We woke up this to ... watch The Many Saints of Newark online (or in theaters). What did you think we were going to get? A gun? In this household? In this family?
The Many Saints of Newark is basically the prequel for The Sopranos, telling the story of a young Anthony Soprano — who is in fact played by Michael Gandolfini, the son of the late James Gandolfini.
The Many Saints of Newark is streaming now on HBO Max, having released at 3 a.m. ET / 12 a.m. PT on Friday, October 1.
There's a chance it could come out slightly earlier, as HBO Max did a Thursday evening release for The Suicide Squad.
The rest of the family is filled out with familiar names, including Jon Bernthal (The Punisher on Netflix) as Giovanni "Johnny Boy" Soprano (Tony's father). Tony's mother Livia is played by Vera Farmiga (The Conjuring). Corey Stoll (House of Cards) plays Junior Soprano, and Billy Magnussen (Made for Love) is Paulie Walnuts.
The film is directed by Sopranos vet Alan Taylor (who won an Emmy for the episode "Kennedy and Heidi"), and written by (of course) series creator David Chase and writer Lawrence Konner.
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How to watch The Many Saints of Newark in theaters and online
In the U.S., The Many Saints of Newark opens in theaters on Friday, October 1. It arrives on HBO Max the same day.
The Many Saints of Newark is available on HBO Max for 31 days (leaving on November 1).
The Many Saints of Newark (and none of the day-and-date Warner Bros. movies) is not available on the ad-supported version of HBO Max.
HBO Max is one of the new kids on the streaming block but it's already got a ton to offer, including all of HBO's prestige series, like Game of Thrones, The Sopranos and The Wire. Plus, the service has its own originals like Hacks and The Flight Attendant. HBO Max costs $15 per month.
How to watch The Many Saints of Newark in Canada
Bad news for Canadians hoping to watch The Many Saints of Newark at home. HBO Max is exclusive to the U.S. and the movie is not streaming on any other services.
The movie will open in theaters on Friday, October 1.
If you're an American traveling abroad, you'll need to look into the best VPN services to access all your paid services.
How to watch The Many Saints of Newark in the UK
Brits got The Many Saints of Newark in theaters earlier than Americans, since the movie opened in the UK on Sept. 22.
Those wanting to watch it at home are out of luck, because HBO Max isn't available across the pond.
The Many Saints of Newark reviews
Critics seem to be mixed on The Many Saints of Newark, with positive notes regarding quality and negative ones for anyone who is expecting something on part with The Sopranos.
Leah Greenblatt at Entertainment Weekly explains this simply, by saying "Saints can't be what Sopranos was — without the time or the ones who've been lost to tell it, fuggedaboutit. But for a hundred-something minutes, it feels close enough to coming home again," as her review notes that some scenes feel "like actual magic recreated," and that others just feel "like a tease."
Phil de Semlyen's review at Empire calls Many Saints "a busier proposition than its HBO forefather, this sets up more than it can pay off."