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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.

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

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

December 30th

The Eighties (documentary) – This one is a CNN original documentary mini-series about…the 1980s.  Instant Streaming Only

December 29th

The Hollywood Shorties (documentary, Tony Cox, Kevin Thompson) – Story of a basketball team made up of all little people.  Instant Streaming Only

December 28th

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

December 27th

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

December 25th

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

December 23rd

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

December 20th

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

December 19th

Miss Stevens (drama, Lily Rabe, Timothée Chalamet) – Don’t flirt with your student, Miss Stevens!  Instant Streaming Only

December 16th

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

December 14th

Versailles – Season 1 (TV drama, George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos) – Louis XIV period drama.  This one is getting a second season.  Instant Streaming Only

December 13th

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

December 12th

Ricardo O’Farrill: Christmas Special (comedy special) – This Netflix Original appears to be a Spanish language stand-up special.  Instant Streaming Only

December 11th

Breaking a Monster (documentary) – Story of the band Unlocking the Truth, made up of 13-year-olds.  Instant Streaming Only

December 10th

Phantom of the Theatre (foreign fantasy,  Ruby Lin, Tony Yo-ning Yang) – Mandarin language story of a haunted theater.  Instant Streaming Only

December 9th

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

December 8th

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

December 6th

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 PatersonDVD 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

December 5th

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

December 2nd

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

December 1st

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

November 29th

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 

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

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

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 (TV thriller, Indira Varma, Robert Glenister) – Detectives investigation the murder of a woman on a playground.  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! It has been renewed for a 4th season.  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.  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

November 11th

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

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. 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.

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

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

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.  Instant Streaming Available

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.

 

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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.

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.