It’s not often that the winner of the Best Picture Oscar is upstaged by a TV show, but it’s a testament of how good Amazon Prime Video’s line-up has become that it might happen this September.
Yes, this month marks the return of Jill Soloway’s incomparable Transparent, which continues the story of Jeffrey Tambor’s transgender mother for a third run – and looks set to match the quality of the first two superlative seasons.
But that’s not the only eye-catching Amazon original on the way: September also sees the premiere of Woody Allen’s first ever series, as well as comedy-drama One Mississippi and period French Parisian drama, The Collection.
Oh, and that Oscar winner? That’s just Spotlight rounding out a month of film additions that also includes Trumbo, Youth, The Assassin, War and Room.
Here’s what’s coming soon to Amazon Prime Video UK in September:
The Collection: Season 1 – 2nd September
This family drama and entrepreneurial fable, set in a 1940s Paris fashion house, exposes the grit behind the glamour of a rising business, spearheaded by two clashing brothers, played by Richard Coyle and Tom Riley. The first episode premieres on Amazon Prime Video on Friday 2nd September, with further episodes arriving weekly.
Gone With The Wind – 1st September
“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” If you’ve never seen this epic drama, starring Vivien Leigh, what are you waiting for?
Eat the World – 2nd September
Amazon takes a leaf out of Netflix’s Chef’s Table book with its own original cooking series. Eat the World follows Emeril Lagasse and some of the world’s most celebrated chefs — Mario Batali (The Chew), José Andrés (Made in Spain), Nancy Silverton (Hell’s Kitchen), Marcus Samuelsson (Chopped), Aarón Sánchez (Chopped) and Danny Bowien – as they each join Emeril to embark on a culinary journey to their favourite destinations. The six-episode season will take us to China, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Cuba and South Korea.
An American in Paris – 8th September
Gene Kelly stars in this 1951 musical as Jerry, an American ex-GI who stays in post-war Paris to become a painter, and falls for the gamine charms of Lise Bouvier (Leslie Caron). However, his paintings come to the attention of a rich American heiress, who is interested in more than just art. Inspired by the Gershwin piece of the same name, this is toe-tapping, Oscar-winning stuff.
Rio Bravo – 8th September
Another classic to catch up with is Howard Hawks’ Western, starring John Wayne and Dean Martin.
Westworld – 8th September
Before the HBO TV series arrives this autumn, try the original 1973 sci-fi film, written and directed by Michael Crichton.
One Mississippi: Season 1 – 9th September
Amazon’s original comedy-drama stars comedian Tig Notaro as a loosely fictionalised version of herself, who goes home to Mississippi, after her mother passes away. Notaro described the series as “85 per cent real”.
Room – 9th September
Brie Larson is remarkable in Lenny Abrahamson’s moving adaptation of the 2010 book, which manages to take the horrifying story of a woman and her son kept trapped in a room and turn it into an uplifting, heartwarming drama.
A War – 9th September
Tobias Lindholm’s story of an army commander (Pilou Asbaek) who faces a tough decision when an operation goes awry is a riveting study of the personal and political consequences of conflict.
Lucifer: Season 2 – 20th September
Based on Neil Gaiman’s DC Comics character and created by Californication’s Tom Kapinos, the series follows the titular archangel, who gives up his throne in the underworld for the underbelly of Los Angeles, where he helps the cops to punish criminals. The cast is led by Once Upon a Time’s Tom Ellis as Lucifer, with Lesley-Ann Brandt as devoted ally Maze, Lauren German as LAPD detective Chloe, Rachael Harris as Lucifer’s therapist and DB Woodside as an angel trying to persuade Lucifer to return to Hell. Season 2 will see Lucifer joined by another escapee from hell: his mother, played by Battlestar Galactica veteran Tricia Helfer. Episodes arrive every Tuesday within 24 hours of their US broadcast.
Boogie Nights – 22nd September
Paul Thomas Anderson’s fantastic film about a high-school drop-out who finds himself becoming a porn star boasts excellent turns from Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds and Julianne Moore.
End of Watch – 22nd September
Director David Ayer is on blistering form in this intense cop drama about two young police officers in LA, which is shot documentary-style to add to the tension. Stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena, though, generate more than enough on their own.
Mad Max – 22nd September
After a brief appearance in August on Amazon Prime Video – followed by an equally brief disappearance – the original Mad Max trilogy returns once again to the subscription service’s streaming line-up.
Transparent: Season 3 – 23rd September
Amazon’s best original series – and one of the best TV shows of the last two years – returns for a third run.
The Assassin – 23rd September
Hou Hsiao-Hsiens martial arts film is like no other martial arts film you’ve ever seen.
Frantic – 29th September
Roman Polanski and Harrison Ford team up for this gripping, claustrophobic thriller about a doctor whose wife is abducted from their hotel room while he is taking a shower.
Crisis in Six Scenes – 30th September
Woody Allen’s first ever TV series takes place in the 1960s, during “turbulent times in the United States”, with a middle-class suburban family visited by a guest who turns their household completely upside down.
Allen stars as Sidney Muntzinger, a writer, who, judging by the reception of his new book by his barber, isn’t doing very well. The show stars Miley Cyrus alongside Allen, plus Elaine May, John Magaro, Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Rapaport, Becky Ann Baker, Lewis Black, Margaret Ladd, Joy Behar, Rebecca Schull, David Harbour and Christine Ebersole.
Spotlight – TBC
This Oscar-winning drama about the Boston Globe’s investigation into childhood abuse at the hands of Catholic priests in the early 2000s is understated, gripping, important viewing.
Trumbo – TBC
Bryan Cranston stars in this biopic about the infamous Hollywood writer, who was blacklisted by Hollywood in the 1940s for his political beliefs.
Youth – 30th September
Michael Caine is magnificent in Paolo Sorrentino’s drama about a retired composer who is on vacation at a Swiss Spa with his old friend (Harvey Keitel).
Other new releases coming soon to Amazon Prime Video in September 2016:
Manhattan: Season 2
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2
Gods and Generals
Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment
Superman – Unbound
The Good German
Mr. Robot: Season 2, Episode 9
American Gothic: Episode 11
Christmas with the Coopers
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer
Braindead: Episode 11
Around the Bend
The Trouble With Girls
Mr. Robot: Season 2, Episode 10
American Gothic: Episode 12 and 13
April And The Extraordinary World
The Collection: Season 1, Episode 2
Braindead: Episode 12 and 13
The Nut Job
Above the Law
Ballistic: Ecks Vs. Sever
World According To Garp
Mr. Robot: Season 2, Episode 11 and 12
The Collection: Season 1, Episode 3
The Secret Garden
Rattle The Cage
The Collection: Season 1, Episode 4
Cradle 2 The Grave
Hearts In Atlantis
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
The Collection: Season 1, Episode 5
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