ByJonathan J Moya, writer at Creators.co
Movie loving owner of a fashion boutique.
Jonathan J Moya

The discerning film fan knows that the Criterion Collection produces the 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:

John Cassavetes: Five Films

John Cassavetes: Five Films, 1959-1977 Illustration by Lucien S.Y. Yang
John Cassavetes: Five Films, 1959-1977 Illustration by Lucien S.Y. Yang

Alfred Hitchcock: The Man Who Knew Too Much

“The Man Who Knew Too Much,” directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1934 Illustration by Bill Nelson
“The Man Who Knew Too Much,” directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1934 Illustration by Bill Nelson

Roberto Rossellini’s War Trilogy

Roberto Rossellini’s “War Trilogy,” 1945-1948 Illustration by Jason Hardy
Roberto Rossellini’s “War Trilogy,” 1945-1948 Illustration by Jason Hardy

David Cronenberg: Scanners

Scanners,” directed by David Cronenberg, 1981 Illustration by Connor Willumsen
Scanners,” directed by David Cronenberg, 1981 Illustration by Connor Willumsen

The Complete Jacques Toti

The Complete Jacques Tati, 1949-1974 Illustration by David Merveille
The Complete Jacques Tati, 1949-1974 Illustration by David Merveille

Louise Malle: Zazie at the Metro

“Zazie at the Metro,” directed by Louis Malle, 1960 Illustration by Yann Legendre
“Zazie at the Metro,” directed by Louis Malle, 1960 Illustration by Yann Legendre

Federico Fellini: Amarcord

Art by painter Caitlin Kuhwald
Art by painter Caitlin Kuhwald

Gimme Shelter

Design by Frank Kozik
Design by Frank Kozik

Jean Renoir: Grand Illusion

Art by Paul Davis
Art by Paul Davis

Aki Kaurismäki: Le Havre

Art by Manuele Fior
Art by Manuele Fior

Michelangelo Antonioni: L'avventura

Design by Sam Smyth
Design by Sam Smyth
Set of four limited-edition fine-art prints by Darwyn Cooke, featuring his artwork for the Criterion Collection Monsters and Madmen box set, which includes The Atomic Submarine, Corridors of Blood, First Man into Space, and The Haunted Strangler.
Set of four limited-edition fine-art prints by Darwyn Cooke, featuring his artwork for the Criterion Collection Monsters and Madmen box set, which includes The Atomic Submarine, Corridors of Blood, First Man into Space, and The Haunted Strangler.

Jim Jarmusch: Mystery Train

Designed and handcrafted by the letterpress artisans at Yee-Haw Industries in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Designed and handcrafted by the letterpress artisans at Yee-Haw Industries in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Byron Haskin: Robinson Crusoe on Mars

Limited-edition fine-art print by Bill Sienkiewicz, featuring his artwork for the Criterion Collection release of Byron Haskin’s Robinson Crusoe on Mars.
Limited-edition fine-art print by Bill Sienkiewicz, featuring his artwork for the Criterion Collection release of Byron Haskin’s Robinson Crusoe on Mars.

Volker Schlöndorff: The Tin Drum

Design by David Plunkert
Design by David Plunkert

Jean-Luc Godard: Vivre Sa Vie

Design by Steve Chow
Design by Steve Chow

Rainer Werner Fassbinder: World on Wire

Design by Sam’s Myth
Design by Sam’s Myth

Orson Welles: F for Fake

Cover by Neil Kellerhouse
Cover by Neil Kellerhouse

Federico Fellini: La Dolce Vita

Cover by Eric Skillman
Cover by Eric Skillman

George Sluizer: The Vanishing

Cover by Lucien S. Y. Yang
Cover by Lucien S. Y. Yang

Les Blank: Always for Pleasure

Cover by Eric Skillman
Cover by Eric Skillman

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