January 26, 2021
After several weeks of slim pickings, home viewers have a bountiful crop of new releases available on disc and through digital retailers beginning Jan. 26, including Warner Bros.’ Batman: Soul of the Dragon, Paramount Home Entertainment’s Fatman and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Come Play.
Also new in stores are the 1955 musical Court Jester, part of the Paramount Presents line; Virgil Films’ Trafficked: A Parent’s Worst Nightmare; the Lionsgate sports actioner Born a Champion; and Season 1 of the TV series “Snowpiercer,” from Warner Bros.
Batman: Soul of the Dragon, now available on Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray two weeks after its digital sellthrough debut, is the 41st film in the DC Universe series of animated movies. The Elseworlds tale, set in the 1970s, has Bruce Wayne in martial arts training alongside other students under a master sensei to confront a deadly menace. Read a review of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray here.
The dark comedy Fatman, now available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, was released last November through digital retailers only. The film stars Mel Gibson as Chris Cringle, the gruff, put-upon chairman of the Christmas workshop whose business is declining every year due to children becoming less enthralled by the magic of the holidays. As Cringle explains, more and more children are being naughty every year, and per the rules of his existence are eligible to receive only coal. One such child, a spoiled rich kid, orders a hit on Santa. Read a review of the Blu-ray Disc here.
The supernatural thriller Come Play also arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Jan. 26, after two weeks of availability through digital retailers. A young boy who relies on his cell phone and tablet for companionship befriends a strange and sinister non-human creature. When the mysterious creature uses the devices to break into our world, his parents must fight to save their son.
The Court Jester, which is making its Blu-ray Disc debut, stars Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, Angela Lansbury and Cecil Parker. In 2004, The Court Jester was added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.
Trafficked, a feature-length drama, becomes available Jan. 26 on DVD and digital HD through Virgil Films, the independent label headed by veteran video executive Joe Amodei. Directed by Joel Paul Reisig and written by Reisig, George Sunders, and Scott Voshel, Trafficked is based on multiple true stories from American suburban families who have had their lives uprooted after a child has been abducted and trafficked. The film tells the story of a beautiful young girl with a bright future and a dream of becoming a veterinarian. On the eve of her 16th birthday, she sneaks out of her house to meet a handsome boy she met online and disappears. Her parents contact the police, who assume their daughter is just out with a boyfriend. A private detective discovers the truth — a discovery that sets off a race with time.
The inspirational mixed martial arts action film Born a Champion arrives Jan. 26 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, just four days after it was released through digital retailers, in select theaters and on demand. The film stars Sean Patrick Flanery as an ex-Marine who loses a blood-soaked jujitsu match in Dubai to superstar Blaine. But years later, an online video proves that Blaine cheated, and the world demands a rematch, motivating the aging underdog to get back into shape to claim revenge.
“Snowpiercer” is a post-apocalyptic dystopian thriller television drama series that premiered on TNT on May 17, 2020. The series follows the passengers of the Snowpiercer, a gigantic, perpetually moving train that circles the globe carrying the remnants of humanity seven years after the world becomes a frozen wasteland. The series questions class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival.