There was once a magical time when physical media reigned supreme. VHS gave way to DVD and DVD gave way to Blu-ray, and everyone was happy to plunk down some hard-earned cash to take their favorite movies home.
Then came the onset of digital, and things changed fast. Now, a majority of casual movie watchers are more than happy to own things digitally. But here’s the twist: you don’t really own your digital movies. Even if you pay for them. Because Apple can go ahead and delete whatever is in your library whenever they want.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 by Ben Pearson
Netflix is top dog in the streaming business, but there are a bunch of contenders nipping at its heels and eager to take its place. Disney has Disney Play coming next year (with a cheaper subscription price to start), Amazon Prime Video is going to be making a major push for new subscribers with its Lord of the Rings TV show, and one of these days Apple is eventually going to debut all those shows they’ve been stockpiling.
Oh yeah, and don’t forget about HBO, which was and still is often considered the gold standard in the premium long-form storytelling arena. HBO was recently acquired by AT&T, and at a communication conference this morning, AT&T’s CEO had some strong words for Netflix, referring to them as the Walmart of streaming services. That’s a big diss, but to quote one of HBO’s most famous shows, “you come at the king, you best not miss.”
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After more than a year of hype and cryptic, creepy teasers, Slice was dropped online without much fanfare.
An A24 horror film directed by first-time feature director Austin Vesely, Slice has ridden the buzz of its mystery for the past year, culminating in its one-night-only world premiere in Chicago on September 10. Then, mere hours after this flashy world premiere, A24 dropped the horror-comedy on digital platforms at midnight last night.
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Ant-Man and the Wasp is coming to Blu-ray and Digital HD — and no, they will be regular-sized. Marvel Studios has revealed the Blu-ray and Digital HD release dates for the Ant-Man sequel, along with a slew of special features and bonus material. The comic book movie will be hitting shelves in October, three months after it played in theaters. Looks like Ant-Man and the Wasp‘s parole will be shorter than we expected.
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(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best, wackiest, and weirdest foreign-language movies and TV shows streaming right now.)
Like the start of every school season, September brings with it something old and something new for this week’s Pop Culture Imports. The acclaimed Brazilian crime drama City of God makes its way to streaming, while HBO premieres its first international TV series with a gender-bent take on Sherlock Holmes. Plus we have Netflix’s first Indian horror series co-produced by Blumhouse, a Luxembourgian rural thriller, and a sweeping Spanish historical drama series.
Get in subtitle lovers, we’re going streaming.
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Here’s a good reason to call your parents: Netflix has officially snatched Kiefer Sutherland‘s political drama Designated Survivor from the jaws of cancellation. ABC, the show’s original network home, gave the show the axe this summer due to rising budget concerns and a drop in ratings, but Netflix spends money with the best of ’em and doesn’t make any of its viewership numbers public, so they don’t have to worry about either of those issues. Sounds like a win-win for everyone.
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Incredibles 2 is one of the biggest hits of the year. The Pixar sequel has raked in over $602.8 million domestically, making it the highest grossing PG movie of all time, and it also landed another $564 million overseas. So it’s going to be a big deal when the movie comes home on digital, Blu-ray and DVD, especially because it will include a new animated short that fans have wanted ever since seeing the movie.
When Incredibles 2 comes home at the end of October and early November, it will include an animated short called Auntie Edna that will let us know what happened when the superhero fashion designer took care of the superpowered baby Jack-Jack for a little bit. Read More »
After three years telling stories of the battle between cartels and the DEA in Colombia, the Netflix original series Narcos is switching things up for its fourth season. Season 4 has been rebranded Narcos: Mexico, and along with the new location featured in its title, it also has two high-profile stars attached in lead roles: Diego Luna (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and Michael Pena (Ant-Man and the Wasp).
Check out the first Narcos: Mexico trailer below, which includes the show’s upcoming release date. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 by Ben Pearson
Are you ready to return to Thra?
That’s the home world of the Gelflings, a race of alien creatures who warred against another race called the Skeksis in the 1982 puppet-driven film The Dark Crystal. Over a year ago, we wrote about the announcement of Netflix’s The Dark Crystal TV show, and now The Jim Henson Company’s Brian Henson has offered an update about the state of the production and more details about the story’s time period. Read More »
Telluride has wrapped, Venice is heading towards its close and now the fall festival season spotlight moves towards Toronto. Known as “the people’s festival” for its accessibility of its robust programming slate to the public at large, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is a cinema lover’s dream. It’s one of the few events with something for everyone, whether you want to see the star-studded premiere of a predestined awards darling, check out the latest work by a renowned international master filmmaker, discover an emerging voice in world cinema or explore projects that push the boundaries of the form.
/Film will be in attendance at TIFF reporting back on the good, the bad and the sublime movies we see. But for those who aren’t heading north of the border for the festival, you can curate an equally impressive slate of films at home to prepare yourself for the eventual release of these festival titles. Here are 10 films we’re getting excited to see in Toronto and what you can watch from the comfort of your couch in order to have a more informed frame of reference when the public conversation centers around these movies. (All streaming availability is accurate as of publication and subject to change.)
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