So Netflix watchers have one day to catch some classics and camp hits like Cheech and Chong's Up in Smoke and Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo.
Most regrettably, Canada's all-time best sketch series Kid in the Hall will no longer have episodes available on Netflix, and some of my all-time personal favorite movies — Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Serpico, The Bad News Bears (screening at Tampa Theatre this month) the 1968 Odd Couple and Franco Zefferelli's Romeo and Juliet will be gone too.
The reason is simply contractual: Rights on the titles are due to expire.
A recent feature at Vulture (touted by Paste Magazine) informed Netflixers that it was once possible to see this list on Netflix itself, until the feature was removed earlier in 2013. The Reddit folks found out by searching titles one by one. Paste also reports that some may be renewed and will return to Netflix in a matter of days, weeks, or months.
While many are going away, some offerings will be coming to Netflix on Jan. 1, according to All Voices. The library will now include Amelie, Raging Bull, Breakfast at Tiffany West Side Story and Children of a Lesser God, Spaceballs, Red Dawn, Scrooged and Planes, Trains and Automobiles. (The Thanksgiving and Christmas movies are being added now because TV networks had rights to them during the holidays.)
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