This week – begun The Clone War has in Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones but it’s Scooby-Doo and gang who claim the top spot for the second week running!
“Look after Mr. Bond. See that some harm comes to him”. Those words were spoken by the actor Michael Lonsdale in the 1979 James Bond Film ‘Moonraker‘. As outlandish as the film was, it was completely entertaining and a rather enjoyable 007 film. Michael Lonsdale sadly passed away on the 21st of September at the age of 89. This week’s opening quote is dedicated to him in honor and memory of not only his engaging performance as a Bond villain but in tribute for his other roles in both English language and French language films and his writing of ten books over the years.
And so we once again welcome you into the countdown of what the country has been buying to keep them entertained over the past seven days. This week sees Prime Video once again hold a ‘Mega Movie‘ event. This important and enjoyable event is when many top-quality films and TV shows become available at a reduced price. And I have to admit that I have gone on a slight (LARGE) binge personally and bought quite a few more titles for my collection including several seasons of ‘Midsummer Murders‘ to keep myself occupied. Yes, I know they’ve been on TV hundreds of times but I couldn’t help myself! Also, I just had to grab myself several other titles including ‘Knight Rider‘, ‘DC’S Harley Quinn‘, and ‘Blade Runner: The Final Cut‘. My advice is to grab yourselves some bargains while you can, ready for the coming months.
As for the chart itself, it is again a case of seeing older titles taking the placings. And it has to be said, this week is quite the mixed bag when it comes to the placings. It may also have something to do with the pricing structures on the digital streaming markets as some old favorites make their chart debut for the very first time, one that benefits from a SteelBook release to grab the highest new entry spot this week. We have to say goodbye to three titles this week as they depart the top ten and as such, goodbye (for now) to ‘Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker‘, ‘A Star Is Born‘ and in a shock departure, we also lose ‘1917′. But will any of the new arrivals manage to steal the top spot on their first week inside the top ten?
The answer is a firm…NO! For the second week in succession, ‘Scoob!‘ holds firm as the official UK number one best selling title. The brand new animated feature film starring everyone’s favorite crime-solving hound has managed to defeat all comers and entertain the masses. Despite the coronavirus denying the film a cinematic release, the film has made its money on the PVOD market before debuting onto the home entertainment formats. Boasting the voices of Zac Efron and Amanda Seyfried, the film is an entertaining prequel/sequel that does contain quite a few genuine laugh out loud moments. It will certainly keep the youngsters occupied and is a worthwhile family film to grab while you can, ready for the coming months.
Coming into the chart in the second position and following in the footsteps of the other films in the saga that have hit the SteelBook format in the past few months, 2002s second film in the prequel trilogy that is ‘Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones‘ uses the force to grace us for the very first time. The second (and possibly weakest) in the prequels does contain some standout moments that to this day, still have the fans cheering as the spectacle flies across the screen. This is, of course, the film where Anakin Skywalker begins to show his anger and begins his turn to the dark side. We already know where it will lead but the journey starts here. As I am a Star Wars fan, I do have my favorite scenes in the film which are the Obi-Wan/ Jango Fett battle, and of course, Yoda finally showing his lightsaber skills. Don’t get me wrong, the film is still a great watch even eighteen years after it first hit cinemas but to me, it is the weakest out of the three prequels. But I love it all the same!
Dropping a place this week to finish the week in the third-placed position, we find those pesky creatures still hanging around as ‘Trolls: World Tour‘ refuses to give in that easily. The film has been a massive success in all formats including a much-delayed cinematic run and as such, is bound to be almost near the top of the chart of the year come December.
Will Smith And Martin Lawrence once again lock and load as ‘Bad Boys For Life‘ shoots back up the chart by three places to take the fourth spot on our chart this week. The threequel has been bouncing up and down the chart for a few weeks now and departed a while back. But, once the film gained a price reduction on the digital markets, it has gained more downloads and continues to entertain the adults at home and is the perfect Saturday night film to watch with a takeaway, a bottle of wine, and a nice cozy living room. Smith and Lawrence are always entertaining in the ‘Bad Boys‘ movies and this one is no exception.
Sticking around once again and another film that has benefitted from a digital price reduction, our friendly neighborhood webhead moves up a place as ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home‘ closes out the top five films for this week. The second Sony film for Tom Holland as the title character, it hit box offices last summer and made quite a dent at the multiplexes. With an unannounced crowd-pleasing cameo during the end credits by J.K Simmons, once again appearing as J. Jonah Jameson and of course, having Samuel L Jackson in support, the film is another title to grab and keep for the bleak winter months.
We start our tour of the bottom five titles by finding the late director Stanley Kubrick’s completely brilliant Vietnam War film ‘Full Metal Jacket‘ has made its chart debut and has hit the sixth spot, thanks to a 4K re-release. Although the film is now thirty-three years old and has been playing on TCM and other movie channels, it seems its raw, emotional power is still a hit with the viewing public. I saw the film on its original cinema release and even though it isn’t quite up there with the likes of ‘Apocolypse Now‘ or ‘Platoon‘, it is still a film that deserves to be seen, digested, and ultimately owned on any format you choose. I own it on VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray, and Digital and go back to it quite regularly.
His legs have had a rest and he is slightly rejuvenated as he manages to jog back up the chart by two places to take the seventh place this week. Of course, I’m speaking of ‘Sonic The Hedgehog‘ who once again refuses to admit defeat and hangs on to a top ten chart position.
I called it before and I was right. Another film that won’t quit and leave the chart moves back up again by two places. ‘Jumanji: The Next Level‘ has taken itself back up the chart and has to be another film that will feature highly in the chart of the year.
Our final new entry into the chart this week comes in the shape of the epic 1975 Oscar-winning drama ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest‘. The film, containing a worthy Oscar-winning performance from Jack Nicholson, is something that contains it all. Comedy, drama, tragedy, and a tragic but uplifting ending. The film has hit the top ten finally after the release of the prequel series to the film ‘Ratched’ that has dropped on streaming. It seems the public has been downloading and buying the film with the thought of catching up with the story before viewing the series. 89% of the sales that have seen the film hit the chart has been on digital download and allows them to catch up with the classic film.
Finally, we find ‘Little Women‘ propping up the rest of the top ten as it drops five places to end the week in the tenth position in the chart.
Coming to download and keep from Monday, October the 5th is the war-time drama ‘Summerland‘. The film, starring Gemma Arterton concerns the story of a reclusive writer, Alice Lamb, who during World War II who has to bond with a young boy, Frank, who has been entrusted to her care after the Blitz that hit London. Alice doesn’t want to care for Frank but believes he will be gone within a week. This triggers memories of Alice’s connection to another young writer, Vera, who Alice fell in love with. Although Vera and Alice fell in love and had a relationship, the union ended due to Vera’s desire to become a mother, something Alice does not have. The film follows the bonding between Alice and Frank and is a moving and rewarding film. The film opened in the UK at cinemas on the 31st of July and made just under £400,000 against a budget of £850,000 due to the slow opening of cinemas and the lack of audiences flocking to the screens. If this sounds like your kind of film, why not check it out?
The clock on the wall(?) tells us that our time is once again up for the week. My thanks to you all for joining me on our weekly look at what’s happening on the home entertainment front and I ask, what do YOU think will be hitting the chart next week and what will be the number one title?
Until then, whatever you decide, whatever you buy, stay safe, be kind, look after each other, and happy viewing!
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Staff Writer and Books and Literature Correspondent for Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter @CarlRoberts2 where he uses the force frequently!
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Entertainment/Books and Literature Correspondent for The Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter where he uses the force frequently!