DISNEY fans are fuming after the entertainment giant announced its live-action remake of Mulan will cost up to £26 to stream in the UK.
The company said Tuesday that Disney+ users will have to pay for a new “Premier Access” pass to watch the film on top of the monthly fee.
Mulan, a remake of the classic Disney cartoon of the same name released in 1998, will be available on the Netflix-style platform from September 4.
“The legend arrives,” Disney wrote on Twitter this morning. “Stream Disney’s Mulan on September 4.”
Disney+ subscribers, who already pay £5.99 a month for the service, will have to fork out a further £19.99 for a Premier Access pass to watch Mulan.
That means anyone not yet subscribed to Disney+ will have to cough up close to £26 to access the £150million ($200million) flick.
It’s a similar system used by streaming giants such as Amazon, which charges users a small amount to watch some of the films on its Prime video service – on top of the £7.99 a month subscription fee.
Netflix, however, does not charge extra fees to watch its original movies.
Following Tuesday’s announcement, Disney fans took to social media to criticise the company’s steep pricing.
“Wait £20 on top of the subscription? No way will I be paying that! Pure greed!” one Instagram fan fumed.
Another said: “£20! Disney+ did sound too good to be true…”
Others argued that, compared to a family trip to the cinema, the pricing offers good value for money.
“£20 still cheaper than taking a family of 4 to cinema, plus you can rewatch as many times as you want,” One Twitter user wrote.
“It’s a thumbs up from me.”
Like the original, the new Mulan tells the story of a woman who disguises herself as a man to fight in place of her father in China’s imperial army.
The remake stars Liu Yifei as the titular character alongside Donnie Yen and Jason Scott Lee.
Mulan was due to be released on Disney Plus in the US and the UK on March 27, but was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The film had been tipped to make £61million ($80million) in its opening weekend even amid the pandemic.
Once the film is available next week, Disney+ subscribers can access it by buying a Premier Access pass on DisneyPlus.com.
Passes will also be available via in-app billing on select platforms, including Apple, Google, and Roku.
Once you’ve bought the pass, you can stream and download Mulan as many times as you want, as long as you’re a Disney+ subscriber.
Mulan will eventually be available to all Disney+ subscribers, without the need for Premier Access.
A spokesperson told The Sun there was no set date for the film’s general Disney+ release yet.
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