Janus Films is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Janus, as well as its DVD sister arm the Criterion Collection, is renowned as the leader of bringing international cinema to the American public. As part of the celebration, there will be an impressive retrospective screening at this month’s New York Film Festival… and, there is the box set release. And what a box set it is. With 50 titles, a 240-page book, and pristine transfers, it sounds like it may warrant the $650 price tag. Here’s some of what Criterion had to say in a recent newsletter:
Coming in October: “Essential Art House: 50 Years of Janus Films,” an expansive collectors’ box set featuring fifty classic films on DVD and a illustrated hardcover book that tells the story of Janus Films through an essay by film historian Peter Cowie, a tribute from Martin Scorsese, and extensive notes on all fifty films, plus cast and credit listings and U.S. premiere information.
All the greats of world cinema are here: Bergman, Kurosawa, Truffaut, Tati, Renoir, Antonioni, Lean, Hitchcock, and so many more. We’re currently offering a special early fall, pre-order deal on Essential Art House: 50 Years of Janus Films, which includes a huge discount, complimentary T-shirts or hats, and free shipping. Plus you’ll be entered into a raffle for twenty-five free Criterion DVDs! Go to Janusfilms.com for more information!