My irritation with Netflix's gutting of the Friends feature led me to cut back my subscription and rejoin ClassicFlix and Greencine. After reviewing ClassicFlix's holdings, I realized that Netflix is no longer buying many recently released noir and neonoir films, including the following DVD released in 2009 and 2010:
Kitten with a Whip
I Died a Thousand Times
I Was a Communist for the F.B.I.
British Film Noir (The Slasher/Twilight Women)
The Woman on Pier 13
among many others (many bearing a "Warner Archive" label).
An increasing number of 1930s mysteries that Netflix used to supply are now being labelled "unavailable", even though they are still in print and available for sale. About 15 percent of the 500 movies in my various profile queues are now labelled unavailable by Netflix.
While it may be a financially sound decision for Netflix to not stock these films, it's driving me as a fan of such fans to give much of movie rental budget to other companies like ClassicFlix and downgrade my Netflix account.
Have others noticed these issues of lesser availability of older (1930s and 1940s) films and not stocking recent film noir releases?