‘Picasso Trigger,’ ‘Savage Beach’ Coming on Blu-ray July 9 From Mill Creek’s ‘Bullets, Bombs and Babes’ Series

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.”

‘Excess Baggage,’ ‘Jury Duty’ Among Titles Joining Mill Creek’s Retro Line June 4

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.

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“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.

Family Drama ‘Unbridled’ Available on DVD and Digital From Mill Creek

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.

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It has received numerous film festival awards, including the Equus Winnie Award.

Blaxpoitation Films Coming on Disc in April From Mill Creek

Mill Creek Entertainment will release a double-feature Blu-ray of Black Gunn and The Take and a six-film DVD (plus digital) of blaxploitation films in April.

The Black Gunn and The Take Double Feature Blu-ray stars Billy Dee Williams and Jim Brown. Both follow a “brother with a badge” who takes on the mob.

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.

Cold War Doc and Thrillers Coming on DVD From Mill Creek in April

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.

Four-in-One DVDs of Disaster Flicks and Thrillers Coming From Mill Creek in April

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).

Complete Series Blu-ray Set of ‘The Big C’ Coming in April From Mill Creek

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.

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The set is also available on DVD.

‘Ivana Trump’s For Love Alone’ Coming on DVD in April From Mill Creek

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.

1980s Cult Classics ‘Malibu Express’ and ‘Hard Ticket to Hawaii’ Coming to Blu-ray April 16 from Mill Creek

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.

Roy Rogers Westerns, Faith-Based Documentaries and Dramas Among Titles on the March Disc Slate From Mill Creek

There’s something for every taste — Westerns, documentaries, and drama, family and action films — on the March disc release slate from Mill Creek Entertainment.

Coming on DVD March 5 is the drama If You’re Gone. When high school senior Brad Lee disappears the night of his graduation ceremony, his girlfriend is forced to question everything she thought she knew about him and their relationship, as well as her own faith, in hopes of finding him. The film stars Brittany Goodwin, Masey McLain, Desiree Ross and Ben Davies.

The Last Appeal, due on DVD March 5, is a faith-based drama set in the world of death row, where prisoners face legal battles, family struggles and mortality. Titus Freeman enters this daunting world determined to work the legal system to escape his sentence but discovers a new life beyond the grave. Meanwhile, his victim’s wife Trisha works the legal system to enforce his execution.

In the action film To Be a Soldier, also on DVD March 5, the sister of a mild-mannered British salesman goes missing in the Middle East, and he recruits an ex-Army ranger to help him rescue her. As they trek through the war-torn wilderness, they battle terrorists, the elements and their own dark human natures.

For the family audience March 5 is the DVD Guard Dog. Chance Watson is a lying, cheating, stealing 9-year-old who is flunking out of school. Then, one night, a magical sheepdog appears and promises to make his dreams come true, if he can follow “The Rules.” Soon, with the help of his talking, sometimes invisible dog, Chance has changed his life and the lives of many of the students at his school.

On tap March 12 are three Western collections on disc and digital.

Roy Rogers — The Happy Trails Collection, on DVD and digital, features 20 movies and is authorized by the Roy Rogers Estate. Each movie is introduced by Roy and Dale Evans in a special feature, “Happy Trails Theater.” They are joined by a host Western stars, including Gene Autry, Iron Eyes Cody, Pat Brady, Ruth Terry, Roy “Dusty” Rogers Jr. and Pat Butram.

The four-film Outlaws and Con Men collection, in DVD and digital, features Django Shoots First, starring Glenn Saxson, Fernando Sancho and Evelyn Stewart; Django’s Cut Price Corpses, with Jeff Cameron, John Desmont and Esmeralda Barros; Bad Man’s River, starring Lee Van Cleef, James Mason and Gina Lollobrigidal; and Sting of the West, with Jack Palance and Giancarlo Prete

On Blu-ray and digital March 12 is the Westerm double feature Fort Yuma Gold/Damned Hot Day of Fire. In Fort Yuma Gold, after the end of the Civil War, the fanatic Southern Major Sanders continues to fight and plans to attack Fort Yuma, home to a gold reserve. A captured Confederate soldier agrees to lead Union solders to stop Sanders, but their real mission and the charms of the beautiful Connie Breastfull complicate the situation. In Damned Hot Day of Fire, the creator of the Gatling gun, which his famous invention, has been kidnapped and is being held from the Union for a million dollar ransom. Captain Chris Tanner must find and stop the villainous Tarpas before he falls into the hands of the Confederates.

Also due March 12 is the drama Unbridled on DVD and digital. Sarah thinks she is beyond redemption and unworthy of love and is sent away from the house that defined her horrors to a place where she is not the only victim, or the only one fighting to get her life back, a ranch called Unbridled. At Unbridled, Sarah meets Dreamer, a horse who has also suffered abuse, a horse who no longer trusts humans — until he meets Sarah.

The drama double feature Footprints/Friends for Live is coming March 12 on Blu-ray, DVD and digital (combo). Footprints is based on the true story of a man who finds the healing power of love only after he loses everything, a dog who learns to trust and serve after being abused and discarded, and a journey the two of them take. In Friends for Life, big city attorney Jim Crawford had won most of the battles in his life, but he couldn’t win the battle against his wife’s illness. An unexpected twist of fate leads Jim to discover four orphaned wolf pups who face certain death unless he takes them in.

Finally, March 12 come two faith documentaries.

Ancient Secrets of the Bible — The Complete Series is coming on DVD and digital. The 39-episode series, shot on location in five countries and in more than 80 U.S. cities, features re-creations, expert testimony, biblical evidence and scientific experiments to explore biblical questions such as, “Did Adam and Eve really exist and where was the Garden of Eden?”.

Also coming on DVD and digital March 12 is Miracles — The Power of Faith, a four-part documentary series that explores and investigates miracles through interviews with theologians, historians, experts, witnesses, and visits to the locations where it is believed some of the most beautiful and profound miracles occurred.