Mill Creek to Bow ‘The Mysteries of Bradshaw Ranch’ on DVD and Digitally April 2

Mill Creek Entertainment will release the sci-fi title The Mysteries of Bradshaw Ranch on DVD and through digital retailers April 2.

Outside of Sedona, Ariz., is Bradshaw Ranch, a paranormal hotspot that has captivated researchers’ imagination for decades. Purportedly where the mystical dance of vortexes and interdimensional portals unfold, it has beckoned the curious and the brave to unravel its secrets.

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In this program, for six months, a team of intrepid explorers, a fusion of paranormal investigators, psychics, and open-minded scientists, delve into the heart of this enigma. Their mission: to capture on film and record on scientific instrumentation the elusive truth behind the high strangeness of Bradshaw Ranch. What they uncover transcends the boundaries of our understanding, purportedly revealing a profound revelation: We are not alone in the universe.

Icons Unearthed: Star Wars

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Mill Creek;
Documentary;
$29.99 Blu-ray;
Not rated.
Featuring
Michael Pennington, Marcia Lucas, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams.

The history of the making of the “Star Wars” films has been dissected by so many sources at this point that any new approach to the material would have to find some way to distinguish itself to stand out.

Fortunately, this six-part documentary from 2022 manages to do so, mixing a healthy dose of common knowledge with some new revelations and fantastic retrospective interviews to make it worthy of any “Star Wars” fans’ time.

This latest look-back was the first installment of the “Icons Unearthed” series of documentaries exploring touchstones of popular culture. Subsequent installments included “The Simpsons,” the “Fast & Furious” movies, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the James Bond films, Batman and “The Lord of the Rings.” With Brian Volk-Weiss serving as one of the producers and the director for many episodes, the subject matter tends to get a “Toys That Made Us” style approach that includes an acerbic overview of the material and generous recollections of the people involved.

“Icons Unearthed: Star Wars” covers the George Lucas era of the franchise — the making of the original trilogy and the prequel films before he sold his company to Disney. The series takes a step back and views the evolution of the franchise as a function of Lucas’ control over it — more vibrant and creative when more collaborators are involved in the earlier films, as opposed to the emotional blandness of the prequels overseen more directly by Lucas himself.

The heart of that collaboration, it would seem, was Marcia Lucas, the Oscar-winning editor and George’s first wife whose influence over the original trilogy is made readily apparent here. And yet the struggles to complete the films also run parallel to the dissolution of their marriage. Absent her guiding influence, the show maintains, George would be more prone to following unwise impulses. Without her, he altered the original films into the “special editions,” leading to an overindulgence in CGI when making the prequels. “I don’t know why he does those things, but he does,” she remarks. “I’m not there.”

A bonus disc has more than six hours of additional footage from some of the interviews in their raw form: more than three hours from Marcia Lucas, nearly three hours from Anthony Daniels, and just over a half-hour from Billy Dee Williams.

‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ Blu-ray Steelbook Due Feb. 26 From Mill Creek

Mill Creek Entertainment and Distribution Solutions will release the 1997 horror mystery I Know What You Did Last Summer on Blu-ray Disc Steelbook Feb. 26.

In the film, after a fatal accident, four teens dump their victim’s body into the sea. One year later, the dead man returns seeking more than an apology.

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I Know What You Did Last Summer stars Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillipe, Freddie Prinze Jr., Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, Anne Heche, Johnny Galecki and Muse Watson.

Mill Creek to Bow ‘Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story’ Blu-ray Steelbook Exclusively at Walmart Jan. 30

Mill Creek Entertainment will release the 2007 comedy Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story in a Blu-ray Disc Steelbook Jan. 30 exclusively at Walmart.

In the film, singer Dewey Cox overcomes adversity to become a musical legend.

Directed by Jake Kasdan and produced and co-written by Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Trainwreck, Knocked Up), Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story stars John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, Tim Meadows, Raymond J. Barry, Margo Martindale, Kristen Wiig, Chris Parnell and Matt Besser.

The film earned Golden Globe nominations for best actor in a musical or comedy (Reilly) and best original song (“Walk Hard”).

Bonus Features include “American Cox: The Unbearably Long, Self-Indulgent Director’s Cut”; deleted and extended scenes; and “The Real Dewey Cox.”

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Mill Creek to Bow Comedy ‘Divine Influencer’ on DVD and Digital Dec. 12

Mill Creek Entertainment will release the faith-based family comedy Divine Influencer on digital and DVD Dec. 12.

The film follows a wealthy twentysomething influencer who has it all, but loses everything when her parents cut her off. Homeless, she soon learns the meaning of true influence.

Divine Influencer stars Jesse Metcalfe, Lara Silva and Debra Stipe.

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Faith-Based Drama ‘I Can’ Due on DVD and Digital Dec. 12 From Mill Creek

The faith-based drama I Can will be released on DVD and digital Dec. 12 from Mill Creek Entertainment.

Based on a true story, the film chronicles a couple’s adulterous affair, which leads to an unexpected pregnancy. They leave their spouses to begin a new life together, but their daughter Katelyn is born with a birth defect. While her dad believes Katelyn’s condition is God’s punishment for the affair, Katelyn, with only one fully developed arm, defies all odds with an incredible gift for softball. I Can is a story about Katelyn overcoming adversity and her dad eventually finding genuine forgiveness.

The film stars Daniel Roebuck (Final Destination, U.S. Marshals, The Fugitive), Vernon Wells (Weird Science, Commando, The Road Warrior), Cameron Arnett (Saved by Grace, Being, Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Sarah Cleveland (A Father’s Fight, My Husband’s Worst Mistake, End of the Road).

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The film won Best Feature Film at the International Christian Film Festival.

 

‘Ultraseven 55th Anniversary Anthology’ Headed to Blu-ray Nov. 14 From Mill Creek

Mill Creek Entertainment is celebrating 55 years of Ultraseven and the “Ultraman” franchise with the release of the Ultraseven 55th Anniversary Anthology collector’s set on Blu-ray Nov. 14.

The anniversary release comes from Mill Creek’s license of the “Ultraman” back-catalog from Tsuburaya Productions Co. 

Included in the set are more than 27 hours of episodes and specials spanning across a total of 18 seasons and a special 12-page booklet about the warrior Ultraseven.

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Ultraseven is the third Ultra Hero to come to Planet Earth from the Land Of Light. Having defended Earth from countless alien invasions, his legacy is more than a warrior, but also as a friend and protector of justice. Enjoy 55 episodes and specials with English subtitles featuring Ultraseven from across all eras of the “Ultraman” Franchise, including “Ultraseven” (1967), “Return of Ultraman,” “Ultraman Ace,” “Ultraman Taro,” “Ultraman Leo,” “Ultraman 80,” “Ultraman Kids,” “Ultraman Neos,” “Ultraman Mebius,” “Ultraseven X,” “Ultraman Ginga,” “Ultraman Zero the Chronicle” and Ultraman Orb the Movie.

The release is available for preorder here.

Rob Schneider Family Comedy ‘Daddy Daughter Trip’ Headed to DVD and Digital Dec. 5

Mill Creek Entertainment will release the  family-friendly comedy Daddy Daughter Trip, starring and directed by Rob Schneider, on DVD and digital Dec. 5.

Daddy Daughter Trip tells the story of Larry Bublé, an ambitious yet broke inventor struggling to keep his family eating and sleeping indoors. When he promises his 8-year-old-daughter the spring break vacation of a lifetime, he is forced to get more inventive than ever before. 

The comedy is peppered with special appearances from comedians including Jamie Lissow, Jim Jefferies, and Lisa Lampanelli, plus cameos from Felipe Esparza, and Rob’s other daughters, Madeline Schneider and musician Elle King, as well as Canadian pop musician Michael Bublé.

Last year, the film had a limited theatrical run across the United States and Mexico. Opening first in 17 theaters throughout the state of Arizona (where 100% of principal photography took place), the film grossed more than $300,000. 

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The film also stars Rob Schneider’s real life family members Miranda Scarlett Schneider and Patricia Maya Schneider. Also starring in the film are John Cleese, Jackie Sandler, Mónica Huarte, Miguel Ángel Munoz, Gavin Guerrero and Dana Min Goodman. The film is written by Jamie Lissow and Patricia Maya Schneider, with David Tanner, Angie M. Cruz, Rob Schneider, and Patricia Maya Schneider all serving as the film’s producers.

Mill Creek Bows ‘The Apostle’/’At Play in the Fields of the Lord’ Faith Double Feature DVD

Mill Creek Entertainment will release a DVD double feature of the faith-based films The Apostle and At Play in the Fields of the Lord on Sept. 26.

In The Apostle (1997), Robert Duvall (The Godfather, Deep Impact, Apocalypse Now) is Sonny, a gifted preacher loved by his community. When Sonny loses control and commits a crime of passion, he is forced to run from the law. Hiding out in the small town of Bayou Boutte, he sets out on a new mission: redemption.

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In At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991), Martin and Hazel Quarrier are missionaries sent to the jungles of South America to convert the Indians. The film stars John Lithgow (“3rd Rock from the Sun,” “Dexter,” Pet Sematary 2019), Tom Berenger (Inception, Major League, Platoon), Kathy Bates (Fried Green Tomatoes, Titanic, Misery) and Daryl Hannah.

Mill Creek to Bow Faith-Based Drama ‘God’s Country Song’ on Digital and DVD Sept. 19

Mill Creek Entertainment will release the Pinnacle Peak Pictures and Canyon Productions faith-based drama God’s Country Song on digital and DVD Sept. 19.

God’s Country Song tells the story of Noah Bryan, an up-and-coming country singer determined to become a country music star. Quickly on his way to stardom, Noah is surprised after a show and left with the custody of a son he didn’t know existed. Feeling that his career is now over, he agrees to meet the boy and quickly realizes it’s time to step up and do the right thing to raise him.

The faith-based, music-driven drama is Dove approved for ages 12 and over. God’s Country Song stars Justin Gaston (“Days of Our Lives,” “American Idol,” “The Young and the Restless”), Justene Alpert (“9-1-1,” “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “Bosch”), Mariel Hemingway (Star 80, Superman IVManhattan), and John Laughlin (Footloose, The Lawnmower Man, The Rock) and is directed by Johnny Remo (A Letter to Dad, Saved by Grace).

God’s Country Song features 15 original songs written specifically for the film by Sandro Morales Santoro, and performed by Justin Gaston.

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