‘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.

‘Harry Potter’ Collection Leads U.S. Disc Sales

With the coronavirus pandemic having the duel effect of both limiting the depth of new home video releases and leading to fewer disc sales in general, TV DVD and catalog content have had a much easier time of late reaching the top spots on the national sales charts. The week ended Oct. 17 saw a “Harry Potter” boxed set take a turn in the top spot.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection, first released in 2011, was No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD unit sales in the United States, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart. It had been No. 24 overall a week earlier.

In fact, almost the entire top 20 overall disc sales chart consisted of catalog and TV content, and the two new releases that did find a spot on it were reworkings of previously released material.

The No. 2 overall disc seller, and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart, was Disney’s Hocus Pocus, the perennial Halloween-season seller that had topped the charts the previous two weeks.

Another Disney Halloween favorite, the 1993 animated movie The Nightmare Before Christmas, came in at No. 3 overall and No. 8 on the Blu-ray chart.

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The week’s top debut was Shout! Factory’s new deluxe-edition boxed set of the 12 “Friday the 13th” movies, featuring new bonus materials and restorations of some of the films. It came in at No. 4 overall and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart. A boxed set of all the films was previously released in 2013 by Warner (which controls the most-recent four films in the franchise that were made by New Line Cinema; Paramount made the first seven).

The No. 5 overall disc seller was Universal’s The Office: The Complete Series, a DVD set that has been re-released several times since 2014.

The No. 2 Blu-ray Disc seller, and No. 7 overall, was another newcomer, Warner’s Batman: Death in the Family, a collection of DC Showcase animated shorts. The centerpiece of the new disc, Batman: Death in the Family, is an interactive feature that allows viewers to choose whether Robin is killed by the Joker, and to see which different paths the story could take after that. In many respects, however, the short is a reworking of the 2010 movie Batman: Under the Red Hood, with some new footage to provide a prequel to the movie and some alternate story possibilities.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Oct. 18, Lionsgate’s The Doorman, an actioner with Ruby Rose, debuted at No. 1 (for perspective, it was No. 55 its first week on the sales chart).

The Redbox-exclusive disc of Ava, which had been the top rental the previous two weeks, dropped back to No. 2, where it debuted a month earlier.

RLJE Films’ The Tax Collector was No. 3, followed by two titles from Lionsgate: The Silencing at No. 4 and The Secret: Dare to Dream.

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Actioner ‘The Doorman’ Debuts Atop Redbox Disc Rental Chart; ‘The Secret: Dare to Dream’ Tops On Demand Chart for Fourth Week

The newly released The Doorman, an action thriller from Lionsgate, topped the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended Oct. 18, and landed at No. 6 on the Redbox On Demand chart for the week.

The film, which was released on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 13, stars Ruby Rose as a former Marine turned doorman who battles mercenaries intent on destroying her apartment building to retrieve precious artwork hidden in the walls.

The previous week’s top rental, Redbox’s own Ava, slipped to No. 2 on the disc chart after two weeks in the top spot, and fell a spot to No. 4 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

Lionsgate’s The Secret: Dare to Dream remained No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart for a fourth consecutive week. It stayed at No. 5 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

RLJE Films’ The Tax Collector stayed No. 2 on the On Demand chart and dropped to No. 3 on the disc chart.

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No. 4 on the disc rental chart and No. 3 on the digital chart was Lionsgate’s The Silencing. The No. 5 On Demand title was Redbox’s An Imperfect Murder, a thriller about an actress who wakes up to learn she may have killed her ex-boyfriend.

Other newcomers on the disc chart were Lionsgate’s Seized at No. 8, and Vertical Entertainment’s Critical Thinking at No. 10. Lionsgate’s Alone, about a man trapped in his apartment during a zombie apocalypse, jumped onto the On Demand chart at No. 7 (not to be confused with Magnolia’s Alone, which is about a woman escaping a kidnapper in the woods and was released a month earlier).

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Oct. 18:

  1. The Doorman — Lionsgate
  2. Ava — Redbox
  3. The Tax Collector — RLJ
  4. The Silencing — Lionsgate
  5. The Secret: Dare to Dream — Lionsgate
  6. Scoob! — Warner
  7. The 2nd — Universal
  8. Seized — Lionsgate
  9. True History of the Kelly Gang — Shout! Factory
  10. Critical ThinkingVertical

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Oct. 18:

  1. The Secret: Dare to Dream — Lionsgate
  2. The Tax Collector — RLJ
  3. The Silencing — Lionsgate
  4. Ava — Redbox
  5. An Imperfect Murder — Redbox
  6. The Doorman — Lionsgate
  7. Alone (2020-B)Lionsgate
  8. Homefront — Universal
  9. Halloween (2018) Universal
  10. The Secret Garden (2020)Universal

 

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Merchandising: Retailers Bring ‘Back to the Future’ Exclusives

Universal Pictures’ new Back to the Future Trilogy boxed set arrived Oct. 20 with exclusive editions from Best Buy and Target.

Best Buy, as usual, offered a Steelbook edition of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray version of the trilogy, at $64.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Back to the Future Trilogy’ Steelbook

Target offered a gift set of the regular Blu-ray, at $42.99, which included a levitating hoverboard replica.

Target’s ‘Back to the Future Trilogy’ gift set

The 4K version of the hoverboard gift set was available from Amazon for $69.98.

The other notable exclusive for the week came at Target, which offered a Steelbook edition of The Twilight Saga from Lionsgate, for $29.99.

Target’s ‘Twilight Saga’ Steelbook

Target also offered 30% off select Halloween movies and books.

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‘Ava’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals for Second Week, While ‘The Secret: Dare to Dream’ Tops On Demand Chart for Third

The thriller Ava topped the Redbox disc rental chart for the second week in a row the week ended Oct. 11. Available exclusively on disc from Redbox kiosks, the film starring Jessica Chastain as an assassin had been No. 2 in its first week. It fell a spot to No. 3 on the Redbox On Demand chart for the week.

Lionsgate’s The Secret: Dare to Dream remained No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions, for a third consecutive week. It dropped to No. 5 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

No. 2 on both charts was RLJE Films’ The Tax Collector, a gritty drama about a pair of street thugs who collect protection money getting caught in the middle of a turf war.  While already available digitally, it was released on disc Oct. 6.

No. 3 on the disc rental chart and No. 5 on the digital chart was Lionsgate’s The Silencing, a thriller starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Annabelle Wallis about a hunter tracking down the man who may have kidnapped his daughter years earlier.

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No. 4 on the disc chart and No. 6 on the digital chart was Universal’s The 2nd, an actioner about an agent protecting the daughter of a Supreme Court justice from kidnappers.

Rounding out the top five On Demand titles at No. 4 was Universal’s The Secret Garden remake, which was the No. 8 disc rental.

Other newcomers on the disc chart were Screen Media’s Black Water: Abyss at No. 6, and Universal’s American Pie Presents: Girls Rules, the latest direct-to-video “American Pie” spinoff, at No. 10. Redbox’s An Imperfect Murder jumped onto the On Demand chart at No. 8.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Oct. 11:

  1. Ava — Redbox
  2. The Tax Collector — RLJ
  3. The Silencing — Lionsgate
  4. The 2nd — Universal
  5. The Secret: Dare to Dream — Lionsgate
  6. Black Water: Abyss — Screen Media
  7. True History of the Kelly Gang — Shout! Factory
  8. The Secret Garden (2020)Universal
  9. Scoob! — Warner
  10. American Pie Presents: Girls’ Rules — Universal

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Oct. 11:

  1. The Secret: Dare to Dream — Lionsgate
  2. The Tax Collector — RLJ
  3. Ava — Redbox
  4. The Secret Garden (2020)Universal
  5. The Silencing — Lionsgate
  6. The 2nd — Universal
  7. Homefront — Universal
  8. An Imperfect Murder — Redbox
  9. Death of Me — Lionsgate
  10. The King of Staten Island — Universal

 

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Actioner ‘Dragon Soldiers’ Due on DVD and Digital Dec. 15

The action fantasy Dragon Soldiers will arrive on DVD, digital and on demand Dec. 15 from Lionsgate.

In the film, when locals start vanishing from a small Colorado town, the mayor hires a squad of elite mercenaries to fight off the menace — whoever or whatever it may be. Leader Cameron (Ruben Pla, Insidious, Contracted, Dead Air) and his team suspect a ruthless gang of mercenary survivalists until they come face to face with a massive, airborne, fire-breathing reptile. Stopping the creature and surviving the attacks will take weapons, explosives and gunfire.

The film also stars Antuone Torbert (Soul Hunters, “Blader”) and Heath C. Heine (Jurassic Thunder, Return of the Ghostbusters, Ink).

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‘Ava’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals; ‘The Secret: Dare to Dream’ Tops On Demand Chart

The thriller Ava topped the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended Oct. 4. Available exclusively on disc from Redbox kiosks, the film had been No. 2 a week earlier. It also remained No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand chart for the week.

The film stars Jessica Chastain as an assassin.

The previous week’s top title, Lionsgate’s The Secret: Dare to Dream, dropped to No. 2 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, and remained No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

No. 2 on the disc rental chart and No. 3 on the digital chart was Lionsgate’s The Silencing, a thriller starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Annabelle Wallis about a hunter tracking down the man who may have kidnapped his daughter years earlier.

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No. 4 on the rental chart was Shout! Factory’s True History of the Kelly Gang. The Western has been available for sale on disc on several weeks but is appearing on the disc rental charts for the first time.

The No. 5 disc rental was Universal’s newly released Welcome to Sudden Death, a remake of the 1995 Jean-Claude Van Damme actioner Sudden Death.

Rounding out the top five On Demand titles were Magnolia’s Alone at No. 4 and Lionsgate’s Homefront at No. 5.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Oct. 4:

  1. Ava — Redbox
  2. The Silencing — Lionsgate
  3. The Secret: Dare to Dream — Lionsgate
  4. True History of the Kelly Gang — Shout! Factory
  5. Welcome to Sudden Death — Universal
  6. Scoob! — Warner
  7. Irresistible — Universal
  8. Rogue — Lionsgate
  9. The King of Staten Island — Universal
  10. You Should Have Left — Universal

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Oct. 4:

  1. The Secret: Dare to Dream — Lionsgate
  2. Ava — Redbox
  3. The Silencing — Lionsgate
  4. Alone — Magnolia
  5. Homefront — Universal
  6. The Tax Collector — RLJ
  7. The King of Staten Island — Universal
  8. The 2nd — Universal
  9. Antebellum — Lionsgate
  10. Guest House — Lionsgate

 

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‘Antebellum’ Heading to 4K UHD Disc, Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 3

The horror suspense thriller Antebellum arrives on 4K Ultra HD combo pack (plus Blu-ray and digital), Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital), DVD, digital, and on demand Nov. 3 from Lionsgate.

From QC Entertainment — the producer of Get OutUs and BlacKkKlansman — the film is currently available on premium VOD, topping several digital charts.

The cast includes Janelle Monáe (Hidden FiguresMoonlightHarriet), Eric Lange (TV’s “Escape at Dannemora,” “Narcos,” “Lost”), Jena Malone (ContactThe Hunger Games: Catching FireThe Neon Demon), Jack Huston (Kill Your DarlingsAmerican HustleBen-Hur), Kiersey Clemons (Dope, Sweetheart, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising), and Gabourey Sidibe (Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire, TV’s “Empire,” Tower Heist).

The film follows successful author Veronica Henley (Janelle Monáe), who finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality that forces her to confront the past, present and future.

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“We are thrilled Antebellum will continue its forward march into homes across America. The 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD will include never-before-seen deleted bonus scenes and the ability to go back and catch all the clues you may have missed in the first viewing,” writer-producer-directors Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz said in a statement. “Antebellum is sure to ignite some really animated conversations around the dinner table this upcoming holiday season.”

Extras include a two-part documentary, deleted scenes, two featurettes and theatrical trailers.

Horror Thriller ‘Death of Me’ Coming to Disc Nov. 17 From Lionsgate

The horror thriller Death of Me arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD Nov. 17 from Lionsgate.

The film is available to purchase on demand.

From acclaimed horror director Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw IISaw III and Saw IV), Death of Me stars Maggie Q (TV’s “Nikita,” “Designated Survivor,” Divergent), Alex Essoe (Starry EyesThe DroneMidnighters) and Luke Hemsworth (TV’s “Westworld,” Thor: RagnarokCrypto).

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In the film, vacationing on an island off the coast of Thailand, Christine (Maggie Q) and Neil Oliver (Hemsworth) awake hungover and with no memory of the previous night. They find footage on Neil’s camera, and watch, horrified, as Neil appears to murder Christine. With 24 hours until the next ferry and a typhoon threatening the island, Christine and Neil attempt to reconstruct the night’s events — and are snared in a web of mystery, black magic and murder.

Disc extras include “Island Magic: Conjuring Death of Me.”

‘Little Penguin Pororo’s Dinosaur Island Adventure’ Due Dec. 8

Lionsgate will release the animated movie The Little Penguin Pororo’s Dinosaur Island Adventure on DVD, digital sellthrough and VOD Dec. 8.

The latest installment of the globally popular “Pororo” franchise features the voices of Pauly Shore and Jon Heder.

When a space pod crashes close by, penguin Pororo and his animal pals discover Alo, a baby dinosaur. But the pod abducts Alo and dino pal Crong and takes them to a nearby vessel, where an alien invader plans to sell them and get rich. To rescue their friends, Pororo’s gang asks a friendly dinosaur tribe to help battle the alien and his army of robots.

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