Tuesday, July 21, 2015

July's Massive Housecleaning Continues

Just so no one thinks the number of movies expiring from Netflix this month represents business as usual, here's a tally of how many titles left the service each month since December of last year (as tracked by the enormously helpful site, New on Netflix USA):

December (2014) - 281 titles removed
January - 352
February - 224
March - 218
April - 307
May - 246
June - 212

That averages out to 307 departing titles per month, for the last six months. By comparison, July's total is (drum roll, please)...996. And counting. By the end of this month, given what we already know is set to expire, the toll will easily surpass 1,000.*

Making this number even worse is the fact that, as reported in my July 3 post (also picked up by many news outlets), the majority of these titles left with little to no warning—going against Netflix's historic practice of providing at least one week's notice prior to expiration.

That means you went to bed on the 19th with, say, 164 titles in your queue, and in the morning you woke up to find that 18 of them had disappeared. Poof—gone. Without any chance to reorder or prioritize based on Need To Watch. Thought you'd get a chance to bone up on some Mario Bava giallos or classic silents? Or one of those TV movies of the 1970s you were always curious about? Too bad. Netflix had other plans. And if reports of recent customer service calls are correct, the company plans to eliminate its expiration warnings altogether (because, why bother keeping your customers informed?).

Juliette Binoche in Code Unknown
Since that July 3 list of vanishing titles, hundreds more unexpected departures have been documented by this blog's shellshocked readers, the majority of them after the fact. For a full accounting of what's been unceremoniously dumped, you can scroll through the 100+ comments there—or take a look at New on Netflix USA's archive page. It's dispiriting, to say the least.

In the meantime, I want to officially recognize what I consider the most significant of these losses. Again, these are titles that left without any notice whatsoever, not the few (such as Dragnet, Manhunter, and Miami Vice) that Netflix deigned to alert us to. (Amazon Prime subscribers should be happy to know that many of these remain available on Prime, so you can try searching for them there.)

Expired without Notice (July 13-20)


SILENTS
Broken Blossoms (1919) - dir. by D.W. Griffith
Dr. Mabuse, The Gambler (1922) - dir. by Fritz Lang
Fantomas (1913) - first of a series of famous French silents directed by Louis Feuillade
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) - the Lon Chaney original
Intolerance (1916) - dir. by D.W. Griffith
L'Age D'Or (1930) - dir. by Luis Bunuel
Siegfried (1924) - dir. by Fritz Lang

CLASSICS (pre-1982)
99 River Street (1953)
Abraham Lincoln (1930) - D.W. Griffith's first sound film
The Apple (1980) - terrible, but also terribly entertaining (see review)
Attack of the Puppet People (1958) - Bert I. Gordon's camp classic
California Dreaming (1979)
Casanova '70 (1965) - Marcello Mastroianni, Virna Lisi, and Marisa Mell
The Corsican Brothers (1941)
The First Time (1968) - early Jacqueline Bissett
The Explosive Generation (1961) - early William Shatner
Gregory's Girl (1981) - dir. by Bill Forsyth, one of the great coming-of-age comedies
Hustling (1975) - TV movie starring a young Jill Clayburgh
The Iron Rose (1973) - dir. by French horror meister Jean Rollin
Jennifer on my Mind (1971) - featuring a young Robert DeNiro
Johnny Cool (1963) - Henry Silva, Elizabeth Montgomery (Bewitched), and Jim Backus star
The Magic Bow (1946)
Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932) - with Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff
Mysterious Mr. Wong (1934) - starring Bela Lugosi
Personal Affair (1953)
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964) - Pia Zadora!
They Made Me A Fugitive (1947)

MARIO BAVA
Five Dolls for an August Moon (1970)
Lisa & the Devil (1973)
Kidnapped (1974)
House of Exorcism (1975)

FOREIGN
Code Unknown (2000)
Gigante (2009)
How I Ended This Summer (2010)
Merci Pour Le Chocolat (2000) - dir. by Claude Chabrol
La Petite Lili (2003)
Silent Waters (2003)
United Red Army (2007)

THRILLERS
Attraction (2000) - underrated indie, reviewed here
Beyond Desire (1995)
Dead of Winter (1987)
Night Train (1998)
Killing Car (1993) - dir. by Jean Rollin

DOCUMENTARIES
Dangerous Living (2003)
The Gospel According to Philip K. Dick (2001)
Keep Your Eyes Open (2002)
Light Keeps Me Company (2000) - documentary on Bergman's great cinematographer, Sven Nykvist
One Bright Shining Moment (2005)
Unborn in the USA (2007)
We Don't Care About Music Anyway (2009)

There's no telling what else may be disappearing from Netflix before the month is over, but we know for sure the below titles will soon be MIA. So go ahead and start bidding a fond adieu to them—and check your queues carefully each night before bedtime, because something you really want to see may be unexpectedly gone in the morning. (NOTE: Titles in red added since initial post.)

July 24

Man of Tai Chi (2013)

July 26

The Art of the Steal (2009)
Get Over It (2001)
Heartbeats (2011)

July 28

The Croods (2013)

July 29

Adam-12 (1968-1975)
Leave It to Beaver (1957-1962)
Magnum P.I. (1980-1988)
McMillan & Wife (1971-1977)
My Awkward Sexual Adventure (2012)
Quincy, M.E. (1976-1983)

July 30

The People vs. George Lucas (2010)Review

July 31

Abduction of Eden (2012) - Review
Addams Family Values (1993)
Barbershop (2002) / Barbershop 2 (2004)
The Big Empty (2003)
The Birdcage (1996)
Blown Away (1992)
Blue Summer (1973)
Cannibal! The Musical (1996)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
Danny Deckchair (2003)
Departures (2008)
Double Whammy (2001)
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Face/Off (1997) - Review
The Fifth Element (1997)
The Five Heartbeats (1991)
Fools Rush In (1997)
From Time to Time (2009)
Hard Breakers (2010)
Harold and Maude (1971)Review
Hawking (2013)
Heartburn (1986)
Hindenburg: The Untold Story (2010)
Hitch (2005)
Hot Pursuit (1987)
Houseboat (1958)
In Dreams (1999)
Internal Affairs (1990)
Intersection (1994)
Jennifer 8 (1992)
The Last Days of Osama Bin Laden (2011)
Leap of Faith (1992)
Leon: The Professional (1994)
Liberty Stands Still (2002)
Linda and Abilene (1969)
The Longest Day (1962)
Love Story (1970)
My First Mister (2001)
The Newton Boys (1998)
Night Watch (2004)
North Dallas Forty (1979) - Review
The Object of Beauty (1991)
The Puffy Chair (2005)
Pumping Iron (1977)
The Real Blonde (1998)
Ride Out for Revenge (1957)
Rush (1991)
Saturday Night Fever (1977)Review
Scary Movie (2000)
Shooter (2007)
Showgirls (1995)
Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
The Telephone Book (1971)
Titanic (1997)
Unbreakable (2000)

TROMA FILMS
Class of Nuke 'Em High (1986)
Surf Nazis Must Die (1987)
The Toxic Avenger (1985)
The Toxic Avenger: Part II (1989)
The Toxic Avenger: Part III (1989)
Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV (2002)
Tromeo & Juliet (1995)

*Because New on Netflix USA adds end-of-month titles to the following month, the July 31 expirations will be counted towards August's total.

91 comments:

Anonymous said...

Totally eliminating notifications is a real bummer. I guess that others don't really let you know either.

But based on my discussions with other people, almost no one is watching movies on Netflix - they are looking for shows and for shows that they can "binge". On the other hand, I don't know how much value these movies have so why not put them out there.

David Speranza said...

Agreed that more and more people are using Netflix for TV (which is what the company seems to be redirecting itself towards), but there are still plenty of us who watch movies there.

Meanwhile, note that both Amazon Prime and Hulu give expiration notifications, with the former giving a full month's notice.

Kirby said...

5 Broken Cameras had an expiration date for me.

will g said...

Yes Kirby, "Beyond the Walls" also had a posted expiration date, but by and large David's list is accurate.

I'm also wondering about "if reports of recent customer service calls are correct, the company plans to eliminate its expiration warnings altogether." My customer-service rep was completely oblivious to the fact that titles were disappearing with no warning, in fact she put me on hold for 10 minutes while she "investigated" and came back with no information whatsoever. Were others told they're changing to a no-warning policy? I can't remember if someone said that in the previous thread.

David Speranza said...

Thanks for catching those, @Kirby and @will g. Corrected.

LarryG said...

In an attempt to try to get ahead of the N purge of titles, I visited the Kino Lorber website and made a short list of their silent films. The following Buster Keaton movies are still available tonight:

Sherlock Jr (1924) -- good fun
Seven Chances (1925)
Go West (1925)
The General (1926) -- watch this instead of Birth of a Nation

The following classic silent movies are also available:

The Birth of a Nation (1915) - dir. by D.W. Griffith
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) -- German Expressionist spooky
Nosferatu (1922) - dir. by F.W. Murnau Germany -- vampire
Battleship Potemkin (1925) - dir. by Sergei Eisenstein Russia -- revolution
Faust (1926) - dir. by F.W. Murnau Germany -- you know, with the devil
Metropolis (1927) - dir. by Fritz Lang Germany
---- 2 versions one with pop music, one original
Woman in the Moon (1929) - dir. by Fritz Lang Germany

This is all that is left of the Kino Lorber silent movie library on N. Catch them while you can, for tomorrow they may gone.
I'm printing a PDF file of the My List webpage on my computer every night to keep track of what's in my queue. Maybe you should, too.

David Speranza said...

Thanks for that, LarryG. Should be helpful to many.

Kristina said...

7/31
Cyborg (1989)
Harold and Maude (1971)
History in HD: Shooting Iwo Jima (2009)
History in HD: The Last Bomb (2009)
Hot Pursuit (1987)
Joe Dirt (2001)
Leap of Faith (1992)
Mystery Files: Abraham Lincoln (2010)
Mystery Files: Alexander the Great (2011)
Mystery Files: Hitler (2011)
Mystery Files: King Arthur (2010)
Mystery Files: Leonardo da Vinci (2010)
Mystery Files: Marco Polo (2011)
Ride Out for Revenge (1957)
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
The Object of Beauty (1991)
The Real Story: Escape from Alcatraz (2009)
The Real Story: The Amityville Horror (2009)
The Real Story: The Untouchables (2009)
Titanic's Final Mystery (2012)
We're No Angels (1989)

8/3
Nobody's Fool (1994)
Suddenly (2013)

8/14
Rosemary & Thyme (2003-2006) TV Series
The Forsyte Saga (2002-2003) TV Series

Kirby said...

Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern (1995 Oscar nominated documentary) expires 8/2.

Jordan said...

Until 7/29
Mickey Virus (2013)

Until 8/1
Heartburn (1986)
Munger Road (2011)
Donner Pass (2012)

Looks like everything from Troma is expiring at the end of the month too:
Class of Nuke 'Em High (1986)
Surf Nazis Must Die (1987)
Tromeo & Juliet (1995)
Cannibal! The Musical (1996)
Sgt. Kabukiman, N.Y.P.D. (1996)
Poultrygeist (2006)
Toxic Avenger 1-4

Until 8/2
N-Secure (2010)

will g said...

7/27
The Union: Business Behind Getting High (2007)

David Speranza said...

Thanks for the additional titles, guys. I added a number of them to the official lists above.

Wellesley72 said...

Cannibal: The Musical was the second collaboration between Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park. (The first was a four-minute animated short.). Aside from any historical interest, this and the other Troma films look like they were acquired by Netflix as "filler" (sort of like the sawdust in a hot dog).

Anonymous said...

With Dragnet and Adam-12 expiring it seems likely that Emergency! will as well since they are all linked.

will g said...

7/27
Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies (2012)

Tim said...

7/29
My Awkward Sexual Adventure

Brian T. said...

8/2
Ed's Next Move

Brian Clarkson said...

The Great Purge of 2015 is happening. Sigh.

More titles, presumably unlisted:

July 31:
Kiss the Girls
The Longest Day
Night Watch (2004; directed by Timur Bekmambetov)
Scary Movie

August 5:
Antiviral

August 18:
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World

David Speranza said...

Saw those 7/31 titles, but they didn't warrant my list--except for The Longest Day, which I thought had disappeared? Hmm. Will add it, thanks.

Brian T. said...

On a side note:

I haven't seen any of the "Scary Movie" films, but since there's five of them, earning a combined total of nearly a billion dollars in worldwide revenue, might they not fall into the "too big to ignore" category? After all, Roger Ebert gave that film 3 out of 4 stars...can it really be that bad?

David Speranza said...

Hm, you're probably right. Will add the first one to the list...

Linklisa said...

7/30
Jab We Met

seth said...

when will the full list of movies that expire at the end of july be released?

will g said...

7/28
Mickey Virus (2013)

8/7
Explorers: Adventures of the Century (2013-2014)

@seth Not sure what list you're referring to. Tomorrow is when Netflix should post all the 8/1 expiration dates in your My List queue.

Anonymous said...

Last day 7/31

The Big Empty (Struggling actor John Person is hopelessly mired in debt. But things start to look up -- or do they? -- when a strange man extends an offer that could solve all his financial woes. All he has to do is deliver a blue suitcase to a cowboy.)

Funeral Kings (The altar boys at St. Mark's love a funeral. They're pulled out of school to work the event and never seem to make it back to class afterward.)

The Last Days of Osama Bin Laden (Watch it while he's still alive and free - the U.S. is gonna find Osama any day now.)

Smash & Grab (For the first time, members of the Pink Panthers, who've raked in more than $250 million in diamonds without being caught, speak out.)

The Real Blonde (Writer-director Tom DiCillo lampoons the entertainment industry in this character-driven comedy about Joe, an idealistic -- and perpetually out-of-work -- actor, and his girlfriend Mary, a successful makeup artist.)

Tim said...

7/31
The Birdcage
Houseboat
Danny Deckchair

Pox Voldius said...

7/31
Barbershop (2002)

will g said...

Oops Seth, I was wrong, TODAY is the day the 8/1 dates are posted in the queue.

Miraculously, I have no new titles to add from my two almost-full queues. Did not expect that.

will g said...

Sorry, I worded that poorly. I meant I have no new 7/31 expirations to list from my queues that haven't already been listed. Since I have almost 1,000 titles in my queues, including a lot of relatively obscure ones, I thought there would be at least a couple that others haven't already listed. But no! I consider that a small miracle, and a relief.

Anonymous said...

Last day: 7/31

Barbershop AND Barbershop 2: Back in Business

Linklisa said...

7/31
Aerial America
Air Disasters
Amish: Out of Order
Beauty Shop
Bernard
Breath of Freedom
Catching Killers
Digimon Adventure
Digimon: Digital Monsters
Gangsters: Faces of the Underworld
Postcards from Buster
Rocket City Rednecks
Spies of Mississippi
Surf Nazis Must Die
Tapestries of Hope
The Hunt for Bin Laden
The Teacher Who Defied Hitler
The Telephone Book
Two Roses and a Golden Rod

fantasticangel said...

7/30
The People VS. George Lucas
Last Days Here

7/31
Mission to Murder Hitler
Shuttle Discovery's last Mission
Helicopter Missions: Vietnam firefight
History in HD: The Last Bomb
Karma Calling
Hitler's GI Death Camp

David Speranza said...

Thanks for the heads-ups, guys. Added a bunch of them to the main list.

Linklisa said...

7/31
9/11: Science and Conspiracy
Cannibal! The Musical (1996)
Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV (2002)
Ecstasies of Women (1969)
Hunt for the Abominable Snowman
Secrets of the Freemasons
Secrets: A Viking Map?
Secrets: Golden Raft of El Dorado
Secrets: Richard III Revealed
Secrets: The Sphinx
Secrets: The Turin Shroud
Speed Kills: Jungle
Speed Kills: Ocean
Speed Kills: Savannah
The Devil's Bible

Linklisa said...

7/31
Titanoboa: Monster Snake
[there may be more Smithsonian Channel documentaries]

fantasticangel said...

7/31
Shriek if you know what I did last Friday the 13th
The Real Story: The Amityville Horror

Anonymous said...

Regarding HULU:

While it's true that HULU posts expiration dates for some of their titles (often months or years in advance), I find they are just as unreliable as Netflix. Over the last few years I've seen quite a few of my queued items suddenly expire without any previous notice.

will g said...

I know it's slightly off-topic to talk about the actual CONTENT of the expiring movies, but I found this fascinating. I watched one of the 7/31 expirations, "Abduction of Eden," which I had never heard of before, and was quite impressed. David also links above to his very well-written positive review of this horrifying account of sex-trafficking, which we are told at the beginning of the movie is "based on a true story."

Here is a CNN interview with the woman whose "true story" the movie is based on.

http://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2013/10/15/ctw-cfp-chong-kim-eden-film.cnn/video/playlists/cfp-freedom-project/

And here is an article calling the woman a complete fraud who made the whole thing up!

http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/eden-was-a-scary-movie-about-sex-trafficking-based-on-a-true-storyandmdashor-was-it/Content?oid=21234470

As I said, fascinating. At any rate, it is a good movie.

David Speranza said...

Thanks for that post, Will. I've since read some of those debunking stories as well. But whether true or not, EDEN remains a gripping film.

will g said...

7/31
9/11: Stories in Fragments (2011)
Hawking (2013)

8/1
Concussion (2013)

David Speranza said...

Removed Addams Family and Disturbing Behavior from the list, as they appear to be sticking around for now. Added the combined Troma Films (which I won't be surprised to see appear on Prime soon).

Linklisa said...

8/1
So Much, So Fast
The Cold Lands

Anonymous said...

Im pissed (really) that Adam 12 is gone. Same with Mission Impossible the previous month.

Shows like that are on of the main reasons I have a subscription to Netflix.

May have to re evaluate my decision

Brian Clarkson said...

Some titles leaving for August:


8/2: It's a Disaster
8/5: The Raven
8/7: Albert Nobbs
8/16: The Code (2009)

will g said...

7/31
Bad Girl Island (2007)
Breath of Freedom (2014)
Bulletproof (1996)
DeepStar Six (1989)
Hindenburg: The Untold Story (2010)
The Incredible Bionic Man (2013)
Linda and Abilene (1969)
Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006)
Thunder Soul (2010)

Pox Voldius said...

Figures. Both IMDB and Wikipedia say that "The Longest Day" has subtitles to translate the extensive German & French dialogue, but what Netflix has does not have any such translation with it (except for like one random line near the beginning), no matter how I select my subtitle settings.

Pox Voldius said...

Correction: The first hour of "The Longest Day" on NF has translations for maybe 11 or 12 random lines of the French & German dialogue, which I doubt accounts for more than 5-10% of what needs translation. :p

Tim said...

@Pox Voldius

I spoke to customer service about it and the woman didn't seem to understand that I was talking about subtitles for the foreign language in the film, and not just separate subtitles for French and German viewers.

Pox Voldius said...

@Tim - So I'm not the only one that gets stuck with really dense NF customer service people, then. ;)

will g said...

7/31
Day of the Kamikaze (2007)
Inside: Fendi (2014)
Nazi Temple of Doom (2013)

8/1
Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern (1995)

Mark L said...

Just an FYI
There are ways to insert better versions of subtitles when Netflix subtitles are lacking or even missing. Step by step instructions can be found online. Once you do it a couple of times it's pretty easy.

Linklisa said...

8/1
Wave Twisters (2001)
Wu Dang (2012)

Pox Voldius said...

@Mark L - Do any of those ways still work on a laptop computer since the updates to both Silverlight & the Netflix website?

I tried a google search when I saw your post, but the results I got either said that I have to be watching Netflix from a device that I don't currently own (I just have the laptop pc), or that I'm supposed to be able to access a hidden menu with a certain combination of keystrokes (which doesn't come up when I try it), or else has recent comments/reviews saying that it hasn't worked since the update. :/

Wellesley72 said...

The Art of the Steal, scheduled to expire on 7/26, is still on Netflix.

David Speranza said...

@Wellesley72: Nope, it's gone. It shows up, yes, but there's no way to play it or add it to your queue.

will g said...

Wellesley, there's a 2013 movie with Kurt Russell called "The Art of the Steal" that's on Instant. Are you perhaps getting that confused with the 2009 documentary that expired? That one isn't showing up anywhere for me but in the DVD section.

Wellesley72 said...

@will g. Yes, I thought it was the 2013 film that expired (at least that's what Netflix Infowatcher was telling me). Guess they were wrong although having watched the film, it should have been dropped by Netflix. Really bad.

Mark L said...

Pox Voldius, sorry for the late response.

To do a quick check of your machine... pause any movie then hold down the SHIFT and ALT keys and hit the LEFT mouse button to get the secret menu. Let me know if that worked. I have the latest version of SL and I just tried it.... it works. Your machine may have different results but it worked on my wife's laptop.

Mark L said...

Oh and by the way Pox, if you do get the menu and want to load a DFXP converted subtitle just to try it, let me know, I can walk you through it.

will g said...

8/3
Bad Parents (2012)

(I've noticed I've again been doing a bad job of avoiding repeats in my listings. Sorry again.)

Pox Voldius said...

@Mark L - Nope. SHIFT+ALT+LeftClick on paused NF movie does nothing for me. Google Chrome & Windows 7 on a laptop pc. Tried turning off the AdBlockPlus, but that didn't make it work, either.

Mark L said...

Pox, I'm at a loss here, it comes up on my desktop. When I checked my wife's laptop was a couple of years ago and she no longer has it.

There must be a way to bring it up somehow.I can't imagine them getting rid of that feature. There are a lot more functions on that menu than loading a subtitle.
Here's what it looks like.
http://www.groovypost.com/howto/netflix-hidden-diagnostic-streaming/

Mark L said...

After further review, SHIFT+ALT+LeftClick did not work for me using Google either. But definitely works using Firefox, try it.

will g said...

8/4
Choking Man (2006)
Knockdown (2010)

Tim said...

8/3
Nobody's Fool (1994)

Brian T. said...

Hey, I know this has nothing to do with expiring titles, but I was wondering if some others could verify something I've noticed.

I watch Netflix almost exclusively on my PC, and over the last several years I've discovered that there are quite a few titles that are only available to watch in HD on a television...PC's will only allow standard definition viewing. It has to do with the contracts Netflix signs, and as a matter of fact they used to even put a disclaimer on a title's webpage such as "Viewable in HD on your TV". So I've gotten in the habit of only adding titles to my list that are available to watch in HD on my computer. But, sometimes that status changes.

For instance, when all the classic Disney titles came to Netflix in 2012 I added pretty much all of them because they were available to watch in HD on my PC. But I just checked yesterday and suddenly none of them are...they're only available in SD. Something changed - either the deal Netflix has with Disney or a technical error on Netflix's part.

I called customer service and they insist that there is no such thing as a title only playing in HD on a TV, but that's a load of bologna. They also insist that if a title plays in HD on a TV then it will also definitely play in HD on a computer. Again, bologna.

Can you all test this and verify that I know what I'm talking about? For instance, can you try Dumbo and other Disney titles and see of they play in HD on your PC? And see if they are in fact available on the TV in HD (as I suspect they still are)?

Kari said...

From Time to Time is now showing no expiration date in my queue- looks like it's been renewed!

Pox Voldius said...

@Mark L - I haven't been able to get anything on NF to play at all in Firefox on my computer.

I've tried updating the Silverlight, clearing the NF cookies using the link they provide, and making sure that Firefox is allowing NF to store cookies. The one thing on their help list that I haven't tried recently is disabling all of my add-ons, which I don't want to do, as I seem to recall that the last time I tried that for solving a problem it was a pain in the butt getting it back to how I wanted it afterward. Which is why I've given up on trying to watch NF in Firefox and only watch it in Chrome.

Apparently the reason the hidden menu doesn't work in Chrome any more, according to a Google search, is that recent versions of Chrome stopped supporting NPAPI plugins (which includes Silverlight & Java) for security reasons.

will g said...

7/31
Room 514 (2012)

8/3
Alyce Kills (2011)

8/5
Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan (2013)

Mark L said...

Pox,

I found the subtitle additions valuable for me since my wife's first language is not English. You might have a limited need for them where it's not worth the trouble. If you ever want to check it out though, it works (as expected) on IE as well.

CanandaiguaNY said...

Last day 8/12:

Dog Pound (La fourrière) 2010 PG-13 1hr 31m. Netflix average of 711,907 ratings: 3.8 stars. (Netflix blurb: At a spirit-crushing juvenile correctional facility, three teens try to stay out of trouble while confronted by aggressive inmates and abusive adults.)

Brian T. said...

The level of response to my previous request is overwhelming.

will g said...

Sorry nobody's responded Brian. My excuse is a long time ago I was having playback issues that were solved when a customer-service rep told me to turn off HD, and I really don't want to turn it on again (not that I remember how).

On another note, glad we got through the rest of July without another tsunami of expirations, and August looks very quiet so far. Back to business as usual, hope it lasts.

will g said...

8/3
Suddenly (2013)

8/14
Immortalized (2013)
Wicked Tuna (2012-2013)

Tim said...

8/31

Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (1981)

Linklisa said...

8/7
MacAskill's Imaginate: Enter Danny's Mind (2013)

8/14
Family Ties (1982-1988)
The Incredible Dr. Pol (2011-2012)

8/22
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

8/23
My Fair Wedding (2102)

8/24
Petunia (2012)

8/26
LEGO Atlantis (2010)
LEGO: Hero Factory:Breakout (2012)
LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu: King of Shadows (2011)
LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu: Way of the Ninja (2011)
The Moth Diaries (2011)

8/30
Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends (1981)

will g said...

8/5
Sex.Violence.FamilyValues. (2013)
A Turtle's Tale 2 (2012)

8/7
Bending Colours (2012)
Congo: The Grand Inga Project (2013)

Mark L said...

The Hunter (2011 Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill)
Disappeared without warning.

Tim said...

8/31
Doomsday Preppers

Linda G said...

8/31
Foyle's War

LarryG said...

@Brian T. - Hey, Brian, you might have held off for another day or two before asking your questions. I'm sure most people here were pretty busy watching expiring movies the last two days of July. I watched 4 movies myself.

I checked Dumbo on my PC and it plays in Standard Definition. Unfortunately I don't have an HDTV just now to check if Dumbo plays in HD on TV. [I'm watching TV on my computer, too.] Maybe someone else can check that on their TV.

How do you tell now whether a title is available to stream in HD on a PC? Where does it say so? I checked a 2014 movie, The Two Faces of January, which is available to stream in HD on my computer when I play it. But I don't see anyplace on the movie description webpage where it states that it is available to stream in HD. Nothing in the Overview tab and nothing in the Details tab.

And if as you say you have discovered "quite a few titles" that are only available to watch in HD on television, can you give us some current examples so somebody else may check on them for you?

Instead of checking a negative [you know the Disney titles are SD now], how about we confirm a positive [that there are some titles only available in HD on TV]? Give us some examples.

LarryG said...

@Mark L - Thanks for the Shift + Alt + LeftClick tip and the groovypost weblink.

@Pox - You should watch Netflix with Internet Explorer. I do and the hidden menu works.
You also do not have to pause the movie. Click while the movie plays and you get live A/V stats.
Check the system requirements here --> https://help.netflix.com/en/node/23742
Then check the links on how to install Silverlight and on that page the Microsoft Fix-It link.

8/31 - Foyle's War - 8 series - (2003-2013)

Linklisa said...

8/7
Junkies on a Budget: In Space (2012)

8/8
Doomsday Book (2012)

8/31
[Some of these are anime or Marvel cartoons. Ink Master was recently set to expire 5/31, and Iron Man 6/28. Perhaps others are expiring from the same distributor(s).]
Beyblade: Metal Fusion (2009)
Ink Master (2012)
Iron Man: Armored Adventures (2009-11)
X-Men: Evolution (2000)

will g said...

8/5
Fred Won't Move Out (2012)

8/7
Mission to the Edge of Space: The Inside Story of Red Bull Stratos (2013)
Mount St. Elias (2009)
Strength in Numbers (2012)
Superheroes of Stoke (2012)

CanandaiguaNY said...

Last day 8/16:
Children Underground 2001 NR 1hr 48m. In Romanian. Average of 132,442 ratings: 3.6 stars. (Netflix blurb: This documentary explores Romanian dictator Nicolei Ceaucescu's decision to outlaw contraceptives and encourage the populace to have more children.)

Mark L said...

The Hunter (2011 Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill) Has reappeared.

Last day to watch 8/10
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (2010)

@LarryG, glad you were able to try out the subtitle feature. Yes, you can add them on the fly, the reason I said pause first is so you don't miss any of the movie loading them.

will g said...

8/7
Bermuda Tentacles (2013)
Halo Effect (2011)
MacAskill's Imaginate: Enter Danny's Mind (2013)
Tracing Skylines (2013)

8/8
Kill 'em All (2012)

8/10
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (2010)

will g said...

Sorry for the repeat title, Mark L posted while I was preparing my list.

will g said...

Whoops I now see I also repeated one of Linklisa's titles. Why can't I catch that BEFORE I post?

Linklisa said...

8/10
The Skinny (2012)

David Speranza said...

Hey, guys, August expiration post is now up, so please add any further titles over there. Thanks.