The recently-released Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection included an entirely separate Instant Video program containing special features for each of the six films in the collection, but that’s not usually the case for bonus content that comes bundled with, or is offered alongside, certain Instant Video movies. There are three places to look for the bonus content.
1. At The End Of The Video
Both The Lego Movie (plus bonus features) and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (plus bonus features include their bonus content at the end of the film.
Where this is the case, there will usually be a notification at the start of the video inviting the viewer to ‘stay tuned after the movie for exciting bonus features’. If you only want to see the bonus features, fast forward to the end or use chapter search (where supported by your streaming device) to jump to the end.
2. As A Free Stream Or Download On Amazon
This is how most bonus features are being released in conjunction with digital movies: as free, digital “featurettes”. You don’t have to buy a special, “includes bonus features” edition of the movie to get access to these, they’re made freely available to anyone who wants to view them.
Amazon has over 100 free featurettes available as of this writing, and the list is growing.
You can easily find bonus content like this for a specific film by searching within the Instant Video Store on the name of the movie + featurette (e.g., Breaking Dawn + featurette)
Because bonus features usually serve as marketing material as well, they’re increasingly being released on YouTube and the studios’ own movie websites for free viewing by the general public.
For example, click here for the ‘videos’ section of the dedicated website Warner Brothers has set up for The Lego Movie.
On YouTube, just do a search on the movie name + featurette (as described above in bullet point #2), or just the movie name by itself.
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