For quite a while now, we’ve provided you with weekly updates here in the blog about titles entering and leaving the Netflix stream. Personally, I prefer VUDU for my rental streaming needs. The company’s 1080p “HDX” files are very close to Blu-ray quality, and are often significantly better than the artifacty crap that Netflix calls “HD.” Going forward, we’re going to offer you a look at what’s coming new to VUDU as well.
The following titles enter the VUDU stream this week. All dates provided refer specifically to rental availability. Check VUDU for sell-through availability, if interested.
- ‘The Beaver’ (8/5)
- ‘Camp Hell’ (8/1)
- ‘Carbon Nation’ (8/1)
- ‘Exporting Raymond’ (8/2)
- ‘Gabi on the Roof in July’ (8/1)
- ‘The Harimaya Bridge’ (8/1)
- ‘Jane Eyre’ (8/2)
- ‘The Lamp’ (8/1)
- ‘Main Street’ (8/6)
- ‘Soul Surfer’ (8/2)
- ‘The Striking Truth’ (8/1)
- ‘Tracker’ (8/1)
- ‘When Harry Tries to Marry’ (8/1)
I’ll be honest that I’ve never even heard of most of these. Many of them are direct-to-video releases, or indie titles of such low profile that they’ve flown way below the radar. This is a week without any major releases. However, two titles of interest stand out.
The newest adaptation of ‘Jane Eyre‘ from director Cary Fukunaga (‘Sin Nombre’) received some very strong reviews earlier this year, despite the fact that the story has been made into a countless number of movies before. The film stars Mia Wasikowska as Jane, and Michael Fassbender (Magneto from ‘X-Men: First Class’) as the brooding Mr. Rochester.
‘The Beaver‘ is Jodie Foster’s latest directorial effort, in which Mel Gibson decides that he’s only going to talk to people through a hand puppet. The movie got some pretty mixed reviews and was a box office bomb, even on the indie circuit. However, Gibson’s notoriety and the extremely weird concept give it a high curiosity factor.
Both movies are available for VUDU rental in advance of their official Blu-ray releases, which will hit on August 16th for ‘Jane Eyre’ and August 23rd for ‘The Beaver’. This would be a good opportunity to check them out without having to commit to a purchase.