Final Days to Rent These Bestsellers!
It’s probably happened to you already. You see a film you want to rent and make a mental note to watch it when you have more time. You go back a week later and it’s no longer for rent! What happened?
We license our films from many different distributors, and each distributor determines the dates within which a film will be available for rental (known as Video-On-Demand or VOD) and sale (referred to as Electronic-Sell-Through or EST). New films come out every Tuesday, and at first, they are usually available for both rental and sale. Sometimes, distributors will close the rental window a few months later, which, for example, is the case with both A DANGEROUS METHOD and ALBERT NOBBS, neither of which will be available for rental after June 30. By opening and closing the rental "window," distributors try to balance scarcity and demand for their products.
These content windows work both ways. On July 1, a large number of great films -- previously available for sale only -- will be made available for rental. One of my favorite films of all times is DR. STRANGELOVE (1964), a crazy, smart farce of the military industrial complex by director Stanley Kubrick; coming into rental window is the ever-popular SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (1995) starring Emma Thompson (who adapted the screenplay) and Kate Winslet. There's a long list, below, of films you'll be able to rent (or buy) in July.
For now, check for the films going OUT of window and that will not be available for rental after June 30. Remember, once you rent a film from us, you have 30 days to watch the film before the rental expires, so you can rent these movies today and watch them in July!
Rental Windows Closing June 30 (the films will still be available for sale)
Rental Windows Opening July 1 -- re-watch a favorite film for $2.99*
La Femme Nikita (1990) -- the first and best of female action thrillers is from France
The Big Chill -- the heartfelt comedy of 1983 when old friends gather for a weekend; terrific ensemble cast!
Tommy (1975) -- The Who's rock opera, great music, Rotten Tomatoes score of 88%
Fly Away Home (1996) -- Jeff Daniel's back in the headlines for Aaron Sorkin's new series, but we love him in this touching children's story as the father who flies with the geese with his daughter (Anna Paquin)
Sense and Sensibility (1995) -- the number of fans addicted to this movie would surprise most people, but it's a fantastic film with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 98 and a fabulous ensemble cast!
Brian's Song (1971) -- the tear jerker film based on the true story of NFL players Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo; Rotten Tomatoes score is 92%
La Bamba (1987) -- great music in this bio-pic of Chicano's original rocker, Richie Valens, with a well-deserved Rotten Tomatoes score of 95%
Soul Power -- too many people know nothing of the 2008 documentary about the musical tour accompanying the famed "Rumble in the Juingle" fight between Muhammed Ali & George Foreman; with music by James Brown, B.B. King, Celia Cruz, and many others
The Three Stooges in Orbit (1962) -- if you know the comedy team of Curly, Moe, and Larry, then you know why you should rent this movie; if you don't know who these goofballs are, then you'd better rent this right now!
Peter Sellars stars in DR. STRANGELOVE (1964)
*most library titles rent for $2.99; again, a distributor can decide to charge a higher price