• Revenge is sweet in this week’s festival of free films on Hulu. These are thrillers, medieval-set dramas of honor and faith, and even a comedy. In Henri-Georges Clouzot’s classic chiller Diabolique, an abusive schoolmaster’s wife and mistress plot to murder him. Shohei Imamura’s Vengeance Is Mine follows a thief and murderer taking out his aggression on society in the form of a remorseless killing spree. An ex-con patiently waits for the right moment to kill a man who ruined his life in Götz Spielmann’s gripping, Academy Award–nominated Revanche. In White, the droll middle entry in Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colors trilogy, a hapless hairdresser tries to start his life anew—and get elaborate revenge on his ex-wife—following a nasty divorce. Tatsuya Nakadai plays a mysterious samurai with a secret in Masaki Kobayashi’s tale of violence and corruption in medieval Japan, Harakiri, while in medieval Sweden a grieving father (a ferocious Max von Sydow) takes revenge on the men who raped and murdered his daughter, in Ingmar Bergman’s Oscar-winning masterpiece The Virgin Spring. And here’s a rare treasure: Obsession, a 1949 British thriller by blacklisted and exiled American noir master Edward Dmytryk concerning a London psychiatrist (Robert Newton) who fashions a nasty comeuppance for his wife’s lover, whom he kidnaps and keeps chained in his basement. Not available on DVD or Blu-ray, Obsession can be viewed below or at Hulu for free. Be sure to browse through Criterion’s hundreds of other titles on Hulu Plus, and sign up for just $7.99 a month to watch them all.

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  • By Filiusd99993
    September 08, 2012
    12:22 AM

    I just want to comment that this is by far the best Criterion Hulu selection ever. All of the films here are just absolutely fantastic (it helps the Harakiri and The Virgin Spring are my two favorite films), though I've not seen Revanche. Too bad there's little point in watching them one Hulu since I own copies of pretty much all of them save Diabolique and Vengance is Mine. Still, kudos for being really awesome yet again, Criterion!
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  • By Gord
    September 10, 2012
    01:41 AM

    Diabolique is great, but with 11 commercials breaks it's an awful experience. And here's the thing; we have a dialed-up movie of great suspense that is ruined by having 3 (yes THREE) separate commercial breaks in less than ten minutes! Result: the life blood of the film is sucked dry by NosferHulu. Only a masochist of the finest Corinthian leather would ever watch that brilliant film under those terms. I still love you Criterion, bu "why you hanging out wit dos dubious m*ther f*ckers?"
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    • By Gord
      September 10, 2012
      01:42 AM

      sorry - forgot to mention - those three breaks are in the lest 12 minutes of the movie - a stupid omission on my part
  • By BlakeEvans
    September 10, 2012
    02:07 AM

    In wake of "The Virgin Spring" being added to Hulu, I really think this is an appropriate time to address that Criterion needs to add Bergman's "Persona" to their collection. It really shouldn't be an issue considering it's arguably Bergman's best film and one of Criterion's favorite filmmakers.
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  • By Jonathan
    September 10, 2012
    05:08 PM

    Strange, no commercials for me when watching Diabolique, or any other criterion for that matter. On a separate note, it should be mentioned that Obsession is scored by Nino Rota
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  • By Anna T.
    September 10, 2012
    05:58 PM

    Hi, Gord and Jonathan. I'm guessing your different experiences on Hulu come from the fact that the free festival films have commercials for non-subscribers, while none of our films ever have commercials on Hulu Plus.
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    • By Gord
      September 25, 2012
      02:36 AM

      What? I've not bothered subscribing to Hulu+ because I was told that subscribers also get commercials and simply pay for more content. I know this to be true - so what you're saying is that Criterion's offerings on Hulu are somehow different than most? I'm sorry I was not told this; Kudos.
    • By Todd
      January 21, 2013
      04:35 PM

      The TV shows do have commercials but the movies do not on HULU Plus. The TV shows have far fewer commercials however than normal TV. I find that I watch most television programs on HULU plus now since I watch very little as it airs and I get sick of managing my DVR so it won't delete stuff I haven't watched yet. I've been very happy with it. I just discovered that it covers the Criterion Collection which is exciting. Too bad The Third Man isn't included, at least yet, but other movies I've been looking forward to watching are.
  • By Reeniop5
    September 11, 2012
    01:39 AM

    Also a HULU+ subscriber due to Criterion Collection. Great experience so far trying to watch movies before I buy the blu rays. Tried to order 3 Vengeance films specials but for some reason the site won't let me. Any help will be apreciated. Was trying to get Three Colors, Hara Kiri and Revanche.
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  • By Richard Millward
    September 11, 2012
    11:35 PM

    Just piling on to say that in our house, it's not "Hulu Plus" - its "Criterion On Demand." I guess Hulu has other content, but with all the great Criterion stuff I STILL haven't seen... why bother?!
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  • By Bartholomew
    January 21, 2013
    08:48 PM

    Todd, a quick look through Hulu's own discussion boards shows many subscribers complaining about ads, during movies, for paid users. I can't verify this because I'm Canadian, but I'm not sure you're right about this.
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  • By Robert Bandelier
    March 29, 2013
    10:25 PM

    Commercials ruin what could be a positive viewing experience. I plan to cancel my membership towards the end of the current billing cycle.
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