Allied Vaughn Inks Digital Distribution Deal With Redbox

Allied Vaughn Entertainment, a manufacture-on-demand company and digital content aggregator, May 7 announced an agreement with Redbox to deliver movies and TV series from their content providers to Redbox’s Free Live TV and Free On Demand services.

“With nearly 100 linear channels and thousands of hours of movies and TV, the deal with Redbox marks an important milestone to bring our content providers titles to an innovative and growing streaming service from one of the most powerful brands in home entertainment,” according to Allied Vaughn.

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Allied Vaughn as a digital rights aggregator also delivers content to Amazon, TubiTV, Overdrive, Cinedigm’s OTT channels, Crackle and roughly 25 Roku channels.

‘Charmed’ Season 3 Among Latest MOD Releases From Allied Vaughn

CBS Home Entertainment has tapped manufacture-on-demand service Allied Vaughn for a Blu-ray of the third season of the original “Charmed,” to be released May 18.

The series ran for eight seasons, from 1998 to 2006, and starred starred Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs and Alyssa Milano as the Halliwell sisters — witches who use their combined power to protect innocents.

The 2000-01 third season, Doherty’s last, would see many dramatic changes in the sisters’ lives. Prue (Doherty) seeks balance in her love life and in her role as the oldest Halliwell sister. Piper (Combs) and Leo (Brian Krause) plan to get married against the wishes of The Elders. Phoebe (Milano) gains the “active” power of levitation and becomes romantically involved with assistant DA Cole Turner/Belthazor (Julian McMahon) — a half human/half demon sent by evil The Triad to destroy the Charmed Ones. As Cole/Belthazor moves his way into The Charmed Ones’ lives, he becomes conflicted between his duty toward The Triad and his love for Phoebe.

Allied Vaughn is also producing Lionsgate’s But I’m a Cheerleader: Director’s Cut Blu-ray slated for release June 1.

The 1999 comedy directed by Jamie Babbit follows teenager Megan (Natasha Lyonne), whose suburban existence filled with friends, cheerleading and all-American fun is upended when her straight-laced parents suspect she may be a lesbian. In a panic, they send her to True Directions, a “rehabilitation” camp run by the strict and prudish Mary (Cathy Moriarty), to mount an intervention led by counselor Mike (RuPaul Charles). Megan dutifully follows the program until she develops feelings for another camper (Clea DuVall). The cast also includes Eddie Cibrian, Melanie Lynskey and Michelle Williams. The director’s cut, released in December 2020 to mark the film’s 20th anniversary, runs 91 minutes, six minutes longer than the theatrical cut.

Other new and upcoming Allied Vaughn titles include Paramount’s Cheech & Chong: Still Smoking Blu-ray April 20; Warner Archives’ Quick Change Blu-ray April 27; BMG’s Kicking the Hornet’s Nest, a documentary about a popular gynecologic device used to perform hysterectomies that has been inadvertently spreading cancer in patients for decades, on DVD April 27; and Random Media’s Jessica Watkins: Specialish comedy special on DVD May 11.

MOD Service Allied Vaughn Releases First 4K Ultra HD Title, Warner’s ‘Batman v Superman’

Manufacture-on-demand service Allied Vaughn is bowing its first 4K Ultra HD title, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — Ultimate Edition, March 23.

The extended cut of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice includes 30 more minutes of story and action not seen in theaters. The disc set also includes the theatrical version of the film and more than two hours of bonus content.

Directed by Zack Snyder, the film stars Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent in the characters’ first big-screen pairing. Fearing the actions of a god-like superhero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. With Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

This new edition of the “Ultimate Cut,” which was released on Blu-ray in 2016, has been remastered by Snyder to include scenes shot for Imax screens in a 4:3 ratio rather than the cropped 16:9 for most widescreen TVs. This will better match it to Snyder’s footage for his upcoming four-hour director’s cut of 2017’s Justice League which premieres on HBO Max March 18. The remastered BvS — Ultimate Cut also arrives on HBO Max March 18.

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‘The Office’ Complete Series Available on Blu-ray Via MOD

Universal’s The Office: The Complete Series will come out from Allied Vaughn via manufacture-on-demand.

The release features 34 Blu-ray dual-layer discs at $119.98.

“The Office” is a documentary-style look at the humorous and sometimes poignant foolishness that plagues the 9-to-5 world. Episodes include Michael’s (Steve Carell) infamous encounter with a breakfast grill, Dwight’s (Rainn Wilson) power plays, Jim’s (John Krasinksi) pranks, Andy’s (Ed Helms) struggles with anger management, and Pam (Jenna Fischer) and Jim’s evolving romance.

Developed for American television by Primetime Emmy Award winner Greg Daniels, The Office: The Complete Series includes every episode plus bonus commentaries, webisodes, blooper reels and more than 15 hours of deleted scenes.

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Allied Vaughn Partners With Education Content Supplier

Manufacture-on-demand DVD service Allied Vaughn has announced a distribution agreement with Overdrive, a global distributor of digital content for libraries and schools.

Overdrive offers a catalog of ebooks, audiobooks and video media to a growing network of 45,000 libraries and schools in 78 countries.

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Allied Vaughn also announced a few upcoming releases.

Due May 28:

  • Finder’s Keepers (DVD) — A thriller about five best friends who travel the country in search of the coolest and oldest buildings with the best history.

 

Due June 2:

  • Extra Ordinary (DVD and Blu-ray) — Rose, a mostly sweet and lonely small-town driving instructor, must use her supernatural talents to save the daughter of Martin (also mostly sweet and lonely) from a washed-up rock star who is using her in a Satanic pact to reignite his fame.

  • Extreme Rescues (DVD) — a National Geographic documentary.

  • Work In Progress: Season 1 — From Showtime, a 45-year-old deals with misfortune and despair that unexpectedly lead her to a vibrantly transformative relationship.

 

Due June 8:

  • The Break-Up Artist — A girl with a knack for easing the pain of break-ups moves into the matchmaking business in this romantic comedy starring Amanda Crew.

 

Due June 9:

  • Born in Evin (DVD and Blu-ray) — Filmmaker and actress Maryam Zaree does on a quest to find out the violent circumstances surrounding her birth inside one of the most notorious political prisons in the world in Iran.

Well Go Joins Allied Vaughn MOD Service

Well Go USA Entertainment has joined manufacture-on-demand service Allied Vaughn, launching the deal with four Blu-ray releases available now in the Asian action and horror genres.

The Korean actioner Unstoppable stars Don Lee as a legendary gangster enjoying a quiet retirement. When his wife is kidnapped, he must once again become the brutal criminal he left behind.

In the Chinese actioner Line Walker 2, a car crash sparks a war between local police and an international terrorist organization. After Superintendent Yip (Francis Ng) and Inspector Ching (Nick Cheung) arrest a hacker named Yiu involved in the accident, the two police officers are suspected by Superintendent Cheng (Louis Koo) as double agents. Clues lead the three officers to the far foreign soil of Myanmar and Spain, but as the investigation continues the lines between good and evil become blurred.

The Chinese actioner Chasing the Dragon 2: Wild Wild Bunch is based on real-life crimes that terrorized Hong Kong in the 1990s. Logan (Tony Leung Ka Fai) is the head of leading a notorious human trafficking gang, abducting the children of the city’s elite. Police forces decide to send in Sky (Louis Koo), an undercover agent whose mission is to save the hostages, all while bringing the gang and their leader to justice in this action-packed thriller.

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The Chinese horror compilation Lucid Dreams presents four stories in which the director recounts four of his own dreams. The explored dreams are Tung, a down on his luck young man who decides to hold a fake wedding in order to pay his debt to a finance company; Fan, a depressed white-collar worker whose boss is trying to steal his girlfriend; Tung Tung, a writer who reunites with her long-lost mother; and Chun, a bus driver inspired by four ‘ghost ladies’ to believe in his musical talent.

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In other news from the MOD service, Allied Vaughn in its newsletter stated, “Despite the operating climate, our internet, food & drug, and catalog based resellers report brisk sales throughout the past month. General merchandise retailers along with specialty outlets have definitely been impacted by stay-at-home orders. But, overall home video sales for AV Entertainment titles remain strong.”

MOD Service Allied Vaughn Announces Plans to Respond to Coronavirus Outbreak

Disc manufacture-on-demand service Allied Vaughn March 18 announced plans to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

“Our focus continues to be the health and safety of our Allied Vaughn Team, families, clients as well as the communities where we work and live,” wrote president Doug Olzenak in a letter to clients. “With this in mind, we are committed to the same high quality and timely service you have always experienced with Allied Vaughn. Accordingly, we have implemented a Readiness and Response Plan for this unique situation.”

The company has moved as many positions as possible to working from home, has eliminated international travel and is limiting domestic travel to critical need, and has limited visits to its facility to critical need only.

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“In the event Allied Vaughn offices in Edina, MN, Aurora, IL (office) or Livonia, MI should be affected for a period, we have a Business Continuity Plan in place to serve our clients,” read the letter. “With an operational infrastructure designed to accommodate working virtually, most Allied Vaughn team members can work remotely, and many are doing that now. You can continue to reach them using the phone numbers and email addresses you have on file.”

For manufacturing and distribution in Aurora, the company has “developed a compartmentalized workforce, diversified distribution plan and increased manufacturing capacity,” read the letter.

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“In addition, our contingency plan includes strategies to respond to team members diagnosed with the virus, or any mandated quarantine,” Olzenak wrote. “Our goal is to ensure key functions of our business operate seamlessly so essential services continue uninterrupted. In addition, we are in contact and working with our suppliers and supply chain partners. Changes are coming daily. But, by working closely with our partners, any interruptions in the supply chain will be minimized to the degree possible.”

 

Allied Vaughn VP Richard Skillman to Retire

Richard Skillman, VP of manufacture-on-demand service Allied Vaughn Entertainment, has announced that he will retire.

“It is with bittersweet news that I share with you the news that I will be retiring at the end of this month,” he wrote in its latest newsletter. “I recently celebrated my 40th year with the Allied Vaughn organization and have been proud to be involved in its evolution from the early days of film processing to today’s leading technologies in entertainment distribution. I am looking forward to traveling in the coming year with my family, many know my passion for film location adventures around the world, so you may hear from me around the locations of a famous film secret agent.

“I have treasured my working relationship with all our customers and wish you all the best of success in 2020.”

Allied Vaughn creates on-demand Blu-rays and DVDs for a long list of studios in the home entertainment market.

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Screen Media, 3rd Fathom Films Join Allied Vaughn MOD Service

Screen Media Ventures and 3rd Fathom Films have joined the Allied Vaughn manufacture-on-demand service.

Screen Media Ventures, owned by Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, acquires the rights to independent feature films for the United States and Canada and has a library of more than 1,500 motion pictures. The company also owns Popcornflix, an ad-based direct-to-consumer online video service with five channels and thousands of television episodes and movies. The first Screen Media titles under the deal, streeting Oct. 22, include the family film Fishtales (2007), starring Billy Zane and Kelly Brook; the horror flick Evil Feed (2014), about group of young martial artists who infiltrate an underground pit fighting ring where the loser is chopped up and served in a Chinese restaurant; the comedy FDR: American Badass (2011), in which FDR fights werewolves and saves the world, all from the comfort of his wheelchair, starring Barry Bostwick, Lin Shaye and Kevin Sorbo; the comedy Freshman Orientation (2004), about a college freshman who feigns being gay to be near a beautiful co-ed; and the drama Getting High (2006), about two artists on the verge of success who are determined to find a way out of their drug-fueled abyss.

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3rd Fathom Films is an independent studio based in Atlanta. Its library includes two feature films and 25 short films. Its first release on MOD, due Oct. 18, is The Final Project (2016), about six college students making a documentary about one of the most notorious haunted houses in America.

Paramount Opens Movie Vault to Allied Vaughn

Paramount Home Media Distribution has inked a packaged-media deal with Allied Vaughn and its AVMOD distribution services.

“We have the [DVD/Blu-ray Disc] titles and they’re 100% ready to ship, just in time for Holiday sales,” Richard Skillman, VP, Allied Vaughn Entertainment, said in a statement.

Titles include:

Gung Ho 1986 When Michael Keaton persuades a Japanese auto firm to reopen his hometown’s defunct auto factory, he’s a hero. But when the Japanese hire him to enforce their policies among his American co-workers, he goes from hero to zero in seconds flat. Michael Keaton; Gedde Watanabe; George Wendt; Mimi Rogers; John Turturro; Rick Overton Comedy; Drama

Dead Man on Campus 1998 Tom Everett Scott and Mark-Paul Gosselaar are new roommates Josh and Cooper in this outrageous comedy that makes the grade. Josh is the studious type, while Cooper’s the nothing-succeeds-like-excess guy. Soon Cooper’s mantra rubs off on Josh, and they’re both in danger of flunking out. But there’s a catch: a clause in the school charter awards A’s to students who suffer the trauma of a roommate’s suicide. So Josh and Cooper set out to find a suicidal roomie who is, uh, Most Likely to Success. There’s no time to lose. This is a matter of life and death, and comedy. Featuring “How I Met Your Mother” stars Alyson Hannigan and Jason Segel. Tom Everett Scott; Mark-Paul Gosselaar; Poppy Montgomery; Lochlyn Munro; Alyson Hannigan; Jason Segel Comedy

Ragtime 1981 This vivid, high-energy human tableau interweaves the lives and passions of a middle class, small town family against the scandal and events of a transitional America in 1906. Director Milos Forman and producer Dino De Laurentiis assembled an all-star cast-including legendary James Cagney- that brings the best-selling E.L. Doctorow novel to life in unforgettable fashion, with memorable music by composer/conductor Randy Newman. Ragtime is both a compelling story of human emotions and a reflection of the innocence, excitement and drama of that important time in the country’s history. Nominated for 8 Oscars and 7 Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture (Drama). James Cagney; Moses Gunn; Elizabeth McGovern; Donald O’Connor; Mary Steenburge; Debbie Allen; Mandy Patinkin;Brad Dourif; Moses Gunn Drama; History

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Barbarella 1968 Barbarella is an interstellar space-traveler who crash lands on the planet Lythion in the year 40,000. Encountering trouble everywhere she goes, Barbarella uses every asset and every man at her disposal, to complete her mission to seek out and stop the evil Durand Durand. Whether she is wrestling with Black Guards, the evil Queen, or the angel Pygar (John Phillip Law) she just can’t seem to avoid losing at least a part of her skin-tight space suit! Jane Fonda; Marcel Marceau; John Phillip Law; Claude Dauphin; David Hemmings; Ugo Tognazzi Cult; Comedy; Adventure

Barbarella [Blu-ray] 1968 Barbarella is an interstellar space-traveler who crash lands on the planet Lythion in the year 40,000. Encountering trouble everywhere she goes, Barbarella uses every asset and every man at her disposal, to complete her mission to seek out and stop the evil Durand Durand. Whether she is wrestling with Black Guards, the evil Queen, or the angel Pygar (John Phillip Law) she just can’t seem to avoid losing at least a part of her skin-tight space suit! Jane Fonda; Marcel Marceau; John Phillip Law; Claude Dauphin; David Hemmings; Ugo Tognazzi Cult; Comedy; Adventure

Alfie 1966 Meet Alfie. He’s the ultimate Ladykillerwonderfully successful with women, yet rarely emotionally attached. All of that changes when he has a series of reversals that turn his life upside down. A classic film made even more famous by its title song, “Alfie,” written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, sung by Cher over the film’s closing credits in the US release. Michael Caine; Shelley Winters; Millicent Martin; Julia Foster Comedy; Drama

Best Defense 1984 If you’re out to build the ultimate Super Tank/Super Weapon, and you find out Dudley Moore has something to do with designing the missile guidance system, you’ve got to be concerned. Then, when you find out Eddie Murphy is going to test the tank in an actual combat situation, you ought to forget about it all together. Luckily for us, the government and Dynatechnics Incorporated don’t know Moore and Murphy like we do. And both comics are turned loose on a high tech, high touched adventure that sets modern warfare back a couple of hundred years. Dudley Moore; Eddie Murphy; Kate Capshaw; George Dzundza ; Helen Shaver Comedy

Delicate Delinquent, The 1957 The Dean Martin – Jerry Lewis comedy team may have called it quits, but that didn’t mean the laughs were over. Jerry’s first film without longtime partner Dino makes a hilarious case for law enfarcement! The nutty one stars as The Delicate Delinquent, a bumbling janitor who pals around with the switchblade set but decides to become a cop. Darren McGavin (A Christmas Story) co-stars as one of New York’s finest in this terrific blend of zaniness and social comment that’s one of Jerry Lewis’ finest. Jerry Lewis; Darren McGavin; Martha Hyer Classic; Comedy

Fat Man and Little Boy 1989 In the remote desert of New Mexico, “The Manhattan Project” is materializing the World War II effort to build the atomic bomb. Oscar-winner Paul Newman (Hud, Nobody’s Fool) stars as General Leslie Groves, the military man in charge of a massive project that will produce two weapons: “Fat Man” and “Little Boy”. Dwight Schultz (The Temp, Star Trek: First Contact) is J. Robert Oppenheimer, the brilliant scientist attempting to bring the startling mission to fruition. And Bonnie Bedelia, John Cusack, Laura Dern and Natasha Richardson co-star in this “stunning profoundly moving” film (Michael Medved, Sneak Previews) that re-creates one of history’s most compelling chapters one that resulted in the mushroom-shaped specter that changed the world forever. Paul Newman; Laura Dern; John Cuasack; Dwight Schultz; Bonnie Bedelia; John C. McGinley; Natasha Richardson Biography; Drama; History

Hustle 1975 Everybody “hustles”-especially in Los Angeles where suicides, strip joints, shootouts, porno movies, the mob and murder combine into a collage. Caught in this web of modern reality is an old fashioned detective (Burt Reynolds). A moralist who still sees the difference between right and wrong, he can hardly reconcile himself to the ugliness of his job. By day he investigates a young girl’s suicide; at night he relaxes with Catherine Deneuve, a high-priced Paris call girl. Director Robert Aldrich elicits fine performances from Reynolds and Deneuve while his perceptive direction explains why they’re never quite able to escape the hustle they’re so uncomfortable with. Burt Reynolds; Ernest Borgnine; Eileen Brennan; Catherine Deneuve; Paul Winfield Crime; Drama; Mystery