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    This week, Time is all too happy to judge a movie by its cover. Gilbert Cruz, an editor at the magazine, has compiled a list called “Top 10 Cool Criterion Collection Covers.” Cruz’s taste in design tends toward illustration over photography, though the films he’s chosen make for an eclectic bunch themselves. At number one is Sam Smith’s fanged feline for Nobuhiko Obayashi’s horror show House (above; “There’s just something about this that says, ‘Watch me or I will eat you.’”). The rest of the lineup includes the brand-new artwork by Dave Plunkert of Spur Design for Diabolique (below); the graphic artist Seth’s representation of Make Way for Tomorrow (“Just looking at this art—everything about the posture of those two indicates that they know they’ll never see each other again—makes one want to start sobbing”); Olly Moss’s eye-catchingly minimal cover for The Great Dictator; Neil Kellerhouse’s “simple, stark” update of the Seventh Seal cover; Daniel Clowes’s cartoon mindscape for Shock Corridor; Lucien S. Y. Yang’s Wyeth-esque realism for Days of Heaven; the “clean and cool and stylish” look Steve Chow delivered for Pierrot le fou; Eric Chase Anderson’s delicate Royal Tenenbaums drawings; and Modern Times, also by Sam Smith and featuring Charlie Chaplin as the ultimate gearhead. What are your favorites?



  • By DeepFocusReview
    February 22, 2011
    08:47 PM

    My personal favorite is "Throne of Blood". That needs to be a poster in your Store. Just gorgeous. Although I'd love to have a 27x40 poster of that lovely new "Diabolique" image too. How about it, Criterion?
  • By KPM
    February 23, 2011
    09:56 AM

    I would love to see more posters become available.
  • By Roy Harris
    February 23, 2011
    07:50 PM

    Besides all the work that Criterion puts in the movies and supplements, I look at the covers as works of art. I think the best cover is Crumb. I also really like House, Equinox, Mystery Train, Dazed and Confused, Chungking Express, Modern Times and Flesh for Frankenstein.
  • By DeanK
    February 27, 2011
    05:26 PM

    There are so many but here are a few: CRONOS – Stunning Mike Mignola art. DAYS OF HEAVEN – Feels like the film. DIABOLIQUE – Evocative of the film and it's period. So pulpy and pretty. Makes me want it. HOUSE has the most eye-catching cover. Memorable, creepy, funny & oddly charming--just like the film. HUNGER – So simple, but intense and moving. MODERN TIMES – Chaplin as gear head. Well done! Also: CHUNGKING EXPRESS JEANNE DIELMAN ROBINSON CRUSOE ON MARS VAMPYR VIVRE SA VIE