‘The Ultraman,’ ‘Ultraman 80’ Collections Coming to DVD Sept. 14 From Mill Creek

Mill Creek Entertainment will release “The Ultraman” and “Ultraman 80”  in their North American DVD debut Sept. 14.

Both collections will be on six DVDs at $34.99 each.

Mill Creek Entertainment has licensed the available “Ultraman” back-catalog via international distribution company Indigo Entertainment from Tsuburaya Productions.

“The Ultraman” is the eighth original entry in the “Ultraman” series. This DVD collection includes all 50 episodes. In the animated series, across the planet Earth, strange glowing objects in the form of an unknown language appear in the skies. In order to investigate these strange phenomena, the Earth Defense Forces form the Science Guard Agency led by Captain Akiyama. Akiyama immediately forms a top-rated team of scientific experts. Choichiro Hikari from the Earth Defense Forces space station is chosen to join the Science Guard Agency and begins making his way back to Earth. But as he is traveling through space, Hikari meets Ultraman Joneus. Ultraman Joneus tells Hikari that the Earth is in great danger. In order to defend the Earth, Ultraman Joneus says he must become one with an Earth man. Hikari agrees and he and Ultraman Joneus join forces. When danger strikes, Hikari is able to transform into the gigantic 40 meter tall superhero Ultraman Joneus.

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The ninth original series is “Ultraman 80.” This 50-episode series follows Takeshi Yamato, a 22-year-old young man who lives a double life. During the daytime, he is a rookie but popular science teacher at a junior high school in Tokyo. But after school and on Sundays he works as a member of the elite UGM (Utility Government Members), an Earth defense organization that tackles difficult situations such as alien invasion and attacks from monsters. When the situation gets out of control, Takeshi transforms into a 50-meter-tall mighty warrior, Ultraman 80, and knocks down the most terrifying monsters to save the day.

The “Ultraman” and “Ultraman 80” sets feature episode guides and audio of the original Japanese soundtracks with English subtitles.

‘Secrets of the Rise of Ultraman Collection’ Coming July 10 From Mill Creek

Mill Creek Entertainment July 10 will release Secrets of the Rise of Ultraman Collection, a Blu-ray set containing nine exclusive episodes of the original “Ultraman” series featuring English dubs, collectible artwork, and a bonus feature from Marvel Comics and Starlight Runner Productions.

The $25.99 set will be exclusively sold (preorder here) on DeepDiscount.com as part of the launch of a dedicated “Ultraman” storefront that will offer all of Mill Creek Entertainment’s current Blu-ray/Steelbook releases in addition to other “Ultraman” related merchandise and products.

In the set, Ultraman and the Science Patrol will fight for peace against Kemular, Goldon, Seabozu, Skydon and more. Featuring art created by Arthur Adams on the cover from a collaboration of Marvel Comics and Tsuburaya Productions, the collection includes: episode three, “Science Patrol, Move Out”; episode 21, “Breach the Wall of Smoke”; episode 28, “Human Specimens 5 & 6”; episode 29, “Challenge to the Underground”; episode 30, “Phantom of the Snow Mountains”; episode 31, “Who Goes There?”; episode 34, “A Gift From the Sky”; episode 35, “The Monster Graveyard”; and episode 38, “Spaceship Rescue Command.”

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The set features the original broadcast edits fully remastered in HD and available for the first time ever with English dubs in DTS-HD Master Audio. Included in the exclusive Blu-ray release is a 12-page collectible booklet and episode guide. Also included is a new five-part bonus feature, “Secrets of the Rise of Ultraman,” made in collaboration with Marvel Comics and Starlight Runner Productions. The video series takes place within the multiverse of the “Ultraman” series that explores the connections between the various television series and movies and the all-new storyline of the comics.

Mill Creek Entertainment has licensed the “Ultraman” back-catalog from Tsuburaya Productions through international distribution partner Indigo Entertainment.

‘Sonic Boom’ Season One Available on Blu-ray From NCircle and Mill Creek

In time for the Sonic the Hedgehog 30th anniversary, Sonic Boom: The Complete Season 1 is available on Blu-ray Disc from Mill Creek Entertainment and NCircle Entertainment.

In the TV series, the anthropomorphic blue hedgehog Sonic (along with friends Tails, Knuckles and Sticks, as well as frenemy Doctor Eggman and Buster, a slime-belching robot dog) boosts, spins and peels out through a dystopian future.

The series, based on the Sonic the Hedgehog video game that debuted 23 years earlier, aired from 2014 to 2017.

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Historical Drama ‘Blood on the Crown’ Due on DVD June 15

The historical drama Blood on the Crown will debut on DVD June 15 from Distribution Solutions and Electric Entertainment.

It is available now via TVOD.

Directed by Davide Ferrario (After Midnight, We All Fall Down), the film stars Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, Mozart in the Jungle) and Harvey Keitel (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction) in the portrayal of the events of the Sette Giugno, when civil unrest on the archipelago of Malta went from a simmer to a hard boil.

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Based on actual events, Blood on the Crown tells the story of how Maltese citizens fought for their independence against England in 1919 — a deadly rebellion covered up for nearly 100 years. Immediately following the end of World War I, the Maltese people united in an uprising for their country’s independence against the British. A small number of soldiers were sent to quell the rioting protesters, whose numbers had reached the thousands. Blood spilled in the streets when the British Army gunned down unarmed protesters. The large number of casualties and the imprisonment of more than 115 Maltese citizens were an embarrassment to the British Army.

The Sette Giugno is now a Maltese national holiday.

Ice-T Film ‘Equal Standard’ Coming to Digital June 8, Disc July 6 From Mill Creek and Mutiny

The Ice-T film Equal Standard will debut theatrically May 7, on digital June 8, and on DVD and Blu-ray July 6 from Mill Creek Entertainment and Mutiny Pictures.

Taheim Bryan’s writing and acting debut inspired by his life experience, the film tells the timely and politically charged story of police in New York City struggling with race, rank, betrayal and loss. Directed by Brendan Kyle Cochrane, the story is an billed as an unflinching — and unbiased — lens on the lives of police and the community they’re called upon to protect, and what happens when that covenant goes sideways, offering a perspective from both sides of the law.

Equal Standard stars Ice-T (New Jack City, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”), Naughty by Nature’s Anthony “Treach” Criss (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “The Sopranos”) and Robert Clohessy (“Hill Street Blues,” The Wolf of Wall Street).

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“There are people who have never dealt with the cops’ brutality or it doesn’t happen in their community,” Ice-T recently told Entertainment Tonight. “What I hope is all the protesters take [the lessons from Equal Standard] with them in their day-to-day life, and when they see racism or they see something wrong, that they step up against it as one person.”

The film was an Official Selection at the Durban International Film Festival; a Best Trailer Nominee at the Paris Art and Movie Awards (PAMA); a Screenplay Semi-Finalist for Taheim Bryan at the Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival; and an Official Selection at the Black Film Festival Los Angeles.

Comedy ‘Breaking Them Up’ Coming to VOD in September From Mill Creek

Mill Creek Entertainment will release the comedy Breaking Them Up in September on VOD.

In the film, 15-year-old Damien is perhaps a little too precocious for his own good. Along with his quick-witted best friend Erin, he runs a side hustle as an unofficial behind-the-scenes matchmaker at school. Students fork over the cash, and the matchmaking team — through various hijinks — manufactures their own special brand of serendipity. All is well until Damien focuses that industrious energy on his own bickering parents.

Damien’s parents constantly argue, and any semblance of love seems to have evaporated between them. From his perspective, they’re wrong for each other. He should know — he’s an expert. And like any bright kid, Damien takes it upon himself to fix the problem. It’s simple: Destroy their marriage and find more suitable mates.

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The film stars Jakob Wedel (“NCIS: Los Angeles, “Criminal Minds”), Tess Aubert (“Atypical,” “Mr. Mayor”), Stephen Schneider (“Broad City,” “Lucifer”) and Kelen Coleman (“Superstore,” “Big Little Lies”).

“One of the big assumptions we make as kids growing up is that our adolescence is uniquely horrible,” director Scott Dow said in a statement. “It’s easy to look back on your own struggles and recognize the universality of growing pains, no matter what form they take.”

The film was an Official Selection at the 2020 Newport Beach Film Festival, the 2020 deadCENTER Film Festival and the 2020 Method Festival (where it took home the Stella Artois Maverick Award and the Variety Audience Award).

The soundtrack features tracks by The Hunts, Vic Sage, Racoon Racoon and DayFox.

Mill Creek Bowing Two More Ultraman Collections on Blu-ray June 15

Mill Creek Entertainment is releasing two more collections from the Ultraman superhero library on Blu-ray June 15 — Ultra Galaxy: Mega Monster Battle, containing two complete TV series and a movie on five Blu-ray discs, at $45.99 and Ultraman Zero Collection, containing two movies and two specials across three Blu-ray discs, at $34.99.

The titles are available via Mill Creek Entertainment’s license of the “Ultraman” back-catalog via international distribution company Indigo Entertainment from Tsuburaya Productions.

Originally released in 2007, the 13-episode “Ultra Galaxy: Mega Monster Battle” was linked to a popular Japanese arcade card game in which monsters from across the “Ultraman” series engaged in head-to-head combat. The show is set in the distant future, as the Earth organization Zap Spacy explores unknown planets for much-needed natural resources. Under the leadership of Captain Hyuga, the crew of the spaceship Pendragon crash lands on Planet Boris, a desolate world teaming with warring giant monsters. There they encounter a mysterious young man named Rei who uses a device called the Battlenizer to summon and control his own monsters. The story continues in the 2008 sequel series “Ultra Galaxy: Mega Monster Battle Never Ending Odyssey.” The Pendragon team are attacked by the Reionics Hunters, members of the alien Pedan race that seek to exterminate all of Rei’s kind. The conflict leads the crew to the monster-filled Planet Hammer and an encounter with Alien Reiblood, first of the Reionics.

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Rei and the Pendragon crew return in the 2009 theatrical feature Mega Monster Battle Ultra Galaxy the Movie, a special effects extravaganza with nearly all of the Ultra Heroes. A terrifying threat returns to destroy the Ultraman homeworld, the Land of Light in Nebula M78, when the evil Ultraman Belial is released from centuries of imprisonment. Armed with a powerful Reionics weapon called the Giga Battlenizer, Bellial defeats one Ultraman after another and steals the Plasma Spark, the energy source for the Land of Light. Ultraman Mebius seeks out Rei to help rescue Ultraman and Ultraseven and recover the Plasma Spark. But will even the timely assistance of Ultraman Dyna and the powerful young fighter Ultraman Zero be enough to turn the tide against Belial and his army of monsters?

The Ultraman Zero Collection kicks off with Ultra Galaxy Legend Side Story: Ultraman Zero Vs Darklops Zero, a two-part special first released in 2010. Answering a distress call, Rei and Captain Hyuga become trapped in a pocket dimension where an unknown alien is creating evil imitations of the Ultras. When Ultraman Zero comes to their rescue, he is challenged by the black giant Darklops Zero, an armored warrior who looks just like him.

In the 2010 feature film Ultraman Zero: The Revenge of Belial, the Ultra Heroes discover the Ultraman Belial still lives and is creating his empire by conquering planets in an alternate dimension. Dispatched to this new universe, Ultraman Zero encounters space pirates, a princess and her robot protector Jean-Bot, the hotheaded Glenfire, and the mysterious Mirror Knight, who must all join forces to put an end to Belial and his schemes.

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The two-part special Ultraman Zero Side Story: Killer the Beatstar (2011) follows the events of The Revenge of Belial. The Ultimate Force Zero team of Ultraman Zero, Glenfire and Mirror Knight come to the rescue when Princess Emerana and Jean-Bot are captured by the villainous Beatstar. Vowing to destroy all organic life, Beatstar sends the deadly robot Jean-Killer to crush his foes as plots to crash his artificial planet into an inhabited world.

The 2012 movie Ultraman Saga presents a team-up of Ultraman Zero, Ultraman Dyna and Ultraman Cosmos. The three heroes join forces with Team U (played by members of the J-idol group AKB48) to save children on an alternate Earth from the conqueror Alien Bat and his monster, Hyper Zetton.

All titles in the Ultra Galaxy: Mega Monster Battle and Ultraman Zero Collection sets feature DTS-HD Master Audio of the original Japanese soundtracks with English subtitles. The films Mega Monster Battle Ultra Galaxy the Movie, Ultraman Zero: The Revenge of Belial and Ultraman Saga also come with never-before-released English dubs.

Werewolf Horror Film ‘I Am Lisa’ Due on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD March 16 From Mill Creek

The werewolf horror film I Am Lisa is coming to Blu-ray, DVD and VOD March 16 from Mill Creek Entertainment.

In director Patrick Rea’s supernatural revenge flick, a young woman (Kristen Vaganos, Obsessed with the Babysitter, Dating After College) barely survives a brutal beating by a local sheriff, and a subsequent wolf attack. She awakens in a remote cabin in the woods, to discover that she has gained strange, new powers — powers she can use to exact revenge upon her attackers. She must battle between her new powers, seeking vengeance and embracing her animal instincts.

The film also stars Jennifer Seward, Manon Halliburton, Chris Bylsma, Cinnamon Schultz, Sarah McGuire and Millie Milan.

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An official selection of Arrow Video’s FrightFest, the film was penned by Eric Winkler, composed by Natalia Perez, directed by Patrick Rea and comes from Mutiny Pictures.

‘Ultraman Leo’ Coming to Blu-ray May 25 From Mill Creek

Mill Creek Entertainment will release the classic Japanese series “Ultraman Leo” on Blu-ray as both a special-edition Steelbook and in standard packaging on May 25.

The seventh and final entry in the first wave of the “Ultraman” series premiered in Japan in April 1974. The mighty hero Ultraseven is crippled while defending the Earth from an invasion by the tyrannical Alien Magma. He is rescued by Gen Otori, a young Ultra warrior who had fled to Earth following the destruction of his home world, Planet L77 in the Leo constellation. Unable to return to his giant form, the injured Ultraseven resumes his human identity of Dan Moroboshi and trains Gen to become the next Ultra Hero — Ultraman Leo.

“Ultraman Leo” offered a more mature and often violent tone than its kid-friendly predecessor, “Ultraman Taro.” The show features a new Earth defense team; the Monster Attacking Crew; the return of classic Ultra Heroes such as Ultraman, Zoffy, Jack and Ace; and the introduction of three new Ultras.

The Steelbook and standard Blu-ray releases of “Ultraman Leo” include all 51 half-hour episodes in high-def with DTS-HD Master Audio of the original Japanese soundtrack with English subtitles.

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Digital redemption will also be available via Mill Creek Entertainment’s streaming service movieSpree.

Mill Creek Entertainment has licensed the entire available “Ultraman” back-catalog via international distribution company Indigo Entertainment from Tsuburaya Productions.

‘Last Call’ Coming to Disc, Digital and VOD Feb. 23 From Mill Creek

The drama Last Call will debut on DVD, Blu-ray, digital and VOD Feb. 23 from Mill Creek Entertainment.

From director Gavin Michael Booth, the film tells the story of two strangers destined to intervene in each other’s lives after a misdial links them together forever. Beth (Sarah Booth) is a late-night janitor who accidentally answers a call from Scott (Daved Wilkins) who believes he has dialed a suicide prevention hotline. The film presents both ends of a harrowing phone call that has Beth navigating a life-changing conversation as she attempts to aide Scott within her limited means.

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A split screen real-time feature film, the entire movie is comprised of two single-take shots, merged together and without cuts as the film plays out with two camera crews in different parts of a city as we follow each character through their happenstance encounter. The score for the film was also composed and recorded in real-time by Adrian Ellis to add to the aesthetic.

Last Call has won awards in a variety of film festivals, including Best Actress for Sarah Booth in the CKF International Film Festival as well as the Hamilton Film Festival. Gavin Michael Booth won best director in the Satisfied Eye International Film Festival.