Ever wonder why Netflix makes it difficult to find popular new DVD releases? If so, you are not alone. I often have to search for popular new DVD releases by title. The question is, why doesn’t Netflix display popular new releases on their “New Releases” tab?
Below is a snaphot of the Netflix “New Release” Page in the first week of September of 2011. “Toy Story 3″ DVD release date was November 2, 2010 almost 10 months ago. “The Kings Speech” DVD release date was April 19, 2011 almost 5 months ago. “Inception” DVD release date was December 7, 2010 almost nine months ago. I think you are getting the picture. Why does Netflix list DVDs that are several months old in the “New Releases” section? The only thing I can come up with is that if they list the popular new releases of the month that they will not be able to meet the customer demand. Meaning, if they actually displayed the popular new releases that it would increase the customer demand. With an up-to-date new releases page Netlfix users would be “reminded” of movies that they forgot about. I cannot think of any other reason Netflix would list such old movies in the “New Release” section.
So the next logical question is where can I get a list of recently released DVDs? I started searching around for a decent site that lists the last couple of months of popular DVD releases. I really could not find a decent site that listed the movies on a single page with high level details. I am considering creating a script that simply list movies that made over50 million in US Box-Office revenue that released to DVD in the past 3 months. If anyone knows a site like this please let me know!