get to it.
There are two very clever DVD collections that are targeted for insomniacs, both of which promise 24 hours of programming (imagine spending an entire day watching vintage television) … both volumes are titled Watch Around the Clock.
In the first one, we being our day at 6AM with six straight hours of kid-friendly programming, which includes selections from Popeye and Friends, Casper, The New Street Stooges and Paddington Bear. When noon arrives we have the entire afternoon filled with four feature films — Gulliver's Travels, The Borrows, Rescue from Gilligan's Island and The Over the Hill Gang — and that gets us to six in the evening, when programming shifts to episodes from nine different television series. Counted among these all-evening selections are Mannix, The Lucy Show, The Cisco Kid and Bonanza.
Still six hours to go for our night owls and that means a selection of all-night movies — The Last Time I Saw Paris, The Missouri Traveler and The Proud Rebel.
If you have anything left in the tank, Mill Creek has thrown in a bonus disc featuring “Holiday TV Favorites!”
The second all-day marathon also begins at six in the morning with “Cartoon Cavalcade” and selections from Betty Boop, Felix the Cat and Popeye, plus episodes from such shows as Howdy Doody and Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney (to name just a few). The noon hour hits and we get a bonanza of classic game shows — What’s My Line?, You Bet Your Life, To Tell the Truth … and more!
Six o-clock and the television series begin for six solid hours. Episodes can be viewed from 11 different vintage series, including Dragnet, The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet and The Andy Griffith Show and then the late night is capped off with an hour’s worth of episodes from The Milton Berle Show.
From midnight until dawn we have a movie marathon that includes The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, Cyrano de Bergerac and The Man with the Golden Arm. If you are still awake, there’s that bonus disc of “Holiday TV Classics!!”
An additional bonus included with each of these five-disc SKUs is Mill Creek Entertainment’s Digital Copy viewing option.
Up next is Trick or Treat Spooktacular Collection - 13 Haunted Tales, which features selections from the Storybook Series (six haunting tales), four Casper “spooky tales” and a trio of classic Fleischer Studio selections — The Cobweb Hotel, The Fresh Vegetable Mystery and Magic Mummy.
Rounding out the Sept. 12 DVD editions are two mini-series events, Voyage of the Unicorn (2001, with Beau Bridges, Chantal Conlin and Heather McEwen) and The Lost Empire (also from 2001, starring Thomas Gibson, Bai Ling and Russell Wong).