Booze News: Stream BARFLY through Video-On-Demand!

>> Sunday, June 14, 2009

"When are they going to re-release Barfly on DVD?"

In the three years that Booze Movies has been in existence, that is the question that I've heard most often from readers. Of course, the query is understandable. In the realm of soused cinema, Barfly (1987) ranks very near the top. It is a beautifully written film that manages to be funny, romantic, dramatic, and scuzzy all at once. What's not to love about a film with a Charles Bukowski screenplay and Oscar-caliber work from stars Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway?

Warner Home Video briefly released a nice, widescreen print of Barfly on DVD, but the disc quickly went out-of-print. Since then, the original Warner Barfly DVD has become a collector's item, demanding highly inflated prices from re-sellers, and even the Barfly [VHS] tape has been in high demand.

While there is still no word on a DVD re-release of Barfly, I'm happy to report that the film is now widely available once more--this time as a Video-On-Demand rental that you can stream directly on your computer (or television if you have a Roku player). Currently both Amazon Video On Demand and offer the film as a 24-hour rental for just $2.99.

I haven't watched either stream, so I can't tell you whether the video quality is better through one service or the other. However, there are specific advantages of each stream. Amazon Video On Demand can be streamed to your computer or directly to your television if you have a Roku box or compatible device. The stream is computer-only, but that site also offers a subscription service where you can stream as many of their films as you want for a single monthly fee.

Whichever service you decide to use, it's worth raising a glass to having Barfly readily available once again!



Smoopuppy August 11, 2009 at 4:53 PM  

Hey, a belated thanks for making me aware that this was available on demand.

Today I rented it, had a few, and enjoyed!

garv August 11, 2009 at 5:47 PM  

You're quite welcome. I just wish Warners would come to their senses and re-release BARFLY on DVD.

Marilyn March 24, 2015 at 2:14 PM  

Trying to find the name of a movie where the father of a young girl is forced to take his daughter and move on because the mother is a drunk who just won't change. Its a oldie black and white. I missed the beginning and wanted to try and find it. Any ideas ?

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