My Top 10 Criterion Editions on Blu-ray

by Grethiwha

Created 07/13/12

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Seeing as I've only started getting into the Criterion Collection and film collecting in general since blu-ray, it makes sense to list my favourite films that have received blu-ray releases. I can stick to 10 films okay, and they're all ones I actually own.

I've listed them in order of preference based on the strength of the films themselves (though my comments refer mostly to Criterion's presentation).

  • A fantastic release - I had no idea this was such a visually striking film until I saw Criterion's marvellous high-definition treatment of it.

  • What an exquisite packaging of one of my favourite films. The black-and white images on the inside of the cardboard casing really look fantastic, and the booklet included is by far the largest, most expansive and beautiful I've seen. Plus, a second disc full of wonderful extras. It's sublime!

  • This is a film I can watch again and again. A tour-de-force in every aspect, I'm so glad Criterion released this on blu-ray! It looks amazing!

  • This film is a masterpiece. And the extra-large booklet and extra-fancy packaging on this blu-ray are classy as fuck.

  • It's a shame the other two films in the old "Three Films by Hiroshi Teshigahara" DVD boxset weren't also upgraded, but this was the most important, and all the good extras from that set were ported over. Despite being fairly little-known, this is a movie that oughta be known by everyone; despite more than 50 years having passed since its making, it remains completely fresh and absolutely unique amongst cinema.

  • It cost me an arm and a leg, but I'm thankful I have this box set. This is another case of me not being able to appreciate the film's staggering beauty until I saw the blu-ray. I think from now on I will only watch the television version of the film but it was nice to be able to see the theatrical version as well, and the third disc devoted to the extras had some great stuff too.

  • This movie is absurdly entertaining and infinitely rewatchable. It's not the most overwhelming Criterion release in terms of packaging or extras (though what's there is fantastic), but God I'm happy to own it.

  • This is a film of much beautiful imagery and the blu-ray does not disappoint.

  • One of the most stunning presentations of a black-and-white film I've seen (or maybe that's just because my TV is calibrated properly now). Lynch's masterful audio-visual design does not disappoint on blu-ray. A packed edition.


  • By Filiusd99993
    October 27, 2012
    06:17 AM

    You sir, have great taste. (Though Ran is definitely superior to Kagemusha,)
  • By Tee_Jaxx
    October 19, 2016
    05:00 PM

    I second the above. Haven't seen Kagemusha but agree Ran is amazing!
    • By Grethiwha
      January 17, 2017
      10:47 PM

      Thanks! Actually my comment on Kagemusha was that it wasn’t as good as its sister film, but was still fantastic in its own right. Kagemusha recently got bumped off this list, but Ran is still one of top 5 films of all time, and doesn’t headline this list only because Criterion hasn’t released it on blu-ray.