A few weeks ago, someone ran the numbers and realized that yes, Netflix’s film selection is getting worse. This only backed up what was clearly obvious to anyone who was already watching what was leaving the gargantuan streaming service every month and what was coming in – more great movies are leaving and fewer great movies are arriving on a pretty consistent basis. As competition rises from every corner of the internet and as the focus on original content continues to grow, Netflix is simply not the best place for adventurous film fans to watch movies.
But maybe FilmStruck can fill that void. Yes, this is yet another movie streaming service, but it is the work of Turner Classic Movies and the Criterion Collection, who have joined forces for this endeavor. In other words, it should have your attention.
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One of the best and most buzzed about movies of the year is still expanding in theaters across the country. That movie is Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood, the epic and amazing story told over 12 years with the same cast of characters. No matter how many people find, and fall in love with, Boyhood during its theatrical run, though many more will find it when it eventually hits the home market. And when that happens, it’ll get a release deserving of such an amazing film.
In a new interview, Linklater confirmed the film would be getting a Criterion Collection Blu-ray release some time in the near future with special features including footage shot over the 12 year production. Read more about the Boyhood Criterion below. Read More »
Skywalker Ranch, the Pixar Campus, Quentin Tarantino’s home theater, Stanley Kubrick’s estate: all places a film fan would kill to visit, but few ever get the chance to see. Another spot undoubtedly on that list is Bleak House. That’s what Guillermo del Toro calls the additional house he bought to devote to his collection of cool stuff, including props, posters, toys, any -and everything you’ve ever wanted to own in the realm of sci-fi, fantasy, horror and movie memorabilia.
Most people never get to see it, but on the Criterion Collection DVD for Cronos, del Toro actually did a guided tour of the space. It’s been online for about a year, but we were just turned onto it. And it’s as awesome as you’d imagine. Read More »
Criteron fans who saw the artwork for this week’s release of Alex Cox‘s cult film Repo Man and thought, “That looks familiar” might have been 100% right. The work, commissioned by Criterion, was done by two of Mondo‘s familiar and talented artists: Jay Shaw and Tyler Stout. You can get the artwork on the Criterion release, out Tuesday, or as limited edition screenprints released by Mondo, also on Tuesday. Get the specifics below. Read More »
Briefly: Take any plans you have this weekend and flush them down the toilet. All of the Criterion Collection titles currently available on Hulu will be free to watch all weekend.
Available films include Seven Samurai, Breathless, Cronos, The Hidden Fortress, Wings of Desire, The Blob, Modern Times, City Lights, The Seventh Seal, The 400 Blows. Eraserhead, The Most Dangerous Game, Jules and Jim, Tokyo Story and many more. (Some of these are films that haven’t yet been issued on disc by the company, such as Eraserhead. Others are Criterion or Janus holdings that may never get a release under the Criterion banner.)
All free. Just click here.
Posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 by Angie Han
Wes Anderson‘s unique aesthetic may be more in vogue than ever, but since real life doesn’t come with production designers and cinematographers it can be rather difficult to duplicate the look at home. Until now!
As part of their Blu-ray release of The Royal Tenenbaums, the Criterion Collection has unveiled the covers of various book and magazine covers featured in the film. All you need now is a high-quality photo printer at home, and you can replace the embarrassing covers of your Fifty Shades of Grey collection with these stylish designs. (Or, you know, you can just look at them for fun.) In any case, check ’em out after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, November 10th, 2011 by Angie Han
You can already access the Criterion Collection on DVD, on Blu-ray, or through Hulu — and now, as of this month, you can also get some of its titles through iTunes. With very little hype, the Criterion Collection has quietly started to appear on the iTunes movie page, as you can see in the image above. The initial offering is comprised of just a few dozen of the hundreds of films from their library, but it’s a decent start. Besides, I’d imagine that enough consumers seem interested, the selection will begin to expand. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 by Angie Han
Fans of monster movies and/or the Criterion Collection probably recall that a couple of months back, rumors began surfacing of a Criterion Collection release of Godzilla — an unusual, though not unprecedented, pick by a video distributor that generally favors artsy pictures over genre flicks. So today’s news won’t come as a surprise, but rather a welcome update. Criterion has officially confirmed a January release for their Godzilla Blu-ray/DVD, and has unveiled a list of the special features we can look forward to. More details after the jump.
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Charismatic and talented film director Guillermo del Toro is seemingly everywhere these days. Whether he’s interviewing Edgar Wright, producing movies, or creating new TV series’, it seems the jolly man behind Pan’s Labyrinth, The Devil’s Backbone and the Hellboy films has his nose in everything. Yet del Toro knows none of his more recent work would be possible without his feature film debut Cronos. That masterful 1993 film is finally hitting the Criterion Collection on December 7 and del Toro will not only be signing copies of the disc at Amoeba Records in Hollywood, those who get it signed can join the director for a very special screening immediately after. If you read about the recent Scott Pilgrim signing at Amoeba, you know these things are awesome. Hit the jump for more info. Read More »
For years, the Criterion Collection has been around to provide one of the best film educations a casual viewer can receive. Just by checking out any chunk of the now-massive collection, you’ll be exposed to an incredible array of films that cover every spectrum of entertaining and artistic filmmaking. And now it just got a whole lot more accessible, as Criterion has added thirty-five more films to stream via the Netflix ‘Watch Instantly’ service. Now you have no excuse to miss some of the best films ever made. Read More »