Horror Releases ‘Last of the Grads,’ ‘The Zombie Collection’ and Comedy ‘The Contrast’ Hitting Home Jan. 18 From Mill Creek

The horror releases Last of the Grads and “The Zombie Collection” as well as the comedy The Contrast are being released into the home entertainment market by Mill Creek Entertainment Jan. 18. 

In Last of the Grads, available on DVD, the nation is captivated by a series of letters to the media claiming responsibility for dozens of unsolved murders spanning across the United States over the last 25 years. Meanwhile, in the quiet town of Shelby, Fla., school’s out, but softhearted high school senior Emma Bradley (Jessica Lang) isn’t quite ready to move on. Her childhood bestie Donna McCormick (Sara Eklund) persuades her to go to the annual senior bash for one last hurrah before their lives change forever.

Due on digital is the comedy The Contrast. In the film, on the day before her wedding to a self-absorbed hipster, a young woman meets an Army Colonel and struggles to decide between duty and love.

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“The Zombie Collection,” a collection of four films, is due on DVD. In Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies, a group of young snowboarders are stuck in a remote mountain ski resort, where an all-night après-ski party turns into a hellish nightmare of zombie mayhem. In Granny of the Dead, regular guy Ed (Marcus Carroll) awakes one morning to find his grandmother has become one of the living dead. In Attack of the Killer Donuts, a chemical accident turns ordinary donuts into bloodthirsty killers. And in Harold’s Going Stiff, Harold is suffering from a frightening new disease that is turning him into a zombie. After an experimental new treatment fails, Harold’s condition deteriorates, and he ends up on the run from a group of violent vigilantes who are out for blood.

Mill Creek Mounts First Feature Co-Production With ‘Most Dangerous Game’ Remake

Mill Creek Entertainment is mounting its first-ever co-production of a feature film with the remake of the 1930s classic The Most Dangerous Game.

Mill Creek joins Koenig Pictures, in association with Charach Productions, in the remake starring Tom Berenger (Inception, Platoon, Major League), Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers, Sleepy Hollow, Tarzan in the Lost City), Chris “CT” Tamburello (MTV’s “The Challenge,” Habitual), Bruce Dern (Nebraska, The Hateful Eight) and Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo’s Fire).

Currently in production, the film is anticipated for a theatrical release in select cities in summer 2022.

Mill Creek will oversee the North American release of the film on all formats, theatrical, broadcast, digital and physical.

The story follows a father and son on a steamer ship bound for a great hunting expedition in the wilds of Alaska when they become shipwrecked on a mysterious island. Greeted with a warm invitation by the island’s only resident, Baron Von Wolf, the men are wined and dined and talk of hunting ensues. But soon, they learn what Baron’s trophy hunts truly are, and a game of cat and mouse begins as the group tries to stay alive on a desolate island that is a human hunting ground.

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The film is written, directed and produced by Justin Lee (Final Kill), with producers Michelle Ng, Ed Morroe, and executive producer Bill Sondheim, who originally brought the project to Mill Creek where he has several other film related projects.

‘Ultraman Gaia’ Available on DVD Dec. 7 From Mill Creek

Mill Creek Entertainment will release “Ultraman Gaia,” the third series in the three-part “Ultraman” collection, on DVD Dec. 7.

The six-disc release sports part of the collectible spine mural showcasing “Ultraman Tiga,” “Ultraman Dyna” and “Ultraman Gaia.”

The series includes Japanese audio with English subtitles and a full episode guide.

“Ultraman Gaia” consists of 51 episodes plus special releases Ultraman Tiga, Ultraman Dyna & Ultraman Gaia: The Battle in Hyper Space and Ultraman Gaia: Gaia Once Again. With a storyline centering on the fight between two Ultras with opposing ideas about defending mankind and the Earth, the show offers a fresh take on the long-running “Ultraman” series. A global defense force known as G.U.A.R.D is formed to resist the attacks when a wormhole emerges just outside the planet’s atmosphere, and monstrous creatures descend upon the world’s cities. Young Gamu Takayama acquires the ability to change into the massive superhero Ultraman Gaia and joins G.U.A.R.D’s frontline defense team, XIG. But Hiroya Fujimiya, a young man with the capacity to transform into Ultraman Agul, a huge warrior with his own agenda, appears. Is this new colossus an ally or an enemy? Gaia would also come face to face with the heroes Tiga and Dyna in the feature film The Battle in Hyper Space.

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The exclusive collection is made possible by Mill Creek Entertainment’s license of the available “Ultraman” back-catalog via international distribution company Indigo Entertainment from Tsuburaya Productions Co.

Holiday Film ‘Piney: The Lonesome Pine’ Due on DVD and Digitally Nov. 2

The holiday film Piney: The Lonesome Pine will be available digitally and on DVD Nov. 2 from NCircle Entertainment and Mill Creek Entertainment.

The animated film follows a 5-year-old Welsh girl named Georgie who gets to grow her very own pine tree, Piney, on her Grandpa Sid’s Christmas tree farm. Four years later, the day finally arrives for Piney to become what he was planted to be. He’s ready to be dressed up in baubles and bows and have bright shining lights from his head to his toes. Excited to take Piney into her home, Georgie discovers that Piney has accidentally been removed from the farm with a shipment of other trees. Georgie’s best friend, Jackster the dog, leads Piney on a journey across the countryside to try to get back home before Christmas Eve, while Georgie and Grandpa Sid frantically search for them.

Piney features the voices of Jonathan Pryce (Tomorrow Never Dies, The Two Popes, The Wife) who received a 2021 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program, Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, The World’s End, Hot Fuzz), Jason Anthony (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, “Star Trek: Discovery”), Lesley Nicol (“Downton Abbey,” “East Is East”) and Parminder Nagra (“The Blacklist,” “ER,” Bend It Like Beckham).

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The DVD comes with bonus features including the trailer, “The Making of Piney: The Lonesome Pine,” “Behind-the-Scenes at Abbey Road Studios,” and a behind-the-scenes featurette with the cast and crew.

‘Ultraman Dyna’ Series Heading to DVD Nov. 16 From Mill Creek

“Ultraman Dyna,” the second series in the three-part “Ultraman” collection, will be released in a six-disc DVD collection Nov. 16 from Mill Creek Entertainment.

The series includes Japanese audio with English subtitles and a full episode guide.

The exclusive collection is made possible by Mill Creek’s license of the available “Ultraman” back-catalog via international distribution company Indigo Entertainment from Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd.

“Ultraman Dyna” features 51 episodes from season one and two specials “Ultraman Tiga” and “Ultraman Dyna: Warriors of the Star of Light,” and “Ultraman Dyna: Return of Hanejiro.” The series showcases the events seven years after “Ultraman Tiga,” where humanity has embarked on the Neo Frontier project of building settlements throughout the solar system. When a massive insect-like monster attacks the Martian village without warning, a colossal Tiga-like humanoid appears to fight the monster. Ultraman Dyna is the new warrior, a being of light born after a light joined with Agent Asuka of the Super GUTS Team, to wage war against the marauding aliens and monsters that threaten humanity. Tiga and Dyna would eventually team up in the theatrical movie Warriors of the Star of Light.

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Jean-Claude Van Damme’s ‘Street Fighter’ Due Dec. 7 in Limited-Edition Blu-ray Steelbook From Mill Creek

The Jean-Claude Van Damme actioner Street Fighter will be released on limited-edition Steelbook Blu-ray Dec. 7 from Mill Creek Entertainment.

Based on the popular video game franchise, the 1994 film stars martial arts superstar Van Damme (Double Impact, Kickboxer) as Col. Guile, who leads an international strike force against the mad Gen. M. Bison (Raul Julia). Bison, who has hatched an evil plan for world domination, takes dozens of relief workers hostage and gives the world only 72 hours to respond to his twisted demands. In that time, Guile must find the captives and confront Bison in a battle for the fate of the free world. Along the way Guile recruits intelligence officer Cammy, reporter and martial arts expert Chun-Li, two young con men Ken and Ryu, and a sumo wrestler E. Honda.

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The film also stars Ming-Na Wen (“The Mandalorian,” Mulan, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”), Damian Chapa (Under Siege, Blood In, Blood Out), Grammy award-winning artist Kylie Minogue (Moulin Rouge!, San Andreas), Byron Mann (The Big Short, Skyscraper) and Wes Studi (The Last of the Mohicans, Heat, Avatar).

Licensed from Universal Home Entertainment, the title includes new bonus content including new interviews with writer-director Steven E. De Souza, producer Edward R. Pressman, composer Graeme Revell, actress Ming-Na Wen and actor Damian Chapa plus multiple archival bonus features. Mill Creek is also including a collectible Bison Dollar inside.

Comedy ‘Breaking Them Up’ Coming to Theaters and On Demand Oct. 15 From Mill Creek

Mill Creek Entertainment will release the comedy Breaking Them Up in theaters and on demand Oct. 14.

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 up on 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”).

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.

Mattel Inks Disc, Digital Distribution Deals With NCircle and Mill Creek Entertainment

NCircle Entertainment and Mill Creek Entertainment Aug. 31 announced separate multiyear physical and digital distribution agreements with Mattel. Under the pacts, NCircle Entertainment and Mill Creek Entertainment will distribute series based on Mattel brands such as Barbie, Thomas & Friends and Masters of the Universe on DVD at retail stores across the U.S. and Canada, as well as digital sellthrough and VOD.

The deal includes Barbie Dreamtopia Special, Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures (seasons 1 and 2), Barbie Princess Adventure, Barbie & Chelsea: The Lost Birthday, and Barbie: Big City, Big Dreams; Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go (seasons 25 and 26, and corresponding specials), produced in 2D animation; Masters of the Universe: Revelation; and the pending CG series He-Man.

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“Our primary focus is on entertainment that is accessible and relevant for young children,” Mary Flynn, VP of sales, content and acquisitions for NCircle, said in a statement.

“This collaboration continues to enhance our ability to serve consumers and the retail community with strong content slates in the years to come,” added Jeff Hayne, SVP of acquisitions and production for Mill Creek.

Debuting this year: Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures (season 1), available Nov. 16 on DVD digital, and Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go, available Dec. 7 on DVD.

‘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.