Nov 23, 2010

Buffy Remake and Netflix Plan Change

Two big pieces of news that I couldn't choose between reporting:

According to The Hollywood Reporter, The 1992 origin-film, Buffy The Vampire Slayer starring Kristy Swanson and Luke Perry is set to be remade/rebooted/re-imagined. While that's blasphemous enough to Buffy fanatics, famed writer for the original movie and TV series, Joss Whedon will have no part in this remake. I suppose that makes sense though, seeing as how if you're going to completely recreate a movie you shouldn't get the same people who did the first one to write the remake. But still, why not just make a feature film based on the TV series? Producer of this remake, Charles Roven has been quoted saying "while this is not your high school Buffy, she’ll be just as witty, tough, and sexy as we all remember her to be,”. Anybody else picturing Uma Thurman?

In other big news, straight from Netflix, the first big step in eliminating hard-copy movies (VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray) in favor of digital format has been made. In a shot heard round the/my world, Netflix now has a pricing plan strictly for their Instant Watch feature. Previously, you could have a DVD-only pricing plan, or a (multiple) DVD(s) or Blu-Ray(s) + Instant Watch pricing plan. The final option has been created, and I hope this means that even more films will be featured on Instant Watch to make it worth the while. On the somewhat downside, the price of this plan will be $7.99, which pushes all the other pricing plans up. Both previous 1 DVD out a time + Instant Watch and 2 DVDs out a time + Instant Watch are being increased by $1. All of their other plans however will increase $3+. A full pricing plan can be found on their website, linked above.

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