Are You Ready To Give The Gift Of Film And TV This Christmas?
Find Any Film announces what we could all be buying and giving across Disc & Digital this Christmas!
The dreaded ‘C’ word. Christmas. Despite what some of us may think, it isn’t that far away now. Thoughts are starting to turn towards what we can give as presents to our nearest and dearest. A DVD or Blu-Ray is always a great stocking filler or gift to give or receive. After last year’s lack of big titles, this year will see some of the biggest of 2021 hitting the shelves ahead of the big day. And boy, are there some big films hitting the home entertainment market before the year ends. Some are available now while others are lining up to make their appearances. Below, we offer you a selection of what is available or will be very shortly.
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We start with what’s available right now or is upcoming throughout October. The thrills and spills of ‘Fast & Furious 9: The Fast Saga’ is currently racing up the top ten charts. The film, the ninth film in the main franchise and tenth film overall once again stars Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto. Joining the usual cast members this time around is WWE star John Cena as Dominic’s estranged brother, Jakob. Jakob has a hatred for his brother and will stop at nothing in his quest for vengeance against him. The film on the disc formats comes complete with two versions, the cinema version and an extended, director’s cut.
Currently holding the number one position in the official UK top ten is the box office hit ‘Free Guy’. The film stars Ryan Reynolds as a bank teller, named Guy, who discovers that he is a non-player character in an open-world video game and becomes the hero of the story, trying to save his friends from deletion by the game’s creator. Co-starring Jodie Comer (Killing Eve), the film is a terrific film for all the family and makes a great gift.
Another rip-roaring adventure that has recently hit home entertainment to buy is ‘Jungle Cruise’. The film follows the captain of a small riverboat who takes a scientist and her brother through a jungle in search of the Tree of Life. Dwayne Johnson plays the riverboat captain, Frank Wolff who has a dark secret. Emily Blunt plays Dr. Lily Houghton, an eccentric, adventurous, and virtuous botanist who seeks the tree for research and medical purposes. And Jack Whitehall plays her brother, MacGregor Houghton who is his sister’s assistant and the cause of many of her problems. The film is an entertaining romp for the whole family.
Coming to the disc formats on October 25th is the belated sequel ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’. Twenty-five years after the original film, starring Michael Jordan, the sequel stars LeBron James as himself in a tale of advanced A. I (Played by Don Cheadle) who has kidnapped his young son. Once again, the characters of the Looney Tunes cartoons must join their human companion and defeat the evil villain(s) on the basketball court. To be honest, it is inoffensive but suffers from far too much product placement for Warner Bros. and its various productions. But it is fun all the same.
Other titles that are due for release in October include ‘Death Ranch’, and ‘Help’ which will were released on October 11th. And the children’s disc of ‘Bluey Vol.1: Magic Xylophone & Other Stories’.
November sees several worthy titles make their way onto the disc formats. The biggest two are summer blockbusters that for whatever reason, didn’t hit the heights they were expected to. The first is the DC comic book sequel ‘The Suicide Squad’. Written and directed by James Gunn, the film once again stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn alongside Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, and a breakthrough performance from Daniela Melchior. This time around, the film is much more violent, bloodthirsty, and chock full of strong language. And I loved it! It certainly isn’t something to put on in front of elderly relatives or the easily offended. But it is an enjoyable rollercoaster ride nonetheless. And when you consider Sylvester Stallone voices a large walking, talking shark, you know you’re in for a fun time. The release date is yet to be announced.
The second film is the prequel to the ‘G. I Joe.’ movies. ‘Snake Eyes: G. I Joe Origins’ stars Henry Golding as the title character. With Andrew Koji, Úrsula Corberó, Samara Weaving, Haruka Abe, Takehiro Hira, and Iko Uwais in supporting roles, the film was hoped to relaunch the franchise. Sadly, it bombed badly at the box office and has probably buried the franchise cinematically. The film is an entertaining watch without being memorable. But all involved give it their all, to their credit. The film will be available from November 15th.
We can also expect to see the release of the Marvel Studios film ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings’. The film will be hitting Disney+ in the middle of the month so a home entertainment release will follow shortly after.
Other releases we can expect are ‘Paw Patrol-The Movie’, ‘The Courier’ starring Benedict Cumberbatch. And ‘The Crown-Season Four’ on November 1st. ‘The Last Letter From Your Lover’ is available from November 8th. And on November 15th, we can expect ‘David Attenborough-A Life On Our Planet’, and ‘Britannia-Season 3.’
Right before Christmas, we can expect to see at least two massive releases, both of which are still in cinemas now or just about to open in the UK. Firstly though, we can expect to see ‘Strictly Come Dancing-Motsi & Anton’s Strictly-The Best’ which is pretty self-explanatory We also can expect to get ‘Jekyll & Hyde’. And, we will be able to get our hands on ‘Habit’. The film tells the story of an L.A. party girl, who doesn’t play by the rules but her own. She finds herself being forced to go on the run with her BFFs. The group hideout dressed up as nuns when they run afoul of a dangerous drug lord. The film stars Bella Thorne, Gavin Rossdale. Libby Mintz, Andreja Pejić. Ione Skye, Jamie Hince. Alison Mosshart, Paris Jackson, and Josie Ho.
But the biggest titles come in the shape of, firstly ‘No Time To Die.’ Daniel Craig’s farewell performance as James Bond 007 is currently smashing its way into cinemas across the world. At nearly three hours long, you’ll need a strong bladder to watch the film from start to finish uninterrupted. But that’s what the pause button is for! The film finishes off the Craig era as 007 in some style. And it’s a Bond movie, what more do you need to know? An emotional send-off for Daniel Craig is afforded him in the film and I can almost certainly guarantee that a good time will be had by all. And (no spoilers), a few tears will be shed.
The second film arrives in UK cinemas from this Friday. And from what I hear, the wait has been worth it. The Marvel comic book sequel ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ will become available either just before or just after Christmas. Tom Hardy once again plays the (anti) hero with great support from Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kassady/ Carnage. Although slightly shorter than the first film, apparently the 97-minute running time fits a hell of a lot in. And, again from what I hear, the stinger which occurs at the very end of the credits is worth the price of admission, and purchase price alone.
With the exception of ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ which has a release date of December 27th, we await the release dates of the rest of December’s home entertainment fare.
There will inevitably be more releases that have yet to be confirmed as to coming out. But the selection we have been given so far should go a long way as to solving the problem of what to get someone for a present. Whether it be ‘Fast 9’, ‘Jungle Cruise‘ or ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’. ‘The Crown-Season 4’, ‘Britannia-Season 3’. Or the brilliance of Bond, there’s bound to be something for everyone. So, start making those lists now!
Source: Find Any Film
Carl Roberts is the News Editor 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!