An Ode To Criterion Box Art

For film nerds like myself, the Criterion Collection is the crème de la crème.  Every title in their incredible catalog is restored to pristine picture and sound quality and usually boasts some of the best bonus features out there.

But what is really seals the deal is Criterion’s gorgeous box art.  Every DVD in the Criterion Collection sports a completely original box art design.  They must have some of the best in-house designers working today as their DVD packaging just can’t be beat.  Needless to say, this makes it especially hard for the DVD collector to resist.

Here are 50 of my favorites…

Days Of Heaven

The Ice Storm

Le Samourai

Bottle Rocket

Vampyr

Two-Lane Blacktop

Trafic

Yi Yi

Naked Lunch

Yojimbo

F For Fake

Onibaba

Hoop Dreams

The Man Who Fell To Earth

Heaven Can Wait

Scenes From A Marriage

Fires On The Plain

Umberto D

The Atomic Submarine

The Face Of Another

The Leopard

Koko

Ivan’s Childhood

If…

La Commare Secca

The Third Man

The Double Life Of Veronique

Grey Gardens

Kicking And Screaming

Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas

Missing

Robinson Crusoe On Mars

Port Of Shadows

Fanny & Alexander

Metropolitan

Eyes Without A Face

Night And Fog

Brand Upon The Brain

The Honeymoon Killers

Bicycle Thieves

Ashes + Diamonds

Pierrot Le Fou

Secret Honor

The Bad Sleep Well

Jigoku

The Furies

Army Of Shadows

House Of Games

Amarcord

Source

Criterion has all of their box art (and the films to go with it) available on their website.

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  17. Thank you 🙂

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    I did give you credit for it though. Your list is really lovely.

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  21. Some are a little less than truly original. For example the very first on your page Days of Heaven looks like a total lift of Hopper’s House Behind the Railroad.

  22. excellent choices.
    A couple of my favorite Criterion covers are “Man Bites Dog” and “RoboCop”.

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  33. the boxes are indeed great, even though some of the movies aren’t.

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  40. you have good taste..i like it tooo…
    thanks for this page…

  41. Am so glad that I found your site. Love the collections of osters, specially the Polish ones and the Criterion ones. Found the old original and the Criterions interpretation of the film Robinson Crusoe on Mars’ (the original claiming to be scientifically accurate). Here, in India, it’s difficult to get hands on pulp/cult American movies (one of my fav genre) like Plan 9. It’s great to see the posters. These styles are also very inspirational, considering some of the sci-fi earlier styles have come back. take care.

  42. nice post. i love each and every criterion features.

  43. Very nice collection, thanks for taking the time to compile it. Just a note, I don’t know about the majority but Two Lane Blacktop was not done in-house. It was designed by the talented Marc English.

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