Criterion has some big plans for their upcoming Janus Films retrospective.

In a story from The Digital Bits, Criterion is going to be putting out the Essential Art House: 50 Years of Janus Films.

In addition to being loaded with classic art films, the set will contain a hardcover book that will give the history of Janus Films from film historian Peter Cowie. Director Martin Scorsese will provide a tribute piece and the set will also contain production notes for all the films in the set.

Some of the movies in the Essential Art House: 50 Years of Janus Films are:

- Alexander Nevsky (1938)

- Ashes and Diamonds (1858)

- L'Avventura (1960)

- Ballad of a Soldier (1959)

- Beauty and the Beast (1946)

- Black Orpheus (1959)

- Brief Encounter (1945)

- The Fallen Idol (1948)

- Fires on the Plain (1959)

- Fists in the Pocket (1965)

- Floating Weeds (1959)

- Forbidden Games (1952)

- The 400 Blows (1959)

- Grand Illusion (1937)

- Häxan (1922)

- Ikiru (1952)

- The Importance of Being Ernest (1952)

- Ivan the Terrible, Part II (1958)

- Le Jour se léve (1939)

- Jules and Jim (1962)

- Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

- Knife in the Water (1962)

- The Lady Vanishes (1938)

- The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)

- Loves of a Blonde (1965)

- M (1931)

- M. Hulot's Holiday (1953)

- Miss Julie (1951)

- Pandora's Box (1929)

- Pépé le Moko (1937)

- Il Posto (1961)

- Pygmalion (1938)

- Rashomon (1950)

- Richard III (1955)

- The Rules of the Game (1939)

- Seven Samurai (1954)

- The Seventh Seal (1957)

- The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)

- La Strada (1954)

- Summertime (1955)

- The Third Man (1949)

- The 39 Steps (1935)

- Ugetsu (1953)

- Umberto D. (1952)

- The Virgin Spring (1960)

- Virigiana (1961)

- The Wages of Fear (1953)

- The White Sheik (1952)

- Wild Strawberries (1957)

- The Great Chase (1962)

- The Love Goddess (1965)

- Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist (1979).

The Essential Art House: 50 Years of Janus Films will sell for $850.

Evan Jacobs