Friday, June 03, 2005

DivX, Inc. and GreenCine Announce Online Film Festival Finalists

"GreenCine (, the preeminent Video-on-Demand and DVD Rent-by-Mail company with an unsurpassed collection of independent, international and classic films, and DivX, Inc. (, the company that created the revolutionary, patent-pending DivX(R) video compression technology, today announced the finalists of the GreenCine Online Film Festival, presented by DivX, Inc. " Via

I like how GreenCine claims to be "unsurpassed" and "preeminent". I reckon Netflix could challenge those assertions.


  1. How valid that "unsurpassed" label is depends on how much weight one gives to the words "collection of independent, international, and classic films." I have the maximum rental subscription from both Netflix (8 at a time) and from Green Cine (10 at a time), and in my experience, Green Cine often does have DVDs in those specific categories that Netflix does not. Netflix, on the other hand, has more subscribers and a larger number of DVD titles overall (including lots of TV shows, blockbusters, music dvds, and "how-to" special interest DVDs that Green Cine doesn't tend to carry). The adjective "preeminent" modifies "Video-on-Demand" (movies downloadable over the internet, for a fee), which Green Cine offers and Netflix does not.

    Personally, I'm very happy that both companies exist; which one deserves the most superlative adjectives depends on which features one emphasizes, one's taste in movies, and how much emphasis one places on rapid mail turn-around and availability of most movie stock "now" (in which respects Netflix is, indeed, superior).

  2. Thank you for your well-reasoned and thoughtful comment. I agree with your assessment, but I have found relatively few titles at Greencine that were not available at Netflix.

  3. Thanks for your response. I've generally found films that Green Cine had and that Netflix didn't when following up on the work of a director who worked outside the U.S. (e.g., Joseph Losey, Satyajit Ray, Alain Resnais, Joseph von Sternberg), when trying to see as many films as possible within a particular genre (e.g., film noir), and/or when searching for a relatively obscure foreign or vintage film.

    I use resources like the "Time Out Film Guide," "The TLA Video and DVD Guide," Danny Peary's "Guide for the Film Fanatic," and "Videohound's Golden Movie Retriever" when searching for titles of films I would like to see; it's largely through those sources that I've uncovered some (relatively obscure) titles that are carried by Green Cine and not by Netflix. If I watched anime or Bollywood films, I might have a longer list of films that I'd only found at Green Cine.

    I note that you have been working your way through "1001 Movies You Should See Before You Die," and I think it's impressive that you've found so many of them at Netflix; that does indeed testify to the fact that Netflix does a pretty good job with older and foreign movies, as well with recent English-language movies.

  4. Yes, indeed, and they're growing all the time.