New to Netflix UK July 2021: Top Exclusive Releases

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Don't miss the latest additions and exclusives of what's new on Netflix, thanks to our Netflix top picks for July 2021. This month Netflix seems to be focussing on a mix of new releases and exclusives, as well as a few choice classics and older films. Bookmark this page to stay current on the latest Netflix additions that are worth checking out.


New to Netflix July 2021 Exclusives

Here are the New Netflix releases exclusive to the service for July 2021. From a generational horror trilogy to a thought-provoking take on the dating reality show, these are the Top Netflix exclusives that caught our eye on this streaming service this month.

Fear Street Trilogy

The Fear Street Trilogy of films, based on the novels of R.L. Stine, puts Netflix squarely at the centre of the 90s revival we are currently experiencing. You can blame Millenials or Gen Z for this staunchly revivalist horror extravaganza. The core premise being that a group of teenagers has to work together to break the curse that has haunted their town for centuries.

The whole trilogy is being released exclusively this month in true Netflix fashion. To up the ante, Netflix is releasing each instalment is a week apart. Sadie Sink makes a welcome return to the screen after her stellar performance in Stranger Things. Additionally, the series features a whole slate of new talent including Kiana Madeira, Ryan Simpkins and Olivia Scott Welch.

Sexy Beasts

Sexy Beasts is another dating reality show with a twist, but this time as a new Netflix exclusive. Taking its cue from Naked Attraction on Channel 4, to a certain extent, this show plays with the idea of appearance and its role in romance and attraction. Instead of baring it all, participants on this show don complex animal costumes to completely transform and conceal their human form. This leads to some hilariously absurd dates as an overgrown rabbit tries to chat up a dapper wolf in a fancy restaurant. If you're open-minded, or just into furry culture, this series could very well up your alley.

We The People

We The People is a series that explores the ideas of citizenship and rights in the United States. This animated musical series is not only notable for its important message but also for musical performances from stars such as Janelle Monáe, Adam Lambert and H.E.R. The series is produced by Barack and Michelle Obama, the former U.S. President and First Lady. There aren't that many films or TV series where you can learn about the United States and its government while tapping your feet and whistling a tune (well, except for Hamilton).

Never Have I Ever

Now in its second season, Never Have I Ever is another TV masterpiece from the mind of the ever-talented Mindy Kaling. Following the trials and tribulations of an Indian-American family through the lens of Devi (played by Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), the teenage protagonist of the series. Just like The Mindy Project, the series features an off-screen narrator. However, this time instead of Mindy Kaling herself we are treated to the voices of Tennis legend John McEnroe and Brooklyn 99 creator Andy Samberg.

The Last Mercenary

Jean-Claude Van Damme is back at it with this French-language action-comedy blockbuster. Van Damme plays an enigmatic secret agent who has to save his son from being falsely accused of a crime he didn't commit. All the while, he is being pursued by the mafia and incompetent civil servants.

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New to Netflix July 2021 Recent Releases

Let's take a look now at some films that have come out recently, and are now added to Netflix this month. There's a little bit of everything for everyone in the New to Netflix additions, which is what we like to see on TV.

The Serpent (2021)

The Serpent is a new eight-part TV series co-produced between Netflix and the BBC. The series is based on real-life murderer, Charles Sobhraj, and the crimes he committed across the 70s and all the way up to the year 2000. Sobhraj was known for killing his victims while they were travelling, often backpacking, and then assuming their identities to facilitate his illegal gem smuggling operations.

Tahar Raheem plays the protagonist with stunning conviction while Jenna Coleman is absolutely captivating as Marie-Andrée Leclerc, Sobhraj's girlfriend. If you're in the mood for a pitch-perfect period murder drama with impeccable performances and production values, then don't be afraid of The Serpent.

Midsommar (2019)

You've probably heard of Midsommar, the acclaimed folk horror film, directed by Ari Aster who is also responsible for Hereditary. The premise is that a group of friends on a trip to Sweden attend a festival that occurs only once every 90 years. Little do they know that they are about to be unwilling participants in a horrific ritual carried out by a pagan cult. Midsommar is well worth getting the popcorn ready for.

Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood (2019)

This latest film by celebrated director Quentin Tarantino revisits the rebellious 70s heyday of Hollywood and California. The film blends fictional characters with historical figures like Bruce Lee, Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski in a heady mix of Hollywood golden era history and Tarantino's lens on historical events.

Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw (2019)

Hobbs & Shaw is a spin-off featuring characters from the hugely popular Fast & Furious series of films. Starring Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson, this fast-paced action film sees them face off against a villain played by Idris Elba. Rounding off the cast is Vanessa Kirby, who you will remember from her fascinating portrayal of Princess Margaret in The Crown.

The Current War (2017)

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon, as Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse, the two technological rivals who would fight over electrical current standards at the tail end of the 19th Century. Nicholas Hoult also stars as Nikola Tesla, the visionary Russian inventor who worked alongside both men.

New To Netflix July 2021 Classics

For July 2021, Netflix has brought us a focussed selection of classics and older films to enjoy. From genre-defining Japanese animation to classic drama. Let's take a look at what will grace our TVs.

Akira (1988)

Akira is a landmark when it comes to animation. This was the film that brought anime and manga culture to western audiences. The level of attention to detail in the animation has rarely been rivalled and it is made even more remarkable by the fact that it is primarily hand-drawn. A tale of human destruction presaged by cyberpunk biker gangs and dark military research has become part of the sci-fi and cyberpunk canon.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Steven Spielberg's 1982 heartfelt tour de force has landed on Netflix. E.T. burnished Steven Spielberg's reputation as a blockbuster maker, with E.T. having a larger box office than any other film until Jurassic Park. Its story of friendship, love and hope between a young boy and an alien is sure to captivate you and anyone else at your home.

Chicken Run (2000)

Chicken Run is a laugh-a-minute animated comedy by the creators of Wallace and Gromit as well as Creature Comforts. Somewhat inspired by films like the Great Escape, Chicken Run features a star-studded voice cast including Mel Gibson and Imelda Staunton.

An Officer and A Gentleman (1982)

Richard Gere and Debra Winger star in this romantic drama about a young Navy officer candidate who has to wrestle the demands of his military training and staying with his true love.

New on Netflix Other Releases for July

These are all the other releases coming to Netflix this month that we didn't get a chance to cover.

  1. Outer Banks (Season 2)
  2. Myth & Mogul: John DeLorean (Season 1)
  3. Centaurworld (Season 1)
  4. Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy: Kingdom (1 Season)
  5. Resort to Love (2021)
  6. The Snitch Cartel: Origins (Season 1)
  7. Tattoo Redo (Season 1)
  8. Bartkowiak (2021)
  9. Mighty Express (Season 4)
  10. How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) (Season 3)
  11. Man Like Mobeen (Season 3)
  12. The Movies That Made Us (Season 2)
  13. Sky Rojo (Season 2)
  14. A Second Chance: Rivals! (2021)
  15. Bankrolled (2021)
  16. Blood Red Sky (2021)
  17. Feels Like Ishq (Season 1)
  18. Kingdom: Ashin of the North (2021)
  19. Masters of the Universe: Revelation (Part 1)
  20. Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop (2020)
  21. Cousins (2021)
  22. 9 to 5: The Story of a Movement (2020)
  23. Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans (2021)
  24. Too Hot to Handle – Brazil (Season 1)
  25. Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)
  26. Chernobyl 1986 (2021)
  27. Sanitation Day (2020)
  28. Ali & The Queens (2021)
  29. Good Boys (2019)
  30. Van Helsing (Season 5)
  31. Johnny Test (Season 7 / Revival)
  32. Crawl (2019)
  33. 2 Weeks in Lagos (2019)
  34. Peppa Pig (Season 6)
  35. A Perfect Fit (2021)
  36. BEASTARS (Season 2)
  37. Last Men in Aleppo (2017)
  38. A Classic Horror Story (2021)
  39. The Guide to the Perfect Family (2021)
  40. Heist (Season 1)
  41. Rust Creek (2018)
  42. My Unorthodox Life (Season 1)
  43. Private Network: Who Killed Manuel Buendia? (2021)
  44. Naomi Osaka (Season 1)
  45. Ridley Jones (Season 1)
  46. Days of Destiny (2021)
  47. Outback Lockdown (Season 1)
  48. 120 battements par minute (2017)
  49. Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019)
  50. Finding Hubby (2020)
  51. How I Became a Superhero (2021)
  52. How to Become a Tyrant (Season 1)
  53. Lee Su-geun: The Sense Coach (2021)
  54. The Cook of Castamar (Season 1)
  55. The Water Man (2020)
  56. Virgin River (Season 3)
  57. A Certain Magical Index: The Movie – The Miracle of Endymion (2013)
  58. An American Girl: Saige Paints the Sky (2013)
  59. Assault on Precinct 13 (2005 Remake)
  60. Code Red (2013)
  61. Could you Survive? (Season 1)
  62. Crash Pad (2017)
  63. Dynasty Warriors (2021)
  64. Generation 56K (Season 1)
  65. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Arrow of the Orion (2019)
  66. L.A.’s Finest (Season 1)
  67. Masameer County (Season 1)
  68. Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway (2021)
  69. My Hero Academia (Season 1)
  70. My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (2019)
  71. Pokemon Journeys: The Series
  72. On the Job (2013)
  73. Quarantine Tales (Season 1)
  74. The Land Before Time XIV: Journey of the Brave (2016)
  75. Say I Do
  76. Rainbow Rangers (Season 1)
  77. The Snow Queen (1995)
  78. Young Royals (Season 1)
  79. Winx Club (Season 6)
  80. The 8th Night (2021)
  81. Mortal (Season 2)
  82. You Are My Spring (Season 1)
  83. Born to Be Wild (Season 1)
  84. I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson (Season 2)
  85. Cat People (Season 1)
  86. Major Grom: Plague Doctor (2021)
  87. Dogs (Season 2)
  88. The Mire (Season 2)
  89. This Little Love of Mine (2021)
  90. The War Next-Door (Season 1)
  91. Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness (Season 1)
  92. Atypical (Season 4)
  93. Biohackers (Season 2)
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