The Criterion Collection recently unveiled their latest endeavor in bringing audiences top-quality films via top-quality DVD experiences. The new label is called “Eclipse,” and it is introduced by Criterion chief Peter Becker with the words, “Each month we’ll present a short series, usually three to five films, focusing on a particular director or theme. There will be no supplements and the master materials will be the best we can find, but they won’t be full Criterion restorations. Retail pricing for each set will average under $15 per disc, and we are examining the logistics of making the sets available at an even more favorable rate on a subscriber or club basis.”
The first release to hit the market is Early Bergman, a collection of Ingmar Bergman’s first few films. Next up is a collection of Louis Malle documentaries. Over at Premiere.com (courtesy of GreenCine), Glen Kenny chats with Peter Becker about Eclipse, and the wonderfully eclectic legacy of Criterion.