I know I said I wasn’t going to talk about movie release dates anymore but the Mulan news looks to be pretty big as Disney is splitting the difference on one of its biggest most anticipated movies and sending it to Disney+.
But we aren’t getting it for just that $6.99 subscription.
Apparently it will premiere on September 4th (and it will be in theaters where it’s safe or where Disney+ isn’t available) but instead of just subscribing to Disney+ you will have the hefty price tag of $29.99 to see it.
Even though I’ve been one whose been for PVOD at up to $24.99 this one’s making me do a side-eye hard.
That’s a lot and in all the news reports I read it’s not exactly clear whether I’ll have access to the movie for the whole time or if it’s just going to be a one-shot (or 48 hour rental) and if it is how will Disney+ handle possible disruptions to the streams. I waited a few days to watch Hamilton but I heard plenty of people who watched it the first day and night it dropped and had problems with the viewing.
But I also have to think again Disney is appealing to families here with the service and Mulan for whom going to the theater with kids is an even pricier option and possibly unsafe right now. So I can see how it has some appeal. I admit as I’m setting in the hell that is California and this was one of my most anticipated movies of the year (along with Black Widow and naturally of course those rumors of it dropping have started as well) well I’m likely to do it.
But I think like everything it’s a case by case basis. Would I pay $30 on top of a subscription for New Mutants….
Mulan? Black Widow?
Well if I have $30 bucks by that point probably! Especially since I dislike going to my theater anyway and have long since thought consumers should have more options. It’s going to be an interesting experiment and I look forward to seeing how it plays out!