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What to Watch on Vudu: ‘Blue Bayou,’ ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ the Best DC Comic Book Movies on Sale and More



Want to know what’s coming soon to digital and what to watch right now on Vudu? Here is your weekly guide to the latest releases:


 



What are the latest new releases to watch right now?


Blue Bayou, the award-winning immigration drama written and directed by and starring Justin Chon, is now available to rent on Vudu. Inspired by real events, the movie follows Chon as a Korean American man facing deportation due to a technicality regarding his adoption as a young child. Despite the fact that he’s lived in the U.S. almost his entire life. Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl, Tomb Raider) co-stars as his pregnant wife, with whom he also parents her biological daughter.



 


What movies are great to pair with those new releases?


If you’re interested in Blue Bayou, I recommend also checking out Justin Chon’s highly-regarded, Sundance-winning breakthrough drama, Gook. It’s an excellent film about racial tensions in Los Angeles in the early 1990s, and it’s currently free to watch on Vudu, with ads. But if you want something with the same subject matter as Blue Bayou, you should watch Todd McCarthy’s deportation drama The Visitor. And if you want something even more truthful, there’s the necessary documentary Documented.



 


Are there any other big movies coming out this week?


Dear Evan Hansen, the film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, arrives on Vudu this Thursday, October 14. Ben Platt reprises the role he originated on the stage, and for which he won a Tony Award, playing a teenager trapped in a big lie. The movie features songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, of La La Land and The Greatest Showman fame and is directed by Stephen Chbosky (Wonder). Amy Adams and Julianne Moore also co-star but the best reason to watch is for Kaitlyn Dever, who steals the show.



 


What are some great DC Comics movies to buy this week?


This weekend, DC Entertainment is holding its virtual fan convention, DC FanDome, and Vudu is joining in the fun with a sale on tons of DC Comics adaptations. Get psyched for the event by picking up your favorite superhero movies. Or allowing me to recommend the best of the best. The best Superman movie: 1978’s Superman: The Movie (also available in an Extended Cut version). The best Batman movie: The Dark Knight. The best DC movie of the last 10 years: Shazam!, no question.



Your best deals, though, are going to be on bundles and franchise sets like the Dark Knight Trilogy, the Burton and Schumacher four-movie Batman collection, and the six-movie Superman collection. That last one includes the four Christopher Reeve installments and the Brandon Routh ret-conning sequel Superman Returns plus the Richard Donner re-cut of Superman II. You’ll have to be a fan of camp, of course, in which case you might as well throw in the guilty pleasure of the Supergirl movie from 1984.



They’ve also got adults-only animation titles, like the recent Batman: The Long Halloween (Part One and Part Two), as well as Lego-style cartoon features and Teen Titans Go! movies and specials for the kids. Don’t forget the classic television shows, like the 1950s Adventures of Superman series, the 1960s Batman series, the 1970s Wonder Woman show, the beloved Batman: The Animated Series, and greatest of all, HBO’s recent Watchmen series.



 


Are we celebrating any big movie and TV anniversaries this week?


This week marks the 25th anniversary of the release of The Long Kiss Goodnight starring Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson. In addition to that cult-classic action flick, the biopics Michael Collins and The People vs. Larry Flynt, the adventure thriller The Ghost and the Darkness, Richard Linklater’s SubUrbia and the Steve Buscemi-helmed Trees Lounge all turn 25 as well. Meanwhile, the Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer rom-com Frankie and Johnny and John Sayles’ award-winning drama City of Hope both 30.



Going back further, Sam Raimi’s horror film The Evil Dead turns 40 this week. Also, the Richard Pryor comedy Car Wash turns 45, the comedies Georgy Girl and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum both turn 55, Nicholas Ray’s biblical film King of Kings turns 60 and the Best Picture-winning epic adventure Around the World in 80 Days and Satyajit Ray’s second Apu Trilogy installment, Aparajito, both turn 65. Plus, the sitcom I Love Lucy turns 70 and the Western My Darling Clementine turns 75.



More recent titles with anniversaries include David Lynch’s Mullholland Drive, Catherine Breillat’s Fat Girl, and the bank-robber rom-com Bandits, which all turn 20 years old this week. Plus, the John Cena action movie The Marine, the Oscar-winning documentary Deliver Us from Evil and the sitcom 30 Rock all turn 15 while the remake Footloose, the prequel The Thing, Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In and Alma Har’el’s documentary Bombay Beach all turn 10.


And Marvel’s Doctor Strange, the Ben Affleck action movie The Accountant, James Gray’s The Lost City of Z, Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and the monster movie Shin Godzilla are all already five years old this week!



 


Can you recommend some more great movie deals on Vudu?


With Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel opening in theaters this weekend and The Green Knight now available to rent, Vudu has a sale on other movies set in medieval times. You can choose historical dramas such as Best Picture-winner Braveheart or fantasies like Scott’s own Legend and the Arthurian gem Excalibur or animated favorites like Pixar’s Brave and DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon. I also recommend the underrated family film The Kid Who Would Be King, which brings the middle ages to the present.



If Ridley Scott’s science fiction movies are more your thing, there’s also Vudu’s epic sci-fi sale. There’s Scott’s masterpiece Blade Runner, which you can also pick up in Final Cut version. And then pair that with Denis Villeneuve’s recent sequel, Blade Runner 2049. You can also find Stanley Kubrick’s legendary 2001: A Space Odyssey, Alfonso Cuaron’s Oscar-winning space thriller Gravity and George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, which is also available in its Black and Chrome edition.



 


What must-see movie is coming soon to Vudu?


Malignant, which just left HBO Max this week, is due to arrive on digital VOD later this month, and Vudu has the movie available to pre-order while you wait. James Wan’s acclaimed return to original horror stars Annabelle Walis (Annabelle) as a woman suffering from terrifying visions of murders, which turn out to be real. If you trust Wan’s track record through such co-creations as Saw, The Conjuring and Insidious and you like scary movies to also be visually magnificent, then you’re going to want to own this one, too.



 


What are the 10 most popular movies on Vudu?


Free Guy is the top movie on Vudu for the second week in a row, cementing the Ryan Reynolds video game-set action comedy as the surprise hit of the year — for good reason. The horror-thrillers Old and The Night House, both of which arrived on digital last Tuesday, are newcomers on the chart, while Disney’s Jungle Cruise and the action flick Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins both made return appearances.


See the full top 10 list below.


1. Free Guy

2. Old

3. The Addams Family 2

4. Jungle Cruise

5. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

6. The Night House

7. F9: The Fast Saga

8. Escape Room: Tournament of Champions

9. Candyman

10. The Forever Purge




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