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‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’ a fun ride

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Familiar faces from a beloved AMC series reappear in the top new DVD releases for Oct. 13.

“El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie”: The last time we saw Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) at the end of “Breaking Bad,” which aired in 2013, he was fleeing the massacre at the Brotherhood compound initiated by his former partner in crime, Walter White (Bryan Cranston), who died in the process.

In “El Camino’s” opening flashback, Jesse and a not-yet-dead Mike (Jonathan Banks) discuss what they would do with their lives if they could successfully get out of the game, with Mike planting Alaska as a fantasy for Jesse’s hypothetical escape. The film follows the immediate aftermath of Jesse’s escape from the compound, with the help of old friends Skinny Pete (Charles Edward Baker) and Badger (Matt L. Jones), to flee from authorities and find vacuum repairman/”disappearer” Ed Galbraith (Robert Forster, who died on the same day the film was released).

After all the trauma Jesse endured for five seasons, it’s nice to see the character get the story he deserves, written, directed and produced by “Breaking Bad” creator and head writer Vince Gilligan. It’s wholly unnecessary, but it’s fun, and the combination is oddly satisfying.

ALSO NEW ON DVD OCT. 13

“Bad Mothers”: Australian mystery series follows five women involved with infidelity and murder.

“Broil”: After making a shocking discovery about her family, a teenager’s (Avery Konrad) lifeline may be a culinary-inclined assassin (Timothy V. Murphy).

“Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite!”: The fight between cats and dogs reignites after a tech evildoer uses frequencies only the pets can hear and manufactures drama.

“The Good Witch: Season 6”: The Hallmark Channel fantasy series continues as Cassie (Catherine Bell) and Sam (James Denton) host a suspicious houseguest.

“The American West, Season 1”: Documentary series explores the history of the U.S. transformation after the Civil War.

“Doorman”: An ex-soldier (Ruby Rose) must protect her family from a group of sinister thieves.

“Requiem for a Dream”: The 2000 film starring Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto and Jennifer Connelly is being released in 4K Ultra HD for its 20th anniversary.

“Vikings Season 6: Vol. 1”: The History channel drama’s sixth season follows King Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) as the leader of Kattegat, and Ivar (Alex Hogh Andersen) and Ubbe’s (Jordan Patrick Smith) erstwhile quests.

OUT ON DIGITAL HD OCT. 13

“DC Showcase _ Batman: Death in the Family”: Animated film serves as a prequel to “Batman: Under the Red Hood.”

“The Dance”: A couple (Irene Esser and Gabriel Aguero) hide secrets from each other. In Spanish.

“Fatima”: A group of Portuguese children sees apparitions of the Virgin Mary in 1917, leading to challenges by officials.

“Seized”: An ex-special agent (Scott Adkins) must take down a gang to save his son.

“Sibyl”: A therapist (Virginie Efira) becomes too interested in an actress patient’s (Adele Exarchopoulos) life, drawing on her as writing inspiration. In French.

“The Wall of Mexico”: A rich Mexican American family builds a wall around their property to stop passersby from taking their water. Stars Jacson Rathbone, Esai Morales and Marisol Sacramento.

“When the Storm Fades”: Docudramedy follows the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

OUT ON DIGITAL HD OCT. 16

“Alone”: A killer (Marc Menchaca) hunts a woman (Jules Willcox) who escaped from his clutches in the Pacific Northwest wilderness. Look for it on DVD and Blu-ray Oct. 20.

“Don’t Look Back”: A woman grappling with past trauma experiences a supernatural being that stalks her.

“Love and Monsters”: Post-apocalyptic action rom-com follows a man (Dylan O’Brien) fighting monsters for miles in order to reach his girlfriend (Jessica Henwick).

“Monochrome: The Chromism”: In a black-and-white world, those who begin to show color are hunted.

“The Secrets We Keep”: A woman (Noomi Rapace) kidnaps her neighbor (Joel Kinnaman) after she’s convinced he committed crimes against her during World War II.


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