UbuWeb Film Now Streaming
November 28, 2006 11:20 AM   Subscribe

UbuWeb has converted all of its rare and out-of-print film & video holdings to on-demand streaming formats. via WFMU.
posted by treepour (11 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
Excellent, thanks! Their audio resources are superb so this should be great.

Very nice to see Wegman's early dog stuff, from before he started dressing them up.
posted by dobbs at 11:31 AM on November 28, 2006

Ooh! neat!
posted by brundlefly at 11:33 AM on November 28, 2006

excellent, ubu is one of the best resources on the net, and this increases its ubu-usability somefold.
posted by ism at 12:14 PM on November 28, 2006

And for anyone who doesn't already know it, WFMU is a cultural treasure of the highest order.
posted by StickyCarpet at 12:56 PM on November 28, 2006

WFMU changed my life. No, really.
posted by 2sheets at 1:00 PM on November 28, 2006

wonderful beyond words.

ubuweb alone justifies the existence of the entire remainder of the intartubes, imho.
posted by UbuRoivas at 2:25 PM on November 28, 2006

Yep, this is super amazing.
posted by stinkycheese at 3:47 PM on November 28, 2006

Yeah, but they more or less eliminated links to their collection of extremely high quality, high resolution (usually 640x480) XviD and Quicktime encodings of these wonderful, hard to find art films, and replaced them with crap ass youtube-quality h.263. And they're promoting it as a feature. This shit is hard as hell to find, most of it only on rare VHS in college libraries.

This pisses me the fuck off, as I had a whole bunch of stuff that they were hosting bookmarked for later wgetting. It looks like at least some of the files still exist on their servers, at least for now, so I guess I'll be teasing out the old URLs and downloading as many as I can before they get potentially deleted.
posted by blasdelf at 5:23 PM on November 28, 2006

Hmm. I'm not sure, blasdelf. I haven't checked them all, but, e.g., on the page for "Landscape with Robert Ashley" there's a link for a 1.7 gig avi download, just below the streaming version.
posted by treepour at 10:13 PM on November 28, 2006

Awesome. I keep forgetting how much I love ubuweb.
posted by unknowncommand at 4:35 AM on November 29, 2006

On second glance, it looks like blasdelf is right about the original high-quality versions having been removed. However, it seem that there are now links to places where you can purchase high-quality versions. Hmm. Not that I mind purchasing a high-quality version, but I do wonder what's up . . . do the sources who have the high-quality versions own the copyright or have exclusive distribution rights or something?
posted by treepour at 10:12 AM on November 29, 2006

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