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Icon Film Channel to launch on Amazon Prime, a new home for award-winning movie classics

A new classic film channel is launching on Amazon Prime. Starting March 18, the Icon Film Channel is a new monthly subscription channel that will initially showcase around 150 movies from the distributor’s catalogue.

Launch titles include Academy Award Nominated Drive and triple Academy Award nominated features Apocalypto and The Passion of the Christ.  Other attractions include Buried, The Butterfly Effect Trilogy, House of Sand & Fog, La Vie En Rose, Looking For Eric, The Guest, Enigma and The Mummy.  

Newly remastered titles, including Academy Award winning Gosford Park and double Academy Award nominated Malcolm X are also included, with many being only available to stream in the UK through the new service.

Newly remastered titles, including Academy Award winning Gosford Park and double Academy Award nominated Malcolm X are also included…

Mel Gibson’s dialogue-free action movie Apocalypto coming to Icon

The service hopes to attract films fans through the strength of its curated content, stressing the appeal of award-winning directors including Roman Polanski, Kenneth Branagh, Robert Altman, Spike Lee, Wolfgang Petersen, Mel Gibson, Stephen Fry, Lars Von Trier, Nicolas Winding Refn and Ken Loach.

The new service promises to save subscribers ‘hours of trawling through streaming services trying to find a good film to watch. With The Icon Film Channel, you are guaranteed new and classic films that stand the test of time, and these can now be yours at a touch of a button in the comfort of your own home or on the move.’

While the service is expected to screen new movies as well as golden oldies, there’s no news on potential streaming debuts.

The Icon Film Channel will be available via the existing Prime Video app to watch on smart TVs, iOS and Android mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire tablets and games consoles.

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