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2 months of BigFlix

Big FlixHere is my feedback on BigFlix, India's version of NetFlix, after subscribing to it for 2 months -
  1. It's nice that DVDs are home delivered generally in a day.
  2. You can place a pick-up request by phone or their website. Their Call Center initially used to work from 10:30 AM to 9 PM but now stays open between 10:30 AM to 7 PM. If you are using their website, you have to place a pick-up request before 7 AM the next day to get a DVD delivered next day.
  3. The movies you set with the highest priority may not be the ones you will receive. They have now modified the Queue page to show estimated waiting time.
  4. The quality of DVDs may not always be good. Popular movies prior to 2005 may not play well.
These are the movies from the BigFlix collection that I liked and recommend -
  1. Thank You For Smoking - A comedy about a much hated Tobacco lobbyist in America grappling with a divorce and job challenges. He goes on to impress his young son and salvage his career.
  2. The Pacifier - In this Disney movie, Vin Diesel is a Navy SEAL who solves a mystery while on an assignment to baby sit for naughty rebellious kids and also finally wins their affection.
  3. The Gods Must be Crazy - An unusual comedy set in Africa. I watched the trailer of the movie as a child and finally got to see the movie on DVD
  4. Kung Fu Panda - An animated family entertainer with a simple message & a lovable Kung Fu loving Panda.
  5. Manorama Six Feet Under - An unusual, gripping Bollywood thriller starring Abhay Deol, Sarika, Kulbhushan Kharbanda.
  6. Bend It Like Beckham - An optimistic story of how a British Indian Punjabi girl balances her love for football while withholding conservative family traditions.
  7. Planet Earth is a five part series on Nature that reveals many hidden secrets with some breath-taking footage. David Attenborough's charismatic narration makes this documentary even more engaging. A must for Nature lovers.
  8. Sacred Planet - This Disney documentary on Nature with some superb photography makes for great viewing. The commentary is insipid when compared to Planet Earth
  9. Mee Shreyobhilashi - Most Telugu movies thrive on escapism and vulgar dialogue. This movie tells a story well and delivers a universal message.
  10. Hyderabad Blues - An Indian Andhra NRI bachelor feels like a fish out of water after arriving in Hyderabad, his home city after 12 years but ends up getting married unexpectedly. Although amateurishly shot, Nagesh Kuknoor's trilingual film (English, Hindi and Telugu) is endearing as it sincerely tells a good story and breaks new ground for Indian cinema.

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