Amazon’s running yet another of its unannounced sales in the Instant Video department, so if you’ve been waiting for some favorites to become available at discount prices this is your chance! Note that prices shown are valid as of this writing (1/5/15) but are subject to change at any time, so be sure to grab the ones you want right away!
After successfully crossing over (and under) the Misty Mountains, Thorin and Company must seek aid from a powerful stranger before taking on the dangers of Mirkwood Forest–without their Wizard. If they reach the human settlement of Lake-town it will be time for the hobbit Bilbo Baggins to fulfill his contract with the dwarves.
The party must complete the journey to Lonely Mountain and burglar Baggins must seek out the Secret Door that will give them access to the hoard of the dragon Smaug. And, where has Gandalf got off to? And what is his secret business to the south? - Written by Otaku-sempai
The Perfect Storm (PG-13, closed captions available, currently priced at $2.99 to rent in SD / $3.99 in HD, $6.99 to own in SD / $8.99 in HD)
Billy Tyne is a sword-fishing-boat captain out of Gloucester, highly competitive and stung by a string of poor outings.
His crew is hardly back in port when he tells them he’s going out again, even though it’s October and the weather can turn ugly.
Five join him: the young Bobby, newly in love; Murph, a devoted father recently divorced; Sully, a guy Murph despises; Bugsy, who’s finally met a woman who likes him; and Alfred, a quiet Jamaican.
They catch little, so they sail east, with Tyne ignoring storm warnings behind him. Finally, the fish bite, but the ice machine fails. Should they head home through the storm of the century, or wait it out and lose their catch? Fearful, the women wait. - Written by jhailey
Rocky (PG, closed captions available, currently priced at $2.99 to rent in SD / $3.99 in HD, $5.99 to own in SD / $7.99 in HD)
Rocky Balboa is a struggling boxer trying to make the big time, working as a debt collector for a pittance.
When heavyweight champion Apollo Creed visits Philadelphia, his managers want to set up an exhibition match between Creed and a struggling boxer, touting the fight as a chance for a “nobody” to become a “somebody”.
The match is supposed to be easily won by Creed, but someone forgot to tell Rocky, who sees this as his only shot at the big time. - Written by Murray Chapman
Defiance (R, closed captions available, currently priced at $2.99 to rent in SD / $3.99 in HD, $5.00 to own in SD / $7.88 in HD)
On the run and hiding in the deep forests of the then German occupied Poland and Belorussia (World War II), the four Bielski brothers find the impossible task of foraging for food and weapons for their survival.
They live, not only with the fear of discovery, contending with neighboring Soviet partisans and knowing whom to trust but also take the responsibility of looking after a large mass of fleeing Polish Jews from the German war machine.
Women, men, children, the elderly and the young alike are all hiding in makeshift homes in the dark, cold and unforgiving forests in the darkest times of German occupied Eastern Europe. - Written by Cinema_Fan
Moneyball (PG-13, closed captions available, currently priced at $2.99 to rent in SD / $3.99 in HD, $4.99 to own in SD / $4.99 in HD)
In 2001, General Manager Billy Beane’s Oakland A’s lose to the Yankees in the playoffs then lose three stars to free agency.
How can Beane field a competitive team when the A’s player salaries total less than a third of the rich teams’? To the consternation of his scouts, Beane hires and listens to Peter Brand, a recent Yale grad who evaluates players using Bill James’ statistical approach.
Beane assembles a team of no names who, on paper, can get on base and score runs. Then, Beane’s manager, Art Howe, won’t use the players as Beane wants.
Can Beane circumvent Howe, win games, make it to the 2002 Series, and stand baseball’s hidebound conventions on their heads? - Written by jhailey