Who doesn’t love a great franchise? Long-running series of films and television shows provide audiences with the opportunity to check in with their favorite characters to see what exciting exploits they have gotten into. We currently have a variety of franchise favorites on sale that will help you be brought up to date on some of the greatest ongoing sagas ever to hit the small and silver screens. From sequels to spinoffs, there’s something here for everyone. Take a look:
First, the hillbilly husband and wife played by Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride are introduced in the all-time favorite barnyard comedy “The Egg and I” (1947), with Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray. Then, the Kettle clan is about to be run out of their home until Pa wins “the home of the future”in a slogan-writing contest in “Ma and Pa Kettle” (1949). The Kettles find themselves in New York where they unwittingly help a crook on the lam in “Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town” (1950). Ma and Pa head back to the homestead when they think there’s uranium on the premises in “Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm” (1951). Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride lead the hilarious backwoods brood to the county fair with hopes of winning some tuition money for their college-bound daughter in “Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair” (1952). Jim Backus co-stars. Next, the Kettles wind up in the middle of an espionage plot involving secret plans during a trip to Paris in “Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation” (1953). Then, Ma and Pa try to help Elwin, one of their 15 kids, win a scholarship to an agricultural college in “Ma and Pa Kettle at Home” (1954). And, when their cousin becomes ill in Hawaii, Ma and Pa head to the islands to help out in her pineapple factory in “Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki” (1955). After an auto accident forced series co-star Percy Kilbride to retire, Marjorie Main continued as Ma Kettle in the final two films. Main packs her brood up to visit hillbilly brother-in-law Arthur Hunnicutt and helps him deal with moonshiners in “The Kettles in the Ozarks” (1956). Una Merkel also stars. Then, Parker Fennelly takes over the role of Pa in “The Kettles on Old MacDonald’s Farm” (1957), as he and Main play Cupid for woodsman John Smith and socialite Gloria Talbott.
Twenty years after the long-running “Perry Mason” series ended, the revered attorney hung up his shingle once more in a series of 30 popular TV-movies that aired on NBC between 1985 and 1995. Raymond Burr returned in the title role (in 26 of the 30, with Hal Holbrook and Paul Sorvino in the other four), and Barbara Hale resumed her role as loyal secretary Della Street. Also featured William Katt and a host of guest stars.
This set includes Back to the Future, Back to the Future Part II, Back to the Future Part III, plus plenty of bonus features celebrating Marty McFly and Doc Brown’s trip through time.
A 747 and a small private plane collide in mid-air and now the pilotless jumbo jet is on a collision course with destruction, in “Airport 1975” (1974). Charlton Heston, Karen Black, and George Kennedy star. “Airport ’77” (1977) stars Jack Lemmon, James Stewart, and Olivia de Havilland as passengers trapped in a jetliner that crashes in the Bermuda Triangle. A ruthless businessman tries to blow up a goodwill U.S.-Soviet flight in “The Concorde: Airport ’79” (1979). With Robert Wagner, Kennedy. This two-disc set of the action-packed disaster film series also includes the original “Airport.”
The small but feisty fan-favorite Autobot takes center stage in this “Transformers” spinoff/prequel set in the late ‘80s, as a damaged Bumblebee (voiced by Dylan O’Brien) takes refuge in a Southern California junkyard…and finds a friend and protector in unhappy teen Charlie Watson (Hailee Steinfeld). She may not be enough, between an implacable government agent (John Cena) and a faction of Decepticons weary of hiding. With Pamela Adlon and the voices of Angela Bassett, Justin Theroux.
Tom Clancy’s best-selling novel is turned into an intense action thriller with Harrison Ford playing Jack Ryan, the former CIA advisor who finds his and his family’s lives threatened by a group of Irish terrorists after he kills one of them during a trip to London. Anne Archer, Patrick Bergin, Samuel L. Jackson, and Richard Harris also star.
Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and his crew are stranded on an uncharted world after the Enterprise suffers a surprise attack by vicious alien commander Krall (Idris Elba). With help from a scavenger (Sofia Boutella) also marooned on the planet, Kirk and his people must find a way to foil Krall’s plan to use an ancient and deadly bioweapon to wage war on the Federation. Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg (who also co-wrote), John Cho, and Anton Yelchin co-star in this hit sci-fi sequel.
Four-disc set includes “Frankenstein” (1931), “Bride of Frankenstein,” “Son of Frankenstein,” “The Ghost of Frankenstein,” “Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man,” “House of Frankenstein,” “House of Dracula,” and “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.”
Herman Brix, as Tarzan, joins an expedition to a lost Mayan city hidden in the Guatemalan jungle. Their goal: the “Green Goddess,” a gem-encrusted idol that contains a secret formula for a powerful explosive. Ula Holt, Frank Baker co-star; produced by Edgar Rice Burroughs. 12 episodes.
The film that started the “summer blockbuster” trend, director Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Peter Benchley’s novel is a masterpiece of action and suspense. The New England resort town Amity Island is terrorized by a man (and woman)-eating great white shark, and it’s up to the local police chief (Roy Scheider), a marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss), and a grizzled shark hunter (Robert Shaw) to stop the feeding frenzy. With Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton; features a classic score by John Williams.