This week – The Sith get revenge as Star Wars strikes back but nothing can stop Onward from completing its quest and claiming the top spot
“Roads? Where we are going, we don’t need roads!”. October 21st is the official ‘Back To The Future‘ day. To celebrate the date, the home entertainment gods have released the ‘Back To The Future: The Ultimate Trilogy‘. This epic set brings together the films once more with a deluge of special features, some of which are making their first appearance on home entertainment. If you haven’t already got a copy of the trilogy or even if you have, then I suggest grabbing this new release to complete your collection.
NECA has also released ultimate versions of the characters in their figure ranges. I have to admit that the figures of Marty McFly and Doc Brown are outstanding and placed beside the DVD or Blu-Ray boxset, which will make your collection stand out. Also, Titan Books have released the ‘Back To The Future‘ cookbook (REVIEW COMING SOON) where many of the recipes for the food and drinks seen in the trilogy are available for you to try at home. Alongside ‘Alien Day‘, the trilogy continues to entertain and surprise us even though the last film came out 30 years ago!
And now, welcome once more to the official film chart, counting down the titles that the British public has been buying on all formats over the past seven days. The coronavirus looks like it is refusing to do the decent thing and go away and leave us in peace so once more, we turn to the home entertainment industry to keep us entertained at home. Many places are currently under restrictions and some are locked down completely, making the need for material to entertain us all the more important. The problem is though, we are still suffering from a lack of new titles hitting the market and of course, no big releases are incoming until the end of November when ‘Unhinged‘ and possibly ‘The New Mutants‘ will become available. In the meantime, once more, we see the usual suspects mostly taking their places in the chart. We do get two new entries into this week’s top ten placings and one re-entry. To accommodate these titles, we lose ‘Yesterday‘, ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home‘ and ‘Bad Boys For Life‘ from the top ten for this week but that isn’t to say that over the coming weeks and months, they won’t return. But there is a new number one title this week. And it may just surprise you.
After five months and having hit the number two position four times in its chart career, the Disney/Pixar animated film ‘Onward‘ has done the impossible and has finally hit the top of the chart to become the UK’s official number one title. The delightful family film, featuring the voices of Tom Holland and Chris Pratt is one of the year’s biggest success stories, having had its cinematic chances halted by the coronavirus and hitting PVOD instead, it has gone on to become one of the UK’s best selling movies. The film made its debut on the Disney+ streaming service a few weeks ago but that hasn’t curtailed its selling and downloading power.
The Mystery Machine has suffered a slight skid, thanks to the Elven Lightfoot brothers managing to outmaneuver it this week but that hasn’t stopped ‘Scoob!‘ from once again munching on the Scooby Snacks and grabbing hold of a top-three chart position by dropping that single place to become the UK’s number two title for the past seven days. Part prequel, part sequel, the film bypassed cinemas completely and opened instead on PVOD before becoming available on streaming and the disc format to keep.
The third-placed title of the week has a very chilly feel to it. That is hardly surprising as Disney’s sequel ‘Frozen II‘ has managed to freeze itself in place to become a non-mover. The film is another title that is one of the biggest selling titles of 2020 and continues to sell well despite being available on Sky Movies and Disney+ anytime. The film did gain a digital download price cut, thereby giving it a chance to continue its winning run inside the top ten.
Our first new entry hits the chart in the fourth-placed position. Fifteen years after it first opened in cinemas and thanks to becoming available in a SteelBook version, we welcome ‘Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith‘ into the chart for the first time. The final film in George Lucas’ prequel trilogy and considered to be the best of them, the film stars Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi and is the first ‘Star Wars‘ film ever to be rated 12A in the UK, starting the franchise on its way into slightly darker, edgier movies than the light-hearted and more child-friendly films that the saga up until that point was known for. The film was and still is a terrific ending to the prequels but a much more violent and nastier episode than the audience had seen before in the franchise. The film depicts the final descent of Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) from the light side to the dark side of the force on his way to becoming the dreaded Darth Vader.
Dropping a place and rounding out the week’s top five titles, we discover the remake of ‘Papillon‘. Starring Charlie Hunnam in the title role of Henri Charriere, nicknamed Papillon (Butterfly) with support from Rami Malek as Louis Dega, the film is based on Charriere’s biographies entitled ‘Papillon’ and ‘Banco’ alongside the screenplay of the 1973 adaptation that featured Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman as Charriere and Dega respectively. The film wasn’t as highly regarded as the first version of the biographies but still is a worthy film to watch.
We begin our tour of the bottom placings in the chart with a non-mover at number six as Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron continue to bring joy to the masses in the hit musical ‘The Greatest Showman‘, based on the life of the renowned P.T Barnum. The film has become something of a favorite within our homes and shows no sign of leaving anytime soon. I can’t say I’m surprised the film is once again riding high in the charts due to a digital price cut and the need for something light and entertaining to take our minds off what’s going on in the world.
Dropping two places to take the stage down in the seventh position, we find those pesky but lovable creatures as the former number one ‘Trolls: World Tour‘ continues its performance near the bottom of the chart.
Our second new entry manifests itself into the eighth place as Blumhouse horror film ‘You Should Have Left‘ manages to spook itself into the chart. Starring the talents of Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfried, the film is a nifty little scarer concerning a former banker, Theo (Bacon), and his actress wife (Seyfried) as they take a vacation in a quaint little cottage in the remote Welsh countryside with their daughter. The vacation turns into a horrifying nightmare as Theo loses his grip on reality and suspects a sinister and evil force is inhabiting the house. The film is perfectly timed as Halloween is fast approaching.
Making its re-entry into the top ten charts once more, we find the biopic of legendary singer/songwriter Sir Elton John once again setting feet tapping and the tuneless to sing their hearts out as the acclaimed ‘Rocketman‘ rocks its way back into the mix, rising by eight places to grab a ninth-placed finish. Starring Taron Egerton in the title role, the film is a whirlwind of emotions from the start before coming to an epic and brilliant end.
And finally, dropping three places to take a breather directly on top of the chart exit door, we find the lovable Sega videogame character ‘Sonic The Hedgehog‘ in his debut movie.
Becoming available on download and keep from Monday, October 26th, the documentary ‘One Man And His Shoes‘ is the story of the phenomenon of the Air Jordan sneakers. The documentary shows the cultural, social, and racial significance of the Michael Jordan trainers and how thanks to some completely brilliant and ground-breaking management and marketing, the product became a multi-billion dollar business for the Basketball star. If this sounds like your kind of thing, then why not check it out.
And that is all she wrote. My thanks once again for joining me on the journey through what is hot and what is completely cold in the world of home entertainment and, of course, ask once more, what do YOU think will be making the grade this time next week?
Until then, whatever you decide, whatever you buy, stay safe, stay well, look after yourselves and each other, be kind 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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