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.