VIDEO ON DEMAND – May 2010
While we’ve known for quite some time that a routine post alerting you to what’s available through the ever expanding list of Video On Demand channels has been long overdue, it s been really hard for me personally to wrap my brain around how to best address this situation. In calendar form? By distributor? By viewing format (online, television, etc.)? Though I still have no solid plan of attack, I figured I should just suck it up and take the plunge, hoping that an effective approach will emerge sooner than later.
Obviously, this list is by no means complete. If you are a member of the VOD industry in some way, shape, or form, and aren’t mentioned below, please write us at CLINK-AT-HAMMERTONAIL-DOT-COM to let us know what you’re up to and what your most up-to-date crop of titles is looking like. The hope is to post this report the first week of every month. Ultimately, we want this to be a curated situation as opposed to an indexed one, but this month, we’re including some titles we haven’t seen but are of interest.
Beeswax (iTunes, FilmBuff Cable VOD)
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (FilmBuff Cable VOD)
Owning The Weather (iTunes, Amazon VOD)
Unstrung (***Amazon VOD exclusive for May***)
Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense (iTunes)
Crying With Laughter (Amazon VOD, iTunes)
Erasing David (Amazon VOD, iTunes)
Hamilton (Amazon VOD)
The following titles are available through IFC’s In Theaters + On Demand channel:
Daddy Longlegs (available as of 5/14)
The Human Centipede (until 6/20)
Vengeance (no until date listed)
Mercy (until 7/20)
No One Knows About Persian Cats (until 6/6)
The Good, The Bad, The Weird (until 6/22)
Breaking Upwards (until 6/22)
Vincere (until 6/17)
Looking For Eric (until 8/19)
Perrier’s Bounty (starting 5/21)
The Father of My Children (starting 5/28)
There are also many more releases to be found on IFC Festival Direct. Surprisingly, I don’t recognize most of them—you’re shattering my nerd credibility, IFC!—but I can personally recommend the following: Night and Day, I’m Gonna Explode, Medicine For Melancholy, Goliath, and The Overbrook Brothers. In the future, I hope to get our eyes on as many upcoming titles as possible to give a more informed opinion about them and let you know which are must-sees.
Survival of the Dead (Pre-theatrical rental at Amazon now; opens theatrically 5/28)
The Good Heart (On Demand and In Theaters)
The Eclipse (Amazon VOD)
Ondine (VOD, XBox Live, Playstation, Amazon, Vudu 5/7; opens theatrically 6/4)
Time Warner/Comcast Cable On Demand
New Movies: The Messenger, The Hurt Locker, Fantastic Mr. Fox
Tribeca Film Festival: The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, The Trotsky (and many more)
Movies: Observe and Report (BE SURE TO STAY AWAY FROM The Happening and Revolutionary Road!!!)
Documentaries: Rough Aunties, Sergio, Boy Interrupted
Some Movie Picks: In Dreams, Milk, Raging Bull, Sleep Dealer
That does it for this month. Please, please, please be sure to contact us with any relevant information that will help this monthly post to become a helpful one-stop VOD shop. Any thoughts and suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
— Michael Tully
Hi Michael …
I think this is a very useful exercise and I appreciate the problem of categorization and presentation. That in itself is indicative of the difficulty (impossibility?) of promoting titles that are available on transactional VOD sites — which is interesting to me, but probably another discussion. Please add to your list the long and well-established transactional VOD offering from Film Movement. There are some very good titles there (including some from IndiePix!) Bob
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