Great streaming movies we want on physical media
Many of the biggest films from the last decade are not available on physical media, with streaming services refusing to provide them.
It was said that every film, no matter how badly it did at the box office or critically, went to heaven. Heaven, of course, meant physical media. First, it was VHS, then it was Laserdisc, then DVD, Blu-ray, and now 4K Blu-rays; all films would receive some form of physical media distribution. After all, rentals and sales were important to a movie’s profitability. In fact, some films that hit theaters did so well on DVD that they became enduring genres, such as Donny Darko or The Transportwith that film’s DVD sales directly influencing the studio to green light a sequel and give Jason Statham a legitimate career as an action star.
However, despite the return of physical media, it is worth noting that some of the most popular films in recent memory have not received a physical media release. And we’re not just talking about past movies but when they hit streaming. Oscar winners are not released on physical media. In fact, the only streaming movies that hit Blu-ray reliably are the ones that Netflix allows Criterion to release. However, unless your name is Martin Scorsese or Noah Baumbach, not many BIG movies have received physical media releases, so let’s take a look at ten that really need some kind of physical release .
10. King of Fraud:
It’s worth noting that the version of this film I saw at TIFF in 2018 was not the version that hit streaming, with 20 minutes removed from the film before its general release. Because it’s a semi-sequel Braveheart and given that its stars, Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Florence Pugh, are even bigger now than they were then, this seems like a film ripe for reimagining. could give it a Blu-ray release.
9. The King:
The same goes for this great historical drama, which was – honestly – the movie that sold me on Timothee Chalamet. This David Michod film is based entirely on Shakespeare’s film Henry Vand Chalamet is so good that many of us believe that the action-based drama may have taken a big hand than Dune casting Again, Chalamet is a lot bigger now than he was in 2019, so why not crack him with a new release? Joel Edgerton has rarely been better than he is here as Falstaff, and he has a wonderful score from Nicholas Britell.
8. Glass Onion:
Again, this seems like a no-brainer, given its popularity Knives out it was on the physical media. You’d think Rian Johnson would be pushing for this one to get more publicity, but no dice so far from Netflix. You have to imagine that the people who bought the first film would love to have it in their collection, with the Rian Johnson commentary track.
7. My name is Dolemite:
Now, this one is completely unexplained. My name is Dolemite begging for a Criterion release with Eddie Murphy’s comical narration track and some deleted scenes. The origin Dolomite it doesn’t stream on Netflix either, making a Blu-ray set that included it a must-have for collectors.
6. 6 underground:
I’m surprised that Michael Bay hasn’t been pushing for a physical release for his franchise starter, which Netflix apparently considered a misfire. Being a Ryan Reynolds action flick, this would definitely sell well, especially for home theater enthusiasts.
5. The Gray Man:
Another fake franchise starter; as Ryan Gosling continues to ride a new wave of popularity Barbie, one assumes this high-profile action flick would sell a bunch of 4k discs. I guess Netflix is hoping more people will watch it on the streaming service, but it feels like a missed opportunity for a disc.
The same goes for the Extraction movies. This has been a strong franchise for the streamer, but action fans are collectors. Both of those movies would definitely make a mint on 4K Blu-ray. Bring those flicks to Arrow Video, and let them make a feature-loaded double bill. It would be a STORY.
3. Triple End:
JC Chandor’s star-studded heist flick has received some renewed attention, with star Charlie Hunnam taking over a possible sequel. Again, some of the actors in this, especially Oscar Isaac and Pedro Pascal, are much more popular now than they were a few years ago. It’s a great movie, and honestly, it’s one I’d like to add to my own personal collection.
Apple’s Coda the only Best Picture winner at the Oscars you won’t find on physical media. I know from posts on X that this drives collectors crazy, so this hit movie would definitely sell well, especially since there are far fewer people subscribing to Apple TV Plus than Netflix. This would be a neat way to make some extra bread.
This one softens the mind. Barbarian was a box office hit and pop culture phenomenon once it hit Hulu. Horror fans love physical media, and a full Blu-ray of this movie would sell like hotcakes. That said, out of all the movies on this list, I think this has the best chance of finally coming to physical media, with Disney putting out Prey not too long ago.
What other streaming movies do you think should be out on physical media? Let us know in the comments!