Criterion Collection Arrives on iTunes


The Criterion Collection, film distribution company specializing in "gathering the greatest films from around the world" and releasing them in the highest quality, has debuted 46 of its 680 films on iTunes.
Criterion is offering a very small selection of films from their collection... but it is a start. They seem to be beginning with 46 films, including such hallmarks of cinema as Ingmar Bergman’s THE SEVENTH SEAL, Jean-Luc Godard’s BREATHLESS, Akira Kurosawa’s SEVEN SAMURAI, and Francois Truffaut’s THE 400 BLOWS.
Oddly, the movies are only available in HD on the iPad and Apple TV. Also disappointing is the lack of extras -- Criterion is famous for offering extremely high quality interviews and other extras in its releases. Regardless, the films [iTunes Store] are $14.99 to buy and $2.99 to rent.

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108 months ago
This is interesting to see, but Criterion is really the only reason to have physical media for films anymore. Criterion Blurays are fantastic in quality, production, special features and packaging (with essays).
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108 months ago
So many HD movies in iTunes aren't available via iTunes on a Mac. I don't understand why. Very frustrating.
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108 months ago
Can wait for Criterion's Debbie Does Dallas;)
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108 months ago
There goes what's left of Barnes and Noble's Music and DVD department! :(
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108 months ago

Speaking of which, when will we see DDD in HD 3-D?


Wouldn't that be 3-DD?
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108 months ago

Love it! I'm a very big fan of the Criterion Collection, especially releases of Akira Kurosawa's films.


I don't make films, but if I did, they'd have a Samurai...

;) :D
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108 months ago

This is interesting to see, but Criterion is really the only reason to have physical media for films anymore. Criterion Blurays are fantastic in quality, production, special features and packaging (with essays).


Given how strong Criterion's emphasis on the extras and the overall production package is, I find this oeuvre a little disappointing. Who knows, though, maybe they'll upgrade their offering after some initial success and offer a bigger package of more completely converted movies?
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108 months ago



So many HD movies in iTunes aren't available via iTunes on a Mac. I don't understand why. Very frustrating.

The obvious answer is that the content providers don't want the HD content on Macs/PCs because they are still worried about piracy. Since the Apple TV and iPad are both closed systems it makes it a little harder to copy the content over to a PC where the copy protection could be broken.

I think this is also ONE of the reasons why the Apple TV has never supported external, USB-attached hard drives. Also, I'm sure the content providers LOVE streaming for this very same reason -- it makes it harder to create a complete physical copy of the movie/TV show.
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108 months ago
The Seventh Seal. Now there's a movie to make your Friday evening go with a bang.
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108 months ago
Love it! I'm a very big fan of the Criterion Collection, especially releases of Akira Kurosawa's films.
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