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Streaming Guide – July 2023

Sunday, July 2, 2023

July’s highlights include Season 2 of Good Omens on Prime Video and Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire, a sci-fi anthology series on Disney+. Also: Two modern-day Jules Verne adaptations arrive on Max (formerly HBO Max), along with Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1982) and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. And Peacock is streaming several films with steampunk cred, including Van Helsing, Cowboys & Aliens, and Hellboy II: The Golden Army.

Our monthly streaming guides focus on titles arriving each month on the major streaming services. See “Our Ultimate Streaming Guide” for a more comprehensive look at steampunk-related movies and series on these services.

Unless otherwise noted, these productions debuted on July 1. We can only confirm new arrivals in the U.S., but some titles may also be available on these streaming services in other countries.

Disney+

Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire – This animated anthology series consists of 10 sci-fi/fantasy stories from creators in Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. Each episode runs for about 10 minutes.

Based on the descriptions, none of the episodes appear to have major steampunk elements. However, the series still should be of broad interest to sci-fi and fantasy fans seeking content outside the typical franchise mold. The series premieres July 5.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Hulu

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) – Tim Burton remade the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, which itself was an adaptation of the 1964 Roald Dahl novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The 2005 film starred Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka and Freddie Highmore as young Charlie Bucket. Critics praised the visuals but were divided on Depp’s performance.

Several writers have noted similarities between the chocolate factory in the films and the steampunk-themed Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen in Orlando (since joined by additional locations in Beijing and Los Angeles).

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Also arriving in July: Alita: Battle Angel (2019) and King Kong (2005). Season 11 of the adult animated series Futurama premieres July 24.

Max (formerly HBO Max)

Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) – This contemporary retelling of the Jules Verne classic stars Brendan Fraser as volcanologist Trev Anderson and Josh Hutcherson as his nephew Sean. Notes inside a copy of Verne’s novel lead them on a trip to Iceland and an underground adventure. The film scored mixed reviews.

Max is also streaming the 2012 sequel, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, in which Hutcherson’s character joins forces with a former Navy codebreaker (Dwayne Johnson) on a journey to a strange island. This one also received mixed reviews.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Also arriving in July: The original King Kong (1933) plus Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1982), Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985), and V for Vendetta (2005).

Titles leaving at the end of the month include Hellboy (2019) and War of the Worlds (2005).

Netflix

This month’s arrivals include the 2005 film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice plus Snow White & the Huntsman (2012) and James Cameron’s Titanic (1997). Titles leaving at month’s end include I, Frankenstein.

Paramount+

New arrivals include Interview With the Vampire (1994), The Aviator (2004), and Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (1980).

Peacock

Cowboys & Aliens (2011) – This sci-fi Western keeps making the rounds on the streaming service and is back again this month. Directed by Jon Favreau, it tells the story of a New Mexico town facing an alien invasion in 1873. Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford lead a cast that also features Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, and Paul Dano. The film received mixed reviews.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) – Guillermo del Toro directed this sequel to Hellboy, with Ron Perlman returning in the title role, along with Selma Blair as Liz Sherman and Doug Jones as Abe Sapien.

The production design has strong steampunk elements, especially in the climactic fight scene. The film scored well with critics.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Van Helsing (2004) – This gothic horror film stars Hugh Jackman as monster hunter Gabriel Van Helsing in late 19th century Europe. The character was inspired by Abraham Van Helsing from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but in this story he encounters a variety of classic monsters, including Frankenstein’s creature. One of his weapons is a steam-powered crossbow.

This is another movie that’s been making the rounds. It was panned by critics, but made some lists of top steampunk films.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Also arriving in July: Downtown Abbey (the 2019 film).

Prime Video

Good Omens (Season 2) – Michael Sheen and David Tennant are back, respectively, as the fussy angel Aziraphale and his demon pal Crowley. Season 1 was based on the novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. This season features a new story, but Gaiman remains the creator and co-showrunner.

After preventing the Apocalypse in Season 1, “the duo are getting back to easy living amongst mortals in London’s Soho,” reads the synopsis from Amazon Studios. “That is, until the archangel Gabriel (Jon Hamm) turns up unexpectedly at the door of Aziraphale’s bookshop with no memory of who he is or how he got there. While Crowley is leery as to why the archangel has come to the bookshop, Aziraphale is keen to solve the mystery behind Gabriel’s condition. However, hiding the archangel from both Heaven and Hell quickly disrupts their lives in unforeseen ways.”

All six episodes will drop on July 28.

More info: Wikipedia | IMDb | Rotten Tomatoes

Also arriving in July: Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991); Chaplin (1993); How to Train Your Dragon (2010); Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004); and The Iron Giant (1999).

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