Janus Films is an American distribution company formed in 1956. The company is credited with introducing numerous films, now considered masterpieces of world cinema, to American audiences. Janus is now run by Jonathan Turrell and Peter Becker, who also own The Criterion Collection, and is an active theatrical distributor of world cinema across the United States.
The Criterion Collection was formed in 1984 and is dedicated to publishing classic and contemporary films from around the world in editions that offer the highest technical quality and award-winning, original supplements.
Criterion has maintained its pioneering commitment to presenting each film as its maker would want it seen, in state-of-the-art restorations with special features designed to deepen the viewer’s appreciation of the art of film.