Mill Creek Entertainment continued to expand its DVD and Blu-ray product offerings for the month of September (street date: Sept. 11) with news this week that Born Free: The Complete Collection will be available as a four-disc DVD collection for the bargain price of just $19.98.
Before we get to the details of that prized DVD collectible, Mill Creek announced this past week bonus materials associated with the Aug. 7 release of the Blu-ray and DVD collections of Masters of Sex: The Complete Series (an eight-disc set) and Happy Endings: The Complete Series (a six-disc collection). So let’s to those bonus goodies first!
Masters of Sex: The Complete Series comes with commentary for the pilot episode featuring writer Michelle Ashford (Emmy nominee for her work on The Pacific mini-series, plus WGA nomination for Masters of Sex), executive producer Sarah Timberman (Elementary, Unforgettable, Justified, etc.) and actors Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan, Caitlin FitzGerald and Teddy Sears.
Other bonus features include deleted scenes (approximately 40 minutes worth) and a whopping eight featurettes — “Making Masters of Sex,” “A Masterful Portrayal: Michael Sheen as Dr. Masters,” “Ahead of Her Time: Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson,” “The Real Masters: A Conversation with Thomas Maier,” “Surprising Facts About Sex: The Masters’ Great Discoveries,” “The History of Sex,” “The Women of Sex” and “The Men of Sex: Actors’ Roundtable.”
Happy Endings: The Complete Series is presented in “story continuity order,” plus there are deleted scenes and outtakes and a quartet of featurettes — “Banana Republic Style Previews,” “Mike Relm Remix,” “Mark Douglas Interview with Adam Pally and Casey Wilson” and “Mark Douglas Parody Theme Song.”
With that bit of housekeeping done, let’s return to the Sept. 11 DVD release of Born Free: The Complete Collection. This super collection joins the previously announced Blu-ray selections for that same date — Benji: Off the Leash! (Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack) (with Digital Copy), Community: The Complete Series (a 12-disc set), Rescue Me: The Complete Series (a 16-disc collection) and the Blu-ray double features of Age of Consent and Cactus Flower … and Nightwing and Shadow of the Hawk.
The Born Free package includes the original 1966 film release of director James Hill’s film adaptation of the Joy Adamson book, Born Free, starring Virginia McKenna as the naturalist Adamson, with Bill Travers as her husband, George. Born Free won two Oscars — Best Song (“Born Free”) and Best Original Music Score (John Barry — nominated six times for Best Music, Original Score … winning for Dances with Wolves, The Lion in Winter and Born Free).
Teamed with it are director Jack Couffer’s 1972 sequel, Living Free, with Susan Hampshire as Joy Adamson and Nigel Davenport as George; the 1996 made for TV film, Born Free: A New Adventure and all 13 episodes of the 1974 TV series, Born Free: The Series, featuring Diana Muldaur as Joy Adamson and Gary Collins as George.
Also heading to DVD on Sept. 11 is director Rod Hardy’s Emmy-nominated (Outstanding Miniseries and ten others) 1995 mini-series adaptation of the Larry McMurtry novel, Buffalo Girls (with Digital Copy), starring Anjelica Huston (Emmy nominated for her performance here) as Calamity Jane and Melanie Griffith as Deadwood, South Dakota madam, Dora DuFran.
Others in this notable cast include Sam Elliott (Emmy-nominated) as Wild Bill Hickok, Reba McEntire as Annie Oakley, Peter Coyote as Buffalo Bill, Russell Means as Sitting Bull, John Diehl as Custer, plus Gabriel Byrne as Teddy Blue and Jack Palance as Bartle Bone!!
Also on Sept. 11 is director Philip Saville’s Emmy-nominated 1993 mini-series adaptation of Sue Miller’s best selling novel, Family Pictures: The Complete Mini-Series, starring Sam Neill and Kyra Sedgwick.
Both Buffalo Girls and Family Pictures: The Complete Mini-Series are priced at just $14.98 each … and both include Digital Copy.