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 Post subject: Re: Filmstruck
PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:04 pm 
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MichaelStockCA wrote:
D50 wrote:

Never had a problem with content. I'm ready to renew in November. Have watched 473 feature films, and 75 shorts to date.


Impressive. I watched only 263 films and 117 shorts (most of them the Chaplin collections) on FilmStruck. But I also watch on MUBI, Netflix, Prime, iTunes and have a decent blu-ray collection :wink:

My dvd viewing has gone down significantly - maybe 4, most from library check outs. Been to the theater 20 times so far.


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 Post subject: Re: Filmstruck
PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:26 pm 
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fdm wrote:
Anyone else getting "We're sorry, FilmStruck is only available in the United States at this time." from (all of) their web browsers? (Started early this morning.)

Me too. Checking online it seems others have had this problem and Filmstruck hasn't offered any solution yet. :-(


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 Post subject: Re: Filmstruck
PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:00 am 
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I contacted them, got back: "Our engineering staff is aware of the issue and is working on an update to be released as soon as possible. This issue is currently affecting all browsers when viewing films from the FilmStruck watch page. The issue is not affecting the app version of FilmStruck and you may view our service from any compatible device that is readily available to you."


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 Post subject: Re: Filmstruck
PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:26 pm 
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Once I started using the app (chromecast from phone or iPad, or Apple TV direct) I haven't used the web portal at all.

That's because chromecast fixes the iPad problem of windowboxing all early upload 4x3 films in a teeny tiny postage stamp in he center of your iPad screen--note that recent 4x3 uploads play properly in full screen on iPads. iPhone never had an aspect ratio problem. But any problematic 4x3 film gets fixed when chrome casting it.

Additionally, the app manages the library a million times better than the awful web browser interface. Watchlist is way better with features like recently watched and "in progress" they still don't have seamless device handoff--meaning it struggles to resume the same place across different devices, but all the devices now know what you most recently watched on some other device.


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 Post subject: Re: Filmstruck
PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:50 pm 
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I just use web to add titles to my watchlist (way faster to search/scroll through them than doing it on Roku), plus that "We're Refreshing Our Library" page (previously known as "Movies Leaving Filmstruck") has some quick links there which are also real time savers. When it's not dorked up like it is now.

Can't deal with anything (video-wise) longer than a few minutes on my computer or iPad, so big screen tv is pretty much it for me in terms of watching.

(Edit: A day or two back I checked, and it's been fixed.)


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 Post subject: Re: Filmstruck
PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:26 am 

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jedgeco wrote:
Counter-counterpoint:
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[T]his is my own fault for watching on a laptop. ... I don’t have a TV, and I’ve gotten used to being able to carry my screens from room to room.
Anyone watching movies like this is a philistine whose opinions are not worth listening to. (That said, I don't subscribe to Filmstruck either.)


I'm sorry, but saying someone's a philistine for watching a film on a laptop I think is a bit extreme. Some of us don't have a choice. Honestly, if I shut the lights off in my small studio apartment, switch on the loud speakers and let the film play uninterrupted on my 15-inch HD-capable laptop screen it's a lot better than nothing.


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 Post subject: Re: Filmstruck
PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:30 am 

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rrenault wrote:
jedgeco wrote:
Counter-counterpoint:
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[T]his is my own fault for watching on a laptop. ... I don’t have a TV, and I’ve gotten used to being able to carry my screens from room to room.
Anyone watching movies like this is a philistine whose opinions are not worth listening to. (That said, I don't subscribe to Filmstruck either.)


I'm sorry, but saying someone's a philistine for watching a film on a laptop I think is a bit extreme. Some of us don't have a choice. Honestly, if I shut the lights off in my small studio apartment, switch on the loud speakers and let the film play uninterrupted on my 15-inch HD-capable laptop screen it's a lot better than nothing.


I come from the era of watching edited for Network TV, Pan & Scan, <30" films was standard. I think if you like movies you owe it to yourself to move beyond the laptop. Its just a different experience.


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 Post subject: Re: Filmstruck
PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:39 am 

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I come from an era where telling other people how to enjoy their own life is judged as patronizing and insulting. You owe it to yourself to not tell people you don't know what to do, as if your opinion should have any relevance whatsoever as to what's best for them.


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 Post subject: Re: Filmstruck
PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:40 pm 

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> I come from an era where telling other people how to enjoy their own life is judged as patronizing and insulting.

I find I often benefit from the 'advice' of others, and so am glad they offered it. I can always ignore it, for whatever reason, and try not to let it upset me.

I wonder, though, why you seem to have read Z!'s two sentences as a patronizing (much less insulting) scolding rather than an invitation to enjoy the pleasures of a more immersive experience. fwiw.


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 Post subject: Re: Filmstruck
PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:50 pm 
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rrenault wrote:
I'm sorry, but saying someone's a philistine for watching a film on a laptop I think is a bit extreme.
Of course it was extreme, and as such, I thought that it would be taken as tongue-in-cheek and not a submission for a new "Navel-Gazing and Infighting" thread....

But if not, please accept my clarification and repentance. Please, everyone, live your life as you see fit.


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 Post subject: Re: Filmstruck
PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:28 pm 
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Filmstruck additions:

Directed by Volker Schlöndorff

Calm at Sea
Young Torless
The Tin Drum
Coup de Grace
Circle of Deceit
Swann in Love
Diplomacy
The Ogre
Death of a Salesman
Voyager

Val Lewton Horror

Cat People
I Walked with a Zombie
The Leopard Man
The Curse of the Cat People
The Body Snatcher
Bedlam


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 Post subject: Re: Filmstruck
PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:10 pm 

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It’s a bit difficult to assess the current state of the Val Lewton titles as far as HD remasters go. Of course, Cat People (BluRay), and I’ve seen Curse of the Cat People on Warner Archive streaming in HD. Warner Archive currently offers Isle of the Dead and The Leopard Man, but as a non-subscriber I can’t figure out whether these are HD or not. Last night TCM ran almost the whole run of Lewton. The Leopard Man looks identical to the Filmstruck version, but The Body Snatcher seemed to be an upgrade (on TCM) compared to the overly murky Filmstruck version (the DVD was also this dark version). Perhaps it’s overly brightened but it’s certainly much more detailed. Would love to see these all in HD!


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 Post subject: Re: Filmstruck
PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:43 pm 
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unclehulot wrote:
...but The Body Snatcher seemed to be an upgrade (on TCM) compared to the overly murky Filmstruck version (the DVD was also this dark version). Perhaps it’s overly brightened but it’s certainly much more detailed...

Just to clarify, while The Body Snatcher may have looked better on TCM Tuesday night, it was still an older standard definition transfer.


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 Post subject: Re: Filmstruck
PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:53 pm 

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Roger Ryan wrote:
unclehulot wrote:
...but The Body Snatcher seemed to be an upgrade (on TCM) compared to the overly murky Filmstruck version (the DVD was also this dark version). Perhaps it’s overly brightened but it’s certainly much more detailed...

Just to clarify, while The Body Snatcher may have looked better on TCM Tuesday night, it was still an older standard definition transfer.


I would agree with that. It’s just odd that others shown on TCM resembled the old DVD set but not this one. What I find especially disappointing (in general) is that Warner Archive Streaming seems the only way to see many upgraded HD masters (Curse of the Cat People is the same SD looking older transfer on Filmstruck, but looked very good on Warner Archive Streaming). TCM continues to show older masters (in general) and despite Filmstruck’s claiming to show HD when available in their FAQ’s they don’t exactly seem to be living up to that promise. I really with Filmstruck would be upfront about which titles they offer in HD....why is this information so hard to come by?


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 Post subject: Re: Filmstruck
PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:58 am 
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Non-Criterion:

Directed by Michael Haneke
The Seventh Continent
Benny's Video
71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance
The Castle
Funny Games ('97)
Code Unknown
The Piano Teacher
The White Ribbon
Amour

Cinematic Overtures: How to Read Opening Scenes
Knife in the Water (Polanski)
The Hill (Lumet)
The Conformist (Bertolucci)
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Herzog)
Badlands (Malick)
Come and See (Klimov)
Three Colors: Red (Kieslowski)
Before the Rain (Manchevski


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 Post subject: Re: Filmstruck
PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:14 am 
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Sorrow and the Pity and Hotel Terminus are up on the Criterion Channel now.


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 Post subject: Re: Filmstruck
PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:27 pm 
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Filmstruck has had a rather mild redesign and looks quite a bit more spiffy, in my mind.


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 Post subject: Re: Filmstruck
PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:34 pm 
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Where's the Xbox/PS4 compatibility that they're over a year late on delivering?


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 Post subject: Re: Filmstruck
PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:44 pm 
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...so they shouldn't fix other things and make the service work better, just the one issue you care about?


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 Post subject: Re: Filmstruck
PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:49 pm 
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mfunk9786 wrote:
Where's the Xbox/PS4 compatibility that they're over a year late on delivering?


It may actually be Sony or Microsoft at fault here. Both are fairly notorious for what they allow on their system. You also have to pay them to update apps and games. But my gut says Filmstruck might be more responsible.


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 Post subject: Re: Filmstruck
PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:36 am 
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Non-Criterion:

Directed by Mario Bava
Black Sunday
Erik the Conqueror
The Evil Eye
The Whip and the Body
Black Sabbath
Planet of the Vampires
Kill, Baby, Kill!
A Bay of Blood
Rabid Dogs
Shock

Cinema Through the Eye of Magnum
Cinema Through the eyes of Magnum (Bassaler) + 22 shorts profiling individual photographers
Journey to Italy (Rossellini)
The Misfits (Huston)

And, neatly, one of the new things in the redesign is every film's page now clearly labels the date it will leave the service.


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