Complete ‘Ozzie and Harriet’ Series DVD Boxed Set Due Dec. 19

The MPI Media Group will release a boxed 50-DVD set of the entire “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” sitcom series on Dec. 19.

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet: The Official Restored Complete Series carries a suggested retail price of $259.98.

“The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” aired on ABC-TV for 14 seasons, beginning in 1952. The series was brought to the screen by the real-life Nelson family: Ozzie and wife Harriet with their sons David and Rick, all portraying themselves in a blend of fact-meets-fiction comedy. “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet”  chronicled the daily lives of the Nelson family as David and Ricky grew up before millions of weekly viewers.

For the very first time, in association with the Nelson family, the entire series has been digitally restored from the original film negatives for superior picture quality. MPI has been rolling out multi-season sets over the past year and a half, beginning with the first two seasons in June 2022.

​Joining the Nelsons are Lyle Talbot and Mary Jane Croft as Ozzie and Harriet’s best friends Joe and Clara Randolph along with classic television and film guest stars such as Frank Cady, Linda Evans, Billy Mumy, Kent McCord, Tuesday Weld, StanleyLivingston, Barry Livingston, Mamie Van Doren, Wally Cox, The Four Preps and others.

​ The Official Restored Complete Series presents all 435 episodes on 50 discs — including the rare final season in color — plus hours of bonus content, including new featurettes with family and cast members, promotional spots, cast commercials, home movies and more.

‘Men of Plastic’ Digital Release Slated for June 6

MPI Media Group and Capelight Pictures will release the South Korean comedy Men of Plastic via VOD and digital sellthrough June 6.

Set in South Korea in 2007, the film stars Don Lee as a business networker in the posh district of Apgujeong, Seoul. After hearing about the growing popularity of the plastic surgery business, he tries to partner with a young and brilliant plastic surgeon (Jung Kyung Ho). Their grand vision is build the largest and best plastic surgery business in South Korea.

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MPI Rolls Out Two More Season Sets of 1950s Sitcom ‘Ozzie and Harriet’

The MPI Media Group will release two more seasons of the iconic 1950s sitcom “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” on DVD May 23.

Season 11 includes all 26 episodes, and season 12 all 25 episodes from those years of the series (1962-64), many of which haven’t been seen on television in decades. The episodes have been restored and remastered from the original 35mm picture and sound elements in association with the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Episodes feature guest appearances by such classic TV stars as Kent McCord, Joe Flynn, Roberta Shore, Barry Livingston, Frank Cady, Jimmy Hawkins and Ann Doran.

The release is timed to coincide with the show’s 70th anniversary. “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” ran for 14 seasons on ABC from 1952 through 1966 and yielded a total of 435 half-hour episodes.

The series follow the adventures of the real-life Nelson family, including youngest son Ricky, who went on to become a popular singing teen idol known for such songs as “Travelin’ Man” and “Hello Mary Lou.” Ricky Nelson died on Dec. 31, 1985, when his plane crashed on the way to a New Year’s Eve concert in the midst of a comeback tour.

 

MPI to Issue Netflix Movie ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ on Disc March 28

MPI Media Group will release the acclaimed Netflix movie remake All Quiet on the Western Front on disc.

The film, nominated for numerous awards, including a Best Picture Oscar, will be issued in a two-disc, 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Disc “mediabook” on March 28.

All Quiet on the Western Front is nominated for nine Academy Awards and recently won seven BAFTA awards, among them Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Original Score. The German Film Academy has also shortlisted the film for the German Film Awards.

The 4K UHD features the original German audio (with English subtitles) in Dolby Atmos audio of the original and 4K Dolby Vision image. The mediabook packaging comes with a 24-page booklet that includes a conversation with director Edward Berger and an interview with historian and professor Daniel Schönpflug on the historical background of All Quiet On The Western Front.

All Quiet On The Western Front tells the poignant story of a young German soldier on the Western Front during World War I. A 17-year-old, Paul Bäumer (Felix Kammerer), and his friends are extremely eager to go to war, to beat the French soundly and march to Paris victorious. This is how the boys imagine it. This is the war they are promised by their principal in a rousing speech. 

The enthusiasm, however, does not last long. When they arrive at the Western Front after days of marching, it’s pouring rain. The trenches are filling up and fast becoming a swamp. But the French do not wait to attack. 

What follows portrays Paul and his comrades’ first-hand experience of how the initial euphoria of war turns into horror, suffering and fear as they desperately fight for their lives in the trenches.

Based on the 1929 novel by Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front was made into a movie the following year. Directed by Lewis Milestone, it stars Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim, John Wray, Arnold Lucy, and Ben Alexander. The film won two Academy Awards, Best Director for Milestone and Best Outstanding Production.

It was later remade by ITC Entertainment as a television movie in 1979, on the novel’s 50th anniversary, with a cast that includes Richard Thomas and Ernest Borgnine.

 

Doc on Children’s TV Titan Gerry Anderson Coming to DVD Jan. 10

The MPI Media Group on Jan. 10 will release, on DVD only, Gerry Anderson: A Life Uncharted, a documentary on the man who created some of the world’s most beloved children’s TV series, including “Thunderbirds,” “Stingray,” “Captain Scarlet,” “Space:1999,” “Terrahawks” and “Space Precinct.​”

Anderson’s successful career spanned 60 years. Released a decade after his death, this documentary  uses a wealth of intimate audio archive combined with deep fake technology to allow Anderson to tell his story on screen for the first time. The film features additional new interviews and commentary from friends, family, and colleagues, and traces Anderson’s life from a poverty-stricken childhood through a lifetime of personal struggles.

The 92-minute film carries a suggested retail price (SRP) of $24.98.

‘Munsters’ at Marineland DVD Coming in October From MPI Media Group

MPI Media Group on Oct. 4 will release on DVD Marineland Carnival With the Munsters TV Show Cast Members & More Lost Treasures, a compilation of rare shows from the 1960s sitcom about a monster family living in a suburban neighborhood.

The collection features long-lost television appearances featuring the Munster family —Fred Gwynne (Herman), Yvonne De Carlo (Lily), Al Lewis (Grandpa), Pat Priest (Marilyn) and Butch Patrick (Eddie).

Included is the hour-long “Marineland Carnival 1965” special; a 1966 full-color “Munsters”-themed “episode” with Herman on “The Danny Kaye Show,” additional rare skits and vintage talk show interviews with “The Munsters” TV stars, an all-new featurette (Munster Memories) with Butch Patrick, hit music from the New Christy Minstrels, and guest appearances by Edie Adams, Joey Bishop and others.

The DVD will carry a suggested retail price of $19.98.

‘King Otto’ Soccer Movie to Debut Theatrically, Digitally on March 25

MPI Media Group has announced the simultaneous theatrical and digital release on March 25 of King Otto, the acclaimed story  about soccer’s ultimate underdog triumph.

The North American premiere will be held two days earlier as a red carpet event at the Modern Museum of Art in Manhattan, followed by openings in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and other cities.

At the same time, the film will be released on digital platforms, including Prime Video, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV, and Vudu.

King Otto is set in the summer of 2004, when the Greek National Soccer Team, which had never previously won a game, or even scored a goal in a major tournament, defied 300-1 odds to become the unlikeliest of European champions. Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal, Zinedine Zidane’s France and David Beckham’s England were left stunned as a team featuring players no one had ever heard of took down the titans of the world’s game. The architect behind this unprecedented triumph was legendary German coach “King” Otto Rehhagel. After accomplishing every major success in his own country, he decided to leave all he knew behind and work with the underachieving Greek National Team in a language he didn’t speak, and in a country he couldn’t understand. 

Korean Drama ‘The Concubine’ Set for Nov. 9 DVD Release by MPI Media Group

Capelight Pictures and the MPI Media Group have set a Nov. 9 DVD release date for the Korean film The Concubine, a 2012 erotic romantic historical drama.

Set during the early Joseon Dynasty in Korea, Hwa-yeon, a minister’s daughter, and Kwon-yoo, a commoner, are deeply in love. When Hwa-yeon is ordered to the royal palace to become the king’s concubine, she and Kwon-yoo attempt to flee. They are intercepted by Hwa-yeon’s father and his men, who threaten to kill Kwon-yoo. To save her one true love, Hwayeon agrees to go to the palace as instructed.

Five years later, the king is slowly dying and Hwa-yeon is the mother of the heir to the throne. After his death, the king’s stepmother uses her power to appoint her biological son Sung-won as the successor. Sung-won has been madly in love with the unobtainable Hwa-yeon for years. Now that he must procreate in order to produce an heir to the throne, he can have any woman he wants except Hwa-yeon … which pushes both of them into a dangerous chess game of lust, sex and power.

The Concubine was directed by Kim Dae-Seung and stars Cho Yeo-Jeong, Kim Dong-Wook, and Kim Min-Joon. The film was produced by Hwang Yun-Jeong and Park Sung-Il.

The DVD will be issued in special collector’s media book packaging, as a two-disc set. The set comes with a 24-page booklet featuring director and cast profiles and photos.

MPI, Capelight Set DVD, Blu-ray Dates for ‘Chernobyl 1986,’ ‘The Hidden Life of Trees’

Capelight Pictures and MPI Media Group on Nov. 2 will release Chernobyl 1986 and The Hidden Life of Trees on Blu-ray Disc and DVD.

Chernobyl 1986 follows the deadly explosion that year at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in what was then the Soviet Union. Europe is faced with an even greater threat — a possible steam explosion that would eject even more radioactive material into the atmosphere over the entire continent. Firefighter Alexey volunteers for what seems like a suicide mission: manually drain the plant’s reservoir before the melting reactor collapses into it. Risking their lives in service to their country, Alexey and his colleagues must navigate the labyrinthine passages of the plant’s underground, facing danger at every turn from the facility’s quickly failing infrastructure. With time running out, and the fate of all of Europe hanging in the balance, this team of ordinary citizens turned heroes must use all their strength and bravery to save their nation from complete devastation.

The Hidden Life of Trees is based on the bestselling book of the same name by forester and writer Peter Wohlleben. Traveling through Germany, Poland, Sweden and Vancouver, he discusses, debates and explains the process of life, death and regeneration he has observed in the woodland, and the scientific mechanisms behind trees.

MPI Media Group to Release Vintage Cop Show on DVD July 20

MPI Media Group has set a July 20 DVD release of “Code 3: L.A. Sheriff’s Case Files,” a vintage 1957 TV show that, like “Dragnet,” was based on actual police case files.

The collection will contain all 39 episodes from the police procedural series, from Hal Roach Studios and producer Ben Fox.

Starring Richard Travis as Sheriff George Barrett of the Los Angeles County Police Department, the series also featured Denver Pyle as Sgt. Murchison and Fredd Wayne as Sgt. Bill Hollis.

“Code 3″ featured true crime cases from the files of the search and rescue branch of the Los Angeles Police Department – always “changing the names to protect the innocent,” again, much like “Dragnet.”

At the end of most of the broadcasts, the real-life Sheriff of Los Angeles County, Eugene W. Biscailuz, made an appearance to recap that night’s adventure.

Supporting actors in the series, which ran in syndication, include Christopher Dark, Robert Armstrong (King Kong), James Anderson, Harlan Warde, Douglas Kennedy, William Schallert, Ray Montgomery, Peter Leeds, Stacy Keach Sr. (“Get Smart”), Richard Sargent (“Bewitched”), Russell Johnson (“Gilligan’s Island”), John Archer, DeForest Kelley (“Star Trek”), Mike Connors (“Mannix”), Claude Akins, Guy Williams (“Zorro”), Harry Bartell (“Dragnet”), Mae Clarke and James Best (“The Dukes of Hazard”).