Summer Sequels and Reboots Refresher Course — Where to Watch?

'Jurassic Park'

Netflix, iTunes and Amazon offer quick ways you can refresh your memory about past 'Jurassic Park,' 'Terminator' and 'Mission: Impossible' films as well as earlier versions of 'Vacation' and 'Hitman.'

Before you head out to the theater to watch Chris Pratt battle dinosaurs in Jurassic World or Channing Tatum strip again in Magic Mike XXL, you might want to refresh your memory of the earlier film(s) that preceded this summer's new installments.

As a helpful summer movie study guide, The Hollywood Reporter has rounded up which earlier films for the remaining summer sequels and reboots are streaming on Netflix and available for rent or purchase on Amazon Instant Video and iTunes. (Unfortunately for those hoping to revisit the 2005 Fantastic Four and its sequel, neither of those movies are available for download on digital platforms ahead of Fox's reboot.)

Read on for more information about how the new films fit into the franchise and where you can watch the old ones without leaving your house.

Jurassic World (June 12): The T. Rex is back (older and angry) and there's a new, genetically modified dinosaur in the smarter, more dangerous Indominus Rex as Universal revives its dinosaur-theme-park franchise with Colin Trevorrow stepping into the director's chair. Steven Spielberg, who directed the first two Jurassic films, serves as executive producer of the fourth film. Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio and Judy Greer are among the stars of the new installment.
Earlier films: Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park III
Where to watch: All three earlier films are available to rent or buy through Amazon Instant Video and iTunes, which also offers a bundle of the three previous films.

Ted 2 (June 26): In this sequel to the 2012 film, the Seth MacFarlane-voiced foul-mouthed teddy bear wants to have a baby, a storyline that makes both his human friend Johnny (Mark Wahlberg) and Tom Brady potential sperm donors. Ted also discovers he has to prove that he's human in order to start a family, which leads to a court battle involving Amanda Seyfried as a young lawyer. Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson and David Hasselhoff also make appearances in the movie.
Earlier film: Ted
Where to watch: Available to rent or buy on Amazon and iTunes.

Magic Mike XXL (July 1): Channing Tatum returns to his stripper past in Magic Mike XXL. The sequel to the 2012 film loosely based on Tatum's real-life experiences also features Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello and Alex Pettyfer reprising their roles from the first movie as the boys head to a stripper convention. Picking up a few years after Magic Mike, XXL also has a number of high-profile new castmembers, including Jada Pinkett Smith, Michael Strahan, Amber Heard, Elizabeth Banks and Andie MacDowell. Tatum's producing partner Reid Carolin wrote both films but Steven Soderbergh, who helmed the first film, passed the torch to director Gregory Jacobs. Soderbergh still worked behind the camera, though, as editor and cinematographer.
Earlier film: Magic Mike
Where to watch: Available to rent or buy on Amazon and iTunes.

Terminator: Genisys (July 1): Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator will be, as promised, back in the fifth Terminator film, but much has changed about the Terminator mythology. An April trailer revealed that John Connor has gone from being the leader of the human resistance against the Skynet robots to some sort of cyborg: "Not machine ... not man ... I'm more," as he describes himself. The new film also plays with versions of the past and future, with Emilia Clarke's Sarah Connor saying in the trailer that "everything's changed." Still the Alan Taylor-directed film has received original Terminator director James Cameron's seal of approval. Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney and J.K. Simmons co-star.
Earlier films: The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator Salvation
Where to watch: All of the earlier movies are available to rent or buy on Amazon and iTunes (T1, T2, T3 and Terminator Salvation, with Terminator 2: Judgment Day streaming until July 1 on Netflix

Minions (July 10): The lovable yellow creatures from the Despicable Me films get their own spinoff this summer with Minions. The prequel is set in the 1960s, decades before the minions met Steve Carell's Gru. Instead, they find themselves looking for an evil boss after they've accidentally killed many of their villainous leaders. Their journey leads them to trailblazing female supervillain Scarlet Overkill, voiced by Sandra Bullock.
Earlier films: Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2
Where to watch: Both are available to rent or buy on Amazon and iTunes (the first film just to buy on iTunes)

Vacation (July 29): The Griswolds are back. But this time it's son Rusty (Ed Helms), all grown up, who sets out to recreate the memorable trip to Walley World he went on with his parents. In the reboot, Rusty piles his family into their crazy new car and they hit the road, where risque hijinks ensue. Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo make cameo appearances, reprising their roles as the Griswold parents, with Leslie Mann playing sister Audrey Griswold and Chris Hemsworth joining the gang as her well-endowed husband Stone Crandall.
Earlier films: National Lampoon's Vacation, National Lampoon's European Vacation, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and Vegas Vacation
Where to watch: Available to rent or buy on Amazon and iTunes (Vacation, European Vacation, Christmas Vacation, Vegas Vacation)

Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation (July 31): Tom Cruise embarks on yet another impossible mission in his fifth outing as IMF agent Ethan Hunt. This time, Cruise and returning stars Ving Rhames, Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg look to take down "The Syndicate," the titular "rogue nation." Alec Baldwin also joins the action as an IMF adversary in the Christopher McQuarrie-directed film.
Earlier films: Mission: Impossible I-IV
Where to watch: All four films are available to rent or buy on Amazon. On iTunes, you can rent the first three or buy just the fourth film, Ghost Protocol, or a bundle of all four previous titles. The first and second films are streaming on Netflix.

Hitman: Agent 47 (Aug. 21): Genetically engineered assassin Agent 47 has a new look in the new Hitman, with Homeland's Rupert Friend playing the title character, taking over for Timothy Olyphant, who played the role in the 2007 film.
Earlier film: Hitman
Where to watch: Available to rent or buy on Amazon and iTunes

Sinister 2 (Aug. 21): Ethan Hawke reteams with Jason Blum for a sequel to their micro-budget horror hit, Sinister, which was one of the most profitable movies of 2012. Original Sinister helmer Scott Derrickson wrote the script for the sequel with C. Robert Cargill with Citadel's Ciaran Foy stepping behind the camera as director.
Earlier film: Sinister
Where to watch: Available to rent or buy on Amazon and iTunes

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