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Even Criterion Moves Online

Even Criterion Moves Online

A few months ago, we had a meeting with Criterion president Peter Becker and he walked us through the company’s plans to bring some of its high-art catalog to online downloads. It was super early and super secret at that point, so I kinda forgot about it, and when news broke last week about the launch of said service I sorta missed it. But this is an announcement no one should miss. The Criterion Collection’s Online Cinematheque offers a host of top-quality classics in a great viewing environment. And, for a pretty low price. Some of the highlights in the initial offering include: Lodge Kerrigan’s Clean, Shaven, Barbet Schroeder’s General Idi Amin Dada, Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris, Jane Campion’s Sweetie, and Louis Malle’s Au Revoir Les Enfants. I hope this service is a success, because no one has fully cracked the foreign-language arena for digital downloads. If anyone can do it, Criterion can.

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