There is much complaining and gnashing of teeth going on over the 95 movie and TV show titles that will be disappearing from the Netflix library when the calendar turns over to Jan. 1, 2014. If you're a Netflix subscriber, you'll certainly want to check this list and watch these movies before the end of the year, because that's when a whole bunch of Netflix titles are going to go up in smoke -- including Cheech & Chong's "Up In Smoke."
But Netflix giveth back just as it taketh away. Even though a whole bunch of movies will disappear from Netflix on Jan. 1, another whole bunch of movies will be added. Netflix does not buy permanent rights to the movies and TV shows in their library. Instead they buy temporary rights, and renew these rights if enough viewers are watching them. If not many people are watching, Netflix will choose to stop paying when the deal is up.
Reddit has a complete list of the movies and TV shows disappearing from Netflix on Jan. 1, as well as a complete list of the movies and TV shows coming to Netflix on Jan. 1.
Let's take a look at the best movies Netflix is removing from or adding to their library when the calendar strikes 2014.
Best movies Netflix is losing
If you like outstanding Oscar-winning films, be aware that Netflix is dumping such Academy Award nominees as "Titanic," "Braveheart," "Capote," "Requiem for a Dream," "Platoon" and "Do the Right Thing."
If you like trashy and silly films, you'll want to note that Netflix is also losing "Scary Movie," "Killer Klowns From Outer Space," "Seed of Chucky" and "Half Baked" on Jan. 1.
Additionally, "Transformers Dark of the Moon" will disappear from Netflix at midnight on Sunday, Dec. 29 (its last day is Saturday). The animated Disney classic "Alice in Wonderland" will disappear from Netflix on Jan. 4, 2014.
Best movies Netflix is adding
Some truly outstanding works of film are coming to Netflix on Jan. 1. As of the first of the year, the Netlfix library will add "Amelie," "Raging Bull," "Breakfast at Tiffany's," "West Side Story" and "Children of a Lesser God."
The Netflix library will also add lowbrow fun stuff like "Spaceballs," "Red Dawn," "Scrooged" and "Planes, Trains and Automobiles."
Wait a minute... "Scrooged" and "Planes, Trains and Automobiles"? Those are Thanksgiving and Christmas movies! Why would Netflix add these titles after the holidays are over?
Because cable TV channels have the exclusive rights to those titles during the holidays. Don't expect to see those two popular holiday films still on Netflix when the holidays arrive in 2014.