iTunes Launches $20 'Award Winning' Movie Bundles Ahead of 90th Academy Awards

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Following a discount on bundles for movies in the Cloverfield and Mission: Impossible franchises earlier this week, Apple on iTunes has now launched a collection of "Award Winning" film bundles focused on categories from the Academy Awards. The sale is debuting just under one month before the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday, March 4.

    The categories include Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Picture, and vary from time periods like Classic to Contemporary. Each HD bundle is priced at $19.99, allowing those interested to grab four movies for the price of about two.


    There are also a few "Under $10" Oscar film categories lined throughout the iTunes Movies store, broken into sections including "Best Original Screenplay" and "Best Adapted Screenplay." In the list below you'll find all of the Award Winning bundles, a few films from the Under $10 categories, and some other recent releases on iTunes that received notable discounts this week.

    $19.99 Award Winning Bundles (HD)[*]Classic Best Pictures - Gone With the Wind, Casablanca, An American in Paris, Ben-Hur
    [*]Classic Best Actor - Yankee Doodle Dandy, Captains Courageous, Sergeant York, The Philadelphia Story
    [*]Classic Best Actress - Gaslight, Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?, Jezebel, Cabaret
    [*]Musicals - Gigi, The Great Ziegfeld, Singin' in the Rain, An American in Paris
    [*]Contemporary Best Pictures - Argo, Unforgiven, The Departed, Chariots of Fire
    [*]Contemporary Best Actress - Driving Miss Daisy, The Blind Side, Million Dollar Baby, The Color Purple
    [*]Contemporary Best Actor - The Aviator, Shine, Mystic River, Training Day
    [*]Dramas - Gravity, A Streetcar Named Desire, LOTR: The Return of the King, Network
    2018 Oscar Nominations[*]Blade Runner 2049 (4K) - $14.99, down from $19.99
    Under $10 Oscar Winners[*]La La Land (4K) - $6.99, down from $19.99
    [*]The Pianist - $7.99, down from $12.99
    [*]The Imitation Game - $7.99, down from $12.99
    [*]Django Unchained - $7.99, down from $9.99
    [*]Manchester by the Sea - $7.99, down from $14.99
    [*]The Big Short - $9.99, down from $14.99
    Recent 4K Price Drops[*]It (2017) (4K)- $14.99, down from $19.99
    [*]Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (4K) - $14.99, down from $19.99
    [*]Deadpool (4K) - $9.99, down from $14.99 For more of the Oscars-related discounts on iTunes, you should be able to find the Award Winning bundles and Under $10 films featured heavily in the storefront's rotating carousel and just below the New and Noteworthy section, respectively.

    If you don't yet have the Apple TV 4K to watch 4K iTunes movies on, don't forget that DirecTV Now's sale on the device remains ongoing in 2018 after initially launching last November. With the offer, when you sign up for four months of the streaming TV service at an upfront cost of around $140, you'll get the 32GB Apple TV 4K for free.
    Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

    This means that you can get the latest 32GB Apple TV 4K for about $40 cheaper than its traditional price point of $180, and if you're not a fan of DirecTV Now when the four months end, you can cancel the service at any time. Check out our original blog post on the DirecTV Now/4K Apple TV offer for more information, and head over to our full Deals Roundup to discover other sales happening this week.

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  2. bekiil macrumors regular


    Jan 1, 2013
    Northern Norway
  3. 4jasontv macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2011
    Amazing. It isn't that have no desire to own these in a non-transferable format, it's that the very concept of buying a movie seems archaic. Maybe if I had kids, and these were Disney films, but even still I question the economics of spending $20 on them.
  4. Westside guy macrumors 601

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    There are very few movies I want to watch more than once - and these prices are pretty high on a per-viewing basis. I’d be more interested in “rental bundles” of these movies; although there’d have to be a longer viewing window on such a bundle.

    And that’s not even considering the topic of DRM.
  5. jayducharme macrumors 68040


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    This is actually the first bundle from Apple that has gotten me interested. I like all the dramas listed and would definitely watch them more than once. I like the musicals and classic Best Actor choices. Four movies for $20 is a good deal.
  6. alvindarkness macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2009
    Same in Australia. Wouldnt mind snagging the "Classic Best Pictures" pack if it becomes available here.
  7. michaelant macrumors regular


    Apr 8, 2006
    Yeah I've never quite understood why people own collections of movies. Do people really watch that many different films more than once? There's SO much stuff I haven't seen, I always feel like I should see something new to me. Maybe it's just the satisfaction of doing the actual collecting, itself. But then, it just seems like blowing money. Is there somebody out there who watches Argo every couple years?
  8. thisisnotmyname macrumors 65816


    Oct 22, 2014
    known but velocity indeterminate
    There are some films I like to support. Valerian (which I already purchased anyway) is nice because I want to support independents doing large projects. It was hugely ambitious and a generally good film (despite some shortcomings) but didn't fare well at the box office. I'd like to see it have legs in BluRay/digital. La La Land is a great deal at $7 too (although I already own that one too). It's a musical that's very accessible even to people that don't like musicals. I may be partial to it though because I have a place in LA and am involved in the industry though too so a lot of the humor hits very close to home. :)
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    Having one episode on the LOTR trilogy in a bundle with other films does strike me as an odd choice. I'd probably watch Argo a second time if it struck me some time but definitely not every couple years.
  9. entropyfl macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2009
    I agree however my situation is that I’ve cancelled my cable bill and I just pay as i go for tv shows and movies which works out cheaper than the cable bill. I do have a Netflix account which has made me buy less on iTunes this past 6 months and I imagine that will continue if Netflix keeps improving.

    It is a shame that physical media has declined so much and put so many people out of work.

    It would be a good thing for physical media if Netflix went bust though
  10. earthTOmitchel Contributing Editor


    Staff Member

    Mar 6, 2015
    It's a bit of both for me. I recently got a 4K TV + ATV and the collecting aspect is pretty fun, but it also helps me cut down on my physical blu ray purchases which has gotten overwhelming the past few years.

    In regards to rewatching movies, sure! In the last few weeks I've bought Valerian, Happy Death Day, and Wonder Woman, and I'd already seen all of them at the movies and happily re-watched on iTunes. Sometimes I just prefer re-watching something I know I love and haven't seen in a while as a sort of guarantee of time well spent.

    I haven't purchased a bundle like these yet, though. There's always a mix of films I'm not sure about with one or two others I love.
  11. HobeSoundDarryl, Feb 8, 2018
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2018

    HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 604


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    What I'd like to see is a big bundle of films in a pot with some offers to "pick 4" to maybe "pick 10," much like we all probably get these software offers to pick up to 10 apps from this group of 50 for this special price.

    Each of these bundles that have some movies in which I'm interested happens to have at least one film I already have. If we could mix & match, even from this group, I could find a bundle of 4-10 that I'd be more inclined to buy. However pricing must be very good to help make the DRM and lock-in tolerable. The consumer reality is that a lot of these movies are relatively old and one can probably shop used disc bins and/or eBay to get higher quality versions for less money, then rip them into iTunes format.

    Yes, there's hassle to that vs. the convenience of "just buy the iTunes version" but it also lets you choose the quality and breaks the "lock in" to any one source. It also gives you a tangible backup and a much higher quality audio track option too. It's highly unlikely a Studio will show up at my home and just take the movie from my "ownership" but do a search for "iTunes movies disappearing" and rethink all the "trust the cloud" spin (and then download your iTunes purchases and get them on a backup drive).

    Yes, I know that none of us can spare any space for 5.25" discs that might be 2-4mm thick each, etc., so clearly that's a mainstream problem to the alternative way I favor. Yes, I know that "discs are the past and streaming is the future." Yes, I know about kids with jelly on their hands too (but I'm not suggesting playing the discs).
  12. BillyBobBongo macrumors 68020


    Jun 21, 2007
    On The Interweb Thingy!
    Yup gotta agree with you on that one, my entire movie collection on iTunes is animation films for my kids. They watch the same film over and over again, talk about value for money.
  13. capandjudy macrumors member


    Oct 31, 2013
    Huntington, WV
    I see your point but there are films that have value even over a lifetime but to me they are so few that buying the DVD makes more sense. Some of the listed films are certainly good but not “desert island” good.

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