The Criterion Collection has made the jump into streaming video with their new Online Cinematheque, and they’ve provided an adorably low-tech video to explain their new high-techiness here.
Basically, 19 of the films in their library are now up for week-long streaming rentals for $5, the cost of which you can apply toward buying the DVD in their store, should you feel the burning need to then own a physical copy — and they’re working on releasing more. Among the films you can rent on demand at the moment: “Clean, Shaven”; “The Spirit of the Beehive”; “Sweetie”; and “General Idi Amin Dada.”
How this ambitiousness will pan out remains to be seen. Honestly, I do feel more inclined to impulse-buy myself a week of, oh, Stuart Cooper’s “Overlord,” which I’ve guiltily meant to see for a while now and never managed to, than most of the offerings on VOD-for-pay movie services at the moment. So, hey, they’ve got my fiver.
+ Welcome to Criterion’s Online Cinematheque (Criterion)