Netflix explains why the original film The Power of the Dog is being deleted amid controversy.

Netflix has clarified the controversy around the withdrawal of one of its most praised films.

The streaming service removes items from its catalog on a monthly basis, but customers were led to assume that films and episodes published under the "Netflix Original" moniker would be available indefinitely.

However, Netflix subscribers have until August 19 to watch the film, which won Jane Campion the Best Director Oscar.

Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, and Kodi Smit-McPhee feature in the film.

The acclaimed original Netflix picture The Power of the Dog will not be the only one to be withdrawn in August; the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry adaptation, The Little Prince (2015), will also be removed.

The withdrawal has perplexed users, with many recommending others to purchase actual copies of the films they want to own.

The complete list of all movies and TV shows being removed from Netflix this month can be found here.

A popular series will be ending unexpectedly in September, according to the streaming service.

Kevin Costner's 'Horizon' Film: Everything You Need to Know