‘Fatima,’ ‘Friendsgiving,’ ‘Rambo’ Steelbook Collection Top Slate of New Disc, Digital Releases

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Fatima, Lionsgate’s Friendsgiving and Warner Bros.’ Tom & Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale top the slate of new releases available for for home viewers beginning Oct. 27.

Other new releases consumers can now watch at home include Warner’s Toys of Terror and a Steelbook collector’s set of all five “Rambo” movies on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from Lionsgate, available exclusively at Best Buy.

Fatima, which is being released on DVD only two weeks after its digital debut, 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. Word of the sighting spreads across the country, inspiring religious pilgrims to flock to the site in hopes of witnessing a miracle.

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Friendsgiving becomes available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD three days after its initial release for digital purchase and on VOD. Produced by Ben Stiller, the comedy finds Abby (Kat Dennings) looking forward to a laidback Thanksgiving with her best friend Molly (Malin Akerman). But plans for a quiet turkey dinner go up in smoke when they’re joined by Molly’s new boyfriend and her flamboyant mother (Jane Seymour). Soon come party crashers, including Molly’s old flame, a wannabe shaman, and a trio of Fairy Gay Mothers (Wanda Sykes, Margaret Cho and Fortune Feimster).

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Tom & Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale on Oct. 27 debuts in a new special-edition Blu-ray and DVD. The 2007 animated holiday film finds the iconic cartoon characters in a dazzling winter wonderland, brought to life through holiday magic and Tchaikovsky’s beautiful music. The film also is available for digital purchase.

Toys of Terror becomes available for digital viewing only ahead of its Jan. 19, 2021, disc release. The movie, which seeks to re-create the nostalgia of stop-motion holiday specials, stars Dayo Ade and Kyana Teresa as David and Hannah Cashman, who have promised their family a fun Christmas getaway. But when they arrive at a grand old house in the snowy woods of Washington and are greeted by a familiar construction foreman, the kids realize their parents plan to make it a working vacation, renovating the place in the hopes of flipping it. Alicia (Verity Marks) and her young siblings (Saul Elias and Zoe Fish), though annoyed, find themselves distracted after they find a stash of old toys in an abandoned playroom of the creepy mansion. Before long, they seem to be inseparable from their new playthings, much to the consternation of their nanny (Georgia Waters), who senses that something in the house is not quite right.

Rambo: The Complete Steelbook Collection arrives in stores Oct. 27 and features all five films in the popular Sylvester Stallone action franchise in individual Steelbook cases housed in a larger metal display box. Stallone plays John Rambo, a Vietnam War veteran haunted by his experiences and fighting for justice. The set includes 1982’s First Blood, 1985’s Rambo: First Blood Part II, 1988’s Rambo III, 2008’s Rambo and 2019’s Rambo: Last Blood. The combo packs include regular Blu-ray and digital copies of the films as well.

Each film includes bonus features ranging from deleted scenes, trailers, exclusive featurettes and commentaries.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

‘Fatima’, ‘Alone’ Top Weekly Slate of New Digital Releases

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.

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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.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.