2016 Release Dates

2016 Netflix Releases

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So here you have it. DVD release dates for the most recent  months of 2016 as they become available (you can find 2011 here,  2012 here, 2013 here 2014 here and 2015 here).  I’ll add to it every week as information becomes available. One Stop Shopping for Netflix Release Dates. Gotta love it.  You can find all of 2016 – the whole giant list – HERE – of you would like to look back.

I’ve revamped this list so that you can tell at a glance which content is available on DVD, which is streaming, and which is both.   Here’s how you can tell which content is available on your plan:

DVD Only = Available to rent only for those with a DVD subscription.  This is going to be most new movies.  Quite a bit of TV starts out this way and streams later (and some movies).

Instant Streaming Only = Available only for those with an Instant Streaming subscription.  Netflix Exclusives tend to start out here and maybe become available on DVD later.

Instant Streaming Available = Available for all subscription types!  This is content that you can rent on a DVD or stream instantly.  The Holy Grail of Netflix content.

With no further ado, fire up your DVD player (or your Roku 3, Fire Stick or Xbox), and here are your release dates! 

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2016 Netflix Releases

November 25th

3% – Season 1 (sci-fi, Joao Miguel, Bianca Comparato) – Dystopian future, small chance to be one of the fortunate.  Bummer.  Netflix Original.  Instant Streaming Only.

Gilmore Girls – A Year in the Life (TV drama, Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel) – I think this is a single season update on the ladies.  Netflix Original.  Instant Streaming Only.

November 22nd

Mercy (drama, James Wolk, Caitlin FitzGerald) – Siblings and half siblings argue when they come together as their mother is dying.  Family secrets come out – I love that!!  Netflix Original. Instant Streaming Only

November 18th

Divines (drama, Deborah Lukumuena, Jisca Kalvanda) – Teenagers looking to get rich by emulating a drug dealer.  Netflix Original.  Instant Streaming Only

November 17th

Lovesick – Season 2 (TV comedy, Johnny Flynn, Antonia Thomas) – This STD comedy used to go by the lovely moniker of “Scrotal Recall”.  I think the name change is a good idea.  Instant Streaming Only

Paranoid – Season 1 (????) – I don’t know, but the picture has hazmat suits.  More details as they come in on this Netflix Original.  Instant Streaming Only

November 16th

The 100 – Season 3 (TV sci-fi, Eliza Taylor, Bob Morley) – I never finished season 1 – I need to get on that.  We’ve been waiting for this to stream since July and it’s finally here!  Instant Streaming Available!

November 15th

Game of Thrones – Season 6 (TV drama, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey) – OMG, I’m so excited!  This alone makes our DVD subscription worth it.  It isn’t a streamer, so if you don’t have HBO, renting or buying are your options. I’m honestly tempted to buy all 6 seasons.  DVD Only

Better Call Saul – Season 2 (TV drama, Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks) – I love this show – can’t wait for season 3 to start!  This is a streamer, but I don’t know when – DVD Only on this date for now

The Mindy Project – Season 4 (TV comedy, Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina) – Mindy is back, but she does not stream.  DVD Only

November 11th

Case – Season 1 (????) – I can’t find anything about this one yet – I’ll keep looking as the release date gets closer.  Instant Streaming Only

Estocolmo – Season 1 (????) – Again, can’t find any information – it’s a Netflix original, I’ll should know more in the coming days.  Instant Streaming Only

Roman Empire: Reign of Blood – Season 1 (????) – And another Netflix original with no info yet.  But I think we can safely assume that it’s a bloody show about Rome.  Instant Streaming Only

Tales by Light – Season 1 (????) – Well, this is getting ridiculous.  But I’m sure the details will be coming our soon.  Instant Streaming Only

True Memoirs of An International Assassin (action, Kevin James, Zulay Henao) – Author ends up being mistaken for his main character – a hit man.  Netflix Original.  Instant Streaming Only

November 8th

Billions – Season 1 (TV drama, Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis) – Hedge fund baron vs. U.S. Attorney.  This has a fantastic cast.  I don’t know if it will stream since it’s the first season, but I’ll watch for it.  Right now it’s DVD Only on this date.

Black Sails – Season 3 (TV action, Toby Stephens, Hannah New) – This Treasure Island prequel series is not a streamer, so DVD Only.

TURN:Washington’s Spies – Season 3 (TV drama, Jamie Bell, Seth Numrich) – Revolutionary War spies and intrigue.  This is a streamer, but don’t know when yet.  Will update when I have details!  For now DVD Only on this date.

Into the Badlands – Season 1 (TV sci-fi, Daniel Wu, Emily Beecham) – Feudal dystopian future America and the swordsman who lives it.  This AMC show has only had one season, so I don’t know if it will stream.  It’s DVD Only so far on this date.

November 4th

The Crown: Season 1 (TV drama, John Lithgow, Claire Foy) – Historical drama about Queen Elizabeth II.  Instant Streaming Only

Dana Carvey: Straight White Male, 60 (TV comedy, Dana Carvey) – It’s been a long time since I saw him in anything – I’m definitely going to check this out.  Instant Streaming Only

The Ivory Game (documentary) – Filmmakers look at poachers and the ivory trade.  Instant Streaming Only

November 2nd

Food Choices (documentary, Tony Bark, T. Colin Campbell) – How what you eat impacts your heath, the environment and more.  Instant Streaming Only

November 1st

Outlander – Season 2 (TV sci-fi, Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan) – I seriously need to start watching this time travel romance sage.  It’s not a streamer, so DVD Only

Hell On Wheels – Season 5.2 (TV drama, Anson Mount, Colm Meaney) – This post-Civil War drama is a streamer, but I’m not sure when – it often streams the day it comes out.  It’s listed as DVD Only on this date for now.

The Librarians – Season 1 (TV sci-fi, Rebecca Romijn, Christian Kane) – This sounds a lot like Warehouse 13 – a group of people in charge of magical items from history – but this time they’re getting murdered.  I don’t know if this will be a streamer or not, but I hope so!  DVD Only

Star Trek Beyond (sci-fi, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto) – I was going to see this in the theater and missed it.  Top of the queue!  DVD Only

X-Men: Apocalypse (action, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender) – I have a lot of catching up to do before I get to this X-Men installment.  A lot.  DVD Only

The Sea of Trees (drama, Matthew McConaughey, Naomi Watts) – Terrific cast for this story of two suicidal men.  Also directed by Gus Van Sant.  Yes, thank you.  DVD Only

Wish For Christmas (faith & spirituality, Joseph Lawrence, Leigh-Allyn Baker) – Well, it had to happen at some point – at least Netflix waited for the first of November before trotting out the Christmas stuff.  But it stars Joey Lawrence, so brownie points lost.  DVD Only

Imperium (thriller, Daniel Radcliffe, Toni Collette) – FBI agent goes undercover in a group of white supremacists.  Based on a true story.  Great cast but ugly subject matter.  DVD Only

Daylight’s End (sci-fi, Johnny Strong, Lance Henriksen) – Lance Henrikson has been in more sci-fi and horror than I can shake a stick at.  This time it’s the vampire apocalypse.  DVD Only

Gleason (documentary, Steve Gleason) – Documentary about a football player with ALS and his struggle.  DVD Only

Undrafted (drama, Aaron Tveit, Matt Barr) – Major league hopeful gets turned away but plays one last game on an intramural team.  Wow, that description sounds really, really bad.  DVD Only

The Kind Words (foreign drama, Rotem Zisman-Cohen, Assaf Ben-Shimon) – Hebrew language drama about Jewish siblings searching for their biological father.  DVD Only

My Love, Don’t Cross That River (foreign documentary) – Korean language story of a couple – ages 98 and 89 – nearing the end of their 76 years together.  DVD Only

Men Go to Battle (drama, Timothy Morton, David Maloney) – Civil War period piece about a fight between brothers that leads one to the Union army.  DVD Only

Uncle Nick (comedy, Brian Posehn, Paget Brewster) – Drunk uncle ruins Christmas.  Perhaps I’ll consider adding this to my Bad Santa Christmas movie marathon.  DVD Only

Carnage Park (thriller, Ashley Bell, Pat Healy) – Dumb robbers and a deranged sniper.  Bad combo.  DVD Only

October 31st

Chewing Gum – Season 1 (TV comedy, Michaela Coel, Robert Lonsdale) – British series about a sheltered young woman looking to become more, um, worldly.  Instant Streaming Only

October 29th

The Fall – Season 3 (TV drama, Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan) – YESSSSSSS.  If you haven’t watched this cat and mouse crime thriller, do yourself a favor and binge it now. Instant Streaming Only

October 28th

The Purge: Election Year (thriller, Frank Grillo, Betty Gabriel) – Bloody murder sequel.  Really – it’s about 12 hours of legal bloody murder.  DVD Only

October 27th

The Purge: Election Year (thriller, Frank Grillo, Betty Gabriel) – Bloody murder sequel.  Really – it’s about 12 hours of legal bloody murder.  DVD Only

October 25th

Warcraft (sci-fi, Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton) – Video game movie. Meh.  DVD Only

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (comedy, Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick) – Trolling the Internet for wedding dates cannot turn out well.  Unless you’re Zac Efron.  DVD Only

Central Intelligence (action, Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson) – This accountant/CIA agent action comedy looks incredibly stupid.  But my love for The Rock and Kevin Hart knows no bounds, so yes, I will see this.  DVD Only

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (documentary, Marina Abramovic, Joseph Cornell) – Peggy Guggenheim bio-doc.  DVD Only

Nerve (thriller, Emma Roberts, Dave Franco) – Online truth or dare?  Such a bad, bad idea.  DVD Only

Mr. Church (drama, Eddie Murphy, Britt Robertson) – Based on a true story of a man hired to help a woman with cancer and her child.  This looks really good – it’s going on my queue.  DVD Only

Skiptrace (action, Jackie Chan, Johnny Knoxville) – Jackie Chan partners with Johnny Knoxville.  It is not a surprise that this is described as “goofy”.  DVD Only

The Idol (foreign drama, Qais Atallah, Hiba Atallah) – Spanish (and Arabic) language real life story of singer Mohammad Assaf.  DVD Only

Zoom (comedy, Gael García Bernal, Alison Pill) – Animation mixed with live action, more than one reality, three people telling stories about each other.  I can’t handle the pretension.  DVD Only

Advanced Style (documentary) – A look at seven glamorous older women in NYC.  Instant Streaming Available

Who Gets the Dog? (comedy, Alicia Silverstone, Ryan Kwanten) – I know Ryan Kwanten had to do something after True Blood, I just wish it wasn’t these dumb romantic comedies.  DVD Only

Complete Unknown (drama, Rachel Weisz, Michael Shannon) – Man is intrigued by woman he thinks he knows who does not know him.  DVD Only

Life, Animated (documentary) – A child with autism who does not speak opens up when his parent begins talking to him as a movie character.  DVD Only

I Am JFK Jr. (documentary, John Kennedy Jr., Robert De Niro) – JFK Jr. bio-doc.  DVD Only

Counting (documentary) – Directed by Jem Cohen – a look at some of the world’s major cities.  15 chapters worth, in 2 hours.  Instant Streaming Only

A Light Beneath Their Feet (drama, Madison Davenport, Taryn Manning) – A girl must choose between college and taking care of her mother.  Instant Streaming Only.

October 24th

Doctor Foster – Season 1 (TV drama, Suranne Jones, Bertie Carvel) – Physician begins to have suspicions about her spouse, and feels the need to investigate.  Instant Streaming Only

October 21st

Black Mirror – Season 3, Part 1 (TV sci-fi) – This is an excellent British sci-fi anthology series (so I have no idea who will star in season 3) about futuristic, technological nightmares.  Seriously, check it out.  Instant Streaming Only

Containment – Season 1 (TV miniseries, David Gyasi, Christina Mose) – Unknown virus threatens Atlanta. I have no idea if there is a season 2 for this or not – a lot of summer “miniseries” seem to go on to further seasons. I’m looking at you, Under the DomeInstant Streaming Only

October 18th

Bates Motel – Season 4 (TV drama,Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore) – Oh Norman, what’s with you and your mother? This one is a streamer, I’ll let you know when I have dates.  For now DVD Only

Scott & Bailey – Series 5 (TV drama, Suranne Jones, Lesley Sharp) – This is a British series about a pair of female detectives.  It’s not a streamer, so DVD Only

Family Guy – Season 14 (TV animation, Seth McFarlane, Alex Borstein) – If this one never gets old for you, the 2015 season is now on Instant Streaming Only

Free State of Jones (action, Matthew McConaughey, Keri Russell) – Civil War period piece about a group of farmers and slaves who secede from the South.  Yep, I’ll be seeing this.  DVD Only

Café Society (comedy, Jeannie Berlin, Steve Carell) – Directed by Woody Allen and also starring Jesse Eisenberg. No way I will ever be seeing this,  But it’s about 1930s Hollywood if you’re interested.  DVD Only

Hurricane Bianca (comedy, Roy Haylock, Rachel Dratch) – Fired for being gay, a man returns to the small minded small town as his drag queen self to make some mischief.  DVD Only

Our Kind of Traitor (thriller, Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgård) – Also with Damien Lewis.  The story of a Russian mobster seeking help from the British.  This has a great cast, and though I don’t love the genre, I’ll see it.  Based on the book by John le Carre.  DVD Only

Front Cover (drama, Jake Choi, James Chen) – Two men hiding important parts of themselves from the world form a bond.  DVD Only

Spaceman (drama, Josh Duhamel, W. Earl Brown) – Biopic about baseball player Bill Lee, set in the 80s.  DVD Only

Bridgend (drama, Hannah Murray, Josh O’Connor) – Daughter of investigator gets to the bottom of a rash of suicides.  Instant Streaming Only

No Men Beyond This Point (sci-fi, Patrick Gilmore, Kristine Cofsky) – What do you suppose happens when women don’t need men to reproduce?  I suppose it depends on what the filmmaker thinks of women.  I’m not really willing to find out, though if done well it could be great satire.  Instant Streaming Only

Serial Killer 1 (foreign thriller, Raphaël Personnaz, Olivier Gourmet) – French language thriller based on true events surrounding the hunt for a serial killer.  Instant Streaming Only

The Tiger (foreign action, Min-sik Choi, Man-sik Jeong) – Korean language period piece with tiger vs. hunter.  Instant Streaming Only

October 16th

Dark Matter – Season 2 (TV sci-fi, Marc Bendavid, Melissa O’Neil) – Waking up with amnesia on a space ship sucks.  Instant Streaming Only

October 15th

Glitch – Season 1 (TV drama, Patrick Brammall, Emma Booth) – Australian show about resurrection. There have been a lot of those in recent years. Instant Streaming Only

Indian Summers – Season 2 (TV drama, Julie Walters, Henry Lloyd-Hughes) – Season 2 of this Masterpiece show about the clashes between the English and Indians as India moves towards independence.  This is not a streamer, so DVD Only

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – Season 1 (TV drama, Victor Garber, Brandon Routh) – Marvel doesn’t have the corner on superheroes – this crew works with a time traveler to save the world.  Instant Streaming Available

October 14th

Haters Back Off – Season 1 (TV comedy, Colleen Ballinger-Evans, Steve Little) – Untalented, but famous on the internet. At least this is fiction.  Instant Streaming Only

Project MC² – Season 3 (TV Kids, Genneya Walton, Mika Abdalla) – Smart girls being spies, running the world and saving the day.  Instant Streaming Only

October 12th

Good Witch – Season 2 (TV drama, Catherine Bell, Bailee Madison) – I still haven’t gotten around to watching this TV magical rom/com, but I swear I’m going to.  This is a streamer, I’ll let you know when I have dates.  For now, DVD Only

When Calls the Heart – Season 3 (TV drama, Erin Krakow, Daniel Lissing) – The old west school teacher is back!  This is a streamer, I’ll watch for dates.  For now, DVD Only

Mike & Molly – Season 6 (TV comedy, Billy Gardell, Melissa McCarthy) – I love Melissa McCarthy but have never gotten into this show.  It isn’t a streamer, so DVD Only

Portlandia – Season 6 (DVD) (TV comedy, Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein) – I find this one funny in small doses.  It has been Available on Instant Streaming for a while now – this is the DVD release for disc subscribers.

The Musketeers – Season 3 (TV action, Santiago Cabrera, Tom Burke) – I know absolutely nothing about this show other than the obvious.  It is not a streamer, so DVD Only.

The Conjuring 2 (horror, Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga) – I watched the first one and it was sort of cool, I’ll give this a shot.  DVD Only

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (comedy, Seth Rogen, Zac Efron) – Again, I watched the first one.  It was passably funny and Efron is sizzling hot, so I’ll check this out.  DVD Only

Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party (documentary, Dinesh D’Souza) – I’m super sick of Hillary bashing.  And this election. And politics. I’ll take a pass.  DVD Only

Ghostbusters 2016 (action comedy, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig) – I’m so excited to see this!  Love these ladies, and of course Chris Hemsworth in the Annie Potts role.  This goes to the top of the queue.  DVD Only

Blood Father (action, Mel Gibson, Erin Moriarty) – Crappy father tries to redeem himself with crappy daughter.  DVD Only

The Infiltrator (drama, Bryan Cranston, Diane Kruger) – 1980s period piece about a U.S. customs agent.  DVD Only

Les Cowboys (foreign drama, François Damiens, Finnegan Oldfield) – Child goes missing at a country western festival in France.  The movie is in English.  DVD Only

Approaching the Unknown (sci-fi, Mark Strong, Luke Wilson) – One man, one way mission to Mars.  Something goes wrong, of course.  I really like Mark Strong, I’ll give this a shot.  DVD Only

Len & Company (dramedy, Juno Temple, Kathryn Hahn) – Music producer drops out of the industry to go rustic, but is followed by his son and a pop star.  DVD Only

October 11th

Reign – Season 3 (TV drama, Adelaide Kane, Toby Regbo) – This period piece about Mary, Queen of Scots is a Available on Instant Streaming

The Missing Ingredient: What is the Recipe for Success? (documentary) – The story of a Manhattan restaurant and its giraffe wallpaper.  DVD Only

Can We Take a Joke? (documentary, Gilbert Gottfried, Penn Jillette) – Worries about political correctness have comedians decrying the demise of free expression.  DVD Only

Holidays (horror, Jocelin Donahue, Sophie Traub) – A dark humor horror anthology about a variety of holidays.  Instant Streaming Only

An Honest Liar (documentary, James Randi, Adam Savage) – Story of a retired magician who exposed the frauds of others.  Instant Streaming Only

Who’s Driving Doug? (drama, R.J. Mitte, Paloma Kwiatkowski) – R.J. Mitte, who was Walt Jr. on Breaking Bad stars in the story of a young man in a wheelchair and the adventure he and his new driver go on to escape his overprotective mom.  Instant Streaming Only

All Work All Play (documentary) – A look at video game competitions and the huge number of people who watch them.  Instant Streaming Only

Night of the Living Deb (comedy, Maria Thayer, Michael Cassidy) – The Walk of Shame right into a zombie apocalypse?  Yes, I will watch this.  Instant Streaming Only

October 10th

Kuromukuro – Season 2 (anime, Yohei Azakami, MAO) – Netflix Original anime!  Something about mecha and samurai students – I don’t know.  But it’s new anime! Yeah, that’s the same description I used for season 1, but I still don’t really know what it’s about. Instant Streaming Only

October 8th

The Originals – Season (TV drama, Joseph Morgan Daniel Gillies) – I only watched the first season of this Vampire Diaries spin-off.  I feel like I should catch up.  Instant Streaming Available

The Vampire Diaries – Season 7 (TV drama, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder) – The Salvatore brothers return for more blood sucking fun.  Instant Streaming Available

October 7th

The Ranch – Season 1, Part 2 (comedy, Ashton Kutcher, Sam Elliott) – This Netflix original has a great cast, but the pro athlete goes home to the ranch is running one and a half stars on Netflix. Ouch. Instant Streaming Only

Supernatural – Season 11 (TV sci-fi, Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles) – The boys are back, fighting supernatural crime for an 11th season.  Instant Streaming Available

October 6th

iZombie – Season 2 (TV sci-fi, Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin) – I loved season 1, can’t wait for this! BINGE!  Instant Streaming Available

October 5th

Arrow – Season 4 (TV sci-fi, Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy) – The Green Arrow returns in this CW series.  Instant Streaming Available

Black Road (sci-fi, Sam Daly, Simon Templeman) – Dystopian future cyborg drifter.  Hell, yes.  Fun fact – SAm Daly is Tim Daly’s son.  Instant Streaming Only.

Bleed (horror, Chelsey Crisp, Riley Smith) – Pregnant and ghost hunting in a prison?  ARE YOU CRAZY??  Instant Streaming Only

Eva Doesn’t Sleep (foreign drama, Gael García Bernal, Denis Lavant) – Spanish language story of the aftermath of Eva Peron’s death, centered on what became of her body.  Instant Streaming Only

Joseph & Mary (religious drama, Kevin Sorbo, Lara Jean Chorostecki) – The story of…Joseph and Mary.  Instant Streaming Only

Saving Mr. Wu (foreign thriller, Andy Lau, Ye Liu) – Mandarin language, based on the kidnapping of a Hong Kong actor.  Instant Streaming Only

Sneakerheadz (documentary, DJ Skee) – A documentary about people who love sneakers.  Really.  Instant Streaming Only

The Bodyguard (foreign action, Andy Lau, Sammo Hung Kam-Bo) – Just when he thought he was out they sucked him back in. I have no idea what language this is in, but is has English subtitles.  Instant Streaming Only

The Sin Seer (thriller, Isaiah Washington, Lisa Arrindell Anderson) – This private investigator can see into your soul.  Instant Streaming Only

The Witness (documentary) – The brother of Kitty Genovese looks for answers about the 1964 rape and murder of his sister while witnesses supposedly did nothing.  Instant Streaming Only

October 4th

American Horror Story – Season 5/Hotel (TV horror, Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates) – We had a hard time getting into this season, but look forward to season 6.  Instant Streaming Available

Preacher – Season 1 (TV sci-fi, Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga) – I don’t know if this will stream, but I hope so. I feel like I should watch a show about a possessed preacher, and vampires.

Vikings – Season 4 (TV action, Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick) – Drama about…Vikings!  This one isn’t a streamer, so DVD Only.

Penny Dreadful – Season 3 (DVD) (TV sci-fi, Josh Hartnett ,Timothy Dalton) – This is the DVD release for disc subscribers for the last season of this creature feature series.  Instant Streaming Available.

The Flash – Season 2 (TV action, Grant Gustin, Candice Patton) – The lightning created speedster returns for a second season.  Instant Streaming Available

The Grinder – Season 1 (comedy, Rob Lowe, Fred Savage) – Good cast, too bad this legal comedy got cancelled after a single season. Instant Streaming Only

Ripper Street – Season 3 (TV drama, Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn) – I don’t quite know when this came out – but it’s out now, but on DVD Only.  It is a streamer, so I’ll watch for those dates.

Citizen Soldier (documentary) – War seen through a helmet camera of a member of the Oklahoma National Guard.  DVD Only

Last Cab to Darwin (drama, Michael Caton, Ningali Lawford) – A taxi driver decides to venture out of his comfort zone after being diagnosed with cancer.   Instant Streaming Available

Chevalier (foreign comedy, Yorgos Kendros, Panos Koronis) – Greek language story of a bunch of men on a yacht doing random competitions to prove their manliness.  DVD Only

The Darkness (horror, Kevin Bacon, Radha Mitchell) – Based on true events of a family who brings an evil spirit home from the Grand Canyon.  I’m totally not kidding.  DVD Only

A Bigger Splash (thriller, Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson) – Vacations turn awkward when former lover and his daughter show up.  DVD Only

Sharknado: The 4th Awakens (creature feature,  Ian Ziering, Tara Reid) – Yeah, another one.  I haven’t seen any of them, but if you dig them, you’re in luck!  DVD Only

Swiss Army Man (comedy, Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe) – Stranded on an island, corpse washes up. How does that help you get home?  I have no idea, but that’s what’s happening here. Weird enough for me to see.  DVD Only

Into the Forest (thriller, Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood) – Dystopian thriller about women living in a remote cabin as the country collapses.  DVD Only

Wild Oats (comedy, Shirley MacLaine, Jessica Lange) – An accidental fortune does not come without consequences, ladies.  DVD Only

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV (sci-fi, Lena Headey, Sean Bean) – Does any franchise need this high of a Roman numeral?  DVD Only

Being Charlie (drama, Cary Elwes, Nick Robinson) – Directed by Rob Reiner, the story of a teenager not at all excited about the rehab he needs.  Good cast, I’ll give this a shot.  DVD Only

Amateur Night (comedy, Jason Biggs, Janet Montgomery) – Craigslist can lead to a job as a hooker chauffeur.  Who knew?  DVD Only

The Wailing (foreign thriller, Kwak Do-won, Jeong-min Hwang) – Korean language story of a stranger showing up in a small village, where people then begin dying.  DVD Only

Attack on Titan: Part 1 (foreign sci-fi, Haruma Miura, Hiroki Hasegawa) – Japanese language dystopian future creature feature. Part 1.  DVD Only

The Last King (foreign action, Kristofer Hivju, Thorbjørn Harr) – Norwegian language period piece about a 13th century duo protecting an infant prince.  DVD Only

Laid in America (comedy, Caspar Lee, Olajide Olatunji) – YouTube “stars” star as Brits trying to get lucky in the U.S.  Charming.  DVD Only

Satanic (horror, Sarah Hyland, Justin Chon) – Haley from Modern Family needs to stop looking for creepy thrills during the show’s hiatus. It just isn’t going to end well.  DVD Only

Microbe and Gasoline (foreign comedy, Ange Dargent, Théophile Baquet) – French language story of teens who build a mini mobile home and set out across France.  DVD Only

Spooky Stakeout (family, Harry Behan, Zena Donnelly) – Modern Scooby Doo gang solves haunted castle mystery.  DVD Only

It’s a Rockabilly World (docmentary) – A look at this group of people living life 1950s style.  DVD Only

Joshy (comedy, Thomas Middleditch, Adam Pally) – A bachelor party in the woods probably isn’t the best plan for a guy grieving the death of his fiancee.  DVD Only

They’re Watching (thriller, Kris Lemche, Carrie Genzel) – Home improvement show goes horribly wrong in Moldova.  I might not be able to resist this one.  Instant Streaming Available

Amazonia (family, Martin Sheen) – The story of a capuchin monkey from the city caught in the jungle.  Narrated by Martin Sheen, I think this is mostly a documentary for kids about the Brazilian rainforest.  I would totally watch this with my kids.  You know, if they weren’t adults.  DVD Only

6 Plots (horror, Alice Darling, Emily Wheaton) – Cemetery plots, get it?!?  Girl has to rescue buried-alive friends.  DVD Only

Iverson (documentary, Allen Iverson, Tom Brokaw) – A documentary about Allen Iverson, of course. Instant Streaming Available.

The Demolisher (thriller, Tianna Nori, Ry Barrett) – Vigilante in riot gear, fueled by guilt.  DVD Only

The Gateway (horror,  Danni Smith, Tim Lueke) – That great new apartment doesn’t look so good once you discover the horror portal in the bathroom, now does it?  DVD Only

Ghost Team (action comedy, Jon Heder, David Krumholtz) – Pretty good cast for a spoofy Scooby Doo-ish comedy about ghost hunting. Also with Amy Sedaris and Justin Long.  DVD Only

Be Somebody (romance, Matthew Espinosa, Sarah Jeffery) – Pop star is sick of the spot light, goes to small town.  Finds love.  Yawwwnnnnn.  Instant Streaming Only

Gored (foreign documentary, Marco Antonio Barrera) – Spanish language bullfighting doc.  Instant Streaming Only

October 1st

Murder Maps – Season 2 (TV documentary, Nicholas Day) – Devoted to how infamous British killers were caught. Instant Streaming Only

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (comedy, Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck) – Yeah, I know it isn’t new, but Ferris is Available on Instant Streaming!  That’s such a good thing.

September 30th

Marvel’s Luke Cage: Season 1 (TV action, Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali) – We first met him on Jessica Jones, now he has a show of his own (and you can learn more about him from our article).  Instant Streaming Only

Scream – Season 2 (TV thriller, Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor-Klaus) – This MTV horror series is Instant Streaming Only

September 28th

The Fosters – Season 4: Part 1 (TV drama, Teri Polo, Sherri Saum) – This big, diverse family chugs along into season 4.  No word on the second half.  Instant Streaming Only

September 27th

Grimm – Season 5 (TV sci-fi, David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby) – Protecting the world from fairy tale monsters is dirty work, but someone has to do it.  DVD Only

Reign – Season 3 (TV drama, Adelaide Kane, Toby Regbo) – This period piece about Mary, Queen of Scots is a streamer – I’ll keep an eye on dates.  DVD Only for now.

Rizzoli & Isles – Season 6 (TV drama, Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander) – Yep, this is still on.  It’s not a streamer, so DVD Only.

The Jungle Book (2016) (family adventure, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley) – Live action Jungle Book!  Fun! DVD Only

The Innocents (foreign drama, Lou de Laâge, Agata Kulesza) – French language WWII period piece about a nun/physician helping civilians and other nuns who have been assaulted.  DVD Only

Me Before You (romance, Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin) – Beautiful woman helps rich quadriplegic that life is worth living.  DVD Only

How to Dance in Ohio (documentary) – Group of kids with autism prepare for their spring formal.  DVD Only

A Dangerous Game: Donald Trump vs. the Environment (documentary) – Pretty self explanatory.  DVD Only

The Shallows (thriller, Blake Lively, Oscar Jaenada) – Shark vs. Blake  DVD Only

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (comedy, Sam Neill, Julian Dennison) – Child loses foster mom, foster dad absconds with said child into the wilderness.  DVD Only

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (documentary, Frank Zappa) – Frank Zappa biography – interviews, concert footage, etc.  DVD Only

Cell (thriller, John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson) – Based on the okay Stephen King novel, where cell phones rule the world.  DVD Only

The Neon Demon (horror, Elle Fanning, Alessandro Nivola) – Modeling thriller.  DVD Only

City of Gold (documentary, Jonathan Gold) – A food writer explores the cuisine of L.A.  DVD Only

Dekalog (foreign art house, Aleksander Bardini, Janusz Gajos) – Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski’s 10 hour existential drama set in a post cold-war housing complex comes in the form of 5 discs, in Polish with subtitles.  DVD Only

Edge of Winter (thriller, Tom Holland, Joel Kinnaman) – Love Kinnaman (from The Killing) – I’m definitely willing to see him in this story of a father with secrets trapped in a storm with his sons.  DVD Only

Beyond Valkyrie: Dawn of the Fourth Reich (drama, Sean Patrick Flanery, Tom Sizemore) – WWII military drama about the aftermath of a failed attempt to assassinate Hitler.  DVD Only

September 24th

Portlandia – Season 6 (TV comedy, Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein) – The DVD date on this is October, but Instant Streaming is Available first!

September 23rd

Last Man Standing – Season 5 (TV comedy, Tim Allen, Nancy Travis) – This stay-at-home dad series is Instant Streaming Only

Longmire – Season 5 (TV crime drama, Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff) – Even though Season 4 hasn’t been out long, Season 5 is here!  Instant Streaming Only

September 22nd

Bones – Season 11 (TV drama, Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz) – Finally!  This is going to streaming before DVD, which is awesome.  Instant Streaming Only

Easy – Season 1 (TV drama, Orlando Bloom, Malin Ackerman) – A Netflix Original anthology series set in Chicago.  Instant Streaming Only

Wallander – Season 4 (TV drama, Kenneth Branagh, Sarah Smart) – People have been wondering when the next season of this British crime drama might arrive!  It’s been available on DVD for a while, but now it’s Available on Instant Streaming

Person of Interest – Season 5 (TV drama, Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson) – I’m glad the last season of this is finally Available on Instant Streaming – I missed the last three episodes!

September 20th

The New Girl – Season 5 (TV comedy, Zooey Deschanel, Max Greenfield) – This one is streaming before the DVD comes out.  Fun!  Instant Streaming Only

The Originals – Season (TV drama, Joseph Morgan Daniel Gillies) – I only watched the first season of this Vampire Diaries spin-off.  I feel like I should catch up.  Instant Streaming Available 10/8

The Good Wife – Season 7 (TV drama, Julianna Margulies, Matthew Goode) – I believe this is the final season of this high rated drama.  It is not a streamer, so DVD Only

2 Broke Girls – Season 5 (TV comedy, Kat Dennings Beth Behrs) – I keep seeing bits and pieces of this in syndication.  I hate it, with no real reason.  It’s not a streamer, so DVD Only

Blue Bloods – Season 6 (TV drama, Tom Selleck Donnie Wahlberg) – NYPD’s first family is back.  This one is a streamer, but not yet.  I’ll keep an eye on it – DVD Only for now.

Modern Family – Season 7 (TV comedy, Ed O’Neill Sofía Vergara) – This is a lot of years to be funny, and they’re doing a great job.  This is not a streamer, so DVD Only.

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders – Season 1 (TV drama, Gary Sinise Alana De La Garza) – Now that both Shamar Moore and Thomas Gibson are gone from the original, I might have to start watching this Criminal Minds spin-off.  It’s only had a single season, so I don’t know if it will stream (but I’ll watch for it).  DVD Only for now.

Zootopia (family animation, Jason Bateman, Ginnifer Goodwin) – Talking animated animals.  Nope.  But you all enjoy! The DVD has been out for awhile, but now Instant Streaming Available!

The Huntsman: Winter’s War (action, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron) – I don’t think I’ve seen the first one of these.  I should remedy that.  DVD Only

The Nice Guys (action, Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe) – 1970s period piece about a private detective and his hired muscle.  DVD Only

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (action, Megan Fox, Stephen Amell) – Weirdly, I don’t think I’m going to see this one.  DVD Only

Interrogation (foreign drama, Samuthira Kani, C.J. “Lana” Perry) – Apparently there are two films by this name.  One is an Tamil language Indian drama about a group of men being tortured during interrogation, the other an American action thing about FBI agents investigation a bomb threat. The Netflix page has members of both casts and a plot summary that mixes the two storylines.  In other words, I have absolutely no idea what this movie is.  DVD Only

ma ma (foreign drama, Penélope Cruz, Luis Tosar) – Spanish language story of a woman dealing with multiple stressors meeting a man who has it worse.  DVD Only

Rodeo & Juliet (romance,  Stephen Beck, Harry Cason) – I hope these cowgirls and cowboys fare better than the original pair.  DVD Only

Under the Sun (foreign documentary,  Lee Zin-Mi, Yu-Yong) – Korean language documentary about a family whose child is taking part in a North Korean political festival.  DVD Only

Colliding Dreams (documentary) – Exploration of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  DVD Only

Wedding Doll (foreign drama, Asi Levi, Moran Rosenblatt) – Hebrew language story about a cognitively disabled girl looking for romance.  DVD Only

Mai-Chan’s Daily Life: The Movie; Bloody Carnal Residence (foreign horror/comedy, Roman Soako, Koshi Ann) – Based on fetish violence manga.  No, thanks.  DVD Only

The Real MVP: The Wanda Durant Story (TV biography, Cassandra Freeman, Tracie Thoms) – Lifetime biopic about the mother of an NBA player.  DVD Only

Leading Lady (comedy, Katie McGrath, Bok van Blerk) – South African farmer and actress strike up a deal.  Instant Streaming Available

Sunday Ball (foreign documentary, Marcelle Izidoro, Thais Maria) – Portuguese language doc about amateur soccer.  Instant Streaming Available

Pele: Birth of a Legend (biography, Mariana Nunes, Seu Jorge) – Soccer player Pele gets a biopic.  DVD Only

600 Miles (drama, Tim Roth, Armando Hernandez) – Tim Roth becomes friends with his gun runner captor.  DVD Only

September 19th

Gotham – Season 2 (TV sci-fi, Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue) – The beleaguered citizens of Gotham are back for a second season.  Instant Streaming Available

Call the Midwife – Season 5 (TV drama, Jessica Raine, Jenny Agutter) – 1950s London midwives are back!  Instant Streaming Available.

September 17th

Luther – Season 4 (TV drama, Idris Elba, Warren Brown) – I’m really enjoying season 1 of this gritty British police procedural.  We’ve been waiting a long time for this season to stream, but now Instant Streaming Available!

Penny Dreadful – Season 3 (TV sci-fi, Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton) – I haven’t watched this Victorian creature series, but I probably should.  Season 3 is Instant Streaming Only (at least for now)

September 15th

The Walking Dead – Season 6 (TV drama, Andrew Lincoln, Melissa McBride) – We really can’t get enough zombies, can we?  Instant Streaming Available

September 13th

Empire – Season 2 (TV drama, Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson) – Embattled music mogul returns for a second season.  This is not a streamer, so DVD Only

Scorpion – Season 2 (TV drama, Elyes Gabel, Robert Patrick) – Supergenius anti-terrorist unit.  I’ve seen ads for this and think I should give it a try.  Not a streamer, so DVD Only

Madam Secretary – Season 2 (TV drama, Téa Leoni, Bebe Neuwirth) – An academic becomes Secretary of State.  Issues ensue.  I was wrong!  Thanks to alert reader Andrew for letting me know that this is actually Available on Instant Streaming – September 13th is the DVD release date.

Chicago P.D. – Season 3 (TV drama, Jason Beghe, Jon Seda) – Companion series to Chicago Med and Chicago Fire.  Not a streamer, so DVD Only.

The Big Bang Theory – Season 9 (TV comedy, Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons) – They’re doing really well keeping this fresh.  It’s not a streamer, so DVD Only

Quantico – Season 1 (TV drama, Priyanka Chopra, Jake McLaughlin) – FBI recruits deal with possible mole in their class.  I don’t know it this will stream, but I’ll keep an eye on it.  Thanks to alert reader Liz for noticing that this is streaming now (as of 8/29)!  It’s fun when streaming comes out before the DVD.

Longmire – Season 4 (TV crime drama, Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff) – I didn’t realize this was based on a series of novels.  But it is!  Thanks to alert reader Andrew for pointing out that season 4 is Already Available on Instant Streaming.  This is the DVD release date.

Hawaii Five-0 – Season 6 (TV drama, Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan) – They’re back for another season!  This is a streamer, I’ll let you know when.  Instant Streaming Available

Law and Order SVU – Season 17 (TV drama, Mariska Hargitay Ice-T) – The final remaining Law and Order spin-off.  It’s already Available on Instant Streaming, this is the DVD release.

Extremis  (documentary) – I don’t have a lot of info here, but it’s about end of life decisions in an E.R.  Instant Streaming Only

Captain America: Civil War (sci-fi action, Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr.) – Oh, yeah, I’ll be seeing this.  I don’t care if it’s good, it’s Captain American and Iron Man!  DVD Only

God’s Not Dead 2 (faith & spirituality, Melissa Joan Hart, Jesse Metcalfe) – Teacher wants to use the bible in her classroom.  This is really not for me, but whatever.  DVD Only

Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe (documentary, Luc Montagnier, Jim Sears) – Anti-vaccine documentary.  Wow, this is not my week.  DVD Only

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (comedy, Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone) – Boy band mockumentary.  Seriously, is the entire movie industry out to get me this week?  DVD Only

Marauders (action, Tyler J. Olson, Johnathon Schaech) – Bank heist investigation turns to investigation of larger conspiracy.  Also has Bruce Willis and Christopher Meloni (who I love).  I’ll see this.  DVD Only

The Fits (drama, Royalty Hightower, Alexis Neblett) – Dance group members start fainting.  DVD Only

Presenting Princess Shaw (documentary) – How a singer becomes a viral sensation.  DVD Only

The Measure of a Man (foreign drama, Karine de Mirbeck, Vincent Lindon) – French language story of a man who needs a job and finds one catching shoplifters, with whom he begins to relate.  DVD Only

The Dwarvenaut (documentary, Stefan Pokorny) – About a Dungeons & Dragons super-fan.  DVD Only

August Winds (foreign drama, Marcelle Izidoro, Thais Maria) – Portuguese language story about two people in a small village, a researcher and some weird winds.  Instant Streaming Only

Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe (foreign action, Chen Yao, Mark Chao) – Mandarin language story of mountains, explosions and strange fossils.  Instant Streaming Only

Dukhtar (foreign drama, Samiya Mumtaz, Saleha Aref) – Urdu language story of a Pakistani mother kidnapping her young daughter and fleeing to prevent her arranged marriage to a tribal leader.  Instant Streaming Only

In-Lawfully Yours (romance, Marilu Henner, Corbin Bernsen) – Small town romantic hijinks.  Instant Streaming Only

Mad Tiger (documentary, Kengo Hioki, Kotaro Tsukada) – Story of the splitting up of a Japanese performance art punk group. It is in English.  Instant Streaming Only

Most Likely to Die (horror, Heather Morris, Ryan Doom) – Beach party before the class reunion?  What are you people thinking???  Instant Streaming Only

Parched (foreign drama, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Radhika Apte) – Hindi language story of Indian women challenging their male dominated village traditions.  Instant Streaming Only

Sea Fog (foreign thriller, Yun-seok Kim, Park Yoo-chun) – Korean language story of a fisherman who agrees to smuggle people from China.  Instant Streaming Only

Seve: The Movie (drama, José Luis Gutiérrez, José Navar) – Golfer Seve Ballesteros biopic.  Instant Streaming Only

Sweaty Betty (comedy, Rico Mitchell, Seth Dubose) – Something about a family who want’s their pig tp be the mascot for the Redskins, and someone selling their dog.  I don’t even know.  Instant Streaming Only

The Automatic Hate (drama, Joseph Cross, Adelaide Clemens) – Skeletons in the family closet and a little almost-incest. Yeah, I’ll see it.  Instant Streaming Only

The Dead Room (horror, Jed Brophy, Jeffrey Thomas) – If you’re in a horror movie, why are you going into the haunted house?  Come on, people!  Instant Streaming Only

The Midnight After (foreign horror, Goo-Bi GC, Kara Hui) – Cantonese language story of last survivors on earth.  Instant Streaming Only

The Steps (comedy, Jason Ritter, Emmanuelle Chriqui) – The abominable step siblings.  You bet I’ll be seeing this.  Instant Streaming Only

Women He’s Undressed (documentary, Deborah Kennedy, Darren Gilshenan) – About a Hollywood costume designer.  Instant Streaming Only

The President (foreign drama, Misha Gomiashvili, Dachi Orvelashvili) – Georgian language story of an ousted despot forced on the run and mingling with his former subjects. Instant Streaming Only

The Kid’s Menu (documentary, Joe Cross) – A look at childhood obesity on a global scale.  Instant Streaming Only

A Faster Horse (documentary, Edsel Ford II, Gale Halderman) – Updating the Ford Mustang.  Instant Streaming Only

September 10th

Supergirl – Season 1 (TV drama, Melissa Benoist, Calista Flockhart) – The girl of steel used to be on Glee!  Instant Streaming Available.  Also, I had no idea Ally McBeal was in this.

September 7th

The Blacklist – Season 3 (TV drama, James Spader, Megan Boone) – I still love Spader, but this might be running its course.  Instant Streaming Available

Rectify – Season 3  (TV drama, Aden Young, J. Smith-Cameron) – Released from death row and back for a third season.  Instant Streaming Available

CSI: Cyber – Season 2 (TV drama, Patricia Arquette, Bow Wow) – This is the last season for the cyber crimes CSI spin-off – it got bumped from August 30th, I hope it sticks this time.  It isn’t a streamer, so DVD Only

South Park – Season 19 (TV animation, Matt Stone, Trey Parker) – I’m not a fan.  But if you are, you can get this on DVD Only.

Supernatural – Season 11 (TV sci-fi, Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles) – The boys are back, fighting supernatural crime for an 11th season.  Instant Streaming Available 10/7

The Flash – Season 2 (TV action, Grant Gustin, Candice Patton) – The lightning created speedster returns for a second season.  Instant Streaming Available 10/4

Galavant – Seasons 1 & 2 (TV musical, Joshua Sasse, Timothy Omundson) – Medieval musical.  Two seasons at one!  Instant Streaming Only

American Crime Story – Season 1 (TV drama, Cuba Gooding Jr., John Travolta) – An anthology whose first season was about O.J. Simpson.  I don’t know if this one will stream, I’ll keep an eye on it.  DVD Only for now.

R.L. Stine’s Mostly Ghostly: One Night in Doom House (family, Corey Fogelmanis, Sophie Reynolds) – Teenager must save the world with enchanted jewel.  Instant Streaming Available.

Honey 3 (drama, Cassie Ventura, Kenny Wormald) – Dancer puts on hip-hop Romeo and Juliet.  Instant Streaming Available

From Afar (foreign drama, Alfredo Casto, Luis Silva) – Spanish language story of a man and a teenage street kid in an unusual sexual arrangement.  DVD Only

Buddymoon (comedy, Brian T. Finney, David Giuntoli) – Probably shouldn’t take your best man on your honeymoon after the wedding falls through.  DVD Only

Love & Friendship (comedy, Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny) – Period piece based on the Jane Austen novella.  DVD Only

Now You See Me 2 (thriller, Michael Caine, Jesse Eisenberg) – I just caught some of the first installment on cable.  It reinforced my aversion to Jesse Eisenberg.  DVD Only

Money Monster (crime drama, George Clooney, Julia Roberts) – Pretty high powered cast for this story of a loudmouth TV personality help hostage by one of his dupes.  DVD Only

Genius (drama, Jude Law, Guy Pearce) – Biopic about Thomas Wolfe and editor Max Perkins.  Terrific cast for this one.  DVD Only

The Meddler (comedy, Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne) – Widowed mother butts into daughter’s life until unexpectedly finding her own.  DVD Only

Center Stage: On Pointe (TV movie,  Peter Gallagher, Sascha Radetsky) – Lifetime movie about a dance competition at a ballet academy.  DVD Only

Equals (romance, Nicholas Hoult, Kristen Stewart) – I love him, not much love for her.  So I’ll probably pass on this dystopian romance.  DVD Only

Nina (drama, Zoe Saldana, Mike Epps) – Nina Simone biopic.  DVD Only

The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today (family animation) – For those of you with young’uns around.  DVD Only

Compadres (foreign action, Héctor Jiménez, Camila Sodi) – Mexican lawman + American teenage hacker to the rescue!  This one is in English.  DVD Only

Hard Target 2 (action, Scott Adkins, Rhona Mitra) – Sequel to…Hard Target.  Martial arts, guns, beautiful women, you know the drill.  DVD Only

Therapy For a Vampire (foreign comedy, Tobias Moretti, Jeanette Hain) – German language story of Sigmund Freud unwittingly treating a vampire.  DVD Only

Urge (thriller, Pierce Brosnan, Bar Paly) – Beware the new party drug, people on an island.  DVD Only

The Ones Below (thriller, Deborah Findlay, Clémence Poésy) – Befriending the neighbors gets creepy.  Instant Streaming Available

Take Me to the River (drama, Robin Weigert, Logan Miller) – Worst. Family. Reunion. Ever.  Yeah, I’ll see it.  DVD Only

Hockney (documentary, David Hockney, Don Bachardy) – Painter/artist biodoc.  DVD Only

Neon Bull (foreign drama, Alyne Santana, Aline Santana) – Portuguese language story the sport vaquejada, and one man who doesn’t want to be there.  DVD Only

Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) (foreign drama, Finnegan Oldfield, Marilyn Lima) – French language story of teenagers experimenting with casual sex and ending up emotionally involved.  DVD Only

Sundown (comedy, Devon Werkheiser, Sean Marquette) – Spring break in Mexico hijinks.  DVD Only

Fishes N Loaves: Heaven Sent (faith & spirituality, Patrick Muldoon, Dina Meyer) – California preacher goes to Arizona.  DVD Only

Full Out (drama, Jennifer Beals, Ana Golja) – Based on the true story of a gymnast injured in an accident trying to make a comeback.  Instant Streaming Only

September 2nd

Narcos – Season 2 (TV drama, Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook) – Netflix Original Colombian drug cartel drama continues.  Instant Streaming Only

Baby Daddy – Season 5 (TV comedy, Jean-Luc Bilodeau Chelsea Kane) – The laughs roll on (supposedly) as unprepared single father continues raising little girl.  Instant Streaming Only

Young & Hungry – Season 4 (TV comedy, Emily Oswalt, Kym Whitley) – Blogging about food is different from being a rich guy’s personal chef.  Instant Streaming Only

September 1st

Heartland – Season 7 (TV drama, Amber Marshall, Michelle Morgan) – This one is long awaited!  Instant Streaming Only

Hellevator – Season 1 (TV reality, Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska) – I believe this is a GSN original, a game show in which people ride a haunted elevator through a warehouse and complete challenges along the way.  Weird?  Oh, yes.  Instant Streaming Only

Crashing – Season 1 (TV comedy, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Jonathan Bailey) – They finally added some details!  This is a British show about a group of young adults living in an old hospital (the rent is cheap!) Instant Streaming Only

I Am the Ambassador – Seasons 1 & 2 (documentary, Rufus Gifford) – Follows the public and private life the U.S. ambassador to Denmark.  Instant Streaming Only

August 30th

Arrow – Season 4 (TV sci-fi, Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy) – The Green Arrow returns in this CW series.  Instant Streaming Available 10/5

Chicago Fire – Season 4 (TV drama, Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney) – Firehouse drama.  This one isn’t a streamer – DVD Only

Chicago Med – Season 1 (TV drama, Oliver Platt, S. Epatha Merkerson) – Spin-off of Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D.  I don’t know if it will stream, DVD Only for now

Grey’s Anatomy – Season 12 (TV drama, Ellen Pompeo Justin Chambers) – Yup, it’s still on.  It’s a streamer, but no date yet, so DVD Only for now.

Limitless – Season 1 (DVD) (TV drama, Jake McDorman, Jennifer Carpenter) – I quite enjoyed the first season of this movie spin-off.  It’s already Available on Instant Streaming, this is the DVD release for disc subscribers

Shameless – Season 6 (TV dramedy, William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum) – The ultimate dysfunctional family returns!  Instant Streaming Available 9/1 – seasons 5 & 6! 

NCIS: Los Angeles – Season 7 (TV drama, LL Cool J, Chris O’Donnell) – One of the many, many NCIS spin-offs.  This one is not a streamer, so DVD Only.

Criminal Minds – Season 11 (TV drama, Thomas Gibson, Joe Montegna) – This veteran crime show released this season on Instant Streaming back in July – this is the DVD release for disc subscribers.

Blunt Talk – Season 1 (TV dramedy, Patrick Stewart, Adrian Scarborough) – Englishman in New York, you say?  How about Los Angeles – on a TV talk show?  This looks good.  It’s DVD Only for now – I have no idea if it will stream.

The Phenom (sports drama, Paul Giamatti, Ethan Hawke) – Baseball player sees psychologist after being sent down from the majors.  DVD Only

Keanu (comedy, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele) – Cat-napping is serious business, people.  DVD Only

Batman: The Killing Joke (animation) – Batman vs. Joker, animated.  DVD Only

Jane Wants a Boyfriend (drama, Eliza Dushku, Louisa Krause) – Woman with Asperger’s looks to her sister to help her find a boyfriend.  DVD Only

What Happened, Miss Simone? (documentary) – Bio-doc about singer/activist Nina Simone.  Instant Streaming Only

How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town (comedy, Mark O’Brien, Lauren Lee Smith) – No, not porn.  A sex columnist returns to her home town and finds old classmates with some unorthodox ideas.  DVD Only

PlantPure Nation (documentary, Steve Forbes, T. Colin Campbell) – Father and son promote plant based diet in Kentucky.  Instant Streaming Only

Casa Grande (foreign drama, Georgiana Góes, Sandro Rocha) – Portuguese language story of a privileged teen whose money runs out.  Instant Streaming Only

August 26th

Once Upon a Time – Season 5 (TV sci-fi, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla) – The fairy tale nightmares continue.  Instant Streaming Available

August 23rd

The Walking Dead – Season 6 (TV drama, Andrew Lincoln, Melissa McBride) – We really can’t get enough zombies, can we?  This is a streamer, I’ll let you know when.  For now, DVD Only

Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Season 3 (TV comedy, Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher) – As much as I love Andre Braugher, I don’t think I can stomach him as second fiddle in an Andy Samberg comedy.  This one is not a streamer, so DVD Only

Castle – Season 8 (TV drama, Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic) – Enjoy this season, it’s the last.  It’s not a streamer, so DVD Only

Elementary – Season 4 (TV drama, Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu) – I tried this version of modern day Sherlock, but couldn’t get past there being no Cumberbatch.  This is not a streamer, so DVD Only

Lucifer – Season 1 (TV drama, Tom Ellis, Lauren German) – I really enjoyed the first season of this Devil Comes to Town drama with plenty of comic relief.  I’m looking forward to season 2.  I have no idea if it will stream, for now it’s DVD Only

NCIS – Season 13 (TV drama, Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly) – Yep, it’s still chugging along as supposedly the most popular show on TV (no idea if that’s true).  Instant Streaming Available

Scandal – Season 5 (DVD) (TV drama, Kerry Washington, Columbus Short) – This one is already Available on Instant Streaming, but will now be available on DVD for disc subscribers as well.

The Strain – Season 2 (TV sci-fi, Corey Stoll, David Bradley) – I still have season 1 of this vampire apocalypse drama on my queue, I should move it to the top.  It’s not a streamer, so DVD Only

Ash vs Evil Dead – Season 1 (TV horror, Bruce Campbell, Lucy Lawless) – Ash is getting old, but he’s still fighting the undead.  Or other supernatural crazy stuff.  I don’t know if this will stream, so DVD Only for now.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – Season 1 (TV drama, Victor Garber, Brandon Routh) – Marvel doesn’t have the corner on superheroes – this crew works with a time traveler to save the world.  DVD Only (no idea if the will stream – I’ll watch for it)

The Night Manager – Season 1 (TV drama, Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston) – Fantastic cast for this action drama about a hotel manager getting mixed up with spies and arms dealers.  I think this is more of a mini-series.  DVD Only

Roots – Season 1 (TV drama, Forest Whitaker, Laurence Fishburne) – Again, more of a mini-series, this History Channel remake of the 1970s series starring Levarr Burton has an AMAZING cast.  DVD Only

The Boss (comedy, Melissa McCarthy, Peter Dinklage) – This comedy about a white collar criminal trying to restore her image has a good cast, but bad reviews.  I’ll still see it.  DVD Only

Barbershop: The Next Cut (comedy, Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer) – Wacky barbershop sequel.  DVD Only

Hardcore Henry (action, Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky) – Cyborg tries to save kidnapped wife in Moscow.  DVD Only

The Man Who Knew Infinity (drama, Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons) – Biopic about an Indian mathematician.  Given the talented cast, its very likely to be significantly better than that summary sounds.  DVD Only

Weiner (documentary, Anthony Weiner) – I hope this comes to Instant Streaming at some point.  I would love to see this (supposedly really funny) look at the attempted comeback of politician Anthony Weiner.  DVD Only

Maggie’s Plan (comedy, Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke) – Rom/com about a woman about to be artificially inseminated meeting the perfect man.  Yawn.  DVD Only

The Duel (western, Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth) – People are dying in the West.  A Texas Ranger wants to know why.  Good cast, I’ll take a shot with this one.  DVD Only

Outlaws and Angels (western, Chad Michael Murray, Francesca Eastwood) – Another western!  Though this one bills itself as a thriller, it is most definitely a western, with bank heists and outlaws heading to Mexico.  DVD Only

Clown (horror, Christian Distefano, Robert Reynolds) – Nope.  A clown doesn’t need to do anything to be scary.  I will most definitely pass.  DVD Only

Sunset Song (drama, Agyness Deyn, Peter Mullan) – Period piece about a woman facing extreme challenges in early 1900s Scotland.  DVD Only

Dark Horse (documentary) – Story of a group of bar patrons developing a race horse.  DVD Only

Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (romance, Jamie Chung, Bryan Greenberg) – Two Americans in Hong Kong find love.  Whatever.  Instant Streaming Available.

The Other Side (drama, Mark Kelley, Lisa Allen) – This concept is good – a community of misfits bitterly living off the grid – but the ratings on Netflix are bad.  I’m not even really sure if it’s a documentary or drama (maybe docudrama?) but I’m going to give it a shot.  DVD Only

A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits (family, Sofia Carson, Jennifer Tilly) – Nope, I doubt this needed to be made.  DVD Only

August 22nd

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit – Season 17 (TV drama, Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T) – The last Law & Order spin-off is Available on Instant Streaming (DVD on September 13th)

August 19th

Fearless – Season 1 (TV reality) – Netflix Original series about professional bull riders.  Instant Streaming Only

August 16th

Hell on Wheels – Season 5.1 (TV drama, Anson Mount, Colm Meaney) – This post-Civil War drama is back with half a season for DVD subscribers on August 16th.  It is already Available on Instant Streaming.

The Vampire Diaries – Season 7 (TV drama, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder) – The Salvatore brothers return for more blood sucking fun.  Instant Streaming Available 10/8

Gotham – Season 2 (TV sci-fi, Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue) – The beleaguered citizens of Gotham are back for a second season.  This one will stream, but I don’t know when.  DVD Only for now – I’ll let you know when I have a streaming date.

Once Upon a Time – Season 5 (TV sci-fi, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla) – The fairy tale nightmares continue.  Instant Streaming Available

NCIS: New Orleans – Season 3 (TV drama, Scott Bakula, Lucas Black) – This one is not a streamer, so DVD Only

The Affair – Season 2 (TV drama, Dominic West, Ruth Wilson) – How long can you milk infidelity as a plot line?  At least two season I guess.  This one is not a streamer, so DVD Only

Code Black – Season 1 (TV drama, Marcia Gay Harden, Luis Guzmán) – More medical hijinks in season 2.  This one has not been a streamer so far, so DVD Only

Tyrant – Season 1 (TV drama, Adam Rayner, Jennifer Finnigan) – I’m not entirely sure what this drama is about – it takes place in a Middle Eastern dictatorship.  DVD Only

Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words (documentary, Sigourney Weaver, Jeanine Basinger) – Ingrid Bergman bio-doc with readings from her letters and journals, as well as film shot by the actress.  DVD Only

Demolition (drama, Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts) – Great cast for this story of a man trying to cop with the death of his wife.  DVD Only

The Angry Birds Movie (family animation, Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad) – Animated movie made from a video game?  Yeah, no.  DVD Only

Sky (drama, Diane Kruger, Norman Reedus) – French woman in bad marriage vacationing in the U.S., somehow connects with Darryl from Walking DeadDVD Only

Our Last Tango (foreign documentary, Maria Nieves Rego, Juan Carlos Copes) – Spanish language doc about a pair of tango dancers.  DVD Only

11 Minutes (foreign thriller, Richard Dormer, Paulina Chapko) – Polish language intertwining lives story.  DVD Only

God’s Club (drama, Stephen Baldwin, Corbin Bernsen) – Christian movie about the Bible Club and overzealous church/state separation parents who see the light.  Oy.  Instant Streaming Only

Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk 2 (comedy, Ben Schnetzer, Hannah Marks) – A sequel about going to a punk concert and dealing with family issues?  I don’t know, but you can catch it right now, because Instant Streaming Only!

August 9th

Halt and Catch Fire – Season 2 (TV drama, Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy) – I was wrong, this dawn of the computer era drama is streaming – both seasons!  Also, I love the name “Scoot McNairy”.  Love. It.  Instant Streaming Available

Line of Duty – Season 3 (TV drama, Martin Compston, Lennie James) – This British crime series is about an anti-corruption unit.  It’s not a streamer, so DVD Only

Supergirl – Season 1 (TV drama, Melissa Benoist, Calista Flockhart) – I don’t know if this will stream, since it only has one season so far, but will keep an eye on it.  Instant Streaming Available 9/10  Also, I had no idea Ally McBeal was in this.

Real Husbands of Hollywood – Season 4 (comedy, Kevin Hart, Nick Cannon) – Kevin Hart and friends continue spoofing Hollywood reality shows.  Instant Streaming Only

11/22/63 (TV sci-fi miniseries, James Franco, Sarah Gadon) – I loved this book, but I don’t love James Franco.  I think I’ll see it anyway – I like that it’s a miniseries and they didn’t try to cram that whole  giant book into a two hour movie. DVD Only (2 discs)

A Monster with a Thousand Heads (foreign thriller, Jana Raluy, Sebastián Aguirre) – Spanish language story of a woman desperate to get the attention of her husband’s health insurer.  DVD Only

Jim: The James Foley Story (documentary) – Tribute doc to photojournalist killed by the IS.  DVD Only

A Hologram for the King (drama, Tom Hanks, Alexander Black) – Broke businessman heads to Saudi Arabia.  And finds romance.  Totally not kidding.  DVD Only

Fathers & Daughters (drama, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried) – Terrific cast including Aaron Paul, Bruce Greenwood, Octavia Spencer and Jane Fonda for this story of a father and daughter over time.  DVD Only

Sweet Bean (foreign drama, Masatoshi Nagase, Kirin Kiki) – Japanese language story of a bakery and its newest employee – a 76-year-old woman.  DVD Only

Addicted to Fresno (dark comedy, Molly Shannon, Aubrey Plaza) – Sisters working as hotel maids while figuring out their lives run into a spot of trouble.  DVD Only

Tab Hunter Confidential (documentary, Tab Hunter, Debbie Reynolds) – Tab Hunter bio-doc.  Instant Streaming Only

August 2nd

The Knick – Season 2 (TV drama, Clive Owen, Andre Holland) – Set in a New York hospital in 1900, with all the gruesomeness that comes with that.  I don’t think this one is a streamer – but we’ll see.  For now, DVD Only

The Blacklist – Season 3 (TV drama, James Spader, Megan Boone) – I still love Spader, but this might be running its course.  It’s a streamer, but I’m not sure when.  Instant Streaming Available 9/7

The Girlfriend Experience – Season 1 (TV drama, Riley Keough, Paul Sparks) – Basically a series about high priced hookers.  No idea if it will stream,  DVD Only for now

Songs My Brothers Taught Me (drama, John Reddy, Jashaun St. John) – A man considers leaving the reservation where he grew up but is concerned for his younger sister.  DVD Only

Breaking the Bank (comedy, Kelsey Grammer, Tamsin Greig) – Family-run British bank in trouble.  DVD Only

The Trust (drama, Nicolas Cage, Elijah Wood) – Police corruption with Nicolas Cage and…Frodo?  I might have to see this just to see if Wood can pull it off.  DVD Only

Louder Than Bombs (drama, Gabriel Byrne, Jesse Eisenberg) – Dysfunctional family drama that I would totally see if someone other than Jesse Eisenberg played whatever role he was given.  DVD Only

Mother’s Day (comedy, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis) – Ensemble Mother’s Day rom/com.  Yep, I’ll see it.  And then deny it.  DVD Only

The Lobster (comedy, Colin Farrell, Jessica Barden) – Dark comedy about a dystopian future where single people are hunted and forced to find mates.  Yes, I will absolutely see this.  DVD Only

High-Rise (thriller, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons) – Loki is showing up all over the place lately.  This time he’s a tenant in the high-rise from hell.  Instant Streaming Available

The First Monday in May (documentary, Andrew Bolton, John Galliano) – About the annual Met Gala.  DVD Only

The Bronze (comedy, Melissa Rauch, Gary Cole) – Bernadette from The Big Bang Theory plays a scheming former Olympic gymnast.  DVD Only

Requiem for the American Dream (documentary, Noam Chomsky) – Noam talks economic inequality in the US.  Instant Streaming Available

Last Days in the Desert (drama, Ewan McGregor, Ciarán Hinds) – Film version of bible story about Jesus’ 40 day desert fast.  DVD Only

April and the Extraordinary World (family animation, Angela Galuppo, Susan Sarandon) – A young girl sets out to find her missing parents in a fantasy world 1941.  DVD Only

Meet the Blacks (comedy, Mike Epps, Mike Tyson) – Family moves from Detroit to Beverly Hills.  Instant Streaming Available 11/16

Lazer Team (sci-fi comedy, Colton Dunn, Michael Jones) – Idiots save the world.  I don’t think so.  DVD Only

Carter High (drama, David Banner, Vivica A. Fox) – 1980s period piece about a high school football team.  Based on a true story.  DVD Only

Sniper: Ghost Shooter (action, Billy Zane, Dennis Haysbert) – Killing people in the Middle East.  Anybody else getting tired of that plot line?  DVD Only

Manhattan Night (thriller, Adrien Brody, Yvonne Strahovski) – Tabloid journalist becomes actual investigative journalist.  That’s not a thriller, that’s science fiction.  DVD Only

Septembers of Shiraz (drama, Armin Amiri, Shohreh Aghdashloo) – Also with Adrien Brody – 2 in a row!  Story of a Jewish family during the Iranian revolution.  DVD Only

Summer Camp (horror, Maiara Walsh, Andrés Velencoso) – This is why my kids never went to camp – rage-inducing viruses.  DVD Only

Dough (comedy, Jonathan Pryce, Jerome Holder) – Struggling Jewish baker hires Muslim apprentice.  Instant Streaming Available 11/16

Puerto Ricans in Paris (comedy, Luis Guzmán, Edgar Garcia) – NYC fish out of water.  DVD Only

Difret (foreign drama, Meron Getnet, Tizita Hagere) – Amharic language story of an Ethiopian girl, abducted for marriage, and the lawyer trying to keep her from being executed after shooting her kidnapper.  Instant Streaming Available

Traders (thriller, Killian Scott, John Bradley) – Economic collapse leads to bloody battles for the little remaining wealth.  DVD Only

Guernica (drama, James D’Arcy, María Valverde) – Period piece about an American in Spain in 1937.  DVD Only

Marguerite (foreign drama, Sophia Leboutte, André Marcon) – French language period piece set in 1920s Paris about a young woman who (wrongly) believes herself a talented singer.  DVD Only

Baba Joon (foreign drama, Navid Negahban, Asher Avrahami) – Hebrew language story of father and son clashing over family business.  Instant Streaming Only

Memoria (drama, Thomas Mann, James Franco) – Coming of age in the discontented suburbs.  Instant Streaming Only

The American Side (thriller, Greg Stuhr, Alicja Bachleda) – A private investigator at Niagara Falls with a Tesla invention.  I couldn’t make this stuff up.  Instant Streaming Only

The Black Jacket (documentary) – Former gang members reach out to try and stop gang violence in LA.  Instant Streaming Only

August 1st

Holding the Man (romance, Ryan Corr, Sarah Snook) – Romance between two boys that starts in high school.  Based on the best selling book.  Instant Streaming Available

Looking for release dates from earlier in 2016?  You can find them HERE!



What is Netflix? Should you use it?

Netflix is an online DVD rental service.  Instead of going to the local video store, you can have movies of your choice sent to you via the US mail.  It really is that simple.  Read on to see if it’s for you.

The Past

Originally, Netflix was a DVD only operation.  You chose the movies you wanted to watch from their online catalogue,Netflix Logo put them on your list and they would send them to you.  You could have as many as you wanted at a time (prices increased as the number increased) and you could keep them as long as you wanted.  Send one back and the next one on your list (called your queue) would be sent to you.  New movies would release on Netflix as soon as they released on DVD.

When we started, years ago, it took about 4 days to turn around a movie.  We had a 3 movie per month service plan and there were something like 11,000 movies in the Netflix catalogue.  It was heaven at a time when trying to rent a new release, a documentary or an independent film at a video store was next to impossible and late fees were omnipresent.

Times changed and Netflix changed with them.

The Present

Our original Netflix account seems quaint now.  So does the dial-up connection we used to manage it.  But the core appeal remains – I get movies I choose delivered to my mailbox, take as long as I want to watch them and drop them back in the mail (no postage needed).  A new one appears now in about 2 days.  The catalogue is now unimaginably huge – my queue is always enormous.  User interface on the site itself is super simple – you can browse movies, rate them, get recommendations, complain and report damaged and missing discs as well as manage your own account.

And there are so many more options now.  You can have DVD plans up to 8 at a time, you can have limited plans for as little as $5 a month, and the biggest change – you can now get additional content streamed to any of a couple hundred different devices.  It’s called Netflix Instant Streaming.

Netflix Instant Streaming

When this service began, you could stream movies to your computer via the Netflix site.  There were a few thousand available, most of them sucked.  We never used it – in addition to having little interest in the available content, we had no desire to watch movies on our computer.

But now, with the rise of YouTube and Hulu and any number of other services that stream video content from the internet, Netflix has upped their game.  Their instant catalogue has grown to include many thousands of movies and TV shows (including the first Netflix original series – 2013’s House of Cards, now joined by several more).  Best of all, you can stream through over 100 different devices (including computer to TV if you can reach with an HDMI cable).  We use either our Xbox 360 or our Roku Netflix Player to stream movies directly to our TV.  So in addition to the DVDs we get, we also have access to thousands of titles streamed free.

As streaming becomes more and more dominant with consumers, Netflix has acquired rights to more and more content.  One major acquisition involved streaming new releases before they go to pay TV.

We’re discovering now, in 2014,  that about 25-30% or so of the movies and TV that we want to get from Netflix is available through Netflix Instant Streaming.  Most of the movies are still either not new or are of limited general interest.  But a surprising number of little indie gems show up there.  And the TV is fabulous – we’ll often get a season the summer after it airs and be caught up for the fall premiere.  We’ve seen any number of movies and TV series via streaming on which we never would have used a DVD rental.  Some of them have been great.  Some have also sucked.  But that’s the world of movies, right?

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

I’m sure this seems like nothing more than a commercial for Netflix.  Let me assure you – I do not work for them.  And they have plenty of problems.  The granddaddy of all current problems is the horrid delay imposed upon Netflix by most of the major movie studios.  This problem is so big and pisses me off so bad that it gets its very own section here on Movie Rewind.  Just hop over one tab.

But let’s start with a simple rundown of the good:

  • Movies and TV on DVD delivered to your mailbox
  • Huge DVD and Instant Streaming catalogue from which to choose
  • Large number of service options
  • Excellent user interface on the site
  • 2 day DVD turnover
  • My history with them is spotless in terms of customer service

And move straight on to the bad:

  • 28 day delay for new releases
  • Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a 2 day turn around
  • DVD extras often not included on rental discs
  • No extras on streamed content
  • No captions available on streamed content (update: as of 2013, captions have become available for most content)
  • Streamed content requires the purchase of a (sometimes expensive) device in order to be truly watchable
  • Streamed content varies in picture quality (update: 2014 – most of the picture quality issues seem to have been resolved)

And the downright ugly:

  • There is no easy way to figure out when things will become available for either rental or streaming on Netflix

My Gift to You

We here at Movie Rewind are annoyed by the lack of easy access to Netflix release dates.  So I am going to provide them.  Tab over and you will find Netflix release dates for as many newly released movies and TV series as I can find, starting with January 1, 2014 (you can find the 2014 release dates here 2013 release dates here, the 2012 release dates here and the  2011 release dates here).  I will not be including old movies new to DVD or to Netflix – only new releases. When I find out that they are streaming, I’ll include that as well.

I love Netflix and have no intention of leaving them for another service or abandoning my disc subscription.  But nothing is perfect.  It’s my job to bitch about the problems I can’t control (I’m looking at you, 28 day delay) and provide solutions for the ones I can.  I love my job.

Release Delays

I hate you, 28 day delay

This is not the first time I’ve bitched about the 28 day release delay imposed on Netflix by many of the major movie studios.  But for those of you new to this particular party, I’ll go over the basics.

Beginning in January, 2010, Netflix customers (aka: ME) started noticing that some newly released DVDs were not being released by Netflix.  Hmmmm.  “What’s the deal?” the customers wondered.  Maybe just a glitch, an anomaly, an oversight.  WRONG!  It turned out that Warner Bros. and Netflix had reached a deal in which Netflix would delay release of new movies for 28 days after they became available for purchase, presumably to give people incentive to buy the DVD rather than wait to rent.  Fox and Universal soon followed suit, as did Paramount, even though their own internal study showed that delaying rental release did not increase DVD sales.

I have no idea, none at all, what Netflix gets out of this “agreement”.  I can only assume that it was forced down their throats with the threat of withdrawal of content altogether.

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Yeah, I get that the studios want more people to buy DVDs.  But I want to see concrete proof that delaying rentals achieves that.  I think that it does not – all it does is prove to someone at the studio that they have a bigger virtual penis and can force down Netflix (and Redbox – they’re affected as well) with their big powerful bully tactics.  Personally, it makes me committed to never, ever buying another DVD from one of these studios.   If I didn’t care enough to see a movie in the theater, I sure as hell don’t care enough to spend twice the price buying the stupid thing.  As I’ve pointed out before, buyers and renters are two different species and never the twain shall meet.  Or at least not very often.

Adding insult to injury, Blockbuster began running ads on TV during the 2010 holiday season boasting about how they had new releases for rent as soon as they were available for purchase.  They went so far as to specifically take a swipe at Netflix for the idiot 28 day delay.  Talk about rubbing salt in a wound.  I would venture to guess that the only reason Blockbuster had not, to that point, been forced to accept the same crappy delay “deal” as Netflix and Redbox is that everyone assumed they would be out of business by then.  Keep boasting, Blockbuster – if you look even marginally viable as a company, the big virtual penis will smack you down, too.  Oh, look, now that it’s 2014, Blockbuster is out of business.  RIP, Braggy McBraggersons.

The fallout from the 28 day delay is not just my ire (powerful though that might be).  People now have no idea when the movies they want will become available on Netflix.  It used to be easy – when it was released on DVD, it was released on Netflix.  But now there’s usually a delay – but it isn’t always 28 days.  Sometimes it’s shorter, sometimes it’s longer, sometimes there is no delay.  Who keeps track of which studios release which movies?  I know I don’t.  Even if I did, I don’t know anymore how many of them are enforcing the delay and there’s no way of knowing if they’ll enforce it on any particular movie.  BAH!!

But now you can know.  Because I’m going to tell you.  Tab over and you’ll find Netflix release dates beginning January 1, 2014.  I love you all just that much.  Almost as much as I hate that damn 28 day delay.

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