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.

’80s BMX Classic ‘Rad’ Riding to Blu-ray March 16

The 1980s classic Rad will come out March 16 in a Blu-ray plus digital Steelbook release from Mill Creek Entertainment.

Lori Loughlin and Bill Allen in Rad

In the film, Cru Jones (Bill Allen) is the best BMX biker in Cochrane. He’s got the talent to become the best BMX daredevil in the world. Bart Taylor (Bart Conner) is the best BMX biker in the world, and he’s in town to race in the $100,000 Helltrack competition, the most grueling BMX race in history. Cru wants a shot at winning the title, but his mom (Talia Shire) insists he take his college entrance exams which fall on the same day. He decides to go for Helltrack, but the race promoter (Jack Weston) has a dirty scheme for keeping the local whiz kid out of the race and away from his prized champion. Only the gorgeous Christian (Lori Loughlin), a member of the opposite team, can get Cru on track for Helltrack — and teach him a few other things while she’s at it.

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Making its North American debut at retail, this special-edition Blu-ray will serve as the No. 46 Mondo X Steelbook collaboration, repurposing JJ Harrison’s artwork for an homage to the cult favorite. Licensed from Utopia Distribution and Schwartzman Pictures using the recent 4K restoration, the Blu-ray will also contain a host of bonus features, including archival video interviews with the cast and crew, original behind-the-scenes featurettes, the music video for “Break the Ice,” and a live Q&A session hosted by Jorma Taccone featuring cast members Bill Allen, Talia Shire, Bart Conner and screenwriter Sam Bernard.

Digital redemption on Mill Creek’s TVOD service movieSpree also is included.

Doc ‘Best in Class — The Making of a Concours d’Elegance’ Rides to DVD and Digital From Mill Creek

The documentary Best in Class: The Making of a Concours d’Elegance is available on DVD and digital from Mill Creek Entertainment.

It chronicles the premiere celebration, which is a motor week unlike any other, filled with grandeur and elegance featuring some of the rarest and most prestigious cars in the world. The Audrain Automobile Museum partnered with Torque Media Group to produce this account of the inaugural Audrain Newport Concours & Motor Week, a world-class event bringing the best of the motoring world to a global audience. The documentary captures the highs and lows of competition, the people and passions that drive the pursuit of excellence, and the bonds that unite car lovers around the world.

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The Audrain Concours d’Elegance in Newport, R.I., is rich with automotive history dating back to the dawn of the motoring age. The inaugural event captured the celebration of history, luxury and sport where the Breakers Mansion serves as a backdrop to the awarding of trophies with first in class winners competing for the Willie K. Vanderbilt Trophy. Special guests included automotive expert Nic Waller, actress Emily Ratajkowski and event chairman Jay Leno.

“We are thrilled to give car fans, collectors and everyday spectators an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the Audrain Concours d’Elegance,” said Jeff Hayne, SVP of Mill Creek Entertainment, in a statement. “Being able to experience such an iconic event at home amid the absence of live events allows enthusiasts to share their love of the automobile.”

Mill Creek’s MovieSpree TVOD Service Featuring Titles for the Holidays

The transaction-based streaming service movieSpree is featuring a lineup of holiday features, new and old.

In The Farmer and the Belle: Saving Santaland, sparks fly between a famous model and a farmer with a young daughter when she visits her childhood home. The town is in danger of losing their beloved Santaland festival, but miracles happen with a little love, family and faith. The cast for this Dove-approved feature includes Jenn Gotzon, Jim E. Chandler, Corbin Bersen, John Schneider, Robert Amaya, Natasha Bure and radio superstar Delilah.

Angela’s Christmas is an animated short based on the children’s book Angela and the Baby Jesus by Frank McCourt (Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Angela’s Ashes). The story from the Oscar-nominated studio Brown Bag Films focuses on the power of family and the innocent desire of a child to ensure everyone is safe, warm and loved at Christmas time. The title features the voices of Oscar nominee Ruth Negga (2016, Best Actress, Loving), Lucy O’Connell (Song of the Sea) and Brian Gleeson with writer and director Damien O’Connor (TV’s “Doc McStuffins”). The title was nominated for three Emmy Awards.

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Unlikely Angel stars country music legend Dolly Parton as the hard-living barroom singer Ruby Diamond, who dies in a car accident and meets St. Peter (Roddy McDowall) at the gates of heaven. The angel informs her that she must return to Earth to perform a selfless deed in order to gain admittance. Disguising herself as a nanny, Ruby soon edges her way into the joyless family life of workaholic widower Ben Bartilson (Brian Kerwin) and his children Sarah (Allison Mack) and Matthew (Eli Marienthal), hoping to both heal the grief-stricken family and earn her heavenly wings in time for Christmas. Unlikely Angel is punctuated by Dolly’s musical numbers.

Those who set up a free movieSpree account get an added bonus of the chance to redeem a curated assortment of 100 films to add to their accounts free of charge. The service’s app is available on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, iOS and Android devices.

‘Ultraman Taro’ Bowing on Blu-ray Jan. 12 From Mill Creek

Mill Creek Entertainment will bow the next release from the “Ultraman” superhero library — Ultraman Taro — on Blu-ray as both a special edition Steelbook and in standard packaging Jan. 12.

It’s the North American debut of the series, which has never been broadcast on TV or available on any home entertainment format.

Ultraman Taro is the sixth entry in the “Ultraman series,” premiering in Japan in April 1973.  After being scouted to the Earth defense team ZAT (Zariba of All Territory), young boxer Kotaro Higashi is severely injured during a Kaiju attack. At the chasm between life and death, Mother of Ultra appeared and saved Kotaro by merging his life with a young Ultra Hero, thus giving birth to the sixth Ultra Brother — Ultraman Taro.

Ultraman Taro took a kid-friendly approach, introducing several new monsters and aliens inspired by folklore. Classic Ultra heroes, such as Ultraman, Ultraseven and Zoffy, also return to assist the powerful but inexperienced Taro as he learns the ropes of being an Ultra Brother.

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The Steelbook and standard Blu-ray releases of Ultraman Taro will each contain high definition video for all 53 half-hour episodes with DTS-HD Master Audio of the original Japanese soundtrack with English subtitles.

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

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

‘Hammer Films: The Ultimate Collection’ Coming on Blu-ray Nov. 17 From Mill Creek

Mill Creek Entertainment will release the “Hammer Films: The Ultimate Collection” mega-set, containing 20 movies and hours of newly created bonus features, on Blu-ray Disc Nov. 17.

This 10-disc collection features the films for the first time in HD, produced by Hammer in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. They include:

The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)
The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)
The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1963)
These Are the Damned (1962)
The Old Dark House (1963)
The Gorgon (1964)
The Snorkel (1958)
Maniac (1963)
Die! Die! My Darling (1965)
Scream of Fear (1961)
Stop Me Before I Kill! (1961)
Never Take Candy From a Stranger (1960)
Cash on Demand (1961)
The Stranglers of Bombay (1960)
The Terror of the Tongs (1961)
The Pirates of Blood River (1962)
Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960)
The Camp on Blood Island (1958)
Yesterday’s Enemy (1959)
Creatures the World Forgot (1971)

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Daniel Griffith of Ballyhoo Motion Pictures serves as producer of the new Blu-ray bonus features, which include:

    • a 12-Page movie and feature guide booklet;
    • Hammer Film featurettes and retrospectives;
    • “The Actors of Hammer Film”;
    • The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb Retrospective”;
    • The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll Retrospective”;
    • “Hammer at Columbia Pictures”;
    • The Revenge of Frankenstein commentary with filmmaker/film historian Constantine Nasr and author/film historian Steve Haberman;
    • The Old Dark House commentary with The Monster Party Podcast featuring James Gonis, Shawn Sheridan, Larry Strothe and Matt Weinhold;
    • The Gorgon commentary with writer/director Joshua Kennedy (House of the Gorgon);
    • The Snorkel commentary with writer/producer Phoef Sutton, writer/film; historian Mark Jordan Legan and screenwriter/film historian C. Courtney Joyner;
    • Never Take Candy From a Stranger commentary with filmmaker/historian Constantine Nasr; and
    • Scream of Fear commentary with author/film historian Steve Haberman.

 

 

Thriller ‘Ice House’ Due on DVD and Digital Nov. 24 From Mill Creek

The suspense thriller Ice House will debut on DVD and digital Nov. 24 from Mill Creek Entertainment.

The film follows Grant, an arrogant man of privilege and wealth, who invites his childhood friend, Wayne, an Afghanistan War veteran and blue-collar good ol’ boy, out to join him on an excursion to a frozen lake fish house for an evening of camaraderie. What seems to be a harmless outing between two friends slowly evolves into a murderous plot between two men, both with hidden secrets and mysterious agendas.

Ice House stars Greg Berman (“Chicago P.D.”), Roger Wayne (“Quantico,” “The Black List”) and Tabby DeLaRosby. Director Steven Elbert of New Century Pictures filmed and produced this Hitchcockian story on-location against the frozen backdrop of northern Minnesota.

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