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The Best Revenge Movies on The Criterion Channel

Finding a good Revenge movie to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Revenge movies of all time streaming on The Criterion Channel.

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1. Taxi Driver

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8.3/10
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84/100
Released: 1976Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feed his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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2. Lady Snowblood

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7.7/10
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66/100
Released: 1973
Thriller, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Yuki's family is nearly wiped out before she is born due to the machinations of a band of criminals. These criminals kidnap and brutalize her mother but leave her alive. Later her mother ends up in prison with only revenge to keep her alive. She creates an instrument for this revenge by purposefully getting pregnant. Yuki never knows the love of a family but only killing and revenge.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.70 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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3. The Virgin Spring

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8.1/10
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69/100
Released: 1960
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Devout Christians Töre and Märeta send their only daughter, the virginal Karin, and their foster daughter, the unrepentant Ingeri, to deliver candles to a distant church. On their way through the woods, the girls encounter a group of savage goat herders who brutally rape and murder Karin as Ingeri remains hidden. When the killers unwittingly seek refuge in the farmhouse of Töre and Märeta, Töre plots a fitting revenge.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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4. Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance

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7.8/10
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64/100
Released: 1972
Drama, Action & Adventure

What it's about: In this first film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, adapted from the manga by Kazuo Koike, we are told the story of the Lone Wolf and Cub's origin. Ogami Itto, the official Shogunate executioner, has been framed for disloyalty to the Shogunate by the Yagyu clan, against whom he now is waging a one-man war, along with his infant son, Daigoro.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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5. Shogun Assassin

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7.4/10
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80/100
Released: 1980Rated: R
Thriller, Action & Adventure

What it's about: A Shogun who grew paranoid as he became senile sent his ninjas to kill his samurai. They failed but did kill the samurai’s wife. The samurai swore to avenge the death of his wife and roams the countryside with his toddler son in search of vengeance.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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6. Rocky VI

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5.8/10
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50/100
Released: 1986
Comedy

What it's about: Not to be confused with any of the sequels to Sylvester Stallone's classic Oscar-winning Rocky, this short film from Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki is actually meant as a parody of the late Cold War-era Rocky IV, which saw Stallone's character taking on a juiced-up Russian fighter played by Dolph Lundgren. In this 1986 send-up, Rock'y, played by Silu Seppala, goes head to head with Soviet Igor (Sakari Kuosmanen) and loses.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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7. The Bad Sleep Well

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8.0/10
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85/100
Released: 1960
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: In this loose adaptation of "Hamlet," illegitimate son Kôichi Nishi climbs to a high position within a Japanese corporation and marries the crippled daughter of company vice president Iwabuchi. At the reception, the wedding cake is a replica of their corporate headquarters, but an aspect of the design reminds the party of the hushed-up death of Nishi's father. It is then that Nishi unleashes his plan to avenge his father's death.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

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8. Harakiri

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8.6/10
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75/100
Released: 1962
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: An unusual request for ritual suicide on a feudal lord's property leads to the unwinding of a greater mystery that challenges the clan's integrity.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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9. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx

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8.0/10
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63/100
Released: 1972
Drama, Action & Adventure

What it's about: In the second film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto battles a group of female ninja in the employ of the Yagyu clan and must assassinate a traitor who plans to sell his clan's secrets to the Shogunate.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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10. Kuroneko

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7.7/10
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80/100
Released: 1968
Horror, Drama

What it's about: In the Sengoku period, a woman and her daughter are raped and murdered by soldiers during a time of civil war. Afterwards, a series of samurai returning from the war through that area are found mysteriously dead with their throats torn out. The governor calls in a wild and fierce young hero to quell what is evidently an Onryō ghost. He encounters the two beautiful women in an eerie, beautiful scene. After spiritual purification, he meets the demon in a thrilling fight.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

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11. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons

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7.6/10
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58/100
Released: 1973
Thriller, Action & Adventure

What it's about: In the fifth film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto is challenged by five warriors, each has one fifth of Ogami's assassin fee and one fifth of the information he needs to complete his assassination.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.85 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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12. I Married a Witch

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7.1/10
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63/100
Released: 1942
Romance, Fantasy

What it's about: Rocksford, New England, 1672. Puritan witch hunter Jonathan Wooley is cursed after burning a witch at the stake: his descendants will never find happiness in their marriages. At present, politician Wallace Wooley, who is running for state governor, is about to marry his sponsor's daughter.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel, Kanopy & 1 other) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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13. Blood Simple

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7.6/10
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75/100
Released: 1984Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: The owner of a seedy small-town Texas bar discovers that one of his employees is having an affair with his wife. A chaotic chain of misunderstandings, lies and mischief ensues after he devises a plot to have them murdered.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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14. Late Night Trains

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6.2/10
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55/100
Released: 1975Rated: R
Horror, Thriller

What it's about: A pair of psychotic hoodlums and an equally demented nymphomaniac woman terrorize two young girls on a train trip from Germany to Italy.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Google Play).

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15. Empire of Passion

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7.0/10
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71/100
Released: 1978Rated: R
Romance, Drama

What it's about: A young man has an affair with an older woman. He is very jealous of her husband and decides that they should kill him. One night, after the husband had plenty of sake to drink and was in bed, they strangle him and dump his body down a well. To avert any suspicions, she pretends her husband has gone off to Tokyo to work. For three years the wife and her lover secretly see each other. Finally, suspicions become very strong and people begin to gossip. To make matters worse, her husband's ghost begins to haunt her and the law arrives to investigate her husband's disappearance.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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16. Insiang

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7.5/10
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55/100
Released: 1976
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A young woman raped by her mother's new boyfriend finds a new way to exact revenge.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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17. A Girl Missing

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6.2/10
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50/100
Released: 2019
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Ichiko works as a private nurse for a family she has almost became a part of. While Ichiko cares for the grandmother, she is also a confidant to Motoko, the eldest sister. But one day, Motoko’s younger sister disappears. And the media soon reveal the kidnapper to be Ichiko’s own nephew.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Vudu).

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18. Pathfinder

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7.2/10
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56/100
Released: 1987
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Around the year 1000 AD warlike people, the so-called "tjuder", roam in northern Scandinavia. As they brutally kill a family in a remote area, including the parents and their little daughter, the families teenage son, Aigin, observes the slaughter. He manages to flee from these killers and reaches a camp with other Lapps whose inhabitants are worried if he has been able to hide his track. Afraid of the murderous people, they decide to flee to the coast. The boy stays alone to avenge his families murder. Unfortunately, they get him before he can do anything and force him to lead them to the other Lapps. He guides them but has a plan to destroy the barbarous people before reaching the camp.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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19. The Joke

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7.1/10
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51/100
Released: 1969
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: In the 1950s, Ludvik Jahn was expelled from the Communist Party and the University by his fellow students, because of a politically incorrect note he sent to his girlfriend. Fifteen years later, he tries to get his revenge by seducing Helena, the wife of one of his accusers.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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20. The 'Human' Factor

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5.7/10
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45/100
Released: 1975Rated: R
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: After his family is brutally murdered for an unknown reason, a computer engineer sets out to find those responsible.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & PlutoTV), stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Shout Factory TV) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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21. An Actor's Revenge

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33/100
Released: 1959
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Nakamura Yukinojo gains popularity in Edo's kabuki scene as a handsome onnagata (a male actor who plays female roles). But hidden behind the placid expression of his stage face is a deep grudge for the men responsible for dishonoring his parents' names and leading them to suicide when he was still a child. When he discovers that the mastermind behind those crimes has come to see him act onstage, he begins in earnest to plot his revenge. With the help of a renowned Robin Hood-like thief named Yamitaro, he makes out his first target: the daughter of the man who orchestrated his parents' demise.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.80 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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22. Revenge

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7.2/10
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42/100
Released: 1989
History, Drama

What it's about: Enraged, a teacher murders a young female pupil. Over the years, another boy is bred for one sole purpose: to avenge his sister’s death.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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23. Brute Force

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7.6/10
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64/100
Released: 1947
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: Timeworn Joe Collins and his fellow inmates live under the heavy thumb of the sadistic, power-tripping guard Captain Munsey. Only Collins' dreams of escape keep him going, but how can he possibly bust out of Munsey's chains?

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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24. Track 29

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5.9/10
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59/100
Released: 1988Rated: R
Mystery, Drama

What it's about: Years after a desperate teenage Linda gives up her baby for adoption, she finds herself face-to-face with Martin, a young man claiming to be her long-lost son. Linda embraces Martin and in him finds a welcome reprieve from her unhappy marriage to the neglectful Henry. But soon Martin grows violent and becomes obsessed with Henry -- a philandering man whose only offspring is an expansive model train set that devours his waking hours.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi) & stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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25. Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne

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7.2/10
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74/100
Released: 1945
Romance, Drama

What it's about: This unique love story, based on a novelette by Denis Diderot and with dialogue written by Jean Cocteau, follows the maneuverings of a society lady as she connives to initiate a scandalous affair between her aristocratic ex-lover and a prostitute. With his second feature film, director Robert Bresson was already forging his singularly brilliant filmmaking technique as he created a moving study of the power of revenge and the strength of true love.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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26. Onibaba

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8.0/10
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86/100
Released: 1964Rated: R
Horror, Drama

What it's about: While her son, Kichi, is away at war, a woman and her daughter-in-law survive by killing samurai who stray into their swamp, then selling whatever valuables they find. Both are devastated when they learn that Kichi has died, but his wife soon begins an affair with a neighbor who survived the war, Hachi. The mother disapproves and, when she can't steal Hachi for herself, tries to scare her daughter-in-law with a mysterious mask from a dead samurai.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel).

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27. Cutter's Way

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6.9/10
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62/100
Released: 1981Rated: R
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: Richard spots a man dumping a body, and decides to expose the man he thinks is the culprit with his friend Alex Cutter.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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28. L'Argent

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7.5/10
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64/100
Released: 1983
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A forged 500-franc note is passed from person to person and shop to shop, until it falls into the hands of a genuine innocent who doesn't see it for what it is - which will have devastating consequences on his life, causing him to turn to crime and murder.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.85 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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29. Floating Weeds

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8.0/10
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66/100
Released: 1959
Romance, Drama

What it's about: A troupe of travelling players arrive at a small seaport in the south of Japan. Komajuro Arashi, the aging master of the troupe, goes to visit his old flame Oyoshi and their son Kiyoshi, even though Kiyoshi believes Komajuro is his uncle. The leading actress Sumiko is jealous and so, in order to humiliate the master, persuades the younger actress Kayo to seduce Kiyoshi.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

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30. Cría cuervos…

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84/100
Released: 1976Rated: PG
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: In Madrid, the orphan sisters Irene, Ana and Maite are raised by their austere aunt Paulina together with their mute and crippled grandmother after the death of their mother and their military father Anselmo. Ana is a melancholic girl, fascinated by death, after seeing her mother having a painful death and her father dead in bed.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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31. Faces

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7.6/10
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66/100
Released: 1968Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Middle-aged suburban husband Richard abruptly tells his wife, Maria, that he wants a divorce. As Richard takes up with a younger woman, Maria enjoys a night on the town with her friends and meets a younger man. As the couple and those around them confront a seemingly futile search for what they've lost -- love, excitement, passion -- this classic American independent film explores themes of aging and alienation.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.85 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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