Lucifer. Ripper Street. Black Sails. Mad Dogs. If January was Amazon Prime Video’s busiest month in a long while, February is a welcome step back for the subscription VOD service – although it’s still raiding TV’s treasure chest for entertainment.
Chief among those pillagers are, you guessed it, the Vikings that are set to return for a fourth season, as episodes once again premiere exclusively on Amazon within 24 hours of their US broadcast. But there is lighter fare to be found, from Amazon’s first documentary series to Disney’s Enchanted and, after a small cinema release last year, Michel Gondry’s Microbe & Gasoline.
Here is what’s coming soon to Amazon Prime Video in February 2016:
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Green Lantern – 2nd February
As Deadpool prepares to land in UK cinemas, relive his last superhero outing with Martin Campbell’s 2011 blockbuster.
Final Destination 5 – 4th February
You’d think that four movies in a row of extended death scenes would get old, but Final Destination 5 comes up with an inspired twist that makes this a surprisingly smart marriage of blood and brains. The best of the series? Go on then.
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 – 10th February
Amazon Prime Video has always offered a strong line-up of animated superheroics. This adaptation of Frank Miller’s legendary comic book – set 10 years after an ageing Batman has retired and Gotham City has sunk deeper into decadence and lawlessness – is a perfect addition.
Superman: Unbound – 10th February
Another DC animation, this feature-length outing is based on the Superman: Brainiac arc.
Microbe & Gasoline – 12th February
Michel Gondry’s sweet tale follows two teenaged travelling across France in a homemade vehicle.
The New Yorker Presents – 15th February
The first non-fiction show developed by Amazon’s original content arm was commissioned for a full season following its pilot last year. The series is based on content from The New Yorker, America’s award-winning magazine. It combines documentaries, short films, comedy, poetry, animation and cartoons, aiming to turn the feel, themes and tone of the printed publication into a TV programme.
Vikings: Season 4 – 19th February
War never ends for the Vikings. The raids begin again on 19th February, with episodes arriving each week following their broadcast in the US.
Divergent – 20th February
Shailene Woodley stars in this dystopian sci-fi, based on the novel of the same name by Veronica Roth, about a world in which society is divided into five factions.
Enchanted – 26th February
“How does she knoooooooow?” Intelligent, amusing and downright romantic, this post-modern flick (which sees the naive Giselle – Amy Adams – stumble from Disney’s animated universe into the real world) deftly hits the mark.
Aristocats – 26th February
Jazz. Cats. Kidnapping. Paris. This 1970 animation is one of Disney’s best.
REC 4: Apocalypse – 27th February
Jaume Balagueró returns to direct the fourth outing in the horror franchisee, alongside actress Manuela Velasco reprising her role of reporter Ángela Vidal, who finds herself waking up in a quarantine facility where an outbreak has spread. Is she the one carrying the virus?
Other releases coming soon to Amazon Prime Video in February 2016
Tom Clancy’s The Division: Agent Origins
Home on the Range
A Perfect Man
Batman: Year One
The Price of Fame
The Good Lie
Necessary Evil: The Super-Villains of DC Comics
Lenny Kravitz Concert
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