The discerning film fan knows that theCriterion Collectionproducesthe most pristine, well-researched, feature packed classic, foreign, and independent films on DVD and BluRay.
Criterion is celebrating its 30th year in business by producing a gorgeous coffee table book. Criterion Designs has a picture index of all its DVD covers and includes works-in-progress, alternate covers and cutting-room-floor drafts of the 100 original interpretations represented, like Rossellini’s War Trilogy, early Cronenberg, select Hitchcock, vintage Charlie Chaplin, the complete Wes Anderson, and more.
Peter Becker, the President of Criterion,explains the company's mission:
“Even when an impossibly iconic image already exists for a film, we usually like to start over, look for a new way to present it graphically,” he explains. “These films are not museum pieces. They are alive, and we want our designs to reflect that, so we turn to top contemporary artists to look at the classics of world cinema with fresh eyes and communicate their vitality to today’s audiences.
So, without further ado, here are some of the greatest Criterion Collection covers: