Hurry up and watch Jurassic Park on Peacock, it leaves two weeks after launch

Licensing roulette for streaming movies and TV shows to customers seems a lot like watching pinball. Movies bounce around from one service to another. Peacock today, Netflix tomorrow, Amazon a few months later … and so on.

This is why every service should highlight the “leaving soon” category so subscribers know that something they want to watch is going away.

Yesterday, I specifically mentioned the movie Jurassic Park, a Universal tentpole movie that probably most everybody reading has already seen (maybe you haven’t seen the two sequels, however, and both of those are there now, but leaving too). It has come and gone from Peacock service multiple times already since the soft Peacock launch in April.

Today, I learned it’s leaving again, a mere two weeks after the full launch. Gamespot noticed this and commented on the irony of it happening so close to the launch day.

What’s more, a lot of the appeal of Peacock as a service is Universal franchises like the Jurassic Park and Fast & Furious films. Unfortunately, those won’t be much of a draw once July is over. While those films could eventually come back to Peacock–or perhaps more movies from those respective franchises could be added–there’s no telling when that might happen.

Peacock’s Biggest Movies Are Already Leaving: Fast & Furious, Jurassic Park, And More – GameSpot

These licensing agreements that move titles from one service to another are made many months and sometimes years in advance, so the timing might not be Universal’s fault, and simply coincidental that they literally launch their streaming service and flagship movies they own are leaving the service so quickly.

It also means that when you first subscribe to a service, go to the A-Z list of movies and prioritize your watchlist. Watch/rewatch those movies you really want to see a lot right away, because literally in a few days, weeks or (hopefully) months, they will move somewhere else. Maybe somewhere you don’t have a subscription or no desire to start one.

Anyway, friendly warning, if you are among the small few who haven’t seen Jurassic Park and its sequels, hurry up. It will be gone July 31 from Peacock. It could be going to Amazon or Netflix, I don’t know.

It might also be on the big screen again (see: Regal Cinemas Announces Classic Movie Screenings Starting July 10 (IF they reopen): Rocky, Jaws, The Empire Strikes Back, The Dark Knight, Jurassic Park and more), as reported earlier that the big theater chains are planning on showing classic movies in lieu of not many new titles available to screen when they reopen at the end of July (if they reopen).

Why Some Movies Are Impossible To Find Online

Some movies are not available online. The farther back in time you go, the worse it gets finding that movie you want to watch online. Whether it is licensing or the fact the movie was never digitized to begin with, a variety of reasons exist for why this happens.

For films that do exist on DVD, my suspicion is that what’s keeping them off of iTunes and streaming is mostly murky rights issues. Some of these distributors have been bought and sold multiple times, so determining who controls the rights to a given movie can be complicated.

Why can’t you find so many movies online?

Trick Or Treat was a rock and roll 80s horror movie with cameos by Gene Simmons (Kiss) and Ozzy Osbourne that I’ve been looking for to stream. I cheeked the streaming movie search engine JustWatch.com and couldn’t find it. Amazon has it on DVD:

Will come back to this one. Another movie I wanted to rewatch this month is Halloween III, here’s the JustWatch search results:

Halloween III is now streaming on HBO

This is the one Halloween in the franchise without slasher Michael Myers and has those crazy masks that melt faces. Wasn’t a hit when it released and probably should have been released outside of the franchise because it was ripe for the “why no Michael?!” cries, but it’s a surprisingly effective horror movie.

Another movie that has zero to do with Halloween, I feel good light movie to balance the darkness is the movie, Hero starring Dustin Hoffman and Geena Davis. This one isn’t available for streaming very often, and JustWatch reports that to be the case right now:

Hero starring Dustin Hoffman and Geena Davis is a twisty do-gooder story

I need to balance all this darkness and horror viewing this month with some more uplifting movies. Balance is good to keep my spirits positive. Horror, despite my love for the genre, can be depressing to watch in too much volume.