I was a bit shocked when my mate told me that Apple is promoting cut-price naughty movies. Then I realised it was 'noughty' movies - movies from the noughties. D'oh!
It started out with the 60's, then the 70's, 80's and 90's, so now this week the UK iTunes stores if offering a selection of movies in the 'Build Your Collection 00's' for just £3.99 each. This is in addition to their 'Movie of the Week', Braveheart, which is available at the same price.
I have been a regular collector of these digital movie deals ever since I discarded my physical media due to space limitations. I now enjoy the added benefit of being able to call up any of my purchased media on demand.
I have heard some people express concern about digital downloads because of the embedded DRM (Digital Rights Management) and the possibility that purchased digital media could be withdrawn and become unavailable. Some think the only safe solution is to purchase a physical copy of each movie so that it will always be on-hand and available. I can empathise with the concern but I find that solution a bit out-dated and over-blown, at least in my own use-case scenario.
It took me a long time to recognise that owning physical media was a futile and expensive pursuit. I now realise that it was more trouble than it was worth. For 99.99% of its presence in my life it went completely ignored until it eventually became damaged, lost, or superseded by better technologies.
I used to own a vast collection of VHS tapes that filled multiple bookshelves. For years I collected them knowing I'd always have them. But then along came LaserDiscs. So, I started collecting LaserDiscs knowing that I'd always have them. But then along came DVDs. So I started collecting a vast array of DVDs knowing that I'd always have them. Next came BluRay, but by then I had learned my lesson and I decided not to jump on yet another physical media platform. Instead I dipped my toe in the waters of pure digital downloads. Since then I have dived in deep and have never looked back.
If I'm honest with myself I have reached a point in my life where I don't really need to buy movies. There aren't many that I feel the need to watch multiple times, so renting them would be just as good. In the case of documentaries, this is what I've already started to do.
But the great thing about these Apple iTunes movie promotions is that you can buy some great movies at about the same price as it would normally cost to rent them. There's no downside to this, so I know I'll be taking full advantage of this latest opportunity to build my digital collection of naughty (or at least noughty) movies.
From the time that they first met as young magicians on the rise, Robert Angier and Alfred Borden were competitors. However, their friendly competition evolves into a bitter rivalry making them fierce enemies-for-life and consequently jeopardising the lives of everyone around them.
Academy Award winners Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe team with director Ridley Scott (Gladiator) for an epic story as powerful as it is true. Armed with ruthless, street-wise tactics and a strict sense of honour, crime boss Frank Lucas (Washington) rules Harlem's chaotic drug underworld. When outcast cop Richie Roberts (Crowe) sets out to bring down Lucas's multi-million dollar empire, it plunges both men into a legendary confrontation. American Gangster is "a brutal and brilliant film" (Pete Hammond, Maxim)
Based on the true story of one of the most intriguing unsolved crimes in the nation's history, "Zodiac" is a thriller from David Fincher, director of "Se7en" and "Fight Club." As a serial killer terrifies the San Francisco Bay Area and taunts police with his cyphers and letters, investigators in four jurisdictions search for the murderer. The case will become an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are built and destroyed by the endless trail of clues.
Get ready for a gut-busting, bone-mashing good time in the hilarious horror comedy, Shaun of the Dead. There comes a day in every man's life when he has to get off the couch… and kill some zombies. When flesh-eating zombies are on the hunt for a bite to eat, it's up to slacker Shaun (Simon Pegg) and his best pal (Nick Frost) to save their friends and family from becoming the next entrée. Satisfy your bloodthirsty appetite with the movie that masters of horror and film critics alike are hailing as the funniest and scariest movie of the year. Novelist Stephen King gushes "it's a 10 on the fun meter and destined to be a cult classic" and Newsweek calls Shaun of the Dead "a bloody hoot!" It's a screamingly hilarious zomedy that will have you dying with laughter.
Based on a short story by the late Philip K. Dick, this science fiction-thriller reflects the writer's familiar preoccupation with themes of concealed identity and mind control. Tom Cruise stars as John Anderton, a Washington, D.C. detective in the year 2054. Anderton works for "Precrime," a special unit of the police department that arrests murderers before they have committed the actual crime. Precrime bases its work on the visions of three psychics or "precogs" whose prophecies of future events are never in error. When Anderton discovers that he has been identified as the future killer of a man he's never met, he is forced to become a fugitive from his own colleagues as he tries to uncover the mystery of the victim-to-be's identity. When he kidnaps Agatha (Samantha Morton), one of the precogs, he begins to formulate a theory about a possible frame-up from within his own department. Directed by Steven Spielberg, who hired a team of futurists to devise the film's numerous technologically advanced gadgets, Minority Report co-stars Colin Farrell, Max von Sydow, and Neal McDonough.
Working undercover is a job. And an attitude. A mad dog narco cop blurs the line between cop and criminal as he mentors an idealistic rookie partner during his Training Day.
Brad Pitt takes no prisoners in Quentin Tarantino’s high-octane WWII revenge fantasy Inglourious Basterds. As war rages in Europe, a Nazi-scalping squad of American soldiers, known to their enemy as “The Basterds,” is on a daring mission to take down the leaders of the Third Reich.
Those are just a few of many movies currently on offer. Remember these will probably return to their usual prices within a week so grab them while you can.
All prices correct at time of publishing.