Cable On Demand
Cable offers VOD programming (same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pre-theatrical exclusives) for rent, usually for 24- or 48-hour periods at prices from about $2.99 for older titles to $9.99 for new or exclusive releases. Since cable offers a direct connection from your cable provider, its VOD offerings are usually less prone to outside interference and can be streamed with surround sound and 3D when available.
The Farrelly brothers try to bring the nyuk-nyuk antics of The Three Stooges into the new millennium as Moe (Chris Diamantopoulos), Larry (Sean Hayes) and Curly (Will Sasso) set out to save their childhood orphanage. The PG-rated slapstick comedy, which co-stars Jane Lynch, Sofia Vergara, Jennifer Hudson, Craig Bierko, Stephen Collins and Larry David, bounces onto cable On Demand the same day as DVD and Blu-ray.
The sci-fi action movie Lockout—either a homage or a rip-off of Escape from New York—stars Guy Pearce as wisecracking renegade CIA agent wrongly accused of murder who agrees to try to rescue the president's daughter (Maggie Grace) from an orbiting space station in order to gain his freedom. The unedited version beams down to cable the same day as disc.
Last week we told you about the availability of the romantic drama Salmon Fishing in the Yemen starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt to rent on other VOD services. Today it comes to cable On Demand the same day as Blu-ray and DVD.
Will Ferrell pokes fun at low-budget Mexican melodramas in Casa de mi Padre, his first Spanish-languge film that co-stars Sonia Genesis Rodriguez as the woman who makes him feel mucho caliente, Diego Luna as his drug-smuggling brother, and Gael Garcia Bernal as a feared drug lord. The R-rated comedy also is available on DVD and Blu-ray today.
From Eduardo Sanchez—the director of The Blair Witch Project—comes Lovely Molly, the story of a newlywed (Gretchen Lodge) who moves into her deceased father's house in the countryside and is haunted by painful memories. The horror film won't scare anyone on Blu-ray or DVD until August 28, but you can rent it right now on On Demand.
Written and directed by Mario Van Peebles, We the Party is a comedy set in a Los Angeles high school that focuses on five friends and attempts to show modern youth culture as they really are—not through the lens of adulthood. This Party doesn't get started on Blu-ray and DVD until July 31, but you can arrive early beginning on July 19 on cable On Demand.
These four services stream movies to your TV via computer, Blu-ray player, game console or other compatible connected device. Like cable VOD, they offer new titles for rent from about $3.99 to $6.99, but, unlike cable, they also offer the option of downloading the movie to own from about $14.99 to $19.99. Usually movies presented in HD cost a bit more than streaming a SD version.
All four services offer The Three Stooges, Lockout, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Casa de mi Padre for rental or purchase. The only way to currently watch Molly or We the Party is on cable On Demand.
The most (only?) interesting aspect of the low-budget horror film Silent House starring Elizabeth Olsen is that the entire movie is one continuous shot with no cuts. Silent House doesn't start feeling claustrophobic on DVD and Blu-ray until July 24, but you can download it to own on all four VOD services. In addition, Vudu is the only service that also has a cheaper rental option for this title.
A faceless being called Hollow Face tries to take possession of two children living in different countries in Intruders, which stars Clive Owen and is directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadilla—the man behind 28 Weeks Later. Intruders is ready to rent or own on Amazon, Vudu and iTunes the same day as it arrives on DVD and Blu-ray.
What does it mean to be a man during an era of manscaping and metrosexualism? That is the question answered by the likes of Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Zach Galifianakis in the amusing documentary Mansome, which is available to rent or purchase only on iTunes.
Netflix's all-you-can-stream buffet costs $7.99 per month and gives instant access to thousands of movies and television shows via a computer, Blu-ray player, game console or other compatible device. Don't depend on Netflix streaming for same-day-as-disc releases, however. Instead, Netflix offers catalog titles, vintage movies, indie flicks and TV episodes with unlimited access for one monthly price.
The most demented new addition to Netflix's Watch Instantly library this week is the bloody fantastic Mutant Girls Squad, a Japanese film the follows 16-year-old mutant girl named Rin who teams up with a gang of fellow mutant rebels to exact revenge on humans for persecuting their race. Also new this week is the quirky drama Attenberg, the hyperreal gangster drama Snow on Tha Bluff, and MTV's Teen Mom: Season Three.
Retiring for the foreseeable future this week are Army of Crime, Guzaarish, Samurai: The Last Warrior, Entre Nos and the quintessential 1966 surf film The Endless Summer, which ironically wraps up its run on Netflix in the middle of summer.