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  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Johnny Depp
  • Directors: Abbas Kiarostami, Adam Bernstein, Adam Yauch, Agnès Varda, Akira Kurosawa
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of discs: 282
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: November 2, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006A05RM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #773,443 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Special Features

  • The Criterion Collection Holiday 2004 Gift Set consists of all of their published DVDs through October 2004 (except for the out-of-print editions): that's 241 titles on 282 discs and includes a Certificate of Authenticity
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For this unprecedented collection of Criterion Collection DVDs, it's easier to talk about what's not in the massive collection: namely, a few future releases and several films that have had the rights returned to the original studio. But that's only 20 titles out of the 261-title library (as of fall 2004). Criterion set the standard in Laser Discs in the first digital age. Although other studios create some great DVDs, no one has matched Criterion for consistently producing fabulous-looking, extras-laden films on DVD, especially if your thing is classic or international films. The care in print and sound quality is a marvel. Something like the 1932 comedy Trouble in Paradise shouldn't look like it was made yesterday. The reconstruction of the original 1928 print of The Passion of Joan the Arc is legendary. Subtitles are always new and reexamined for translation; original aspect ratios and sound design are carefully presented.

Being about "a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films," Criterion has developed relationships with many top directors, including Steven Soderberg (Traffic), Terry Gilliam (Brazil), David Cronenberg (Dead Ringers), and Robert Altman (Short Cuts). The extras are not fodder from the publicity train, and often outside sources round out the retrospection of the film. What other company would conceive of presenting Truffaut's Antoine Doinel series this way? The label is so strong, film mavens often buy the next Criterion disc without knowing anything about it (ever heard of Onibaba, The Ballad of a Solider, or the Orphic Trilogy?). Either they know they are getting a history in film, or they don't want a gap in the numeric order of releases (plus Criterion discs hold their value better than most DVDs). Either way, this collection is the ultimate way to quickly start your cinema library, be it for your organization, office, or suddenly bigger home collection. As you ponder over the striking cover art or read a printed essay, know this: all classic films--and many contemporary ones--dream of being a Criterion disc. There is no better digital fate. --Doug Thomas

From the Back Cover

Now available for the first time, The Criterion Collection is proud to present its prestigious collection of films together in one gift set! Totaling 282 discs, The Criterion Collection Holiday 2004 Gift Set consists of all of their published DVDs through October 2004 (except for the out-of-print editions): that's 241 titles on 282 discs and includes a Certificate of Authenticity. This much sought after collection of films is the most significant archive of contemporary filmmaking available to the home viewer. Included in this set:

Alexander Nevsky Hiroshima Mon Amour Pornographers
Ali: Fear Eats The Soul Honeymoon Killers Port Of Shadows
All That Heaven Allows Hopscotch Pygmalion
Alphaville Horse's Mouth, The Quai Des Orfevres
Amarcord I Am Curious - Blue Rainer Werner Fassbinder: The BRD Trilogy
And God Created Woman I Am Curious - Yellow Rashomon
And The Ship Sails On I Am Curious Yellow/Blue Set Ratcatcher
Andrei Rublev I Fidanzati Red Beard
Armageddon I Know Where I'm Going! Red Shoes
Autumn Sonata I Vitelloni Renoir Boxed Set: Stage & Spectacle
Ballad Of A Soldier Ikiru Richard Iii
Band Of Outsiders Il Posto Rififi
Battle Of Algiers, The Importance Of Being Earnest, The Rock, The
Beastie Boys In The Mood For Love Royal Tenenbaums. The
Beauty And The Beast Indiscretion Of An American Wife/Terminal Station Rules Of The Game
Bed And Board Ingmar Bergman Makes A Movie Ruling Class, The
Big Deal On Madonna Street Ingmar Bergman: A Film Trilogy Rushmore
Billy Liar Insomnia Salesman
Black Narcissus Ivan The Terrible I & II Salvatore Giuliano
Black Orpheus Jimi Plays Monterey/Shake! Otis At Monterey/Outtake Performances Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto
Blob, The John Cassavetes: Five Film Boxed Set Samurai II: Duel At Ichijoji Temple
Blood Of A Poet Jubilee Samurai III: Duel At Ganryu Island
Bob Le Flambeau Juliet Of The Spirits Sanjuro
Branded To Kill Killers Double Disc Special Edition Scarlet Empress, The
Brazil Killing Of A Chinese Bookie. The Scenes From A Marriage
Brief Encounter Knife In The Water Schizopolis
By Brakhage, An Anthology Kwaidan Secret Honor
Carl Theodor Dreyer Boxed Set La Strada Seven Samurai
Carnival Of Souls Lady Eve, The Seventh Seal
Charade Lady Vanishes Shadows
Chasing Amy Last Temptation Of Christ, The Shock Corridor
Children Of Paradise Last Wave, The Shop On Main Street
Cleo From 5 To 7 L'Avventura Silence, The Sisters
Cocteau's Orphic Trilogy Boxed Set Le Corbeau Slacker
Constant Forge, A Le Dames Du Bois De Boulogne Smiles Of A Summer Night
Contempt Le Million Solaris
Coup De Grace Le Trou Spartacus
Coup De Torchon Leopard, The Stolen Kisses
Cranes Are Flying Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp Stories Of Floating Weeds
Cries And Whispers Lola Stray Dog
Day Of Wrath Long Good Friday Sullivan's Travels
Devil And Daniel Webster, The Lord Of The Flies Summertime
Diabolique Lost Honor Of Katherina Blum, The Tanner '88
Diary Of A Chambermaid Love On The Run Taste Of Cherry
Diary Of A Country Priest Loves Of A Blonde Testament Of Dr. Mabuse
Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie, The Lower Depths, The Testament Of Orpheus
Do The Right Thing M. Hulot's Holiday That Obscure Object Of Desire
Double Suicide Magic Flute Third Man
Down By Law Maitresse 39 Steps
Early Summer Mamma Roma 3 Women
Eight & 1/2 Man Bites Dog Throne Of Blood
Eisenstein: The Sound Years Boxed Set Marriage Of Maria Braun. The Through A Glass Darkly
Element Of Crime Mon Oncle Time Bandits
Elena And Her Men Mona Lisa Tin Drum, The
Eyes Without A Face Monterey Pop Tokyo Drifter
Faces Monterey Pop Festival Boxed Set Tokyo Olympiad
Fat Girl Monty Python's Life Of Brian Tokyo Story
Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas Most Dangerous Game Traffic
Fiend Without A Face My Life As A Dog Trouble In Paradise
Firemen's Ball My Man Godfrey Truffaut's Adventures Of Antoine Doinel Boxed Set
Fishing With John My Metier Tunes Of Glory
For All Mankind Naked Kiss Umberto D
400 Blows. The Naked Lunch Under The Roofs Of Paris
French Cancan Nanook Of The North Vagabond
General Idi Amin Dada Vanishing, The
George Washington Night Porter Variety Lights
Gertrud Night To Remember Veronika Voss
Gimme Shelter Nights Of Cabiria Videodrome
Golden Coach. The Nous La Liberte, A

These out-of-print titles are not included: Beauty & The Beast (Original Release, Spine # 6), The Bank Dick; Blood For Dracula; Dead Ringers; Flesh For Frankenstein; Hard Boiled; How To Get Ahead In Advertising; The Killer; M (Original Release, Spine #30); Notorious; Playtime; Rebecca; Robocop; Salo; Sid & Nancy; The Silence Of The Lambs; Spellbound; Straw Dogs; The Unbearable Lightness Of Being, The; and This Is Spinal Tap.

About The Criterion Collection
The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films, is dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world and publishing them in editions that offer the highest technical quality and award-winning, original supplements. Criterion began with a mission to pull the treasures of world cinema out of the film vaults and put them in the hands of collectors. Now in its 20th year, all of the films published under the Criterion banner represent cinema at its finest.

The Criterion Collection DVD Process
The foundation of the collection is the work of such masters of cinema as Renoir, Godard, Kurosawa, Cocteau, Fellini, Bergman, Tarkovsky, Hitchcock, Fuller, Lean, Kubrick, Lang, Sturges, Dreyer, Eisenstein, Ozu, Sirk, Buñuel, Powell and Pressburger. Each film is presented uncut, in its original aspect ratio, as its maker intended it to be seen. For every disc, we track down the best available film elements in the world, use state-of-the-art telecine equipment and a select few colorists capable of meeting our rigorous standards, and take time during the film-to-video digital transfer to create the most pristine possible image and sound. Whenever possible, we work with directors and cinematographers to assure that the look of our releases does justice to their intentions. Our supplements enable viewers to appreciate Criterion films in context, through audio commentaries by filmmakers and scholars, restored director's cuts, deleted scenes, documentaries, shooting scripts, early shorts, and storyboards.

Customer Reviews

That is also a good place to buy Criterion DVDs as they are usually 30% or so below retail.
Susan Christiansen
While nothing can replace my education, I have gained as much knowledge and love for cinema through watching Criterion DVDs as I have at school.
huntergrayson
Look over the titles in this MEGA-HUGE collection, and you'll find many of the greatest films ever made.
Ed N

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

72 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Susan Christiansen on October 6, 2005
Format: DVD
Obviously many people feel very heated that this is not the complete Criterion set, however that is part of what makes the set so valuable. As Criterion dvds go out of print, they go way up in value (some almost up to $1000 each!!). An investment in Criterion is indeed a financial one as well as a cultural one. More of these DVDs will go out of print in the future as well.

If you really are wanting to obtain the whole collection (I am in my second year of obtaining this goal), there are a few things you should know. First, beward of bootlegs. You can consult the Criterion website to learn more about them: [...]. That is also a good place to buy Criterion DVDs as they are usually 30% or so below retail.

Following is a list of all Criterion DVDs that have gone out of print as well as about what you should expect to pay for them:

1. Spine #2--Seven Samurai (1954)
This has since been reprinted (got to [...] to read up on the differences between first printings and second printings of dvds), so you can obtain the second printing for around $20. The first printing, however, is said by Criterion to be the hardest to find, but it is possible. I bought it from a seller on this website for $100 and there are still a few others listed. The first printing of this edition has the barcode on the bottom right rather of the dvd (it's on the top right on the reprint).

2. Spine #5--The 400 Blows (1959)
This has also since been reprinted, however as part of a boxed set (The Adventures of Antoine Doinel #185). This DVD, said to be the third hardest to find, is also available for purchase from sellers on this website for around $100 and well worth the price.
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56 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Funky Kikuchiyo on November 1, 2004
Format: DVD
I haven't seen all of the movies in this set, but I've long been a fan of the Criterion Collection for having great transfers of great movies that unfortunately get overlooked far too much by other distributors. But, talk about sticker shock! Of course you're getting a lot of movies, but I wanted to share my math . . . the price as of this review is $5250, and it includes 282 discs in total, with 241 titles. So, that comes to $18.62 per disc, or $21.78 per title. It doesn't seem like one is saving a lot of money by purchasing this box set over aquiring your favorites individually. In fact, it would probably be cheaper to get them individually, since one person is not likely to want to own them all, and anyone likely to be looking at this set probably already owns a few of their favorites. Normally box sets save you a lot of money, but that doesn't seem to be the case here. It is a bit cheaper since Criterion is still fairly expensive, but $20 for a DVD these days is no bargain.
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70 of 83 people found the following review helpful By D. Mok on December 7, 2004
Format: DVD
I love The Criterion Collection. This series has consistently produced the finest DVDs I've seen, with the richest and most detailed bonus materials, geared towards film lovers and even filmmakers. Just compare the Criterion editions of RoboCop and Traffic with the current official editions to see the difference.

However, even an avid Criterion fan like myself would not advise getting this collection, unless you were attempting to build a comprehensive film collection on DVD. The quality of the product is not the issue. Rather, it's a question of: How many of us would buy nearly 250 films on DVD in one fell swoop?

Even more importantly, this collection does not include The Criterion Collection's out-of-print titles. If it did, even I might have been tempted just a little. Off the top of my head, you'll be missing Criterion editions of John Woo's Hard-Boiled and The Killer (the latter of which fetches nearly $300 on eBay), David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers, RoboCop, Flesh for Frankenstein, even Notorious. The fast expiry of some of its titles is a problem Criterion has always wrestled with, possibly because it's harder to get even a limited license to release films that have been picked up by major studios. So while it's not the company's fault, it still damages the collectibility and investment value of this $5,000 set substantially.

Finally, keep in mind that many Criterion films, especially films like Chasing Amy, Armageddon, The Rock, Seven Samurai and Walkabout, are very easy to find in second-hand bins. If you're interested in enough of these, you will end up paying less by buying them individually.

Once again, however, my rating is not a negative comment on the quality of these DVDs.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ed N on November 9, 2004
Format: DVD
I review (and own) a lot of Criterion DVDs, and I personally feel that most Criterion discs are of better quality (in terms of the movie, extras, scholarly content, etc.) than the discs from more mainstream companies. Look over the titles in this MEGA-HUGE collection, and you'll find many of the greatest films ever made.

Still, $5K is a waaay-outta here price for most consumers except crazy film buffs (like me) who are also extremely wealthy (not me, sigh). And of course, your postal delivery person won't be too happy at you for ordering this and breaking his/her back. But, the value ($17.7 per disc, 282 in all, or $20.7 per title, 241 in all) is quite good for Criterion discs.

If you have cash to burn, this is a solid value. Keep the films you like and auction off the few you don't.
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