Crackle on Roku: CFQ Laserblast Podcast 2:16.2

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Welcome to another episode of the Cinefantastique Laserblast Podcast, devoted to horror, fantasy, and science fiction films available on home video – Blu-ray, DVD, Video on Demand, etc. This week, the CFQ crew of Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski run down the latest batch of new titles hitting store shelves, including SOUTH PARK: THE COMPLETE FOURTEEN SEASON, plus numerous old titles reappearing in various special collector’s editions, most notably FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, starring Johnny Depp as Hunter S. Thompson. Also, Dan Persons takes a look at the latest Blu-ray release of THE VENTURE BROTHERS, and Steve Biodrowski takes a look at Crackle, Sony Pictures’ free online video service, which recently became available through the Roku box (the device that enables viewers to access such services as Netflix and Amazon’s Videon on Demand service). Now you can watch Sony Pictures titles uncut and uncensored – but not uninterrupted. Are the commercial breaks worth the aggravation? Tune in for one reporter’s opinion.


Sense of Wonder: Watch free full-length movies on Crackle's YouTube channel

Starman (1984)Last month I mentioned that Sony Entertainment had made many of its full-length movies – including several science fiction titles – available for free on Now comes word that Crackle has a YouTube channel, featuring some of the same content. Some of the science fiction, fantasy, and horror films available are STARMAN,  SON OF GODZILLA, and THE BREED; there are also television shows and original programming.
It’s YouTube, so of couse it’s all free, but you have to put up with advertising. Also, searching for a specific title is tricky: you have to use the YouTube search engine, plug in the title you want, and add “crackle” as a keyword. Not everything from the Crackle website is available on the YouTube channel, so for the time being you might just as well explore, especially if you are not just browsing but have a particular movie in mind.