Posted Thu Oct 6, 2016 at 02:30 PM PDT by Steven Cohen
The upcoming streaming platform is geared toward film buffs.
The Criterion Collection and Turner Classic Movies have announced a launch date for their new subscription streaming service, FilmStruck. The ad-free subscription platform will arrive on October 19, offering a curated and constantly refreshed library of streaming independent, art-house, international, cult, and contemporary cinema.
"FilmStruck is a departure from the timeless Hollywood classics that we offer at TCM and a genuinely distinct offering for the streaming marketplace, focusing on a thoughtfully curated experience around hard-to-find, critically acclaimed, independent films from the most celebrated libraries in the world," said Jennifer Dorian, general manager of TCM and FilmStruck. "By combining the expertise at TCM and the Criterion Collection - two of the leading authorities in film preservation and history - we have created something really special that is a must-have for passionate film lovers."
FilmStruck offers a mix of contemporary and classic arthouse, indie, foreign and cult films from many major studios and independent distributors, including Janus Films, Flicker Alley, Icarus Films, Kino, Milestone, Zeitgeist, Film Movement, Global Lens, First Run Features, Oscilloscope Laboratories, Shout Factory, Warner Bros., and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). Likewise, the platform also includes extensive bonus content, filmmaker interviews and rare footage. Titles set to be featured include 'Babette's Feast,' 'Blood Simple,' 'Blow-Up,' 'Breaker Morant,' 'A Hard Day's Night,' 'Mad Max,' 'Metropolis,' 'Moulin Rouge,' 'My Life as a Dog,' 'Paths of Glory,' 'The Player,' 'A Room with a View,' 'Seven Samurai,' 'The Seventh Seal,' 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being,' 'Stardust Memories,' 'The Trip to Bountiful,' 'The Umbrellas of Cherbourg' and more.
And beyond the standard FilmStruck library, starting November 11 subscribers will also be able to sign up for the Criterion Channel -- a premium add-on service that will be dedicated to the Criterion Collection with access to the company's entire streaming library of films and special features.
Here's a full rundown of subscription plans per the press release:
- FilmStruck Subscription: $6.99/month, offering hundreds of constantly refreshed, hard-to-find and critically acclaimed films, plus exclusive bonus content including hosted introductions, originally produced pieces, interviews and rare footage
- FilmStruck + The Criterion Channel Subscription: $10.99/month, offering everything in the FilmStruck subscription plus unlimited access to Criterion's entire streaming library of films and special features, along with channel-exclusive original programming such as filmmaker profiles, master classes, and curated series by celebrated guests from the film world and beyond
- Annual Subscription: $99/year for FilmStruck + The Criterion Channel (a $30 annual savings)
FilmStruck will launch on October 19 exclusively on Amazon Fire TV, web, iOS and Android devices. Support for Apple TV and other devices will be added in the coming months. In addition, new users can receive a special 14-day free trial.
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