A great week of Netflix Streaming releases begins today with a deluge of classic films, including “Marathon Man,” “Harold and Maude,” “Sunset Boulevard,” “The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly” and much, much more. Also premiering today is Season 1 of the A&E drama Bates Motel, a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” starring Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore.
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This stellar week continues with a wide array of gems, from family-friendly animated films such as Disney’s 2003 film “Brother Bear” to the explicit Showtime dramas “Queer as Folk” and “The Borgias.”
Fans of ESPN’s 30 For 30 series can also rejoice, as its most recent documentary on the Nancy Kerrigan-Tonya Harding rivalry, “The Price of Gold,” will be coming to Netflix Streaming on February 6, while WWE fans will get a treat on February 4th, when the epic documentary “The History of the WWE” debuts.
For more information on the films debuting on Netflix this week, including “Airplane,” “The Naked Gun,” “The Usual Suspects” and more, view the slideshow above. If you know of other upcoming releases, leave them in the comments below, and keep track of the latest Netflix Streaming releases by subscribing to the Netflix Instant Examiner today.
Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Lloyd Bridges, Leslie Nielsen, Peter Graves, Robert Stack
In this classic, joke-a-second parody of disaster movies, traumatized former combat pilot Ted Striker, an airplane passenger, is forced to land the plane when food poisoning strikes the crew and there’s no one else on board who can do the job.
‘Airplane II: The Sequel’ (1982)
Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Lloyd Bridges, Chad Everett, Peter Graves
In this sequel to the wildly popular farce Airplane!, pilot Ted Striker (Robert Hays) knows that the first commercial spaceflight to the moon is headed for disaster. Fighting his fears, he races to save the passengers and win back his ex-girlfriend (Julie Hagerty). Lloyd Bridges reprises his role as the chain-smoking, amphetamine-popping, glue-sniffing airport controller, while William Shatner, Raymond Burr and Sonny Bono are among those on board.
‘Bates Motel: Season 1’
Everyone knows what happened in Psycho, but this chilling series takes viewers inside Norman Bates’ world before Marion Crane checked in. The story opens following Mr. Bates’ death, as Norman and his mother buy the motel that will bear their name.
‘Failure to Launch’ (2006)
Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Zooey Deschanel, Justin Bartha, Bradley Cooper
In a desperate attempt to push their thirtysomething son Tripp out of the nest, a frustrated mother and father hire a beautiful “relationship consultant” with a patented plan to move him out of the house.
Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala, Sunny Johnson, Kyle T. Heffner
Alex works as a welder by day and a stripper by night, but she dreams of training at the local conservatory and becoming a professional dancer. Meanwhile, she navigates a romance with her boss at the steelyard.
‘Harold and Maude’ (1971)
Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles, Cyril Cusack, Charles Tyner, Ellen Geer
Hounded by his mother to get out and date, death-obsessed teen Harold would rather attend funerals. But when he meets the feisty Maude, a geriatric widow who’s high on life, they form a bond that turns into an unconventional romance.
Sigourney Weaver, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ray Liotta, Jason Lee, Gene Hackman, Zach Galifianakis
In this stylish comedy, a mother-daughter con team makes money the old-fashioned way: They swindle it. After Mom seduces and weds a love-struck bachelor, she scams him for a big divorce settlement — with help from her daughter as “the other woman.”
Leap of Faith (1992)
Steve Martin, Debra Winger, Lolita Davidovich, Liam Neeson, Lukas Haas, Meat Loaf, Philip Seymour Hoffman
The Rev. Jonas Nightingale uses his spiritual influence for financial gain, lining his pockets with the faith of generous believers he encounters as a traveling evangelist. When he gets stranded in a small town, Jonas falls for an affirmed skeptic.
‘Marathon Man’ (1976)
Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider, William Devane, Fritz Weaver
When his CIA agent brother (Roy Scheider) is killed, graduate student Babe Levy (Dustin Hoffman) finds himself trapped in a deadly game with a Nazi fugitive (Laurence Olivier), a sadist who uses dental instruments as tools of torture in this Oscar-nominated film based on William Goldman’s novel. As Levy turns from pacifist to street-smart cynic, director John Schlesinger’s thriller barrels toward its fever-pitched conclusion.
‘Patriot Games’ (1992)
Harrison Ford, Anne Archer, Patrick Bergin, Sean Bean, Thora Birch, James Fox, Samuel L. Jackson
CIA desk jockey Jack Ryan plunges into the heart of international terrorism after spoiling an assassination attempt on a British royal family member. Ryan’s heroics earn him noble gratitude — and a death warrant from the Irish Republican Army.
‘Queer as Folk: The Complete Series’
The lives and loves of five gay men living in Pittsburgh provide the drama in this American edition of the acclaimed British series. Amid the usual ups and downs of relationships, the friends grapple with everything from health issues to politics.
‘Sunset Boulevard’ (1950)
William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson, Fred Clark
Running from debt collectors, screenwriter Joe Gillis stumbles upon the crumbling mansion of former silent-film star Norma Desmond. As he begins penning a comeback screenplay for her, their professional relationship evolves into something more.
‘The Borgias: Seasons 1-3’
Oscar-winning director Neil Jordan helms this lavish period drama series about the notorious Borgia family, a clan headed by plotting patriarch Rodrigo, who will stop at nothing to become pope, and his beautiful but treacherous daughter, Lucrezia.
‘The Good, The Bad and the Ugly’ (1966)
Eli Wallach, Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffre, Luigi Pistilli, Mario Brega
While the Civil War rages between the Union and the Confederacy, a quiet loner, a ruthless hit man and a Mexican bandit comb the American Southwest in search of a strongbox containing $200,000 in stolen gold.
‘The Naked Gun’ (1988)
Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, Ricardo Montalban, George Kennedy, O.J. Simpson
While seeking his partner’s ruthless killer, incredibly thick police officer Frank Drebin finds an equally dim-witted love interest and stumbles upon on a sordid plot to off Queen Elizabeth.
‘The Usual Suspects’ (1995)
Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Pollak, Chazz Palminteri, Benicio Del Toro
When five unacquainted crooks are hauled into a police station to appear in a criminal lineup, they decide to pull off a heist together. The plan gets complicated, however, when they intermix with an underworld kingpin named Keyser Söze.
Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel, James Frecheville, Ben Mendelsohn
In this seaside drama adapted from a novella by Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing, two lifelong friends who fall in love with each other’s teenage sons must carry out their affairs in relative secrecy.
‘The Fabulous Ice Age’ (2014)
For decades, American touring ice shows dominated family entertainment with their dazzling production and variety acts. This documentary honors them through interviews and archival footage, and depicts one skater’s quest to keep this history alive.
‘The History of the WWE’ (2013)
This 50-year retrospective chronicles the evolution of the WWE from a small, regional promotion into a worldwide phenomenon. With new interviews from several key personalities past and present, get the inside story behind each WWE era.
‘Brother Bear’ (2003)
Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Suarez, Jason Raize, Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas
In this animated tale, the brother of an Indian brave killed by a bear vows revenge but is transformed by the Great Spirits into the very thing he sought to slay. As he attempts to regain human form, he begins to see the world from a new viewpoint.
‘Zombie Night’ (2013)
Anthony Michael Hall, Daryl Hannah, Alan Ruck, Rachel G. Fox, Shirley Jones
As night falls in a small California town, the dead rise from their graves and go looking to feast on the flesh of the living. Two families band together to face a long night of terror, fighting to survive until sunrise.
’30 For 30: The Price of Gold’
“The Price of Gold” takes a fresh look at the scandal surrounding figure skater Tonya Harding’s involvement with the attack on competitor Nancy Kerrigan prior to the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer.