Now that the first season of Lord of the Rings on Prime Video, which cost a lot of money, is over, people will be paying more attention to some of the other big new releases coming to Amazon’s streaming service.
The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power put Prime Video’s streaming services on the map in a way that no other movie or service had been able to do before. Some Prime Video releases, like Transparent, Homecoming, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Bosch, and The Boys, did break through and become part of the pop culture conversation over the years (as did others, including a hidden Prime Video gem that deserved way more love than it got, Mozart in the Jungle).
But when Amazon’s streaming service decided to go big or go home and spend an insane $715 million on an 8-episode prequel to The Lord of the Rings, it was the clearest sign yet that this is a new era for a service that has mostly been in the shadow of bigger competitors like Netflix until now.
New Prime Video releases
As someone who watches way too much streaming content, both to write about it and just for fun, there’s no doubt that Prime Video has come into its own and now has a great selection of content for just about anyone. This year, movies like Reacher and The Terminal List have been huge hits with audiences, and there are still more must-see movies on the way.
Here are two things that are coming up soon that are on my list and should be on yours, too:
The English (coming November 11)
The English is a show made by Amazon Studios and the BBC. Emily Blunt, who plays the aristocratic Englishwoman Lady Cornelia Locke, is one of the show’s stars.
Hugo Black wrote and directed this 6-episode series, which is mostly a Western wrapped around a long chase with the main characters. The Amazon streamer says that Blunt’s character, an Englishwoman, and Chaske Spencer’s character, an ex-calvary scout, join forces in 1890s middle America “to cross a violent landscape built on dreams and blood.”
“As they get past each problem, they get closer to their final goal: the new town of Hoxem, Wyoming,” says the Prime Video summary.
“It is here, after local sheriff Robert Marshall (Stephen Rea, The Shadow Line) and young widow Martha Myers (Valerie Pachner, A Hidden Life) investigate a series of strange and macabre unsolved murders, that they will realize how much their pasts are linked and face the future they must live.
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan Season 3 (coming December 21)
Just over a month later, the third season of a consistently top-notch Prime Video spy thriller will be available on Amazon’s streaming service.
On Wednesday, December 21, Prime Video will release all eight of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan Season 3 episodes. This time around, the film’s three main actors—John Krasinski, Wendell Pierce, and Michael Kelly—return to play the titular Jack Ryan, CIA officer James Greer, and former CIA officer Mike November, respectively.
Here is the official season description from Prime Video:
In the third season of the action-thriller series, Jack Ryan is serving as a CIA case officer in Rome when he receives information that the Sokol Project, a covert effort to revive the Soviet Empire more than 50 years after it was believed to have been abandoned, is about to be revived. Jack sets off on a quest to verify the intelligence, but things quickly go wrong and he is falsely accused of being a part of a wider plot. If Jack wants to have any chance of finding the rebellious element before it’s too late, he must flee his own country after being charged with treason and having a Red Notice issued for his arrest.Jack travels throughout Europe while being pursued by both old and new foes in a race against time to prevent a chain reaction of destabilizing conflicts from resulting in a worldwide catastrophe.