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Mill Creek Picks Up Former BCI Properties

20 Jul, 2009 By: Chris Tribbey

Mill Creek Entertainment has picked up a large swath of properties from former Navarre-owned distributor BCI Eclipse, including the “Dungeons & Dragons” animated series, the “Ultraman” series and the 2002 “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.”

“We’ve worked pretty closely with Navarre on BCI, and we’ll use our unique pricing model and aggressive marketing for these titles,” said Mill Creek president and COO Ian Warfield. He said several Mill Creek employees at one time worked for either Navarre or BCI.

Navarre shuttered BCI operations in December.

During August and September, Mill Creek will street collections for at least half the price of the original SRPs. The ABC series “Day Break,” starring Taye Diggs, will be priced at $14.98, as will both five-part documentary series “Outlaws and Gunslingers” and “Great Indian Wars.” A nine-episode single-disc of “Dungeons & Dragons” will street for $14.98, or fans can pick up the complete three-disc set with all 27 episodes for $24.98. The complete “Ultraman” collection, originally priced around $80, also will have a $14.98 price tag. “He-Man” will have a single-disc release with 10 episodes for $14.98, or all 39 episodes on four discs for $24.98. Mill Creek also will package together the Spirited Killer trilogy for $14.98.

Mill Creek also has acquired the 100-plus film Crown International Picture Library from BCI, and will package together movies in themed collections, starting with Grindhouse Greats and Too Cool for School. Warfield said that a “wide variety of multifilm collections” were in the works.

“We’re absolutely convinced we can give these titles new life,” he added.

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