Best Covers

by ggfanjase

Created 07/08/12

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Best covers from the Criterion Collection. Unique cover art and best representation of their respective films score biggest points here.

Covers are one of my favorite things about the CC and one of the things I love looking forward to each month after the new releases are announced.

Also, the CC could make a KILLING offering these covers as posters. Just sayin'.


  • By Drew Phillips
    July 09, 2012
    11:15 PM

    The Third Man and The Phantom of Liberty as well
    • By ggfanjase
      July 10, 2012
      02:23 AM

      Agreed re: The Phantom of Liberty (I almost put it here!) but actually nearly all of the Buñuel covers can be placed here, I just wanted to be shrewd with this list and at 100+, there's still about two dozen others I left out that were noteworthy. I wanted these to be the ones that jump out at me as the Best.
  • By Celine-Julie
    July 11, 2012
    07:10 PM

    love those, and my fave closeup cover is man who fell to earth, though brds come pretty close. please give me feedback on my wish list and collection and stuff.
  • By Mike Prado
    August 23, 2012
    05:34 PM

    Wow, this is one heck of a list. I think you got half the collection here! haha But I know how you feel, the covers are real selling points. I love nearly all of them! I can't stand movie posters these days. But then, the movies they're advertising are aimed at the same audience: the masses. Zero attention spans, no patience, no appreciation. Everything has to be in your face and shoved down your throat (just in case you forgot that Channing Tatum is the star of this show - OMG!!!) Ugh... I wish movie posters were more like Criterion's artwork, but hey, I can settle for premium DVD/Blu-ray covers instead!
    • By ggfanjase
      August 24, 2012
      07:06 PM

      Agreed. But yeah, I had to include all the ones I thought were legitimately great and/or represented their movie in the best and most striking way. And I think I even left off some good ones. lol
  • By ggfanjase
    October 15, 2012
    08:45 PM

    The just-released upgraded cover on The Tin Drum is fantastic, I must say. Added to this list now.
  • By Manish M.
    October 18, 2012
    09:31 PM

    the Belle de jour cover is my personal favorite with The Red Shoes as a close 2nd
    • By ggfanjase
      October 19, 2012
      05:38 PM

      That watercolor rendering of Deneuve on the Belle De Jour cover is to die for. The eyes! I love a good closeup and the one used for the Red Shoes cover is amazing and sums up the whole film perfectly.
  • By WillemDafoe
    August 27, 2014
    03:17 PM

    Almost the entire collection is worthy of being on this list, but my favorite would have to be Dead Ringers, Paris, Texas, and Solaris. They should definitely sell more of their spine numbers as posters if not all of them.
    • By ggfanjase
      September 09, 2014
      09:55 PM

      I think that's probably my number one personal request to Criterion these days. I know, I know... licencing and artists' copyright and everything would be crazy to navigate for them, I'm sure, but they would make a KILLING. Especially during sales, can you imagine? I can think of about two dozen that I would buy right this exact moment.