Masters of Cinema
Masters of Cinema is a line of DVD and Blu-rays published through Eureka Entertainment. The line takes its name from a film website by the same name that was launched in 2001 and covered the work of well-regarded film directors throughout the world (Andrei Tarkovski, Akira Kurosawa, Carl Theodor Dreyer and Yasujirō Ozu). In 2004, the website began coordinating with Eureka Entertainment to offer a line of DVDs that focused on renowned filmmakers and films considered to be the best of their type. In 2008, the organization was sold to Eureka Entertainment and became a wholly owned label of the company. Also in 2008, the company expanded the range to include Blu-ray and Dual Format releases. As of 2015, the company has released over 200 films under the Masters of Cinema line, including more than 130 films on Blu-ray.
Because of the world-renowned films released within this collection, the uniformly branded and spine-numbered packaging and the standard inclusion of booklets and analysis by recurring renowmed film historians (such as Tony Rayns, Adrian Martin or David Kalat), the Masters of Cinema line is often perceived as the UK equivalent of the US Criterion Collection.
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