As always, the first of the month brings dozens of new titles to Netflix, highlighted by the Netflix exclusive fourth and final season of “The Killing.” The crime procedural, which debuted on AMC, moves to Netflix for one final six-episode season. The show stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman as a pair of detectives in Seattle.
While “The Killing” may be today’s most high-profile debut, the first of the month also brings dozens of older films, from the “Air Bud” series to the “Rocky” series, from “Face/Off” to “Freaky Friday,” the original “Red Dawn” and so much more. Below is a full list of the great offerings arriving today.
An event-filled week on Netflix continues August 6, with a pair of releases featuring popular stars. The first is the documentary “Justin Bieber’s Believe,” which follows the performer during a world tour. The film follows up Bieber’s popular first film, “Never Say Never.” Also arriving is the IFC miniseries “The Spoils of Babylon,” a hilarious parody of 80’s miniseries featuring Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Tobey Maguire, Val Kilmer, Haley Joel Osment and many more.
August 7 brings a pair of mind-expanding debuts, starting with “Cosmos,” the recent popular docu-series on the universe hosted by Neil Degrasse Tyson. The series was executive produced by popular humorist Seth MacFarlane. Also arriving is Lars Von Trier’s controversial two-part “Nymphomaniac” epic, which follows the sexual history of a woman played by Charlotte Gainsborough. Stellan Skarsgaard, Willem Dafoe, Uma Thurman and Shia LeBeouf also star.
Here is the full list of this week’s releases:
Michael Jeter, Kevin Zegers, Wendy Makkena, Bill Cobbs, Jay Brazeau, Nicola Cavendish
After his father dies, Josh Framm (Kevin Zegers) adopts Buddy, an abandoned dog, just as the boy and his mother move to a new town. Too shy to play basketball, Josh instead manages the team but one night discovers that Buddy can sink hoops. Soon, Buddy's skills inspire the team, helping take them all the way to the championships in director Charles Martin Smith's family comedy that tackles loneliness, hope, wonder -- and a most unusual pet.
Airbud: Golden Retriever (1998)
Kevin Zegers, Cynthia Stevenson, Gregory Harrison, Nora Dunn, Perry Anzilotti, Robert Costanzo,
Picking up where the original Air Bud left off, Josh is the owner of golden retriever Buddy, who now plays football instead of basketball. Josh reluctantly becomes his school's new quarterback, and Buddy catches the spirit and joins the team too.
D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994)
Emilio Estevez, Kathryn Erbe, Michael Tucker, Jan Rubes, Carsten Norgaard, Maria Ellingsen, Joshua Jackson, Elden Henson
The Ducks return to the ice, and Gordon Bombay is once again leading his old team, plus a number of new faces, as the loveable underdogs of the puck face off against competitors at the Junior Goodwill Games in Hollywood.
Ella Enchanted (2004)
Anne Hathaway, Hugh Dancy, Cary Elwes, Aidan McArdle, Joanna Lumley, Lucy Punch, Jennifer Higham, Minnie Driver, Eric Idle, Steve Coogan, Jimi Mistry, Vivica A. Fox
Burdened at birth with the "gift" of obedience by a flighty fairy godmother, Ella searches for a way to lift the curse that prevents her from pursuing her dreams -- and her true love, Prince Charmont.
Madonna, Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Pryce, Jimmy Nail, Victoria Sus, Julian Littman
It's easy to see Adolf Hitler's long shadow hanging over this true story about power and fame. In 1930s Argentina, small-town girl Evita (Madonna) enters show business, becomes a star and ends up married to President Juan Perón (Jonathan Pryce). Her position as the nation's most beloved woman makes her a martyr upon her death. The enigmatic Ché (Antonio Banderas) narrates the story.
John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen, Alessandro Nivola, Gina Gershon, Dominique Swain
FBI agent Sean Archer goes under the knife to acquire the likeness of terrorist Castor Troy and gather details about a bombing plot. When Troy escapes custody, he undergoes surgery to look like Archer so he can get close to the agent's family.
Freaky Friday (2003)
Jamie Lee Curtis, Lindsay Lohan, Mark Harmon, Harold Gould, Chad Michael Murray
Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan star in this remake of the Disney classic about a bickering mother and daughter who awake to find they've switched bodies, giving each one a peek about how the other person lives.
Goodbye World (2013)
Adrian Grenier, Gaby Hoffmann, Ben McKenzie, Mark Webber, Kerry Bishé, Caroline Dhavernas, Kid Cudi
After the world's energy grid suddenly fails, some longtime friends find their way to a self-sufficient compound in Northern California. As their sanctuary comes under threat from desperate outsiders, the group's unity begins to dissolve.
Harlock: Space Pirate (2013)
Shun Oguri, Haruma Miura, Yû Aoi, Arata Furuta, Ayano Fukuda, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Maaya Sakamoto
Determined to keep the malevolent Gaia Coalition from ruling the universe, a mysterious loner cruises the skies and boldly attacks enemy spaceships.
Kinky Boots (2005)
Joel Edgerton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sarah-Jane Potts, Nick Frost, Linda Bassett, Jemima Rooper
After inheriting a shoe factory, Charlie Price aims to take the fashion world by storm with help from a flashy cabaret dancer named Lola, who helps him design a racy line of men's boots.
Mad Max (1979)
Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Joanne Samuel, Steve Bisley, Tim Burns, Roger Ward
In a postapocalyptic future, jaded cop Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) is ready to retire. But his world is shattered when a malicious gang murders his family as an act of retaliation, forcing a devastated Max to hit the open road seeking vengeance. As he travels the Australian outback's empty stretches of highway, he tours the bloodstained battlegrounds ruled by marauding bikers who feed on violence.
Mean Creek (2004)
Rory Culkin, Ryan Kelley, Scott Mechlowicz, Trevor Morgan, Josh Peck, Carly Schroeder
In this harrowing drama, a motley group of small-town Oregon teens sets out on a boat trip to celebrate their youngest member's birthday -- but it's all an elaborate secret ploy for some innocent payback against a schoolyard bully.
Jared Leto, R. Lee Ermey, Ed O'Neill, Breckin Meyer, Lindsay Crouse, Amy Locane
Oregon distance runner Steve Prefontaine was young, determined, seemingly unbeatable and bound for Olympic glory. But what he became in that quest for greatness has made him one of the biggest and most tragic sports stars in America. With the style of a documentary and the passion of a sports enthusiast, Steve James (Hoop Dreams) has allowed the world to view the legacy of one of the world's most spectacular -- and loved -- runners.
Red Dawn (1984)
Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Charlie Sheen, Darren Dalton, Jennifer Grey
When a group of teenagers witnesses Soviet and Cuban paratroopers descending on their small town and systematically setting off World War III, they take food and whatever weapons they can find and hightail it to the hills to wait things out.
Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith, Thayer David
When world heavyweight boxing champ Apollo Creed announces he'll give an unknown fighter a shot at the title as a publicity stunt, his handlers pick palooka Rocky Balboa, an uneducated collector for a Philadelphia loan shark.
Rocky II (1979)
Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith, Burt Young, Tony Burton
After Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) goes the distance with champ Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), both try to put the fight behind them and move on. Rocky settles down with Adrian (Talia Shire) but can't put his life together outside the ring, while Creed seeks a rematch to restore his reputation. Soon enough, the "Master of Disaster" and the "Italian Stallion" are set on a collision course for a climactic battle that is brutal and unforgettable.
Rocky III (1982)
Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith, Tony Burton, Mr. T, Hulk Hogan, Ian Fried, Wally Taylor, Jim Hill, Don Sherman, Dennis James, Frank Stallone
Now the world champion, Rocky Balboa is only fighting opponents who pose no threat to him in the ring. But after a pounding by powerful young Clubber Lang, the humbled champ turns to former rival Apollo Creed for help in regaining his form.
Rocky IV (1985)
Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Brigitte Nielsen, Tony Burton, Dolph Lundgren, Michael Pataki, James Brown
Rocky must come out of retirement to battle a gargantuan Soviet fighter named Drago, who brutally punished Rocky's friend and ex-rival, Apollo Creed. Seeking revenge in the name of his fallen comrade and his country, Rocky fights Drago in Moscow.
Rocky V (1990)
Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Sage Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Tommy Morrison
A lifetime of taking shots has ended Rocky's career, and a crooked accountant has left him broke. Inspired by the memory of his trainer, however, Rocky finds glory in training and takes on an up-and-coming boxer.
Matt Damon, Edward Norton, John Turturro, Gretchen Mol, Famke Janssen, John Malkovich
Fueled by his penchant for high-stakes gambling, law student Mike McDermott befriends and "befoes" a fellow gambling addict named Worm and club owner Teddy KGB. But tensions run high when Worm and Mike have only five days to come up with $15K.
Harrison Ford, Julia Ormond, Greg Kinnear, Nancy Marchand, John Wood, Richard Crenna
When a budding romance between his rakish younger brother and the family chauffeur's charming daughter threatens to blow a big business deal, busy industrialist Linus Larrabee has to clear his slate to break up the relationship.
Saints and Soldiers (2003)
Corbin Allred, Alexander Niver, Kirby Heyborne, Larry Bagby, Peter Holden, Ethan Vincent
In a story based on actual events, a small band of Allied soldiers are trapped behind enemy lines with information that could save thousands of American lives. Outgunned and ill-equipped, they battle a frigid wilderness and roving German troops.
Mark Wahlberg, Michael Peña, Danny Glover, Kate Mara, Elias Koteas, Rhona Mitra, Jonathan Walker
An expert marksman is coaxed out of seclusion by colleagues who need his help in preventing a plot to kill the president. But he realizes he's been set up when he's framed for the assassination attempt. Can he bring the real culprits to justice?
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)
Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Gambon, Bai Ling
When scientists the world over keep disappearing without a trace, it's up to intrepid reporter Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow) and top aviator Sky Captain (Jude Law) to uncover the truth in this futuristic, Art Deco-style actioner. The task involves putting their lives at risk as the pair travels to treacherous locales, hoping to throw a wrench in the plans of a villain who aims to wipe out the planet. Angelina Jolie and Giovanni Ribisi co-star.
Spark: A Burning Man Story (2013)
Each year, Nevada's Burning Man festival gathers revelers for one free-spirited weeklong party in the middle of the desert. Capturing the energy of the festivities, organizers and attendees share their passion for this renowned artistic event.
Spice World (1998)
Geri Halliwell, Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Alan Cumming
Jump on the Union Jack tour bus -- helmed by Meat Loaf, of course -- and ride along with the Spice Girls as they prepare to take the stage at London's Royal Albert Hall in this candy-coated, cameo-packed nod to A Hard Day's Night. But first, the girls will have to fend off a scheming newspaper owner (Barry Humphries), an in-your-face filmmaker (Alan Cumming) and countless other pests who want to cash in on their pop superstar status.
Switchfoot: Fading West
Follow Grammy-winning alt-rock band Switchfoot as they hit the road to electrify live audiences and surf the waves during their 2012 World Tour.
The Birdcage (1996)
Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Nathan Lane, Dianne Wiest, Dan Futterman, Calista Flockhart
Longtime lovers Armand and Albert own a Miami drag club, but when Armand's son announces his intent to marry the daughter of a stuffy U.S. senator, the gay couple feels compelled to pass themselves off as a "normal" family in this wild farce.
The Cable Guy (1996)
Jim Carrey, Matthew Broderick, Leslie Mann, Jack Black, George Segal, Diane Baker, Ben Stiller
When Steven moves into his new apartment, overzealous cable guy Chip comes to hook him up -- and doesn't let go. After Steven tries to end their "friendship," Chip begins stalking Steven, but no one believes that Chip is capable of such behavior.
The Gabby Douglas Story (2014)
This biographical drama tells the story of Gabby Douglas, the American gymnast who made history at the 2012 Summer Olympics by becoming the first black woman to win the Individual All-Around Championship.
The Killing: Season 4
A young Seattle girl's disappearance sets in motion this moody crime series centering on Det. Sarah Linden, who's trying to start a new life in California but is unable to walk away from the mysteries posed by the complex case.
The Mighty Ducks (1992)
Emilio Estevez, Joss Ackland, Lane Smith, Heidi Kling, Josef Sommer, Joshua Jackson, Elden Henson
When a fast-talking lawyer gets a DUI, he's sentenced to community service coaching the Mighty Ducks, a kids' hockey team with a lousy record. He takes on the job as a challenge but soon vows to transform the misfits into winners.
Turner and Hooch (1989)
Tom Hanks, Mare Winningham, Craig T. Nelson, Reginald Veljohnson, Scott Paulin, J.C. Quinn
Tom Hanks stars as fastidious detective Scott Turner, who's saddled with a slobbering new partner: a dog named Hooch. The pup's previous owner was killed, and he and Turner team up to collar the culprit.
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)
Walter Pidgeon, Joan Fontaine, Barbara Eden, Peter Lorre, Robert Sterling, Frankie Avalon
Walter Pidgeon plays the designer and builder of a nuclear submarine called upon to fire its missiles on the Van Allen radiation belt to put out the fire raging there that threatens to incinerate the earth in this deep-sea adventure. Irwin Allen directs; Robert Sterling, Joan Fontaine, Michael Ansara, Barbara Eden and Peter Lorre co-star; and Frankie Avalon (who also has a small role in the film) sings the theme song.
Justin Bieber's Believe (2014)
The follow-up to the biggest concert film of all time, Never Say Never, Believe features performances from Justin Bieber's powerhouse world tour. The film also goes behind the scenes with the star, who shares the story of his rise to fame.
Spoils of Babylon (2014)
Tobey Maguire, Kristen Wiig, Tim Robbins, Jelly Howie, Jessica Alba, Val Kilmer, Haley Joel Osment, Michael Sheen, Will Ferrell, Steve Tom
A send-up of romantic potboiler miniseries of the past, this star-studded, six-part saga focuses on the oil-rich Morehouse family, whose complicated lives are awash in sex, betrayal, corruption and bloodshed.
Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey (2014)
Following up on the original "Cosmos" series about the nature of time and space, this absorbing program presents new galactic revelations. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts the documentary journey into deep space.
Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2013)
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Connie Nielsen
A self-diagnosed nymphomaniac reveals a lifetime of sexual experiences to a man who saves her from being beaten in an alley. As the aging but charming bachelor tends to the woman, she shares erotic details of encounters from her youth to her present.
Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2013)
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth, Jean-Marc Barr
The second half of Lars von Trier's epic follows self-diagnosed nymphomaniac Joe as she chronicles her adult years to the man who saved her from a beating. Her tales include new conquests, both male and female, in her search for fulfillment.
Stage Fright (2014)
Minnie Driver, Meat Loaf, Allie MacDonald, Douglas Smith, Kent Nolan
Teen Camilla Swanson wants to follow in the footsteps of her actress mom but is stuck working as a cook at a performing arts camp. Resolved to alter her fate, she auditions for a play and wins the lead, but as rehearsals begin, blood starts to spill.