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What’s New to Netflix in August 2017?

If you’re like us, you spend just as much time browsing Netflix’s vast library as you do watching it. The Netflix library is constantly being updated with great new original programs, while movies and series are constantly coming and going.

You’ll be glad to hear, therefore, that we’ve distilled the best of what’s coming to Netflix in August. Read on to discover your new favourite series and movies.

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Death Note – 25 August

Based on Tsugumi Ohba’s hugely successful 2003 manga series, trailers and images for this hotly anticipated adaptation have been scaring fans for months already.

The story follows Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars) as Light, a young student who comes into possession of a powerful notebook, which kills anyone whose name he writes inside. Keith Stanfield, as the enigmatic detective ‘L,’ pursues Light on his quest to rid the world of evil.

This won’t be the first adaptation of the series. Novels, an animated series, and four feature lengths make for a hefty back catalog. All this leaves many asking if anything new can be done with the franchise. Amid the mixed reviews of this year’s Ghost in the Shell reboot, fans are anxiously waiting to see what director Adam Wingard (Blair Witch, 2017) will do with a reported $50 million budget.

Marvel’s Defenders – 18 August

This is another adaptation, this time carrying on legend Stan Lee’s Defenders series. Although there have been many iterations of the Defenders over the years, this is the first time viewers have seen Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, the Iron Fist and Daredevil together on-screen.

The characters come together after enjoying their own hit Netflix original shows. A brand new Marvel comic will accompany Marvel’s Defenders, also with an August release date.

We’re elated to see Sigourney Weaver (Alien) joining the original cast members. Weaver takes on the role of villain Alexandra. We don’t know much about her character yet, other than that she is ‘sophisticated, intellectual, and dangerous.’ If Hollywood veterans playing baddies in the preceding Marvel series (see Vincent D’Onofrio as Daredevil’s Kingpin) are anything to go by, we’re in for a treat.

New to Netflix UK

Dallas Buyers Club – 1 August

1 August will see the arrival of the multi Academy Award winning Dallas Buyers club, starring Matthew McConaughey (Best performance for an actor in a leading role) and Jennifer Garner.

Canadian Jean-Marc Vallée (The Young Victoria) directs this dramatization of true events in mid-1980s Dallas, Texas. The story follows Ron Woodroof (McConaughey), a man diagnosed with HIV, as he smuggles experimental medication into the state.

A huge success with critics and fans alike, four years on, Dallas Buyers Club stands up amongst the best work of its stars.

Black Adder the Third and Black Adder Goes Forth

We’re thrilled to see the addition of the two final series of this British 80s comedy classic.

Blackadder the Third sees Rowan Atkinson take on the role of put-upon butler to the foppish Prince Regent (Hugh Laurie). In the fourth and final series, we find Blackadder in the trenches of the First World War. Tony Robinson supports as peasant/honest Tommy, Baldrick. Larger than life cameos from Stephen Fry and an ever-bombastic Brian Blessed complete the offering.

New to Netflix US

Cloud Atlas – 1 August

Matrix directors the Wachowskis take the helm for this adaptation of the David Mitchell’s 2003 science fiction novel.

Tom Hanks heads up an all-star cast, with Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Hugo Weaving and Hugh Grant taking on multiple roles across seven interlacing plotlines.

The settings for these intricate storylines span from a 19th century Pacific island, through a futuristic imagining of Seoul, to a post-apocalyptic Hawaii.

The 171-minute running time and slightly convoluted plot rewards patience with a stunning soundtrack and visuals.

The Matrix Series – 1 August

The Matrix is the Wachowskis’ second hit on our list, and the series with which they made their name. Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Anne Moss star in one of the most successful sci-fi series of recent years.

The films’ special effects may now look slightly dated, some 16 years since their first release. That’s why we’re even more excited by the news of Warner Brothers’ planned reboot of the series.

The new additions are still in the early stages. If you can’t wait, we can’t think of a better way pass a lazy Sunday than to choose the red pill and settle in for a cyberpunk, kung fu, sci-fi marathon.

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Rob McAllister

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