Seriously I dunno much about Criterion. Since they are so valuable and people pay lots of money for them I wonder what's so special? Are they kind of DVD equalent to DCC or something? Great pictures, sound? I'm asking since I'm facing the dilemma right now. Being Russian I'm bying most of the movies in russian verions. But some of the classics are reissued poorly in Russia (4:3, stereo, no extras) by semi-pirate companies. Are these Criterions worthy of my time and $$? Sometimes I'm ready to sacrifice the pleasure of showing my DVDs to the visiting chicks (most will never understand the untranslated film unfortunately) for the real good quality.