By Christopher Campbell | Spout August 19, 2010 at 3:02AM
I was hoping to spotlight the "Red Riding" trilogy this week in lieu of doing a DVD pick. The three films (fully titled, in order, "Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974," Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1980" and Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1983") won't physically be released on DVD and Blu-ray until August 31, but they all hit the digital platform a few days ago via Netflix's Watch Instantly service. I think exclusively. There is a lot of mainstream appeal with the trilogy at the moment, including new Spider-Man Andrew Garfield starring in the first movie, its comparability to the "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" films (aka the "Millennium Trilogy"), the interest in seeing the originals before the condensed Hollywood remake...
Unfortunately, when I went on to Netflix to revisit the films only "1980" and "1983" were accessible.
I thought this strange since I had gotten the Tweet from @instant_netflix (still its most recent communication) and heard from elsewhere about the exciting pre-DVD opportunity. Even now the site instantwatcher.com lists "1974" as its most popular title in the past 24 hours (the other two installments -- I won't call them sequels -- join it in the top 10). I assume that means a lot of people are trying to see it.
I was told yesterday on Twitter by @WaterholeMovie (aka the makers of the indie film "The Waterhole") that they'd been Tweeted by someone that there was a problem with the streaming on "1974" (seems there was no sound?) and Netflix is working on it. But then they should have also taken the other two down in the meantime since they shouldn't be watched out of order. Subscribers have been complaining about the issue with comments on the three films' Netflix pages with some snidely threatening to switch to Red Box (as if they'll even carry these when they hit DVD).
Hopefully the problem won't take too long to fix and I can direct you properly to the whole trilogy, which I recommend seeing successively in one sitting, as I did.