TVOD Service movieSpree Launches New Promotion With Free Content

Mill Creek Entertainment’s transcational VOD service movieSpree is mounting a new weekly promotion that offers free streaming content each weekend.

The first chapter of the epic miniseries Lonesome Dove will be available free of ads or interruptions with the complete series available to own at $4.99. The purchase includes all four chapters of the television series plus a 50-minute making-of bonus featurette.

Lonesome Dove is based upon the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Larry McMurtry. The epic of the Old West is the story of the last defiant frontiersmen, a daring cattle drive and an undying love. Winner of seven Emmy Awards and two Golden Globes including Best Miniseries, Lonesome Dove stars Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Diane Lane, Anjelica Huston and Danny Glover.

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The “SPREEview Weekend” will be a recurring event that will showcase content available on the site and provide consumers with a free viewing experience without ads or short-term trial periods.

Those who set up a movieSpree account will get the chance to redeem a curated assortment of 100 films free of charge. With apps available on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, iOS and Android devices, movieSpree is available without long-term contracts, subscription fees or advertisements.

Tune into the “SPREEview Weekend” here.

’12 Monkeys’ Complete Series Coming to Blu-ray and DVD July 14 From Mill Creek

The complete series set of “12 Monkeys” is coming out on Blu-ray and DVD July 14 from Mill Creek Entertainment.

All four seasons of the series — based on the 1995 feature film directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Bruce Willis, Madeline Stowe and Brad Pitt — are available in an eight-disc set.

The series follows Cole (Aaron Stanford), a man from the post-apocalyptic future who uses a dangerous, untested method of time travel to get from 2043 to the present day. He is on a mission to locate and rid the world of the source of the plague that will eventually annihilate the human race. Assisting him is Dr. Cassandra Railly (Amanda Schull), a virologist who must decide whether to do harm in order to save the world — regardless of the fact that she has taken the Hippocratic oath.

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The series originally aired on Syfy and co-stars Emily Hampshire (“Schitt’s Creek”), Barbara Sukowa (Atomic Blonde) and Todd Stashwick (“The Originals”).

MovieSpree TVOD Service Bows Sales on Animated Kids’ Series Including ‘Gigantosaurus’

MovieSpree, Mill Creek Entertainment’s transactional VOD service, is offering sales on several animated kids’ series to keep the little ones occupied while they stay at home.

On March 25, MovieSpree launched the complete first season of the animated kids’ series “Gigantosaurus,” on sale for $22.49 — 25% off of the regular price. In the series, young dinosaurs Rocky, Bill, Tiny and Mazu are growing up in the Cretaceous period where life is always an adventure — new volcanoes are popping up all the time, the long-necked brachiosauruses and enormous triceratops roam free, meteor showers light up the night sky, and the big, fierce Gigantosaurus reigns over it all.

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“Liberty’s Kids”

Also on sale are several complete animated series at $2.99, including “Liberty’s Kids” (including all 40 episodes of the edutainment series), “Street Sharks,” “C.O.P.S.,” “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century,” “Archie’s Weird Mysteries” and “Horseland.”

Complete Series Set of ‘Eureka’ Strikes Blu-ray June 9 From Mill Creek

The complete series of “Eureka” will come out on Blu-ray June 9 from Mill Creek Entertainment.

All 77 episodes from the show’s five-season run will be available together for $75.99.

In the quirky and seemingly perfect small town of Eureka, the hidden work of America’s brightest scientists can lead to innovation or utter chaos. Sheriff Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson) struggles to keep a sense of normalcy amid the scientific mayhem, big brains and bigger adventure in this unusual little town in the Pacific Northwest. “Eureka” co-stars Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Niall Matter, Erica Cerra, Joe Morton, Neil Grayston and James Callis. Popular sci-fi fan favorites make guest appearances, including Felicia Day, Wil Wheaton, Matt Frewer, Ever Carradine, Sharon Taylor, Ming-Na Wen and Trevor Jackson.

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The 12-disc Blu-ray set marks the high-definition disc debut of the series in North America. The special edition contains numerous bonus features ported over from previous DVD releases including commentary tracks, deleted scenes, gag reels, webisodes and behind-the-scenes featurettes.

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“Eureka” was produced by Universal Cable Productions and originally aired on Syfy. The series was created by Andrew Cosby (screenwriter for 2019’s Hellboy) and Jaime Paglia (co-executive producer for MTV’s “Scream: The TV Series”) with Bruce Miller (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) serving as executive producer.

‘Ultraman X’ and ‘Ultraman Ace’ Coming on Blu-ray This Spring From Mill Creek

Mill Creek Entertainment is releasing to new titles on Blu-ray from the “Ultraman” superhero library for their North American debut.

“Ultraman X” will arrive on Blu-ray as both a complete series plus movie combo pack at $39.98 and a movie-only, stand-alone Blu-ray at $19.98 on April 21.

“Ultraman Ace” will come out in a steelbook at $49.98 while the complete series will also be available in standard Blu-ray packaging at $39.98 on May 12.

The first Ultraman series with an ongoing antagonist, “Ultraman Ace” premiered in 1972 and features all of the earlier Ultra Heroes — Ultraman, Ultraseven, Ultraman Jack and Zoffy — as recurring characters. The releases include all 52 half-hour episodes with DTS-HD Master Audio of the original Japanese soundtrack with English subtitles. In this fifth entry in the Ultra Series, theinterdimensional alien Yapool launches a war against the Ultra Heroes for galactic domination. As the conflict spreads to Earth a new hero, Ultraman Ace, is tasked with protecting the planet from Yapool and his Terrible-Monsters, experimental beasts more powerful than ordinary monsters. Divided between his two human hosts’ personalities, Ace must learn to balance them and his superior energy powers as he battles alongside Earth’s Terrible-Monster Attacking Crew (TAC) and his fellow Ultramen to overcome these terrible new foes.

“Ultraman X” was originally released in 2015. When a massive “Ultra Flare” from the sun envelops the earth, Spark Dolls buried underground and undersea are turned into monsters. In order to deal with the sudden outbreak of marauding creatures, mankind forms Xio, a special defense team equipped with the latest in super-science. Then, 15 years later, Xio is engaged in battle against a monster when team member Daichi Ozora hears a mysterious voice say, “Unite! If you and I join together, you will fight that monster with one heart, one mind!” He agrees, merging with a giant of light to become Ultraman X. Also included with the complete, 25-episode series is the 2016 theatrical feature film Ultraman X: The Movie — Here He Comes! Our Ultraman. In the film, X is joined by his longtime ally Cyber Gomora and a team of Ultra Heroes (Ultraman, Ultraman Zero, Ultraman Max, Ultraman Victory, Ultraman Ginga, Ultraman Nexus and Ultraman Tiga) to stop the evil beast Zaigorg and a “powered up” army of classic monsters.

Digital redemption on Mill Creek Entertainment’s streaming service movieSpree is also included with each release.

’30 Rock’ Complete Series Set Coming From Mill Creek April 21 on DVD and Blu-ray

Mill Creek Entertainment will release the complete series of “30 Rock” April 21 on DVD and Blu-ray.

The collection will include all 138 episodes from the show’s seven-season run. The 20-disc Blu-ray set will be the high-definition disc debut of the series in North America.

From executive producer Lorne Michaels (“Saturday Night Live”) and created by and starring Emmy and Golden Globe winner Tina Fey, paired up with fellow Emmy and Golden Globe winner Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock” spotlights the relationship of quirky TV writer Liz Lemon and conservative company executive Jack Donaghy who are bound together by chaos, charisma and employment contracts. Together Jack and Liz preside over the everyday mayhem at a late-night variety show with loose cannon stars Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) and Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski) and hapless NBC page Kenneth Parcell (Jack McBrayer).

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Throughout its run, “30 Rock” welcomed an array of prominent guest stars including Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston, Jon Hamm, Salma Hayek, Steve Martin, Jerry Seinfeld, Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Julianne Moore, Jason Sudeikis, Will Forte, Carrie Fisher and Matt Damon, as well as Tim Conway and Elaine Stritch who garnered Outstanding Guest Emmy Awards in 2008 and 2007, respectively. The series won a total of 16 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actor (Baldwin), Outstanding Lead Actress (Fey), Outstanding Writing and Outstanding Casting.

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This special edition release also contains numerous bonus features that have been ported over from previous DVD releases including commentary tracks, deleted scenes and gag reels.

‘King of Queens’ Complete Series Available on Blu-ray From Mill Creek

The complete series of “The King of Queens” is available on Blu-ray from Mill Creek Entertainment.

Starring Kevin James and Leah Remini, the series, which ran for nine seasons on CBS (1998-2007), stars James as Doug Heffernan, a lovable regular guy with an adoring wife, Carrie (Remini), and a frustrating father-in-law (Jerry Stiller) under his roof. As a parcel deliveryman, Doug’s only refuges are the little time he spends alone with Carrie and the company of his buddies Deacon (Victor Williams), Spence (Patton Oswalt) and Danny (Gary Valentine). Created by Michael Weithorn and David Litt, the series features guest appearances from Lou Ferrigno, Anne Meara, Ricki Lake, Rachel Dratch, Bryan Cranston and Ray Romano.

All 207 episodes are available in a 20-disc Blu-ray set.

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Bonus features include:

  • pilot episode commentary with James and Weithorn
  • a behind-the-scenes featurette
  • a laughs montage featuring the most hysterical moments from the first season
  • audio commentary with James and Weithorn
  • a series retrospective
  • thanks to the fans
  • the 200th Episode Celebration
  • and “The Writers of ‘The King Of Queens.’”

‘Return of Ultraman’ and ‘Ultraman Orb: The Origin Saga’ Flying to Blu-ray in February From Mill Creek

The Japanese series “Return of Ultraman” and “Ultraman Orb: The Origin Saga” are coming to Blu-ray in February from Mill Creek Entertainment.

“Return of Ultraman,” the fourth entry in the “Ultra Series” that premiered in April 1971, comes out in both steelbook ($49.98) and standard ($39.98) packaging Feb. 25. After years of relative peace, mankind is once again under attack by giant monsters and alien invaders. A new Ultra Hero, Ultraman Jack, arrives from Nebula M78 to combat this threat alongside the Earth defense unit known as MAT (Monster Attack Team). The series features guest appearances from the original Ultraman and Ultraseven, presenting the very first team-up of the Ultra Heroes. It also brings back some classic foes from previous shows while also introducing dozens of new aliens and monsters. The releases include all 51 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 Entertainment’s streaming service movieSpree.

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The complete 12-episode “Ultraman Orb: The Origin Saga” debuts Feb. 11 at $19.98 with the bonus special Ultra Fight Orb, which picks up from the events of the theatrical feature film Ultraman Orb: The Movie — Let Me Borrow the Power of Bonds. Both properties have never been broadcast on TV or available on any home entertainment format in North America. “Ultraman Orb: The Origin Saga” is a prequel to the 50th anniversary series “Ultraman Orb” (now available on Blu-ray and digital). Debuting in Japan on Amazon Prime Video in December 2016, the show reveals how Gai Kurenai became the hero Ultraman Orb, and why his friend Jugglus Juggler turned into his arch enemy. Ultraman Orb joins Ultraman Zero and Ultraseven in Ultra Fight Orb to stop a mysterious villain who has revived an army of ghost monsters. Digital redemption on movieSpree is also included.

Complete Series Set of ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Due on DVD and Blu-ray Feb. 4 From Mill Creek

The complete series set of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” will come out on DVD and Blu-ray Feb. 4 from Mill Creek Entertainment.

All 51 episodes from the show’s four-season run will be available for the first time together on DVD at $54.98 and Blu-ray at $74.98.

The series follows Kimmy Schmidt, rescued after 15 years in a cult, who decides to reclaim her life by venturing to New York, where she experiences everyday life with wide-eyed enthusiasm. On a whim, she rents a room from Titus, a gay wannabe Broadway actor and the unlikely pair find they’re well-suited to help each other out. Titus reintroduces Kimmy to modern life, and she provides him with the inspiration to follow his dreams.

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Created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock (“30 Rock”), the comedy series earned 18 Primetime Emmy nominations including Outstanding Comedy Series for each of its seasons. The cast includes Ellie Kemper (“The Office”), Tituss Burgess (Dolemite Is My Name), Jane Krakowski (“30 Rock”) and Carol Kane (The Princess Bride) with guest appearances from Amy Sedaris, Jon Hamm, Josh Charles, Fred Armisen, David Cross and Tina Fey.

Netflix will be premiering an “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” interactive special in early 2020, the first interactive comedy event for the service.

‘The Mindy Project’ Complete Series Set Coming Jan. 14 on DVD and Blu-ray From Mill Creek

The complete series set of the sitcom “The Mindy Project” will come out on DVD and Blu-ray Disc from Mill Creek Entertainment Jan. 14.

All 117 episodes across the show’s six-season run (seasons on, two and three on Fox, and seasons four, five and six on Hulu) will be available on DVD for $54.98 and Blu-ray for $74.98.

The series follows Dr. Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling), a talented obstetrician navigating the tricky waters of her chaotic personal life as she pursues her dreams of becoming the perfect woman, finding happiness and getting her perfect romantic comedy ending. Mindy shares a practice with three doctors, none of whom makes life any easier for her.  There’s Dr. Danny Castellano (Chris Messina), whose on-again-off-again romance with Mindy keeps the office staff on their toes, Dr. Jeremy Reed (Ed Weeks), the office’s managing partner and resident punching bag, and Dr. Peter Prentice (Adam Palley), a high-fiving former frat boy, who knows nothing about the opposite sex, but insists on doling out relationship advice to Mindy.  Rounding out the ensemble is ex-con-turned-nurse Morgan Tookers (Ike Barinholtz), the gossipy Tamra (Xosha Roquemore) and the grumpy Beverly (Beth Grant).

The series picked up numerous awards (Critics’ Choice, Gracie, Satellite) and nominations (People’s Choice, Writer’s Guild, Teen Choice, NAACP Image) for Best Comedy Series.

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Kaling, the first Indian-American to have her own TV series and one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, recently starred in, produced and wrote the semi-autobiographical theatrical feature Late Night co-starring Emma Thompson, and the Hulu miniseries Four Weddings and a Funeral.