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Criterion Presents Janus Contemporaries

Starting this fall, Criterion will proudly join Janus Films in presenting Janus Contemporaries, a new line of home-video editions of first-run releases, fresh from theaters, following their streaming premieres on the Criterion Channel.

How to Get Your Citizen Kane Blu⁠-⁠ray Disc 1 Replaced

We discovered this weekend that there is a problem with Blu-ray disc 1 in all of our Citizen Kane editions that affects the contrast in the feature film. We’ll be making replacements available to all of our customers!

Citizen Kane to Lead Criterion’s First 4K Slate

We’re thrilled to announce the first of our 4K Ultra HD releases.

World of Wong Kar Wai: Director’s Note

Many of the films in this box set are presented in new versions that feature adjustments prompted by the restoration process. Here Wong explains what compelled him to make these changes.

The Gift of Room Tone

One of our editors made this as a gift for the Criterion community. We hope you enjoy it!

By Daniel Reis

A Message from Criterion

An update on how we’ve been doing and what you can expect from us in the coming weeks!

Happy New Year!

See if you can guess what we have coming up in 2020.

Site Updates

We have some improvements coming to the website in the next month. Here’s an update on what we’re working on!

Happy New Year!

See if you can guess what we have coming up in 2019.

Welcome to Our New Site

Check out our first redesign in ten years, with richer publishing, smoother e-commerce, and direct links to FilmStruck—and it even looks great on your phone!

By Peter Becker

Big Changes to My Criterion

Heads-up: My Criterion is going offline temporarily at the end of the month. We’ll let you know when it comes back, new and improved, later this year.

New UK Releases for April 2018
This month, two sparkling comedies head to the United Kingdom in their Criterion editions: The Awful Truth, Leo McCarey’s 1937 Oscar-winning screwball classic, and Edouard Molinaro’s subversive 1978 farce La Cage aux Folles. Head over to Amazon t…
A Special Announcement from Jim Jarmusch

Stranger Than Paradise is coming back to theaters stranger than ever! Get a taste of what this indie landmark looks like in the form its director originally intended.

New UK Releases for March 2018

Our editions of Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence and Edward Yang’s Yi Yi reach the UK this week.

TCM Brings Hollywood Classics to FilmStruck

Classic Hollywood lovers have a lot to celebrate: FilmStruck has added hundreds of titles from the Warner Bros. library, including Casablanca, Citizen Kane, and Singin’ in the Rain.

New UK Releases for February 2018
This month, two cult favorites make their way to the United Kingdom in their Criterion editions: Jonathan Demme’s 1986 kinky romantic thriller Something Wild and George A. Romero’s groundbreaking 1968 horror classic Night of the Living Dead.
New UK Releases for January 2018
This month, we’re bringing two essential Criterion editions to the United Kingdom: Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1962 debut feature, Ivan’s Childhood, a haunting depiction of World War II through the eyes of a young boy; and Delmer Daves’s 1957 western …
Happy New Year!

A sneak peek at what we’re working on for 2018.

New UK Releases for October 2017
This month, just in time for Halloween, two chilling tales are headed to the United Kingdom in their Criterion editions: Carnival of Souls, Herk Harvey’s macabre 1962 B-movie masterpiece, and The Lure, a boldly feminist mermaid musical from Polish …
A Sneak Peek at 100 Years of Olympic Films

In anticipation of the December release of our biggest box set ever, we’ve made a trailer to give you a taste of what’s inside.

New UK Releases for August 2017
This month, two captivating masterworks make their way to the United Kingdom in their Criterion editions: Lord of the Flies, Peter Brook’s provocative 1963 tale of savage youth, and The Music Room, Satyajit Ray’s radiant 1958 portrait of a fallen…
Announcing 100 Years of Olympic Films

We are thrilled to announce the December 5 release of 100 Years of Olympic Films, a landmark box set that documents the history of the Olympic Games through the lenses of an international array of filmmakers.

New UK Releases for July 2017
This month, the United Kingdom welcomes Criterion editions of two immersive masterworks of world cinema: Edward Yang’s 1991 coming-of-age epic A Brighter Summer Day and Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 metaphysical odyssey Stalker. Head over to Amazon t…
Back to #1: Grand Illusion

Our very first DVD edition, Jean Renoir’s masterpiece Grand Illusion, streams on the Criterion Channel in celebration of the film’s eightieth anniversary.

By Jonathan Turell