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How to watch Disney’s Mulan live-action remake live in the UK
The live-action blockbuster won't be releasing as originally expected, so how can you watch it?
In a surprise move, Disney’s much-delayed live-action remake of Mulan will be released on Disney+ before its cinema release – but you’ll have to pay an extra fee to watch it. It’s the first time Disney+ has offered a premium movie with a separate price tag on top of its monthly subscription.
When is Mulan coming out?
Disney released Mulan on 4 September, with the movie made available in the UK, Ireland, parts of Europe, Canada, the US, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
How to watch Mulan in the UK
Mulan is available via Premier Access on Disney+ for a one-off fee of £19.99 for existing Disney+ customers. If you’re new to Disney+ you will need to get a regular subscription for £5.99 per month and also pay the £19.99 fee for Mulan directly to DisneyPlus.com.
Disney+ no longer offers a free trial, meaning you’ll have to sign up to in order to watch. A monthly subscription costs £5.99 or there’s a discounted annual package for £59.99, meaning the minimum cost for streaming Mulan will be £25.98.
As an added benefit you’ll be able to not only stream Mulan as many times as you want, but Disney+ has also said that you can download the film so you can watch it offline. Another bonus is that the film is available in 4K UHD.
So while the cost is high and a big increase on the current Disney+ monthly fee, if you’re a household of two or more you’ll only be forking out the standard cost for a trip to the cinema. Plus, the drinks and snacks at home are a lot cheaper.
Will Mulan eventually be available on Disney+ for free?
Yes, Disney+ has now confirmed that Mulan will release to all subscribers on 4 December, 2020.
Why did Disney go this way?
Disney revealed the plans during the company’s most recent earnings call: “We thought it was important to find alternative ways to bring [Mulan] in a timely manner,” Disney CEO Bob Chapek said during the call. He stressed that this was a “one-off” move and doesn’t mean Disney will release cinema-centred titles in the future.
After its original release date was pushed back on three separate occasions, Disney delayed Mulan indefinitely. It still hopes to release the title to cinemas in some markets.
Disney’s other recent live-action remakes include Lady and the Tramp, The Lion King and Aladdin. The latter 2 titles both finished up inside the top 10 highest grossing films of 2019. Those high revenues along with a US$200 million production budget may suggest why Disney has priced Mulan at a premium. The original animated version is already available on Disney+.
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