Saturday, January 08, 2011

Netflix Streaming News

In mid-December I posted information about Region 2 and other not-on-DVD titles which have become available to watch via Netflix streaming.

Netflix seems to be adding dozens of titles per week to their "Watch Instantly" service. I've been looking for ways to attempt to keep track of these titles; the InstantWatcher website is a helpful page which has been added to my blogroll on the left.

At InstantWatcher, click "new" at the top of the page; you can then narrow your search to certain release years a little lower on the page, above the list of titles.

There's also an interesting discussion, listing many recent additions to Netflix streaming, at Back Alley Noir.

Something I've noticed is that several movies which have recently turned up in the Fox Movie Channel rotation have simultaneously been added to Netflix streaming, including the George Montgomery "B" movie ACCENT ON LOVE (1941) and THE ADVENTURES OF HAJJI BABA (1954) with John Derek and Elaine Stewart. In fact, unfortunately the Netflix print of HAJJI BABA is a pan and scan, just as was shown on FMC last week. (This movie looks like goofy fun; it was filmed partly in Lone Pine, CA, and the last scene of this Arabian Nights-era film is set to...the singing of Nat King Cole?!)

Below is a random list of a few of the interesting titles which I've come across on Netflix which -- to my knowledge -- aren't available on Region 1 DVD. (I haven't listed any titles previously mentioned in my December post.) Some of these films feature first-tier stars, while others are "B" (or perhaps lower) titles with interesting casts or plotlines.

TOP O' THE MORNING (1949) with Bing Crosby, Ann Blyth, and Barry Fitzgerald

MOONRISE (1948) with Dane Clark and Gail Russell (out on VHS)

CRY DANGER (1951) with Dick Powell and Rhonda Fleming (out on VHS)

THE STRANGE AFFAIR OF UNCLE HARRY (1945) with George Sanders, Ella Raines, and Geraldine Fitzgerald (out on VHS and recently issued on a DVD-R)

THE LOST MOMENT (1947) with Robert Cummings and Susan Hayward (Available on VHS)

THOSE REDHEADS FROM SEATTLE (1953) with Rhonda Fleming and Gene Barry

THE GIRLS OF PLEASURE ISLAND (1953) with Don Taylor, Gene Barry, and Leo Genn

TROPIC ZONE (1953) with Ronald Reagan and Rhonda Fleming

CROSSWINDS (1951) with John Payne and Rhonda Fleming

EMERGENCY HOSPITAL (1956) with Margaret Lindsay and Rita Johnson (and movie dubber Peg La Centra as a dispatch operator!) (Update: Here's my review.)

FOREIGN INTRIGUE (1956) with Robert Mitchum

MAN FROM FRISCO (1944) with Anne Shirley and Dan Duryea

COME NEXT SPRING (1956) with Ann Sheridan and Steve Cochran (This is on DVD-R)

THE SOUND OF FURY aka TRY AND GET ME (1950) with Frank Lovejoy, Richard Carlson, and Kathleen Ryan (There will be a blogathon to fund restoration of this film)

FEAR IN THE NIGHT (1947) with Paul Kelly

DRIFTWOOD (1947) with Dean Jagger, Natalie Wood, and Ruth Warrick (Out on VHS)

THE OTHER LOVE (1947) with Barbara Stanwyck and David Niven

I WALK ALONE (1948) with Burt Lancaster and Lizabeth Scott

This list barely scrapes the surface of what's recently become available and is just a starting point for exploring not-on-DVD films on Netflix. I'll be watching Netflix developments and may possibly be posting additional titles in the future as a regular feature.

If anyone has other suggestions for monitoring new not-on-DVD additions to Netflix from the classic film era, I'd love to know! Recommendations for other titles are always appreciated as well.

Reviews of movies not available on Region 1 DVD which have been seen via Netflix streaming: SLEEP, MY LOVE (1948) and BLITHE SPIRIT (1945).

Update: Here's a review of FLIGHT TO TANGIER (1953).


Blogger Robby Cress said...

Thanks for this bit of news. That site sounds very helpful! I think it is fantastic that Netflix is beginning to stream so many of these films.

4:18 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

You're very welcome, Robby! I agree.

I'm really glad we got a Roku for Christmas -- it makes watching streaming on TV so easy.

Best wishes,

4:22 PM  
Blogger Elisabeth said...

Question about the Netflix Instant feature - are you allowed to watch the movie an unlimited number of times?

4:53 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Sure, you can watch a movie as many times as you'd like, Elisabeth. We've had a couple instances where part of our family watched a title on one date and others watched it later on. It's all included in the monthly fee.

Best wishes,

5:00 PM  
Blogger Christopher said...

Actually if you're looking for a way to see everything that Netflix adds to it's streaming service you can use this RSS Feed

And in a bit of a shameless self promotion you could also check out my netflix blog:

I have pretty eclectic tastes and like to review a wide range of movies.

10:23 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thanks so much for both tips, Chris. I've bookmarked your blog to check it out. :)

Best wishes,

11:09 PM  

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