Sunday, June 10, 2018

Surprise Dad with a Movie Night Basket Filled with His Favorite Movies from Mill Creek Entertainment this Father's Day! (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent screeners from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Does your dad or husband like watching movies like mine do?  If so, then you will have to check out these recent DVD releases from Mill Creek Entertainment, that are sure to delight movie loving dads this Father's Day.  There are even family-friendly movies so that the whole family can enjoy time with Dad around the time, especially if you do family movie nights with pizza or your family's favorite meal, like we do.

First up, I will share the wonderful new selection of family-friendly movies, many which are Dove-Approved, making them great for families with kids of all ages to enjoy without having to worry about inappropriate content...

10th Kingdom, The + Digital

About the Movie:

"Two Worlds Come Together In One Fantastic Adventure!
A Magical Epic Adventure The Whole Family Will Enjoy!
…it retains great charm, vitality and poetry.” – M.S. Mason, Christian Science Monitor
Join an all-star cast as they find fantasy, action, romance and adventure in the Emmy winning® The 10th Kingdom! Beyond the mortal world lies Nine Kingdoms where the fantastic land of fairy tales and magic are brought to life – and reinvented. The themes and ideas of folklore and mythology perform fully as the classic characters enter a vortex at the edge of the mortal world which leads them to The 10th Kingdom…Central Park!
This mini-series tells the tale of Prince Wendell (Daniel Lapaine) and the evil queen (Dianne Wiest) who has doomed him to spend the rest of his life as a dog. In order to recapture the throne Prince Wendell travels through the portal to the mythical kingdom of Manhattan and finds two ordinary mortals Virginia (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) and Tony (John Larroquette). Together they battle the evils of the parallel universe, and defend themselves from vile trolls, goblins and every fairy tale character imaginable! Stunning visual effects and a stellar cast create an epic adventure that will enchant audiences of all ages!
An all-star cast featuring a wealth of Emmy®, Oscar®, and Golden Globe®-wining and nominated talent including: John Larroquette (Boston Legal, The Practice), Kimberly Williams-Paisley (NashvilleFather of the Bride), Scott Cohen (Love and Other DrugsJacob’s Ladder), Ann-Margret (Bye Bye BirdieTommy), Rutger Hauer (Batman BeginsSin City), Daniel Lapaine (Double Jeopardy), Camryn Manheim (The Practice), Ed O’Neill (Modern FamilyMarried with Children) and Dianne Wiest (Edward ScissorhandsParenthood)."
Bonus Features:
The Making of The 10th Kingdom

My Thoughts:

This movie has it all...fantasy, romance, action and adventure, making it the perfect movie to share for your next family movie night.  I was surprised I never heard of this Emmy winning movie until now, but glad I had the opportunity to watch it as it was stunning, how two worlds magically come together in one fantastic adventure.  If your family loves fairy tales and movies that spark their imagination and take them away on journeys unimaginable until they see it with their own eyes, then you will all love The 10th Kingdom. 

We ended up watching this movie the other night, and within the first few minutes, we were all hooked, and couldn't take our eyes off the screen.  Can you imagine what Central Park in NYC would look like if was taken over by fairies and giants?  Well, this movie will show you in a dramatic and breathtaking way.  You and your family will be in for an epic adventure when you sit down to watch The 10th Kingdom together.  I gaurantee it! :-)

Magical Legend of the Leprechauns, The + Digital

About the Movie:

"In a land of myth and magic, a wondrous legend is about to come true!
Welcome to the end of the rainbow, where love, fortune and fantasy await the lucky! Spectacular special effects, a star-studded international cast, and a story as timeless as the Emerald Isle itself combine to create a fantastical tale that will touch hearts and dazzle the imagination! The adventure begins as American Jack Woods (Randy Quaid) finds himself far from home in a quaint Irish village where he reluctantly befriends a ragtag group of leprechauns. When a forbidden love affair ignites an ancient war between the leprechauns and the trooping fairies, The Grand Banshee (Whoopi Goldberg) warns of impending doom. Jack is appointed to restore harmony...but will peace prevail before the unthinkable happens? With superb performances by Colm Meaney, Kieran Culkin and Roger Daltrey, The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns is a flight of fancy that will weave a touch of mischief and magic into the lives of all who share it!"
Randy Quaid (Independence Day), Whoopi Goldberg (The View), Roger Daltrey (Tommy), Colm Meaney (Con Air), Kieran Culkin (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World)
Nominated for a Emmy ® Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries

My Thoughts:

Here is another wonderful fantasy flick that will sure to delight fans of mythology and folklore.  This time instead of fairies taking over Central Park, you have leprechauns fighting in a war that has been ignited by a forbidden love affair.  Fans of fairies will be happy to know that there are fairies in this movie, too.  This movie was nominated for an Emmy for Oustanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries.  Did you catch it when it aired on television before?  I didn't, but had heard about it from family and friends who had, so I was excited to see it for myself.  And, after watching it over the course of a couple days - it is 2 hrs. and 52 minutes in length -- a little long for my two girls to sit in one sitting to watch, I wondered to myself why they didn't win the Emmy as this miniseries was great.  Not only does the movie have a stellar cast including Whoopie Goldberg, Roger Daltry and Colm Meaney, but the story line will draw you in from the start, and leave you on the edge of your seat right up until the final moments.

I highly recommend this movie for families who enjoy watching movies together, or for a special date-night in.

Family Favorites - 5 Movie Pack

More about this 5-movie box set:

From cross-country adventures to small-town shenanigans, it’s hours of quality, family entertainment in one fun-filled movie bundle!
Are We There Yet? (2005) - Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen, Philip Bolden
14 hours. 350 miles. His girlfriends’ kids. What could possibly go wrong?
North (1994) - Elijah Wood, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Sick of the neglect he receives from his mom and dad, a young boy leaves home and travels the world in search of new parents.
Last Day of Summer (2007) - Jansen Panettiere, Alexandra Krosney, Jennette McCurdy
The fun starts when 11-year old Luke wishes he could have his last day of vacation all over again - and his dreams come true! 
Bandit and the Saints of Dogwood (2015) 
An Adventure Filled with Comedy, Fun, and Four-Legged Friends!
The Big Goofy Secret of Hidden Pines (2013) 
An Extraordin-Hairy Adventure! When two vacationers find – to their surprise – a baby Bigfoot, their lives are turned upside down. 
From cross-country adventures to small-town shenanigans, it’s hours of quality, family entertainment in one fun-filled movie bundle!
Are We There Yet? (2005) - Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen, Philip Bolden
14 hours. 350 miles. His girlfriends’ kids. What could possibly go wrong?
North (1994) - Elijah Wood, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Sick of the neglect he receives from his mom and dad, a young boy leaves home and travels the world in search of new parents.
Last Day of Summer (2007) - Jansen Panettiere, Alexandra Krosney, Jennette McCurdy
The fun starts when 11-year old Luke wishes he could have his last day of vacation all over again - and his dreams come true! 
Bandit and the Saints of Dogwood (2015) 
An Adventure Filled with Comedy, Fun, and Four-Legged Friends!
The Big Goofy Secret of Hidden Pines (2013) 
An Extraordin-Hairy Adventure! When two vacationers find – to their surprise – a baby Bigfoot, their lives are turned upside down. 
My Thoughts:
Let's first start with the price of this 5-movie DVD box set.  How much would you pay for a box set like this?  I bet you didn't guess $14.98.  Even on the low end of $5-$9 dollars a movie, the actual cost of this box set is even cheaper, making it a must have for families who enjoy family movie nights together.  This box set offers an assortment of movies that the whole family will love, without having to deal with the dreaded "What are we going to watch tonight?".  When I showed my girls this box set, they were quick to zero in on the Bandit and the Saints of Dogwood movie as they both love dogs, and then North.  I had already seen most of these movies and know how great they were.  I was just excited to be able to share some of my favorite movies that I watched with my family growing up, with them.  
This 5-Movie box set includes comedies, dramas, action and adventure movies, providing hours of fun for the whole family.  If you are planning an upcoming family trip and usually bring some movies along, then you will want to pick up this new box set release from Mill Creek Entertainment to bring along and enjoy together.  There is a total of 22 hours and 51 minutes of content so you don't have to worry about running out of things to watch. And, kids will love watching these movies over and over again in the car as you drive from one place to another this summer.  So far, we have only watched a few of the movies, and they were all winners with my husband and daughters who hadn't seen them before.  I loved being together and laughing and smiling along with my family as we enjoyed a wholesome family-friendly movie together, with lots of popcorn! :-)

Jules Verne's Mysterious Island + Digital

And, now here are some great movies that would be perfect for families with teens or just adults to watch together.  Like I have shared in past posts, my husband and I like to do date nights in as it is easier with the two girls and not having to worry about finding a babysitter or having my family drive a couple hours just to watch them.  So, after the girls go to bed, usually on a Friday or Saturday night, we will make dinner together or just dessert, and then settle in to watch a movie or two together.  The following movies are perfect for couples who love date nights in, and not having to worry about heading to one of the rental movie boxes to be disappointed over the movie selection.  These movies can be ordered directly from the Mill Creek Entertainment website at an unbelievable price.
About this Movie:
"The most thrilling adventure unknown to man.
The tale is legendary. The terrors are real. The adventure is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Take a journey eight thousand miles off the coast of America—into the complete unknown… 
Five prisoners of war escape captivity in a Confederate prison camp only to land in an uncharted Pacific island where time stands still and dastardly pirates don't take kindly to strangers in director Russell Mulcahy's screen adaptation of fantasy author Jules Verne's literary classic. They thought they were on their way to freedom when they leapt into a balloon and took to the skies, but upon landing on an island where nothing is as it seems, these escapees are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. From bloodthirsty beasts to murderous pirates and a mad genius named Captain Nemo (Patrick Stewart), treachery lurks behind every corner on this island, and if these five survivors have any hope of staying alive, they'll have to fight to their dying breaths to escape the island and get back to the modern world.
Based on the classic novel by Jules Verne and starring Kyle MacLachlan (TV's Twin Peaks), Gabrielle Anwar (TV's Burn Notice), Vinnie Jones (Snatch), and Omar Gooding (Baby Boy) - prepare for the ultimate adventure of terror, wonder, and survival!"
My Thoughts:
We haven't watched this movie yet, so I can't comment on how it is yet.  But, after seeing the trailer below, we plan to watch this upcoming Friday.  My husband and I both like mystery and suspense movies, and this movie has that and so much more.  Come on, what movie with Sir Patrick Stewart hasn't been good?  I would watch it just for him, as he is an amazing actor and brings so much to each and every role he plays.  If only Friday would get here already so we could watch it! :-)


Gridiron Gang - Special Edition - Blu-ray

About this movie:

"One Goal. A Second Chance.
Based On A True Story
Dwayne The Rock Johnson stars in this gritty and inspirational movie based on a true story of a group of teenage delinquents given a second chance to redeem themselves by playing football. Sean Porter (Johnson) is a frustrated juvenile probation officer. Most of the kids in his detention camp are either sent back to prison once they leave or meet a violent end when they return to the streets. Desperately looking for a way to make a difference, he and his co-worker Malcolm Moore (Xzibit, TV's Pimp My Ride) devise a plan to teach discipline and responsibility through the game of football. But with only four weeks before the start of the season, Porter must overcome insurmountable odds to put together a competitive team. It's a season that will test their minds, spirit, and bodies as Porter teaches his players the principles of good character, strength through resiliency, and genuine respect for one another."
Outstanding…A Stand Up And Cheer Classic! The Rock Has Never Been Better.” – Steve Edwards, Fox-TV 
New SPECIAL EDITION release will be fully loaded with special features!
Commentary with Director and Writer, 15 Deleted Scenes (with commentary), 5 Featurettes
INCLUDES the original 1992 Emmy®-winning documentary that inspired the film.

My Thoughts:
This is the movie I feel that made the Rock a standout actor in a drama.  Usually we see him in action movies flexing his muscles, but in Gridiron Gang, we get to see his softer side, and he really makes you fall in love with this movie, which is based on a true story.  I am not usually a football fan, but this is more than just a movie about football, it is about heart and one man believing in a group of boys who ended up on the wrong side of the tracks and had no left that believed in them.  The Rock's character proved to them and his character that everyone deserves a second chance and that when you believe in someone you can change their whole word and lead them back on the right path.  

I have lost count on how many times I have seen this movie over the years.  But, each and every time I sit down to watch the movie, I find myself enjoying it even more.  This is definitley one movie that can be enjoyed with older children, and great to have in our movie library, as you, too, once you see it if you haven't already, will want to watch time and again.

Crime Time - Miami Vice & Knight Rider TV Bundle

About this TV bundle box set:

"The hottest TV shows of the 1980s are combined together for the ultimate in Crime Time Television.
MIAMI VICE – Season 1
The cops. The cars. The clothes. From executive producer Michael Mann (Heat, Collateral) comes the first season of the explosive, groundbreaking detective show that redefined the world cool. Set against the seamy and steamy Miami underworld, MIAMI VICE allows you to ride shotgun with suave cops Sonny Crockett (Golden Globe® winner Don Johnson) and Rico Tubbs (Phillip Michael Thomas) as they battle a never-ending gallery of criminals, drug dealers, and lowlifes. See why Time magazine called MIAMI VICE TV's hottest and hippest cop show.
Today's Hero, Driving the Car of Tomorrow! Gear up for action with superstar David Hasselhoff and his supercar, K.I.T.T., as they throttle crime in every high-octane episode from the first season of Knight Rider. The series follows the thrilling adventures of Michael Knight, a detective thought to be dead, who's been given a new face and identity. His assignment: to fight crime with the help of an artificially intelligent, talking car named K.I.T.T., a high-speed, futuristic weapon outfitted with high-tech gadgets and a personality of its own. 
Over 9 hours of detectives, cops, and lawyers serving justice from the Golden Era of Television. Enjoy 20 classic TV episodes from pioneering procedurals including DRAGNETSHERLOCK HOLMESMAN WITH A CAMERA, and DICK TRACY."

My Thoughts:

I grew up watching these three television shows with my dad and brothers.  Because my dad was a cop, he was into shows like these, and even the 70's favorite, Dragnet.  When we would come home from work or a police detail, he would have his dinner and watch these shows.  My brothers and I would sit with him in the living room, to spend time with him.  And, then we found ourselves getting into these shows and looking forward to watching them.  If you were born in the 70's or 80's, then you probably watched these hit television shows that were big in the 80's.  

This box set includes the complete first season of these three cop/detective shows.  My husband had never seen these shows before, so it was fun to introduce him to the television shows.  Now, he is hoping Mill Creek Entertainment will be releasing the complete series for these television shows so that he can binge watch them. :-)

Awesomes, The - The Complete Series + Digital - BD [Blu-ray]

About this series:

"The Greatest Superheroes - The Greatest Names in Comedy

a labor of love for the creators.” “wonderfully silly” – Boston Herald

knowing and clever, with a positive attitude” – Slate

a hilarious-looking web series” - Nerdist

THE AWESOMES is an animated show for adults that combines the thrills of comic book storytelling with the hallmark irreverent and inspired comedy of co-creators Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker (Late Night with Seth Meyers). Showcasing the voice talents of current and past SNL stars, THE AWESOMES introduces a group of not-so-super heroes who just might find a way to save the world.

Enjoy all 3 seasons, 30 episodes together for the first time on DVD!"
Disc 1 - Season 1
Pilot, Part 1
Pilot, Part 2
Baby Got Backstory
No Mo' Sumo
It's a Mad Mad Mad Parallel World
The Super-Hero Awards, Part 1
The Super-Hero Awards, Part 2

Disc 2 - Season 2
Hotwire's Funeral
People vs. Perfect Man
Destination Deading
Tim Goes to School
The Awesomes Awesome Show
Secret Santa
Day of Awesomes, Part 1
Day of Awesomes, Part 2

Disc 3 - Season 3
Seaman's Revenge
Villain-Tine's Day
Les Miserawesomes
Awesomes for Hire
Indiana Johnson and the Nazi Granddaughters
The Dames of Danger
The Awesomes Reloaded
The GayFather
Super(hero) Tuesday
The Final Showdown

My Thoughts:

I first stumbled upon this series when looking for something to watch on Hulu last year.  After watching a few episodes, my husband and I were hooked, and started binge watching this  comedic series -- three seasons in total.  So, when I saw Mill Creek Entertainment was coming out with the complete series on DVD, I knew my husband would love.  And, that he was when I showed him the other day.  Even though we have already seen this Hulu original series before, we couldn't wait to start watching the series again, this time without having to binge watch it.  This lets us truly enjoy the slap stick comedy of Seth Myers and the other comedians and appreciate each and every story line/episode.  We started watching this last week and have already made it through the first season.  We couldn't stop laughing and found it was a great series to watch at the end of a crazy work day when you just want to veg out and relax and not have to think about movie or show.  

If your Dad or husband is fan of this popular Hulu original series, then you will definitely want to pick up this DVD, which includes the complete series (all 3 seasons).


We haven't watched these last two DVDS, but I have seen all the movies before, as you probably have too.  But, I wanted to make you aware that they are now available on DVD from Mill Creek Entertainment, just in time for Father's Day.  

Merlin Collection, The + Digital

About this 3-film collection:

MERLIN (1998)
In a time long past, when magic was fading from the world of men, the malevolent sorceress Mab (Miranda Richardson) summoned forth a mighty wizard to keep the power of the Old Ways alive. The wizard's name was Merlin (Sam Neill). But when his heart is touched by the love of the beautiful Nimue (Isabella Rossellini), Merlin turns away from Mab's dark enchantments. Allying himself with the young warrior who will rise to become the legendary King Arthur, Merlin pledges his mystic skills to Arthur's visionary cause: Bringing peace and justice to the realm haunted by monsters and ravaged by war and setting the stage for the ultimate clash of Good versus Evil.
For 1500 years, the powers of Merlin (Rik Mayall) have kept the evil Mordred (Craig Sheffer) and his mother Morgana (Grethe Fox) captive in another world. When a present-day scientist (Tia Carrere) stumbles upon the gateway between this world and the one Mordred is imprisoned in, it's up to a recently re-awakened King Arthur (Patrick Bergin) Merlin, and Lancelot (Adrian Paul) to stop Mordred from returning.
The great sorcerer Merlin has returned to Camelot, a kingdom now vulnerable to ill fates and war since the theft of the Holy Grail, its greatest gift and protection. With the help of Jack, an irascible young beggar-thief imbued with his own unruly magic, the fight against unknown dangers begins-to find the Grail, restore it to its rightful place, and bring Camelot back to its glory days."
Fast Action 9 Movie Pack Bundle - BD [Blu-ray]
(Note: If you were planning to buy Gridiron Gang, why not buy this bundle set instead.  It is the same price, and you get that movie plus 8 other great action flicks!)

About this 9-film collection:

"Start your engines for this full-throttle action movie collection starring some of the biggest names in Hollywood including Jean-Claude Van Damme, Paul Walker and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson! Featuring 9 furiously fast movies in stunning high-definition, this is a perfect bundle for the ultimate action movie fan!"

This 9-movie bundle set includes the following action packed movies:

Vehicle 19 - (2013) – Color – Rated R – Starring Paul Walker
You Got Served - (2004) - Color - PG-13 - Marques Houston, Omari Grandberry, Jarell Houston
Stomp the Yard - (2007) - Color - PG-13 - Columbus Short, Meagan Good, Ne-YO
Gridiron Gang - (2006) - Color - 2 Hours 5 Minutes - PG-13 - Dwayne Johnson, Xhibit
The Hard Corps - (2006) - Color - Rated R - Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Vivica A. Fox, Peter Bryant
Double Team - (1997) - Color - Rated R- Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dennis Rodman, Mickey Rourke
Maximum Risk - (1996) - Color - Rated R - Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Natsha Henstridge
Second in Command - (2006) - Color - Rated R - Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Julie Cox, Alan McKenna, William Tapley
Universal Soldier: The Return - (1999) - Color - Rated R - Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Michael Jai White, Heidi Schanz, Bill Goldberg

These and the other DVD's I mentioned above would make for a great movie night basket Father's Day basket.  You could grab some popcorn, his favorite candies and drink, and fill a basket with some of his favorite movies, or movies you think he will like from Mill Creek Entertainment.  This would definitely be one gift he will love getting, and one you can all enjoy together.

To learn more about the DVD's mentioned above, or to check out all the other recent and upcoming movies releasing from Mill Creek Entertainment, head on over to their website - Then, get ready for that special dad in your life to smile when he sees all the great movies you got him to enjoy.

Disclosure:  I was sent screeners from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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