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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  2. Being a whore for Criterion I must say that this post is a schematic for a good time. Check out ericskillman.blogspot.com. He is a designer for Criterion who keeps a process blog.

  3. @Ken – Thanks for the link. Consider me subscribed. :)

  4. You showed my favorite cover: The Man Who Fell To Earth. I actually won this and it comes with a limited edition redesigned version of the original novel the movie was based on, and that it a marvel to behold!

    I would love to design for Criterion *sigh*

  5. An Ode To Criterion Box Art…

    WellMedicated ha reunido sus 50 carátulas de DVD preferidas pertenecientes a la coleccion de cine clásico y contemporáneo The Criterion Collection….

  6. I have several of those in my dvd collection, but most of them were new to me. Nice work!

  7. Love, love, love The Criterion Collection artwork.

    Check out my interview with Ian Dingman, illustrator for the Bottle Rocket Criterion Collection cover.

    http://www.kylesteed.com/interview-ian-dingman/

  8. WOW, this is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Fabulous design! Thanks for putting this together!

    Alexandra @ modeflair.blogspot.com

  10. I’ve fell in love with your design,I love all of your web design !
    could you give me your E-mail ?
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  12. I was particularly happy that Criterion bundled an actual book together with the DVD of The Furies (the novel on which it is based). How’s that for added value! I wouldn’t mind if they kept getting more deluxe with the packaging, tucking in posters of these box designs for instance, or postcard film stills.

    The Days of Heaven box is pretty goddamn breathtaking.

  13. [...] A selection of the 50 best DVD covers from the Criterion Collection. Sure Criterion DVDs cost around $30 a pop, but I’m willing to shell out the extra cash for a great film that sits pretty on my shelf. [...]

  14. chungking express!!!

  15. All of them are absolutely gorgeous, but no Brazil?

    My literally weeps every time I look at it.

  16. All of them are absolutely gorgeous, but no Brazil?

    My heart literally weeps every time I look at it.

  17. Even though Andrew you are my brother, you are amazing and i am not just saying that because you are family :) You truly have a creative eye, and the personality to make something like this happen. Congrats and it has been a true delight to read what you have been up to!

    Jory Lindstrom / October 31st, 2008
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  20. You included a number of my favorites like “Le Samorai”, “Naked Lunch” and “The Third Man”, but the cover that grabs me every time I see it has to be “Sword of Doom”. Well done list.

  21. I’ve heard that films’ directors are invited to design Criterion Collection covers. Any truth to this?

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  23. no Rushmore!? Sad.

  24. @tara – I didn’t want to overload on Wes Anderson films so I just went with Bottle Rocket in hopes that less people have seen it as it’s a brand new design.

  25. [...] Criterion Collection now offering streaming full length films. I’m pretty sure this is the first private distributor to go up against Netflix and Hulu, but they’ve got a niche market of excellent art house and foreign films. There are only 17 films available for streaming so far, but if you like the movie, you get $5 off the DVD, which you’ll want because they’re responsible for all the great DVD cover art. [...]

  26. No ‘In the Mood for Love’? shame..

    A lot of these covers are done by aestheticapparatus. Check out their portfolio.. http://aestheticapparatus.com/portfolio.php?subsection=packaging&page=0

  27. All praise given to Criterion’s box art is well-deserved, thanks for the post.

    I’ve always thought their dvd menus deserve recognition as well – this is an under-appreciated area of the home-theater experience, and so many big studio films butcher the menus with fast montages of scenes you’re about to see anyways!

    Compare that to the Criterion’s menu screen for Seven Samurai – the film’s banner on a dark screen, with just the sound of rain. Or the Fear and Loathing menu, an over-the-shoulder shot of Ralph Steadman creating one of his iconic illustrations for the article/book.

    Criterion does everything right – I wish they had First Dibs on all film releases.

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  29. uhmmmm…RAN??

    that’s the coolest cover they ever did…

    good list nonetheless…

    M*A*S*H*E*D / December 1st, 2008
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  31. no SPARTACUS? it’s a beautiful image and a great package. the restored film and commentary (especially Ustinov) are priceless.

  32. Gorgeous. Now only if you’d included “Pickup on South Street.”

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  34. Sure they’re pretty, but I can’t remember the last time I actually bought one. Criterion is indisputably the best, but I’m actually kind of disappointed when they release a movie I like just because I know I’ll have to pay 30-40+ for it. This was fine in the early days of DVD when not everyone cared so much about transfers and quality, but now most studios do a pretty adequate job of releasing decent transfers, extras, etc. So it’s harder to justify shelling out the extra dough for CC DVDs, and I’d much rather a smaller DVD studio release them (the Anchor Bay “Man Who Fell to Earth” from a few years back was perfectly fine: great transfer, and great extras for 1/2 the price of CC).

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  36. In related news: back in August I did my own top 10 favourites from Criterion with some commentary (http://blog.cartelagency.com/2008/08/31/the-10-best-designed-criterion-collection-dvds/), and one of the in-house designers linked to the post and put up a list of all the specific designers featured on my list. Interesting stuff. (http://ericskillman.blogspot.com/2008/09/media-blitz-4-criterion-pride.html).

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  45. When I first found the Criterion site, I told a friend “this is the best design I’ve seen in a long, long time… if I actually purchased things, I would purchase them from this site.”

    (Trench isn’t much of a purchaser.)

    After drooling over the site, its design, and its absolutely wonderful flash player for the last week or so – I think it’s safe to say I couldn’t agree more.

  46. you had me at days of heaven

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  49. that is a handsome banner with LE SAMOURAI on it (one of my favorite movies). did you craft it? would i ever be able to use it? let me know at my blog.

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  52. I love so much here, but esp the minimalism of the Ice Storm cover and the wit of the typography on Scenes from a Marriage. Thanks for posting these.

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  65. Thanks For Author ;)

  66. Thank you :)

  67. I just wanted to let you know that I completely ripped off your idea (http://visualarts.slowcentury.com/post/77499878/50-beautiful-boxes-for-50-beautiful-films).

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

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  70. 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.

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

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  80. You have some that I was thinking about! These are great

  81. Absolutely superb collection. Made me go and try and track down a few of these titles – films I had never of but look superb!

    Trevor Gensch / April 24th, 2009
  82. the boxes are indeed great, even though some of the movies aren’t.

  83. Be the first kid on your block to collect ‘em all!!
    WHOOOOPIE.

    eatyrgarbage / May 21st, 2009
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  86. the best best cover, forever !!

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

  90. 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.

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

  92. 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.

  93. Can’t say more than .. terrific

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  95. Thank you……

    WONDERFUL Post.thanks for share..more wait .. ;)

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