New to VUDU: Week of September 25th, 2011

VUDU had some pretty big news last week with the announcement that the company will be significantly increasing the amount of TV content available in high-quality streaming. This should help VUDU better compete with Netflix. In the meantime, the streaming service continues to add new movies, including one of the biggest blockbuster hits of the year and another sci-fi classic.

The following titles enter the VUDU stream this week:

  • ‘Angel of Evil: Vallanzasca’ (9/27)
  • ‘Baseline Killer’ (10/1)
  • ‘Beautiful Creatures’ (10/1)
  • ‘Britannia Hospital’ (10/1)
  • ‘DMT: Spirit Molecule’ (10/1)
  • ‘Dragon Crusaders’ (9/27)
  • ‘Dum Maaro Dum’ (9/27)
  • ‘Fahrenheit 451’ (10/1)
  • ‘The Family Tree’ (10/1)
  • ‘Go for It!’ (9/27)
  • ‘Heathers’ (9/27)
  • ‘Hollywood Sex Wars’ (10/1)
  • ‘Page Eight’ (10/1)
  • ‘The People vs. George Lucas’ (9/27)
  • ‘The Perfect Age of Rock ‘n Roll’ (10/1)
  • ‘Quest for Zhu’ (9/27)
  • ‘Ready, Set, Bag!’ (9/27)
  • ‘The Stool Pigeon’ (9/27)
  • ‘The Sylvain Experiments’ (10/1)
  • ‘Terror Trap’ (9/27)
  • ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ (9/30)
  • ‘urFrenz’ (10/1)
  • ‘Viva Riva!’ (9/27)
  • ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ (10/1)

The aforementioned blockbuster hit, of course, would be ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon‘. I think we talked enough about Michael Bay’s latest overwrought cheesefest when it was released to theaters this summer. If you haven’t seen it and don’t want to shell out the full purchase price of the Blu-ray, VUDU’s 1080p HDX streaming rental is the next best option.

No, ‘Transformers’ is obviously not the sci-fi classic I was referring to. That would be Francois Truffaut’s 1966 adaptation of ‘Fahrenheit 451‘, the famous dystopian future novel by Ray Bradbury. There’s no sign of this one on Blu-ray, which makes VUDU’s HDX edition pretty indispensable. In fact, I’m going to forego making a random VUDU pick this week, because this movie would be it.

Those who have read this blog in recent months should be well aware that I’m no fan of George Lucas’ raging hypocrisy. As such, I love the idea behind the documentary ‘The People vs. George Lucas‘, which is supposed to take the filmmaker to task for his disgraceful treatment of the ‘Star Wars’ movies. Unfortunately, what I’ve heard about the film claims that it turns into an annoying fanboy rant without the benefit of a well-reasoned argument. That’s a shame. In any case, I don’t believe that this is getting a Blu-ray release.

The British spy thriller ‘Page Eight‘, starring Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz and Ralph Fiennes, just played at the Toronto Film Festival the other week. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to see it. The movie was written and directed by playwright David Hare (‘Plenty’), who also wrote the screenplay adaptations of Oscar nominees ‘The Hours’ and ‘The Reader’, all of which would seem to give the film some sort of pedigree. From my understanding, it was produced for British television and premiered on the BBC back in August, and will air on PBS here in November. You can catch it early by streaming from VUDU now. It sounds interesting.

If you’re in the mood for comedy, VUDU adds the darkly funny ’80s high school satire ‘Heathers‘ this week, as well as the parody of ’80s summer camp movies, ‘Wet Hot American Summer‘.

Also notable is ‘Britannia Hospital‘, the final part of the “Mick Travis” trilogy from director Lindsay Anderson and star Malcolm McDowell (the previous two films being ‘If…’ and ‘O Lucky Man!’).

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 comment

  1. I like Vudu, but it will never truly compete with Netflix until I can pay a single monthly fee for unlimited or at least substantial amounts of movies and TV without paying or each one.

    If I was going to do that, I would buy it on iTunes, at least then, I could carry it around and send it to my TV via apple TV etc.

    Maybe some day the studios will stop trying to gouge people for the ability to stream HD. Netflix seems to be the only source (other than the criterion collection on Hulu +) that gets the fact that we want HD material.

    Of course VUDU does go beyond standard HD and starts to rival blu-ray in quality. But movies that I’m generally willing to pay for I’ll go out and buy on Blu-Ray.

    Wish that Vudu would get an HD copy of Outland the 80’s flick with Sean Connery. I purchased it on iTunes because it was literally the only widescreen version that wasn’t awful. The movie has been released twice on DVD and both times it seems to be from an old VHS master that was holding the mens room down at the studio open.

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