I’ve mentioned it before but it bears repeating – if you are looking for that rare movie you watched as a child that you can’t find anywhere in stores, there is a good chance you can find it in a print on demand DVD from the studio’s archive. Most of the major studios have these archives available for titles that are desirable but not mainstream enough for a big release. The WB archive is particularly rich. These DVDs are mostly no-frills and because they are not mass-produced, you rarely find a decent sale.
Warner Brothers has now finished their beta of their Warner Archive Instant service. You can sign up for a 2-week trial for FREE. After that it is $9.99 a month. Currently you can only watch it on your computer or on the TV via Roku (I’d expect Xbox 360 and PS3 support soon).
They don’t really have enough films for a service (only 30 horror movies, 26 science fiction movies, etc.) but some of the titles are gems that have been sitting in the vault. I plan to use my two-week trial to the utmost watching ‘classics’ not available on the other services such as Captain Nemo and the Underwater City and Razorback and even some films I’ve never seen like The Black Scorpion and Moon Zero Two.
If you watch one film from this trial, watch Time After Time. “H.G. Wells pursues Jack the Ripper through 19th-century London to modern-day San Francisco when the serial murderer uses the future writer’s time machine to escape his time period.” This is probably the best work from both Malcolm McDowell and David Warner.