Can’t remember, have narrowed it down to Yojimbo, Sanjuro, or Hearts and Minds.
fear and loathing in las vegas
My first was the Criterion laserdisc version of Saló. It took me a while before I ordered my second Criterion film!
Grand Illusion. I watched it on my single speed DVD-rom which I got before my first DVD player which I think was in 1999.
Brazil Box set. Also the first Criterion DVD I purchased.
I think the first film released by Criterion I saw was either Time Bandits or My Man Godfrey. My first Criterion purchase was Kurosawa’s Ikiru.
The first Criterion I watched was a a copy of The Third Man that I got my dad as a birthday present. The first Criterion I watched that actually belonged to me was the Brazil box set. I can still remember what it felt like to purchase it. Good times.
Fritz Lang’s M.
Not quite sure, but it’s a toss up between The Killer, Hard Boiled, Dead Ringers or My Life as a Dog.
Silence of the Lambs
Bought the ROYAL TENENBAUMS not knowing what criterion was and I was hooked from then on
Probably the Life Aquatic but i had no idea what Criterion was. Maybe the first one i watched when i was aware of it was Band of Outsiders. Maybe.
The Seventh Seal on laserdisc. I had seen SS in the theatre years before.
the first Criterion film I watched was IF….
and I have been hooked on Criterion ever since.
Do the Right Thing – Laserdisc
Seven Samurai. I didn’t know it was a Criterion disc at the time, or what Criterion was, but I liked the movie quite a bit.
This is Spinal Tap (10 years ago?)
The first one I watched, and also purchased, was Carnival of Souls.
This is only a guess, but I think it might have been Brazil.
And I love that this thread is seven months old.
mine was fritz lang’s m. and that final scene in the basement with lorre haunted me so much that thenceforth i was hooked.
The first one I bought AND purchased was Onibaba. I was 14 (only 2 years ago) and my eyes were opened to what world cinema could be. Now, I love the Criterion Collection and have 2 shelves of them in my DVD collection!
The first one I watched was The Seventh Seal. I found it in my local video store which I was extremely surprised to find. I had heard about the Criterion Collection when the channel OvationTV was added to DirectTV. I scanned their website wishing I could one day see a film from the Criterion. Luckily I did. I watched The Seventh Seal two years ago when I was sixteen. I’ve never looked back.
I saw Dazed and Confused and Armageddon before I had ever heard of Criterion (and before I knew what a REAL movie was…stupid Armageddon). But I consider my first to be Ran. I had been eyeing it for a while, and my girlfriend bought it for me. I was not only hooked on Criterion but also hooked on her.
My Own Private Idaho. Gift. great movie. Especially the commentary or whatever it is with “acclaimed author JT Leroy”
Woo hoo. I was a latecomer to Criterion’s awesome collection of DVDs, but I got my initiation started with a bang. And no one else has mentioned it yet!
Georg Wilhelm Pabst’s “Pandora’s Box” was the first Criterion DVD I purchased or watched, back in October 2006 off Amazon.com. I was mesmerized by Louise Brooks, mesmerized by the quality of the picture of an at-the-time 77-year-old movie, and exhilarated by the film’s story, its telling and its outcome.
The second Criterion DVD I watched or bought was a $12 used copy of “The Rules of The Game” I bought in a pawnshop. After I watched that wonderful movie a second time and dove into its features, I was enthralled by what else I could gather from the Collection.
Interestingly enough, I had just joined Netflix about 6 years ago, and did a double feature one night of George Washington and Ratcatcher without realizing how thematically similar they were. Turned out to be one of the most interesting double feature nights at home I’ve ever had. (I’ve seen a number of films prior to their Criterion release, but as far as the discs are concerned, those were the first ones).