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.