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'Magic Mike' and 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Available on VOD Before DVD

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood October 10, 2012 at 12:29PM

The studios are messing around with once-rigid ancillary windows. The trend to push movies to earlier video-on-demand releases is manifested by two dramatically different films this week: Timur Bakmembetov's twisted history action flick, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," and Steven Soderbergh's sexy male-stripper dramedy "Magic Mike," starring Channing Tatum and Mathew McConaughey.
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The studios are messing around with once-rigid ancillary windows. The trend to push movies to earlier video-on-demand releases is manifested by two dramatically different films this week: Timur Bakmembetov's twisted history action flick, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," and Steven Soderbergh's sexy male-stripper dramedy "Magic Mike," starring Channing Tatum and Mathew McConaughey.

Vudu and iTunes are offering them both for rent right now, well before the movies are released on disc on October 23.  Ridley Scott's bewildering but beautiful "Alien" prequel, "Prometheus," has been available for download to own for several weeks, but it will be available for "rent" on VOD the same day it is released on Blu-ray 3-D, Blu-ray, and DVD. And so it goes as well with "Rock of Ages," Adam Shankman's awful 80s hair-band musical that does offer a watchable performance from heavy metal rocker Tom Cruise. 

TOH interviews Caleb Deschanel, cinematographer of 'Vampire Hunter," here as well as author Seth Grahame-Smith, who adapted his own novel.


 

This article is related to: DVD and VOD, Magic Mike, Prometheus


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.