October 13, 2020
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Fatima and Lionsgate’s Alone top the slate of new releases available beginning Oct. 13 through digital retailers, while physical media fans will be able to buy the “Breaking Bad” spinoff movie El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, in a special Blu-ray Disc Steelbook.
Also available Oct. 13 are two new releases from Warner Bros.: Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite! on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and digital, and Batman: Death in the Family on Blu-ray Disc and digital.
On the gift set front, Shout! Factory is out with the Friday the 13th Collection, a new Blu-ray Disc collection of all 11 films in the original franchise, plus the 2009 remake of the original 1980 slasher classic. The 16-disc set retails for $159.98 on the Shout! Factory website.
Fatima is a historical drama based on the story of one of the Catholic Church’s most fabled places of pilgrimage. In 1917, outside the parish of Fátima, Portugal, a 10-year-old girl and her two younger cousins witness multiple visitations of the Virgin Mary, who tells them that only prayer and suffering will bring an end to World War I. The film stars Goran Višnjić (Beginners), Joaquim de Almeida (“Queen of the South”), Stephanie Gil (Terminator: Dark Fate), Lúcia Moniz (Love, Actually), with Golden Globe nominee Sônia Braga (Aquarius) and Academy Award nominee Harvey Keitel (The Piano).
Fatima also features two songs from the world-renowned Italian operatic tenor and Grammy Award-nominee Andrea Bocelli, “Gloria” and “Gratia Plena,” a new original song composed for the movie by Paolo Buonvino.
Fatima will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on Oct. 27.
Alone, arriving on disc Oct. 20, is a horror film directed by Johnny Martin and starring Tyler Posey and Donald Sutherland. The film is about a young man who holes up inside his apartment during a zombie apocalypse.
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie premiered a year ago on Netflix. The film, from Vince Gilligan, offers a lengthy tale of morality and redemption through the gritty eyes of Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) — the meth-cooking partner-in-crime to high school chemistry teacher Walter White (Bryan Cranston), whose character perished in the 2013 series finale.
El Camino — name of the 1978 Chevrolet Pinkman made his escape in the series conclusion — premiered on Netflix Oct. 11, reportedly generated 8.2 million viewers in the United States opening weekend, including an average of 6.5 million per minute, and 2.6 million per minute opening day, according Nielsen. The viewership was on par with the “Breaking Bad” series run, with opening day streaming of El Camino topping the 1.5 million average household views for “Breaking Bad” episodes.
Also available through digital retailers beginning Oct. 13 is the Virgil Films documentary Win, Lose, or Draw Straws, which exposes one particular oddity of the U.S election system, the increasing existence of and wildly varied ways of determining elections that end in perfect ties. Told by the people who experienced the emotional highs and lows of a political campaign that was determined by a random game of chance and exposing the way random luck affects our lives from local races all the way to the White House, the film travels the country to uncover the most peculiar election tiebreakers in American history, while exposing the backroom dealing and insider trading of local politics.