Voyager Company

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The Voyager Company
Software company
SuccessorThe Criterion Collection
Founded1984
Defunct1997
HeadquartersUnited States
ProductsLaserDiscs, Interactive CD-ROM, The Criterion Collection

The Voyager Company was a pioneer in CD-ROM production in the 1980s and early 1990s. The company published The Criterion Collection, a pioneering home video collection of classic and important contemporary films on Laserdisc. It was founded in 1984 by four partners: Jon Turell, Bill Becker, Aleen Stein and Robert Stein in Santa Monica, California, and later moved to New York City. The firm took its name from the Voyager space craft.

In 1994, the partnership was diluted by selling 20% of it to the von Holzbrinck Publishing Group, a German holding company. In 1997, the Holzbrinck Group withdrew with its 20%, the name "Voyager," and half of the CD-ROM rights. Robert Stein took the other half of the CD-ROM rights and the Toolkit rights. This left the Criterion Collection in the possession of three of the original partners: Aleen Stein (1/3), the Becker family (1/3), and the Turell family (1/3).

Releases[edit]

Laserdiscs[edit]

  • De Italia
  • The Great Quake of '89 (in partnership with ABC News Interactive)
  • The National Gallery of Art
  • Devo: The Complete Truth About De-Evolution
  • The Residents: Twenty Twisted Questions (Part 1/2)
  • Louvre
  • Theatre of the Imagination: Radio Stories by Orson Welles and The Mercury Theatre (1988, ISBN 0-931393-90-6)[1]
  • To New Horizons: Ephemeral Films 1931-1945
  • The Vancouver Disc
  • Vienna
  • You Can't Get There From Here: Ephemeral Films 1945-1960
  • The Voyager Videostack

CD-ROMs[edit]

Expanded Books series[edit]

References[edit]

History