A Little Idle Talk of This and That

Dragon Tattoo Trilogy Extended Edition (2010) – Not rated

“The Dragon Tattoo Trilogy contains more than two hours of additional footage not seen in the theatrical versions of the original Swedish films.Amassing a total of 9 hours of story content and presented in 6 parts, this complete version of the international hit series restores notable characters and subplots from Stieg Larsson’s best-selling novels.”

For those mystery lovers with a lot of time on their hands, the extended versions of all three of the Stieg Larsson novels are now available on instant Netflix. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie-length versions and I’m not sure when I’ll have time to catch these extended ones. Strong warning on content if you haven’t seen these as there is much disturbing material present.

* Warner has increased their delay on new release titles being available for rental on Netflix to a whopping 56 days.

* Not surprisingly Disney is considering adopting the delay of new releases to Netflix (and presumably Redbox) that Warner, Fox, and Universal have implemented.

* Crackle and CinemaNow are now available on the Xbox 360. Crackle is a FREE movie service – uncut movies with commercials. There have some offerings that Netflix lacks. CinemaNow is another pay for rental ($3-4) or purchase ($16) movie venue. I’m not sure where the appeal is as most movies can be purchased as physical media (i.e. something you actually own as opposed to something you think you own) for far less.

* Amazon, which struggles mightily trying to bridge the gap between a Netflix type service and a pay as you go Blockbuster, is expected to announce a deal with Viacom shortly. They still have a lot of catching up to do content-wise to compete with Netflix. I will admit that Amazon is where I break my “no a la carte” digital rule. I buy every new episode of Walking Dead as it becomes available (since we ditched cable).

* Redbox is teaming up with Verizon to work on a new streaming movie service. I really think that except for niche markets, Netflix, Hulu and Amazon have the subscription video sewn up. Redbox also snapped up all those Blockbuster kiosks – 35,000 of them – from NCR so if you thought Redbox was ubiquitous before…

Crackle Kill Count – Horror Movie Month

As if I didn’t have enough to watch, I thought I’d mention Crackle. Crackle is a completely FREE movie service. You can watch it on your computer or better still, if you have a Roku box you can watch it on your TV. The movies are uncut and the only downside is that you have to sit through commercials.

Currently Crackle is running a Kill Count promotion through Halloween. Crackle does not have nearly the breadth of content that Netflix has but they work well as a supplement. They have a nice little horror film called Outpost as well as some others that neither Netflix nor Hulu have.

“In war-torn Eastern Europe, a world-weary group of mercenaries discover a long-hidden secret in an abandoned WWII bunker.”