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reddice's Avatar reddice 07:51 AM 06-15-2014
Netflix just added The Smurfs 2.
http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/70269568
This is another movie that would have normally went on Starz. Maybe Netflix has a exclusive deal with Sony/Columbia Picture's now. I have not read anything about it but all the news is about there originals and Comcast, Verizon fight so I have not been following it as much.

subavision212's Avatar subavision212 12:23 PM 06-15-2014
Doc of the Dead is a fun and interesting documentary on the history of the zombie film AND Year of the Dead is very good doc on the making of the granddaddy of all zombie films Night Of The Living Dead. Skip Jug Face, utterly horrible horror flick though lead actress is cute and has nude scene very early in film.
Westly-C's Avatar Westly-C 01:28 PM 06-15-2014
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Netflix just added The Smurfs 2.
http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/70269568
This is another movie that would have normally went on Starz. Maybe Netflix has a exclusive deal with Sony/Columbia Picture's now. I have not read anything about it but all the news is about there originals and Comcast, Verizon fight so I have not been following it as much.
Netflix signed an exclusive deal for Sony Animation titles earlier this year, which was only recently announced in May. Starz will continue to have pay TV rights to Sony live action titles for another 5 years.
Jim McC's Avatar Jim McC 08:39 PM 06-15-2014
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Skip Jug Face, utterly horrible horror flick though lead actress is cute and has nude scene very early in film.

Her hillbilly brother agrees with you !!
reddice's Avatar reddice 03:15 AM 06-16-2014
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Netflix just added The Smurfs 2.
http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/70269568
This is another movie that would have normally went on Starz. Maybe Netflix has a exclusive deal with Sony/Columbia Picture's now. I have not read anything about it but all the news is about there originals and Comcast, Verizon fight so I have not been following it as much.
Netflix signed an exclusive deal for Sony Animation titles earlier this year, which was only recently announced in May. Starz will continue to have pay TV rights to Sony live action titles for another 5 years.
Thanks I must have missed that.
Brian Conrad's Avatar Brian Conrad 12:39 PM 06-18-2014
Technoids might enjoy "Cybergeddon" which was added yesterday with Missy Peregrym playing an FBI cybercop who gets framed.
Mr.G's Avatar Mr.G 10:16 AM 06-20-2014
For those who remember the man and his music:

Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin'

Added to Netflix: 6/17/2014
Brian Conrad's Avatar Brian Conrad 11:58 AM 06-20-2014
I really liked Spike Lee's "Oldboy". It's been a while since I've seen the original but I think Lee's was more "inspired by". About the only similarity between the two was the lead character seeking revenge.
Mark12547's Avatar Mark12547 01:13 AM 06-21-2014
These are scheduled to go off of streaming on July 1, 2014:

Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964), Streaming until July 1, 2014; DVD on Very Long Wait, no Blu-ray listed on Netflix. The stream has an aspect ratio of 2.40:1. (Yes, I got out the tape measure.) Link to streaming title page.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Streaming until July 1, 2014; both DVD and Blu-ray have Short Waits. The stream has an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. (Yes, I got out the tape measure, and on my HDTV the image was just half an inch taller than for Robinson Crusoe.) Link to streaming title page.

For those who like nuts and bolts science fiction where there was more of a story and less special effects, and wish to enjoy them in the original aspect ratios, I can recommend both movies (my rating: 4 stars on the Netflix 5-star scale).

By the way, this is the first time I had watched either movie on a screen bigger than 24 inches (1.33:1). Both movies looked great on a 50-in HDTV (1.78:1), and I think having such a large screen (or larger) is the only way one can really enjoy these 2.35:1 to 2.40:1 movies! At least a whole lot more detail is visible than with the microscopic TV I had formerly viewed both titles.

At one point I saw a "screen door effect" while watching Close Encounters. Oh wait! That was a shot through a screen! Never mind. (Still getting used to my new glasses.)
andyross63's Avatar andyross63 06:23 AM 06-21-2014
Saw that Spike Lee's 2013 version of Oldboy is now available for streaming. I already have the rental disk, so I guess I'll watch that one.
mailiang's Avatar mailiang 07:19 AM 06-21-2014
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For those who remember the man and his music:

Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin'

Added to Netflix: 6/17/2014
I saw his last concert in the US, it was New Years Eve at the Filmore East. He played with Buddy Miles and the Band Of Gypsies. Do you want to guess what year that was?


Ian
Mitch G's Avatar Mitch G 11:36 AM 06-21-2014
I recommend Short Poppies - a very funny series of mockumentaries starring Rhys Darby of Flight of the Concords fame.
Here's a link: http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/70303285

Thanks,


Mitch
JT01's Avatar JT01 08:22 AM 06-23-2014
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I saw his last concert in the US, it was New Years Eve at the Filmore East. He played with Buddy Miles and the Band Of Gypsies. Do you want to guess what year that was?

December 31, 1969
mailiang's Avatar mailiang 12:11 PM 06-23-2014
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December 31, 1969
Correct! Did you Google it or were you aware of the date?


Ian
mgkdragn's Avatar mgkdragn 12:19 PM 06-23-2014
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Correct! Did you Google it or were you aware of the date?


Ian
Come on Ian .. if you remember that without Mr Google, you never lived thru the '60's ..
mailiang's Avatar mailiang 12:21 PM 06-23-2014
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Come on Ian .. if you remember that without Mr Google, you never lived thru the '60's ..
I should have originally posted No Cheating Allowed.


Ian
JT01's Avatar JT01 05:04 AM 06-24-2014
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Correct! Did you Google it or were you aware of the date?
I was aware of the date - been listening to the Band of Gypsies album since it was released.

Yes, I lived through the 60's and I do remember them - that may mean I'm in worse shape than those who don't remember them ??
Mark12547's Avatar Mark12547 12:01 PM 06-24-2014
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Yes, I lived through the 60's and I do remember them - that may mean I'm in worse shape than those who don't remember them ??
I also lived through the 60s and remember them. I think it just means we weren't part of the drug culture.

Just so this will be on topic , in "My List" (formerly Instant Queue) from the 1960s:
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) ~ Remember the title but never got around to seeing the above in the theater. link
  • Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation (2012, but about the 60s) ~ Familiar with a number of songs that came out of Greenwich Village and used to listen to a radio station that played a lot of songs from groups that played in Greenwich Village, but I hadn't seen this documentary. link
  • Hawaii Five-O (1968) (1968-1979) ~ At that time I wasn't so interested in yet another cop show but now I am willing to give this one a try. link


Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964, link) was in "My List" until I watched it last Saturday, and I do remember having caught that title while I still lived at my parents' house, which would have placed it somewhere between the 1960s and 1970.
mailiang's Avatar mailiang 12:04 PM 06-24-2014
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I was aware of the date - been listening to the Band of Gypsies album since it was released.

Yes, I lived through the 60's and I do remember them - that may mean I'm in worse shape than those who don't remember them ??
If you remember the great Buddy Miles and Band Of Gypsies, you're in better shape then most of them.


Ian
reddice's Avatar reddice 03:09 PM 06-25-2014
The original Hawaii Five O is great. I watched every episode last year. You won't be disappointed.
Blasst's Avatar Blasst 07:43 PM 06-25-2014
This is a fantastic little movie from Norway.
Escape
Its set in the time shortly after the Black Plague.
Well worth a look for many AVS members.

Tom Imp's Avatar Tom Imp 06:02 AM 07-05-2014
I saw the title Bad Grandpa was available, but it came with a .5 at the end of the title. I just assumed it was the original movie with bonus content, but when I watched it, it was only a "making of" movie.

Anyone know why they have two different "making of's" of this movie, but not the actual movie itself?
bobpaule's Avatar bobpaule 09:56 PM 07-06-2014
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This is a fantastic little movie from Norway.
Escape
Its set in the time shortly after the Black Plague.
Well worth a look for many AVS members.
Thank You! True amazons of the North. Great movie. That albino witch
face will haunt long past the viewing. The girls played very well too.
tenthplanet's Avatar tenthplanet 01:49 AM 07-07-2014
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I saw the title Bad Grandpa was available, but it came with a .5 at the end of the title. I just assumed it was the original movie with bonus content, but when I watched it, it was only a "making of" movie.

Anyone know why they have two different "making of's" of this movie, but not the actual movie itself?
It's a Paramount title that comes through the EPIX deal, most Epix titles go to Netflix 90 days after their premiere on EPIX's cable channels. Epix shows the movie played on July 6th. You should see the whole movie in two to three months on Netflix.
pbarach's Avatar pbarach 03:22 AM 07-07-2014
Salamander is a 10-episode (subtitled) Belgian mini-series about the uncovering of a high-level conspiracy in that country. It's well-acted and beautifully photographed. I read that a US remake is in the works, and Season 2 has already started playing in Europe. Highly recommended.
ggsantafe's Avatar ggsantafe 06:05 AM 07-07-2014
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Salamander is a 10-episode (subtitled) Belgian mini-series about the uncovering of a high-level conspiracy in that country. It's well-acted and beautifully photographed. I read that a US remake is in the works, and Season 2 has already started playing in Europe. Highly recommended.
Yeah - I just stumbled upon this show last night and watched the first 2 episodes - well done, taut, plot. Very enjoyable amidst the wasteland of summer programming.
fattybob's Avatar fattybob 08:34 AM 07-07-2014
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Netflix just added The Smurfs 2.
http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/70269568
This is another movie that would have normally went on Starz. Maybe Netflix has a exclusive deal with Sony/Columbia Picture's now. I have not read anything about it but all the news is about there originals and Comcast, Verizon fight so I have not been following it as much.
im gonna watch it now
Brian Conrad's Avatar Brian Conrad 11:36 AM 07-07-2014
I finished "Salamander" last week and then binge watched the 4 episode BBC series "Hidden" which is also good. There's a formula to these European series: you have a mystery that needs to be solved and each episode works up to a high point at the end that makes you watch the next one and the mystery is finally solved in the final episode. This is sometimes done in US series but not so consistently.
michaeltscott's Avatar michaeltscott 02:06 PM 07-07-2014
The only US series that I know of to use the solve-one-crime-each-season formula have been the the remakes of the European series, "The Killing" and "The Bridge". Now there's "Murder in the First". Are there others?
mgkdragn's Avatar mgkdragn 02:13 PM 07-07-2014
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The only US series that I know of to use the solve-one-crime-each-season formula have been the the remakes of the European series, "The Killing" and "The Bridge". Now there's "Murder in the First". Are there others?
I think "True Detective" would qualify .. "The Killing" actually milked the first season into a second season and angered many because of it ..
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