Star Wars: The Last Jedi is here. Need we say more?

Plus, rent Oscar nominees, and watch free movies

 

Hello, it’s me – in 4K with Dolby Vision HDR

 

Fulfill your destiny. Watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Vudu today and experience the full force of The Force when you watch in 4K with Dolby Vision – available only on Vudu.

 

Vudu offers Star Wars: The Last Jedi in both Dolby Vision and HDR10 formats – meaning more people can enjoy the richer and more vibrant color range of HDR across more HDR-capable devices. So, lightsabers will look deadlier, explosions will look more devastating, and love them or hate them, those Porgs will look cuter than ever.

 

And for a limited time, when you get the movie in HDX or UHD, you’ll get an offer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens for just $12.99 (HDX). Look for it in your My Offers.

 

Not sure why HDR is so awesome? Get a crash course here.

 

Get yourself an Oscar (nominee) or two

 

The Oscar parties are over. The after parties are over. But we’re still celebrating because several Oscar nominees just became available for rental.

 

Check out the latest creature feature by Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water. It’s got fantasy, it’s got romance, it’s got an amphibian-man – and it’s got a great story of humanity.

 

You can also check out, I, Tanya, the unbelievable story of Tanya Harding and her role in one of the most notorious scandals in sports history. Or the delirious story of discovery and desire, Call Me by Your Name.

 

 

Also available for rental this week are Justice League (we probably don’t need to hype that more), and Ferdinand, the classic children’s tale of a peace-loving bull.

 

Free movies for National Women’s Month

 

Celebrate Women’s History Month with strong female leads in some great free movies in our Women to Love collection! Kate Winslet in Labor Day? Free. Melanie Griffith, Sigourney Weaver, and Joan Cusack in Working Girl? It’s free too. Keira Knightly in The Duchess, Emma Thompson in Much Ado About Nothing, and Mary Stuart Masterson in Benny and Joon? Yup, all these – and more – are all free on Movies On Us.

 

 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, L to R: Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Photo: Jonathan Olley
©2017 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Vudu has Star Wars: The Last Jedi in up to 4K + Dolby Vision HDR

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, In the Best Possible Quality – Only on Vudu

 

 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is coming to Vudu on 3/13 and Vudu is the only place you can watch it in up to 4K + Dolby Vision HDR with Dolby Atmos sound! The Force is all around you and if you’ve got a Dolby Vision and Atmos setup so will the enhanced sights and immersive sounds of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

 

This is the first Disney movie to offer both the enhanced color range of Dolby Vision and the cinematic sound of Dolby Atmos, and we’re excited to offer you the opportunity to watch in the best video and audio formats available today. (Technologies that we’re proud to have as part of Vudu’s UHD quality offering.)

 

But don’t worry if your device isn’t Dolby Vision capable because we’ve got you covered with HDR10 support as well as Dolby Digital Plus 5.1. Because we want to bring more HDR to more devices and screens, we support both HDR formats for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and over 180 additional titles.

 

So, pre-order today and you will also get a $3 movie credit when the movie is released. If that isn’t enough, your pre-order also qualifies you for a special offer on Star Wars: The Force Awakens for just $12.99 HDX.

 

Fulfill your HDR Destiny

So why should you care that you can watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi in Dolby Vision and HDR10 on Vudu? Only because it’s an amazing way to watch your favorite movies.

 

Lightsabers will glow brighter and more intensely during battle scenes, the low-light darkness of the dark side will have more depth and look more sinister, and explosions will look amazingly detailed and realistic – you might even find yourself ducking from the flames. Heck, porgs will even look porg-ier. (Ok, so that one’s not really a thing.)

 

 

Basically, watching movies with HDR brings the cinematic experiences of the big screen to your screen – and who doesn’t want that?

 

How HDR Works It’s Magic

 

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and it is breakthrough video technology that dramatically improves the viewing experience through improving picture brightness, contrast, and color. Vudu offers both types of HDR technology so that you can experience the format compatible with your device.

 

(Simulated depiction of SDR vs. HDR, via Sony)

As you can see, HDR adds a lot of detail over SDR, or Standard Dynamic Range, the color range of traditional formats. And while there’s a lot that goes into HDR technology, we’re going to give you a crash course in what makes this technology so exciting.

 

So, picture quality is the result of a few different things. One you know pretty well, resolution, you know: 720 HD, 1080 Full HD, 4K. But two other factors that make up the better pixels of HDR, contrast ratio, or how bright and dark your TV can get, and color accuracy, how close to real-life (or the director’s vision) the colors can get.

 

HDR amps up the range of both contrast and color significantly, so colors are brighter, darks are darker, and you can see more of all the colors in between – otherwise known as Wide Color Gamut.

 

(via reviewed.com)

 

Super scientific chart, we know, but it does help illustrate the point that HDR delivers a much broader range of colors over SDR – and how Dolby Vision HDR is capable of even more.

 

So if you think about how amazed you were when you saw the difference between 1080p HD and 4K, imagine the same thing in terms of richness and brightness of color. That’s the Dolby Vision and HDR10 difference.

 

You can also learn more about HDR here, and here.

 

 

 

Now available: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Downsizing

Plus, new to rent, movies still in theaters, and great free movies

 

Jumanji, it’s all fun and games

 

Well, until you actually end up in the game. Then you’re in a world of trouble. (It might even bring you to your sha nah nah nah nah nah knees, knees.)

 

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle takes the board game into the digital age. This time around it’s a video game, and it draws four teens into the world of Jumanji as game avatars that are complete opposites of their real-life selves.

 

There are parallels to the original version helmed by Robin Williams, but this version does have its own voice and it makes itself known.  And the addition of Jack Black and Karen Gillan to the already popular comedy duo of Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart add to the laughs rather than competes with them. And despite some oblivious character gags, there are hidden gems that come from the movie being keenly self-aware. Watch it now, in up to 4K + HDR!

 

And in case you didn’t hear, Jumanji will be our next #VuduViewingParty. If you made it to our last one you know how much fun our viewing parties are, but if not, fret not, because it’s only two and a half weeks away on 3/23 at 6:00pm (PT). RSVP now at vudu.com/viewingparty!

 

Get down with Downsizing

 

Big ideas can come in small packages. And Downsizing takes that idea to a whole new (smaller) level with the premise that shrinking people can also reduce the world’s population issues. It’s shrinking your carbon footprint by literally shrinking your footprint.

 

 

It’s an interesting sci-fi concept applied to a romantic comedy, and it makes for a funny movie – like the vodka gag you’ve seen in the trailer. But ultimately the movie reveals that mankind’s problems are still problems no matter how small we think they are.

 

Watch Downsizing today. And look for our Downsizing and Suburbicon bundle if you’re into watching Matt Damon in weird situations.

 

New to rent: Thor: Ragnarok and The Disaster Artist

 

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (hopefully not a rock like Korg, that’d be weird), you’ve heard the hype about Thor: Ragnarok. But let us say, it’s worth the hype. It’s got a fresh storyline, lots of great action, Hulk (he’s a friend from work) and Valkyrie, and the addition of some Guardians of the Galaxy-type humor.

 

 

The Disaster Artist is a great movie about a film widely considered to be one of the worst movies ever made, The Room. How so, you ask? It made $1,800 against a reported $6M budget. But since then it’s garnered a cult following that apparently includes James Franco.

 

Rent both these movies now and take up to 30 days to watch. Once you start you’ll have 48 – 72 hours to watch (movie dependent).

 

Great movies you can watch for free

 

 

If you’ve made it this far, you deserve some free movies.

 

How about some great films like the Oscar-nominated The Pianist, Buried, The Men Who Stare at Goats (based on true events, seriously), Draft Day, and even Black Swan?

 

Watch any, or all, of these movies free on Movies On Us through the end of the month. See our entire list of new movies for March here.

 

Now available: Ferdinand and The Shape of Water

Plus Coco and Oscar Nominees now available to rent

 

This bull is noble

 

The classic story of Ferdinand the Bull is brought to life in this feature-length animation featuring the voice of John Cena as the peace-loving, larger than life bull.

 

Join Ferdinand and his misfit band of friends as he journeys home to his family. You can buy this fantastically fun family movie tonight! Be sure to check back later this week for some fantastic and FREE activities to help you create a Ferdinand family movie night this weekend.

 

Be like water

 

Guillermo del Toro may or may not have been heeding Bruce Lee’s advice when writing the fairy tale story of love that is The Shape of Water. Fall in love with a merman? Weird? Maybe. But it’s not that far from a belle and a beast or a girl and a frog.

 

So set your skepticism aside and check out del Toro’s signature storytelling and amazingly crafted monster in this refreshing take on a love story – available now.

 

Oscar-worthy and Oscar-ready

 

Available to buy now, Call Me by Your Name is an Oscar nominee for Best Picture that is an exploration of boundless passion, with characters as open and sweeping as the northern Italy location where it takes place.

 

This week you can also now rent Best Picture nominees Darkest Hour; Lady Bird; and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – as well as Animated Feature Film nominee, Coco (available in up to 4K +HDR and highly recommended if your setup for it.)

 

Pre-order and get $3 movie credit

 

Pre-order Pitch Perfect 3 (“last call, pitches” – gotta love that tagline) and I, Tonya before they’re out later this week (Thurs and Fri, respectively) and get $3 movie credit when they’re released.

 

If you know you want either of them, don’t miss out on getting $3 Vudu credit upon their release. Get full details here.

 

Free Icebergs

 

If you haven’t checked it out yet, you can still catch Mysteries of the Titanic from The Titanic Channel, available free on Movies On Us. Find out why there were only two bathtubs in third class (hit the showers Jack!), or why the ship had five anchors. Learn all you wanted to know and more for free!

 

 

Tessa Thompson is joining the Vudu Viewing Party

Make room on the couch, we’ve got a party crasher

 

 

It’s not exactly the apocalypse, but you can still ride along with the Valkyrie. That’s right, the amazing and talented Tessa Thompson will be joining us via Twitter (we WISH it was in person) and getting in on all the fun by answering some of your questions.

 

You can even start sending in your questions now by tweeting us using #VuduViewingParty.

 

 

So if you thought that the Viewing Party couldn’t get any better, you were wrong. But in a good way. So tell your friends that a guest is coming and that they should be sure to RSVP and join us tonight at 6:00 pm (PT).

 

Get ready, get excited, and get the movie! And don’t forget, if your setup is UHD ready, be sure to watch Thor: Ragnarok today in up to 4K + HDR.