By Anthony Kaufman | ReelPolitik August 4, 2009 at 1:13AM
SpeedCine.com officially launches today in its Beta version. A simple but brilliant idea, made real by former publicist Reid Rosefelt and web-system creator Bob Harris, the site provides links to all the legal films available on the web, for free, rental or purchase. For most of us, the site's value will probably be in what's available for free, such as Roman Polanksi's long hard-to-find "Cul-de-Sac" and Orson Welles' "Mr. Arkadin" (both on Hulu, who knew?). But for researchers, journalists and academics on deadline, it's nice to know how many other movies are available at the touch of a button.
Currently indexing over 13,000 films from Netflix, Amazon VOD, Hulu, SpeedCine covers a wide breadth, diversity and quality of movies. The list is impressive, indicating how quickly the future of home moviegoing will be moving from DVD player to computer-based delivery.
From the press release, some of the films include: "Adaptation," "Living in Oblivion," "Welcome to the Dollhouse," "Koyaanisqatsi," "Bigger Than Life," "Fixed Bayonets," "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg," "Withnail & I," "Greaser's Palace," "Henry Fool," "Welcome to L.A.," Billy Wilder rarities like "Kiss Me Stupid" and "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes," Stephen Frears' debut "Gumshoe," Werner Herzog's "The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser" and "Little Dieter Needs to Fly," Robert Altman's "California Split," "Streamers," and "Buffalo Bill and the Indians," and ten films by Mika Kaurismäki.