No Longer Showing: Netflix Is Purging Hundreds of Films–Including Some Black Classics
Say it aint’s so. Blaxploitation classic Foxy Brown starring Pam Grier and Spike Lee’s groundbreaking film Do The Right Thing will no longer be available through Netflix starting in January 2014. The mega hit film Titanic is even on the list.
Reddit has posted a list of movies and TV shows that will be purged from Netflix starting next month, reports Death and Taxes magazine. Some blockbusters are on the list, including Top Gun and Platoon as well as art house favorite Being John Malkovich, Keenen Ivory Wayans’ contemporary classic comedy I’m Gonna Get You Sucka and the entire series run of the hilarious The Kids in the Hall.
Tom Cruise’s Born On the Fourth Of July, Braveheart, Up In Smoke, and Flashdance are also being discarded.
While there seems to be no rhyme or reason as to which movies are getting the cut, the reason behind the change is largely due to licensing agreements. A Netflix spokesperson told CNN that the available titles frequently changes, implying that some things might come back. New titles coming to the site include Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and seasons five through eight of Dexter.
Although the movies listed aren’t available to stream, they are available to people who are DVD disc subscribers. Huzzah for old time technology!