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What to Watch on Vudu: ‘Snake Eyes,’ ‘The Green Knight,’ ‘Stillwater,’ Back to School Movies and More

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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?

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins is now available digitally on Vudu in 4K UHD with Dolby Vision High Dynamic Range and Dolby Atmos multi-dimensional sound. Henry Golding, of Crazy Rich Asians, plays the titular G.I. Joe hero, while Andrew Koji (Fast & Furious 6) portrays his nemesis, Storm Shadow. Joining them are Samara Weaving (Bill & Ted Face the Music) and Úrsula Corberó (The Tree of Blood) as the characters Scarlett and Baroness, respectively. Whether you grew up with the toys and cartoons and comics or just love spectacular martial-arts-driven action, you’ll want to check out this G.I. Joe spin-off adventure.

Here’s an extended seven-minute action sequence from the movie to get you excited:

The Truffle Hunters, one of the most beautiful and fascinating documentaries of the past year, is also now available to rent or purchase digitally on Vudu. Directed by Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw, the film takes us to the deep forests of Northern Italy to meet — that’s right — truffle hunters, along with their faithful and expertly trained truffle-hunting dogs. Follow along as these real-life characters (and canines) search for rare and expensive white Alba truffles. Watching these old men living such a bucolic lifestyle and profession is pretty soothing. 


What movies are great to pair with those new releases?

While the new movie is not part of the same continuity, Snake Eyes would pair well with the previous live-action G.I. Joe features — 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, which stars Channing Tatum, and its 2013 sequel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which stars Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis. And you can pick up both of those together in a bundle and save. If you want to watch any of the stars of Snake Eyes in another fun action movie, I recommend Henry Golding in Guy Ritchie’s the very funny The Gentlemen, Samara Weaving in the very bloody Ready or Not and Iko Uwais in The Raid: Redemption (also available in an Unrated version).

As for The Truffle Hunters, I have to recommend the exquisite new Nicholas Cage movie Pig, in which the Oscar-winning actor plays a truffle hunter living in the woods of Oregon. But instead of a dog, he works with a pig — which is stolen, leading Cage’s ex-chef character down a dark road to find his porcine pal. I also recommend Dweck and Kershaw’s previous documentary feature, The Last Race, a surprisingly serene film about stock car racing and a small-town racetrack on Long Island.


Are there any other big movies coming out this week?

The Green Knight arrives on Vudu this Thursday, August 19. One of the most acclaimed movies of the year, the Arthurian drama is written and directed by visionary filmmaker David Lowery (A Ghost Story, Disney’s Pete’s Dragon remake) and stars Oscar-nominated actor Dev Patel (Lion, Slumdog Millionaire) as Sir Gawain, one of the legendary Knights of the Round Table. In this fantastical tale, adapted from a 14th century poem, Gawain faces the titular foe (Ralph Ineson) as a test of his courage. The cast also includes Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl), Joel Edgerton (Loving) and Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk).

The Matt Damon drama Stillwater is also coming to Vudu this Thursday. The Oscar-nominated actor plays an oil worker from Oklahoma who travels overseas to help his daughter (Oscar-nominee Abigail Breslin), who is convicted of murdering her roommate while studying abroad in France. Inspired by a true story, the movie is co-written and directed by Tom McCarthy, who made the immigration drama The Visitor and the journalism drama Spotlight, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture.


What are some great back to school movies to buy this week?

With children already back in the classroom this month or returning to school soon, Vudu has a Back to School Sale this week. Among the highlights are the Matt Damon drama Good Will Hunting, in which he plays a genius who works as a custodian at Harvard despite being smart enough to attend the Ivy League university. Also: the John Hughes classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, in which Matthew Broderick plays the titular teen who ditches school with his best friends just because. Pair that one with Election, in which Broderick is now a high school teacher dealing with his own problem student, played by Reese Witherspoon.

In addition to the main Back to School sale, Vudu also has a Mix & Match deal where you can pick up two great movies from among the library of titles for just $9.99. Your options include such varied selections — set anywhere from elementary school to college (and beyond) — as the wonderful family drama Wonder, the Jack Black favorite School of Rock, the comedy Mean Girls, the horror sequel Happy Death Day 2U, the nostalgic Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion and, of course, the Rodney Dangerfield vehicle Back to School.

There’s also a Back to School Family Sale showcasing a number of kid-centric movies to enjoy with the whole family, such as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Akeelah and the Bee, The Goonies and the animated feature Leap!. Plus, one of the most famous fictional schools of all time is spotlighted in the Back to Hogwarts Sale. All Harry Potter films are part of the deal individually, but your best bet is to pick them all up in the Complete 8-Film Collection bundle or the Wizarding World bundle that includes all eight Harry Potter movies plus the two Fantastic Beasts prequels.


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

Sports movie fans: this week marks the 25th anniversary of the theatrical releases of both the Kevin Costner golfer rom-com Tin Cup and Tony Scott’s stalker thriller The Fan, starring Robert De Niro as a baseball enthusiast overly obsessed with a favorite player. It’s also the 25th anniversary of the Tales from the Crypt movie installment Bordello of Blood and Christopher Guest’s hilarious mockumentary Waiting for Guffman. Meanwhile, the Coen brothers’ Cannes-winning Hollywood-set comedy Barton Fink was released in cinemas 30 years ago this week.

Going back further, the horror-comedy classic An American Werewolf in London, John Schlesinger’s Honky Tonk Freeway, and Sidney Lumet’s Prince of the City all turn 40 years old this week. Also, the Vincent van Gogh biopic Lust for Life starring Kirk Douglas as the famous painter and War and Peace starring Audrey Hepburn and Henry Fonda both turn 65, Howard Hawks iconic detective film The Big Sleep starring Humphrey Bogart turns 75, William Wyler’s The Little Foxes starring Bette Davis and the musical Sun Valley Serenade both turn 80 and George Cukor’s film of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet turns 85.

More recent titles with anniversaries include the wild ensemble comedy Rat Race and the Western drama American Outlaw, which both turn 20, and the magician drama The Illusionist, starring Edward Norton, which turns 15. Plus the family film sequel Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, the Anne Hathaway romance film One Day and the remakes of both Fright Night and Conan the Barbarian all turn 10 years old this week. Finally, War Dogs, the latest version of Ben-Hur and the incredible stop-motion animated feature Kubo and the Two Strings are all already five years old!


Can you recommend some more great movie deals on Vudu?

In addition to spotlighting Back to School movies, Vudu is saying goodbye to summer with a Summer Blowout Sale, and I recommend an end-of-season virtual vacation. Maybe take one last trip to the beach with Barb & Star Go to Vistal Del Mar. Or head up to the Catskills for a music-heavy resort stay via the original Dirty Dancing. Try to help solve a murder mystery with Knives Out. Hop aboard a raft and head down river with The Peanut Butter Falcon. Or board a post-apocalyptic train with Snowpiercer. Finally, get yourself to Mars with Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall.

Vudu is also having a sale right now focused on action heroes, and there more than 500 titles available. Here are some pairings I recommend from the bunch: Arnold Schwarzenegger in Commando with The Running Man; Jet Li in The Defender with Hero; Jackie Chan in Drunken Master with Supercop; Kurt Russell in Escape from New York with The Thing; Steve McQueen in Nevada Smith with Harrison Ford in the first Indiana Jones movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark; and Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West with Robert Rodriguez’s Once Upon a Time in Mexico.


What are the 10 most popular movies on Vudu?

The biggest hits on Vudu over the last seven days were led by Marvel’s Black Widow, which made its debut last week, while fellow newcomer Joe Bell landed midway down the chart. Also returning to the chart this week are Mortal Kombat and Nobody, which are both on sale at the moment.

1. Black Widow

2. F9: The Fast Saga

3. The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard

4. A Quiet Place Part II

5. Mortal Kombat

6. Joe Bell

7. The Forever Purge

8. Nobody

9. Wrath of Man

10. Pig

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