Brought by Turner International and Curzon, Filmstruck Curzon launched in the UK last month, offering a great on-demand platform alternative for film lovers.
While until recently, Netflix and Amazon Prime seemed to be the unquestionable go-to places for online film streaming, both platforms have been investing heavily in their own big productions, somewhat to the detriment of their general film catalogue. For anyone interested in independent arthouse cinema or movie classics, the choice offered by Netflix and Amazon was pretty limited. On the other end of the spectrum, MUBI and BFI Player offer very niche and sometimes demanding avant-garde cinema which can be a little challenging for a cosy night-in.
On what has become quite a crowded market Filmstruck Curzon aims to offer a middle ground on-demand film subscription service providing an eclectic combination of critically-acclaimed big productions from Warner Bros (such as Magnolia (1999); Mystic River (2003); My Own Private Idaho (1991), cult classics from the the Criteon Collection (such as Kieslowski’s Three Colours Trilogy (1994), Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin (1925), Camus’ Black Orpheus (1959), Tarkovsky’s Solaris (1972)) and independent, international and documentary films from the Curzon Artificial Eye, Park Circus and Kew Media Group catalogues (Wender’s Pina (2011), Hogg’s Archipelago (2010); Arnold’s Wuthering Heights (2011); Haneke’s Funny Games (2007), Lady Vengeance (2005), Jarmusch’s Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)).
The interface is pleasantly easy to navigate thanks to a relatively limited number of sections, and offers curated, seasonal themes such as Film Noir, “In the mood for love”, The Oscars®, Korean Cinema, monthly cult selections. Each film has a simple, no-nonsense description with some titles offering extra bonuses such as artwork and interviews with the film directors. The catalogue of films may not be as massive as its key competitors but it seems much more focused on quality rather than quantity. I look forward to (re)watching Huston’s Maltese Falcon (1941), Hawk’s The Big Sleep (1946), Clouzot’s Diabolique (1955), Bergman’s Seventh Seal (1957), Aldrich’s What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), Frears’ Dangerous Liaisons (1988), Park’s Lady Vengeance (2005) and many more.
The platform is currently available from Amazon Fire TV, web, iOS and android devices, as well as Apple TV, and more devices will be added soon. Subscription costs £5.99 a month or £59.99 a year (i.e. 2 months free), and a 14-day free trial is currently on offer.
For those looking for great quality, diverse and accessible cinema, Filmstruck Curzon could well be the platform they had been waiting for.
Find out more on: www.filmstruck.com