New VOD and Streaming Movies, Plus: How to Watch 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' at Home Before Disc

New VOD and Streaming Movies, Plus: How to Watch 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' at Home Before Disc

Mar 25, 2014

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix.

Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods

The Book Thief (WWII-set drama; Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson; rated PG-13)

The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese-directed dramedy based on real-life Wall Street player; Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey; rated R)

Chinese Zodiac (action; Jackie Chan; rated PG-13)

Maladies (drama; James Franco, Catherine Keener; available in theaters and on MOD; unrated)

The Past (drama; Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim; rated PG-13)

 

Streaming/Digital Download: Rent from $4-$7 or own from $13-$20 (HD may cost more than SD)
 

iTunes

Offers the same movies as cable Movies On Demand for rent and/or download. Plus:

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (fantasy adventure; Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly; available now to download to own—not rent—two weeks before disc; rated PG-13)

Justin Bieber's Believe (music documentary; Justin Bieber, Ellen DeGeneres, Ryan Seacrest, Ludacris; available now to download to own—not rent—two weeks before disc; rated PG)

Grudge Match (boxing-themed comedy; Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Kim Basinger; available now to download to own—not rent—two weeks before disc; rated PG-13)

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (found-footage horror; Andrew Jacobs, Jorge Diaz, Gabrielle Walsh; available now to download to own—not rent—two weeks before disc; new unrated cut)

 

Amazon

Offers the same movies as cable Movies On Demand for rent and/or download except for Maladies. Plus:

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Justin Bieber's Believe, Grudge Match, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

 

Vudu

Offers the same movies as cable Movies On Demand for rent and/or download except for Maladies. Plus:

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (also available in 3D), Grudge Match, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

 

Netflix Watch Instantly: $7.99 per month

New this week:

Jobs, Mr. Nobody (3/27), The Big Wedding   (3/28)  

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