• Criterion gets medieval with a selection of dark-age dramas from around the world in this week’s festival of free films on Hulu Plus. Batman’s not the only dark knight worth watching on-screen: how about Max von Sydow in Ingmar Bergman’s iconic The Seventh Sealhis Antonius Block must face Death in a chess match after returning from the Crusades. We’re also offering Bergman’s powerful Oscar-winning tale of medieval revenge, The Virgin Spring; Andrei Tarkovsky’s visually astonishing Andrei Rublev, which is not only a fascinating take on the life of the famous icon painter but also an evocative re-creation of medieval Russia; Marcel Carné’s Les visiteurs du soir, a supernatural tale of love and death set at an ominous castle; and Throne of Blood, Akira Kurosawa’s moody and masterful adaptation of Macbeth. Watch Throne of Blood in its entirety below, or over at Hulu. And don’t forget: if you sign up for Hulu Plus for a monthly fee of just $7.99, you can see the hundreds of other Criterion films now streaming.

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  • By patrick coffey
    July 20, 2012
    08:40 PM

    I've been a Hulu subscriber for two months now and the streaming qualities for Criterion have been very underwhelming. Makes me hesitant to watch anything I haven't seen. Do you guys have any say in this?
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    • By Wipeoutt31
      July 24, 2012
      09:42 AM

      Criterion titles that are DVD only are gonna look like hell when they're streaming. Same can be said of Netflix. The problem is not the service. The problem is the source material's media format.
  • By Matthew G
    July 21, 2012
    06:44 PM

    I've watched probably around 100 movies on the Criterion hulu page, and I can tell you that the quality varies a great deal, but mostly for things that have not received official releases. I assume this is because all of these films are shown with the best prints Criterion has available to them, rather than restored versions. The movies with spine numbers and eclipse stuff I have watched have been almost universally great, with a few technical glitches here and there. Recent movies, like Le Havre, for example, are impeccable. It might be worth Criterion using some sort of grading system for the lesser known stuff they put up, just so people know what they are getting into before they start a film...
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