Criterion Collection’s DVD subtitles


Rendering is low-res because of the shortcomings of DVD specifications, but maybe someone can still recognize the font.


I believe that it is Andale Sans with the l trimmed.
I recall discussions elsewhere that favored it as a DVD subtitle font.

I don't know if Steve Matteson of still follows typophile discussions but IIRC he spoke of licensing the font for dvd subtitling.

Hmm, it looks close but the Q is distinctly different.

Well, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. I sent an email to Criterion asking about the font and here’s the response:

Thanks for your email and interest! Criterion uses Arial Bold for subtitles, and also a proprietary font used by one of the subtitle houses we work with that closely resembles Arial. I hope this helps! Please feel free to write again if you have any other questions.