Parasite Criterion Collection version: Easter egg on the quilt revealed

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Parasite Criterion Collection edition: Easter egg on the cover revealed

The Criterion Collection edition of Parasite, the Oscar-winning masterpiece from Korean director Bong Joon Ho, might be launched Oct. 27, Criterion introduced Wednesday. The firm is understood for its definitive dwelling video releases of acclaimed movies from around the globe, and particularly, for the hanging cowl art work on these packages. Parasite might be no completely different, with an ingenious tackle its now-iconic film poster.

The one-sheet for Parasite options members of the 2 households on the middle of the movie, the Kims and the Parks, with black and white bars, respectively, over their eyes. The setting is the yard of the Parks’ smooth, ultramodern dwelling. The picture doubled as the quilt art work for Universal Pictures’ home video releases of the movie on 4K Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD earlier this yr. And it’s additionally the premise for the Criterion Collection field artwork — besides with a twist that’s a intelligent reference to one of many movie’s personal twists.

a two-panel image with the one-sheet movie poster for Parasite on the left and the Criterion Collection cover artwork on the right

The Parasite film poster on the left, and the movie’s Criterion Collection cowl artwork on the suitable, which largely obscures the picture.
Image: Neon, Criterion Collection by way of Polygon

Most of the Criterion art work is white; it provides solely tiny glimpses of the underlying picture by way of 18 portholes, a few of that are round and a few of that are rectangular. But they’re not mere home windows into the Parks’ yard. They’re truly dots and dashes grouped into eight strains — dots and dashes of Morse code that spell out the eight letters of “Parasite.”

[Warning: The following comprises spoilers for Parasite.]

Those who’ve watched Parasite will do not forget that Morse code performs a key position within the movie. Mrs. Park notices that the lights above the home’s entry staircase sometimes flicker, however doesn’t grasp that there’s an underlying sample. It’s solely her younger son who realizes that the flickering lights are communications in Morse code — messages that, it’s revealed later, are being despatched by a person who’s secretly dwelling in the home’s subbasement bunker: Geun-sae, the husband of the Parks’ housekeeper. In the denouement following Parasite’s bloody climax, we study that Ki-taek, the patriarch of the Kim household, has taken Geun-sae’s place because the fugitive hiding within the bunker. He learns Morse code from Geun-sae’s notes, and begins sending out his personal message by way of the stairway lights, hoping that his son, Ki-woo, will in some way see it.

Even in the event you catch the Morse code on Parasite’s Criterion cowl, you received’t perceive why it’s there except you’ve seen the movie. The design is a superb inside joke for Parasite followers, who, after all, are more likely to be the first viewers for a Criterion Collection version. It might be obtainable in a two-disc Blu-ray set for $39.95 and a three-disc DVD set for $29.95. Both pressings come from a brand new director- and cinematographer-approved 4K digital grasp of Parasite, and the packages additionally embody a black-and-white model of the movie. For extra particulars on the particular options, try the Parasite listing on Criterion’s website.

Clayton Ashley contributed to this story.

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