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What to Watch on Vudu: ‘The Suicide Squad,’ ‘Prisoners of the Ghostland,’ the Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood, Over 250 Movies on 4K UHD On Sale 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?

James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, based on the DC Comics franchise about a team of bad guys sent on impossible missions, is new to purchase on Vudu on Friday. Although not quite a sequel to the 2016 movie Suicide Squad, this adaptation does also feature Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Joel Kinnaman as Colonel Rick Flag and Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang. Newcomers include Idris Elba as Bloodsport, John Cena as Peacemaker and Daniela Melchior as Ratcatcher 2. Oh, and Sylvester Stallone as the voice of the man-eating King Shark.

The Suicide Squad may very well be the funniest, bloodiest, craziest, most spectacular and action-packed movie of the year. Surprisingly, it’s also one of the most heartfelt. Gunn goes hard-R-rated while following the mismatched group of violent misfits to a remote South American island nation, where they face off against an out-of-this-world adversary. Yet he keeps the story grounded enough with a lot of earned emotional and political themes anchored by exceptional character development all around.

When you buy the movie on digital, you get a ton of bonus features, including deleted scenes, extended scenes, a gag reel, scene breakdowns, retro trailers, behind the scenes videos and a director’s commentary from Gunn.


What movies are great to pair with that new release?

The 2016 Suicide Squad from director David Ayer is easily paired with The Suicide Squad. Not only does it feature some of the same characters, including Margot Robbie in her first performance as Harley Quinn, but there are also some very good moments in the movie, particularly in the first half. You’ll also want to pick up Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, which also stars Robbie as Harley. Find those movies and DC animated selections on sale this week. And if you’re in the mood for some animated television, check out the Harley Quinn cartoon, which features a very different King Shark.

Outside of the DC umbrella, you should take a look at some of the movies that influenced The Suicide Squad. The Dirty Dozen is one of the big ones, as it’s about convicted felons recruited by the U.S. military for a special mission. Other similar war movies include Kelly’s Heroes, about soldiers looking to steal some Nazi gold, and Saving Private Ryan, which of course also involves a beach-set bloodbath. I also recommend Gunn’s more-family-friendly Marvel movies, the team-based sci-fi comedy Guardians of the Galaxy and its sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.


Are there any other big movies coming out this week?

Sion Sono’s Prisoners of the Ghostland finally arrives this week after blowing audiences away at the Sundance Film Festival in January. The latest entry in the wild side of Nicolas Cage’s acting career stars the Oscar-winning actor as a criminal-turned-hero sent to the realm of the dead to retrieve a missing woman (The Mummy’s Sofia Boutella). It’s part post-apocalyptic Western, part supernatural samurai film, part bonkers surreal adventure that mashes up Escape from New York, The Wizard of Oz and Mad Max: Fury Road. The plot is crazy, the visuals are a real treat and Cage’s dialogue line readings are some of his goofiest yet.


What are some great Clint Eastwood movies to buy this week?

In honor of this week’s theatrical release of Cry Macho, helmed by 91-year-old Clint Eastwood, now is a good time for an Eastwood marathon specific to films he’s directed. The closest one to his latest is probably Gran Torino. His best, however, include the 1992 Western drama Unforgiven and the 2004 boxing picture Million Dollar Baby, both of which won him Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director (he was also nominated for his acting performances in both movies). He was nominated for his directorial work on Mystic River and Letters from Iwo Jima as well.

If you pick up Letters from Iwo Jima, you need to pair it with its companion piece, Flags of Our Fathers. Other essential pairings include the Western films High Plains Drifter and Pale Rider, both of which star the actor/filmmaker as a gunslinger protecting a village from antagonists. Also, the very different music biopics Bird and Jersey Boys, the complicated hero biopics Sully and Richard Jewell, his funnier films Bronco Billy and Honkytonk Man, the crime dramas Absolute Power and Blood Work and the closest he’s gotten to science fiction: Firefox and Space Cowboys.

But don’t forget the must-have Eastwood films The Outlaw Josey Wales (which is also available in a bundle with Pale Rider), American Sniper (also available in a bundle with Sully), Invictus, The Bridges of Madison County, A Perfect World, The Gauntlet, his directorial debut, Play Misty for Me, or the original Dirty Harry, which he co-directed. There’s also an 8-film collection of his directorial efforts that includes Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River, Letters from Iwo Jima, Space Cowboys, Invictus, Gran Torino and the DiCaprio as Hoover biopic J. Edgar.


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

This week marks the 25th anniversary of the premiere of That Thing You Do!, Tom Hanks’ beloved movie about the fictional band The Wonders. Also turning 25 years old are the family film Fly Away Home and the TV sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. Meanwhile, the Nightmare on Elm Street sequel Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, the River Phoenix romantic drama Dogfight and the television show Home Improvement all turn 30, and the Oscar-winning film Children of a Lesser God and the children’s television program Pee-wee’s Playhouse both turn 35.

Going back further, the submarine drama Das Boot, the camp classic Joan Crawford biopic Mommie Dearest and the Meryl Streep romantic drama The French Lieutenant’s Woman turn 40, the all-kid-cast gangster musical Bugsy Malone turns 45, the Western hybrid Red Sun turns 50, the TV series Mission: Impossible turns 55 and the sci-fi drama When Worlds Collide turns 70. Also, Elia Kazan’s film of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire was released in theaters 70 years ago this week.

More recent titles with anniversaries include the rom-com Serendipity, the thriller The Glass House, the baseball drama Hardball and Takashi Miike’s crime film Ichi the Killer, which turn 20 years old. Also, the Oscar-nominated documentary Jesus Camp turns 15 while the Duplass brothers’ Jeff Who Lives at Home, Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, and the TV sitcom 2 Broke Girls turn 10. Plus, the teen comedy The Edge of Seventeen, the horror remake Blair Witch, the biopic Snowden and the TV series Fleabag and The Good Place are all already 5 years old!


Can you recommend some more great movie deals on Vudu?

Starting this Tuesday and going through the end of the month, Vudu has a sale on 4K UHD titles — more than 250 available. While you wait a while longer for a new Tom Cruise movie, there’s the original Top Gun and its perfect pairing, Days of Thunder.  And get ready for Dune with Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival and Sicario. You can also pick up the Christoper Nolan movies Tenet, Insterstellar, Inception and Dunkirk.

Also, the sale includes such horror masterpieces as Steven Spielberg’s Jaws, Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and Jordan Peele’s Get Out. Plus, the magnificent sci-fi essentials Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Terminator: Dark Fate, The Running Man, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Annihilation and Ad Astra. And don’t forget the gorgeous-looking dramas Moonlight, mother!, Green Room, La La Land, 1917, The Shape of Water and Fargo.

This week only, Vudu has a great deal on ‘70s movies for $7 each. There are a ton of clear must-own classics, including Nashville, Apocalypse Now, The Warriors, The Exorcist, Chinatown, Days of Heaven, Enter the Dragon, Smokey and the Bandit and Harold and Maude. I also recommend these necessary double features among the bunch: Saturday Night Fever with Grease; The Conversation with The Parallax View; Slaughterhouse Five with Catch-22; and Tommy with Phantom of the Paradise.


Which must-see movies are coming soon to Vudu?

Start snapping your fingers because The Addams Family 2 is arriving on Vudu for a digital rental on October 1. The animated sequel stars the voices of Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron as the heads of the iconic clan of ooky and spooky characters. The cast also includes Bette Midler, Bill Hader, Nick Kroll, Chloë Grace Moretz and Snoop Dogg as Cousin Itt. While you wait for its release, be sure to check out the previous animated feature as well as the live-action movie The Addams Family, its hilarious sequel Addams Family Values and the “Kooky Collection” bundled set of three volumes of the classic Addams Family television sitcom.


What are the 10 most popular movies on Vudu?

The top movies on Vudu over the last seven days were led by F9: The Fast Saga, the latest installment of the Fast & Furious franchise. Now available to purchase in 4K UHD with a Director’s Cut of the sequel included in addition to the theatrical version. Speaking of franchises involving James Wan, the horror installment The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It returned to the top 10 chart this week. Another sequel, Don’t Breathe 2, moved up the list to the number two spot. And that horror movie’s success lifted its predecessor, as well. The 2016 original Don’t Breathe resurfaced in the rankings landing outside the top 10, in 18th place.

See the full top 10 list below.

1. F9: The Fast Saga

2. Don’t Breathe 2

3. Jungle Cruise

4. The Boss Baby: Family Business

5. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

6. Black Widow

7. Space Jam: A New Legacy

8. The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard

9. Respect

10. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

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