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Criterion Update: Finding Great Films Faster

April 7th, 2011 by Ben Collins Editor

Want to delve into the Criterion Collection but don’t know where to start?

We’ve just introduced some changes that make sifting through the Criterion Collection on Hulu Plus a lot less daunting. Some brand new features will help you discover new films to love as we continue to additional titles from Criterion — more than 100 since launching the section in February, nearly all of which stream exclusively on Hulu Plus, with many others to come in coming weeks.

Since Criterion has compiled so many great works by the world’s greatest filmmakers, we’ve added new functionality that allows you to sort by director. So now you can devote an entire weekend to watching 10 Charlie Chaplin films from just one page.

Movies are now sorted into themes, too. Want to see Francois Truffaut’s first film? It’s “400 Blows,” and you can find that out under the First Films section in Themes. We’ve grouped together titles into categories such as Oscar winners, documentaries, and titles from independent American filmmakers.

Additionally, we’ve begun adding supplemental videos from the Criterion Collection on Hulu Plus. You can find these as you watch a film, and they include some fantastic highlights, including:

We’ll continue to roll out supplements as quickly as we can digitize them.

We think these updates will enhance your experience as you enjoy the Criterion Collection on Hulu Plus. Let us know what you think!

Last comment: about 9 hours ago 23 Comments
  • Kevin Tran says:

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  • Kirk Huffman says:

    love all this, totally off the subject though… can we get de palma’s ‘blow out’ added to the films available? ‘sisters’ is a lot of fun, but have been aching to see that restored criterion version of ‘blow out’.

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  • Joel says:

    Yes, alphabetical list of criterion films, please. Kind of baffling why this doesn’t already exist …

  • Virginia says:

    I, like many others, got Hulu+ for the Criterion Collection (and Daria) almost solely. But I was hoping to see Wes Anderson films (Bottle Rocket, Life Aquatic, etc.) here, too, as they are a part of the CC.

    I think the Japanese service has Life Aquatic, no?

  • Peter says:

    Hulu,

    Obviously the Criterion addition is a winner, and I plan on hanging around as long as these films remain. I learned about Hulu through Apple TV, and wouldn’t have considered another subscription service except for the Criterion content that doesn’t seem to expire or rotate (the way Netflix handles all movies, whether they’re good or bad!). Okay, so I’ve happily canceled my subscription to Netflix and my wife and I have been hopelessly addicted to Criterion through Hulu for about a week now. Incidentally, I’ve referred two other friends who have started subscriptions for Criterion content.

    Here are a few improvements we hope you’ll take under consideration as the project grows. I’m glad to see the release-date appear on the metadata, but movie-buffs really want to see the DIRECTOR and COUNTRY OF ORIGIN/ ORIGINAL LANGUAGE as well. Not only does this provide me with a location-context for the story, but it tells me whether or not I should anticipate subtitles.

    Also Criterion fans are completists, so most of us (I would imagine) don’t really pay much attention to the categoried surfing (e.g. Heist, masquerade, girlie flick, etc.) although I understand that it’s useful for recommendations and marketing. Anyway, what we want is an A-Z or just any page where we can see the entire collection and go through it ourselves preferable without clicking, scrolling would be preferable. That would almost be like bringing back the rental-store-experience of browsing and discovering cool titles on your own.

    Thanks and keep it up!

  • David says:

    Searching tonight for “bleu” and “blue” didn’t find the Kieślowski film I was looking for. Had to arrow down through quite a few thumbnails before coming across it. Your search feature clearly needs work – search for title, in translation and original, search for actors, for directors.

    Also, how about an alphabetical list of the Criterion films?

    Kevin, above, remarked that the reason he’d subscribed to hulu was the Criterion collection. I, too. I wouldn’t watch the stuff with commercials, no matter how good it may be, but the Criterion collection is a winner. Please continue to work on it.

  • Anthony Perry says:

    Is there a way that we can access a film’s information without the movie starting immediately? It seems that every time I click on a film title in hopes of reading specifics (such as running time, year released or the director’s name) I get sent to a page where the movie begins immediately. It is frustrating to not have access to this information without the movie beginning within seconds of landing on the film’s page. There needs to be a way to provide that information in a different manner such as a button that says, “Start film” as opposed to letting it start on it’s own.

  • zefwagner says:

    Kino has the rights to Buster Keaton’s films, including The General. They are not part of the Criterion Collection.

  • Edward Cole says:

    Color me stupid, but I can’t seem to find any of the supplements. How do I know which films have supplements available, which supplements they are, and how to watch them?

  • Kevin says:

    Love the Criterion Collection on Hulu (the single reason I decided to keep my Hulu account). Keep up the fantastic work! :-)

    A suggestion: For foreign-language films, it would be great if you could include the names of movies in their original language, e.g. The Burmese Harp (Biruma no tategoto).

  • Patrick says:

    Shouldn’t “The Devil and Daniel Webster” be part of the Criterion collection? Hulu doesn’t seem to have it.

  • Luke says:

    Finally, good movies on hulu.

  • robert says:

    It would be great if you could filter out all the Criterion films exclusive to Hulu, the films that have spine numbers, and the films from the eclipse series. Thanks, and keep up the good work!

  • Wendy says:

    This is SO AWESOME. Major, major kudos to you, Hulu, for making these films available. The only feature I haven’t found yet that I’d really like is a downloadable (or otherwise printable) complete list of the current Hulu Criterion offerings.

  • james says:

    I am new to Hulu Plus, but I am excited and eager, from what I am seeing-hearing. Just hope that Hulu and Netflex don’t keep me chained to the sofa. I believe that you people are interested in film and are truly trying to put out a great product.

  • Anne says:

    I absolutely love the collection and appreciate the new filter capabilities–but they haven’t helped me find Buster Keaton’s The General in the collection. I do see, however, the abundance of Chaplin films (is that ten?) and that Hulu does have The General in its regular catalog. Maybe I just missed it?

  • Tyler says:

    Not sure if you’ll see this comment amidst all the spam, but these changes are fantastic! The Director category was much needed and the rest are a welcome bonus! Keep up the great work.

  • Hi Alvin,
    Thanks for bringing the ads in the Eric Rohmer films to our attention; they’re not intended to be there. We’re addressing the issue now.

  • Alvin says:

    It’s great to see commercials have been inserted into the most recent additions. I was getting worried we would continue to watch classic films commercial-free.

    I never thought I’d say this—but Geico ads go really well with Eric Rohmer films! I’m sure he would with how they cut right into a line of dialogue. Good stuff, Hulu!

  • Freddie says:

    Criterion on Hulu Plus is #WINNING

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