Tuesday, September 1, 2009

"A Christmas Tale" Criterion

By Chase Kahn

Arnaud Desplechin's A Christmas Tale, an extremely well-acted and convincing French dysfunctional family drama, was announced as being released through Criterion on 11.10.09 about two weeks ago. Now, we finally get the cover art (as Criterion is unmatched in DVD cover art designs) and it's a pretty severe disappointment.

It looks very pristine and clear and well-mannered, but it's a bore. Plus I don't like the purplish/magenta vibe coming from it. And this is coming off of the disappointing Blu-ray design for Matteo Garrone's Gomorrah and the distinct drop-off in all-around support for the Blu-ray format in recent months. I'm not saying that the Criterion box art is suffering as a result of the toppling of DVD sales, but we're starting to feel that Redbox/Netflix movement even in niche markets like Criterion.


  1. http://criterion_production.s3.amazonaws.com/release_images/2356/486_box_348x490.jpg

    - Criterion's cover art for the film Homicide. I think it's just amazing, even though the film is only ok I almost want to buy the movie just for the DVD box :).

    I've yet to see A Christmas Tale, though I'll probably check it out soon enough :).

  2. I usually like anything from David Mamet, I might have to heck out "Homicide", as well. I don't love the box, but I like it.

    Wim Wenders' "Wings of Desire" has a great cover.