Movies you can watch early on Video on Demand

Gabriella Geisinger

From Digital Spy

Across the world, people are going into varying degrees of self-isolation, from social distancing to actual quarantining, to help slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). In the movie world, this means cinemas have closed and films are being delayed.

For the unfortunate few films to be released over the last few weeks, their box office takings are suffering. But as a result, many studios have made the decision to release their films directly to Video on Demand services.

Some are available to buy permanently and watch to your heart's content. Others are available for temporary rentals, treating them like an at-home cinematic release.

Onward (out now in the US, April 3 in the UK)

Photo credit: Pixar - Disney

The Tom Holland and Chris Pratt Pixar film, which we gave four stars, will be available in the UK from April 3 on digital release. However, this doesn't mean we'll see it on Disney+ to watch over and over.

For lucky fans in the United States, however, you'll be able to relive all the feels as many times as you want on Disney Plus from April 3, or you can watch it on services like iTunes and Amazon now.

Why Disney have made the decision not to do the same in the UK, we'll never know – although it told us it's "working to broaden availability" as quickly as possible.

Pre-Order Onward on iTunes | Pre-Order Onward on Amazon Prime Video

Birds of Prey (TBC)


Like Onward, Birds of Prey is already available to watch on demand in the US. In the UK, however, no release date has been announced. The movie is an absolute blast, and we can't wait for it to be available in the UK.

Pre-Order Birds of Prey on iTunes | Pre-Order Birds of Prey on Amazon Prime Video

The Gentlemen (April 2 in the UK)

Photo credit: Entertainment Films

The Gentlemen was stacked with A-listers, but that didn't make it a critical success. However, with more time on our hands, people may be looking for easy watching with some laughs.

The movie follows Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey), an American expatriate who became rich by building a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he's looking to cash out of the business, it soon triggers an array of plots and schemes – including bribery and blackmail – from shady characters who want to steal his domain.

Pre-Order The Gentlemen on iTunes | Pre-Order The Gentlemen on Amazon Prime Video

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (April 13 in the UK)

The final chapter in the Skywalker saga will be available to download and watch in the UK from April 13. You can make a true marathon of it by watching every other Star Wars movie on Disney+ before diving into Episode 9.

Though we had some issues with it (Rose's lack of screen time, that kiss, and the LGBTQ pandering), all in all the movie was still an enjoyable watch, and full of fan service that people love.

Pre-Order Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on iTunes | Pre-Order Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on Amazon Prime Video

Frozen 2 (out now)

Photo credit: Disney

Finally, one you can get now in the UK! Frozen 2 is available to watch right now on various video on demand services. Before you dive back into Arendelle, you can reacquaint yourself with Elsa and Anna by watching the first Frozen movie on Disney+.

The sequel will be available on Disney+ in the US as well, but not in the UK until July 17 – and no, it doesn't seem as if that date will move forward.

Watch Frozen 2 on iTunes | Watch Frozen 2 on Amazon Prime Video

Military Wives (March 27 in the UK)

Photo credit: Lionsgate

Military Wives is based on the heartwarming true story of a group of women in England whose partners are away serving in Afghanistan. They form a choir, and quickly find themselves at the centre of a media sensation and global movement.

The movie will be available to watch on Sky Store, iTunes, Amazon Prime Video and other UK streaming platforms from March 27.

Trolls World Tour (April 6 in the UK)

Universal began the wave of direct to video on demand releases with Trolls World Tour. The sequel picks up with Poppy and Branch, who discover that there are six different troll tribes scattered over six different lands. Each tribe is also devoted to six different kinds of music – funk, country, techno, classical, pop and rock.

When rockers Queen Barb and King Thrash set out to destroy the other music, Poppy and Branch embark on a daring mission to unite the trolls and save the diverse melodies from becoming extinct.

Trolls World Tour will be available to watch on Sky Store, iTunes, Amazon Prime Video and other UK streaming platforms from April 6.

Sonic the Hedgehog (March 31 in the US, April 27 in the UK)


Photo credit: Universal

No one expected Sonic the Hedgehog would actually be good, but it was! And now that families are stuck at home, it's the perfect time to let your kid indulge in the little blue hedgehog's antics.

Pre-Order Sonic the Hedgehog on iTunes | Pre-Order Sonic the Hedgehog on Amazon Prime Video

Bad Boys for Life (March 31 in the US, May 11 in the UK)

The threequel in the Bad Boys franchise is heading to video on demand early, too, but with a bonus: an alternate ending. And though we had to wait a long time for Bad Boys for Life, it was worth it.

Pre-Order Bad Boys for Life on iTunes | Pre-Order Bad Boys for Life on Amazon Prime Video

Bloodshot (March 27 in the UK)

Bloodshot, Vin Diesel's comic book movie, only had a one week cinematic run before cinemas worldwide were drastically impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and closed. The timing meant Bloodshot was the last major movie to be released, and debuted when people were already avoiding cinemas leading to a disappointing box office start.

It's already available in the US, but those of us in the UK will have to wait till March 27.

Pre-Order Bloodshot on iTunes | Pre-Order Bloodshot on Amazon Prime Video

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