New to VUDU: Week of October 9th, 2011

VUDU keeps pace with the week’s new Blu-ray releases by adding several of this summer’s biggest titles – both mainstream hits and acclaimed art films – to the streaming service. Follow after the break to see what’s newly available, plus my weekly random recommendation from the VUDU catalog.

The following titles enter the VUDU stream this week:

  • ‘Amber Lake’ (10/11)
  • ‘Angelina Ballerina: Dancing on Ice’ (10/11)
  • ‘Arena’ (10/11)
  • ‘Beautiful Boy’ (10/11)
  • ‘Boccaccio ’70’ (10/11)
  • ‘Call Me Mrs. Miracle’ (10/11)
  • ‘Casanova ’70’ (10/11)
  • ‘The Child’s Eye’ (10/11)
  • ‘Christmas Lodge’ (10/11)
  • ‘The Dark Crystal’ (10/11)
  • ‘Green Lantern’ (10/14)
  • ‘Horrible Bosses’ (Theatrical Cut – 10/11)
  • ‘Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer’ (10/11)
  • ‘King of Paper Chasin’ ‘ (10/12)
  • ‘Labyrinth’ (10/11)
  • ‘Lucky’ (10/11)
  • ‘Master Harold… and the Boys’ (10/11)
  • ‘Phase 7’ (Dubbed Version – 10/11)
  • ‘Terri’ (10/11)
  • ‘The Tree of Life’ (10/11)
  • ‘The Zombie Diaries 2’ (10/11)
  • ‘Thomas and Friends: Merry Christmas Thomas’ (10/11)
  • ‘WWE Monday Night Raw: Fall 2011 – Oct. 10, 2011’ (10/11)

I’ll be honest; pretty much everything notable on this list was also released on Blu-ray this week. These would include ‘Green Lantern‘, ‘Horrible Bosses‘, ‘Terri‘, ‘Beautiful Boy‘ and ‘The Tree of Life‘. I wrote about all of these in yesterday’s Blu-ray update post, and won’t repeat myself here.

Of these, the film that interests me by far the most would be Terrence Malick’s ‘The Tree of Life’. I unfortunately missed this in theaters, and Malick’s powerful visuals require the best presentation possible. If a Blu-ray purchase seems like a risky proposition for a polarizing movie like this, VUDU’s 1080p HDX streaming is the next best option.

Also new to VUDU this week are Jim Henson’s fantasy adventures ‘Labyrinth‘ and ‘The Dark Crystal‘, both of which were previously issued on Blu-ray.

Josh’s Random VUDU Pick:

For this week’s random pick, I’m going with ‘The Accidental Tourist‘, Lawrence Kasdan’s wonderful adaptation of the Anne Tyler novel about a travel writer (William Hurt) left in an emotional vacuum after the death of his son. Geena Davis won an Oscar for her supporting turn as the quirky woman who helps to bring some humanity back to his life – and you know what, she actually deserved it. The performances here are all excellent. This is a small, unassuming, but very emotionally affecting drama. For some reason, it’s not available on Blu-ray yet. Fortunately, VUDU has it in 1080p HDX.

All dates provided refer specifically to rental availability. Check VUDU for sell-through availability, if interested. Be sure to also check for VUDU’s $0.99 Movie of the Day offers, which are announced each day on the company’s Facebook and Twitter pages.


  1. Jane Morgan

    Every time I watch a Vudu HDX, I get these half-second buffering pauses, randomly throughout, maybe 5-7 times per film.

    This is with 20 Mbps internet, connected to a PS3 via ethernet cable.

    It really takes me out of the story. Is this just the nature of streaming? Has anyone made it through an entire HDX without a single buffering?

    • Josh Zyber

      I don’t have any buffering issues with VUDU, and my internet is officially rated less than yours. This could be an internet provider issue (the speed you pay for isn’t necessarily the speed you get), or you may want to try adjusting the IP and Proxy settings in your PS3.

      • Jane Morgan

        Having used Macs all my life, I have no idea how computers work.

        I guess I’ll stick to Netflixing blu-rays.

        But I’m glad that VUDU is working flawlessly for you though.

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