Criterion to shift to Dual-Format Blu-ray/DVD releases in November

August 20, 2013 | By

Starting this November, Criterion will begin releasing titles as Dual-Format Blu-ray / DVD editions, a cost-saving strategy that’s already present on some indie UK labels like Eureka, and has been applied to select releases from Shout Factory and Synapse Films.

‘Future proofed’ might be a little bit of a stretch – the term sounds like a marketing word to assuage lingering fence-sitters before taking the inevitable BR plunge – but Criterion’s Peter Becker goes through the practical reasons releasing titles on separate DVD and BR editions no longer makes sense.

See the label’s Current section for Becker’s lengthy blog. The first batch of Dual-Format releases will include Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha, Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights, Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story, and the 25 film monster boxed set Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman.



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