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The Criterion Collection on DVD: complete list
The Criterion Collection on laserdisc will be available at a later date; thank you for your patience.

What Is the Criterion Collection

The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films, began 17 years ago with a mission: to pull the treasures of world cinema out of the film vaults and put them into the hands of collectors. Each film published under the Criterion banner represents cinema at its finest. Since the Collection's inception, we've seen a lot of things change. But one thing remains constant: our commitment to publishing the defining moments of cinema in the world's best editions.

Through laserdisc and now with DVD, we are proud to know that over the years, Criterion has helped to set standards of excellence throughout the industry. For each disc, we track down the best available film elements in the world. We use state of the art telecining equipment, and work with a select few colorists who are capable of meeting our rigorous standards, taking time during the film to video transfer to create the most pristine image and sound. Whenever possible, we work with directors and cinematographers to insure that the look of our discs does justice to their intenetions. Above all, we never crop, scan, or squeeze the image on our discs. Each film in the Collection is presented is uncut, in its original aspect ratio, making the home viewing experience as close as possible to the original theatrical presentation.

Longtime Criterion collectors -- to whom we owe our thanks -- have come to trust the Criterion banner as a symbol of the highest technical quality and the best in world cinema. We continue to receive letters from customers who are glad to have taken chances on movies they didn't know just because we had given it our seal of approval. Our top priority is never to disappoint that trust.

This collection is a collaboration of filmmakers, studios and the Criterion crew all committed to one thing: preserving our collective film heritage.

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