Some films languish, waiting for their proper Criterion release, looking enviously at Michael Bay's Armageddon. But at least one film has been given the Criterion treatment on its very first go -- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The DVD hit store shelves on May 5 in three different formats: a Single-Disc DVD, and a Two-Disc Criterion in standard and Blu-Ray. As is the case with all Criterion releases, Button is coming loaded with more than three hours of bonus features:

  • The Curious Birth of Benjamin Button four-part documentary. Academy Award-nominated director David Fincher introduces the surprising beginnings of what would become an epic masterpiece including the casting of Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, the decision to change the location of the story to New Orleans and more.
  • Follow the production from day one including the challenges of aging Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, designing over five thousand costumes and creating the animatronic baby.
  • Explore the incredible visual effects techniques created specifically for the film that allowed Brad Pitt to play the title character at virtually every age. Also includes a visit to the scoring stage with composer Alexandre Desplat.
  • Walk the red carpet at the film's premiere in New Orleans, with final thoughts from cast and crew.
  • Audio Commentary by director David Fincher

The fact that this is getting the Criterion treatment so soon is causing quite a stir -- after all, this is it. This is the definitive release, and the company has given it the "important classic" crown. Is Benjamin Button deserving of it?