18 comments

  • By James Ramirez
    November 07, 2016
    06:30 PM

    I must say that FilmStruck is nothing but a tease as of now for subscribers wanting to stream films utilizing their AppleTV's. I've read that the AppleTV app will be up and running in December, but until then you guys need to fix the iPhone app so we can at least mirror from our iPhones! Also, a small icon indicating which films are presented in high def would be nice as well!
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  • By Matt Kovar
    November 08, 2016
    01:36 PM

    Filmstruck looks great! Super excited. On hulu you could search by keyword or director, which was awesome, because I could watch a director's work from their earliest film through to their latest, or have all the Zatoichi movies on one page. I don't see a search option as in depth as that on Filmstruck. Could that possibly happen?
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  • By thevoid99
    November 08, 2016
    05:10 PM

    So this is like the art-house version of Z Channel.... hmm...
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  • By AdamSuraf
    November 08, 2016
    10:44 PM

    There's a ton of content here, and it's very promising, but right now it's totally sporadic with the supplemental features. For instance, the Jacques Demy box set has six films all with their own bonus content, but the channel is only offering the bonus content for "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" and "The Young Girls of Rochefort". Another instance, all of the interviews from the "Chimes at Midnight" disc are uploaded, but not the commentary track, which Criterion owns. Why are some things included and others not, especially when they are Criterion produced and owned? For the obsessive fan this can be frustrating.
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  • By djsteasy08
    November 09, 2016
    06:21 PM

    Poking around a little on the site, I was confused as to whether all of the Criterion Collection is on offer all the time or if it's more like a box office, wherein only a small number of titles selected by Criterion are available and only for a limited time. I'd appreciate any kind of clarification someone could offer.
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    • By Andrew C.
      November 11, 2016
      02:48 PM

      FilmStruck will feature two hundred films from our library at any one time, on a rotating basis, as part of the service’s regularly updated lineup of thematic series. On the Criterion Channel, our entire streaming library of films and special features will be available to premium subscribers all the time, along with a broad selection of major films from studios and independent licensors that will be presented on a limited-engagement basis.
  • By Noel23
    November 13, 2016
    12:13 AM

    So far on Criterion Channel there are way LESS than the "900+ films" that you advertised on the old Hulu list here. Now I'm paying more for less, paying more for only Criterion when before I got 900+ Criterions and all the other content Hulu offered and i had to buy a brand new device for this. I own many Criterion DVDs/BluRays so my main interest in both Hulu (and now The Channel) was, and is, the online only titles. The Online-Only Hulu titles were an amazing resource but you have left so may titles behind - missing titles by Ozu, Kinoshita, Kobayashi, Rivette, Nomura, Bergman, Imamura, Mizoguchi, Shinoda, Naruse, Oshima etc. Seemingly every director's page is incomplete. Fassbinder is 5 titles down, Shimizu with no films present at all. The bonus features for many films are missing too, why? Titles are being added but very very slowly, at this rate it'll be January when all 900+ are avilable. The promised "Curated Guides & Features" are literally indistinguishable from a basic online menu page plus 1 or 2 sentances (for example the Luis Berlanga feature is a joke). I bought a $90 device, I paid for the $99 1 year subscription because I believed this would be as great as we've come to expect from you, but I'm begining to feel ripped off. Forget about being up the standards of your DVDs/BluRays, The Channel doesn't even meet the standards of Criterion.com. If you weren't ready to launch you should have left everything at Hulu until you were ready. I'm sorry to rant but I LOVE Criterion, I was really excited about this, and now I'm really dissapointed. Do you have any idea when you feel the missing titles + features will be added to the Channel? Thank You
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    • By Criterion F.
      November 13, 2016
      03:33 PM

      Upvoting this comment. Filmstruck should not have been released until it was ready. Severely disappointed at losing access to the Criterion Collection.
  • By Alejandro R.
    November 13, 2016
    06:21 PM

    Regardless of the hairsplitting going on in the comments section, I want to thank Criterion for keeping quality cinema alive and pairing up with another paragon of silver screen preservation, Turner Classic Movies. Personally, this is a dream come true for me, and I can gladly overlook some logistic errors here and there while things get sorted out in favor of recognizing how awesome this truly is. As one cinephile to another, good looking out!
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  • By Noel23
    November 15, 2016
    04:53 AM

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Make all Online-Only Criterion films available on the Criterion Channel full time (not in a rotation). For the many films unavailable on DVD/BluRay - Online Only this is one of the only places to see these films. And these are some truly classic films that were ALL available at Hulu. I finally received an email from the help center that stated that both Filmstruck AND The Channel would have a "Rotating" selection of Criterion films, is that true? If it's simply a question of it taking some more time just let us know whats going on. If you let us know "we should have the rest of the selection up by..." I can wait, But if it means some films are just gone thats another story. Before we could consult the master list of Films on Hulu here, something like that would help a lot. Also I want to clarify a few things here - Most importantly, as I said before, I LOVE Criterion. I am a lifelong Cinephile / Cinema nerd raised in a Cinephile family who were devoted fans of the (now long gone) Z Channel. I am fully aware of the incredible institution that Criterion is, and how much they have done and continue to do for great film culture. I'm also a big fan of TCM, have been for decades. I do, however, prefer Criterion to TCM. TCM has been getting much better over the last 5 years but until recently it felt like a giant portion of the programing there was kinda light / fluff with much rarer bursts of Criterion style programming. In 2013 TCM turned their broadcast of Marc Cousins 'The Story Of Film' into a stone cold brilliant 2 month film festival. They broadcast 'Black Girl' by Sembene, 'Cairo Station' by Chahine and many more related and discussed films. In 2014 they ran a wonderful Australian Cinema series BUT on an average day I still found day long marathons of Andy Hardy / Elvis / Boston Blackie films or what seemed like the same well known 30s 40s 50s films (East Of Eden, Key Largo, etc) shown over and over again. Strangely TCM seems to be getting more out of your new partnership - since the Filmstruck launch i've seen a real uptick in Criterion style stuff on TCM. They've had a slew of Criterion quality films all week long, not just late night on Sunday. I have always enjoyed Criterion's style, it's impeccable presentation and overall visual identity. I peronally can not say enough how much I love the "Three Reasons" videos. I light up from the moment that Criterion C rolls in, then the bold face Gotham font typeface followed by everything you love in the film distilled down to a couple minutes, I have personally used 'Three Reasons' videos for Band Of Outsiders, The Music Room, People On Sunday, etc to introduce countless friends acquaintances and even strangers to my favorite Criterions. And, to me, that boldface Gotham font used in the 'Three Reasons' videos just IS Criterion - I knew a Criterion on Hulu instantly. I hope you haven't left the Gotham font behind, and i hope you continue to create 'Three Reasons'. Posting or linking the 'Three Reasons' to/on the Channel would be great. Actually there is a great deal of informative content here that would make a great addition there as well. Lastly RE: The discussion here - I think maybe there should be a dedicated page or forum for people who DO need to ask specific questions about the Channel. Some of these "logistical" issues prevent people from even watching the films, or understanding how it all works. There should be at least one place here where we can ask questions, and even air complaints without people taking it as us slagging off Criterion. I personally asked here because I didn't get a response from the Help center and I could not find any information elsewhere to answer my exact questions. I don't think it should come as surprise to any cinephile that people are passionately debating what's good vs what's bad. I've seen Cinephile online forums where people debate aspect ratios, restorations, subtitle placement, proper image reproduction, anything - this is really par for the course.
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  • By Noel23
    November 15, 2016
    04:56 AM

    Doh! There were spaces in that! I meant for it to be paragraphs, not one long run on mass. Sorry, it's late here
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  • By John
    November 24, 2016
    06:04 PM

    Nice ripoff you've pulled. WTF DID YOU PULL ALL YOUR FILMS OUT OF HULU??? Now I have to pay even MORE to see these films??? NUTZ 2 U!!!
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  • By Alexander Olcay
    December 26, 2016
    09:16 AM

    I, for one, am glad about this. I hate Hulu and their big noise of bullshit bad TV shows of current & past eras. No thank you. Give me a nice quiet spot away from that where I can watch Fellini, Fassbinder, Kurosawa, and Bergman in peace. Thank you, Criterion! Thank you, Filmstruck! LET THE STREAMiNG BEGiN!!!
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  • By DJDC
    January 13, 2017
    04:21 AM

    Love Filmstruck but the site suffers from many amateur glitches: going back in a list sends you to the top; clearing your browser's cache makes your account unrecognizable when trying to log in (DRM error that's incredibly frustrating); the lack of saving what you've viewed where you left off-constantly have to screenshot my timecode when coming back to view a title; kind of a nitpick but when I'm searching my watch list on my phone, a grid style, like the desktop site, would be so much more advantageous than side scroll viewing. When Hulu 'upgraded' their watchlist to the side scrolling type it drove my nuts as I tend to save around 100 titles for future viewing and it becomes so tedious.
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  • By DJDC
    January 13, 2017
    04:23 AM

    Love Filmstruck but the site suffers from many amateur glitches: going back in a list sends you to the top; clearing your browser's cache makes your account unrecognizable when trying to log in (DRM error that's incredibly frustrating); the lack of saving what you've viewed where you left off-constantly have to screenshot my timecode when coming back to view a title; kind of a nitpick but when I'm searching my watch list on my phone, a grid style, like the desktop site, would be so much more advantageous than side scroll viewing. When Hulu 'upgraded' their watchlist to the side scrolling type it drove my nuts as I tend to save around 100 titles for future viewing and it becomes so tedious.
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  • By NYCGUY
    January 23, 2017
    12:03 PM

    Love to see more Japanese movie classics on DVD with English subtitles from 1950's and early 1960's. There are so many great Japanese movies from 50's and early 60's out there on Youtube. Unfortunately they have no English subtitles....
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  • By ruth y.
    June 17, 2017
    06:05 PM

    Filmstruck is Very Disappointing. I expected to have access to all Criterion films all the time. This "rotation" business is a rip-off. When my free trial is up, I'm gone.
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