iTunes Launches Sale on 'Iconic' and 'Essential' Decade-Based Movie Collections

Apple recently opened up a limited-time sale within iTunes for a selection of movies dating back to the 1950s, which the company has grouped into "Iconic" and "Essential" collections (via Variety). The bundles include movies like Dr. Strangelove, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, and many more.

The sale starts with a group of $19.99 "Iconic" movie bundles for each decade, beginning with the 1950s, each including ten movies.


All of the movies included in every collection are listed below:
  • 1950s: The Country Girl, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Sabrina, Sunset Boulevard, To Catch a Thief, War and Peace, Houseboat, A Place in the Sun, The Greatest Show on Earth, Funny Face
  • 1960s: The Odd Couple, Alfie, Barbarella, Hud, Barefoot in the Park, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, In Harm’s Way, True Grit, The Italian Job, The Nutty Professor
  • 1970s: Paper Moon, The Great Gatsby, Love Story, Grease, The Out-of-Towners, Harold and Maude, Heaven Can Wait, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, The Bad News Bears, Plaza Suite
  • 1980s: The Naked Gun, Airplane!, Footloose, Urban Cowboy, Clue, Pretty in Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful, Terms of Endearment, Crocodile Dundee, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • 1990s: Wayne’s World, Clueless, The Truman Show, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Galaxy Quest, Ghost, Kingpin, Superstar, Runaway Bride, Tommy Boy
  • 2000s: Zoolander, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Tropic Thunder, Almost Famous, School of Rock, I Love You, Man, She’s the Man, Mean Girls, Old School
The "Essential" films aren't bundled under one price point, and instead iTunes has accumulated popular films from each decade and marked them down to $4.99 each. The amount of movies included in each decade's Essential sale ranges from 26 to nearly 100, although the 1950s are not included.


Some of the $4.99 films in each decade's sale are listed below:
  • 1960s: Dr. Strangelove, Lawrence of Arabia, The Graduate, Psycho, West Side Story
  • 1970s: Rocky, Carrie, Apocalypse Now, The French Connection, Serpico, Marathon Man
  • 1980s: Back to the Future, Die Hard, The Breakfast Club, Dirty Dancing, WarGames, The Thing
  • 1990s: The Big Lebowski, Fight Club, American Beauty, Jerry Maguire, Reservoir Dogs, The Silence of the Lambs
  • 2000s: Shaun of the Dead, Juno, (500) Days of Summer, Cloverfield, Ghost World, Legally Blonde, Bring It On
iTunes has also marked down specific categories of Essential films, including "Summer Blockbuster Essentials," "Based on a True Story Essentials," "Essential Actors + Directors," and more.

Apple regularly runs sales within the movies section of iTunes, most recently giving the storefront a LEGO-themed makeover and placing some DC movies on sale to coincide with the digital release of The LEGO Batman Movie. Last year, the movies section of iTunes turned ten years old and in celebration Apple debuted bundles of ten films for $10 each.

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24 months ago

It's not a bad deal but you'd buys 10 older films on dvds for less than $19.99


Who wants DVD-quality films in 2017?
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24 months ago

I sure hope the Apple Music equivalent of movies will be coming soon... Gone are the days that I, along so many others, will pay certain amounts of money just to watch a movie once.


Netflix?
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24 months ago
What happened here!? This is yesterday's news...
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24 months ago
I sure hope the Apple Music equivalent of movies will be coming soon... Gone are the days that I, along so many others, will pay certain amounts of money just to watch a movie once.
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24 months ago

The fact it always takes someone who isn't white, for anyone to notice an unfair practice is precisely why the world is trying to fight racism in the first place.


I would submit that in this case, you are a little late. Until the 2000's, there just weren't a lot of hit movies made with non-white leads, proportionally speaking.

Direct that angst at the people who made the movies available in the first place. Given that Apple doesn't have agreements with every studio, you might be painting with a bit of a broad brush there.
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24 months ago

It's not a bad deal but you'd buys 10 older films on dvds for less than $19.99

High definition video quality and iTunes extras would set it apart from owning a simple DVD though
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I sure hope the Apple Music equivalent of movies will be coming soon... Gone are the days that I, along so many others, will pay certain amounts of money just to watch a movie once.

Why would you buy anything you only plan to use once?
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Who wants DVD-quality films in 2017?

Concur
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"purchase" is used lightly -- they are DRMed and probably won't be viewable forever

There is software available that addresses this issue, and there's no reason to feel guilty using it for content you own/purchase.
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Not especially if you don't care for a number of movies in a bundle.

It would be much better if Apple gave you a choice from a large list and you were able to make your own bundles.

It's probably not entirely up to them
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Essentially, Apple's curators only think movies with a white lead and majority cast are essential.

I'll just assume you're not white. The whole world is trying to fight racism with racism right now. We don't need more of this.
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24 months ago

Who wants DVD-quality films in 2017?


And have to store them. No thanks
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24 months ago

I sure hope the Apple Music equivalent of movies will be coming soon... Gone are the days that I, along so many others, will pay certain amounts of money just to watch a movie once.


Multi billion dollar movie/TV consumer market says otherwise.
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24 months ago


Why would you buy anything you only plan to use once?


Movie tickets, plane tickets, concert tickets, hamburgers, pizza, soda ... most things in life are things you buy that you only plan to use only once.
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24 months ago
I bought one or two of the $10 bundles last year. At $20 I find there needs to be 4-5 movies I really want and don't already own to make me jump at it. There's an app for one of the movie studios called Movie of the Day that regularly features a move for $4.99-7.99 for 24 hours. I check that regularly and sometimes get those.

As to the once comment. I don't purchase any movies I don't plan to watch more than once. But of what I get is kids related so they can watch movies. I recently introduced them to the Back to the Future trilogy.
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