Here you have it! 2016 Netflix Instant Streaming and DVD release dates 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 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.
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2016 Netflix Releases
Coming in January 2017
Homeland – Season 5
The Librarians – Season 2
Mr. Robot – Season 2
Broad City – Season 3
12 Monkeys – Season 2
The Code – Season 2
The Eighties (documentary) – This one is a CNN original documentary mini-series about…the 1980s. Instant Streaming Only
The Hollywood Shorties (documentary, Tony Cox, Kevin Thompson) – Story of a basketball team made up of all little people. Instant Streaming Only
Ray Donovan – Season 4 (TV drama, Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight) – The L.A fixer returns (and will be back for a fifth season). This one isn’t a streamer, so DVD Only.
Comedy Bang! Bang! – Season 5 (comedy, Scott Aukerman, Weird Al Yankovic ) – To be honest, I don’t really know what this show is. Variety? It was originally a podcast and has celebrities. Instant Streaming Only
Chasing Cameron – Season 1 (reality TV, Cameron Dallas) – I have no idea who this person is – apparently some sort of “social media sensation”. Which guarantees I have no interest in following his life. Instant Streaming Only
Ajin – Season 2 (anime, Mamoru Miyano, Yoshimasa Hosoya) – Good vs. Evil, teenagers with powers, I don’t really know. Instant Streaming Only
Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War (sci-fi action, Chris Evans, Rober Downey, Jr.) – Sweet! I just saw this on DVD – it’s coming to streaming really quickly. Merry Christmas to us! Instant Streaming Available
Travelers – Season 1 (sci-fi, Eric McCormack, MacKenzie Porter) – They look like us, but they’re from….the future…. Instant Streaming Only for this Netflix Original, and no information about a possible second season.
Trollhunters – Season 1 (animation, Kelsey Grammer, Ron Perlman) – Friends discover new world. From Guillermo del Toro. Instant Streaming Only
Ten Percent – Season 1 – No info yet on this Netflix Original. Will update. Instant Streaming Only
The Break – Season 1 – See above – no info yet! Instant Streaming Only
Gabriel Iglesias: Sorry For What I Said When I Was Hungry (comedy special) – No specific information yet, but presumably a stand-up special. Instant Streaming Only
Disorder (foreign thriller, Matthias Schoenaerts, Diane Kruger) – French language story of a veteran with PTSD becoming paranoid on his new job. Instant Streaming Only
Miss Stevens (drama, Lily Rabe, Timothée Chalamet) – Don’t flirt with your student, Miss Stevens! Instant Streaming Only
No Second Chance – Season 1 – This one is a Netflix Original, and there isn’t any information yet. I’ll update as it becomes available. Instant Streaming Only
Call Me Francis – Season 1 – Another one with no information yet- will update as it comes in. Instant Streaming Only
Crazyhead – Season 1 (sci-fi, Cara Theobold, Susan Wokoma) – Demon hunters who work in a bowling alley while finding themselves? Okay. Instant Streaming Only.
Barry (drama, Devon Terrell, Anya Taylor Joy) – Barack Obama biopic. Instant Streaming Only
Rats (documentary) – Morgan Spurlock looks at the world of rats. Ew. Instant Streaming Only
Versailles – Season 1 (TV drama, George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos) – Louis XIV period drama. This one is getting a second season. Instant Streaming Only
American Gothic – Season 1 (TV thriller, Juliet Rylance, Antony Starr) – This was a one season and done series – but it’s satisfying as a stand alone mini-series. DVD Only at the moment, I have no idea if it will stream.
Fear the Walking Dead – Season 2 (TV horror, Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis) – I gave up on this Walking Dead prequel – just could not get into the characters. For some reason it is not a streamer, so DVD Only
Death in Paradise – Season 5 (TV dramedy, Ben Miller, Sara Martins) – This fish out of water story of a Scotland Yard detective relocated to the Caribbean is a streamer, so I’ll watch for it. It has been renewed for a sixth season. DVD Only for now
Colony – Season 1 (sci-fi, Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies ) – Dystopian alien invasion future starring Sawyer from Lost and Lori from The Walking Dead. There will be a second season. Instant Streaming Only
Nobel – Season 1 (foreign TV thriller, Aksel Hennie, Atheer Adel) – Norwegian language series about a soldier who returns home and gets caught up in intrigue. Instant Streaming Only
I Am Not a Serial Killer (thriller, Max Records, Laura Fraser) – Potential teenage serial killer hunts down actual serial killer. Instant Streaming Only
Kill Switch – I’m not entirely sure what this one is – possibly a 2014 documentary about control of the Internet. Will update when details become available. Instant Streaming Only
Ricardo O’Farrill: Christmas Special (comedy special) – This Netflix Original appears to be a Spanish language stand-up special. Instant Streaming Only
Breaking a Monster (documentary) – Story of the band Unlocking the Truth, made up of 13-year-olds. Instant Streaming Only
Phantom of the Theatre (foreign fantasy, Ruby Lin, Tony Yo-ning Yang) – Mandarin language story of a haunted theater. Instant Streaming Only
Fuller House – Season 2 (TV comedy, Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin) – I’ll only watch episodes with Uncle Jesse. Instant Streaming Only
Club de Cuervos – Season 2 (foreign TV comedy, Luis Gerardo Mendez, Mariana Trevino) – Spanish language series about a brother and sister who inherit a soccer team. At this point there is no information about a third season. Instant Streaming Only
White Rabbit Project – Season 1 (reality TV, Kari Byron, Tory Bellecci) – Looks like a reality series about ranking great things – in history, inventions, etc. Netflix Original. Instant Streaming Only
Medici: Masters of Florence – Season 1 (TV drama, Richard Madden, Stuart Martin) – 15th century period drama about a powerful family, with murder and intrigue. I see no evidence of a second season, so maybe this is more of a mini-series. Instant Streaming Only
Four Seasons in Havana – Season 1 (foreign TV thriller, Jorge Perugorria) – Spanish language series set in 1990s Cuba, based on novels by Leonardo Pedura. Instant Streaming Only
Captive – Season 1 (documentary) – Netflix original series reconstructs high profile kidnappings and hostage situations. Instant Streaming Only
Spectral (sci-fi, James Badge Dale, Emily Mortimer) – Also with Bruce Greenwood. Aliens in Europe and the people who fight them. Instant Streaming Only
The Cuba Libre Story – Season 1 (documentary) – I think this is an 8 episode Cuban history documentary series without a second season. I’m not sure – will know more as the date gets closer. Instant Streaming Only
The Bureau – Season 1 (foreign TV drama, Mathieu Kassovitz, Jean-Pierre Darroussin) – There are 2 seasons of this French secret service drama, with a third on the way, but this is the first to be released on Netflix. Apparently it was first released on iTunes. It’s supposed to be pretty amazing. DVD Only
BrainDead (TV dramedy, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Danny Pino) – I believe (and hope with all my heart) that this is a single season mini-series. It’s great as is – definitely recommended for those who enjoy the absurd. DVD Only
Scream Queens – Season 1 (camp horror, Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis) – What an incredible cast for this campy horror Fox show! Created by the twisted minds of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk (who are also responsible for the impossibly divergent Glee and American Horror Story), I think this could be a winner. I have no idea if it will stream, so DVD Only for now. It does have a second season.
Zoo – Season 2 (TV sci-fi, James Wolk, Kristen Connolly) – The animals keep attacking in season 2 of this summer blockbuster. This is the DVD release – it’s been Available on Instant Streaming for some time.
Attack on Titan: Part 2 (foreign sci-fi, Haruma Miura, Hiroki Hasegawa) – Japanese language manga adaptation. Part 2. DVD Only
The Hollars (comedy, Anna Kendrick, John Krasinski) – Krasinski directed this dysfunctional family comedy, which also stars the wonderful Richard Jenkins and Mago Martindale. Goes on my queue for sure. DVD Only.
White Girl (drama, Chris Noth, Justin Bartha) – Trying to figure out what to do with your boyfriend’s cocaine after he gets busted is a struggle. Poor college girl. DVD Only
The Great Gilly Hopkins (family, Sophie Nélisse, Kathy Bates) – Sophie Nélisse from The Book Thief stars in this story of a young girl finally finding a place in a foster home. Based on the book by Katherine Paterson. DVD Only
Phantasm: Ravager (horror, A. Michael Baldwin, Angus Scrimm) – Final installment in the franchise – more fighting the Tall Man (I have no idea what that means). This is the sixth movie in this series, spanning over 30 years. DVD Only.
Heart of a Dog (experimental) – Filmmaker Laurie Anderson uses meditations on her dog to reflect on a wide ranging set of ideas, topics and concepts. DVD Only
Kicks (drama, Jahking Guillory, Mahershala Ali) – A teenager braves the streets to retrieve stolen sneakers. DVD Only
The Remains (horror, Todd Lowe, Ashley Crow) – Leave the stuff in the attic of the old house alone, people. DVD Only
In Order of Disappearance (foreign comedy, Stellan Skarsgård, Bruno Ganz) – Murder, vengeance and drug lords? I’m guessing this Norwegian language film is a dark comedy. DVD Only
Better Off Single (comedy, Aaron Tveit, Abby Elliott) – Man breaks up with his girlfriend, quits his job, and spirals into hallucinations and other horrors. Hijinks ensue? DVD Only
Siren (horror, Hannah Fierman, Justin Welborn) – A bachelor part gone seriously wrong. DVD Only
Jack Goes Home (horror, Rory Culkin, Lin Shaye) – Hey, I haven’t seen a Culkin in a while! This one unfortunately finds out that his family is all lies. Bummer. DVD Only
The Unspoken (thriller, Jodelle Ferland, Neal McDonough) – A family moves into ahouse where that another family disappeared from years ago. Are they really surprised that things go badly? COME ON PEOPLE! DVD Only
I Am Bolt (documentary, Usain Bolt) – Can anyone guess what this is about? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Anyone? DVD Only
The Late Bloomer (comedy, Johnny Simmons, Maria Bello) – Holy cow – based on the true story of a sex theerapist who goes through puberty in his late 20s after having a tumor removed. I might actually have to see this. Instant Streaming Available
Spa Night (foreign drama, Joe Seo, Haerry Kim) – Closeted gay teen gets a job at Korean spa in L.A. and has lots of sex. Drama probably ensues for this son of immigrants. I think this is in both Korean and English. DVD Only
Eliminators (action, Scott Adkins, Wade Barrett) – Getting outed from witness protection because of an address mix up sucks, man. DVD Only
Author: The JT LeRoy Story (documentary, Laura Albert) – Interesting. This is about a woman who wrote a series of well received books posing as a transgender teenage boy, resulting in outrage when she was found out. Here she explains why she did it. DVD Only
Harry and Snowman (documentary) – Story of a man who turned an unwanted horse into a champion show jumper. DVD Only
Yoga Hosers (comedy, Harley Quinn Smith, Lily-Rose Depp) – This Kevin Smith directed comedy is about two typical teenagers enlisted to fight Nazi monsters. Kudos on the name of the movie, Mr. Smith. It makes me LOL. DVD Only
Dead Rising 2: End Game (action, Jessica Harmon, Marie Avgeropoulos) – Zombies! And government conspiracies, of course. DVD Only
Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) (documentary) – A look at life in Iraq before and after the invasion by the US. This looks to be more of a miniseries than an ongoing series – it’s two parts, each about three hours long. Instant Streaming Only
Reggie Watts: Spatial (comedy special, Reggie Watts) – A Netflix Original stand-up comedy special. Instant Streaming Only
The Devil Dolls (horror, Christopher Wiehl, Kym Jackson) – I think this is actually The Devil’s Dolls, a horror movie about a serial killer and an ancient curse. Instant Streaming Only
The Model (thriller, Maria Palm, Ed Skrein) – Young model becomes obsessed with older lover. Instant Streaming Only
Mad (dramedy, Jennifer Lafleur, Maryann Plunkett) – Oooh, dysfunctional family dramedy! YES! Instant Streaming Only
The Good Neighbor (thriller, James Caan, Logan Miller) – Shitty teenagers choose the wrong old man to pick on. Heheheheheheheh. Instant Streaming Only
Pacific Heat – Season 1 (adult animation, Rob Stitch, Santo Cilauro) – Netflix Original. Animated series about less than brilliant detectives in Australia. Instant Streaming Only
Fauda – Season 1 (TV crime drama) – This 2015 series is a Hebrew/Arabic language look at the Israeli Palestinian conflict. It looks like there’s only this single season at this point, but there seems to be a second planned for 2017. Instant Streaming Only
Hip-Hop Evolution – Season 2 (documentary, Sal Abbatiello, Paul Ackerley) – Weirdly, I cannot find season one of this music documentary series on Netflix at the moment. But here’s season 2! Instant Streaming Only
Merli – Season 1 (???) – A Netflix Original – no information out quite yet. I believe it is a Spanish language show about a philosophy teacher. Two seasons seem to exist at this point. Instant Streaming Only
Girlfriends Guide to Divorce – Season 2 (TV comedy, Lisa Edelstein, Beau Garrett) – This series about a self-help author going through a divorce is back for a second season. It airs on TV on Bravo and has been renewed through season 5. Instant Streaming Only
Glory Daze: The Life and Time of Michael Alig (documentary, Michael Alig, Noel Ashman) – Doc about NYC club kids in the 90s. Instant Streaming Only
The Angry Birds Movie (family animation, Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad) – Animated movie made from a video game? Yeah, no. Instant Streaming Available
Angels in the Snow (family, Kristy Swanson, Chris Potter) – A dysfunctional family Christmas miracle movie! Who doesn’t love those? Instant Streaming Only
For the Love of Spock (documentary, Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner) – A look back at the iconic Star Trek character. Bittersweet in light of Nimoy’s death this year. Instant Streaming Available
Merry Kissmas (romance, Karissa Lee Staples, Brant Daugherty) – Sappy holiday love triangle. Awww. Instant Streaming Only
Rainbow Time (comedy, Melanie Lynskey, Linas Phillips) – Man’s cognitively disabled brother moves in with him and his girlfriend. Hijinks ensue. This is from the Duplass brothers, who I really like – I’ll give it a shot. Instant Streaming Only
National Lampoon’s Animal House (comedy, John Belushi, Tim Matheson) – I haven’t seen this in ages! But I will now, because it’s Available on Instant Streaming!
Rodeo & Juliet (romance, Stephen Beck, Harry Cason) – I hope these cowgirls and cowboys fare better than the original pair. And now you can find out with a click of a button because it’s Available on Instant Streaming.
Swept Under (thriller, Devin Kelley, Aaron Ashmore) – The story of a crime scene cleaner who discovers evidence. It is also – I kid you not – known as Maid for Murder, which is clearly the mark of a cozy mystery on film. Instant Streaming Only
The Spirit of Christmas (romance, Jen Lilley, Kati Salowsky) – I think I saw this on Lifetime last year! It’s about a woman who has a romance with a ghost. Yes, I’m sure I watched it. I don’t remember a single detail, but whatever. Instant Streaming 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. This has been out for a month on DVD and now it’s Available on Instant Streaming
Wildflower (drama, Nathalia Ramos, Cody Longo) – A college student with nightmares must dig into her past. Instant Streaming Only
Zero Point (documentary) – I’m not 100% sure of this one – but I think it’s a documentary about virtual reality. Instant Streaming Only
Beauty and the Beast – Season 4 (TV sci-fi, Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan) – This is the last season of the latest remake of this classic tale. Instant Streaming Only
House of Lies – Season 5 (TV dramedy, Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell) – I still haven’t gotten around to this one – and I should, I love both Cheadle and Bell. This is the final season, so now I can binge the whole thing. It has never been a streamer, but maybe at some point now that the series is finished? A girl can dream. DVD Only
Nine Lives (comedy, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Christopher Walken) – Check out the AMAZING cast for this comedy about a banker who gets reincarnated as a cat. I’m obviously going to have to see this. DVD Only
Anthropoid (drama, Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan) – Another terrific cast for this WWII period piece about Czech soldiers training for an assassination. DVD Only
Don’t Breathe (horror, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette) – Or maybe don’t be a dumb teenager trying to rob a rich psycho. Either one. DVD Only
The Intervention (drama, Clea DuVall, Melanie Lynskey) – A weekend getaway with friends turns into a marriage intervention? Those are some ballsy friends. DVD Only
Brief Encounters (TV dramedy, Penelope Wilton, Angela Griffin) – This 6 episode series is a 1980s period piece about a group of British women who begin selling *cough* intimate items and shake up their small town. I can’t find any information on whether there is a second season or not. DVD Only
Christmas Eve (dramedy, Patrick Stewart, Jon Heder) – Trapped in an elevator on Christmas Eve. This has a great cast, including James Roday (from Psych), and Cheryl Hines. I hope it streams, I would totally watch it. And might even admit it later. DVD Only
Blue Jay (romance, Mark Duplass, Sarah Paulson) – If I’m going to watch a romance, it’s going to be one starring these two actors, who I love. DVD Only
The Call Up (sci-fi, Max Deacon, Morfydd Clark) – Gamers trying out a new concept get more than they bargained for. Instant Streaming Only
Hooligan Sparrow (foreign documentary, Ye Haiyan) – A documentary crew is harassed as they try to bring child molesters to justice in China. I believe this is in both Mandarin and English. Instant Streaming Only
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.
Masterpiece: The Durrells in Corfu – Season 1 (TV drama, Keeley Hawes, Josh O’Connor) – This British series set on the Greek Island in the 1930s is based on a trilogy of novels. These is a second season coming. DVD Only
Masterpiece: Poldark – Season 2 (TV drama, Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson) – This is actually a remake of a 1970s Masterpiece show about post-Revolutionary War British sea captain. It has been renewed for a 3rd season. DVD Only
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
Lights Out (horror, Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman) – Well this is interesting. This is the expanded version of a 2013 short film about estranged siblings and an evil spirit. I guess the sghort version was a success. DVD Only
Captain Fantastic (drama, Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella) – Man who raised his kids in the isolation of the PNW woods has to bring them back to civilization. This has a great cast – it goes to the top of the queue. DVD Only
Papa: Hemingway in Cuba (drama, Giovanni Ribisi, Joely Richardson) – 1950s period biopic about Hemingway in Havana. DVD Only
Bad Moms (comedy, Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell) – I saw this with a group of moms and it is FUNNY. Completely inappropriate, but really funny. DVD Only
Good Kids (comedy, Nicholas Braun, Zoey Deutch) – LOL that this comes right after Bad Moms. A group of “good kids” decides they missed out on to much during high school. DVD Only
Hands of Stone (drama, Robert De Niro, Édgar Ramírez) – Boxer Roberto Duran biopic. DVD Only
I.T. (thriller, Pierce Brosnan, Anna Friel) – Unhappy IT guy can make your work life really, really miserable. You should have known that before you pissed him off, Pierce. DVD Only
Chicken People (documentary, Brian Caraker, Brian Knox) – Documentary about “competitive poultry breeders.” Okay then. DVD Only
Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (documentary) Werner Herzog directed doc about the internet. DVD Only
The Childhood of a Leader (drama, Bérénice Bejo, Liam Cunningham) – Oooh, this sounds good. Post WWI period piece about a U.S. diplomat helping draft the Treaty of Versailles while his son begins to be…dark. And ominous. Instant Streaming Available
Silicon Cowboys (documentary) – Story of the Compaq computer. DVD Only
Mechanic: Resurrection (action, Jason Statham, Tommy Lee Jones) – Weird that Jason Statham is in an action movie. /sarcasm This time he’s a hit man trying to retire. We all know how that goes. DVD Only
Hell or High Water (action, Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine) – Bank robbing brothers trying to save the family farm pursued by lawman Bridges. DVD Only
Love Between the Covers (documentary) – Exploring the allure of romance fiction. Instant Streaming Only
Divines (drama, Deborah Lukumuena, Jisca Kalvanda) – Teenagers looking to get rich by emulating a drug dealer. Netflix Original. Instant Streaming Only
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 (TV thriller, Indira Varma, Robert Glenister) – Detectives investigation the murder of a woman on a playground. Netflix Original. Instant Streaming Only
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! It has been renewed for a 4th season. Instant Streaming Available!
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. There will be 7th and 8th seasons, then it’s finished. 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. Hulu has renewed her for a 5th season. DVD Only
Looking – Season 2 (TV dramedy, Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez) – Three friends in the gay community of San Francisco. This is the second and final season of this one, though there is a movie out there that served as the series finale. DVD Only
Alice Through the Looking Glass (fantasy, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway) – I’ve long held that not everything that doesn’t completely suck needs a sequel. This is one of those times. DVD Only.
Army of One (comedy, Nicolas Cage, Russell Brand) – God appears to man. Tells man to go find Osama bin Ladin. Man goes. Based on a true story. DVD Only.
Summertime (foreign romance, Cécile De France, Izïa Higelin) – French language story of an affair that must face the real world of a family crisis. DVD Only.
Mia Madre (foreign drama, Margherita Buy, John Turturro) – What is John Turturro doing in an Italian language drama? Oh, wait – he’s the American actor to the Italian film director lead in the story. Never mind, I get it. DVD Only.
Cosmos (foreign drama, Sabine Azéma, Jean-François Balmer) – French language story of a pair of friends whose getaway to a cabin is interrupted by weirdness of many sorts. DVD Only.
Cardboard Boxer (drama, Thomas Haden Church, Terrence Howard) – Homeless man is talked into street fighting for money. DVD Only.
For Tilden (comedy, Bridey Elliott, Clare McNulty) – A romantic comedy pretending to be a metaphor about life’s journey. DVD Only.
Fight Valley (action, Holly Holm, Miesha Tate) – Martial arts…and murrrrderrr. DVD Only
Coat of Many Colors (drama, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Ricky Schroder) – Dolly Parton biopic. Or bio-madeforTVmovie, rather. DVD Only
Tikkun (foreign drama, Aharon Traitel, Khalifa Natour) – Hebrew language story of an orthodox man who finds himself doubting after a near death experience. Instant Streaming Only
Case – Season 1 (foreign TV drama, Magnús Jónsson, Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir) – Icelandic language TV series about a self-destructive lawyer investigating a teen suicide. Only a single season so far. Instant Streaming Only
Estocolmo – Season 1 (foreign TV drama, Juana Viale, Luciano Caceres) – Spanish language series about a human trafficking ring. Just the one season so far. Instant Streaming Only
Roman Empire: Reign of Blood – Season 1 (documentary/docudrama, Sean Bean, Aaron Jakubenko) – Another Netflix original, this time a combination documentary/drama about the Roman emperor Commodus. This is the first season. Instant Streaming Only
Tales by Light – Season 1 (documentary series, Darren Jew, Krystal Wright) – The first season of a documentary look at nature and culture photographers. Cool! 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
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. It has been picked up for a second season. 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. It has been renewed for a 4th season, but that will be the last.
TURN:Washington’s Spies – Season 3 (TV drama, Jamie Bell, Seth Numrich) – Revolutionary War spies and intrigue. It’s been renewed for a 4th season, but that will be the last one. 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 (but has been renewed for a 2nd), so I don’t know if it will stream. It’s DVD Only so far on this date.
The Legend of Tarzan (action, Alexander Skarsgård, Samuel L. Jackson) – Oh, I do love Alexander Skarsgård, so I will be seeing this. DVD Only
Ice Age: Collision Course (family animation, Ray Romano, Denis Leary) – I’m tired of these and I’ve never even seen one. DVD Only
Independence Day: Resurgence (sc-fi, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman) – I have mixed feelings about this 20-years-later sequel. On one hand, why? On the other, why? I guess my feelings aren’t *that* mixed after all. DVD Only
Sausage Party (adult animation, Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig) – I don’t know if I can bring myself to rent this. I’m sure it’s funny, but animated wiener joke? I feel like it would get old fast (or maybe I just got old). If I’m wrong, someone let me know! DVD Only
Indignation (drama, Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon) – Based on the Philip Roth novel, a Jewish boy goes to a Christian college and sees anti-semitism up close. DVD Only
Kickboxer: Vengeance (action, Dave Bautista, Alain Moussi) – Don’t let the main cast fool you, this is a Jen-Claude Van Damme movie! And a franchise reboot, to boot. Oh, I am so punny. DVD Only
Phantom Boy (family animation, Fred Armisen, Vincent D’Onofrio) – I won’t see it, but it looks kind of fun. It’s about a boy who can essentially astral project, helping an injured cop save NYC. DVD Only
Morris From America (drama, Craig Robinson, Markees Christmas) – I’ve never seen Craig Robinson in a drama. This one is about a boy who moves to Germany and has trouble making friends. DVD Only
Viktoria (foreign drama, Irmena Chichikova, Daria Vitkova) – Bulgarian language story of relationship between mother and daughter at the end of the Cold War. DVD Only
Christmas Ranch (drama, Francine Locke, Ken Arnold) – Rebellious teen, ranches and ponies, at Christmas. Oh my. Instant Streaming Only.
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
Food Choices (documentary, Tony Bark, T. Colin Campbell) – How what you eat impacts your heath, the environment and more. Instant Streaming Only
Billionaire Ransom (action, Jeremy Sumpter, Phoebe Tonkin) – Rich kids sent to discipline camp have to fight it out with bad guys. I may have to see this. DVD Only
The Congressman (drama, Treat Williams, Ryan Merriman) – Oh, Treat Williams, how I love your pensive look. Which seems to be your only look, but I’ll let that pass while you help Maine lobstermen solve their dispute in this movie. DVD Only
Transpecos (thriller, Gabriel Luna, Clifton Collins Jr.) – Border patrol is a losing game, folks. DVD Only
Finding Altamira (drama, Antonio Banderas, Golshifteh Farahani) – 19th century period piece about an archeologist, cave paintings and the Catholic church. DVD Only
The Four Warriors (action, Christopher Dane, Hadrian Howard) – Soldiers during the Crusades try and solve the mystery of a nearly deserted village. DVD Only
Ithaca (drama, Sam Shepard, Hamish Linklater) – A young boy becomes a bike messenger during WWII. DVD Only
Street (action, Beau Casper Smart, Mark Ryan) – To be or not to be… a cage fighter for the Russian mob. The eternal question. Instant Streaming Only
Lucha Mexico (documentary) – Behind the scenes with the Lucha Libre wrestlers. Instant Streaming Only
When Two Worlds Collide (documentary) – A look at clashing interests in the Amazon. Instant Streaming Only
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
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.
Originally, Netflix was a DVD only operation. You chose the movies you wanted to watch from their online catalogue, 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.
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.
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.
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.