(Above: Peter Cushing in ‘The Flesh and the Fiends,’ coming to The Film Detective)
The Savvy Screener recently wrote about classic film streaming options for cineastes bereft by FilmStruck’s impending departure.
Not included in our round-up was The Film Detective, a classic movie and TV streaming service offering an eclectic range of fare, some of which is also available in the public domain.
The Film Detective is a veteran distributor of classic films and TV shows via home video and cable TV channels. It launched its streamer in 2016 with a limited selection, but now says it will add more than 1,000 titles to its library thanks to three new partnerships with home video purveyors.
In a deal with Kit Parker Films, the service will add westerns and a range of niche genres such as vintage pro-wrestling and Blaxploitation movies. Titles include A Walk in the Sun (1945), the film noirs New York Confidential (1955) and Bad Blonde (1953), and Apache Rifles, a 1964 western.
The streamer will also serve up cult horror, foreign and grindhouse movies from Independent International Pictures. Look for Two Nights with Cleopatra (1954), with Sophia Loren, as well as The Flesh and the Fiends (1960), starring Peter Cushing.
Finally, VCI Entertainment will host playlists of British titles, film noir and even cartoons like Clutch Cargo and Space Angel.
Titles from all three collections will roll out in the coming months.
’25 Days of Christmas’
The Film Detective, which refreshes its library every month, will also offer “25 Days of Christmas” starting December 1. The first week will include Peter Pan (1955), the live NBC production filmed at the Ambassador Theater in New York, featuring Mary Martin as Peter.
The second week will offer Home for Christmas (1990) with Mickey Rooney as an ex-thief who befriends a young child.
On Christmas Day comes this curiosity: a 53-minute version of A Christmas Carol (1959), starring Frederick March as Scrooge and Basil Rathbone as Marley’s ghost. After that, you can watch a 1949 25-minute TV version, narrated by Vincent Price.
Starting Christmas Eve, Sling Orange and/or Sling Blue subscribers with the Hollywood Extras package can binge the entire ‘25 Hours of Christmas’ on The Film Detective’s channel.
For others, The Film Detective costs $3.99 per month or $34.99 per year, on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and iOS. The service is also available to stream for free, with ads, on all the platforms and online at thefilmdetective.tv.
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