iTunes Launches Sale on 'Iconic' and 'Essential' Decade-Based Movie Collections

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple recently opened up a limited-time sale within iTunes for a selection of movies dating back to the 1950s, which the company has grouped into "Iconic" and "Essential" collections (via Variety). The bundles include movies like Dr. Strangelove, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, and many more.

    The sale starts with a group of $19.99 "Iconic" movie bundles for each decade, beginning with the 1950s, each including ten movies.


    All of the movies included in every collection are listed below: 1950s: The Country Girl, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Sabrina, Sunset Boulevard, To Catch a Thief, War and Peace, Houseboat, A Place in the Sun, The Greatest Show on Earth, Funny Face

    1960s: The Odd Couple, Alfie, Barbarella, Hud, Barefoot in the Park, Breakfast at Tiffany's, In Harm's Way, True Grit, The Italian Job, The Nutty Professor

    1970s: Paper Moon, The Great Gatsby, Love Story, Grease, The Out-of-Towners, Harold and Maude, Heaven Can Wait, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, The Bad News Bears, Plaza Suite

    1980s: The Naked Gun, Airplane!, Footloose, Urban Cowboy, Clue, Pretty in Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful, Terms of Endearment, Crocodile Dundee, Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    1990s: Wayne's World, Clueless, The Truman Show, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Galaxy Quest, Ghost, Kingpin, Superstar, Runaway Bride, Tommy Boy

    2000s: Zoolander, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Tropic Thunder, Almost Famous, School of Rock, I Love You, Man, She's the Man, Mean Girls, Old SchoolThe "Essential" films aren't bundled under one price point, and instead iTunes has accumulated popular films from each decade and marked them down to $4.99 each. The amount of movies included in each decade's Essential sale ranges from 26 to nearly 100, although the 1950s are not included.


    Some of the $4.99 films in each decade's sale are listed below:

    1960s: Dr. Strangelove, Lawrence of Arabia, The Graduate, Psycho, West Side Story

    1970s: Rocky, Carrie, Apocalypse Now, The French Connection, Serpico, Marathon Man

    1980s: Back to the Future, Die Hard, The Breakfast Club, Dirty Dancing, WarGames, The Thing

    1990s: The Big Lebowski, Fight Club, American Beauty, Jerry Maguire, Reservoir Dogs, The Silence of the Lambs

    2000s: Shaun of the Dead, Juno, (500) Days of Summer, Cloverfield, Ghost World, Legally Blonde, Bring It On
    iTunes has also marked down specific categories of Essential films, including "Summer Blockbuster Essentials," "Based on a True Story Essentials," "Essential Actors + Directors," and more.

    Apple regularly runs sales within the movies section of iTunes, most recently giving the storefront a LEGO-themed makeover and placing some DC movies on sale to coincide with the digital release of The LEGO Batman Movie. Last year, the movies section of iTunes turned ten years old and in celebration Apple debuted bundles of ten films for $10 each.

    Article Link: iTunes Launches Sale on 'Iconic' and 'Essential' Decade-Based Movie Collections
  2. Dilster3k macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2014
    I sure hope the Apple Music equivalent of movies will be coming soon... Gone are the days that I, along so many others, will pay certain amounts of money just to watch a movie once.
  3. Amazing Iceman macrumors 68040

    Amazing Iceman

    Nov 8, 2008
    Florida, U.S.A.
    What happened here!? This is yesterday's news...
  4. svendobbelaere macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2012
  5. davidg4781 macrumors 68020

    Oct 28, 2006
    Alice, TX
    Just curious. What happens if you already own a movie in the bundle. Do you get a discounted price?
  6. dominiongamma macrumors 65816

    Oct 19, 2014
    Tempe, Arizona
  7. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
  8. Matthew.H macrumors 6502


    Sep 16, 2015
    Norwich, UK
    It's not a bad deal but you'd buys 10 older films on dvds for less than $19.99
  9. JBaker122586 macrumors 65816

    Jun 21, 2007
    Who wants DVD-quality films in 2017?
  10. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    I bought one or two of the $10 bundles last year. At $20 I find there needs to be 4-5 movies I really want and don't already own to make me jump at it. There's an app for one of the movie studios called Movie of the Day that regularly features a move for $4.99-7.99 for 24 hours. I check that regularly and sometimes get those.

    As to the once comment. I don't purchase any movies I don't plan to watch more than once. But of what I get is kids related so they can watch movies. I recently introduced them to the Back to the Future trilogy.
  11. wx4olf macrumors regular


    Jun 15, 2010
    I'll probably pick up a few of the $4.99 essentials - that's a decent price for an older movie you might want to watch more than once.
  12. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    These are purchase not rental prices. So like the iTunes Music Store. But "purchase" is used lightly -- they are DRMed and probably won't be viewable forever like MP3 files can always be listened to. Yet not like Apple Music (or Netflix) for which all the content goes away as soon as you stop paying.
  13. Asarien macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2015
    San Francisco, CA
    Essentially, Apple's curators only think movies with a white lead and majority cast are essential.
  14. 2010mini macrumors 68040

    Jun 19, 2013
    Multi billion dollar movie/TV consumer market says otherwise.
  15. Plutonius macrumors 604


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire, USA
    Not especially if you don't care for a number of movies in a bundle.

    It would be much better if Apple gave you a choice from a large list and you were able to make your own bundles.
  16. JGIGS macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2008
    And have to store them. No thanks
  17. ike1707 macrumors 6502


    Jan 20, 2009
    High definition video quality and iTunes extras would set it apart from owning a simple DVD though
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    Why would you buy anything you only plan to use once?
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    There is software available that addresses this issue, and there's no reason to feel guilty using it for content you own/purchase.
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    It's probably not entirely up to them
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    I'll just assume you're not white. The whole world is trying to fight racism with racism right now. We don't need more of this.
  18. bbeagle macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    Movie tickets, plane tickets, concert tickets, hamburgers, pizza, soda ... most things in life are things you buy that you only plan to use only once.
  19. 2010mini macrumors 68040

    Jun 19, 2013
    Nope. You just get a pop up telling you, you already purchased the movie.
  20. Asarien macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2015
    San Francisco, CA
    The fact it always takes someone who isn't white, for anyone to notice an unfair practice is precisely why the world is trying to fight racism in the first place.
  21. jdillings macrumors 68000

    Jun 21, 2015
  22. Bigsk8r macrumors 6502


    Nov 28, 2011
    Austin, Texas
    I would submit that in this case, you are a little late. Until the 2000's, there just weren't a lot of hit movies made with non-white leads, proportionally speaking.

    Direct that angst at the people who made the movies available in the first place. Given that Apple doesn't have agreements with every studio, you might be painting with a bit of a broad brush there.
  23. nevheatley3 macrumors member


    Nov 20, 2015
    Manhattan, NY
    I don't notice any "unfair practices" and think the list is a decent list.
  24. tw1ll macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2010
    What ***** compilations. How wonderful Apple "curated" lists are.
  25. cuestakid, Jun 2, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2017

    cuestakid macrumors 68000

    Jun 14, 2006
    San Fran
    im sorry-am i the only one who thinks these specific bundles have lousy titles? The decade ones had at least films that won oscars..

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