Netflix released hundreds more than 1 000 Netflix Original movies from 2015 and some of them have been handpicked for inclusion in the prestigious Criterion Collection. Here’s an overview of all the Netflix Originals that have been released on Criterion over the years.
Netflix first got into the “movie business” in 2005 with his very first Netflix Original movie, Beasts of No Nation. Although he still has a DVD rental business, his Netflix Original movies have remained largely exclusive to streaming. The biggest exception to this is when Netflix Originals are included in the Criterion Collection.
For those unaware, The Criterion Collection is a distribution company looking to license, restore and distribute classic films or films they consider historic. Since its creation in 1984, the company distributed more than 1 000 special editions of various films.
So let’s see what Netflix movies have been released in the collection.
Full list of Netflix Originals released in the collection Criterion
Note : listed in order of release on Netflix.
Beasts of No Nation (Back #1111)
Released on Netflix: 16 october 2015
Released on Criterion: August 2022
By Cary Joji Fukunaga, this is Netflix’s first full-length Original Netflix movie that has been honored years after its initial release on Netflix.
The film gives you a look at the war from the perspective of a child soldier with Idris Elba playing the boy’s ruthless commander.
The Edition special includes:
2K Digital Master, Approved by Cary Joji Fukunaga, with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Surround Soundtrack on Blu-ray
New audio commentary featuring Fukunaga and first assistant director Jon Mallard
New documentary on the development and making of the film , featuring interviews with Fukunaga; author Uzodinma Iweala; actors Idris Elba and Abraham Attah; and producers Amy Kaufman, Daniela Taplin Lundberg and Riva Marker
Released on Netflix:
14 december 2018 Roma is one of Netflix’s most decorated films, winning awards across the board, including three Oscars . Alfonso Cuarón’s film takes us back to the early years 1091 and what was like the life of a middle-class family maid. Special features included in the Criterion version include: 4K digital master, supervised by director Alfonso Cuarón, with Dolby Atmos soundtrack on the Blu-ray
Released on Criterion: February 2020
14 december 2018
Roma is one of Netflix’s most decorated films, winning awards across the board, including three Oscars .
Alfonso Cuarón’s film takes us back to the early years 1091 and what was like the life of a middle-class family maid.
Special features included in the Criterion version include:
4K digital master, supervised by director Alfonso Cuarón, with Dolby Atmos soundtrack on the Blu-ray
New documentaries about the film’s sound and post-production processes, featuring Cuarón; Sergio Diaz, Skip Lievsay and Craig Henighan from the sound post-production team; editor Adam Gough; post-production supervisor Carlos Morales; and finalist artist Steven J. Scott
Rolling Thunder Review: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (Back #1062)
Released on Netflix: 12 June 2019
Released on Criterion: January 2021
The first of two Netflix projects by Martin Scorsese released on Criterion and indeed released on Netflix in 2019. This also represented Scorsese’s second documentary on Bob Dylan after he entered 2005.
The Criterion version included:
New 4K digital master, approved by director Martin Scorsese, with 5.1 surround soundtrack DTS-HD Master Audio on Blu-ray
New interviews with Scorsese, editor David Tedeschi and writer Larry “Ratso” Sloman Restored performance images Unreleased Rolling Thunder Revue releases of “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here with You” and “Romance in Durango”, and a new extended version of “Tangled Up in Blue”
The Irishman (Dos #1038 )
Exit on Netflix: 27 november 2020Got out on Criterion:
Martin Scorsese’s Oscar nominee for Netflix starred Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino and while its length has been the subject of much, it may be the one of Scorsese’s finest films.
Special Edition Features e :
New 4K digital master, approved by director Martin Scorsese, with Dolby Atmos soundtrack on Blu-ray
Newly edited roundtable conversation between Scorsese and actors Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, originally recorded in 2019
Making ‘The Irishman’, a new program featuring Scorsese; the main actors ; producers Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Jane Rosenthal and Irwin Winkler; cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto; and others from the cast and crew
Gangsters’ Requiem, a new video essay by film critic Farran Smith Nehme on synthesis by The Irishman of Scorsese’s singular formal style Anatomy of a scene: “The Irishman”, a program of 2020 featuring Scorsese’s analysis of the Frank Sheeran Appreciation Night scene from the film
The Evolution of Digital De-aging, a show 2019 on the visual effects created for the film
Excerpts from interviews with Frank “the Irishman” Sheeran and the union leader of the Teamsters Jimmy Hoffa of 1999 and 1984
Marriage Story (Back #1058)
Released on Netflix: December 6 2020Released on Criterion: July 2021
Noah Baumbach’s sensational drama starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver earned the streamer a Best Supporting Actress Oscar which went to Laura De rn.
The film follows an ongoing divorce and the consequences it has on everything are those involved.
Extras for the movie on Criterion include:
New 4K digital transfer, supervised by director Noah Baumbach, with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround soundtrack on Blu-ray New interview with Baumbach The Players, a new show with interviews with actors Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Laura Dern, Alan Alda, Julie Hagerty and Ray Liotta
The Filmmakers, a new show about the production of the film, featuring interviews with Baumbach, editor Jennifer Lame, production designer Jade Healy, costume designer Mark Bridges and producer David Heyman
The Making of “Marriage Story,” a new program featuring behind-the-scenes footage
New interviews with composer Randy Newman and Baumbach on the music of the film
New program featuring Baumbach viewers through a key location in the film
Dick Johnson is dead
Released on Netflix :
October 2 2020Released on Criterio n:
Winner of a Primetime Emmy, this documentary follows the filmmaker’s father and his preparations to end his life who suffers from dementia. It debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in early 2020 before being released on Netflix later that year.
L Criterion Edition includes:
New 2K digital master, approved by director Kirsten Johnson, with 5.1 surround soundtrack DTS-HD Master Audio on Blu-ray
New audio commentary featuring Johnson, co-writer and editor Nels Bangerter and documentary sound-maker Judy Karp
New conversation between Johnson and fellow producers Katy Chevigny and Marilyn Ness and co-producer Maureen A. Ryan
New interview with sound designer Pete horn er New program featuring Johnson in conversation with other filmmakers about redefining what a documentary can be
Okja (spine #1963)
Released on Netflix: 24 June 2018July 2022
Released on Criterion:
was Bong Joon Ho’s big Netflix movie, which n has unfortunately not remained relevant on Netflix over the years, despite being one of their best releases to date.
Released in the summer 2017, the movie was about a South Korean girl who grows up with a super GMO pig and after the experiment ends, her pig is taken away from her.
Here is what is offered with the Criterion version:
4K digital master, director approved by Bong Joon Ho, with Dolby Atmos sound on Blu-editions ray and 4K UHD In the 4K UHD edition: A 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and a Blu-ray with the film and special features New conversation between Bong and producer Dooho Choi
New interviews with actors An Seo Hyun and Byun Heebong
New interviews with team members on the cinematography, visual effects and costume design and production of the film Short programs including a director’s video diary, highlighting featured Bong; actors Paul Dano, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton and Steven Yeun; and others Teaser, Trailer and Web Promotions
Translation of English subtitles and English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Note: Gems uncut was released on Netflix internationally as a Netflix Original but in the US as A24. The film was incorporated into the Criterion Collection in November 2022.
was reportedly getting a version of Criterion at some point, but that never happened. Likewise, Mati Diop’s Atlantics was also supposed to be released but didn’t.
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