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"Mulan" will premiere on Disney Plus on September 4, forgoing its planned theatrical release in the United States due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"Mulan" will cost $29.99 to watch in addition to the Disney Plus subscription fee, which is $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year.
Once purchased, "Mulan" will remain unlocked to watch on Disney Plus for as long as you remain a subscriber.
Disney CEO Bob Chapek says the decision to debut "Mulan" on Disney Plus as a premium title isn't an attempt at a new business model for future movies, according to Variety.
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Disney's "Mulan," a live-action reimagining of the Chinese folk hero, will debut on Disney Plus on September 4 as a premium title. Viewers will have to pay $29.99 to watch "Mulan," along with the cost of a Disney Plus subscription, which costs $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year.
"Mulan" was originally scheduled to hit theaters in March and even had a Hollywood premiere event before the coronavirus pandemic forced theaters around the world to close. Now the film, led by Liu Yifei, Donnie Yen and Jet Li, will be available online via Disney Plus, while countries where theaters have re-opened will still have the option for a theatrical release.
"Mulan" isn't the first Disney movie to find its way to Disney Plus after COVID-19 caused theaters across the United States to close, but it is the first to require an additional payment beyond the subscription fee. Pixar's "Onward" was also fast-tracked to Disney Plus in March after its theater run was cut short by the coronavirus. "Artemis Fowl" was scheduled to hit theaters in May but premiered on Disney Plus in June with disappointing reviews.
Marvel's "Black Widow" was due out in May but Disney has yet to reveal its plans for Scarlett Johansson's superhero film. Several new Marvel original series set to debut on Disney Plus in August have also been delayed due to the coronavirus.
According to Variety, Disney CEO Bob Chapek said the release of "Mulan" on Disney Plus is a special situation, rather than the company adopting a new business model.
How to watch 'Mulan' on Disney Plus
"Mulan" will be available to stream on Disney Plus starting September 4. To watch, you'll need a monthly or annual Disney Plus subscription, and you'll have to pay the $29.99 premium title fee. With that said, "Mulan" is not a one-time rental. Instead, once purchased, Disney Plus members will continue to have access to "Mulan" for as long as they remain a subscriber.
Streaming via Disney Plus will be the only way to watch "Mulan," since it wont be released in theaters in the United States and it's not yet available on Blu-ray.
What is Disney Plus and how does it work?
Disney Plus is a subscription streaming platform with on-demand access to Disney's iconic library of movies and TV shows. Along with "Mulan," "The Lion King," "Aladdin," and other recent live-action movies, you'll find classic franchises like "Star Wars," "The Simpsons" and Marvel's "Avengers."
A monthly subscription costs $6.99 per month while an annual subscription gives a small discount at $69.99 per year. Those looking for additional streaming content can sign up for a bundle with Disney Plus, ESPN+ and Hulu. The bundle costs $12.99 per month, which is about $5 less per month than it would cost to subscribe to each service separately.
Disney Plus is available to stream on Apple, PC, iOS, and Android devices, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and streaming devices from Amazon, Roku, and Chromecast. Disney Plus is also supported on smart TVs, including those from Samsung, LG, Sony, and Vizio. An internet connection is necessary to stream, but Disney Plus does provide an option to download movies and shows for offline viewing
All Disney Plus subscriptions include ad-free streaming and unlimited downloads for a growing library of films and TV series. Disney Plus supports up to 4K resolution video on select titles, as well as Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio with applicable devices.
What other brand-new movies can I rent at home?
Disney isn't the only movie studio to make its planned theatrical releases available on streaming services. Universal Studios debuted "Trolls World Tour" as premium rental on multiple services for $20. Following the film's success, Universal announced a new deal to bring future theatrical releases to streaming services less than a month after they reach theaters.
At $29.99, "Mulan" will cost $10 more than "Trolls World Tour" before including the cost of a Disney Plus subscription. During the company's most recent earnings report Disney announced that Disney Plus now has more than 60 million subscribers worldwide. However, Disney Plus isn't earning nearly as much money per subscriber as Netflix, its top competitor, and the company has suffered heavy losses in its live entertainment and theme park business due to the pandemic.
Other studios, like Sony, Lionsgate, Paramount, and Warner Brothers, have also been offering streaming rental or purchase options for select titles that were originally planned for theaters. "In-theater" digital rentals or purchases can be made through a variety of services, including Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Vudu, FandangoNow, and Google Play. For more information about digital rentals, check out our guide to streaming rental services.
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Coronavirus has changed everything. Make sense of it all with the Waugh Zone, our evening politics briefing. Sign up now.You’d be forgiven for having absolutely no clue what’s going on with Brexit at the moment.With a global pandemic, Black Lives Matter, and a raft of other political turmoil all demanding our attention, the little matter of Britain leaving the single market and customs union has fallen by the wayside.But with the Brexit transition period ending in just over five months on 31 December, the UK is about to wake up and smell the coffee of a post-EU future that will bring significant changes.Negotiators continue to work on a trade agreement to make the shift a smooth one, but fears of no deal being reached are not going away.So what’s been happening, and how will our lives change from January? What’s going on in the negotiations? It’s a familiar old story now, but another round of negotiations ended this week in stalemate.EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier’s verdict was that a deal is now “unlikely” but the UK’s David Frost struck a more optimistic tone, insisting “agreement can still be reached in September”.But the failure to make progress on key issues forced Downing Street to concede that Boris Johnson’s hopes of having an outline deal reached by the end of July have now faded.The UK already left the EU on January 31 – so why can’t they just do a deal?The UK has flatly refused EU demands in two areas.Firstly, Britain does not want to agree to Barnier’s demand for a so-called “level playing field” which would see both entities maintain minimum standards in areas like workers rights and the environment.Secondly, the UK wants total control of its fishing waters while the EU wants to strike a long-term deal to ensure access for European boats.These are by far the thorniest issues of the talks and the two sides are some way apart.So are we heading for no deal?“We’re not at that point, I don’t think either side is about to walk away but also we don’t expect a breakthrough,” a UK source insisted.Despite his negative assessment on Thursday, Barnier also chose to highlight on social media the EU’s “willingness to reach an ambitious and fair partnership”.Georgina Wright, a senior Brexit researcher at the Institute for Government, does not think it is time to panic about no deal yet.“It’s no surprise that we are where we are,” she says.“Typically EU trade negotiations take around six years and here we are obviously not only negotiating a trade agreement but also a security arrangement in a very short space of time.“So you would expect compromise much later in the negotiations.” So how will we get to a deal?Insiders have not entirely rejected suggestions that a compromise can be found on the EU’s level playing field demands.Anand Menon, director of the UK in a Changing Europe think-tank has detected hints of movement from Brussels.The so-called landing zone for a deal would need the EU to agree to keep the European Court of Justice (ECJ) – anathema to Brexiteers – out of any enforcement of standards.That would mean setting up an non-ECJ body to “manage divergence” as the UK and EU move away from each other’s laws, which are currently the same.It would also both sides to impose unilateral action on the other if it does not meet agreed minimum standards, Menon says.The UK though will also have to allow some legal enforcement of trading rules, Menon said, but if both sides shift “a little” then there could be a deal.Another key sticking point is state aid, which is when governments use taxpayers’ money to give an advantage to certain businesses or sectors – an approach that is apparently keenly favoured by Johnson’s top aide Dominic Cummings.Menon feels Brussels’ initial hardline position was always “there to be rowed back on, it was there as a concession because ‘EU law will apply’ is so out of kilter with British preferences it was never going to work.”Wright agrees this was “designed to be climbed down from” but suggests the UK will need to show its hand on exactly what Johnson and Cummings plan for state aid after Brexit is fully “done”.Wright explains that the EU position is “if you don’t want to be part of the single market and customs union but you still want generous access to our market you either have to follow our rules or very similar rules or we need a way of enforcing or monitoring their rules.”“If you have divergence you don’t want to be in a position where you abruptly stop trade, you want to be in a position where you discuss that divergence and minimise friction as much as possible,” she says.“So I think that’s where their equation is.” A Whitehall source believes a deal can now be reached quickly - as long as both sides can make the concessions required to make it happen.“Both sides know a deal could be wrapped up relatively quickly, there’s not three months more work that needs to be done,” they said.“But at the moment there are still unacceptable things in their offer in our eyes and I think they would probably say the same.” So is it finally over on January 1? The UK will leave the European single market and customs union, nearly five years after the vote for Brexit, on December 31.It is going to mean big changes for British businesses and individuals, regardless of whether there is a deal or not.But Menon warns: “I think a deal is relatively easy to get with a little bit of movement from both sides, we can see what that deal will look like.“But equally I think we can see that deal is not going to encompass a lot of stuff where we work with the EU already.“So one of the big questions after January is: What happens to all the other stuff?” Menon identifies areas as broad as data, foreign policy, financial and legal services in which no agreement is likely to be reached before January.And yes, that could mean a “decade-plus” of further negotiations on areas not covered by this year’s deal.“I suspect that there is a long haul to come,” he says. How will people be affected?Most observers agree the UK will suffer at least an initial economic hit from unwinding trade ties.Government analysis in November 2018 predicted that leaving without a trade deal would cause a 7.6% contraction in the economy, while leaving with an “average” free trade agreement would cause a 4.9% reduction in GDP, compared to the UK continuing as an EU member.There are already reports that the red tape businesses will need to navigate as a consequence of leaving the customs union could leave the UK with a £7bn bill.People booking holidays for Easter will now need to take out health insurance and have a passport valid for six months after the date of travel.There could be demands for travellers to show return tickets, or even proof that they have enough money to tide them over their trip - “all normal things for international travel” according to Menon.If Brussels does not recognise UK qualifications, workers like architects may not be able to practise in the EU, while business travellers may have to register any equipment they are taking over the border.“It’s going to feel very different from January,” Menon says.“If you trade with the EU, if you travel to the EU, it’s going to feel very different indeed.“There are all sorts of things that make it far, far harder.”Wright agrees: “Whether there is a deal or not, there will be friction.“For businesses, that means filling in documents and declarations to prove your exports to the EU meet EU standards.“It means factoring in delays at the borders, it means that you are on top of the process, you know exactly what’s required of you.“All of those things - it’s time but it’s also money.“And all of those things happen irrespective of whether there’s a deal or not. 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