TV Answer Man Why
Is a Criterion Collection Blu-ray So Special?
By Swanni Follow @SwanniOnTV
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Q. I notice that
sometimes you will refer to a new Blu-ray release from the
Criterion Collection as if it's something special. What makes a
Criterion Collection release different from any other Blu-ray?
-- Edgar, Washington, D.C.
The Criterion Collection is a video distribution company that
has a long history of working with with filmmakers and
film scholars to ensure that a classic film looks the way the
director would want when it's released on disc.
which has been involved in film distribution and remastering
since the LaserDisc days, won't issue a new release unless it's
been thoroughly vetted by some of cinema's top authorities.
That's not to say that your average, run-of-the-mill studio
release is of poor quality. But the Criterion team spends more
time and resources on quality control. It's their trademark.
Plus, a Criterion Blu-ray release will include supplemental
material that you can't find anywhere else. For example, the
Criterion Blu-ray disc of
Brazil features the following:
* Restored HD digital transfer of Terry Gilliam's 142-minute
director's cut, supervised by Gilliam;
* Audio commentary by Gilliam;
* A 30-minute on-set documentary on the film;
* A 60-minute documentary on the controversy surrounding the
* A 94-minute cut of the film produced by the studio to make it
* A production notebook from Gilliam's personal collection;
And a whole lot more.
As you can see, the Criterion release is for the true movie
lover. Not only do you get to watch the movie in crystal-clear
high-def, you get a chance to learn about its history, why it
was made and what was done in the production process.
Buying a Criterion movie is like taking a course in film school.