• Every so often, we like to recommend a handful of under-the-radar titles buried deep in the ever-growing number of Criterion films on Hulu. This week, we offer up an array of eight Cinema Rarities, all unavailable on DVD or Blu-ray, most by filmmakers whose work you can find elsewhere in the collection, others new to us. They include Courage Every Day, directed by Czech filmmaker Evald Schorm (Return of the Prodigal Son); The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice by Yasujiro Ozu; Satyajit Ray’s The Home and the World; the yakuza thriller Hunter in the Dark, from Hideo Gosha (Three Outlaw Samurai); Stakeout, a 1958 thriller directed by the little known Yoshitaro Nomura; Robert Bresson’s intense and spare The Trial of Joan of Arc; and La truite, a drama from Joseph Losey starring Isabelle Huppert.

    Also featured is a title from one of our favorite Eciipse auteurs: Raffaello Matarrazzo. If you’ve seen the films in our set Raffaello Matarazzo’s Runaway Melodramas, you know that this Italian director—hugely popular in his home country but not widely known here—doesn’t do anything by halves. And Torna, featured in its entirety below or at Hulu, is from the same golden age as the overheated dramas of religion, sex, and mega misfortune in the Eclipse series. It’s one of many buried treasures in the hundreds of Criterion titles now available on Hulu. You can see them all if you sign up for Hulu Plus for just $7.99 a month.

7 comments

  • By EastVillStill
    March 03, 2013
    12:02 AM

    First day on Hulu Plus. I'm overwhelmed at the choices. Many old faves and so many that are new-to-me. I'm disappointed by the lack of information on each film Has anyone compiled short descriptions of the Criterion Collection films with credits for directors, actors, etc?
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    • By Kevin
      March 04, 2013
      04:52 PM

      They used to have that functionality before the redesign implemented a few months ago. It sucks, I know. Films on Hulu Plus will show up as such on this website, but that only accounts for films with spine numbers, unfortunately. Hopefully Criterion will add pages for unreleased films on their website, because it doesn't look like Hulu has any plans to fix it.
  • By Tyler Beane
    March 05, 2013
    12:18 PM

    The lack of organization on Hulu is utterly astounding. The sad thing is they used to have a great system up for sorting by director, by country, etc. Now there's almost no way to easily sift through the collection. Criterion: find a better business partner!
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    • By WolfmansRazor
      March 06, 2013
      07:01 PM

      You can still sort by director and country via the mobile app. I sorted by director, and then started building up a massive queue arranged alphabetically by director (though, annoyingly, by director's first name), which I can now access through my Blu-Ray player. It is by no means an ideal system, but it's the best way to organize things if you have some kind of device that can run the Hulu app.
  • By moviemaven
    March 06, 2013
    02:15 PM

    One of the rationales for dumping Netflix and switching to Hulu was availability of extras for Collection movies. No sight of these. And the quality of streaming is definitely inferior. I have VIOS hi-speed Internet and the quality still sucks. The same movie streamed from Netflix comes in hi-def and is much superior. Get a better partner.
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  • By Batzomon
    March 12, 2013
    08:01 AM

    Well, it's okay for me. Just watched Torna and was swept away into the throes of love and comtempt, agony and joy, life and death without any major foul-ups.
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  • By Julien S
    September 04, 2013
    09:15 PM

    Hunter in the Dark please please please! (As far as i m concerned, all Hideo Gosha's Yakuza films should be on your list....
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