Essential Art House, Volume I

Essential Art House, Volume I

Essential Art House, Volume I (Essential Art House DVD)

Essential Art House DVD

6 Discs

SRP: $99.95

Out of Print

Collector's Set Info

Indispensable cinema classics from Janus Films and the Criterion Collection. For the devoted cinephile, these are the must-own fundamentals; for the novice film lover, this is precisely where to begin. For Volume I, we present six films from directors Ingmar Bergman, Akira Kurosawa, Roman Polanski, Peter Brook, Jean Cocteau, and Jean Renoir.

Collector’s Set Includes

Beauty and the Beast box cover

Beauty and the Beast

Jean Cocteau 1946

The spectacular visions of enchantment, desire, and death in Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête) have become timeless icons of cinematic wonder.

Grand Illusion box cover

Grand Illusion

Jean Renoir 1937

Jean Renoir’s antiwar masterpiece Grand Illusion, hailed as one of the greatest films ever made, stars Jean Gabin and Pierre Fresnay as French soldiers held in a World War I German prison camp.

Knife in the Water box cover

Knife in the Water

Roman Polanski 1962

A husband, a wife, a stranger, a knife: Roman Polanski sets them all adrift on a weekend filled with simmering resentments and gut-churning suspense in his seminal psychological thriller, still one of the greatest feature debuts in film history.

Lord of the Flies box cover

Lord of the Flies

Peter Brook 1963

In the hands of the renowned experimental theater director Peter Brook, William Golding’s legendary novel about the primitivism lurking beneath civilization becomes a film as raw and ragged as the lost boys at its center.

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Akira Kurosawa 1950

A riveting psychological thriller that investigates the nature of truth and the meaning of justice Rashomon is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made.

Wild Strawberries box cover

Wild Strawberries

Ingmar Bergman 1957

Traveling to accept an honorary degree, Professor Isak Borg—masterfully played by veteran director Victor Sjöström—is forced to face his past, come to terms with his faults, and make peace with the inevitability of his approaching death.

Disc Features

  • Pristine digital transfer
  • Informative liner notes
  • New and improved English subtitle translation

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