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Jonathan Turell

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And Then There Were Five . . .
And Then There Were Five . . .

Alan Bean, one of twelve astronauts to leave their footprints on the moon, left us last weekend at the age of eighty-six.

Back to #1: Grand Illusion
Back to #1: Grand Illusion

Our very first DVD edition, Jean Renoir’s masterpiece Grand Illusion, streams on the Criterion Channel in celebration of the film’s eightieth anniversary.

William Becker, 1927–2015
William Becker, 1927–2015

Our CEO commemorates Criterion’s cofounder, who was also a friend, partner, and father figure.

As You Wish: Remembering Peter Falk
As You Wish: Remembering Peter Falk

I’m not sure when I became a Peter Falk fan. I fondly remember watching Columbo on Sunday evenings with my parents more than forty years ago. I’m happy to say it’s a tradition that I’ve kept up with my own four kids, and my nine-year-old is e…

By Jonathan Turell

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Thinking Outside the Box
Three weeks in . . .

More than a year ago, Peter and I were in the midst of discussions about how we wanted to launch the Criterion cinematheque. Over time, those discussions expanded to include every department at Criterion. We wanted to have a single website that conti…

By Jonathan Turell


Point A to Point B

I’ve always been fascinated by the details of getting places. Bill Becker would often say that the best part of a trip for me was getting there and back—what happened while I was there was less important. Figuring out how to get from one place to…

By Jonathan Turell


Views from the Other Side of the Mountain

I’m on a flight back from the Telluride Film Festival and two and a half great days in the mountains. Telluride has been an important festival for Criterion and Janus for years. It’s a great opportunity to mingle with filmmakers and others who wo…

By Jonathan Turell


On Mail, Imagination, and Resolutions

As we get back from vacation, the e-mail boxes are full. Kim, several of the other producers, and I have been doing our best to get to it all, but it’s beginning to pile up. We’ve been pretty good about getting to mail regarding damaged discs, mi…

By Jonathan Turell


A Personal Day

I’ve started writing this several times, and each time I’ve gotten diverted. Originally, I wrote about our troops in Iraq and the fact that we had sent along DVDs for the holidays, but I had a hard time equating our DVD donation with them putting…

By Jonathan Turell


What’s in a Name?

Almost exactly twelve years ago, we were fervently working on the launch of a big website with tons of content called voyagerco.com. This was in the fall of 1994, and if you're wondering how long ago that was in web years, Netscape 1.0 wasn't even re…

By Jonathan Turell


Home Movies

I had said that I was going to write about growing up with a projector in my attic, and Peter’s writing about home last week brought back some memories. Movies were cool. In the late sixties, my father would bring home the Films Incorporated catalo…

By Jonathan Turell


Two Steps Away from the County Line . . .

It’s been a few weeks since Peter and I started this blog, and we are gratified that the response has been so positive. We debated for a while whether or not I should have hot-linked my email address last week, and I’m glad that I did. I received…

By Jonathan Turell


One Step Ahead of the Shoeshine . . .

There’s a store called Stew Leonard’s near where I live. When you walk in, you can see the customer service rules hanging above the entrance. It’s simple—there are only two: Rule one: The customer is always right; Rule two: When in doubt, see…

By Jonathan Turell


Debates Around the Office

For years now, Peter has been the public face of Criterion. It’s great to have my partner fielding the brunt of the questions, sitting on the panels, and speaking poetically for all of us. We’ve been partners now for about a dozen years, and ever…

By Jonathan Turell