Netflix Adds Four Films To Criterion Collection
Netflix is increasing its presence in the Criterion Collection library’s slate of vital films past and present.
In addition to the earlier declared debut of “Roma” in each cinephile’s home video library, Netflix will now add up to “The Irishman,” “Marriage Story,” “American Factory,” and “Atlantics” to the Criterion Collection.
Netflix still has to reveal the street dates for the newly declared pack of titles, “Roma” will come on on DVD and Blu-ray February 11, with these four extensions set to follow later in 2020.
Martin Scorsese’s gangster story “The Irishman” will be the director’s third film to appear in the Criterion Collection, beside his swooning Edith Wharton adaptation “The Age of Innocence” and epic “The Last Temptation of Christ.”
Director Noah Baumbach can add “Marriage Story” to his preexisting Criterion collections “Frances Ha,” “The Squid and the Whale,” and “Kicking and Screaming.”
Each Criterion Collection release will have exclusive behind-the-scenes content, special features, and a filmmaker-supervised master.
The Criterion news is proof of the rapidly growing ubiquity of the streamer, which appears to have its hands in every pot.
The previous year, Netflix purchased the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood to host its awards season contenders —while also giving a much-needed cash infusion for the repertory movie house, which remains to screen cinephile-friendly offerings and classics.
Netflix also reopened the Paris Theatre in New York last fall to screen “Marriage Story.”
The Four Films’ Nominations
“The Irishman” is now up for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and two Best Supporting Actor awards.
“Marriage Story” is also a Best Picture competitor, and “American Factory” is for Best Documentary Feature. “Atlantics,” for the Best International Feature film Oscar, declined to land among the final five for first-time director Mati Diop but remains a critics’ darling.
All four movies are now streaming on Netflix.