Film Detective App Available on Android Devices

The Film Detective, a classic media streaming network and film archive that restores classic films, this month made its app available for download across Android devices.

The Film Detective app on Android launches with more than 1,000 classic film and television titles, including musicals, dramas, cartoons and comedies. Corresponding with its current availability on web, iOS, Roku, AppleTV, and Amazon Fire TV, The Film Detective app on Android features a curated balance of critically acclaimed titles and underrepresented cult classics and ‘B’ movies, according to a press release.

With many titles newly restored in HD, the company’s catalog includes everything from Cicely Tyson in Sounder (1972) and His Girl Friday (1940) starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell to Roger Corman campy classics such as A Bucket of Blood (1959).

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The Film Detective library refreshes monthly and regularly features original content narrated by former host of The Movie Loft, Dana Hersey.

“Our team is proud to be expanding the reach of our content to over 2 billion active devices on Android,” Phil Hopkins, founder of The Film Detective, said in a statement. “As the comfort of the classics become more important than ever, we are excited by the opportunity to bring classic film and television to film fans on Android and expand the availability of our content for viewers.”

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The Film Detective app is available for free with ad-supported content or available ad-free with exclusive “subscriber-only” titles by subscription for $3.99 per month or $34.99 per year. More information is here.

Classic Laurel and Hardy Collection Coming April 1 From Film Detective and Allied Vaughn

Laurel & Hardy: One Fine Collection — a DVD collector’s set featuring more than 10 hours on two discs from the iconic comedy duo — will be available April 1 from The Film Detective via manufacture-on-demand service Allied Vaughn.

The release comes on the heels of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s March 26 digital, Blu-ray and DVD bow of the feature biopic on the duo, Stan & Ollie, starring John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan.

The classic set includes 27 short films from the duo’s formative years (1921-1936) — including some silent films newly restored from the original elements — that capture the performances in which they honed the sight gags and slapstick that propelled them to worldwide fame. The set also includes three bonus shorts, two featuring Laurel & Hardy cameos and one from producer Hal Roach.

On disc one are The Lucky Dog (1921), 45 Minutes From Hollywood (1926), Duck Soup (1927), Duck Soup (1927/French-Dutch title cards), Battle of the Century (1927), Call of the Cuckoo (1927), Slipping Wives (1927), Do Detectives Think (1927), Their Purple Moment (1928), We Faw Down (1928), Habeas Corpus (1928), Flying Elephants (1928), You’re Darn Tootin’ (1928/Long), Stolen Jools (1931/Bonus) and Mixed Nuts (1934/Bonus).

On disc two are You’re Darn Tootin’ (1928/Short), The Finishing Touch (1928), Leave ’em Laughing (1928), That’s My Wife (1929), Liberty (1929), Double Whoopee (1929), Double Whoopee (1929/Talking Version), Angora Love (1929), Big Business (1929), Blotto (1930), Be Big! (1931), Twice Two (1933), The Live Ghost (1934), Tit for Tat (1935) and On the Wrong Trek (1936/Bonus).

The set comes from the archives of Scott Entertainment in conjunction with The Film Detective, from the original film elements courtesy of Richard Feiner & Associates.