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Anchor Bay Films Proudly Presents the Inspirational Documentary MURPH: The Protector

November 15, 2013


The Film, Which Follows the Extraordinary Life of Fallen Navy SEAL Lieutenant Michael Murphy, Heads to Blu-ray(TM), DVD, and Digital Download on January 7, 2014 LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 11/15/13 -- Anchor Bay Films is proud and honored to announce the Blu-ray(TM) and DVD release of Mactavish Pictures' "MURPH: The Protector," a moving documentary based on the exemplary life of Navy SEAL Lieutenant Michael Murphy, whose extraordinary courage in battle resulted in the Congressional Medal of Honor, awarded posthumously in 2007. This stirring and powerful film will be available on Blu-ray(TM), DVD, and digital download January 7, 2014

On June 28th, 2005, Lieutenant Michael Murphy was killed while trying to protect his Navy SEAL team during an infamous mountainside battle with Taliban forces -- now known as "Operation Red Wings." In 2007, President George W. Bush posthumously awarded LT Murphy with the Congressional Medal of Honor, the first ever for combat in Afghanistan. "In his final act of bravery, he continued to engage the enemy until he was mortally wounded, gallantly giving his life for his country and for the cause of freedom," Bush declared.

The documentary reveals the remarkable life of "Murph," a son, brother, neighbor and warrior who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country and became a true American hero. This is his story and legacy. The film was written, directed and produced by Scott Mactavish and debuted theatrically in March 2013 during Medal of Honor week. Since then, it has gathered tens of thousands of followers. It was executive produced by Jon Sheinberg and Brian Aspinwall, and has qualified for the 2013 Academy Award(R) voting categories of Best Feature Documentary, Best Original Song, Best Original Score, and Best Film Editing.

About Mactavish Pictures Scott Mactavish is a filmmaker, best-selling author and veteran of the United States Navy. He founded Mactavish Pictures in New York City in 1998. Scott has written, produced and directed numerous documentaries, including "Summer Running: The Race to Cure Breast Cancer" (featuring an introduction by Sissy Spacek) and "God and Country: Untold Stories of the American Military." Mactavish Pictures produces original long-form content, including non-fiction television shows, documentaries and feature films. Scott's books include The New Dad's Survival Guide (Little, Brown and Co.) and Battle Ready: Memoir of a SEAL Warrior Medic (St. Martin's Press), both available globally. He has written for, Windcheck Sailing Magazine, and, and has authored several feature screenplays.

About Anchor Bay Films Anchor Bay Films is a division of Anchor Bay Entertainment and provides quality distribution with operations in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and offers distribution capabilities in other key territories. Anchor Bay Films uniquely offers the creative community a fully integrated distribution capability on all platforms and an international solution extending beyond the United States. The company focuses on a platform release strategy for its films with an eye toward maximizing their potential across all ancillary distribution platforms. Theatrical releases include Billy Bob Thornton's "Jayne Mansfield's Car" starring Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Kevin Bacon and Ray Stevenson, Slasher Films' premiere release "Nothing Left to Fear" featuring music from legendary guitarist Slash and the upcoming film, "At Middleton" starring Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga. Films in its library include the recent theatrical release of Rob Zombie's "The Lords of Salem" starring Sheri Moon Zombie, Bruce Davison and genre favorite Ken Foree, "10 Years" starring Channing Tatum and Rosario Dawson, the critically-acclaimed comedy "City Island" starring Andy Garcia and "Solitary Man" starring Michael Douglas as well as "Kill the Irishman" starring Ray Stevenson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Val Kilmer and Christopher Walken, and Toronto Film Festival award-winner "Beautiful Boy" with Maria Bello and Michael Sheen. Anchor Bay Entertainment ( is a Starz business,

MURPH: The Protector -- Blu-ray(TM) Street Date: January 7, 2014 Cat. #: BD00334 UPC: 01313261404581 Run Time: 76 Minutes Rating: PG SRP: $29.99 Audio: Stereo Subtitles: English and Spanish

MURPH: The Protector -- DVD Street Date: January 7, 2014 Cat. #: DV00333 UPC: 01313261403881 Run Time: 76 Minutes Rating: PG SRP: $24.98 Audio: Stereo Subtitles: English and Spanish

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