March is almost upon us, which means new releases for Amazon Prime users in the UK. It’s a month for catching up with US TV series, whether they star country singers or an evil Kelsey Grammer, for revisiting old sci-fi and – most importantly of all – for finally being able to see Scottish-set fantasy Outlander.
Here are the biggest new releases coming soon to Amazon Prime Instant Video in March 2015:
Devious Maids: Seasons 1 to 2 – Sunday 1st March
From Marc Cherry, creator of Desperate Housewives, comes this comedy drama produced by Eva Longoria and Paul McGuigan that follows a group of Latina maids as they clean Hollywood homes – and try to find out the truth of another maid’s murder. Did we mention Desperate Housewives?
Nashville: Season 2 – Sunday 1st March
Callie Khouri’s TV series, which follows a range of country singers in Nashville, Tennessee, returns for another season of guitars, gossip and grappling with fame. On the downside, the musicians are all fictitious. On the plus side, one is played by the brilliant Hayden Panettiere.
Boss: Season 2 – Sunday 1st March
Kelsey Grammar reprises his role as Tom Kane, the not very nice Mayor of Chicago. In Season 2, things have changed. With Kane’s closest adviser, Ezra Stone, out of the picture, Kane’s mental state begins to decline. Meanwhile, his other aide, Kitty, has moved on, gotten herself pregnant and is looking to see Tom burn. Boss remains dark and quiet, with rallying speeches briefly showing Grammer’s anger and vicious bite. His performance is stone-cold brilliant. (Read our review.)
Hitchcock – Tuesday 3rd March
A love story between influential filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and wife Alma Reville, portrayed by Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren, during the filming of Psycho in 1959.
Crazy, Stupid, Love – Wednesday 4th March
A rom-com starring comedian Steve Carrell and Ryan Gosling opposite Julainne Moore and Emma Stone, it’s the story of how a middle-aged husband’s life changes dramatically when his wife asks him for a divorce. He seeks to rediscover his manhood with the help of a newfound friend, Jacob, learning to pick up girls at bars.
The Matrix – Thursday 5th March
The smash-hit trilogy from The Wachowskis begins with a genuinely ground-breaking action flick that follows Neo, a computer hacker who learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.
The Matrix Reloaded – Thursday 5th March
Was The Wachowskis’ sequel to The Matrix misunderstood? Was Neo’s journey from sci-fi thrills to philosophical smarts underrated? More than 10 years since its release, now’s your chance to find out.
The Matrix Revolutions – Thursday 5th March
If The Matrix Reloaded was too heavy, the concluding part of the trilogy jumps back towards lighter action for an enjoyably exciting finale.
The Santa Clause – Friday 6th March
Tim Allen’s genuinely fun take on the Santa legend arrives just in time for Christmas. 2016.
The Three Caballeros – Friday 6th March
This Disney film dates all the way back to 1944 and was only the seventh animated feature in its Disney Animated Classics series. The movie is a compendium of stories, which are held together by the framing story of Donald Duck opening birthday gifts from Latin American friends, combining animation and live-action.
Cloud Atlas – Friday 6th March
Also from The Wachowskis, and adapted from the best-selling novel by David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas is an exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future. As one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.
Open Grave – Thursday 12th March
Sharlto Copley stars in Gonzalo López-Gallego’s thriller, which sees him wake in a pit full of dead bodies. Who killed them? His rescuers? Or him?
The Three Musketeers (1993) – Friday 13th March
Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland and Chris O’Donnell join forces to be, if not the definitive cinematic Three Musketeers, then certainly the sexiest. Tim Curry as Cardinal Richelieu is a bonus.
Green Lantern – Friday 13th March
Based on the DC comic, Ryan Reynolds plays a cocky test pilot, Hal Jordan, who is granted an alien ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers that inducts him into an intergalactic police force, the Green Lantern Corps.
Need for Speed – Saturday 14th March
Aaron Paul stars in this movie based on the video game, which sees a street racer seek revenge against an old rival involved in the death of a friend. Oh, and cars. Lots of cars.
Mars Needs Moms – Sunday 15th March
The Martians kidnap mothers from Earth in this animated flick. Vocals from Seth Green Joan Cusack and Dan Fogler are impressive, even if other parts of the slick CGI are less so.
Body of Proof: Seasons 1 to 3 – Sunday 15th March
ABC’s medical drama may have been axed after three seasons, but you can now relive them all, as Dana Delany plays Dr. Megan Hunt, who spends her life trying to solve cases while also reuniting with her estranged daughter.
Invincible – Friday 20th March
Mark Wahlberg stars in this 2006 sports film based on a true story. Wahlberg plays Vince Papale, who played for the Philadelphia Eagers in the 1970s, while Greg Kinnear plays his coach, Dick Vermeil.
Midnight in Paris – Wednesday 25th March
Woody Allen fans longing for that proverbial return to form are more than rewarded with this delightfully funny ode to nostalgia, less a return to the good old days than a film about returning to the good old days. If time travel, Owen Wilson and a stunning Parisian backdrop don’t have you wooed, a madcap Luis Buñuel will. Silly, sentimental, charming.
Outlander – Thursday 26th March
Starz’s smash hit show – shot in the Scottish Highlights and boasting a British cast – is based on the best-selling books by Diana Gabaldon. It follows the story of Claire, a married World War II nurse, who is thrown back in time from 1945 into an unknown world, set in 1743, where she falls for soldier Jamie Fraser. The first eight episodes arrive on 26th March, with new episodes then added every Sunday from 5th April.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – Friday 27th March
This Winnie the Pooh animation was first released in 1977. From its old-school drawings and 74-minute runtime to the stitched-together-from-shorts plot, this collection of gems is charming stuff.
Tarzan 3D – Tuesday 31st March
Me, Tarzan. You, Jane. Him, evil CEO of Tarzan parents’ company with mercenary army fighting over comet from space that provides infinite energy.
Pompeii – Tuesday 31st March
The eruption of Mount Vesuvius is given the Paul W.S. Anderson treatment in this action romance starring fit Kit Harington as a gladiator trying to rescue his love before Pompeii crumbles.