Let’s not bury the lede here: all the major studios have gotten together for Movie Frenzy, a joint initiative that sees digital rental prices on selected titles drop through the floor from August 3 – 5, with some flicks available for a measly 99 cents.
Organised via the Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association (AHEDA), the initiative is platform-agnostic, available across iTunes, Foxtel, Google Play, BigPond Movies, Fetch, Microsoft Movies & TV, and more – just look for the Movie Frenzy logo and you’ll find yourself a bargain.
And what bargains! They’re not cleaning out the digital closet here – some of the biggest, best, and freshest films are up for grabs at bargain rental prices – under 20 bucks will see you through the weekend, catching up with all the flicks you meant to catch at the cinema but didn’t quite manage.
Disney is offering a wealth of MCU titles, including Iron Man, Thor, Captain America: The First Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange, plus the Star Wars prequels, Pixar’s Coco and The Incredibles, Big Hero 6, the latest Pirates of the Caribbean, Beauty and the Beast, and more.
From Universal Sony, take your pick from Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, robots vs monsters spectacular Pacific Rim: Uprising, Pitch Perfect 3, Paddington 2, Peter Rabbit, raunchy comedy Blockers, or instant Aussie classic, Sweet Country.
Fox is offering Hugh Jackman’s musical extravaganza The Greatest Showman, luxurious mystery Murder on the Orient Express, ocker-tastic retro comedy Swinging Safari, Red Sparrow with Jennifer Lawrence, Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, Ferdinand, Maze Runner: Death Cure, Love Simon, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, and Oscar fave the Shape of Water.
Paramount has the acclaimed thriller A Quiet Place on offer, along with Daddy’s Home 2 with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, Alexander Payne’s wildly imaginative Downsizing, Darren Aronofsky’s Mother!, the dating comedy Social Animals, and the animated adventure Tad the Lost Explorer and the Secret of King Midas.
Roadshow has put Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One in the bargain bin, alongside , Dwayne Johnson actioner Rampage , Australian coming-of-age drama Breath, crime thriller Den of Thieves, and the madcap comedy Game Night.
Defiant offers Nicolas Cage actioner The Humanity Bureau, espionage thriller Damascus Cover starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and John Hurt, Jason Momoa’s old school action thriller Braven, Al Pacino’s serial killer thriller Hangman, Daniel Radcliffe’s Beast of Burden, and Sharon Stone’s romantic comedy A Little Something For Your Birthday, along with brand new thrillers Bent starring Karl Urban and Sofia Vergara, and The Midnight Man starring horror legends Robert Englund and Lin Shaye.
Madman is giving us The Death of Stalin at state-mandated breadline prices, along with popular Aussie comedy Ali’s Wedding, My Little Pony: The Movie, My Life as a Zucchini, This Beautiful Fantastic, What Happened to Monday?, Loving Vincent, Killing Gunther, Mom and Dad, The Journey Tokyo Ghoul,,The BBQ, and The Yellow Birds.
And eOne has dropped the price on Spielberg’s magisterial drama The Post, comedies Finding Your Feet and Birthmarked, Kathryn Bigelow’s searing Detroit, the Sub-Antarctic-set Human Traces, Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel, poker drama Molly’s Game, and romantic drama Midnight Sun.
That’s your lot – click on your favourite digital service, order a pizza, and settle in for the weekend.