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The Fake Criterion Collection

12.02.2010

Most of you will know the Criterion Collection, the DVD series that takes famous film and repackages them in artsy ways for all you hardcore collectors out there.

But I just found this website, which has created a series of fake Criterion Editions of movies that aren't as critically acclaimed as the collection's usual stock. I've posted a few of my favorite ones below, and they cover some gems to say the least.

What's your favorite "awful" movie on here? I have to go with TOKYO DRIFT. For what it was, that movie is perfect in every way. That's right, I said it.

Check them out below, and head to the site to see a bunch more.

Extra Tidbit: I never realized Kathryn Bigelow did POINT BREAK.
Source: Fake Criterions

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10:07PM on 12/04/2010

Hilarious

Funny stuff. Love the Ernest Goes to Jail one. I do have issue with putting Point Break in the same class as some of these other films. If nothing else, Point Break had some amazing action sequences (the foot chase through the LA suburbs comes to mind) that stand up to anything that's been made since.
Funny stuff. Love the Ernest Goes to Jail one. I do have issue with putting Point Break in the same class as some of these other films. If nothing else, Point Break had some amazing action sequences (the foot chase through the LA suburbs comes to mind) that stand up to anything that's been made since.
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2:49PM on 12/03/2010

My two favorites...

Bio-Dome is just a horribly bad movie. But the Cover for Hudson Hawk actually makes it look like respectable film.

The tragic part is the realization (and I had to look it up to confirm) Sidney Poitier DIRECTED GHOST DAD!!!!! WTF!?!?!? Why Mr. Tibbs??? WHY!!!!!
Bio-Dome is just a horribly bad movie. But the Cover for Hudson Hawk actually makes it look like respectable film.

The tragic part is the realization (and I had to look it up to confirm) Sidney Poitier DIRECTED GHOST DAD!!!!! WTF!?!?!? Why Mr. Tibbs??? WHY!!!!!
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9:08AM on 12/03/2010
I want a Criterion slipcase for my copy of Bio-Dome!
I want a Criterion slipcase for my copy of Bio-Dome!
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8:33AM on 12/03/2010
Ghost Dad. Rarely a month still goes by when someone doesn't take the piss out of that film in some way :)
Ghost Dad. Rarely a month still goes by when someone doesn't take the piss out of that film in some way :)
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11:32PM on 12/02/2010
These are too cool!!!!!!!!!!
These are too cool!!!!!!!!!!
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11:12PM on 12/02/2010
And they got a typo on "Dukes of Hazard." But I guess that's what happens when shit like that gets the Criterion treatment.
And they got a typo on "Dukes of Hazard." But I guess that's what happens when shit like that gets the Criterion treatment.
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11:01PM on 12/02/2010
Okay, how did "Point Break" make this list? That's a bona fide good film. And "Ernest Goes to Jail" is at least the best Ernest movie.
Okay, how did "Point Break" make this list? That's a bona fide good film. And "Ernest Goes to Jail" is at least the best Ernest movie.
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9:34PM on 12/02/2010
Damn right Tokyo Drift! That movie is legit. Anyone who doesn't get that just doesn't get movies!
Damn right Tokyo Drift! That movie is legit. Anyone who doesn't get that just doesn't get movies!
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9:04PM on 12/02/2010
I'm pretty sure SomethingAwful.com did this exact thing many years ago and it was a lot funnier.
I'm pretty sure SomethingAwful.com did this exact thing many years ago and it was a lot funnier.
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3:34PM on 12/03/2010
SomethingAwful did everything photoshopped first.
SomethingAwful did everything photoshopped first.
6:33PM on 12/02/2010

......

These are really quite good. I would have to go with Hudson Hawk as my favorite "awful movie". Even though I have never thought of it as awful. I think I am the only person I know who genuinely enjoys that film. And is it just me, or does the Ghost Dad one remind anyone else of the creatures from They Live? I could be wrong, but that was the first thought that popped into my head.
These are really quite good. I would have to go with Hudson Hawk as my favorite "awful movie". Even though I have never thought of it as awful. I think I am the only person I know who genuinely enjoys that film. And is it just me, or does the Ghost Dad one remind anyone else of the creatures from They Live? I could be wrong, but that was the first thought that popped into my head.
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5:11PM on 12/02/2010

Hudson Hawk

So classy and sophisticated!
So classy and sophisticated!
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3:01PM on 12/02/2010

Ernest Goes to Jail

I love the seriousness foreboding style of the cover for such a dorky ass movie.
I love the seriousness foreboding style of the cover for such a dorky ass movie.
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2:01PM on 12/02/2010
La Doublé le post.
La Doublé le post.
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2:00PM on 12/02/2010
Ha ha ha! They should do one for something totally inconceivable like, I dunno, 'Armageddon: Criterion Collection'. I mean, can you imagine?
Ha ha ha! They should do one for something totally inconceivable like, I dunno, 'Armageddon: Criterion Collection'. I mean, can you imagine?
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2:03PM on 12/02/2010
I know right? That's gonna happen the day that Point Break director wins an oscar...

Hahaha... women...
I know right? That's gonna happen the day that Point Break director wins an oscar...

Hahaha... women...
1:54PM on 12/02/2010
Bio-Dome.
Bio-Dome.
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1:46PM on 12/02/2010

Fun stuff. Check this site out for more fakes.

Over at Mubi.com there's a thread dedicated to fake covers. I find that it generally works better because many of the amateur graphic designers undersand that minimalism and understatement by itself isn't cool.

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Over at Mubi.com there's a thread dedicated to fake covers. I find that it generally works better because many of the amateur graphic designers undersand that minimalism and understatement by itself isn't cool.

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1:15PM on 12/02/2010

Nice

Sweet covers, wish they were real.

Kathyrn Bigelow has done more bad movies than good.
K-19 The Widow Maker give me a break what a piece of crap that was. The hurt locker hugely overrated. One thing she has going for her is that she looks really good for someone pushing 60.
Sweet covers, wish they were real.

Kathyrn Bigelow has done more bad movies than good.
K-19 The Widow Maker give me a break what a piece of crap that was. The hurt locker hugely overrated. One thing she has going for her is that she looks really good for someone pushing 60.
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12:39PM on 12/02/2010

VIVA LOS BIO-DOME!!!

These are awesome. I especially like the dramatic Earnest Goes to Jail one. But for better or for worse, Bio-Dome will always be my favorite guilty pleasure...I can literally quote the entire thing. It's quite sad really.
These are awesome. I especially like the dramatic Earnest Goes to Jail one. But for better or for worse, Bio-Dome will always be my favorite guilty pleasure...I can literally quote the entire thing. It's quite sad really.
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2:21PM on 12/02/2010
Lol
Lol
2:38PM on 12/02/2010
I love Bio-Dome for some reason too. It's just so 90's Mtv toxic stoner grunge punk. It reminds me of Jr High.
I love Bio-Dome for some reason too. It's just so 90's Mtv toxic stoner grunge punk. It reminds me of Jr High.
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