This has me stoked. IFC, the producer of great independent films, and the Criterion Collection, responsible for the best DVD’s in the world, are teaming up for some sweet releases through the prestige DVD and Blu Ray label.
Before now IFC released films both in limited theatrical and via on-demand on the same day before releasing the titles on DVD exclusively through Blockbuster. This deal will give them a better home video range as well as an edge in acquisitions if filmmakers see a sweet DVD release of their product coming down the line. The partnership for now will encompass 12 titles on Blu Ray and DVD.
First up will be Matteo Garrone’s acclaimed Napoli gangster feature Gomorrah which will hit stores on November 24th in both formats, and Arnaud Desplechin’s French ensemble A Christmas Tale in DVD format only on November 10th.
They will be followed by Steven Soderbergh’s two-part biopic Che on DVD & Blu-ray in December. Other IFC titles already earmarked for the Criterion treatment in 2010 include Swedish film Everlasting Moments, French features Summer Hours and The Secret of the Grain, Steve McQueen’s IRA prison drama Hunger, and Japanese feature Still Walking.
This sounds pretty fuckin sweet to me; an alliance that makes complete sense and will produce some great DVD’s. I can’t wait to see the DVD for Hunger, so glad it is going to get the Criterion treatment.