“Kiss of the Spider Woman” has been underground since 1985, the year in which it seduced the Oscars.
The indie film locked up unlikely nominations for best picture, best director and best actor (for William Hurt, who won).
True to form, the movie has made a dramatic but hardly sudden reappearance, debuting as an exclusive Amazon Unbox download.
The Hector Babenco film — about a storytelling cross-dresser (Hurt) and his straight cell mate (Raul Julia) — goes for $2.99 as a movie download rental.
Amazon also has the exclusive on the DVD and Blu-ray, which come out July 22.
“Kiss of the Spider Woman” was based on the 1976 novel “El Beso de la Mujer Arana” by Manuel Puig.
The Unbox exclusive looks like it points in a good direction for Amazon’s underperforming download movie service to follow. Of course there are only so many MIA videos out there that anyone cares about. But Amazon’s Unbox just found a good one.