Mill Creek Entertainment is releasing two films on Blu-ray July 9 from its Malibu Bay Films “Bullets, Bombs and Babes” film series, Picasso Trigger and Savage Beach.
Picasso Trigger follows spy Travis Abilene and L.E.T.H.A.L. agents Donna and Taryn from Paris to Texas to Hawaii to Las Vegas as they attempt to thwart the insidious Salazar, a master of deception who is about to unveil his masterpiece: a plot to blast his enemies to kingdom come.
In Savage Beach Donna and Taryn return as federal agents whose latest undercover mission ends when their plane crashes on a deserted South Seas island. Their hope of a quick rescue is destroyed when they are captured by a group of U.S. Naval commandos who have come to the island seeking a fortune hidden there 50 years earlier. But a traitor has infiltrated their group. A band of terrorists storms the island, determined to grab the gold and leave no witnesses behind. Donna and Taryn are caught in the crossfire.
The director of the two films, Andy Sidaris, was a pioneer in sports television production, directing hundreds of live events ranging from nationally televised games to Olympic programs which earned him seven Emmy awards. In the mid-1980s, Sidaris with his wife Arlene produced 12 films affectionately referred to as the “Bullets, Bombs and Babes” series. The trademark of these action and humor-packed movies was casting models as the gun-toting secret agents tracking down muscle-bound bad guys also armed with heavy artillery. This formula of beautiful people in exotic locations with big production values and even bigger explosions set these films apart from other after-hours fare and has secured a loyal and devout fanbase.
“The response from fans regarding the Blu-ray releases of Malibu Express and Hard Ticket to Hawaii has just been tremendous,” said Arlene Sidaris, producer of the Malibu Bay Films library, in a statement. “The 4K transfers that the American Genre Film Archive have produced allow our movies to be preserved and enjoyed all over again.”
Four new Blu-ray releases with retro VHS style artwork recalling the video store era are coming from Mill Creek Entertainment June 4.
New to the Retro VHS line, launched last year, are Opportunity Knocks, Jury Duty, Excess Baggage and Double Team at $14.98 each.
Dana Carvey and Robert Loggia star in Opportunity Knocks, about two con men who hide out in a house while the owner is away and concoct a house-sitting ruse when the owner’s family shows up. Jury Duty features 90s video store mainstay Pauly Shore and Tia Carrere in a comedy about a jobless man who joins a murder trial jury for the free room and board. Excess Baggage stars Alicia Silverstone as a teenager who fakes her kidnapping but ends up actually kidnapped. And Double Team features action icon Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dennis Rodman and Mickey Rourke in story of an escape from a penal colony.
“Stars like Alicia Silverstone, Pauly Shore, Dana Carvey and Jean-Claude Van Damme are the epitome of the 90s and their movies are so iconic of the era,” said Barrett Evans, VP of marketing for Mill Creek Entertainment, in a statement. “There has been such a tremendous response from our previous VHS-style releases that we wanted to continue this line-look but give it a bit of an upgrade for these films from the 90s.”
Each release features an o-sleeve resembling a VHS cover with a partial view of a tape along the side. The artwork in the Blu-ray wrap features alternate key art. In addition to the genre stickers and varying “remember to rewind” messages, the 90s-era sleeves also depict colored VHS tapes, indicative of the 90s.
The family drama Unbridled is available now on DVD and for digital purchase or rental from Mill Creek Entertainment.
Starring newcomer Téa Mckay, T.C. Stallings (War Room), Dey Young (Flicka) and Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), the film is inspired by the real-life equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) program of the Corral Riding Academy in Cary, N.C., which helps abused girls heal by pairing them with rehabilitated horses.
Eyes of Laura Mars Blu-ray — Faye Dunaway stars in this 1978 film as a controversial fashion photographer who has a premonition about people she knows being murdered, drawing the attention of a police detective played by Tommy Lee Jones.
Anaconda Blu-ray/DVD combo — A 1997 thriller starring Jennifer Lopez, Eric Stoltz and Jon Voight as a documentary film crew searching the Amazon River for a mysterious tribe and encountering a giant snake. The cast also includes Ice Cube, Owen Wilson, Kari Wuhrer and Danny Trejo.
Ghosts of Mars Blu-ray — Directed by John Carpenter, this 2001 film involves a mining operation on Mars uncovering an ancient civilization whose warriors are systematically taking over the bodies of the human colonists.
A Thousand and One Nights: The Story of Aladdin DVD — Includes eight adaptations of the “Arabian Nights” folk tales. The collection includes 1945’s A Thousand and One Nights, 1959’s 1001 Arabian Nights, 1951’s The Magic Carpet, the 2000 TV miniseries Arabian Nights, the 1990 Aladdin TV musical, a 1960 “Aladdin” cartoon, the 1934 cartoon Aladdin’s Wonderful Lamp and the 1939 cartoon Popeye Meets Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp.
The Adventures of Robin Hood: The Complete Series DVD + Digital — The 1955-60 series starred Richard Greene as Robin Hood, whose band of Merry Men fought the tyranny of Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham in Sherwood Forest for 143 episodes.
Becoming Evil: Serial Killers DVD + Digital – a seven-part documentary series that profiles some of history’s most notorious mass murderers, including John Wayne Gacy, David Berkowitz, Richard Ramirez, James DeAngelo, Aileen Wuornos, Jeffrey Dahmer, Andrew Cunanan and Ted Bundy.
Black Hawk Down: The Untold Story DVD + Digital — a documentary about the heroic efforts of the American soldiers who fought to rescue the special operations forces pinned down at the crash site of a military helicopter during the Battle of Magadishu in Somalia in 1993. The documentary includes never-before-seen footage, with stories told directly by the troops who were on the ground, as well as commentary by General Mark A. Milley, the 39th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army.
A Hero’s Welcome: Documentary Collection DVD + Digital — A trilogy of documentaries honoring the sacrifices of America’s greatest heroes. Includes Until They Are Home, about the search for the remains of U.S. Marines killed during the Battle of Tarawa in the South Pacific during World War II; Return to Tarawa, about a World War II veteran returning to the famous battle site; and Never Surrender, the story of the last mounted horse cavalry charge in U.S. military history during an offensive in the Philippine jungle.
The Shield: The Complete Series DVD — featuring the 2018 cast reunion with creator Shawn Ryan and the ATX Festival writers panel that were included with last year’s complete-series Blu-ray boxed set.
Soul Team Six, a collection of six blaxploitation films on DVD and digital, features The Black Angels (1970), with Des Roberts, James Whitworth and John King III; The Black Godfather(1974), with Rod Perry, Diane Sommerfield and Jimmy Witherspoon; The Black Six (1974), with Gene Washington, Carl Eller and Mean Joe Greene; Black Gestapo (1975), with Rod Perry, Charles P. Robinson and Phil Hoover; Black Fist (1975), with Richard Lawson, Dabney Coleman and Philip Michael Thomas; and Black Brigade (1070), with Stephen Boyd, Richard Pryor and Robert Hooks.
The documentary Minutes to Midnight: The Cold War Chronicles and a six-in-one DVD of Cold War Thrillers are coming to DVD plus digital in April from Mill Creek Entertainment.
Minutes to Midnight: The Cold War Chronicles is a documentary filmed over a two-year period that deals with the early years of the Cold War and one of the U.S. Air Force formations that stood on the ramparts of the free world. The DVD also includes 15 government propaganda films from the 1950s featuring narration and appearances from Glenn Ford, Edward R. Murrow, Lowell Thomas and John Wayne.
Cold War Thrillers includes six films about the period. Man on a String (1960) stars Ernest Borgnine, Kerwin Mathews and Alexander Scourby and was directed by Andre De Toth (House of Wax). The Deadly Affair (1966), directed by Sidney Lumet, features James Mason, Maximillian Schell and Simone Signoret with a score by Quincy Jones. Otley (1968), directed by Dick Clement, stars Tom Courtenay and Romy Schneider. A Dandy in Aspic (1968), directed by Anthony Mann, stars Mia Farrow, Laurence Harvey and Tom Courtenay with a score by Quincy Jones. Hammerhead (1968), directed by David Miller, features Peter Vaughan, Vince Edwards and Diana Dors. And The Executioner (1970), directed by Sam Wanamaker, stars George Peppard, Joan Collins, Oscar Homolka and Judy Geeson.
A four-disaster flick DVD, including Arachnoquake and Ghostquake, and a four-dramatic thriller DVD, including A Nanny Seduction and A Deadly Affair, are coming from Mill Creek Entertainment in April.
Four disaster movies are available on the 4-in-1 Apocalypse Collection DVD plus digital. They include Arachnoquake (2012), starring Edward Furlong, Tracey Gold, Bug Hall, Dane Rhodes and Ethan Phillips; Ghostquake (2013), starring Danny Trejo, Charisma Carpenter and M.C. Gainey; Miami Magma (2011), with Rachel Hunter, Cleavant Derricks and Brad Douriff; and Weather Wars (2011), featuring Jason London, Wes Brown, Erin Cahill and Stacy Keach.
Four thrillers are available on the 4-in-1 Thrillers Collection DVD plus digital. They include Status Unknown (2014), Nanny Seduction (2017), Did I Kill My Mother? (2018) and A Deadly Affair (2017).
The complete series set of “The Big C” is coming on Blu-ray in April from Mill Creek Entertainment.
Laura Linney stars in her Golden Globe-winning role as Cathy Jamison, a 42-year-old schoolteacher who has always played by the rules. That is, until she receives a life-changing diagnosis. Instead of giving up, Cathy decides to live it up. Nothing and no one is safe, including her self-absorbed family, her cantankerous neighbor and her smart-ass students.
Ivana Trump’s For Love Alone, based on the Donald Trump former spouse’s bestseller about a foreign beauty who marries and then divorces a business tycoon, is coming to DVD (plus digital) in April from Mill Creek Entertainment.
From Ivana Trump’s own writings, this is the story of a young Czechoslovakian beauty and skiing prodigy who rose from humble origins in communist Eastern Europe to reign as queen of the international jet set — not unlike Ivana’s Trump’s own rise to fame after her marriage to Donald Trump. It chronicles Katrinka’s marriage to American business tycoon “Adam Graham” and her bitter subsequent divorce.
Two 1980s cult classics from Malibu Bay Films’ “bullets, bombs and babes” series — Malibu Express and Hard Ticket to Hawaii — are coming to Blu-ray Disc April 16 from Mill Creek Entertainment.
These late-night cable TV mainstays will be available in high definition widescreen for the first time as individual Blu-ray releases with special features at $19.98 each.
Filmmaker Andy Sidaris was a pioneer in sports television production with his direction of hundreds of live events ranging from nationally televised games to Olympic programs which earned him seven Emmy awards. In the mid-1980s, Sidaris with his wife Arlene produced twelve films affectionately referred to as the “bullets, bombs and babes” series. The trademark of these action and humor-packed movies was casting models as the gun-toting secret agents tracking down muscle-bound bad guys also armed with heavy artillery. This formula of beautiful people in exotic locations with big production values and even bigger explosions set these films apart from other after-hours fare.
“I’m extremely excited to be working with the Mill Creek Entertainment team to present our films fully restored in pristine high definition,” said Arlene Sidaris, owner of Malibu Bay Films and producer of the films her late husband Andy wrote and directed, in a statement. “It’s incredible that after nearly 35 years since Malibu Express was produced, viewers will finally be able to see these movies like never before. The widescreen presentation and the new 4K transfers are stunning, offering a whole new viewing experience for fans old and new.”
Malibu Express stars Darby Hinton as millionaire Cody Abilene, who is hired to investigate an illicit computer company that is selling secrets to the Russians. He finds himself entangled in a web of intrigue, murder, fast cars, a cameo by Regis Philbin and a bevy of beautiful women including Sybil Danning, Lynda Wiesmeier, Barbara Edwards and Kimberly McArthur.
Hard Ticket to Hawaii stars Dona Speir and Hope Marie Carlton as two sexy undercover agents who discover a cache of diamonds while operating their inter-island cargo service. Not only do they have to thwart the smuggler’s henchmen, they also must face an unrelenting, horrifying and deadly mutant snake. Buffed-up muscle men Ronn Moss and Harold Diamond bring their blazing bazookas to the beach in this action-adventure.