Just when you thought we were all loaded up on streaming services, in comes boutique home video label Kino Lorber with their new digital platform Kino Now. But unlike the subscription-based model of Netflix, Hulu or the Criterion Channel, Kino Now will offer its library a la carte.
The initial launch includes 600 titles, including many hard-to-find documentaries and international films, as well as TV shows like Deutschland 83. Many titles are available for rental elsewhere, and some are streaming on services like Kanopy (which only certain public library systems offer). But the service will add 600 more titles before the year is out, then augment with 500 annual releases, including acquisitions direct from film festivals.
They'll also offer 50 additional new titles every year after they finish their theatrical runs. New releases coming soon include the Jeff Goldblum sci-fi flick The Mountain and Chinese sensation Long Day's Journey into Night (one of my favorite movies of the year). The service is curated with themed playlists and lots of categories, including Silent Classics, LGBTQ Cinema, and Mature Themes for those looking for some more artistic adult films. There's even a section of $1.99 rentals for the budget-conscious cinephile.
Kino Now is live at KinoNow.com and on Roku devices. Apple and Amazon apps will be launching soon.