Last Chance to Stream: The 13 best titles leaving Netflix UK in July 2014
James R | On 30, Jul 2014
It’s almost the end of July, which means that while we wait excitedly for Season 1 of Orphan Black to arrive on Netflix UK on Friday 1st August (see our Summer VOD Guide), we also have to say goodbye to a whole host of other titles. Yes, due to the nature of subscription VOD licences, Netflix giveth and Netflix taketh away. Which is why we regularly tweet warnings about upcoming removals – follow our #lastchancetostream hashtag – and highlight the best stuff about to bid farewell.
This month, the list of departures is full of some good stuff. So, if you have nothing else planned today or tomorrow, this is your last chance stream the following movies.
Here are the top films leaving Netflix UK at the end of July 2014:
Unbreakable – Leaving: 31st July
Bruce Willis plays David Dunn, a man who miraculously survives a tragic train accident. Why? How? And what do his unbreakable powers have to do with his failed football career? Samuel L. Jackson’s fanatical comic book collector, Elijah, appears and seems to have all the answers. M. Night Shyamalan’s original story may not be based on an existing series, but it’s one of the best comic book movies of all time, dealing with the usual superhero and super-villain themes as well as a fan’s love of them.
Good Morning, Vietnam – Leaving: 31st July
Robin Williams straddles comedy and drama perfectly in Barry Levinson’s tale of a radio DJ send to boost morale among US troops.
Adaptation – Leaving: 31st July
Nic Cage and Nic Cage star as Charlie Kaufman and his imaginary twin brother in Charlie Kaufman’s comedy, which may not be his best, but is certainly his most ambitious. Creative block, a midlife crisis and a crazy white man who steals flowers combine to make one of the most original films ever written. About writing. And flowers. And stuff. Bring a spare brain.
Little Women – Leaving: 31st July
Four sisters and their mother battle life’s vicissitudes in Civil War-era America after their father leaves to join the conflict in Gillian Armstrong’s 1994 adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s seminal novel.
The Spirit of ’45 – Leaving: 31st July
Director Ken Loach revisits a pivotal year in British history, 1945, when an unprecedented public spirit led to the building of a new social fabric.
Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet – Leaving: 31st July
In 1990, 19-year-old guitar prodigy Jason Becker was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was given just a few years to live. While his burgeoning rock career was cut short, though, he continued to fight against the condition, writing music and producing two studio albums even without the use of his body. Containing archive videos of his astonishing musical ability in his youth, as well as heartbreaking footage of his unstoppable survival, Jesse Vile’s is an inspiring tale of talent and family support and a moving tribute to the power of the human spirit.
Metropolis – Leaving: 31st July
An anime remake of Fritz Lang’s classic? It might sound like a bad idea, but Taro Rin’s take on the sci-fi, which sees a Japanese private eye and his nephew uncover a megalomaniac’s plot to take over Metropolis with a robot, pays homage enough to the original while forging its own imaginative voice.
Krull – Leaving: 31st July
Lourdes – Leaving: 31st July
Before Blue Is the Warmed Colour, Léa Seydoux co-starred in Jessica Hausner’s story of a young girl confined to a wheelchair, who devises a plan to change her circumstances by journeying to Lourdes, where many flock to be healed.
Life Is Beautiful – Leaving: 31st July
Roberto Benigni’s modern classic follows a Jewish waiter, his wife and their son when they are sent to a concentration camp. There, the waiter tries to protect his son’s innocence. Winner of Best Actor, Best Music and Best Foreign Language Film in 1999.
Snake Eyes – Leaving: 31st July
Every time a Nic Cage film leaves Netflix UK, a part of our soul dies. Here, an out of control Cage gradually becomes sane in an old-school thriller based around an assassination during a boxing match. Tracking shots and conspiracies? You can tell it’s a Brian De Palma film – most of all from the stellar opening shot, which goes on for 13 minutes.
Metro – Leaving: 31st July
Eddie Murphy reminded everyone why he earned his wise-cracking reputation with this 1997 action comedy, which sees an unorthodox hostage negotiator team up with a brainy SWAT sniper to track a killer through the streets of San Francisco.
The Wicker Man – Leaving: 2nd August
NOOOOOO. NOT THE BEES. This laughably bad remake is an entertaining watch for Cage fans – for all the wrong reasons. (Ok, so technically, it doesn’t leave until August. But we were so sad about the other Nic Cage films leaving that we couldn’t resist mentioning this one too.)
Other titles leaving Netflix UK on Thursday 31st July
Fly Away Home
All the Pretty Horses
Maid in Manhattan
The Gods Must be Crazy 2
Universal Soldier: The Return
Jay and Silent Bob Strie Back
Who’s Harry Crumb?
Can’t Buy Me Love
An Everlasting Piece
Can’t Hardly Wait
Crazy on the Outside
Meet the Deedles
Never Talk to Strangers
Lost Behind Bars
X Games: The Movie
Every Little Step
Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life
The Edge of Heaven
Lost in Yonkers
Mighty Joe Young
RL Stine’s The Haunting Hour: Don’t Think About It
The Land Before Time: The Wisdom of Friends
The Miracle Maker: The Story of Jesus