Over the weekend, my old college pal Peter Debruge posted this summary for the “Thompson on Hollywood” blog, where he dissects and ranks his Top 10 DVD packages. The impetus for the piece was the impressive new box art for Criterion’s release of Paul Schrader’s Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters. I have to agree, Criterion is known for making a pretty amazing package with each release. In fact, as DVD sales stall, I’m sure Criterion will always conquer. Their company’s M.O. is all about prestine presentation, and Mishima is no exception. The other Criterion release on Peter’s list is Truffaut’s The Adventures of Antoine Doinel box set. I would also include recent Criterion releases for Two-Lane Blacktop and Dazed and Confused (mentioned in the comments, and both designed by Austin’s Marc English). While I’m at it, the Criterion packages for Rohmer’s Six Moral Tales and Pontecorvo’s Battle of Algiers are also pretty nifty.
But, back to Peter’s list and rankings. He surveys a wide variety of releases, from Fight Club to Phantasm.