For a measly 650$ US, you can purchase the Criterion Collection – Essential Art House: 50 Years of Janus Films. It contains a hard cover book documenting the history of these films as well as 50 DVD’s which you know will be the highest quality.
Among these are some of my favorite Art House movies as well as plenty of others I have to see at some point in my life. Wild Strawberries, Jules And Jim, Seven Samurai, and The Seventh Seal (All reviews by Bosley Crowther of the NYT).
“The Janus Films icon—the black and white image, the lettering, the two faces on the seemingly ancient coin—meant that you were going to see something special, something new, something completely different from anything you’d ever seen before.” —Martin Scorsese
Janus Films opened American viewers’ eyes to the pleasures of Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, and François Truffaut at the height of their artistic powers. Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of this world-renowned distribution company with Essential Art House: 50 Years of Janus Films, an expansive collectors’ box set featuring fifty classic films on DVD and a lavishly illustrated hardcover book that tells the story of Janus Films through an essay by film historian Peter Cowie, a tribute from Martin Scorsese, and all new extensive notes on all fifty films, plus cast and credit listings and U.S. premiere information.
They do have one funny little caveat at the bottom of the page “We are only licensed to sell this product in the U.S. and English-speaking Canada.” – would they sell it to me — a “Bissonnette”?
Criterion Collection – Essential Art House: 50 Years of Janus Films